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April 25, 1996
Bottom of the ninth. You're clinging to a one-run lead and Tommy Lasorda is crossing the third base line, heading toward the mound. "You did good work today, kid, but you look tired. I'm bringing in some relief." He takes the ball from you, pats you on the back, sends you to the showers . . . and tells you to take a cookie from the official jar. An idle fantasy? Not exactly. With the "Official Cookies" ceramic baseball cookie jar, you can be just like a big leaguer.
February 28, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Dodgers 5, Chicago White Sox 0 AT THE PLATE: Top prospect Joc Pederson hit a two-run, opposite-field home run. Adrian Gonzalez doubled to left-center in the second inning, his second double in as many days. Reserve outfield candidate Mike Baxter doubled in a run in the eighth inning. Nonroster player Clint Robinson was two for two with a home run and scored two runs. ON THE MOUND: Setup man Brian Wilson, closer Kenley Jansen, Chris Perez, J.P. Howell, Jamey Wright and Matt Magill each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
December 4, 1987 | MIKE PENNER
Two days after the acquisition of Chili Davis, the Angels added another free agent to their roster, re-signing relief pitcher Greg Minton Thursday for the 1988 season. No other terms of the contract were announced. Minton, 36, filed for free agency after last season but that act proved a mere formality for the pitcher, who wanted to remain with the team. He joined the Angels last June after being cut in May by the San Francisco Giants, and went 5-4 with a 3.08 earned-run average and 10 saves.
February 13, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - The Dodgers have three former All-Star closers and none of them is likely to start the season as the team's primary ninth-inning option. That job belongs to Kenley Jansen. As crowded as the Dodgers are in the outfield with Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford and Matt Kemp vying for three starting spots, they might be even more talented in the bullpen. The Dodgers have so many experienced relief pitchers, they might not have a place on the major league roster for Paco Rodriguez, who posted a 2.32 earned-run average in 76 games as a rookie last season.
June 10, 1992 | Associated Press
In only the second trade between the two clubs involving major league players, the New York Yankees sent relief pitcher Lee Guetterman to the New York Mets for relief pitcher Tim Burke. Burke, a 33-year-old right-hander, is 1-2 with no saves and a 5.74 ERA. Guetterman, a 33-year-old left-hander, is 1-1 with no saves and a 9.53 ERA.
June 23, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Ron Kline, 70, a star relief pitcher who won 114 games during a 19-year major league career with several teams, died Saturday at his home in Callery, Pa. He was hospitalized last week for heart and kidney problems, but the cause of death was not announced. A starting pitcher early in his career who later became an accomplished relief pitcher, Kline played for nine teams and had three tours of duty with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who originally brought him to the majors in 1952.
December 12, 1987 | ROSS NEWHAN, Times Staff Writer
Bleary-eyed but clearly seeing a better future, Executive Vice President Fred Claire of the Dodgers completed a three-way trade with the Oakland A's and the New York Mets early Friday morning, fulfilling the team's persistent pursuit of an everyday shortstop and a proven relief pitcher. Six days after his arrival at the winter baseball meetings and almost two days after the meetings had officially ended, Claire emerged shortly after 2 a.m.
January 30, 1991 | From Associated Press
Jack Morris elected to become a free agent Tuesday, and relief pitcher Juan Berenguer left the Minnesota Twins and signed with the Atlanta Braves for $2.1 million over two years. Three other new-look free agents faced a 9 p.m. PST deadline to decide their futures. Angel outfielder Chili Davis was talking with the Minnesota Twins, but no offers were reported for pitchers Mike LaCoss of the San Francisco Giants and Dave LaPoint of the New York Yankees.
March 26, 1987 | JERRY CROWE, Times Staff Writer
During a ceremony to honor Whitey Ford for winning 25 games for the New York Yankees in 1961, a truck rolled out of center field at Yankee Stadium carrying a giant roll of Lifesavers. As it neared home plate, out popped relief pitcher Luis Arroyo. It was an appropriate mode of transportation for Arroyo, who established American League highs for a relief pitcher that season of 15 wins and 29 saves.
Bryan Harvey, the relief pitcher the Angels let go in 1992, returned Wednesday, signing a one-year contract with the team. Harvey, 32, signed a major league contract for $500,000, but could receive as much as $1.75 million more in bonuses. The base salary is guaranteed, pending a physical in January. Harvey underwent reconstructive elbow surgery on May 3. "I'm not sure he can pitch this evening, but I think he will be ready by opening day or soon after," General Manager Bill Bavasi said.
August 10, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
CLEVELAND - The Angels got their much-maligned bullpen into alignment at Progressive Field, five relievers combining for 32/3 perfect innings in a 7-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night. When the Angels left Anaheim on Thursday, their bullpen had a 1-7 record, 7.68 earned-run average and five blown saves in 13 games. In winning two in a row in Cleveland, relievers have retired 17 of 18 batters. "The separation of some ground we could have made up these last two weeks definitely points to some guys in the bullpen who had a rough 10-game stretch," Manager Mike Scioscia said.
