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Savannah McCaskill leads Angel City FC past Chicago with second-half goal

  • Chicago Red Stars forward Sarah Luebbert, center left, controls the...

    Chicago Red Stars forward Sarah Luebbert, center left, controls the ball against Angel City FC defender Megan Reid (6) during the first half of an NWSL soccer match in Los Angeles, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angel City FC midfielder Dani Weatherholt (17) controls the ball...

    Angel City FC midfielder Dani Weatherholt (17) controls the ball against Chicago Red Stars midfielder Vanessa Dibernardo (10) during the first half of an NWSL soccer match in Los Angeles, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Chicago Red Stars midfielder Vanessa Dibernardo (10) shoots during the...

    Chicago Red Stars midfielder Vanessa Dibernardo (10) shoots during the first half of an NWSL soccer match against the Angel City FC in Los Angeles, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angel City FC defender Megan Reid (6) passes the ball...

    Angel City FC defender Megan Reid (6) passes the ball against Chicago Red Stars forward Yuki Nagasato (7) during the first half of an NWSL soccer match in Los Angeles, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angel City FC forward Jun Endo (18) runs during the...

    Angel City FC forward Jun Endo (18) runs during the first half of an NWSL soccer match against the Chicago Red Stars in Los Angeles, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angel City FC goal keeper Didi Haracic (13) stops a...

    Angel City FC goal keeper Didi Haracic (13) stops a shot during the first half of an NWSL soccer match against the Chicago Red Stars in Los Angeles, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Chicago Red Stars forward Yuki Nagasato, left, trips up Angel...

    Chicago Red Stars forward Yuki Nagasato, left, trips up Angel City FC midfielder Cari Roccaro (8) during the first half of an NWSL soccer match in Los Angeles, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angel City FC midfielder Clarisse Le Bihan (29) kicks during...

    Angel City FC midfielder Clarisse Le Bihan (29) kicks during the second half of an NWSL soccer match against the Chicago Red Stars in Los Angeles, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angel City FC midfielder Savannah McCaskill, right, celebrates with forward...

    Angel City FC midfielder Savannah McCaskill, right, celebrates with forward Tyler Lussi (20) after scoring during the second half of an NWSL soccer match against the Chicago Red Stars in Los Angeles, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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    during the second half of an NWSL soccer match in Los Angeles, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Chicago Red Stars goal keeper Kailen Naeher (1) allows a...

    Chicago Red Stars goal keeper Kailen Naeher (1) allows a goal by Angel City FC midfielder Savannah McCaskill during the second half of an NWSL soccer match in Los Angeles, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angel City FC goal keeper Didi Haracic (13) waves to...

    Angel City FC goal keeper Didi Haracic (13) waves to fans after their 1-0 win over the Chicago Red Stars in an NWSL soccer match in Los Angeles, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angel City FC forward Jun Endo (18) waves to fans...

    Angel City FC forward Jun Endo (18) waves to fans after their 1-0 win over the Chicago Red Stars in an NWSL soccer match in Los Angeles, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angel City FC midfielder Savannah McCaskill, left, and Chicago Red...

    Angel City FC midfielder Savannah McCaskill, left, and Chicago Red Stars forward Rachel Hill head the ball during the second half of an NWSL soccer match in Los Angeles, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angel City FC midfielder Cari Roccaro (8) and Chicago Red...

    Angel City FC midfielder Cari Roccaro (8) and Chicago Red Stars midfielder Vanessa Dibernardo (10) battle for the ball during the second half of an NWSL soccer match in Los Angeles, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angel City FC forward Tyler Lussi (20) kicks during the...

    Angel City FC forward Tyler Lussi (20) kicks during the second half of an NWSL soccer match against the Chicago Red Stars in Los Angeles, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Chicago Red Stars defender Tatumn Milazzo (23) heads the ball...

    Chicago Red Stars defender Tatumn Milazzo (23) heads the ball during the second half of an NWSL soccer match against the Angel City FC in Los Angeles, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angel City FC midfielder Savannah McCaskill (9) celebrates with teammates...

    Angel City FC midfielder Savannah McCaskill (9) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the second half of an NWSL soccer match against the Chicago Red Stars in Los Angeles, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angel City FC forward Claire Emslie (10) and Chicago Red...

    Angel City FC forward Claire Emslie (10) and Chicago Red Stars forward Rachel Hill, right, head the ball during the second half of an NWSL soccer match in Los Angeles, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Angel City FC midfielder Savannah McCaskill (9) jumps over Chicago...

    Angel City FC midfielder Savannah McCaskill (9) jumps over Chicago Red Stars goal keeper Kailen Naeher (1) after scoring during the second half of an NWSL soccer match in Los Angeles, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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LOS ANGELES — Savannah McCaskill can add a new role to her NWSL resume.

McCaskill, who joined Angel City FC this season, has turned into a much-needed goal scorer for the club. She had the lone goal in the friendly win against Tigres Wednesday and carried it over to Sunday.

McCaskill scored the lone and winning goal for Angel City (6-5-3, 21 points) in the 1-0 win over the Chicago Red Stars in front of 17,002 at Banc of California Stadium.

“It was a huge win,” McCaskill said. “We needed the three points to continue our playoff push and especially at home.”

She currently leads the team with five goals this season.

The win kept the expansion club in the hunt for one of the six playoff spots. Angel City remains in seventh place, but is now just two points behind sixth-place Chicago.

McCaskill’s goal came in the 48th minute.

