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Angels' Tyler Skaggs likely headed to disbaled list with forearm strain

Tyler Skaggs was pulled from Thursday night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles in the fifth inning because of a forearm strain that will likely send the Angels left-hander to the disabled list for the second time this season.

But Skaggs, 23, is confident that the injury is not serious, a huge relief to the Angels considering how many pitchers have undergone elbow reconstruction surgery this year.

“The doctor said the UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) is fine,” Skaggs said after the Angels’ 1-0, 13-inning win over the Orioles. “At the moment, it’s not looking bad. I have full range of motion, and the tests went well. We’ll see tomorrow, though. It’s not feeling too bad right now.”

Skaggs, who has never injured his arm before, will undergo an MRI test Friday. He said he was injured when he “over-pronated” his arm on a changeup that he threw to strike out Delmon Young to start the fifth.

“The flexor tendon tightened up on me, and I couldn’t really feel my fingers,” he said. “I tried to...

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Del Mar suspends turf racing after another horse injury

Del Mar track officials announced Thursday turf racing has been suspended for this weekend after another horse was injured while racing on the new turf course. It is the second time in the 11-day meeting the track has suspended turf racing.

The track canceled turf racing for July 27 after three horses were euthanized in a 48-hour period while racing on the turf course. Track officials watered the turf, aerated it and opened the rails to 18 feet in an attempt to make it softer for the horses. There had been no incidents in four turf races this week until Serious, a filly, was pulled up in the seventh race Thursday.

There were five turf races scheduled for on cards for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They will be moved to the Polytrack.

The track's public relations department released a statement: "We continue to be of the belief that Del Mar’s turf course is safe for our horses and riders. Our crews have performed extensive maintenance measures to enhance that safety and those measures –...

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Angels' Tyler Skaggs pulled from no-hitter because of forearm tightness

Tyler Skaggs did not allow a hit through 4 2/3 innings Wednesday night, but the Angels left-hander did not remain in the game long enough to get a decision, let alone a chance to throw no-hitter, against the Baltimore Orioles in Camden Yards.

Skaggs struck out the first two batters of the fifth inning and walked Steve Pearce. But after throwing a first-pitch ball to Caleb Joseph, Manager Mike Scioscia and athletic trainer Rick Smith came to the mound, and Skaggs was pulled.

Right-hander Mike Morin replaced Skaggs and gave up Joseph’s bloop single to shallow right-center field, the first Orioles hit of the game, but he got Jonathan Schoop to fly to right, preserving a 0-0 tie.

Skaggs, who is 5-5 with a 4.30 earned-run average, was initially diagnosed with left forearm tightness, and the injury does not appear to be serious, but he will be further examined by doctors.

If Skaggs, who missed most of June because of a right hamstring strain, is forced to go on the disabled list or miss a...

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Oakland Raiders say owner met with San Antonio officials

The Oakland Raiders have confirmed that owner Mark Davis recently met with city officials in San Antonio, but the team is mum on what was discussed.

On Tuesday, the San Antonio Express-News reported that on the weekend of July 18, Davis and some of his executives met with city leaders including then-mayor Julián Castro, the city manager and the president and chairman of the chamber of commerce, among others, according to the report.

The team confirmed to The Times on Wednesday that Davis had been in San Antonio.

“I was in San Antonio to honor [former Raider] Cliff Branch on his induction into [a local hall of fame]. Former San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros is a friend, and Henry suggested I take the opportunity to meet with some of the city officials while we were in town,” Davis said in a statement.

Davis would not comment further on what was discussed. The team declined multiple requests to elaborate on talks of a possible relocation.

San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley issued a...

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Watch Tigers fans give Austin Jackson standing ovation after mid-game trade

Detroit outfielder Austin Jackson was standing in center field at Comerica Park during the seventh inning when he was suddenly summoned off the field just before Thursday's trade deadline.

Jackson's time as a Tiger was over and he knew it.

He'd been traded along with teammate Drew Smyly as part of a three-team deal to allow Detroit to acquire David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays. Jackson will go to the Seattle Mariners and Smyly (6-9), who also started Thursday, will join the Rays.

Rajai Davis replaced Jackson in the outfield, and Jackson ran to the dugout to a standing ovation from Tigers fans for the last time as a member of the home team....

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Seattle's Marshawn Lynch ends holdout without new contract

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch ended his holdout on Thursday after missing the first week of training camp.

Lynch, 28, who is set to make up to $5.5 million this season with the Seahawks including roster bonuses, was looking for a new contract with the Super Bowl champions. The organization didn’t think that was the way to go, and Lynch’s holdout could cost him up to $495,000 in fines, according to the Associated Press.

"It's a contract for a reason,” Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll told USA Today earlier this week. “We made a decision and it was signed, by us and by them. We expect them to honor their contract just as we will. We're going to honor it and we expect them to do the same.

“Beast Mode” is under contract through the 2015 season and is scheduled to earn up to $7.5 million in the final year of his contact.

In his absence, running backs Robert Turbin and Christine Michael got their chance to make their mark at training camp. Turbin and Michael combined for 343 yards...

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Not a good day for Angels as Athletics, Tigers bulk up on pitching

The Angels are excited, and justifiably so. They are on pace for their first playoff spot since 2009, with an 8 1/2 game lead in the American League wild-card standings.

