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November 1, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers are struggling to win games which may lead Coach Mike Brown to tinker with his rotation. The pecking order is clear at point guard with Steve Nash getting the bulk of the minutes, assuming he quickly gets over the lower-leg contustion that knocked him out of the game in Portland. Steve Blake is the primary backup.  Chris Duhon gets spot minutes.  Darius Morris is a project. At shooting guard , Kobe Bryant will get the lion share of minutes.  Brown went with Jodie Meeks in the first game behind Bryant but relied more on Devin Ebanks the next night.
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April 23, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone thinks it is "awesome. " Quarterback Brett Hundley is just "happy. " The two have spent the last three weeks working with an offensive smorgasbord. The Bruins seem deeper at the skill positions than they have been in more than a decade. Mazzone, in fact, can't pinpoint when he has had it so good. "It has been awhile," Mazzone said. "For the last several years, I have been shopping at 7-Eleven. Now I feel like I'm at Costco.
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April 5, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Of the many statistics that indicate the potential strength of the Angels' pitching rotation, most prominent are the 61-37 record, 2.97 earned-run average and 774 strikeouts that Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, Ervin Santana and C.J. Wilson combined for last season. But the number 926 is what jumps out at General Manager Jerry Dipoto entering Friday night's season opener against the Kansas City Royals at Angel Stadium. That's how many innings Weaver, Haren, Santana and Wilson combined to throw in 2011, a figure that, if repeated, would require the Angels get only 74 innings from their fifth starter — Jerome Williams or Garrett Richards — to reach what Dipoto considers a magic number for five-man rotations: 1,000.
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April 13, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - - Carl Crawford will be sidelined Sunday with tightness on the right side of his abdominal muscles as the Dodgers try to complete a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Trevor Cahill, who gave up five runs in four innings to the Dodgers in Australia, will be pitching for the Diamondbacks. Dan Haren will start for the Dodgers. The Dodgers will have a day off Monday and resume play Tuesday in San Francisco. Josh Beckett, Paul Maholm and Hyun-Jin Ryu will start the three games against the Giants, Manager Don Mattingly announced.
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July 24, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The Angels have removed Joe Blanton from their starting rotation, moving the pitcher who leads the major leagues in losses into their bullpen. Garrett Richards will replace Blanton in the rotation, starting with Saturday's game against the first-place Oakland Athletics. Richards has started four games this season -- the last one a 10-6 loss to Oakland on April 30 -- and has been in the Angels' bullpen since then. Blanton, 32, is 2-13 with a 5.66 earned-run average. No major league pitcher has given up more hits, runs or home runs.
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April 30, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
The early returns on most everything the 16-6 Dodgers have done this April has been couched by, "Yeah, but they've been beating up the dregs of the National League. " OK, so mostly true. Still, the Dodgers just completed a six-game homestand against two other teams off to hot 2012 starts - - Atlanta and Washington - - and the early returns on one team's uncertainty were only encouraging. The rotation was excellent. Entering the season, the starting five consisted of an ace and four questions marks.
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September 25, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels could have started Ervin Santana and Dan Haren on regular rest against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday night and Thursday. Or, they could have started C.J. Wilson and Santana against the Mariners. Manager Mike Scioscia chose to go with Wilson and Haren because of their success against the Mariners this season and because Santana, the most effective of those three starters right now, probably gives them a better chance of beating the Rangers in Texas on Saturday. Wilson allowed one earned run and two hits in six innings of a 4-2 win over Seattle on May 27 and has a 10-5 career record and 3.88 earned run average against the Mariners.
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March 23, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Coach Mike Brown doesn't plan to use rookie guard Andrew Goudelock in the regular rotation much anymore. He appeared only in garbage time in the Lakers' 109-93 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday and didn't play in the Lakers' loss to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday. Brown said the reason has less to do with Ramon Sessions' arrival to the Lakers' backcourt and more to do with the postseason awaiting in a little more than a month. "We're shrinking it a little bit," Brown said of his rotation.  Because of that, Brown in recent games has paired Sessions with multiple guards, including Kobe Bryant and Steve Blake.
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April 6, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Jerome Williams and Garrett Richards are doing a good job of making the decision of who to award the fifth rotation spot very difficult for the Angels, who will need an additional starter for an April 15 game in New York's Yankee Stadium. Williams, slowed this spring by a left hamstring strain, threw five innings and 76 pitches for Class-A Inland Empire Thursday night, allowing two runs and five hits (including a solo home run to Dodgers prospect Nick Akins), striking out four and walking two. With one more minor-league start Tuesday, Williams, who is on the disabled list, should get to six innings and 90 pitches, the range most managers deem necessary to be ready to start a season.
