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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
MIAMI  - 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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August 13, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NEW YORK  - By the third inning in Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night, the Angels had Chris Nelson at third base, Tommy Field at shortstop, Grant Green at second base, Collin Cowgill in right field and J.B. Shuck in left field. Not exactly the "template," to borrow one of Manager Mike Scioscia's favorite words, the Angels had in mind in April, but it's emblematic of a season that has gone from bad to worse to unrecognizable. The Angels, their depleted ranks thinned further by a left-calf cramp that knocked shortstop Erick Aybar out in the third inning, hung with the New York Yankees for three innings, but they were pummeled in the next five rounds.
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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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August 4, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
If you had to choose a two-inning sample that is emblematic of the way things have gone for the Angels this season, the last two innings of Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays would be a good choice. Leading by three runs with five outs to go, the Angels saw two infielders throw away potential double-play balls, lost another out on a blown call by an umpire and used six pitchers to try to protect a lead at Angel Stadium. They didn't quite make it, with two-out singles by Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion in the top of the ninth sending the Angels to their 10th loss in 15 games, dropping them to fourth place in the American League West and 101/2 games back in a wild-card race they've never really joined.
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