“One of my biggest for this season is getting myself higher (on the field) and getting into the box more,” McCaskill said. “I saw the ball go out the flank and Claire (Emslie) was going to cross the ball in, so I came in from the back side, I don’t think the defender saw that I was coming in and the ball was perfect, straight to the back post and I was able to put it in.”

Taking a second-half lead and holding on has been a difficult combination for Angel City. In three of its last four league games, Angel City has had the second half lead, only to lose it. In those situations, they’ve settled for two draws.

True to the script, Chicago applied heavy amounts of pressure for the final 20 minutes, but Angel City managed to hold on.

The game was the sixth one-goal game Angel City has been involved in so far this season.

“We’ve talked about it all season, being able to close out games and I think this was the first time that we dominated the first 60-65 minutes and then we were able to protect that lead the last 25-30 minutes,” McCaskill said. “I think that’s huge. I think it shows growth, it shows that we’ve learned those hard lessons throughout the season and we’re starting to apply those things that we’ve learned and being able to close out games is going to help us make playoffs.

“I think being able to get out on the front foot, get a goal and being able to protect that lead, that was a complete performance for us today.”

The challenge facing Angel City now is closing out the season. It is a task that will see the team on the road for six of the final eight games. The next league home game is not until Sept. 21 against the Washington Spirit.

The turnaround from Sunday’s win is a short one with team headed to face the Kansas City Current Friday. That’s the first of five consecutive road games for Angel City.

“This was a really big win,” Angel Coach Freya Coombe said. “I think with some of the results this weekend, other teams are making that push for the playoffs and that’s where we want to be. It was important for us to keep up. We have games in hand, but it was important for us to get three points, especially at home and with the busy travel schedule we have coming up.”

Anne Heche, star with troubled life, dies of crash injuries

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anne Heche, the Emmy-winning film and television actor whose dramatic Hollywood rise in the 1990s and accomplished career contrasted with personal chapters of turmoil, died of injuries from a fiery car crash. She was 53.

Heche was “peacefully taken off life support,” spokeswoman Holly Baird said in a statement Sunday night.

Heche had been on life support at a Los Angeles burn center after suffering a “severe anoxic brain injury,” caused by a lack of oxygen, when her car crashed into a home Aug. 5, according to a statement released Thursday by a representative on behalf of her family and friends.

She was declared brain-dead Friday, but was kept on life support in case her organs could be donated, an assessment that took nine days. In the U.S., most organ transplants are done after such a determination.

A native of Ohio whose family moved around the country, Heche endured an abusive and tragic childhood, one that helped push her into acting as a way of escaping her own life. She showed enough early promise to be offered professional work in high school and first came to prominence on the NBC soap opera “Another World” from 1987 to 1991, winning a Daytime Emmy Award for the role of twins Marley and Vicky Hudson, who on the show sustained injuries that anticipated Heche’s: Vicky falls into a coma for months after a car crash.

By the late 1990s Heche was one of the hottest actors in Hollywood, a constant on magazine covers and in big-budget films. In 1997 alone, she played opposite Johnny Depp as his wife in “Donnie Brasco” and Tommy Lee Jones in “Volcano” and was part of the ensemble cast in the original “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”

The following year, she starred with Ford in “Six Days, Seven Nights” and appeared with Vince Vaughn and Joaquin Phoenix in “Return to Paradise.” She also played one of cinema’s most famous murder victims, Marion Crane of “Psycho,” in Gus Van Sant’s remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic, and co-starred in the indie favorite “Walking and Talking.”

Around the same time, her personal life led to even greater fame, and both personal and professional upheaval. She met Ellen DeGeneres at a the 1997 Vanity Fair Oscar party, in love and began a 3-year relationship that made one of Hollywood’s first openly gay couples. But Heche later said her career was damaged by an industry wary of casting her in leading roles. She would remember advisers opposing her decision to have DeGeneres accompany her to the premiere of “Volcano.”

“We were tapped on the shoulder, put into her limo in the third act and told that we couldn’t have pictures of us taken at the press junket,” Heche said in 2018 on the podcast Irish Goodbye.

After she and DeGeneres parted, Heche had a public breakdown and would speak candidly of her mental health struggles.

Heche’s delicately elfin look belied her strength on screen. When she won the National Board of Review’s 1997 best supporting actress award, the board cited the one-two punch of “Donnie Brasco” and the political satire “Wag the Dog,” in which Heche portrayed a cynical White House aide and held her own against film great Robert De Niro.

Heche also called effectively on her apparent fragility. In 2002 she starred on Broadway in the play “Proof” as a woman fearful of losing her sanity just like her father, a brilliant mathematics professor. An Associated Press review praised her “touching performance, vulnerable yet funny, particularly when Catherine mocks the suspicions about her mental stability.”

In the fall of 2000, soon after her break-up with DeGeneres, Heche was hospitalized after knocking on the door of a stranger in a rural area near Fresno, California. Authorities said she had appeared shaken and disoriented and spoke incoherently to the residents.

In a memoir released the following year, “Call Me Crazy,” Heche talked about her lifelong battles. During a 2001 interview with TV journalist Barbara Walters, Heche recounted in painful detail alleged sexual abuse by her father, Donald Heche, who professed to be devoutly religious and died in 1983 from complications of AIDS. Heche described her suffering as so extreme she developed a separate personality and imagined herself descended from another planet.

