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May 20, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Back in February, George Skelton examined the Republican field of potential candidates for governor and said Abel Maldonado seemed like a pretty good idea. Maldonado is a moderate in a party that has drifted to the right and a former mayor, lawmaker and lieutenant governor. Plus, he's Latino, a demographic group Republicans are desperate to win over.  "Certainly he could carry the GOP banner while passing the laugh test," Skelton thought. Three months later, Skelton is wondering what happened to Maldonado.
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April 27, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Clayton Kershaw likes to win. He's absolutely used to winning, as his two Cy Young awards attest. Yet he lost one battle Sunday, without ever taking the mound. The Dodgers brought down the hammer, telling Kershaw that despite his campaigning otherwise , he will make another rehab start before rejoining the rotation. And don't think for a moment the competitive Kershaw was happy about it. “Not really, but I did the best I could,” Kershaw said. “But I'm not going to fight the team if everybody doesn't want me to do something.
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August 16, 2009 | Jim Peltz
The Dodgers tentatively plan to start knuckleballer Charlie Haeger when they return home Monday to face the St. Louis Cardinals, Manager Joe Torre said Saturday. Starter Chad Billingsley is expected to return to the rotation Tuesday against the Cardinals, Torre said. Haeger, 25, was called up from triple-A Albuquerque last week. First drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2001, he has appeared in only 19 major league games, with one start. He was 11-6 with a 3.55 earned-run average in 22 starts with Albuquerque.
SPORTS
April 27, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Hanley Ramirez was smiling Sunday. Clayton Kershaw wasn't. Whereas Ramirez was able to pinch-hit a day after he bruised his surgically repaired right thumb, Kershaw was informed by the Dodgers he would pitch in another minor league game before making his return from the disabled list. Asked whether he was fine with the team's decision, Kershaw replied, "Not really. " Sidelined because of a strained back muscle, Kershaw hasn't pitched for the Dodgers since the their season opener in Australia on March 22. Kershaw wanted to pitch for the Dodgers on Wednesday in Minnesota.
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October 10, 2009 | Associated Press
Pedro Martinez is getting the ball and the call in another big game. Philadelphia Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel chose the aging right-hander over J.A. Happ and Joe Blanton , who made cameo appearances out of the bullpen Thursday, to face the Colorado Rockies in Game 3 of their NL playoff series tonight -- weather permitting. The best-of-five series is tied at one game each. It will be Martinez's first postseason start since he won Game 3 for Boston in the 2004 World Series.
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February 27, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- Zack Greinke suffered a strained right calf only three pitches into his exhibition season, according to the Dodgers.] Greinke was escorted off the field in the first inning Thursday by Stan Conte, the Dodgers director of medical services. Greinke started the game by forcing Arizona Diamondbacks leadoff hitter Tony Campana to fly out to left field. He threw two pitches to No. 2 hitter Cliff Pennington, after which he was visited on the mound by Conte and Manager Don Mattingly.
SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
The next step in the return of Clayton Kershaw is at hand. Kershaw will make his first rehab appearance on Friday for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. He has been on the the disabled list since March 30 with a strained upper back muscle. Kershaw, the reigning National League Cy Young winner, has made only one start this season, throwing the opener in Australia, before he went to the DL for the first time in his career. Manager Don Mattingly said Kershaw would need more than just one rehab start before rejoining the rotation.
SPORTS
July 12, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 It's not easy for an 18-year-old who used to live and sleep in his parents' home to suddenly pack the bags and head off to begin a new life as a professional baseball player. But former Santa Ana Mater Dei third baseman Ryan McMahon has been making a good transition. The second-round pick of the Colorado Rockies is batting .313 with 64 at-bats for Grand Junction of the Pioneer League. He has hit two home runs, has a triple and five doubles. McMahon was known for his maturity and handling pressure during his days at Mater Dei. He was once Mater Dei's starting quarterback, and anyone who makes it through that has to be prepared for anything.
SPORTS
March 3, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Clayton Kershaw's second start of the spring didn't go any better than the first, leaving the reigning Cy Young Award-winner visibly frustrated. “Physically, I feel great,” Kershaw said. “I don't have any excuses. I don't know. I'm searching for answers right now. I know it's spring training and it doesn't matter, but it matters to me. We have to figure it out.” Kershaw pitched two perfect innings against the Oakland Athletics on Monday, only to implode in the third inning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1998
"Ideological Conflicts Pose New Threat to Head Start" (Aug. 6) concerns money, not education. By education we must not only mean children, but the family unit, whatever it may be. Rep. Frank Riggs (R-Windsor) pushed through an amendment requiring mothers seeking to enroll their children in Head Start to provide information on the child's paternity. Granted, absentee parents should help in a child's upbringing, but to force parents to try to tell what they may not know, or are afraid to tell, is not the answer.
