Angels Notes: Cam Bedrosian ready to get on the mound

NEW YORK — Cam Bedrosian is about to take a key step toward the end of what has been a longer-than-expected stint on the disabled list.

Bedrosian is scheduled to throw off a mound on Monday, Manager Mike Scioscia said. It would be his first time off a mound since he was placed on the disabled list with a strained groin April 22.

At the time, Bedrosian felt he would miss only two weeks.

Scioscia said Bedrosian’s bullpen session will be “light.” Presumably, he’ll continue throwing off the mound, and increasing the intensity, every two or three days, until he’s ready for a rehab assignment.

If all goes well, it’s realistic to think he could be back in two to three weeks.

Huston Street, who is pitching in games in extended spring training, could also be back within that time. Street has been out all season with a strained lat.

STILL NO PUJOLS

Albert Pujols was out of the Angels lineup for the third game in a row on Sunday, nursing a tight right hamstring.

Pujols took batting practice before Saturday’s game, but apparently did not feel well enough for Scioscia to consider him available to even pinch-hit.

After Sunday’s series finale against the New York Mets, the Angels have four games against the Tampa Bay Rays, so they’ll again have the DH spot available for Pujols.

The Angels lost each of the first two games without Pujols, after losing four of six games earlier this month without Mike Trout, but Scioscia said the problems go beyond those players’ absences.

“If you’re going to be good you have to be able to absorb a player who is not swinging to his potential or is banged up and out of the lineup,” Scioscia said. “Our issue has been you have a guy banged up, along with four or five guys who aren’t in their game. That creates issues.”

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NHL fines Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf $10,000 for use of inappropriate remark

ANAHEIM – The NHL on Saturday fined Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf $10,000 for the use of what it called an inappropriate remark Thursday night during Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against Nashville.

The fine is the maximum amount allowable under the terms of the joint collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players’ union. Getzlaf’s comment was deemed a violation of the NHL’s policy “which prohibits inappropriate and offensive remarks, and the use of obscene, profane or abusive
language or gestures in the game.”

TSN reporter Frank Seravalli first reported that Getzlaf used a homophobic slur. The incident, according to a video on the hockeyfeed.com website, appeared after Nate Thompson was checked from behind by Nashville’s Austin Watson. Getzlaf yelled at referee Kelly Sutherland afterward as he skated behind him.

The center then yelled the slur to his intended target when he got back to the Ducks bench. It isn’t clear in the video if that was also directed at Sutherland.

“Getzlaf’s comment in Thursday’s game, particularly as directed to another individual on the ice, was inappropriately demeaning and disrespectful, and crossed the line into behavior that we deem unacceptable,” Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior vice president of hockey operations, said in a statement. “The type of language chosen and utilized in this instance will not be tolerated in the National Hockey League.”

The fine will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. Getzlaf, a leading candidate in the Conn Smythe Trophy discussion as the playoffs’ most valuable player, has been captain of the Ducks since 2010 when he succeeded the retired Scott Niedermayer.

The Ducks and Predators are scheduled to play Game 5 at Honda Center on Saturday night.

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Aruba’s only 18-hole golf course has a landscape that conjures many regions

By Gary Trask

As the words comTierra del Sole out of Oliver Riding’s mouth, you can’t help but be skeptical.

He’s played more than 100 golf courses in 18 countries, and there’s no doubt he’s well traveled and knowledgeable about the game. But since Riding has called Tierra del Sol Golf Course home for most of his career, his opinion of Aruba’s lone 18-hole championship layout isn’t without prejudice.

“I’ve traveled the world and have been fortunate enough to see some very cool golf courses,” said Riding, 45, director of golf operations since 2015 who also served as head professional from 2003-2010. “But, design-wise, it doesn’t get much better than Tierra de Sol. You can play it multiple times and you’ll never get bored. You get out there and you really feel disconnected from the world.”

As you begin your journey around the 6,400-yard layout on Aruba’s captivating, northwest region, Riding’s words start to make sense. As your round gains momentum and hugs the coastline — all but three holes have ocean views — you encounter goats, owls, ducks, exotic birds and palm trees. And in case you weren’t convinced of Riding’s assessment by the time you get to the 16th tee, try gazing down the 360-yard, par-4 fairway and seeing rugged desert, cacti, rock formations and dunes with the Caribbean Sea and California Lighthouse in the backdrop and not nod your head in agreement.

