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Buehler Looks Playoff Ready, Dodgers Beat A’s 5-1

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Walker Buehler proved he and his fickle right index finger are playoff ready, Corey Seager homered and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Oakland Athletics 5-1 on Thursday night to earn their major league-leading 40th victory of the shortened 60-game season. Buehler allowed one hit in four innings, struck out six and walked one in his first career appearance against the A’s. The right-hander returned earlier in the day after missing 12 games with a blister on his finger that lan...
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Morning Wrap: How will the Lakers bounce back, and how did Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor end up with a punctured lung?

The Morning Wrap shares the day’s top five stories from our reporters at the Southern California Newspaper Group. … Sign up to have our top sports stories delivered to your inbox with our daily newsletters ONE: The Lakers were feeling good after Anthony Davis’ game-winner Sunday gave them a 2-0 lead over Denver in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals. But then the Nuggets came back and won game three, and the question is, how will the Lakers respond after the Nuggets punched back. Here ar...
Tags: Texas, Angels, Uncategorized, Sports, Toronto, Sport, Green, Soccer, Chargers, Anthony Davis, Houston, Taylor, Denver, San Diego Padres, Lakers, Nuggets


Patrick Sandoval picks up first big league victory as Angels remain barely alive in postseason chase

Although this string of Angels’ victories may only be delaying their inevitable elimination, the team is at least taking some solace in the fact that they are unearthing elements that could be helpful in the future. Patrick Sandoval pitched three scoreless innings in relief, continuing to show that he’s made adjustments since being sent down, and he picked up his first major league victory in the Angels’ 5-2 victory over the Padres on Wednesday in San Diego. The Angels two-game sweep of the play...
Tags: Angels, Sports, Sport, Blue Jays, Soccer, San Diego, Long Beach, Mlb, Los-angeles-angels, Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, Upton, Justin Upton, Dodgers, Padres, Astros


Angels win again to stay barely alive in postseason chase

The Angels continue to play their best baseball at a time when it’s almost futile. The Angels completed a two-game sweep of the playoff-bound Padres on Wednesday in San Diego, winning 5-2 keep their faint mathematical hopes for the postseason alive. The Angels (26-31) have won six of seven and 14 of 20. They trail the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays by three games apiece, pending each of their games later Wednesday. The Angels have three games left against the Dodgers, following an off day ...
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Athletics Clinch First AL West Title Since 2013

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – The Oakland Athletics clinched their first AL West title since 2013 on Monday night with an assist from the rival Houston Astros. Houston lost 6-1 to the Seattle Mariners, ending its three-year reign as division champion. The A’s were off Monday before opening an interleague series at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. Since last season ended, the slugging A’s have emphasized the need to win the division given they won 97 games each of the last two years and lost the AL Wild Card ...
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After Pair Of Shutouts, Giants Respond To Rout Playoff-Bound A’s 14-2

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Crawford hit a grand slam, Chadwick Tromp and Darin Ruf added two-run homers, and the San Francisco Giants prevented the Oakland Athletics from clinching the AL West title at home with a 14-2 victory Sunday. The Giants earned their first win in six tries during this year’s Bay Bridge Series and go into the season’s final week chasing a playoff spot. “Look, we seem to be a team that responds pretty well,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “Of course we wanted to clinch t...
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Two-time Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander to undergo Tommy John surgery, will miss 2021 season

Astros pitcher Justin Verlander said Saturday he will undergo Tommy John surgery; the two-time Cy Young winner will likely miss all of 2021 season.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Hoornstra: ‘What even are positions anyway?’ The answer is complicated

The Dodgers and Padres played a stirring three-game series this week. First place in the National League West hung in the balance. On Tuesday, Fernando Tatís Jr. hit a screaming line drive up the middle to begin the sixth inning at Petco Park. Rather than giving the Padres a runner on base, Tatís gave Dodgers second baseman Chris Taylor a sheepish grin. Taylor was positioned perfectly to catch the ball on the fly. It was just another moment at the vanguard of a league-wide trend the Dodgers are ...
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Tony Gonsolin lifts Dodgers past Padres as NL West showdown continues