In the final days of his life, Heche said, she learned he was secretly gay and that she believed his inability to live honestly fueled his anger and hurtful behavior. Not longer her father died, her brother Nathan — one of her four siblings — was killed in a car crash.

“I’m not crazy. But it’s a crazy life. I was raised in a crazy family and it took 31 years to get the crazy out of me,” Heche told Walters. In an effort to escape the past, “I drank. I smoked. I did drugs. I had sex with people. I did anything I could to get the shame out of my life.”

Heche dated Steve Martin in the 1990s, and is widely believed to have inspired the childlike, but ambitious aspiring actor played by Heather Graham in his Hollywood spoof “Bowfinger.” She later had a son with camera operator Coleman Laffoon, to whom she was married from 2001 to 2009. She had another son during a relationship with actor James Tupper, her co-star on the TV series “Men In Trees.”

Heche worked consistently in smaller films, on Broadway and on TV shows in the past two decades. She recently had recurring roles on the network series “Chicago P.D.” and “All Rise,” and in 2020 was a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars.”

Brittney Sykes, Sparks end season with blowout loss to Dallas

LOS ANGELES — The Sparks (13-23) ended their disappointing season with a 116-88 blowout loss against the Dallas Wings (18-18) on Sunday at Crypto.com Arena.

Sparks guard Brittney Sykes finished with a career-high 35 points, four rebounds and five assists in 36 minutes.

“I’m just thankful that my teammates had my back and trusted me to continue to figure it out because that’s what I had to do,” Sykes said. “Because any night I was the point guard, tonight I was the power forward so I just wanted to be able to be everything my team needed me to be.”

Sykes scored 11 of her 14 first-half points in the first quarter. The Sparks were only down 25-20 after the first quarter.

However, the Sparks trailed 66-29 at halftime, as Dallas went on a blistering 41-9 run in the second quarter.

“We got whooped tonight,” said Sparks interim head coach Fred Williams. “Just plain and simple. Down some players off the bench with injuries. We were beaten up and I played players who never really played this amount of minutes in their whole entire WNBA career. We just had to play through it. The second quarter got us.”

Dallas shot 74.2% from the field and 63.6% from 3 in the first half, as reserve guard Ty Harris had 16 points and seven assists in the first half. Harris finished with 18 points and career-high 11 assists in 21 minutes.

The Sparks trailed 92-56 at the end of the third quarter. Despite the massive loss and being down by as many as 40 points in the season finale, Williams said his team never gave up.

“The real win and the grace of it all is seeing this team prosper through a season, a journey,” Williams said in a pregame interview.

The Sparks lost nine of their last ten games and were eliminated from playoff contention on Thursday after a 93-69 loss to the Connecticut Sun. This marks the second time the Sparks have missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons in the team’s 26-year history.

The Sparks were as high as sixth in the standings with a month to go in the regular season but they lost eight of their final nine games without Liz Cambage, who agreed to a contract divorce with the organization on July 26.

Meanwhile, due to injuries, forwards Chiney (face) and Nneka Ogwumike (ankle) did not play against Dallas, along with guard Kristi Toliver (calf) and rookie forward Rae Burrell (knee), leaving the Sparks with an eight-person rotation and only three players taller than 6-foot.

Against Dallas, Williams said a key to victory would be slowing down 6-foot-7 center Teaira McCowan, who was shooting a career-high 59.6% from the field before Sunday’s game. McCowan finished with a team-high 24 points and 8 rebounds. She shot 69.2% from the field.

Dallas guard Marina Mabrey, who was a 2019 second-round draft pick by the Sparks had a team-high 27 points.

Sparks guard Chennedy Carter finished with 13 points. Rookie guard Kianna Smith had 10 points.

“You can only control the controllable,” Williams continued when asked about lessons learned during the Sparks’ tumultuous season. “Situations happened throughout the whole season. We stayed together by teaching players each day with difficult situations through injuries and travel. For me, it’s been more about learning what I know of this team, what I like of this team, what I trust of this team and the trust factor is that we made it through this journey.”

Williams finished 8-16 this season as interim head coach after the team parted ways with then general manager/head coach Derek Fisher, who was 5-7, at the time of his dismissal.

Brother of ex-NFL star Aqib Talib named suspect in fatal shooting near Dallas, police say

The brother of former NFL star Aqib Talib was named the suspect in a fatal shooting at a Dallas-area community park, police said Sunday.

A murder warrant for Yaqub Talib was active Sunday afternoon following an altercation a day earlier at the Lancaster Community Park that left an unidentified adult male dead, the Lancaster Police Department said.

Police described the park as having multiple football fields for youth leagues, and said officers were told of a dispute between a coaching staff and an officiating crew once they responded to the scene Saturday.

“During the disagreement the opposing coaching staff were involved in a physical altercation and one of the individuals involved in the altercation discharged a firearm striking one adult male,” police said.

“The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment where he was later pronounced dead.”

Aqib Talib, who played 12 seasons in the NFL, wasn’t named in the police announcement, but his attorney told TMZ that the retired cornerback was at the park.

“Aqib was present when this unfortunate incident occurred and is very distraught and devastated over this terrible loss of life,” the attorney said. “He would like to convey his condolences to the family of the victim and to everyone who witnessed this unfortunate tragedy.”

Lancaster is part of Dallas County, located about 16 miles south of the city’s downtown area.

Police say the investigation is ongoing, and urged anyone with information about Yaqub Talib’s whereabouts to come forward to authorities.

