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By Bob Dole
The industrious island has proved itself worthy of U.S. inclusion
Topic - Fernando Valenzuela
Yasiel Puig probably won't finish the season hitting .436, though by now there's a growing number of people in Los Angeles who surely believe he can.
It was almost five months ago now that Edwin Jackson chose the Washington Nationals. Considered one of the top free-agent starters on the market, he looked at what they had in their rotation and in their bullpen and thought being titled No. 4 in D.C. might be better than being a No. 1 or a No. 2 anywhere else.
Matt Cain and his wife, Chelsea, returned to the field an hour and a half later for a few more perfect memories. They snapped photos on the mound, posing with the workers who tore it down so the dirt could be sent to the Hall of Fame.
It was billed as the best statistical pitching matchup since Fernando Valenzuela and Dwight Gooden battled at Chavez Ravine in 1985. Gio Gonzalez vs. Brandon Beachy, both taking their sub-2.00 ERAs to the mound, both hoping to notch an important victory for their team.
This Jeremy Lin craze has begun to feel like the movie "Twister." Any second now, I expect to see a cow go flying past my windshield — a cow being ridden by Marv Albert.
Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers won the NL Cy Young Award in a runaway Thursday.
Felix Hernandez drew plenty of support in this final pitchers' duel.
For once, Felix Hernandez got all the support he needed for a big win.
Also on display was a recruiting poster for potential future Forest Lawn employees, complete with a picture of the great Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, who urged them to consider "joining a winning team."