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September 28, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
And for today's scare, the Dodgers bring you Matt Kemp. Kemp was a late scratch Friday night, the Dodgers said he was removed for precautionary reasons because of left ankle soreness. This is the same ankle that earlier caused Kemp to sit out 53 games. He came off the disabled list Sept. 16 and had started every game but one since. Kemp has been on the DL three times this season because of a hamstring strain, soreness from off-season shoulder surgery and the ankle issue.
April 18, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
DETROIT -- Angels third baseman David Freese was scratched from the lineup Friday night because of tightness in his right quadriceps, but the injury is not believed to be serious. Ian Stewart will start in his place against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Freese showed some signs of emerging from an early season funk when he singled twice in four at-bats and drove in a run Tuesday night against the Oakland Athletics. But he went hitless in six at-bats in a win over the A's on Wednesday night, his average falling to .151 with a .207 on-base percentage and .208 slugging percentage.
March 6, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX--Zack Greinke's strange spring got a little stranger Wednesday when he was scratched from his scheduled start against Mexico's World Baseball Classic team. Stephen Fife will start in Greinke's place. Greinke, who skipped a bullpen session Sunday because of tightness in his right foreman, complained Wednesday of flu-like symptoms. He is at least the fourth Dodger to miss a game with illness. Luis Cruz missed two days last week after spending time at an urgent care facility with an apparent case of food poisoning.
April 18, 2014 | By Russ Parsons
It's hard to believe that only 50 years have passed since Julia Child set foot on the new continent of American Foodlandia. And yet in that short period, it seems we've already seen the full cycle of colonial development: discovery, exploration, exploitation. Three books on recent food history offer glimpses of each stage. Luke Barr's "Provence, 1970" describes the beginning; Colman Andrews' "My Usual Table" hits the middle period; and Allen Salkin's "From Scratch," a pulp history of the Food Network, covers the descent into decadence.
April 30, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
What's more exciting than James Cameron re-releasing “Titanic” in 3-D? When an even richer man - Australia's Clive Palmer - tries to bring the ill-fated ship to life. By building a modern replica of it. The mining billionaire said Monday that he has commissioned CSC Jinling Shipyard, a Chinese state-owned business, to construct a new Titanic from scratch. “Many people have attempted to do it before but have failed because they didn't have the buy-in of a shipyard and didn't have the money to pay for it,” he said.
July 28, 2010 | wire reports
Rookie sensation Stephen Strasburg was scratched from his scheduled start for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night because he had problems warming up before the game against the Atlanta Braves. The right-hander was being examined by a team doctor and "appropriate tests will be taken after that," including possibly an MRI exam or X-ray, General Manager Mike Rizzo said. Tulowitzki returns All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was activated by the Colorado Rockies after sitting out nearly six weeks because of a broken left wrist.
August 10, 1991 | Reuters
A Japanese businessman has purchased a Belgian racing pigeon called Playboy for $144,000, more than double the usual price for a champion bird, the Belga news agency reported Friday. The pigeon won this year's prestigious 620-mile Barcelona race.
March 2, 2010
Peter Gabriel "Scratch My Back" Real World . There seems to be two motivations behind Peter Gabriel's new album, one playful and the other more serious. The first gives the project its title: Gabriel covered compositions by 12 working artists, including David Bowie, Neil Young, Arcade Fire and the Magnetic Fields. He also invited them to plumb his own catalog for an upcoming answer record titled "I'll Scratch Yours." Some have called this proposition opportunistic, a way for Gabriel to both reassert his place alongside more iconic elders and make a DNA connection with arty youngsters.
September 21, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Matt Barkley is starting over. USC's sophomore quarterback saw his previously unblemished touchdown-to-interception ratio take a hit in Saturday's victory at Minnesota. After passing for seven touchdowns without an interception in the Trojans' first two games, he passed for two more touchdowns against the Golden Gophers but also had two passes picked off in the Trojans' 32-21 victory. Barkley did not expect to go the entire season without an interception. "I guess the goal is to see how long you last before it happens," he said after practice Tuesday.
September 9, 2007 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
Milwaukee Manager Ned Yost scratched an itch, and the Brewers got smacked. "It all started with a mosquito bite," Yost told reporters after an 11-4 loss to Cincinnati on Friday. Say what? Yost said third base coach Nick Leyva saw him scratching in the first inning after being bitten earlier, and thought the manager wanted Gabe Gross, who had doubled, to steal third. Gross was thrown out trying to steal as Ryan Braun struck out. "It set the tone for the night," Yost said.
