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April 25, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NEW YORK -- Third base is beginning to look like a platoon position for the Angels, with the left-handed-hitting Ian Stewart getting the start over struggling David Freese against New York Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda on Friday night, the third time in six games Manager Mike Scioscia has gone with such an alignment. The lack of regular playing time is making it difficult, if not impossible, for Freese, who is batting .145 (nine for 62) with one homer, five runs batted in, 20 strikeouts and five walks in 17 games, to find any rhythm, timing or confidence at the plate.
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April 25, 2014 | From staff and wire reports
A clarification by Major League Baseball has determined that fielders attempting to turn a double play after forcing out a runner must have complete control of the ball in their glove, but the ball can be dropped after the player intentionally opens their glove for the transfer to the throwing hand. The use of instant replay this season caused the need for clarification by the rules committee, which MLB said has been agreed to by the players' association and umpires' union. Previously, some umpires ruled that the ball needed to at least be removed from the glove in a transfer attempt.
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April 25, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf returned to practice with his team for the first time since Monday but didn't definitively say if he was playing in Friday night's Game 5 of the Western Conference playoffs. The Ducks' first-round series versus the Dallas Stars is tied 2-2. “We'll see tonight. This is part of the process we're going through and we won't know until game time,” said Getzlaf, who led the Ducks in points (31 goals, 56 assists) during the regular season and has two goals and two assists in this series.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Richard S. Ginell
Violinist Gil Shaham's career has been taking some very intriguing left turns lately. He came up with a terrific programming idea recently, recording as many of the worthy violin concertos written in the 1930s as he can lay his Stradivarius on -  the standards and the obscurities - for his own label, Canary Classics. There is also a curious new item where, in recognition of “research” on classical music's alleged repellent effect on teenagers, Shaham slapped together some excerpts from his recordings and packaged them in a CD with the title “Music to Drive Away Loiterers.” Of course, it was released on April Fools' Day.  All of this brainstorming seems to have invigorated Shaham.
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April 25, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Michael Nesmith's name is far more often associated with the Monkees than the birth of Southern California country rock. Yet the former rock sitcom star played a key part in a 1960s scene when long hair and cowboy boots all a sudden made sense together. Nesmith blended rock and country music alongside artists such as Linda Ronstadt and Gram Parsons. Much of it happened at the Troubadour, where the hybrid sound was taking shape. "Linda would come play, the Dillards, [Roger] McGuinn would come play, [David]
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April 25, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Paul McCartney will return to Los Angeles with an Aug. 10 date at Dodger Stadium, his first major L.A.-area concert since a two-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl in 2010. A public on-sale for the concert, part of McCartney's "Out There" tour, is set for May 5, but various pre-sales will enable fans to purchase tickets as early as April 29.  Tickets for the Goldenvoice-promoted concert start at $25 and stretch to $250, not including additional surcharges. Those with the first crack at tickets will be those signed up to the mailing list on McCartney's website , which fans can do now. The site's presale will begin at 9 a.m. on April 29.  Following the PaulMcCartney.com pre-sale, preference will then be given to American Express credit card holders, who can purchase tickets beginning May 1 at 10 a.m. The remaining tickets will go on sale May 5 at 10 a.m. via the Dodgers website .  The past year, like almost every year since 1964, has seen a bustle of Beatles-related activity.
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April 25, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Moone Boy" (Hulu). Tall and shaggy Chris O'Dowd, whom you may have seen in "The IT Crowd," "Bridesmaids," "Girls" or Christopher Guest's dear departed "Family Tree" -- or even possibly on Broadway, where he is now playing opposite James Franco in a revival of "Of Mice and Men" -- is back with a second season of his delightful Irish-made, Hulu-hosted series, "Moone Boy. " Written with Nick Vincent Murphy, it is a memory piece -- the year as we...
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April 25, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
Keira Knightley is used to early wake-up calls. The actress has a penchant for period films, and it takes a while to get tied into a corset. But on the set of the modern-day romance "Begin Again," the British star's call time was decidedly later than on "Anna Karenina" or "Pride & Prejudice. " "I'm so used to sitting in a chair for two hours getting my hair and makeup done," she said recently via telephone from the U.K., "but this time I turned up half an hour before I needed to start shooting and chucked my hair in a ponytail.
SPORTS
April 25, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Herschel Walker has no plans of playing pro football again. But it has nothing to do with the fact that he's more than half a century old. Instead, the former college, USFL and NFL star told USA Today that he's just too busy with multiple business ventures to suit up again. Otherwise, Walker said, he truly believes he could be successful as part of a running-back platoon. “I can play in the NFL today,” he said . “I couldn't take every snap. But running backs nowadays don't play every down.
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April 24, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Familiar problems resurfaced Thursday for the Dodgers and their manager. Brian Wilson again didn't resemble the pitcher he was last season, as he was charged with four runs in the ninth inning of a 7-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. There were problems aside from the continued instability of Wilson, who has already spent 15 days sidelined because of issues with his surgically repaired elbow. BOX SCORE: Philadelphia 7, Dodgers 3 The Dodgers made another costly error, this time in the form of a routine bouncer hitting first baseman Adrian Gonzalez's glove and dribbling into the outfield.
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