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August 20, 1994 | JEFF FLETCHER
Dave Landaker's victory came last week, when he performed the simple task of fielding a ground ball and throwing it to first base. The routine play during a rookie league game last week was momentous for Landaker. The Royal High graduate had played fewer than 10 minor league games in the field since the Houston Astros made him a second-round pick in 1992. Years of sidearm throws from shortstop had turned his right shoulder into mush. Landaker's 1994 season began in mid-June with Kissimmee, Fla.
March 28, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - Cable-television shows about baseball are as common this time of year as a slow-footed first baseman or a hard-throwing leftie. But what about a series in which studio hosts drool over the big numbers a player puts up on…Twitter? Or cite an All-Star hitter's unexpected approach to… walk-up music? That's the premise of "Off the Bat From the MLB Fan Cave," a pop culture-infused look at America's pastime backed by Major League Baseball and produced and aired by MTV2.
With Madonna and Geena Davis starring as 1940s pro baseball players who overcome sexism and inside fastballs to save America's sagging spirits during World War II, Columbia Pictures' upcoming "A League of Their Own" can't help but be outrageous, audacious and occasionally dramatic. The movie, as odd as it sounds--women playing hardball for a living?--is based on fact. In the long history of professional baseball in this country, women have had their own league only once.
March 25, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
Young men who exercise keep some of the benefits to their bones into old age, even if they don't keep at it, according to researchers who compared the throwing arms and the nonthrowing arms of professional baseball players over time. Bone mass, size and strength increase with physical activity in youth, but it was unclear whether those benefits carried into later years. The researchers looked at the arms of 103 pro baseball players -- major and minor leagues -- and at the arms of 94 “regular” men; they reported their findings in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Lou Ruchser Sr. possibly changed the face of baseball by getting hit on the head. The day after that batting-practice liner nailed him in the temple during 1947 spring training in Cuba, the Brooklyn Dodgers installed protective screens -- which are in use to this day. "My big contribution to pro baseball," he said. The effect of that shot might have been even more profound than he realized at the time.
June 15, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
SEATTLE - When cyclist Lance Armstrong was found to have used performance-enhancing drugs last fall, he was publicly disgraced, stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from the sport for life. When outfielder Melky Cabrera tested positive for PEDs last summer, he was suspended 50 games. Then two months later he was rewarded with a two-year $16-million contract, by far the richest of his career. It's a loophole that has undermined baseball's get-tough approach to drugs and weakened the strongest drug-testing program in U.S. professional team sports.
With Madonna and Geena Davis starring as 1940s pro baseball players who overcome sexism and inside fastballs to save America's sagging spirits during World War II, Columbia Pictures' coming "A League of Their Own" can't help but be outrageous, audacious and occasionally dramatic. The movie, as odd as it sounds--women, playing hardball for a living?--is based on fact. In the long history of professional baseball in this country, women have had their own league only once.
July 10, 2010
The Angels' 2001 draft was supposed to anchor the club for a decade, with three can't-miss players: first baseman Casey Kotchman , catcher Jeff Mathis and third baseman Dallas McPherson . Kotchman cracked the starting lineup in 2007, with an .840 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) that hinted at stardom. Few careers have fizzled as fast. He was traded three times in the last two years, and the Seattle Mariners reduced him to a defensive replacement by acquiring first baseman Justin Smoak in Friday's Cliff Lee trade.
July 17, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
Tuesday and Wednesday: at New York Yankees Thursday through Sunday: at Texas Rangers The Angels embark on a two-week march to the trade deadline, with the front office watching to see if the team treads water or drowns during a 12-game stretch against the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox. The Angels lost six games in July 2008 and seven games in July 2009, but they lost eight of their first 11 games this July. The Angels play four games next weekend in Texas, where they have lost eight of their last 11. Vladimir Guerrero had four hits, including a home run, when the first-place Rangers beat the Angels twice in Arlington in May.
July 17, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Manny Ramirez and Russell Martin don't appear headed for the disabled list, Manager Joe Torre said. "I don't think that's a consideration," Torre said. Ramirez was pulled in the first inning on Friday because of tightness in his right calf. Martin was taken out late in the eighth inning of the same game because of a swollen thumb on his catching hand. Of Ramirez, Torre said, "He feels better than yesterday." Before Saturday's game, Torre said Ramirez might be available to pinch-hit, but Ramirez did not make an appearance in the loss to the Cardinals.