The Talib brothers spent part of their childhoods in Dallas.

Aqib Talib, 36, won a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos in 2015, and also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams during a career that took place from 2008 to 2019.

He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection who recorded 35 career interceptions, including 10 that he returned for a touchdown.

Aqib Talib became an NFL analyst for Fox after retiring as a player, and recently joined Amazon Prime Video for its “Thursday Night Football” broadcasts.

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Angels’ Tucker Davidson shines in win over Twins

  • Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher, left, is tagged out at...

    Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher, left, is tagged out at home plate by Minnesota Twins catcher Sandy Leon on a fielder’s choice after a ground ball by Luis Rengifo during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, jokes with David Fletcher...

    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, jokes with David Fletcher as they warm up before a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tucker Davidson throws to a...

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tucker Davidson throws to a Minnesota Twins batter during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    Minnesota Twins’ Byron Buxton follows through on his two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, jokes with David Fletcher as they warm up before a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Angels right fielder Taylor Ward leaps but cannot...

    Los Angeles Angels right fielder Taylor Ward leaps but cannot catch a two-run home run from Minnesota Twins’ Byron Buxton during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani looks on as the national anthem plays before a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    Minnesota Twins’ Byron Buxton follows through on his two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa, left, tags out Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani at second base on a steal-attempt during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani prepares to bat against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Chris Archer throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani scores on a double by Luis Rengifo during the second inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Rengifo drives in two runs with a double during the third inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) signals safe but is called out after being tagged out by Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa (4) on a steal-attempt during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Chris Archer throws to a Los...

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Chris Archer throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tucker Davidson throws to a...

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tucker Davidson throws to a Minnesota Twins batter during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani is high-fived after scoring on a double by Luis Rengifo during the third inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Angels right fielder Taylor Ward slides but cannot...

    Los Angeles Angels right fielder Taylor Ward slides but cannot catch a foul ball from Minnesota Twins’ Sandy Leon during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tucker Davidson throws to a...

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tucker Davidson throws to a Minnesota Twins batter during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) reacts after being tagged out at second base by Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa left, on a steal-attempt during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher is tagged out at home...

    Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher is tagged out at home plate by Minnesota Twins catcher Sandy Leon on a fielder’s choice after a ground ball by Luis Rengifo during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani follows through on his RBI single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    A fan holds a sign over the dugout after an RBI single by Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani follows through on his RBI single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, and Taylor Ward celebrate a win over the Minnesota Twins in a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    The Los Angeles Angels celebrate a win over the Minnesota Twins in a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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ANAHEIM ― When the Angels unloaded closer Raisel Iglesias and the entirety of his $58 million contract just before the trade deadline, the two pitchers they received from the Atlanta Braves in return ― Tucker Davidson and Jesse Chavez ― were easy to dismiss as an afterthought. With a 2022 playoff berth all but mathematically out of reach, dumping Iglesias’ salary appeared to be the primary feature of the trade for the Angels.

Turns out they might have gotten something in return after all.

Making his first home start since the trade, Davidson allowed two runs over six innings in the Angels’ 4-2 win over the Minnesota Twins.

The rookie didn’t allow a run after the first inning, in which he walked Carlos Correa before surrendering a two-run homer to Byron Buxton that cleared the yellow stripe in right field.

Jaime Barría and Jose Quijada closed out the Angels’ second straight win before an announced crowd of 27,515 at Angel Stadium. Quijada earned his third save of the season, while Davidson (2-3) was credited with his first win as an Angel.

For Davidson, the result was the culmination of a few small changes the Angels were able to coax from his left arm in short order.

“My slider was really good today,” Davidson said. “It had the same shape as it was earlier in the season. That’s been a whole lot of progress. I felt I had better direction today in my mechanics. That’s something I really focused on this last week, just getting more direction going toward home plate, not really falling off toward third base. That’s two things I focused on.

“Then continuing to improve on the changeup.”

The changeup was something of a secret weapon that Davidson never harnessed in four games (three starts) with the Braves this season. He altered his grip on the pitch after reaching the big leagues in 2020, trying to induce more gyro spin without success.

The Angels immediately urged Davidson to go back to the changeup grip he had used as a minor leaguer coming up through the Braves’ system. He had been working on the grip in the days since the Aug. 2 trade was completed.

The Twins saw only six changeups from Davidson on Sunday, but that might have been enough to make him a more effective pitcher.

“We got a couple outs today on it,” Davidson said. “That was huge. I either want a lazy ground ball or a lazy fly ball, that’s really what I’m looking for. And we got a couple of those off it. It’s coming a long way.”

“(Pitching coach Matt Wise) is terrific in teaching that pitch,” Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said. “ He threw a couple really good ones today. A lot of it is just the look. It’s in their head now. Not everything is just hard. If he can get that changeup buttoned up a little bit, you’ll see a good pitcher.”

Davidson had his best slider working. He threw it three times to induce a two-strike swing and miss for the third out of an inning. With a runner on second base in the sixth, Davidson threw a slider past Jorge Polanco to complete an eight-pitch at-bat, ending the inning.

That was the last of his 87 pitches. He walked one batter ― a vast improvement over his Angels debut last weekend in Seattle, in which Davidson issued five free passes ― and struck out three.

Davidson said he was able to learn a thing or two by watching Reid Detmers’ start against the the Twins on Saturday, in which he allowed two runs in five innings. Both are left-handed pitchers who rely heavily on their fastball and slider.