SPORTS
April 27, 2014 | Helene Elliott
DALLAS - Goaltender Jonas Hiller tried to make the best of the bad situation he had helped create through his shaky play in the last weeks of the regular season, but there were times uncertainty overtook him and despair crept in. He lost his starting job to rookie Frederik Andersen and for a while appeared to have dropped to third on the depth chart behind another rookie, John Gibson. He was the Ducks' forgotten man, left by the wayside as the Ducks forged to the top of the Western Conference and designated Andersen their playoff starter against the Dallas Stars.
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April 27, 2014 | By Marty O'Brien
RICHMOND - For sheer memorability, the Toyota Owners 400 earned its place on the list of unforgettable Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway. Crazy start. Twenty lead changes. Multiple car fires. Great beat-and-bang finish. The 400-lap, 300-mile race never failed to offer the kind of Saturday night short-track atmosphere so many fans crave, and even threw in a good fistfight afterward. Joey Logano emerged victorious in a multi-car battle for the checkered flag over the final laps, with Jeff Gordon second, Kyle Busch third, Brad Keselowski fourth and Matt Kenseth fifth.
BUSINESS
April 27, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
PCM Inc., an El Segundo company that sells information technology products and services, has attracted little attention in more than a quarter-century of business. But that soon may change. The owner of a competing company has starting snapping up PCM's stock, raising speculation of a possible takeover. Firoz Lalji, chairman of technology company Zones Inc. in Auburn, Wash., now owns about 5% of PCM, according to a regulatory filing. And he called PCM "one of the poorest-performing companies in its industry.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2014 | By Susan King
There's never been a TV series quite like "The Prisoner," which premiered in England in 1967 and debuted in the U.S. the summer of 1968 on CBS. Best described as James Bond meets George Orwell filtered through Franz Kafka, the cult series revolved around a British secret agent (Patrick McGoohan) who wants to resign from the service. Deemed too dangerous to retire, they kidnap him and send him to an idyllic, though completely isolated, seaside resort called the Village. There residents are assigned numbers instead of names and their every movement is followed by monitoring systems and security forces.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
In their largest demonstration yet, truck drivers who haul cargo in and out of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will go on a limited strike Monday to protest what they contend are widespread workplace violations. The truck drivers, from some of the region's largest trucking companies, have accused the companies of illegally misclassifying them as independent contractors instead of as employees. That misclassification results in lower wages and denies them protections that employees get under state and federal labor laws, they contend.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2014 | By Tim Logan
Fewer home sales and rising interest rates have led to the nation's lowest level of mortgage lending in 14 years. Just $235 billion in home loans were started in the first three months of the year, the lowest figure recorded in a quarter since 2000, according to data from trade publication Inside Mortgage Finance. That's down nearly a quarter from the end of 2013 and more than half from the same period last year, when the housing market was heating up, especially in Southern California.
SPORTS
July 23, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The Angels face a short-term question and a long-term question with Joe Blanton. The short-term question: Does he make his next scheduled start? On the day after Blanton failed to complete six innings for the fourth consecutive start, Angels Manager Mike Scioscia refused to commit to another one. "Joe has put every effort into trying to be the pitcher he can be," Scioscia said. "Right now, it's very clear he is struggling with some of the basic things he needs to do to be that pitcher.
SPORTS
August 17, 2009 | Associated Press
Quarterback Mark Sanchez , coming off an impressive NFL debut, will start the New York Jets' preseason game at Baltimore next week. Coach Rex Ryan announced Sunday that Sanchez, a rookie from USC, would open under center against the Ravens in the nationally televised game on Aug. 24. Ryan previously determined that Kellen Clemens would start the preseason opener against St. Louis on Friday and the two would flip-flop against Baltimore....
SPORTS
April 25, 2014 | By Marty O'Brien
RICHMOND -- Kyle Larson's meteoric rise in the Sprint Cup Series continued Friday with an assist from Mother Nature. When qualifying for the Toyota Owners 400 was canceled because of rain, Larson earned the first pole of his Cup career because he had posted the fastest lap in the first practice on the three-quarters of a mile oval at Richmond International Raceway: 126.880 mph. He will start on the front row with Brad Keselowski, whose fastest lap...
SPORTS
April 24, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
KEY MOMENT: Brian Wilson failed to complete a ninth inning in which he gave up three hits and allowed the Phillies to break a 3-3 stalemate. Wilson gave up a two-run double to Carlos Ruiz. His night ended when he hit Ryan Howard to load the bases. Wilson was replaced by Jamey Wright, who promptly gave up a two-run single to Marlon Byrd that increased the Phillies' lead to 7-3. ON THE MOUND : Dan Haren made another solid start and could have won his fourth game if not for a fifth-inning error by first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
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