February 12, 2014 | Broderick Turner
Maybe J.J. Redick could play with his sore right hip, but Clippers Coach Doc Rivers is taking no chances with his starting shooting guard, who will sit out Wednesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers. Redick said his injury has improved, but he will listen to Rivers and miss his fourth straight game. "I don't think that I'll play tomorrow. That's what Doc says," Redick said. "It's a day-to-day thing. " With the All-Star break coming up Thursday through Sunday, Redick will have had two weeks off to make sure his hip is 100% healthy.
November 30, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Those who have suggested Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin was USC's top coaching choice may have been right -- but Sumlin is apparently not coming to USC. A good sign someone is making a run at a coach is if that coach's school suddenly signs him to a multiyear extension just hours before a big game against, say, Missouri. That happened Saturday when it was reported Sumlin had agreed on a new, six-year contract to stay at Texas A&M. "Coach Sumlin has demonstrated why he is considered among the nation's elite football coaches.
November 29, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - On the website for Jim Fulner's U.S. Senate campaign, 34 letters and numbers appear in a string above the "Donate Now!" button. They are the code for his campaign's bitcoin wallet, where holders of the so-called digital currency can send it to the Libertarian from Michigan - without a bank acting as an intermediary. "It's an exciting new technology," said Jeff Wood, the campaign treasurer and a self-described early adopter of bitcoin. But as with any budding technology, federal agencies must examine how its use fits in with the law, including rules for campaign donations.
November 20, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
LG's curved smartphone, the G Flex, has a lot of cool specs -- a 6-inch screen, a flexible plastic body that can be pushed flat without breaking and an ultra-thin, high-resolution display. But the feature we're most excited and curious about? LG's claim that its new phone is made with a "self-healing" coating that protects the device from surface damage and can actually erase signs of scratches after they occur. Although the notion of a self-healing phone seems implausible, YouTube personality and video producer Marques Brownlee posted a video online in which he runs the G Flex through a series of scratch tests and the phone appears to emerge relatively unscathed.
November 10, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf was scratched from Sunday night's home game against the Vancouver Canucks because of an upper-body injury, with the team announcing the move seconds after the Ducks began warming up on the Honda Center ice. Center Mathieu Perreault (five goals, nine assists) started in Getzlaf's place Sunday. Getzlaf slipped on the ice at Friday's morning skate and was said by Coach Bruce Boudreau to have been iffy to play that night. He did, producing his first career hat trick with three first-period goals, adding an assist.
October 31, 2013 | By Bill Dwyre and Eric Sondheimer
The $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic suffered a major defection Thursday when trainer Bill Mott announced that Ron The Greek, winner of the Jockey Club Gold Cup, would be scratched from Saturday's race at Santa Anita because of a quarter crack. Ron The Greek won the 2012 Santa Anita Handicap. His morning-line odds for the Classic were 8-1 and his departure leaves a field of 11 in the 1 1/4-mile race. "He had an abscess that broke open in his foot," Mott said. The trainer said the abscess was discovered Wednesday during the feed time.
March 5, 1987
"Instant" winnings up to $50,000 and a total pool of $90 million will be available in the new "Double Feature" state lottery scratch-off game that begins today. Lottery Director M. Mark Michalko held a press conference Wednesday at Pickfair Mansion in Los Angeles during which he said the new game, keyed to Hollywood's centennial celebration, will give players the chance to instantly win up to $50,000.
May 14, 2006
I loved Dan Harder's paean to stinky cheeses ("For the Love of Stinky Cheese," Style, April 23). If only the accompanying photo were scratch 'n' sniff. Robin Wyshak Los Angeles
October 21, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: + If Sidney Crosby can be said to do anything quietly, he is quietly having a sensational start. Through Sunday he led the NHL in scoring with 17 points, including at least one point in all eight games the Penguins had played. That's a personal best to start a season for Crosby. + St. Louis forward David Backes scored six goals in the Blues' first seven games, matching his total in last season's 48-game schedule.
October 18, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Wine books make you tremble in your boots? All that jargon. All those names to learn. All the erudition to wade through? Well, here's one that your inner 3-year-old should enjoy: “ The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert .” The author is Richard Betts, a master sommelier but no snob, whose Twitter feed boasts the motto “Wine is a grocery, not a luxury.” The book, which premieres this week, is just 22 pages....
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