Yet they are winning with a starting rotation that is a better fit for the long haul of the regular season than for the ace-heavy postseason. After the Oakland Athletics traded for Jon Lester and the Detroit Tigers added David Price on Thursday, the Angels will have to reprise their 2002 championship strategy to succeed this October: Outslug the other guys.

The Angels have the second-best record in the major leagues. They are 2 1/2 games behind the A's in the American League West, so a division title is within reach.

But, if the standings hold, the Angels would qualify for the one-game wild-card playoff. The opponent could be the Toronto Blue Jays, who could start veteran soft-tosser Mark Buehrle or knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. The opponent might be the Seattle Mariners, who could start Felix Hernandez.

The Angels' best...

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John Force's funny car team in top form as NHRA arrives in Seattle

As NHRA drag racing returns to Seattle this weekend to wrap up its three-race Western Swing, John Force's funny car team is on a roll, having won the last three events.

Funny cars are one of the two elite classes of 300-mph dragsters in the National Hot Rod Assn.; the other is top fuel.

John Force Racing's Robert Hight, who's also president of the Yorba Linda-based team, has a series-high five wins this season -- including two weeks ago in Denver -- and leads the championship point standings.

Second in the standings is John Force himself, the 65-year-old funny car legend and reigning champion who has two victories this year, the latest three weeks ago in Norwalk, Ohio.

And in fourth place is Force's daughter Courtney, who won her second event of the season last weekend in Sonoma, Calif. She also set the record for most career funny car victories for a female with five.

Ron Capps of the Don Schumacher Racing team is third in the funny car standings with one win this season.

Next up for...

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Dustin Johnson breaks from PGA Tour to deal with 'personal challenges'

Dustin Johnson, the 16th-ranked golfer in the world, announced Thursday that he is taking leave from the PGA Tour to "seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced."

The eight-time Tour winner has made headlines in the past for more than just sports -- he is engaged to Paulina Gretzky, daughter of hockey great Wayne Gretzky.

"By committing the time and resources necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation, I am confident that I will be better equipped to fulfill my potential and become a consistent champion," he said in a statement on the Tour's website.

He added: "I respectfully ask my fans, well-wishers and the media for privacy as I embark upon this mission of self-improvement."

No further details were made available.

"We have nothing to add to Dustin's statement, but we wish him well and look forward to his return to the PGA TOUR in the future," PGA Tour officials said in a concurrent release.

The 29-year-old Johnson has played...

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Tigers acquire David Price from the Rays in three-team deal

In what appears to be the final blockbuster deal of the day, the Tampa Bay Rays traded left-handed ace David Price to the Detroit Tigers in a three-team deal involving the Seattle Mariners.

In the deal, the Tigers get Price, the Mariners get Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson and the Rays get left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly from the Tigers and infielder Nick Franklin from the Mariners.

Price, 28, a four-time All-Star, won the AL Cy Young award in 2012 and is 11-8 with a 3.11 ERA this season. He is eligible for salary arbitration after this season and is currently being paid $14 million.

Jackson, 27, is a standout defender in center field and is hitting .270 with four homers and 32 RBIs. He is also arbitration eligible after the season and is being paid $6 million.

Smyly, 25, is in his third season and is 6-9 with a 3.77 ERA.

Franklin, 23, has spent most of the season in the minors for Seattle and is hitting .128 in 17 games with the Mariners.

The acquisition of Price gives the Tigers a...

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Red Sox trade John Lackey to St. Louis for Allen Craig, Joe Kelly

Signaling they have given up on this season and are rebuilding for another World Series run in 2015, the Boston Red Sox, hours after sending staff ace Jon Lester to Oakland, sent No. 2 starter John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig.

Lackey is 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA in the fourth year of a five-year, $82.5-million deal.

Kelly is 2-2 with a 4.37 ERA in seven starts. He has made four starts since being activated from the disabled list on July 11. Craig is batting .237 with seven homers and 44 RBIs.

Lackey missed all of 2012 with Tommy John elbow surgery, but finished 10-13 with a 3.52 ERA last season and pitched the deciding game in the Red Sox's World Series championship.

Because of a clause in his contract regarding missing a season because of Tommy John surgery, he will make the league minimum of $500,000 next season.


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Getting Jon Lester makes A's an even more formidable foe for Angels

The hill the Angels must climb to win the American League West championship grew considerably steeper Thursday when the division-leading Oakland Athletics acquired Boston Red Sox ace Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes for left fielder Yoenis Cespedes.

On the plus side for the Angels, they may actually be able to score a runner from second base on a hit to left field against the Athletics now.

Cespedes threw out two runners at the plate in the second inning of an 11-3 win over the Angels in Oakland on May 31, and in a June 10 game in Anaheim he air-mailed a 300-foot throw from the corner — Angels Manager Mike Scioscia called it a “guided missile” — to nail Howie Kendrick at the plate.

But with the addition of Lester, the A’s probably have baseball’s best rotation, one that includes right-handers Sonny Gray and Jeff Samardzija and left-hander Scott Kazmir, which, when paired with an already dominant bullpen, positions them well for a World Series run.

Don’t expect the Angels to...

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