June 16, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA relief pitcher David Berg has been named one of three finalists for the National Pitcher of the Year award. Berg, a sophomore, set a school record with 21 saves this season. He is 7-0 with an 0.88 earned-run average, the lowest in the nation. The Bruins will face another finalist when playing Louisiana State in their College World Series opener at 5 p.m. Sunday. The Tigers will start Aaron Nora, who is 12-0 with a 1.68 ERA. He has 117 strikeouts in 118 innings. The game will be on ESPN2.
May 30, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA relief pitcher David Berg was named first-team All-American by Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball on  Thursday. Berg's 0.70 earned-run average was the lowest in the nation. He has a 6-0 record with a UCLA-record 18 saves. Berg, a sophomore, is a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, given to the nation's best college baseball player. ALSO: College athlete violates NCAA rules by washing car on campus Dennis Rodman got North Korea gig after Michael Jordan declined Jallen Messersmith comes out as gay, a first for men's college basketball
May 10, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Major League Baseball on Friday suspended the crew chief and fined all four umpires involved in a bizarre incident during Thursday's game between the Angels and Houston Astros. The discipline all resulted from what an MLB statement called "a misapplication" of a rule -- that is, the umpires not knowing the rules. Crew chief Fieldin Culbreth was suspended two games. Culbreth and the other three umpires on the crew all were fined an undisclosed amount. The announcement appeared to reflect MLB's concern about umpire accountability.
March 5, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - You could say that Michael Kohn has a leg up on Angels teammate Ryan Madson in their recoveries from Tommy John surgery. The relief pitchers underwent elbow reconstruction on consecutive days last April, Madson with Dr. Lewis Yocum, the Angels' team physician and an expert on the procedure, and Kohn with Dr. James Andrews, the renowned Alabama surgeon whose patients include Michael Jordan, Jack Nicklaus and Robert Griffin III. ...
July 25, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
ST. LOUIS -- Hanley Ramirez joined the Dodgers on Wednesday with the all-star infielder saying it marked "a new beginning" in his career. The Dodgers acquired Ramirez and left-handed relief pitcher Randy Choate from the Miami Marlins in exchange for pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and minor-league pitcher Scott McGough. Promptly penciled into Wednesday's lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals, Ramirez was due to play third base and bat fifth in the order. Before taking batting practice in the sweltering heat at Busch Stadium, many of the Dodgers walked over to Ramirez's locker one at a time to welcome him. "I'm happy to be here," Ramirez said after team clubhouse manager Mitch Poole handed him a blue Dodgers cap. Ramirez said he spoke briefly with Manager Don Mattingly and that "he told me to just go out there and play the way you play and keep playing hard.
Darren Dreifort is only a rookie from Wichita State, but he is already a hero to the Dodgers. With Mike Piazza and Delino DeShields unable to swing a bat, in the 10th inning Manager Tom Lasorda called on the relief pitcher, who hit 22 home runs in college last year, to pinch-hit. Dreifort hit a 1-and-2 pitch for a two-out single to drive in the winning run in a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium on Friday night. "It was no accident I sent Darren up to hit," Lasorda said.
The bases were clogged Friday night, and for the third time this season in that same bind, the call to the Angel bullpen was for Jeff Robinson. In a rare lapse, Chuck Finley, the Angels' ace, already had walked in what would prove to be the winning run. But the damage stopped there. Robinson, seemingly oblivious to the tension, got Toronto pinch-hitter Mookie Wilson to ground to second, and the inning was over.
July 20, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
Ryan Doherty's head soars 7 feet 1 inch above the earth and sits about 10 inches below the peak of a beach volleyball net. And when he leaps and extends his 7-foot-4 wingspan, his forearms easily stretch to the other side. These physical measurements come in handy for Doherty, who's competing in the Hermosa Beach Open this weekend with his partner, Casey Patterson. The No. 9-seeded duo out of 32 men's teams opens play during Saturday's main draw, which begins at 9 a.m. Doherty and Patterson have won two straight Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series events and three overall events this year, but for all his success in the sport, Doherty is new to it: He calls this his first full year as a pro. He's been a pro before, just at something else: Baseball.
December 21, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
Reliever Ronald Belisario has received a visa and will be in Arizona when the Dodgers open spring training, according to his agent. The hard-throwing Venezuelan missed the entire 2011 season because he was unable to gain entry into the United States. Belisario posted a 2.04 earned-run average in 69 appearances as a rookie in 2009, but his career was subsequently derailed by a series of personal problems. Facing drunk-driving charges, he had trouble securing a visa the next year and reported late to camp.
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