Edwin Rios #43 bumps into Tony Gonsolin #46 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as he catches a fly ball hit by Trent Grisham #2 of the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning of a game at PETCO Park on September 15, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Clayton Kershaw #22 congratulates Edwin Rios #43 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at the dugout after his solo homerun during the fifth inning of a game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on September 15, 2020 in San...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Mlb, Ferguson, Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, Sean, Dodgers, Padres, Petco Park, Astros, Manny Machado, San Diego California


Dodgers face unfamiliar territory with unique postseason format

The postseason is very familiar territory for a Dodgers team that has played 66 postseason games over the past seven seasons. But this October will offer a very different environment. The postseason format announced by MLB on Tuesday gives the top four teams in each league three home games in the newly-created Wild Card Series before shipping everyone into postseason “bubbles” in Southern California and Texas. No fans in stadiums will minimize any home-field advantage anyway. MLB commissioner Ro...
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Minor Tosses 2-Hitter, A’s Manage Split With Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) – Mike Minor tossed a two-hitter with eight strikeouts, Jake Lamb doubled and homered in his first game after signing with Oakland, and the Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 9-0 in the nightcap of their doubleheader on Monday. Seattle won the opener 6-5, rallying from a 5-0 deficit and scoring twice in the sixth inning with two outs to earn a split and stay on the heels of the Houston in the AL West. Seattle is 1 ½ games behind the Astros for second place. The games were played wi...
Tags: Texas, Colorado, Sports, San Francisco, Arizona, Mlb, Oakland Athletics, Baseball, Athletics, Houston, West Coast, Oakland, Kansas City, Seattle, Lamb, Pacific Northwest


Dodgers visit Padres in pivotal National League West matchup

Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock, right, gets congratulations from manager Dave Roberts after Pollock hit a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock, left, gets congratulations from third base coach Dino Ebel after Pollock hit a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Recommended, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Mlb, San Francisco Giants, Giants, Major League Baseball, Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, Southern California, Joe Kelly, DAVE ROBERTS


Dodgers beat up on Zack Greinke, Astros to salvage split

Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock, right, gets congratulations from manager Dave Roberts after Pollock hit a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock, left, gets congratulations from third base coach Dino Ebel after Pollock hit a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Mlb, Will Smith, Taylor, Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Southern California, DAVE ROBERTS, Dodgers, Padres, LA Dodgers, Astros


Dodgers use their deep bullpen to beat Astros, salvage series split

Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock, right, gets congratulations from manager Dave Roberts after Pollock hit a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock, left, gets congratulations from third base coach Dino Ebel after Pollock hit a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Mlb, Will Smith, Smith, Taylor, Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, Southern California, Joe Kelly, DAVE ROBERTS, Roberts


Albert Pujols equals Willie Mays on all-time HR list, helps Angels to victory

Albert Pujols picked a good time to finally get the milestone that had eluded him for more than a month. Pujols blasted the 660th homer of his career, equaling Willie Mays for fifth on the all-time list, with a two-run shot to put the Angels on top in the eighth inning of their 5-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday in Denver. Pujols had hit his previous homer on Aug. 4, enduring a drought of 93 plate appearances without a homer. It was his longest homerless stretch since 2014. Pujols n...
Tags: Texas, Colorado, Angels, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Willie Mays, Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros, Alex Rodriguez, Colorado Rockies, Rockies, Ruth, Walsh, Albert


Dodgers cough up lead as Astros’ 2020 walk of shame comes to LA

Dodgers Enrique Hernandez, #14 gets the out on Astros Martin Maldonado, #15, but was not able to get the double play during 4th inning action at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Dodgers Mookie Betts, #50, is safe at first as Astros Yuli Gurriel, #10, can’t make the play during 8th inning action at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Sound The gallery will re...
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How the Dodgers’ social justice campaign will benefit Southern California

