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April 18, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
KEY MOMENT: In the blooper reels, this one will live on. The Diamondbacks had the potential winning run on third base in the ninth inning, and Dodgers catcher Tim Federowicz stood up for the intentional walk. But reliever Chris Withrow threw the ball over the head of a catcher standing up - yes, a wild pitch on an intentional walk. That would have been the play that cost the Dodgers the game, had Juan Uribe not forced extra innings with a home run in the bottom of the ninth. Instead, Aaron Hill's two-run single off Chris Perez in the 12th inning won the game for Arizona.
April 17, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
It's springtime in Los Angeles, otherwise known as the season when the Clippers march merrily into the playoffs and the Lakers conduct exit interviews. OK, so maybe this isn't exactly an annual occurrence. The Lakers haven't missed the playoffs during a season in which the Clippers qualified since 1975-76, when the Clippers were located in Buffalo and the Lakers somehow finished two games below .500 with a roster that included Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Gail Goodrich.
April 17, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
In the circus of speculation that surrounds Hillary Rodham Clinton and her presidential prospects, Chelsea Clinton dropped a bombshell Thursday with her announcement that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting a child. The former secretary of State has made no secret of her desire to be a grandmother, and sources close to her have said she would have serious reservations about diving into the grueling schedule of a presidential campaign if those demands coincide with her daughter's pregnancy.
April 16, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
ON THE MOUND: Paul Maholm's second start for the Dodgers was significantly better than his first, as he limited the Giants to a run and five hits over six innings. A 1-1 tie was broken in the seventh inning, when J.P. Howell gave up a two-out single to Pablo Sandoval that drove in Joaquin Arias. AT THE PLATE: The Dodgers got on the scoreboard in the sixth inning, when Maholm drew a walk and scored from first base on a triple by Dee Gordon. Adrian Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single to right field in the seventh inning after Hanley Ramirez was injured when he was hit on the left hand by a pitch.
April 16, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Giants 3, Dodgers 2 KEY MOMENT: Brandon League is guaranteed a combined $17 million over this season and next, which is probably why he is still with the Dodgers and Paco Rodriguez isn't. Because the Dodgers can't send League to the minor leagues without his consent, they optioned Rodriguez to triple-A Albuquerque Tuesday to create a roster spot for Brian Wilson. The Dodgers were immediately forced to deal with the consequences of that decision. Saving Wilson for a save situation, Manager Don Mattingly called on League to pitch the 12th inning with the game tied, 2-2. League wasn't helped by his defense, but he didn't help himself either.
April 16, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
KEY MOMENT: Down by two runs in the ninth, Kole Calhoun double for his third hit of the game and Mike Trout hit a towering two-run homer to center field, his fifth of the season, against left-hander Sean Doolittle to pull the Angels even, 9-9. But Oakland went ahead in the 11th when Jed Lowrie singled and Josh Donaldson hit a run-scoring double to left against Yoslan Herrera. AT THE PLATE: Trout (double) and Howie Kendrick (single) drove in runs in the first, and Calhoun (two-run homer)
April 16, 2014 | By Chris Foster
The scene was part Bolshoi Ballet, part Marx Brothers. Four UCLA running backs lined up yards apart, forming a square. On a signal, they burst forward, dodging each other at the last second. Then another group stepped up and repeated the bit. What looked like an elaborate game of chicken was actually part of a Running Back 101 course led by first-year assistant coach Kennedy Polamalu. "We're trying to get the mental part down," Polamalu said. "… We're on them pretty good.
April 15, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Many players would be thrilled if even a few weeks of their career mirrored that of probable Hall of Fame member Albert Pujols, but David Freese might be following one part of the script a little too closely. Freese and Pujols have much in common. Both helped the St. Louis Cardinals win World Series titles before moving to Anaheim, Pujols signing with the Angels before 2012 and Freese arriving last off-season in a trade. Like Pujols, Freese is struggling in his first month with his new team.
April 14, 2014 | By Susan Brenneman
The 118th Boston Marathon, next week, will actually be the first of its kind - the first running of the iconic American foot race after two bombers killed three people, injured 263 (many horribly) and shook the nation a year ago Tuesday. A race that had long since settled into familiar ritual was suddenly fraught. Security, high last year, will be doubled this year. Nine thousand additional participants are expected, along with 1 million spectators, twice the usual number. Media coverage, never shabby for the event, will multiply.
April 14, 2014 | By Cindy Chang
At the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department headquarters, a winding hallway leads to an unexpected oasis. Surrounded by trees, with a built-in grill and tables, the patio is an ideal place for a barbecue. Until recently, though, only a select few enjoyed it, smoking cigars and fashioning it into their own private hangout. In his first week as interim sheriff, John Scott announced that the cigar patio, as it was called, would be open to all employees. A contest would be held to choose a new name and smoking would no longer be allowed.
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