“He threw a bunch of fastballs,” Davidson said of Detmers. “We kind of talked about that. I think utilizing that, guys were chasing up. … His slider was good, so I saw, OK, these guys I can throw sliders to, I might have to get them off of it and throw a changeup. Overall I think the slider was a big pitch today.”

Luis Rengifo’s two-run double, which nearly cleared the short fence in left field, tied the game 2-2 in the third inning.

A sacrifice fly by Kurt Suzuki in the fourth inning, and an RBI single by Shohei Ohtani in the seventh inning, gave Davidson all the runs he needed for the victory.

David Fletcher and Jared Walsh each had two of the Angels’ eight hits.

The Angels (51-64) took two out of three games from the Twins (58-55) after sweeping a three-game series in Oakland. It’s the first time the Angels have won back-to-back series since May 9-15 (against the Rays and A’s).

UCLA’s Murphy twins could be double trouble for Pac-12 QBs

LOS ANGELES — Grayson and Gabriel Murphy are twins, identical in just about every sense of the word.

They look alike. They are listed at the same height and same weight — 6-foot-3 and 262 pounds. They play the same position. And they’re trying to prove themselves at UCLA.

The defensive linemen arrived at Westwood in the spring, transferring after three years at North Texas, where they had developed into standout edge rushers.

“Making the transition from Group of Five to Power Five (schools), we always have a chip on our shoulder, to prove to people that we can do it at this level too,” Gabriel said.

If their combined stats last year — 15.5 sacks and 26.5 tackles for loss — are any indication, Pac-12 quarterbacks might have a pair of new nuisances to deal with. The Murphy twins looked good during spring camp, and are expected to play a big role in a defense looking to revamp itself under new defensive coordinator Bill McGovern.

“They’re smart. They’re both really aggressive — tough, hard-nosed, physical players,” UCLA coach Chip Kelly said during spring camp. “Exactly what we thought we saw when we watched them on film. Been really impressed with both those guys.”

UCLA won eight games last season behind an offense that led the Pac-12 by scoring 36.7 points a game. But its defense ranked near the bottom, ranking 74th in the nation by giving up 26.8 points a game.

The Murphys are here to change that.

“That was one of the main reasons we picked UCLA, because we knew they were going to have a high-powered offense,” Grayson said in the spring. “If we just control what we control on defense, we should be able to win a majority of games.”

The twins are among a bevy of talented transfers set to make an immediate impact this season, joining wide receivers Jake Bobo and TItus Mokiao-Atimalala, offensive tackle Raiqwon O’Neal, linebacker Darius Muasau and cornerback Azizi Hearn.

UCLA got the twins in a package deal. They wanted to stick together, and chose the Bruins over crosstown rival USC, Penn State and Nebraska following a home visit by outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Ikaika Malloe.

“(Malloe) is all about relationships, and we’ve got a great relationship with him,” Gabriel said. “Ever since he came to our house and met our family, everything translated over to the field.”

The twins said they expect to play multiple positions on the defensive line, as they did at North Texas. That was another factor in choosing UCLA.

“We’re just excited,” Grayson said. “That’s one of the reasons we came to UCLA is because of the versatility that they offered to us. We’re just ready to have that ball snapped on Saturdays and get ready for the fans to enjoy it.”

Aside from noticing Gabriel wearing No. 11 and Grayson wearing No. 12, the fans might need some time to tell the pair apart — especially if they’re taking turns sacking quarterbacks.

Two tips: Grayson has a small scar around his eyes, and Gabriel has a little darker shade of hair.

“There’s not too many,” Gabriel said of the differences between them. “We do a lot of similar things. Our whole lives we’ve been working out, we’ve been training together. If he’s working on one thing, I’m going to be working on it. If I’m working on one thing, he’s going to be working on it.”

It’s no surprise, then, that coaches addressing either Murphy when their jerseys are off don’t take any risks.

“They just call us ‘Murphy twin,’” Grayson said.

If all goes to plan, UCLA’s defensive line will feature a regular dose of double trouble — regardless of which Murphy is responsible.

Long snapper decommits

Jake Eldridge, one of the top long snappers in the class of 2023 who committed to UCLA in June, has reopened his recruitment.

Eldridge, out of IMG Academy in Florida, said in a statement Sunday that he was decommitting from UCLA after speaking with his coaches and family.

“This was one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make,” Eldridge said.

Eldridge thanked UCLA assistant special teams coordinator Bailey McElwain and “the rest of the UCLA football staff for the opportunity to continue my academic and athletic career there.”

Jack Landherr IV, the Bruins’ current long snapper, is entering his senior year. The other long snapper on the roster, redshirt sophomore Beau Gardner, has not yet appeared in a game.

‘Bunch of superstars’

UCLA’s receiver corps is expected to again be one of the team’s strengths this season even after the departures of Greg Dulcich and Kyle Philips to the NFL. Junior receiver Logan Loya, who is slated for more playing time this year in the slot along with Kazmeir Allen, had a prediction.

“I think people will be shocked at how good our receivers are this year,” he said, mentioning Bobo and Mokiao-Atimalala along with “all the new guys.”

Loya added: “We have a lot, and they’re going to make some plays this year.”

Dodgers’ winning streak ends with two-hit shutout in Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In a part of the country where everyone seems to have a smoker in their backyard and burnt ends must come in school lunches, Brady Singer turned down the heat on the Dodgers’ sizzling offense.