On July 16, several Dodger players appeared in a pre-recorded video released by the team. It came nearly two months after George Floyd died beneath the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. The players had been spurred to use their platform to effect systemic change to racial injustices in their own region. The video ended with pitcher Clayton Kershaw saying, “we must unapologetically say that black lives matter.” Those words resonated. But they were not a shoutout to Black Lives Matter, a globa...
Tags: Minneapolis, California, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Espn, Lausd, Black Lives Matter, Lapd, Major League Baseball, Los Angeles Dodgers, Jonas, Southern California, Joe Kelly


Muralist Jonas Never paints Dodger pitcher Joe Kelly’s famous pouty-face image

Joe Kelly, left, poses with a fan at the mural on Thursday, September 10, 2020. Muralist Jonas Never made sure he painted his Silver Lake mural on the Floyd’s 99 Barber Shop at Sunset Boulevard and Parkman Avenue before the Astros came to town on Saturday, September 12. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Muralist Jonas Never takes a photograph of barber, Emmanuel Torres, left, and Joe Kelly at the mural on Thursday, September 10, 2020. Muralist Jonas Never made sure he p...
Tags: Minneapolis, Kentucky, Angels, Sports, Atlanta, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Espn, Venice, Kobe Bryant, Local News, Major League Baseball, Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Silver Lake


Matt Olson’s Homer Backs Sean Manaea, A’s Beat Astros Again

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have long been a stellar second-half team. In a shortened season, they have dominated since Day 1. Sean Manaea carried a perfect game into the sixth inning en route to winning his fourth straight start, Matt Olson hit a two-run homer and the Oakland Athletics beat the stumbling Houston Astros 3-1 on Thursday. “Big series,” Oakland’s Mark Canha said. “We came in here with the right mindset. It was very businesslike and we made it happen. Well-played se...
Tags: Texas, Milwaukee, Sports, Los Angeles, Ap, Mlb, Oakland Athletics, Baseball, Houston, Oakland, Baker, Houston Astros, Oakland Calif, Astros, Olson, AL West


Dylan Bundy and Mike Trout lead Angels to victory

Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels at bat against the Texas Rangers in the third inning at Globe Life Field on September 10, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Dylan Bundy #37 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the third inning at Globe Life Field on September 10, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Jared Walsh #25 and Mike Trout #27 of the Los A...
Tags: Angels, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Los-angeles-angels, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Bundy, Walsh, Ward, ARLINGTON Texas, Arlington, Cy Young, Astros


Laureano Strikes Back, 2-Out Hit In 9th Puts A’s Past Astros

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Ramón Laureano, suspended last month for charging the Houston dugout and triggering a bench-clearing brawl, hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning that lifted the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics over the Astros 3-2 Wednesday night. Laureano yelled over and over as he celebrated yet another walkoff win by the A’s. They increased their division lead to 5 1/2 games over second-place Houston. Tommy La Stella hit a tying, two-run double in the seventh before Laur...
Tags: Colorado, Sports, San Diego, Mlb, Oakland Athletics, Baseball, Houston, Houston Astros, Bay Area, Josh James, Luis Garcia, Garcia, Clemente, Sean Murphy, Oakland Calif, Astros


Smoke From Nearby Wildfires Creates Eerie Bay Area Baseball Scene

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Coliseum lights shone brightly for miles through a sunless, smoky sky in the middle of the afternoon — hours before they usually would be on for a night baseball game. By mid-morning across San Francisco Bay, the Giants’ Oracle Park resembled a black-and-orange horror scene. A number of Northern California wildfires sent a thick, sometimes orange-glowing haze over the area Wednesday that left the Bay Area in an eerie darkness all day. The sun was blocked by the...
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Angels coach Jose Molina puts Roberto Clemente’s number on his back

Angels first base coach Jose Molina was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, about 16 miles from Roberto Clemente’s hometown of Carolina. Like others from the Caribbean island, Molina and his brothers looked up to Clemente, Puerto Rico’s first native Hall of Famer. Molina was born three years after Clemente’s death in 1972. His admiration was nourished by the history books. “I knew how Roberto felt helping others,” Molina said. “I hope that always stays in people’s heads because he was so special.” Wed...
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Hoornstra: How do you feel about the 2020 brand of baseball?

