December 11, 2013 |
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Angels would be pleased to sign Matt Garza and Raul Ibanez and call it a winter. Garza would join Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson atop the starting rotation, followed by youngsters Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs . Ibanez would replace the departed Mark Trumbo at designated hitter. By Wednesday, the day after they traded Trumbo, the Angels had discussed the parameters of a deal with Ibanez. The Angels are uncertain whether they can afford Garza.
November 30, 2013 |
STEPHEN FIFE , 27, pitcher Final 2013 stats: 4-4, 3.86 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, .304 opponent batting average, 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings in 12 games (58 1/3 innings). Contract status: Under team control. The good: In six June starts he went 3-2 with a 2.21 ERA. In 10 overall starts he posted a 3.04 ERA and was looking like a solid member of the rotation . In five appearances at home (four starts), he went 3-1 with a 3.45 ERA. The bad: He gave up too many hits.
November 4, 2013 |
An NBA coach has 240 minutes to parcel out to his players in a regulation game. Most teams settle into eight or nine guys who play the majority of the minutes. So far this season, Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni is running an unorthodox 11-man rotation. The results have been inconclusive, as the Lakers have split their first four games. "We're not a well-oiled machine," guard Steve Nash said after practice Monday. "We don't even know what lineups suit us best yet, let alone what each other are going to do. " In four games D'Antoni has used 34 player combinations.
November 2, 2013 |
The Lakers have a 1-2 record after losing Friday night to the San Antonio Spurs 91-85. Coach Mike D'Antoni is still trying to sort through his rotation options, especially at power forward. "I'm still searching for the right combinations," D'Antoni said after the loss. On Friday, Jordan Hill once again made an impact at center for the second unit. Hill was also a major part of the Lakers' opening-night run past the Clippers. To get Hill more minutes, D'Antoni can try Chris Kaman alongside Pau Gasol in the starting lineup -- instead of using Kaman as the first big off the bench.
October 25, 2013 |
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)
October 15, 2013 |
USC gave more players opportunities on offense in last week's victory over Arizona, a trend that will move to the defense on Saturday against Notre Dame. Interim coach Ed Orgeron said more players would rotate in against the Fighting Irish. Lineman Antwaun Woods and linebackers Jabari Ruffin and Anthony Sarao are among those who could play more to help rest starters. That opportunity, Orgeron said, raises practice performance. "More guys are into it," he said. "The accountability factor is much higher.
September 25, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - When the Dodgers won the National League West title last week, Hanley Ramirez and Ricky Nolasco shared a champagne-soaked embrace. "Finally," Ramirez told Nolasco. "We're going to the playoffs. " Ramirez and Nolasco's previous seasons together all ended in disappointment. For six-plus years, they were teammates on the Marlins, who were crippled season after season by frugal owner Jeffrey Loria. BOX SCORE: San Francisco 6, Dodgers 4 Ramirez earned his escape from baseball purgatory last year, when the Marlins dumped his salary on the Dodgers.
September 23, 2013 |
It has been a nice little run for the Angels since Aug. 23, their 21-8 record before Monday's game against Oakland taking some sting out of another disappointing season, but they can't let it fool them into thinking they can roll into 2014 with this personnel. If the Angels are to end a four-year playoff drought next season, they'll need pitching, pitching and more pitching. "There are some fundamental things we need to look at that a good finish will not and should not mask.
September 14, 2013 |
The beating the Dodgers took Saturday at Dodger Stadium wasn't as bad as the one Canelo Alvarez got in Las Vegas. It was worse. Way worse. Historically bad, in fact, with the Giants setting a Dodger Stadium record for runs in a 19-3 rout. The last time the Dodgers lost by that much at home they were still in Brooklyn and they had a rookie infielder named Jackie Robinson. The Giants also coaxed six Dodger pitchers into giving up a season-high 22 hits while the Giants' Hunter Pence set a career high with seven runs batted in and teammate Brandon Belt added career highs of his own for hits (five)
September 6, 2013 |
USC plays Washington State for the first time in three years Saturday in a Pac-12 Conference opener at the Coliseum. Staff writer Gary Klein examines the story lines: Split personality USC Coach Lane Kiffin once again declined to announce a starting quarterback, but Cody Kessler is expected to be up first for the second consecutive game, with Max Wittek also ready to play. Kessler, a third-year sophomore, struggled against Hawaii before rallying near the end of the first half.