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It was just less than two weeks ago that the Texas Rangers swept the Oakland Athletics for the first time since August 2011

But the A’s returned the favor by completing a sweep at Texas on last week. The teams have split the six games they’ve played so far, in what could be another battle for the AL West division title. Last year, the A’s won the division by 5 1/2 games over Texas. In 2012, Oakland won […]

Not Easy

Floyd Mayweather Jr. toured a dozen tough rounds with Argentina’s Marcos Maidana, a 10-1 underdog, who was determined to make it difficult for the undefeated pound-for-pound king last Saturday night. In a welterweight unification battle at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Mayweather’s record remained unblemished after taking a majority decision despite a slow start. In […]

Blue’s In Third

The Dodgers (18-14) are in third place in the National League West behind San Francisco and Colorado after losing two of three games to host Miami this past weekend. In Sunday’s 5-4 loss, Giancarlo Stanton, who played at Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks, cracked two homers (ninth and 10th) and had three runs batted […]

Pitchers over the years have gone to great lengths to hide oily, greasy or sticky substances that they could apply to the ball to give them an advantage

Gaylord Perry was one of the best, touching various parts of his uniform and cap to grab hold of a substance, but not getting suspended for it until late in his career. New York Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda took a different tact last week. Pineda had a patch of pine tar on his neck that […]

Stupid

Playing in the NBA is tough enough. It’s even more difficult when Donald T. Sterling, longtime owner of the Clippers made derogatory remarks about African Americans in a taped telephone conversation with 31-year-old friend/girlfriend V. Stiviano that aired on the gossip website TMZ. This was the case when the Clippers took the floor to play […]

Roughed Up

Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-2) has been reliable, but was roughed up by hard-hitting Colorado, 6-1, last Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. In five innings, the Korean left-hander gave up six earned runs, no walks, with three strikeouts and nine hits that included Josh Rutledge’s three-run homer in the sixth inning. The Blue Crew (14-12) pulled ahead […]

Masahiro Tanaka is making waves in Major League Baseball with his special pitch – the split-fingered fastball.

Tanaka struck out 10 batters as the New York Yankees blanked the Chicago Cubs 3-0 on April 16 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. The 25-year-old pitcher from Japan allowed a pair of bunt singles in eight innings to win his second game. “That split is not something you want to sit on,” […]

Revenge

This time around Manny Pacquiao removed any doubt about who the winner was when he faced Timothy Bradley Jr. recently as he earned a unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The first time these two met in June 2012, two of the three judges awarded the World Boxing Organization welterweight belt to Bradley. […]

Blue Breaks Even

This is Yasiel Puig’s second season and he’s already a star. The Cuban defector’s three-run homer was part of a four-run sixth inning last Sunday as the Dodgers (12-7) tripped Arizona, 4-1, at the Stadium. Dee Gordon singled with one out and Carl Crawford’s triple made it 1-0. Adrian Gonzalez, who has a 15-game hitting […]

True Blue

Before three innings were played last Sunday, the Dodgers (9-4) had five runs in the bank, eventually fended off Arizona, 8-6, at Chase Field and claimed a three-game sweep. Dan Haren (2-0) scattered nine hits, allowed three runs (earned), striking out five and walking one over five and two-third innings, while hard-throwing reliever Kenley Jansen […]