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'Perfectly imperfect:' Here's why players are coming to the defense of MLB umpires

‘Perfectly imperfect:’ Here’s why players are coming to the defense of MLB umpires

[ad_1] As Major League Baseball workshops automated strike zones in the minor leagues and moves toward perfecting technology that can track balls and strikes, those who play, litigate and consume the game find themselves at a pivot point where reality remains disconnected from the idyllic dreams of a mistake-free universe. On the field, players learn from …

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Angels' franchise-record losing streak extends to 14 with loss to Red Sox

Angels’ franchise-record losing streak extends to 14 with loss to Red Sox

[ad_1] Angels second baseman Jack Mayfield gets the force out on Boston Red Sox baserunner Christian Vasquez but fails to turn a double play in the seventh inning on Wednesday at Angel Stadium. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times) There was no live chicken to sacrifice, and a bonfire of bats didn’t make sense, so …

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Dodgers back Tony Gonsolin's strong outing in 4-1 win over White Sox

Dodgers back Tony Gonsolin’s strong outing in 4-1 win over White Sox

[ad_1] Dodgers pitcher Tony Gonsolin delivers to a Chicago White Sox batter during the first inning on Wednesday in Chicago. (Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press) For a brief moment Wednesday night, last year’s version of Tony Gonsolin started to reappear. The right-hander gave up a home run and a double to lead off the …

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The voice of the Dodgers and Angels? Make that the voices

The voice of the Dodgers and Angels? Make that the voices

[ad_1] Jessica Mendoza speaks on set the day before Game 1 of the 2015 World Series in Kansas City, Mo. (Maxx Wolfson / Getty Images) Their voices were distinctive, their words weaving the soundtrack of our cherished sports memories. Vin Scully was a comforting constant through 67 years of Dodgers broadcasts, a unique link from …

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Detroit Tigers get solid pitching, a few timely hits to sweep Pirates with 3-1 win

Detroit Tigers get solid pitching, a few timely hits to sweep Pirates with 3-1 win

[ad_1] Detroit Tigers rookie Alex Faedo completed five innings, allowed one run, struck out seven batters and did everything he was supposed to do in Wednesday’s series finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates. And the Tigers came up with a couple of late-inning runs to pull off the two-game sweep. They beat the Pirates at  PNC …

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Late bloomer Tony Gonsolin finally 'starting to hit his stride' in Dodgers rotation

Late bloomer Tony Gonsolin finally ‘starting to hit his stride’ in Dodgers rotation

[ad_1] Tony Gonsolin, pitching against the New York Mets on Thursday, has been a revelation for the Dodgers this season. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times) While coaching Tony Gonsolin in the Dodgers minor league system, Connor McGuiness had one drill specifically for the right-hander whenever he encountered some struggles. It had almost nothing to …

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Mike Trout exits game as Angels' skid grows to 13 with 10-inning loss to Red Sox

Mike Trout exits game as Angels’ skid grows to 13 with 10-inning loss to Red Sox

[ad_1] The Angels’ Mike Trout leaves the field during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday at Angel Stadium. (Ashley Landis / Associated Press) As if things weren’t bad enough for the Angels, they got worse. It happened when the Angels’ losing streak hit 10, and 11, and 12, and when the …

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Angels general manager Perry Minasian makes the tough call, but it better be right one

Angels general manager Perry Minasian makes the tough call, but it better be right one

[ad_1] Angels general manager Perry Minasian speaks during a news conference. He owned his decision Tuesday to fire Joe Maddon as manager, but the move must work out or Minasian could be the next to go. (Angels Baseball) Surprised that Perry Minasian fired Joe Maddon? Don’t be. As a rookie general manager last year, Minasian …

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Ex-teammate AJ Pollock provides bit of payback in Dodgers' loss to White Sox

Ex-teammate AJ Pollock provides bit of payback in Dodgers’ loss to White Sox

[ad_1] The White Sox’s Jose Abreu scores as Dodgers catcher Will Smith waits for the throw after a pinch-hit, two-run double by AJ Pollock during the sixth inning Tuesday in Chicago. (Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press) On the field, the Dodgers and AJ Pollock had a cordial reunion Tuesday afternoon. Ahead of his first …

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