In short, this is Tierra del Sol. Arizona. Scotland. The Caribbean. All meshed into one.

“It’s easy to build a beautiful course but make it unplayable for the bogey golfer,” Riding said. “That’s not the case here. It’s gorgeous, but fair and playable.”

No portrayal of Tierra del Sol — Spanish for “land of sun” — would be complete without mention of the wind. A creation of Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Kyle Phillips, Tierra de Sol demands a keen awareness to the steady breeze, so the designers were cognizant of the prevailing winds on each hole. That’s not a typo on your scorecard: There’s good reason the par-4, second hole is what seems to be an unjust 453 yards while the par-4, 284-yard fifth appears on paper to be an easy birdie opportunity.

“If you had to play 18 holes of golf with a crosswind, you’d go loopy pretty quickly,” Riding said. “The wind here is going to be a factor, but it’s consistent; always at your back, or in your face. You just have to adjust accordingly.”

The course, which opened in 1995 and hosted the PGA Tour Canada-sanctioned Aruba Cup for the first time last year, is an amenity of Tierra del Sol Resort & Golf, which offers condos, villas and estate vacation homes as well as a spa, salon, pool, tennis courts, beach access and restaurants. Green fees range from $109 to $169 depending on time of day and season, and Nike club rentals are available.

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Celebration of life for Irvine’s Scott Hinman set for Sunday

A celebration of life for trailblazing Irvine girls swimming and water polo coach Scott Hinman will be held Sunday in Costa Mesa at the Orange County Fair and Event Center’s Los Alamitos Exhibit Hall from 9 a.m. to noon.

Parking will be $8.

Hinman, 61, died March 29 after suffering a heart attack while coaching the Vaqueros at Northwood.

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Lakers podcast: Rob Pelinka and Magic Johnson on landing No. 2 pick

Mark Medina breaks down the NBA Draft Lottery where the Lakers landed the #2 overall pick. Does this mean the team goes with Lonzo Ball? You’ll hear from Lakers upper management, including Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka.

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Football recruiting: Capo Valley’s Zach Ritner racking up offers

Capistrano Valley All-County defensive end Zach Ritner (6-3, 235) is finding his stride on the recruiting trails.

The junior has been offered recently by Colorado State, Hawaii, Montana and Fresno State, Cougars football coach Ernie Bucher reports.

Ritner recorded 18 sacks last season for the Cougars, the CIF-SS Division 5 runner-up to Calabasas.

Please send football recruiting news to Dan Albano at dalbano@scng.com or @ocvarsityguy on Twitter

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O.C. surfers collect West Coast titles at Oceanside

  • San Clemente’s Nico Coli powers his way to the Western Surfing Association’s West Coast title in the Boys Under 14 division. He also was a finalist in the SSS State Middle School Championships a day earlier.

    San Clemente’s Nico Coli powers his way to the Western Surfing Association’s West Coast title in the Boys Under 14 division. He also was a finalist in the SSS State Middle School Championships a day earlier.

  • George Williams of Laguna Beach shows his winning form May 14 at the Western Surfing Association’s 2017 West Coast Championships tournament at Oceanside. He won the Boys Under 16 division, althought the West Coast title went to Mick Davey of La Jollas on cumulative season points.

    George Williams of Laguna Beach shows his winning form May 14 at the Western Surfing Association’s 2017 West Coast Championships tournament at Oceanside. He won the Boys Under 16 division, althought the West Coast title went to Mick Davey of La Jollas on cumulative season points.

  • Liam Murray of San Clemente bashes a section en route to victory in the Boys Under 18 division at the WSA West Coast Surfing Championshiips on May 14 at Oceanside. San Clemente’s Reef Tsutsui placed third and clinched the season title on cumulative points.

    Liam Murray of San Clemente bashes a section en route to victory in the Boys Under 18 division at the WSA West Coast Surfing Championshiips on May 14 at Oceanside. San Clemente’s Reef Tsutsui placed third and clinched the season title on cumulative points.

