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September 7, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels, in desperate need of young, effective and inexpensive starting pitchers, appear to have found one right in their own house. Garrett Richards recovered from a shaky start Saturday night to blank Texas on two hits from the third through seventh innings and lead the Angels to an 8-3 victory over the Rangers in Angel Stadium, their 12thwin in 15 games. The 25-year-old right-hander opened the season in the bullpen, made four starts in late April and went back to a relief role before replacing struggling right-hander Joe Blanton in the rotation in late July.
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September 6, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
CINCINNATI - The Dodgers began the weekend with the second-largest division lead in baseball. Their opponents, the Cincinnati Reds, started Friday with a seven-game advantage in the race for the National League's final wild-card playoff berth. But anyone looking to bill the series as a playoff preview isn't getting any help from Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly, who said he won't look ahead to the postseason "until we're drinking champagne. " Mattingly can read a schedule without the help of champagne, though, and the schedule shows the Dodgers play just one more team with a winning record after they leave Cincinnati.
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September 6, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Some of Andre Ethier's fondest childhood memories are of days when Ethier would be picked up early by his father from his middle school in Phoenix. They would head to the Seattle Mariners' spring-training complex, where he could spend hours studying every move of his favorite player, Ken Griffey Jr. "That's who I looked up to," Ethier said. "That's all I wanted to be. I always wanted to be a center fielder in the big leagues. " Eight years into his major league career, Ethier is finally living out his dream the way he envisioned it on those afternoons at the Peoria Sports Complex.
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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.
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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.
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August 31, 2013
"I was so excited I nearly passed out running the bases. " - Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter on his walkoff home run Thursday, capping a four-run ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics. "It was not a huge problem in everyday life. But when you are trying to make a living by hitting a baseball, it can create a problem. " - Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla , activated from the disabled list Wednesday after laser surgery improved his vision from 20/30 to 20/15.
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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.
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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.
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August 20, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
MIAMI - Maybe the Dodgers should bench Yasiel Puig more often. Held out of the starting lineup to improve his focus and fined by Manager Don Mattingly to improve his punctuality, Puig came off the bench Tuesday and hit the first pitch he saw for a tiebreaking eighth-inning home run, leading the Dodgers to 6-4 victory over the Miami Marlins. "He definitely has a flair for the dramatic," teammate Jerry Hairston Jr. said. "There aren't too many guys like that. " BOX SCORE: Dodgers 6, Marlins 4 Said infielder Nick Punto: "I wasn't surprised.
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August 20, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
MIAMIĀ  - Don Mattingly's patience with Yasiel Puig finally ran out Tuesday, when the Dodgers manager held the rookie outfielder out of the starting lineup, then fined him for arriving at the ballpark more than half an hour late. But the benching didn't last long, with Puig entering the game in the sixth inning as part of a double switch, then hitting a tiebreaking home run two innings later in the Dodgers' 6-4 win over the Miami Marlins. Mattingly said the decision to bench Puig was made hours before the player's tardy arrival and was "simply baseball.
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