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Dodgers' Rotation Not Postseason-Ready

Bruce Jenkins, S.F. Chronicle

Book It Early: Angels-Nationals Series

Phil Rogers, Sports on Earth

At UCLA, It's a Family Affair

Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times

These Angels Really Are Heavenly

Richard Justice, mlb.com

Have Clippers Peter-Principled Rivers?

Michael Pina, Sports on Earth

The Giants’ task this weekend is to get within striking distance of the Dodgers, lending relevance to that three-game series in L.A. starting Monday night. The Dodgers’...(full article)

When the Rockies rolled to the World Series behind Clint Hurdle in 2007, the conventional wisdom was that no one had seen them coming. But that was wrong. Even though the Rockie...(full article)

Jerry Neuheisel was in at quarterback, trying to beat Texas. Brett Hundley was on the bench, his left elbow in a mummy-like wrap.   The situation as seen through the eyes of t...(full article)

This was a division championship built on perseverance and resilience. Oh sure, you hear every champion say this kind of stuff. The only thing is, these Angels walked the walk.   ...(full article)

Doc Rivers has a lot of favorable qualities. He's successful, smart and gregarious. People genuinely enjoy his company. They respect him, and admire how he walks with the air of ...(full article)

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