  • Dana Point’s Bella Kenworthy was a two-division finalist at the Western Surfing Association’s 2017 West Coast Championships.

    Dana Point’s Bella Kenworthy was a two-division finalist at the Western Surfing Association’s 2017 West Coast Championships.

  • While spectators keep an eye on the surfing action at the 2017 Western Surfing Association West Coast Championships, some gymnastics training is going on in the background.

    While spectators keep an eye on the surfing action at the 2017 Western Surfing Association West Coast Championships, some gymnastics training is going on in the background.

  • Namor Cayres, a Brazilian surfer now residing in San Clemente, took first place in the Open Men’s shortboard division at the 2017 Western Surfing Association West Coast Championships tournament.

    Namor Cayres, a Brazilian surfer now residing in San Clemente, took first place in the Open Men’s shortboard division at the 2017 Western Surfing Association West Coast Championships tournament.

  • Kai McPhillips of San Clemente is the Scholastic Surf Series’ California state middle school longboard champion. He also was a finalist in shortboarding.

    Kai McPhillips of San Clemente is the Scholastic Surf Series’ California state middle school longboard champion. He also was a finalist in shortboarding.

  • Callan Emery of Laguna Niguel won his division on May 14 at the Western Surfing Association’s West Coast Championships tournament held at Oceanside. Lucas Owston of Oceanside was the West Coast champion based on total season points.

    Callan Emery of Laguna Niguel won his division on May 14 at the Western Surfing Association’s West Coast Championships tournament held at Oceanside. Lucas Owston of Oceanside was the West Coast champion based on total season points.

  • Reef Tsutsui of San Clemente captured the Western Surfing Association’s season title for Boys Under 18, clinching it with a third-place showing at the championship event of the season.

    Reef Tsutsui of San Clemente captured the Western Surfing Association’s season title for Boys Under 18, clinching it with a third-place showing at the championship event of the season.

  • Two spectators watching the finals of the WSA West Coast Surfing Championships from Oceanside Harbor’s South Jetty took time out to take a selfie.

    Two spectators watching the finals of the WSA West Coast Surfing Championships from Oceanside Harbor’s South Jetty took time out to take a selfie.

  • Petey Romaniuk of Huntington Beach is Western Surfing Association’s West Coast Champion for Boys Under 10.

    Petey Romaniuk of Huntington Beach is Western Surfing Association’s West Coast Champion for Boys Under 10.

  • With a third-place showing at the Western Surfing Association’s 2017 West Coast Surfing Championships tournament at Oceanside, Pedro Todaro of San Clemente clinched the season title in Open Men’s shortboarding.

    With a third-place showing at the Western Surfing Association’s 2017 West Coast Surfing Championships tournament at Oceanside, Pedro Todaro of San Clemente clinched the season title in Open Men’s shortboarding.

  • Kristina Hehl of Huntington Beach goes vert during the Girls Under 18 championship final at the WSA West Coastg Surfing Championships.

    Kristina Hehl of Huntington Beach goes vert during the Girls Under 18 championship final at the WSA West Coastg Surfing Championships.

  • Laguna Beach surfers George Williams and Travis Booth, pictured here, placed 1-2 at the Western Surfing Association’s 2017 West Coast Championships tournament in the Boys Under 16 division.

    Laguna Beach surfers George Williams and Travis Booth, pictured here, placed 1-2 at the Western Surfing Association’s 2017 West Coast Championships tournament in the Boys Under 16 division.

  • San Clemente’s Jeff Jessee won the Open Men’s shortboard division at the 2017 Western Surfing Association West Coast Championships tournament.

    San Clemente’s Jeff Jessee won the Open Men’s shortboard division at the 2017 Western Surfing Association West Coast Championships tournament.

  • Jake Levine of Laguna Beach blasts off the top during Boys Under 18 final at the WSA West Coast Surfing Championships. He placed second in his division.

    Jake Levine of Laguna Beach blasts off the top during Boys Under 18 final at the WSA West Coast Surfing Championships. He placed second in his division.

  • Meet the Shorecliffs Middle School surf team, which brought home the 2017 Scholastic Surf Series California state middle school surfing title to San Clemente.

