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SPORTS
April 8, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
C.J. Wilson's earned-run average in the warmth of Arizona and Dodger Stadium was 1.11 as the Angels' $77.5-million left-handed addition to the pitching rotation cruised to a 4-0 exhibition record. Tough, however, to simulate pitching in an icebox there. Now, Orange County's Wilson makes his regular-season debut in the frigid conditions of early spring in Minnesota, where he'll oppose the Twins' Nick Blackburn Monday at Target Field. “Nothing you can do, just adjust,” Wilson said.
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SPORTS
April 9, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
MINNEAPOLIS -- C.J. Wilson battled the elements -- a game-time temperature of 45 degrees with wind gusts up to 31 mph -- and some control problems to notch his first victory as an Angel, allowing one run and three hits in seven innings of a 5-1 win over the Minnesota Twins in Target Field. Wilson, the occasionally wild left-hander, walked four in the first five innings Monday, but none of those he issued free passes to came around to score. The only run Wilson allowed was a fourth-inning homer by Josh Willingham.
WORLD
June 21, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Rima Marrouch, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - The International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday that it had received assurances from the Syrian government and opposition forces on a plan for a temporary truce to evacuate and assist people stranded in the battle-torn city of Homs. But reports from pro-opposition activists in Homs indicated that the government had continued shelling, clashes were ongoing and there was no sign of a relief operation. Rebels were also reportedly on the offensive, seeking to reoccupy the battered Baba Amr district, a longtime rebel enclave that became an international symbol of resistance until Syrian forces overran the neighborhood in March after weeks of shelling and urban combat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2012 | By David Zahniser and Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
The developer of a proposed downtown football stadium is counting on a dramatic change in the behavior of L.A. sports fans, releasing a report Thursday that bets 1 in 4 ticket buyers would come to the 72,000-seat venue without a car on weekdays. With more than 19,000 vehicles expected to flood downtown for games at Farmers Field, Anschutz Entertainment Group's strategy for traffic hinges, in part, on convincing ticket buyers to travel via the Metro Blue Line, the upcoming Expo Line and other public transit routes.
BUSINESS
November 1, 1997 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
ARV Assisted Living Inc. said it sold $60 million in convertible notes to an affiliate of Lazard Freres & Co., allowing the New York investment firm to boost its stake in the elderly care company to 28.2%. The transaction supplants an earlier agreement for Lazard to buy up to 49.9% of Costa Mesa-based ARV for $14 a share, or $135 million. That deal was subject to shareholder approval. The transaction also lessens the chances that another ARV suitor, Seattle-based Emeritus Corp.
SPORTS
August 3, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
Almost lost amid a flurry of Angels hits and runs Sunday was a solid effort from Jered Weaver, who gave up four runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings, with a career-high 11 strikeouts. Weaver (11-3) had a 7.35 earned-run average in his previous 10 starts and admitted fatigue might have been a factor. "I don't know what dead arm is, but maybe I had a case of it," Weaver said. "Today, my arm slot just felt a lot more consistent and I got a little more extension on my pitches. The slider was tighter."
SPORTS
August 20, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from Minneapolis — Looks as if it's time for another team meeting. The emotional lift the Angels got from Thursday's players-only gathering in Fenway Park seemed like another in a litany of false starts after what transpired in Target Field on Friday night. Dan Haren, hailed as an ace when he was acquired from Arizona on July 25, looked shaky against the Minnesota Twins, following a third-inning intentional walk to Joe Mauer with a hanging curve that Jason Kubel crushed for a three-run home run. And left fielder Juan Rivera starred in another episode of "Lost," getting a glove on but dropping Jim Thome's fourth-inning triple and, two batters later, losing Danny Valencia's fly ball in a cloudy twilight sky — wait, wasn't that problem supposed to be solved with the move out of the Metrodome?
SPORTS
June 28, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Officially, the Dodgers still have half of their season remaining. But the real deadline to push their way into contention is fast approaching. In the coming weeks, General Manager Ned Colletti will decide whether the Dodgers will look to add reinforcements or unload salaries leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. "As we get closer to it, we'll have a better feel for where we're at, how close we are or how far we are," Colletti said. Unless something dramatically changes in the near future, the Dodgers will be sellers.
SPORTS
April 9, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
MINNEAPOLIS — C.J. Wilson wasn't in Texas anymore. That was evident Monday, not so much by the "Angels" written across his jersey but by the 45-degree temperatures and 31-mph wind gusts in Target Field, a stark contrast to the sauna-like conditions the former Rangers ace is accustomed to. The frozen tundra of Lambeau Field it wasn't, but the weather was not at all conducive to the pinpoint control of a baseball, which can feel like a cue ball...
SPORTS
September 20, 2009 | Dave Campbell
Terry Francona was asked during Boston's last trip to the Metrodome what he'll remember about playing in Minnesota's puffy, climate-controlled, multipurpose stadium. Addressing reporters in a dingy hallway, the Red Sox manager briefly pondered the question. Then he joked about using profanity to answer it before getting around to the point. "I think this place stinks," he said. "Balls hitting the roof, the speakers, it's awful." No, opponents sure aren't going to mind when the Twins move to Target Field next spring after 28 seasons inside.
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