4:37 AM EDT, Thu May 25, 2017
3 hours ago

Rusty Rich Hill struggles in return — a 6-1 loss to Cardinals

The game of baseball does not cooperate with utopian ideals. When the Dodgers fashioned their plan for managing a pitching rotation, juggling six or seven starters through a schedule designed for five men, the organization understood the possibility of nights like Wednesday’s 6-1 loss to St. Louis....
4 hours ago

Here's hoping the Dodgers aren't messing up potential cornerstone Julio Urias

The plan was for Julio Urias to be here. He’s not. Instead of preparing to start Thursday for the Dodgers, Urias is scheduled to make his next appearance for the organization’s triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City. This could be a simple case of a 20-year-old prospect requiring a short break from...
6 hours ago

Angels offense shuts down after early burst in 5-2 loss to Rays

The Angels started well, finished poorly, and suffered a 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday at Tropicana Field. With one out in the first inning, Mike Trout pounded a fastball off of the center-field wall for a double. Albert Pujols soon smashed the 597th home run of his career to left...
7 hours ago

Dodgers considering using Hyun-Jin Ryu in relief

The Dodgers revealed their rotation for this weekend series against the Chicago Cubs: Alex Wood will start Friday, Brandon McCarthyon Saturday and Clayton Kershaw will handle the finale. That means that Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-5, 4.75 ERA), who has not pitched since May 18, will not make a start until...
8 hours ago

USC emerged from the draft season a winner. Are Trojans a top-10 team?

While Bennie Boatwright was exploring the NBA draft, he worked out alone as he pondered his decision. The rest of the team didn’t see him for a while. One day, someone sent out a text to the team’s group chat before a weight-training session, seeking a head count. Who was coming? A few minutes...
11 hours ago

Lakers hire Kardashian trainer to head strength and conditioning department

The Lakers hired Gunnar Peterson, who counts celebrities among his past clientele, to be their director of strength and endurance. Peterson, a personal trainer before joining the Lakers, replaces Tim DiFrancesco, who resigned from his post as the Lakers’ strength and conditioning coach this spring....
12 hours ago

Rachel Garcia is the Bruins' ace in the hole in bid for a 3rd straight World Series trip

As she retired batter after batter last week, Rachel Garcia created tension … among her teammates. The UCLA pitcher would have had to know she was throwing a no-hitter to get nervous about it. Garcia was unaware she was on the verge of something special until Bruins assistant coach Kirk Walker...
14 hours ago

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw passes Mariano Rivera, lowers career WHIP below 1.000

Clayton Kershaw faced 29 batters on Tuesday night. Only three reached base. In the process, he completed a remarkable feat: He lowered his career walks plus hits per inning (WHIP) below 1.0. He ended the night at 0.996, passing former Yankees closer Mariano Rivera and pushing into a tie for second...
16 hours ago

Angels to place Alex Meyer on the disabled list

The Angels will place right-hander Alex Meyer on the 10-day disabled list because of back spasms, General Manager Billy Eppler said Wednesday. To take his spot on the active roster, the Angels will recall right-hander Brooks Pounders. To make Meyer’s next scheduled start Thursday afternoon against...
May 24, 2017

Dodgers defeat Cardinals in wild 13-inning game

The collision brought a hush to Dodger Stadium, a ballpark still reeling from a ninth-inning hiccup that spoiled Clayton Kershaw’s bid for his first shutout of 2017. An inning later, three innings before Logan Forsythe hit a walkoff RBI double to usher in a 2-1 victory over St. Louis, the left...
May 23, 2017

Angels' Mike Trout continues his remarkable start to the season with another home run

Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols is nearing 600 home runs and steadily climbing up the all-time RBI leaderboards, and Mike Trout is paying attention to his teammate’s pursuits. “It seems like every day he’s breaking records,” Trout said. “It seems like every night he passes somebody on the...
May 23, 2017

Angels blank Rays, 4-0

The ball soared through Tropicana’s Field enclosed air as Kole Calhoun gave it chase. If Colby Rasmus’ drive cleared the yellow line encasing the outfield, Tampa Bay would take the lead in Tuesday’s seventh inning. If Calhoun caught it, the Angels and their starter, Matt Shoemaker, would be one...
May 23, 2017

Logan Forsythe returns to Dodgers from the disabled list

Logan Forsythe returned to the Dodgers lineup Tuesday for the first time since April 18, when a wayward fastball from Colorado pitcher Kyle Freeland broke Forsythe’s right big toe. The infielder’s rehabilitation was slowed by hamstring tightness, which Forsythe indicated began the day before his...
May 23, 2017

Thomas Welsh, Aaron Holiday will return to UCLA next season

UCLA received a double dose of welcome news Tuesday regarding the NBA draft: Thomas Welsh and Aaron Holiday are withdrawing their names from consideration. Welsh announced on Twitter that he would return for his senior season and Holiday’s mother, Toya, said in a text message to The Times that...
May 23, 2017

Marreese Speights opts out of his contract with Clippers; others may soon do the same

It comes as no surprise that forward/center Marreese Speights opted out of his contract for the 2017-18 season with the Clippers, making him an unrestricted free agent. The agency that represents Speights, AMS Sports, made the announcement Tuesday on Twitter. Speights, who had until June 22 to...