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Top Area Code Pitchers

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LONG BEACH—The 23rd annual Area Code Games concluded on Monday at Blair Field in Long Beach. With the assistance of a crosschecker and a longtime pro and amateur scout, Baseball […]

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Top Area Code Hitters

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LONG BEACH—The 23rd annual Area Code Games conclude today at Blair Field in Long Beach. The 2009 position player class features several provocative multi-tool athletes, but is relatively thin on […]

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Area Code Games, Day 2

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LONG BEACH — SPARQ athletic skills testing results were distributed Thursday during the second day of the 23rd-annual Area Code games. Scouts voraciously gobble up the printed statistical readouts, which […]

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Area Code Games, Day 1

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LONG BEACH — In perfect August Southern California weather, the 23rd-annual Area Code Games began Aug. 5 at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif. The first day of the Area […]

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Checking In From Lakeland

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LAKELAND, Fla.—The 13th annual East Coast Pro Showcase (essentially a complement to Long Beach’s Area Code Games, which start tomorrow) moved to Tigertown three years ago, and getting here was […]

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Reggie Smith On Hitting

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LOS ANGELES—Perhaps the most frequently repeated cliché in baseball is this: “Hitting is the most difficult thing to do in sports." Wrong!   Teaching hitting is the most difficult thing to […]

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Standouts From Elite Baseball Showcase

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LOS ANGELES—UCLA’s Jackie Robinson Stadium hosted the second-annual installment of the Elite Baseball Showcase Series on July 10, 11 and 12. Sponsored by Muscle Milk, the showcase features top California […]

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2010 Preview: Aaron Sanchez

Dave Perkin -

LOS ANGELES — A handful of American cities are frequently subjected to good natured ridicule.  Cleveland is a common target, for instance, as is any city in Northern New Jersey.  […]

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