Singer held the Dodgers without a hit through the first four innings Sunday afternoon and shut them out for six as the Kansas City Royals put an end to the Dodgers’ winning streak with a two-hit, 4-0 shutout.

“What do you mean? I thought we were winning 70 in a row,” Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman joked when asked if a game like Sunday was inevitable.

“No – I mean, we knew we weren’t going to win every game. But we don’t like getting shut out as an offense. … Obviously we want to win every game when we go on the field. But Brady was really good. … We just didn’t get anything going today.”

The Dodgers averaged 7.6 runs per game during their 12-game winning streak (their longest since 1976), scoring eight or more in eight of the games including four in a row before Sunday. In their first 22 games after the All-Star break, they averaged 6.7 and were held under four just four times.

But Singer was having none of that.

The 18th overall pick in the 2018 draft, Singer’s two-pitch arsenal — a sinking fastball that averaged 94 mph on the day, and a sharp-breaking slider — kept the Dodgers at bay. He struck out five in his six innings and got 19 swings-and-misses, 10 with the slider, nine with the sinker.

“He’s a good young pitcher. It was a sinker. It was a slider off that,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “We just didn’t see him well today. … Just couldn’t figure him out.

“I thought Salvy (Perez, Royals veteran catcher) did a really nice job with Brady today, using both sides of the plate. It was more east-west today versus north-south. He crowded us. He spun us. He beat the bat with the fastball. Kind of any way you slice it, he just outperformed us.”

Singer walked three and hit a batter before Chris Taylor got the Dodgers’ first hit of the day in the fifth inning. The Dodgers got two runners on with no outs that inning but Singer retired Cody Bellinger on a soft fly out, struck out Tony Wolters and got Mookie Betts to pop out.

The Dodgers’ only other scoring threat against Singer came in the next inning when Trea Turner led off with a 407-foot fly ball — that settled in center fielder Michael A. Taylor’s glove just short of the wall.

As the rebuilding Royals search for any signs of hope, Singer has given them some. Over his past six starts, Singer has a 1.64 ERA.

“He’s got a good heater and he located it really well,” Dodgers second baseman Gavin Lux said. “He threw a lot of pretty good sliders. We just didn’t hit him.

“He does a really good job with his glove side – back door to righties, front hip to lefties. That’s what makes him really tough and he’s got a really explosive fastball.”

The Dodgers’ only other hit in the game was a double by Betts in the eighth inning. An error put runners at second and third for Max Muncy but he struck out against Royals reliever Scott Barlow to end the inning.

The Royals’ offense took a low-and-slow approach to cook up the win against Dodgers starter Tyler Anderson, scoring single runs in the first, third and sixth innings.

Anderson gave up a leadoff single to Taylor and an RBI double to Salvador Perez for the first run. Three singles produced the run in the third with Vinnie Pasquantino getting the RBI. Pasquantino led off with a double in the sixth and scored on Kyle Isbel’s two-out single.

Pasquantino made it a three-hit day with a solo home run off Dodgers reliever Craig Kimbrel in the eighth inning. Kimbrel has given up runs in three of his past six outings, pushing his ERA for the season to 4.39.

Roberts again said he has no concern about Kimbrel’s ability to continue in the closer role despite his season-long inconsistencies, particularly with his command.

“I think earlier where there was a lot more sprays going on, there was the high pitch count to get through an inning,” Roberts said. “I think the fastball (to Pasquantino) just wasn’t located. … It was center-cut. Just throwing it in the square isn’t good enough.

“But I don’t have any concerns.”

Parts of California could become a ‘vast inland sea’ due to megafloods, study shows

Many Californians fear the “Big One,” but it might not be what you think.

It’s not an earthquake. And it isn’t the mega drought. It’s actually the exact opposite.

A megaflood.

A new study by Science Advances shows climate change has already doubled the chances of a disastrous flood happening in California in the next four decades. And experts say it would be unlike anything anyone alive today has ever experienced.

Daniel Swain, a climate scientist with UCLA and a researcher involved in the study, describes a megaflood as, “a very severe flood event across a broad region that has the potential to bring catastrophic impacts to society in the areas affected.” He said a megaflood is similar to the 1,000-year flash flood events seen this summer in the St. Louis area and Kentucky, but across a much wider area, such as the entire state of California.

These massive floods, which experts say would turn California’s lowlands into a “vast inland sea,” might have previously happened once in a lifetime in the state. But experts say climate change is increasing the likelihood of these catastrophic disasters, causing them to occur more like every 25 to 50 years.

Climate change supercharges heavy rain events, making flash floods occur more regularly, as has been noted several times this summer in Eastern Kentucky, St. Louis, and even in California’s Death Valley National Park.

California is prone to these floods from atmospheric rivers naturally, and major floods from them have happened before — but climate change is upping the ante, and millions of people could be impacted.

The study said atmospheric rivers could become consecutive for weeks on end, like seen in this animation. Xingying Huang, one of the authors of the study, made this loop, which illustrates the water vapor transportation and potential precipitation accumulation at selected time slices during the 30-day scenario.

The area with the most destruction would be the Central Valley of California, including Sacramento, Fresno and Bakersfield, the study’s authors project. The Central Valley, roughly the size of Vermont and Massachusetts combined, produces a quarter of the nation’s food supply, according to the US Geological Survey.

A flood with the size to fill this valley has the potential to be the most expensive geophysical disaster to date, costing upwards of $1 trillion in losses and devastating the state’s lowland areas, including Los Angeles and Orange counties, according to the study.

