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Angels Notes: Shohei Ohtani adjusts to pitching in the dry Arizona air

TEMPE, Ariz. — Shohei Ohtani had to be reminded about one of the hazards of pitching in Arizona.

During his first live batting practice session with the Angels on Saturday, Ohtani at first appeared frustrated that he was having trouble locating his curveball.

Between the “innings” of Ohtani’s 30-pitch workout, catcher Martin Maldonado told him why that was happening.

“He’s going to experience that all of spring training because of the weather here,” Maldonado said. “You see a lot of guys with really good command of the curveball and they can’t command it here. The same with sinker ballers because the weather

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/17/angels-notes-shohei-ohtani-adjusts-to-pitching-in-the-dry-arizona-air/
Date: 1518906735

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Justin Upton saw potential for cold free agent market coming before staying with Angels

TEMPE, Ariz. — Justin Upton sat on the verge of entering the free agent market before opting to stay with the Angels.

The decision looks pretty good now.

Upton, who agreed to a five-year, $106 million extension days before he could have opted out in November, remembered that it took him until late January to get a deal with the Detroit Tigers two winters ago.

“I kind of got a little taste of it two years ago when I was a free agent,” he said shortly after arriving at camp on Saturday. “I kind of understood the way the trend was going.

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/17/justin-upton-saw-potential-for-cold-free-agent-market-coming-before-staying-with-angels/
Date: 1518906709

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A trimmer Albert Pujols arrives in Angels camp feeling ‘great’

TEMPE, Ariz. — The new Albert Pujols arrived at Angels spring training on Friday.

Pujols checked in having lost 13 to 15 pounds, he said, and looking noticeably trimmer than he had in recent years. Offseason surgeries the last two years deprived him on the type of workout routine he preferred.

“I feel great,” Pujols said. “It was something I needed. It was tough to come into spring training in great shape because of the injuries.”

The story of a player arriving at spring training “in the best shape of my life,” has become a cliche. In Pujols’ case, his conditioning is

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/16/a-trimmer-albert-pujols-arrives-in-angels-camp-feeling-great/
Date: 1518819875

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Chase Utley expected back with Dodgers for 2018 season

GLENDALE, Ariz. – An organization that likes to keep a tight lid on information failed miserably at this.

The locker nearest the door, around the hall from the coaches’ meeting room, in the clubhouse at Camelback Ranch had no nameplate on it Tuesday morning. But cleats with the No. 26 on them and gloves with his name were in it and boxes addressed to “Chase Utley” were stacked in front of it.

“Yeah, they’re not hiding it very well,” Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw said.

The Dodgers are indeed expected to announce the re-signing of Utley to a one-year contract in the next

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/13/chase-utley-expected-back-with-dodgers-for-2018-season/
Date: 1518558740

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Cleveland Indians removing divisive Chief Wahoo logo from jerseys and caps starting in 2019

By TOM WITHERS

The Associated Press

CLEVELAND — Divisive and hotly debated, the Chief Wahoo logo is being removed from the Cleveland Indians’ uniform next year.

The polarizing mascot is coming off the team’s jersey sleeves and caps starting in the 2019 season, a move that will end Chief Wahoo’s presence on the field but may not completely silence those who deem it racist.

The Associated Press was informed of the decision before an official announcement was planned for Monday by Major League Baseball.

After lengthy discussions between team owner Paul Dolan and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, the Indians are taking the extraordinary step

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/29/cleveland-indians-removing-divisive-chief-wahoo-logo-from-jerseys-and-caps-starting-in-2019/
Date: 1517253708

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Dodgers’ bid for Shohei Ohtani falls short

The Dodgers were among the losing bidders for free agent Shohei Ohtani, though not by much – geographically speaking.

Ohtani will go to the Angels instead, one of seven teams the hyped Japanese pitcher-slash-slugger considered in the end.

The Dodgers were one of four National League teams in the group of seven, along with the Padres, Giants and Cubs. Representatives of all seven teams met with Ohtani earlier in the week in Los Angeles.

Many speculated that Ohtani would prefer to play in the American League, where he could pitch out of a starting rotation and serve as a designated hitter between

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/12/08/dodgers-bid-for-shohei-ohtani-falls-short/
Date: 1512828480

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Whicker: Astros leave Dodgers offense stranded in space

LOS ANGELES — You can send a good-riddance bouquet to Yu Darvish if you wish.

You can build the weirdest Erector set of reasons why Dave Roberts bollixed up the pitching.

In lieu of recognizing that the Dodgers lost the World Series to a better team.

You can wonder all winter why manifest destiny died in the glove of Yuli Gurriel, who took the final throw from Jose Altuve and disbelievingly put his hands on his head as the Houston Astros, who first were named the Colt .45s and played on a snake-infested field with mosquitos the size of backpacks, won

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/11/01/whicker-astros-leave-dodgers-offense-stranded-in-space/
Date: 1509609959

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Video: What went wrong for the Dodgers?

The Los Angeles Dodgers fell to the Houston Astros 5-1 in Game 7 of the World Series. Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish could not get out of the 2nd inning, and the Dodgers batters went ice cold with runners on base.

J.P. Hoornstra, Bill Plunkett, and Jonathan Khamis analyze what went wrong, including answering whether or not Clayton Kershaw should have started.

Also, the guys grab postgame interviews with the Dodgers .

Video by Jonathan Khamis, for the Southern California News Group.

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/11/02/video-what-went-wrong-for-the-dodgers/
Date: 1509609931

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Video: Dodgers beat Verlander, force Game 7

The Dodgers defeated the Houston Astros 3-1 in Game 6 of the World Series. Joc Pederson hit a home run off Houston ace Justin Verlander while Chris Taylor also added an RBI.

Bill Plunkett, J.P. Hoornstra, and Jonathan Khamis recap the game, while also previewing Game 7.

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/11/01/video-dodgers-beat-verlander-force-game-7/
Date: 1509522674

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Astros edge Dodgers in walk-off thriller, lead World Series 3-2

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