June 20, 2013 |
Felix Hernandez entered Thursday night's game in Angel Stadium with a 99-25 record and 2.89 earned-run average in 162 career starts in which the Seattle Mariners gave him two or more runs of support. So when the 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner, one of baseball's best pitchers, took a three-run lead to the mound in the first inning and a seven-run lead in the third, a Seattle victory seemed as much a foregone conclusion as a Tiger Woods tap-in putt from four inches. Until the Angels started teeing off. BOX SCORE: Angels 10, Seattle 9 The Angels pounded Hernandez for seven straight hits, including homers by Peter Bourjos and Mark Trumbo, in a five-run fifth, tied the game in the sixth, fell behind in the eighth and scored twice in the bottom of the eighth for a dramatic 10-9 comeback win over the Mariners, their most stirring victory of the season.
June 17, 2013 |
It began in Camden Yards on Wednesday with a six-run seventh inning that led to a come-from-behind win over the Baltimore Orioles, it carried through a weekend series against the New York Yankees, and it resumed Monday night against the Seattle Mariners. The Angels hitters are on a roll, much as they were during an eight-game win streak from May 18-26, and they went on a rampage Monday night in Angel Stadium. Offensive underachievers for most of the season, the Angels pounded starter Aaron Harang and three relievers for a season-high 21 hits in an 11-3 victory that provided a loud reminder of just how lethal they can be when their bats are clicking.
June 14, 2013 |
When I lived in the Northwest 15 years ago, I loved to go mountain biking on the trails around devastated Mt. St. Helens, which blew its top in 1980. More than 50 died. Cyclists who'd like to see how St. Helens has changed -- and mellowed -- in the ensuing three-plus decades may want to consider a pair of intermediate to advanced tours by Bicycle Adventures that includes three other volcanoes - - all dormant, of course. The trip along the Pacific Northwest's Ring of Fire is an eight-day, seven-night road ride from Seattle to Portland by way of some 20 major volcanic centers that comprise the Pacific Northwest's Cascade Range.
June 12, 2013 |
Seattle is a great book town. And also a great biking town. So it should comes as little surprise that Seattle now given us a mobile, people-powered public library that's wheeled about town by pedaling librarians “Librarians on bicycles are traveling to several outdoor events across the city with a custom-built book trailer that can carry 500 pounds of materials and display 75 books at a time,” Library Journal reports this week. Last month, Mayor Mike McGinn helped inaugurate the summer pilot program by biking from the city's Central Library to an elementary school with books and a team of librarians in tow. The program, he said, features librarians offering “a full-service library on a bike.
June 2, 2013 |
Midnight was fast approaching when Tom Wilhelmsen and his girlfriend stumbled into Venice. The backpackers were tired and hungry and, truth be told, a little smelly. This was another new city on a trip full of them. They found a cheap room in a seedy hotel, a couple of slices of pizza and a bottle of wine. Then they crashed. "And then we woke up on the canal," he said. "You put your head out the window and, sure enough, there are all the gondolas and the clothes drying, just like in all the pictures.
June 1, 2013 |
As his actors run through a crucial scene - one in which hopes are dashed and the plot is thickened - director Sheldon Epps watches with a contemplative eye. "Good," Epps says at the scene's end, his elegant baritone filling the Pasadena Playhouse rehearsal space. "Let's do it again. But this time, I want you to take every pause out. " The actors look up. "You may get them back," he says reassuringly. "Let's try it. " CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat and more Afterward, amid approving nods, Epps explains.
May 31, 2013
When: 7:30. Where: StubHub Center. On the air: TV: None; Radio: 690. Records: Chivas USA 3-7-2, Sounders 4-4-3. Record vs. Sounders (2012): 0-2-1. Update: Chivas USA tries to overcome the turmoil of this week, including the dismissal of coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola. The club's youth director, Sacha van der Most, will manage this game for Chivas USA before newly named Coach Jose Luis Real Casillas takes over. Chivas hasn't won a game in two months; its last victory was a 2-1 win over Vancouver on March 30. Chivas' home stadium in Carson, formerly called Home Depot Center, is now named StubHub Center.
May 27, 2013 |
As historic moments go, Robbie Rogers' debut with the Galaxy on Sunday featured surprisingly little drama. With 13 minutes left in a 4-0 rout of the Seattle Sounders, official Alejandro Mariscal quietly called Brazilian midfielder Juninho to the sideline and sent Rogers in to take his place. And with that Major League Soccer -- and perhaps the U.S. sports landscape in general -- changed forever. Because when Rogers stepped on the field he became the first openly gay athlete to play for a professional men's team in one of the country's five major leagues.
May 26, 2013 |
The announcement over the loudspeaker before the Sparks' game drew claps from the Staples Center crowd. "Tonight the Sparks report no injuries. " It was a sharp contrast to the injury-riddled Seattle Storm team they were facing, which was playing without superstars Sue Bird (knee surgery) and Lauren Jackson (hamstring surgery), both of whom are sidelined for the season. The Sparks' relative depth showed in a big way in their 102-69 win in their season opener Sunday evening.