That would be more 5 times the cost of Hurricane Katrina, the current costliest disaster in US history.

“Such a flood event in modern California would likely exceed the damages from a large magnitude earthquake by a considerable margin,” the study showed.

This study is the first phase of a three-part series studying the effects of a future megaflood event in California. The next two phases are expected to be released in two to three years.

“Ultimately, one of our goals is not just to understand these events scientifically, but it’s also to help California prepare for them,” Swain said. “It’s a question of when rather than if (the megaflood) occurs.”

It’s happened before. It will happen again, but worse, warns scientists

Over 150 years ago, a strong series of atmospheric rivers drenched the Golden State, causing one of the most exceptional floods in history following a dry spell that had left the West parched for decades.

Communities were demolished in minutes.

It was the winter of 1861-1862 and a historic megaflood transformed the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys into a “temporary but vast inland sea,” according to the study. Some areas had up to 30 feet of water for weeks, obliterating infrastructure, farmland, and towns.

Sacramento, the new state capital at the time, was under ten feet of debris-filled water for months.

The catastrophe began in December 1861, when nearly 15 feet of snow fell in the Sierra Nevada. Repetitive atmospheric rivers dropped warm rain for 43 days thereafter, dumping water down the mountainous slopes and into the valleys.

Four thousand people lost their lives, one-third of the state’s property was destroyed, a quarter of California’s cattle population drowned or starved, and one in eight homes were a complete loss by floodwaters.

In addition, one-fourth of California’s economy was obliterated, resulting in a state-wide bankruptcy.

Swain warns a megaflood like this will happen again, but worse and more frequent.

“We find that climate change has already increased the risk of a (1862) megaflood scenario in California, but that future climate warming will likely bring about even sharper risk increases,” the study warns.

Many of today’s major cities with millions of residents are built directly on top of the ancient flood deposits, Swain added, putting far more people in harm’s way.

About 500,000 people lived in California in 1862. Now, the state’s population is over 39 million.

“When this (flood) occurs again, the consequences would be wildly different than they were back in the 1860s,” Swain said.

Climate change increases the amount of rain the atmosphere can hold and causes more water in the air to fall as rain, which can lead to immediate flooding. Both are and will continue to occur in California.

The new study shows a rapid increase in the likelihood of week-long, recurring strong-to-extreme atmospheric rivers during the cool season. An atmospheric river is a long, narrow region of heavy moisture in the atmosphere that can transport moisture thousands of miles, like a fire hose in the sky. They usually bring beneficial rainfall to drought-prone regions like California but could quickly become hazardous with a warming climate.

Historically these winter atmospheric rivers dump feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada, but as climate warms, more of the snow will fall as rain. Instead of melting slowly over time, it all runs off, piles up, and floods immediately.

With a neighbor like the Pacific Ocean, California has “an infinite reservoir of water vapor offshore,” Swain added.

California’s mountainous terrain and wildfire risk make it especially vulnerable to flooding. Lingering burn scars from wildfires can create a steep, slick surface for water and debris to flow off. With wildfires becoming larger and burning more area thanks to climate change, more areas are susceptible to these debris flows.

Although models show this megaflood is inevitable, experts say there are ways to mitigate excessive loss.

“I think the extent of (megaflood) losses can be significantly reduced by doing certain sorts of things to revamp our flood management and our water management systems and our disaster preparedness,” Swain said.

Huang, a project scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and a researcher involved in the study, said everyone can make a small effort in combating climate change.

“If we work together to decrease future emissions, we can also reduce the risk of extreme events,” Huang said.

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Mexico flies hundreds of troops to Tijuana after wave of gang attacks

Hundreds of Mexican military troops were flown into Tijuana on Saturday to beef up street patrols after armed gangs hijacked and burned at least a dozen vehicles in the border city, the latest in a wave of attacks hitting civilians across the country.

U.S. consulate staff were ordered to shelter in place Friday evening but no one was reported injured in the Tijuana hijackings that snarled traffic across the city and temporarily blocked access to one of the world’s busiest border crossings.

Roughly 350 national guard troops were flown in on Saturday to reinforce thousands of federal troops already in the state of Baja California, daily Reforma reported on its website.

Simultaneous hijackings occurred in four other cities in Baja and authorities arrested at least 17 people, Milenio TV reported. Tijuana is home to the San Ysidro-El Chaparral ports of entry, the busiest U.S. border crossing.

The disruptions in Tijuana follow attacks against businesses and civilians further along the border in Ciudad Juarez and the central state of Guanajuato the past week. The wave of violence now spreading to key manufacturing corridors is a major challenge to President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s security strategy.

While so-called “narco blockades” have become common in states like Guerrero and Michoacan, where the Jalisco New Generation Cartel pioneered attacks on civilians over the past few years, this was the first time such tactics had been widely deployed in the major border city of Tijuana, said Vanda Felbab-Brown, an organized crime expert at Brookings Institution.

An escalating battle between Jalisco and the Sinaloa Cartel for control in the region could jeopardize new foreign investment, she said. Tijuana has seen horrific gang violence in the past, but not such disruptions directed at the general population.

“Companies are being affected. Foreign companies are being affected,” Felbab-Brown said in a telephone interview. “It’s blowing up in terms of people saying ‘Hey government, you have to protect us.’”

Lopez Obrador’s government has come under criticism for shying away from directly challenging criminal gangs, such as its release of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s son in 2019 following unrest in Sinaloa after his capture.

