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In retrospect it seemed unwise to question LeBron James on his mental and physical toughness as the Miami small forward helped even the NBA Finals with the Heat’s 98-96 win over San Antonio in Game 2 last Sunday at the AT&T Center. Only three days earlier in a 15-point loss to the Spurs, James left […]

Blue Haze

At least the Dodgers (33-31) capped last week with a 6-1, rain-shortened, five-and-a-half inning victory over Colorado at Coors Field last Sunday behind Clayton Kershaw (5-2), who went five innings, striking out nine, walking none, giving up three hits with one earned run. Matt Kemp tripled in two runs in the first inning, Hanley Ramirez […]

From one of Tim Hudson’s best career starts to a season to Ryan Vogelsong’s two straight scoreless starts to Madison Bumgarner’s five-game winning streak

It appears that the San Francisco Giants pitching staff is ready to make a difference in the National League West. The Giants allowed a total of just five runs in six recent wins, including back-to-back shutouts over the Chicago Cubs. They have blanked opponents in three of their last six games, including Sunday’s 8-0 victory […]


It’s not that Dodgers’ pitcher Zack Greinke doesn’t like the media. Rather, when he deals with the press it doesn’t allow him to prepare mentally and physically for his next outing. On this five-man rotation that includes staff ace Clayton Kershaw, a two-time Cy Young winner, Greinke, who suffers from social anxiety disorder, merely wants […]

Blue Hitting Woes

If the Dodgers (30-28) reach the World Series, they’re going to have to hit better, but were mostly stifled as Pittsburgh took three of four games at the Stadium. In last Sunday’s 5-3 loss, Zack Greinke (8-2) was charged with four earned runs and five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks over six innings. […]


It’s hardly a stretch to see the similarities between Mike Trout and Mickey Mantle, the switch-hitting New York Yankees’ Hall of Fame center fielder. To begin with, they both hail from small towns, came to the Major League at the ripe age of 19, are powerfully built with race-horse foot speed, and can swat a […]

Beckett Shines

The Dodgers (27-24) capped their nine-game road trip in style as Josh Beckett tossed his first-ever no-hitter in a 6-0 win over Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park last Sunday. Beckett (3-1) became the 24th Dodgers hurler and 11th since the club moved West in 1958, to throw a no-hitter. “It was awesome. You think about […]


It was something to see Juan Manuel Marquez unleash blow after blow against Mike Alvarado in a World Boxing Organization welterweight eliminator fight at the renovated Great Western Forum last Saturday night. The home to championship boxing for decades, this was the first card at the Inglewood venue since 2001, and it brought out 12,090 […]

Blue Downer

The Dodgers’ slide continued this past week as the third-place Blue Crew (23-22) fell five games behind first-place San Francisco in the National League West. On Sunday, Dan Haren (5-2) yielded 10 hits, five runs (four earned), striking out three, walking none in six innings as Arizona cruised to a 5-3 win. The Dodgers pulled […]

Mark Buehrle has never won 20 games in a single season during his 14-year career, but his strong start this year has him more than a quarter of the way there

Buehrle has reached double-digit wins in 13 straight years, with his season-high victory total of 19 coming in 2002 with the Chicago White Sox. He has had only one losing season, at 12-13 in 2006. On Monday night, Buehrle (7-1) pitched six-plus innings, allowing two runs and six hits in a 7-3 win over the […]