Something about this season has been bugging me more than I expected it would. Yeah, it’s the obvious thing. Without being able to attend games at ballparks, we can’t talk about baseball where we most often talk about baseball. It isn’t just the empty ballparks. I couldn’t tell you the last time I watched any game, in any sport, at a bar or restaurant with other people. I can tell you what’s happening in baseball. I can cite television ratings that paint an approximate picture of how many people...
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Gurriel Hits Go-Ahead Sacrifice Fly, Astros End 6-Game Skid

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Dusty Baker waited for the Houston Astros to catch even a small break, and then his club finally got a few. Yuli Gurriel hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh inning set up by an Oakland error, and the Astros beat the Athletics 5-4 Tuesday to split a doubleheader and end a six-game losing streak. In the opener, as ash from nearby wildfires fell inside the Coliseum, Khris Davis homered off previously unbeaten Zack Greinke to help the Athletics win 4-2. The split ke...
Tags: Texas, Colorado, Sports, Ap, San Diego, Mlb, Oakland Athletics, Baseball, Athletics, Houston, Oakland, Seattle, Baker, Houston Astros, Springer, Northern California


Davis, A’s Hand Greinke, Astros 6th Straight Loss In Game 1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Khris Davis homered and hit an RBI double against previously unbeaten Zack Greinke, and the Oakland Athletics sent the Houston Astros to their sixth straight loss, 4-2 Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader. Ash from nearby wildfires fell inside the Coliseum as the A’s stretched their AL West lead over second-place Houston to 5 1/2 games. Robbie Grossman hit a go-ahead double in the sixth and Ramón Laureano added an RBI single for Oakland. The A’s played as the visiti...
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Joe Maddon gives Matt Thaiss a shot at second base to get his bat in the lineup

Apparently Matt Thaiss was doing something pretty impressive at the plate while working out with the Angels reserves in Long Beach. Joe Maddon put Thaiss at second base, a position that he’s never played as a professional, because he wanted to get his bat in the lineup on Tuesday night against the Texas Rangers in Arlington. Thaiss is primarily a first baseman, and he can play third. “We don’t have that many games left,” Maddon said. “If you’re going to take a chance, now is the time. Who knows?...
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Murphy Hits Homer, Two-Run Single, A’s Take 1st From Astros

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Sean Murphy homered and hit a two-run single to help Chris Bassitt snap a three-start winless stretch, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros 6-0 on Monday night with both teams missing star players. Tony Kemp added an RBI double for the AL West-leading A’s (24-14) against his former club in the first of five games over four days between the division rivals. Ramón Laureano provided insurance with a seventh-inning sacrifice fly and Stephen Piscotty singled home a...
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Justin Upton has heated up after a dreadful start, and brought the Angels with him

Justin Upton stepped to the plate on Aug. 24 mired in an unimaginable slump, one that had seen him collect one measly infield hit in his last 39 at-bats, with nearly half of those at-bats ending in strikeouts. It was so bad that Upton, in the middle of a $106-million contract, had been benched for the previous four games. Then Upton got a hanging slider from Houston Astros lefty Framber Valdez, and he hit it over the right-center field fence. It was the start of Upton getting himself right by … ...
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Morning Wrap: Lakers get it done against Rockets; Clippers hope to bounce back against Nuggets

The Morning Wrap shares the day’s top five stories from our reporters at the Southern California Newspaper Group. … Sign up to have our top sports stories delivered to your inbox with our daily newsletters ONE: Lakers reporter Kyle Goon writes: Full speed was Sunday night, after LeBron James’ clinching bucket with 32 seconds left, a fadeaway jumper, Anthony Davis met him on the other end of the court — the two Lakers stars beamed as they low-fived, confident in their eventual 117-109 triumph ove...
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