The government has deployed thousands of members of the National Guard across the country, giving the public the sense that the streets remain militarized. And although the homicide rate has fallen, it remains near record highs.

Tijuana Mayor Montserrat Caballero, in a video message directed at the criminal gangs she blamed for the hijackings, said the city wouldn’t shut down.

“We are not going to allow a single Tijuana citizen pay the consequences of those who didn’t pay their bills,” she said. “We ask that you make the people who owe you pay up, not the families and citizens who work.”

In a separate news briefing outside a military base in the city, Caballero said there were 3,000 federal troops in the state that would help 2,000 Tijuana police maintain order. She stressed no civilians had been hurt yet. “The problem is serious but it’s not that serious,” she said.

Several vehicles burned on Friday night blocked roads in two cities in Guanajuato state, Milenio reported. That’s also where gangs on Tuesday torched 25 Oxxo convenience stores owned by Fomento Economico Mexicano SAB.

In Ciudad Juarez, flights into the city were canceled on Friday, while classes and a soccer match were suspended along with shifts at manufacturing plants, Milenio reported.

Gang members fired on civilians Thursday night at a strip mall and gas stations in attacks that killed nine people. Among the dead were a child at a convenience store and four radio station employees transmitting outside a Little Caesars pizza shop.

The attacks were carried out by a local gang following a fight in a Ciudad Juarez prison where two were killed, Chihuahua attorney general Roberto Fierro said in a news briefing. Felbab-Brown said smaller gangs were increasingly mimicking the tactics of the Jalisco cartel.

Jose Quijada is the favorite to be the Angels’ next closer

ANAHEIM ― Jose Quijada is in line to succeed Raisel Iglesias as the Angels’ closer.

Pitching for the second consecutive day, Quijada closed the books on the Minnesota Twins with a 1-2-3 ninth inning Sunday. It was his third save of the season.

Angels interim manager Phil Nevin noted that matchups could still potentially affect his thought process on days right-hander Ryan Tepera is available. Tepera wasn’t available Sunday, Nevin said, but he would have chosen Quintana to gsvr Jose Miranda, Jorge Polanco and Max Kepler regardless.

“I love the way he’s thrown the ball,” Nevin said of Quijada. “He’s pitched two days in a row so we’ll have to kind of test the waters, see how he is (Monday), but I think you’re going to see him get a lot of those looks for sure.”

Quijada has a 2.96 earned-run average in 25 appearances out of the bullpen this season. Only swingman Jaime Barría (2.44) has a lower ERA among the Angels’ relievers.

Only 4 of the 20 runners he’s inherited this season have scored, the lowest rate (20 percent) on the team.

Prior to this season, the 26-year-old only had one major league save, in 2019 with the Marlins. The Angels acquired Quijada from Miami in a Feb. 2020 waiver claim.

The Angels traded Iglesias to the Atlanta Braves on Aug. 2 for Tucker Davidson and Jesse Chavez.

DON’T THINK TWICE, IT’S ALL RIGHT

Shohei Ohtani held a brief in-dugout meeting with Phil Nevin after the 10th inning of the Angels’ 5-3 victory over the Twins on Saturday night.

The inning ended when Ohtani was thrown out at first base. Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton dove to catch a low line drive hit by Luis Rengifo, then threw to first before Ohtani could slide in safely.

Nevin took responsibility for the inning-ending double play. He had called for Ohtani to steal second base with one out, anticipating that Rengifo would hit a ground ball ― or, failing that, be walked intentionally to bring up Taylor Ward.

Instead the Angels got no runs out of their first-and-third, one-out advantage.

“Shohei’s a smart guy,” Nevin said. “We discussed whether it was right to run him or not.”

Also?

“A teaching moment,” Nevin said, “because (Ohtani) didn’t touch second base on the way back, so even if (Magneuris) Sierra tags and scores, Sho’s going to be out because he didn’t touch second.”

TANGLED UP IN BLUE

Nevin only played 17 games for the Twins at the tail end of his career. Yet Nevin said his memories of his time in Minnesota are stronger than those of any other stop in his career, save his 7-season run in San Diego from 1999 to 2005.

The last of those 17 games happened to be Nevin’s only playoff appearance in 12 years as a player. He went 0 for 3 in an American League Division Series game against the Oakland A’s, which the Twins lost in a three-game sweep. Nevin never appeared in another major league game.

“I was a deadline trade,” Nevin recalled. “I loved my time over there. … It was my only opportunity to be in the playoffs as a player. I was teasing (Twins third baseman) Gio Urshela about picking 15 ― because I wore it there ― before they retire it.”

ALSO

Mike Trout took batting practice on the field for the second straight day, taking more swings than he did Saturday. Trout also ran on the field in addition to working out inside Angel Stadium, Nevin said. There is no timetable for Trout to face live pitching as he attempts to return from a costovertebral dysfunction. … Touki Toussiant is a candidate to start Wednesday’s game against the Mariners, Nevin said, but only if the right-hander isn’t needed for long relief in the meantime. Ohtani and Jose Suarez will start the first two games of the series. … Seattle will send right-hander Luis Castillo, left-hander Robbie Ray and right-hander George Kirby to the mound in that order beginning Monday.

UP NEXT

Seattle (RHP Luis Castillo, 1-0, 1.84 ERA) at Angels (RHP Shohei Ohtani, 10-7, 2.68 ERA), Monday, 6:38 p.m., Bally Sports West


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