February 11, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Shortly after he avoided an arbitration hearing with the Dodgers and agreed to a $4.3-million salary for the upcoming season, Kenley Jansen reflected on how he went from a light-hitting catching prospect to the closer of baseball's most expensive team. "It's unbelievable how stuff works that quick," Jansen said. "Now, a million-dollar contract. That's pretty awesome. " Jansen, 26, was paid $512,000 last season. When he and the Dodgers exchanged salary figures last month, he asked for $5.05 million and the team offered $3.5 million.
October 14, 2013 | By Bernie Miklasz
Columnists and reporters from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch will be sharing their views with Los Angeles Times readers during the National League Championship Series. By getting all tangled up in (Dodger) blue in Game 3, the Cardinals fumbled away the opportunity to put the champagne on ice in advance of Game 4. There will be no chance of a St. Louis celebration Tuesday, no chance of the Cardinals sweeping the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.
October 11, 2013 | By Paul Sullivan
SCHEDULE Game 1: Today, 5 p.m. Detroit (Sanchez, 14-8, 2.57) at Boston (Lester, 15-8, 3.75) Game 2: Sunday, 5 p.m Detroit (Scherzer, 21-3, 2.90) at Boston (Buchholz, 12-1, 1.74) Game 3: Tuesday, 1 p.m. Boston (Lackey, 10-13, 3.52) at Detroit (Verlander, 13-12, 3.46) Game 4: Wednesday, 5 p.m. Boston (Peavy, 12-5, 4.17) at Detroit Fister (14-9, 3.67) Game 5: Thursday, 5 p.m.* Boston (TBA) at Detroit (TBA) Game 6: Oct. 1:30 p.m.* Detroit (TBA)
September 3, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
DENVER - Don Mattingly won't say it, but the Dodgers are already starting to look ahead to October. The proof was in the lineup the manager fielded in the Dodgers' 7-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday at Coors Field. Yasiel Puig, who was dealing with soreness behind his right knee, was held out for precautionary reasons. Hanley Ramirez, Juan Uribe and A.J. Ellis also didn't start. BOX SCORE: Dodgers 7, Rockies 4 "If it was a game separating us or we were a game back or something like that, we'd do it different," Mattingly said.
September 3, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
SPARKS TONIGHT AT MINNESOTA When: 5 p.m. PDT. Where: Target Center. On the air: TWC, TWC Deportes. Records: Sparks 21-9, Lynx 22-7. Record vs Lynx: 2-1. Update: The Sparks are in second place in the Western Conference, 1 1/2 games behind Minnesota with four games remaining in the regular season. The Sparks play at Minnesota and at Tulsa before returning home to play Minnesota and Phoenix to close out the season. The Sparks have not finished first in the Western Conference since 2006.
August 24, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
It is not even Labor Day, but the champagne is on ice in Pittsburgh. Not in the Pirates' clubhouse, mind you. But a wave of merriment is about to wash over town, where a beaten-down fan base can rise up to toast the end of one of baseball's most painful streaks. The Pirates could clinch their first winning season since 1992 this week. It gets better. The Pirates could not win 82 games over six months for the last 21 years. They could win 82 games over five months this year.
July 21, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from New York — The Texas Rangers, who have gone 25-12 since June 8, won't be the only red-hot thing to greet the Angels in Arlington, Texas, on Thursday. The forecast for a four-game series against the first-place Rangers calls for highs of 96, 97, 97 and 95 degrees, with humidity expected to push the heat index above 100 degrees each day. "Well, at least they're all night games," said Angels ace Jered Weaver , who will oppose left-hander Cliff Lee in Thursday night's opener.
August 21, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
For most of this season, the Angels underachieved. Now, they are simply undermanned. With first baseman Albert Pujols (left heel tear), second baseman Howie Kendrick (left knee strain) and star outfielder Mike Trout (tight right hamstring) sidelined by injuries, the Angels were no match for a contending Cleveland club this week. The Indians completed a three-game sweep with a 3-1 victory in Angel Stadium on Wednesday, limiting lineups that featured minor league callups Kole Calhoun, Chris Nelson, Grant Green and Andrew Romine to four runs in 32 innings.
August 11, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
CLEVELAND  - It happened so fast, like one of those summer thunderstorms that can plunge a brilliant Midwest afternoon into darkness. Five runs ahead and 10 outs away from a three-game sweep in Progressive Field, Angels starter Jerome Williams collapsed within a span of 10 pitches in the sixth inning Sunday, and the Angels lost to the Cleveland Indians, 6-5. "It was kind of a shock, really," catcher Hank Conger said. "You give up one hit and you're pretty much cruising through five innings.
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