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October 25, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
Though the Clippers will play their eighth and final exhibition Friday night against the Sacramento Kings, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said he has yet to establish his rotation for the regular season. Rivers said too much can happen during an 82-game schedule to say for sure he'll stick to the same rotation all season. Besides, his team hasn't been healthy enough during training camp to know how the rotation will work out. Shooting guard J.J. Redick (partially torn quad muscle)
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April 10, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SEATTLE -- The Garrett Richards of 2012 or early 2013 may have been stressed by the situation he faced in the third inning Wednesday night -- two on, one out and the heart of the Seattle order, Robinson Cano and Justin Smoak, coming up. The Richards of 2014 remained calm, inducing a weak grounder to first from Cano and, with runners on second and third, striking out Smoak with a nasty curve in the dirt, the highlight of a seven-inning, one-hit, six-strikeout,...
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March 30, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Mike Trout could have another monster season. Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton could bounce back from career-worst years. Joe Smith and Sean Burnett could add much-needed depth and reliability to the bullpen. And it might not matter. For the Angels to end their four-year playoff drought, they will need six months of consistently strong pitching from a rotation that has little margin for error or injury. The projected starters should be better than the 2013 group, though inexperience at the back of the rotation is a cause for concern.
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March 29, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
There was a competition, sort of. And there is a winner, apparently. With Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley trying to come back from surgery, in the off-season the Dodgers signed veteran left-hander Paul Maholm to add rotation depth. The Dodgers knew Billingsley (Tommy John surgery) would not be ready until sometime in May, so the fifth spot in the rotation was supposed to come down to either Beckett or Maholm. Neither had a sterling spring, but there is a winner, though it was never exactly announced until almost offhandedly Friday - Beckett.
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March 27, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Baseball knows well how the “best-laid plans” routine turns out. You plan in pencil in this game. The Dodgers, though, would like to have gotten through their first series on U.S. soil without facing the possibility of turning their rotation upside down. Ace Clayton Kershaw is out with a sore back. Hyun-Jin Ryu could be out with a sore toe. Now their three-game series in San Diego could feature starting pitchers Dan Haren, Zack Greinke and Paul Maholm. And they might want to place Greinke in bubble wrap.
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March 21, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Detroit Tigers needed help at shortstop, and the Angels took advantage of that need to fortify their pitching depth. The Angels acquired left-hander Jose Alvarez from the Tigers on Friday for shortstop Andrew Romine. Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto said Alvarez would join the team Sunday and could emerge as a minor league starter or major league swingman. Dipoto said the trade addressed the "much-discussed" issue of whether the Angels had sufficient depth among starting pitchers.
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March 13, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Quick, somebody find Stephen Fife! That fifth spot in the Dodgers' rotation is currently looking a tad shaky. Chad Billingsley is coming off Tommy John elbow surgery and not expected back until sometime in May, and Josh Beckett is coming off surgery to remove a rib, was hit hard in his last outing and will try to pitch Friday with a sprained thumb. And now veteran left-hander Paul Maholm suffered through his first rough outing in the Dodgers' 8-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz.
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June 12, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
BALTIMORE - The Angels will skip Joe Blanton in the rotation this weekend, and Manager Mike Scioscia did not commit to a specific return date for the struggling right-hander, who is 1-10 with a 5.87 earned-run average, worst among American League starters. “We'll push him back a couple of days with [Thursday's] off day and see where he'll fold in,” Scioscia said. “We'll see how some guys come out of some starts and go from there.” C.J. Wilson, Tommy Hanson and Jered Weaver will pitch against the New York Yankees in a series that begins Friday night in Angel Stadium.
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June 16, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
An off day last week allowed the Angels to skip Joe Blanton's turn the last time through their rotation. But Manager Mike Scioscia said the right-hander, who leads the majors with 10 losses and 111 hits allowed, will return to the mound Tuesday against Seattle. Scioscia said pitching coach Mike Butcher has worked to repair some mechanical issues in Blanton's delivery and the Angels are hoping to see a different pitcher Tuesday. “He knows what he needs to do,” Scioscia said.
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March 9, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX  - There's a massive painting hanging in a hallway of Dan Haren's home in Irvine that shows the pitcher, mid-windup, in the uniforms of the first four major league teams for which he played. It was meant to be a memento of an All-Star career. But it was outdated shortly after the paint dried. "Little did I know," said Haren, who has pitched for two more teams since hanging the artwork in his home two seasons ago. This spring he's wearing the blue script of the Dodgers, who signed him to a one-year, $10-million free-agent contract in November.
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March 8, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Last season the Dodgers were fat with starting pitchers, going into camp with eight. As it turned out, even before the first month of the season ended, that was two fewer than they needed. This year their first four starters -- Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dan Haren -- appear set. Then they have Josh Beckett, who is returning after having a rib removed, and Chad Billingsley , who may be back in early May after recovering from Tommy John surgery. Which leaves Paul Maholm as the only real veteran rotation insurance.
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