May 26, 2006
The Dodgers Los Angeles has won seven straight games overall and 11 of its past 12 at Dodger Stadium. The Royals Kansas City has lost 13 straight games and is a major league-worst 10-35.
January 5, 2006
Frank Wilkinson, 91, a Los Angeles housing official who lost his job in the Red Scare of the early 1950s and later became one of the last two people jailed for refusing to tell the House Un-American Activities Committee whether he was a communist, died Monday in Los Angeles. Mr. Wilkinson, whose experiences inspired a half-century campaign against government spying, had been ill for several months and was recovering from surgery and a fall, said Donna Wilkinson, his wife of 40 years. In 1952, when Mr. Wilkinson was head of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, he spearheaded a project to replace the sprawling Mexican-American neighborhood of Chavez Ravine, home to 300 families and roamed by goats and other livestock, with thousands of public-housing units.
April 17, 2005
MIAMI - Deep down, Mark Wiley knew he'd resurface as a major league pitching coach. He figured his 35 years in pro ball would mean something to somebody. The reality exceeded his expectations. "Sometimes, one door closes and another one opens," said Wiley, the first-year pitching coach of the Florida Marlins, the big league team closest to his Boca Raton, Fla., home. "I'm a pretty good example of that." Wiley, the Orioles' pitching coach in 1987 and again from 2001 to '04, was reassigned to scouting duties last June 26 and replaced by Ray Miller.
July 11, 2004
It had to be a strange sight - reliever Eric Gagne getting two standing ovations after blowing a save against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night - but the fans at Dodger Stadium were showing their appreciation for one of the most impressive pitching accomplishments in the history of baseball. Gagne's record string of 84 successful save opportunities stretched back to Aug. 26, 2002 and was 30 saves longer than the previous record, set by Tom Gordon. During the streak, Gagne registered an 0.82 ERA, gave up just 43 hits and struck out 141 batters, but never got overly impressed with himself.
July 4, 2004
It's a fact Jeff Conine, who turned 38 on June 27 and went 3-for-5, has batted .388 (14-for-36) in 10 games on his birthday. Milestone Jose Cruz Jr. hit his 166th home run last week, one more than his father, Jose Cruz, hit from 1970 to 1988. The number 13: Sellouts at Dodger Stadium, the most since there were 27 in 1991. There were 11 last season.
June 17, 2004
LOS ANGELES - Orioles pitcher Rodrigo Lopez stopped short of saying he wanted to be traded yesterday, but in his first public comments since being sent back to the bullpen, he said, "I'm unhappy; that's for sure." After starting the season in the bullpen, Lopez went 2-1 with a 6.41 ERA in five starts before Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli moved him back into a relief role Tuesday. Lopez was the team's Opening Day starter in 2003 after going 15-9 and finishing second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2002.