    Meet the Shorecliffs Middle School surf team, which brought home the 2017 Scholastic Surf Series California state middle school surfing title to San Clemente.

  • Hagan Johnson was one of three Shorecliffs Middle School surfers in the SSS state middle school shortboard final, with teammates Nico Coli and Kai McPhillips.

    Hagan Johnson was one of three Shorecliffs Middle School surfers in the SSS state middle school shortboard final, with teammates Nico Coli and Kai McPhillips.

  • Tess Booth of Thurston Middle School in Laguna Beach won a girls’ title at the Scholastic Surf Series’ California state middle school surfing championships.

    Tess Booth of Thurston Middle School in Laguna Beach won a girls’ title at the Scholastic Surf Series’ California state middle school surfing championships.

  • Luke Blackwill of San Clemente is the Scholastic Surf Series’ California state middle school bodyboard champion.

    Luke Blackwill of San Clemente is the Scholastic Surf Series’ California state middle school bodyboard champion.

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With San Clemente surfers leading the way, Orange County produced champions in 13 of 25 divisions Sunday, May 14, at the West Coast Surfing Championships in Oceanside.

Petey Romaniuk of Huntington Beach won Western Surfing Association titles in two divisions, as did Pedro Todaro, a San Clemente surfer originally from Brazil.

Other West Coast titles went to San Clemente’s Reef Tsutsui, Nico Coli, Jeff Jessee, Chad Clifton, Ezra McPhillips, Tommy Coleman, Hana Catsimanes and to Lance Albright of Huntington Beach and Jeff Munson of Corona del Mar.

The two-day tournament benefited from consistent waist- to head-high waves. Season titles were based on points earned in monthly contests held since August, plus the championship event.

In the two-day contest itself, Orange County produced first-place winners in 14 of 25 divisions: Mark Austin of Orange, George Williams of Laguna Beach, Callan Emery of Laguna Niguel, Albright of Huntington Beach, Munson of Corona del Mar and San Clemente’s Coli, Jessee, Clifton, McPhillips, Todaro, Namor Cayres, Liam Murray, Kai Finn and Tommy Coleman.

Top-rated performers will earn invitations to the Surfing America USA Championships from June13-17 at Oceanside and June 19-22 at Lower Trestles, south of San Clemente.

On day one of the tournament, the Scholastic Surfing Series completed its own state championships on the same beach, with Shorecliffs Middle School of San Clemente taking the title. As that contest concluded at 11 a.m., the two-day WSA championships began.

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Angels Notes: Mike Trout works out on the field but sits out Wednesday’s game

OAKLAND — Mike Trout, who has been out with a tight left hamstring, went through about 20 minutes worth of agility drills on the field before Wednesday afternoon’s game.

Manager Mike Scioscia said he was “hoping” that if Trout can follow up Wednesday’s workout with a full test on Thursday — hitting, running the bases and taking fly balls — that he could be in the lineup Thursday night. Trout took batting practice on the field Tuesday night, the first time he’d done so since Saturday.

Trout has been out of the Angels lineup five days in a row, and six out of seven. Previously, he had missed as many as three straight games just once in his five years as an everyday player, and that was in 2013.

“Needless to say, he wants to play,” Scioscia said. “Short of begging, he wants to be out there. That decision is a medical staff decision. If it was up to us, he’d be out there. We want him out there, but this is the right course of action for him.”

Scioscia reiterated he doesn’t see DH as an option to get Trout back in the lineup sooner, even though he can hit.

“We would consider DH but a hamstring is a different animal,” Scioscia said. “It’s tough to sit down and stay warm between DHing, but if it comes to pass where he needs a couple days just to manage this, we can consider that. As far as swinging the bat, he’s great.”

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The Angels are in the midst of a string of nine consecutive games against right-handed starters, assuming the probable pitchers for this weekend’s four-game series against the Detroit Tigers go unchanged.

After facing Chicago White Sox lefty Derek Holland on Monday, they are scheduled to see two more righties. Then they have a three-city trip in which they’ll see the New York Mets, Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins, and those teams have two left-handed starters among them.

Although the length of C.J. Cron’s rehab assignment is a medical question, and not a baseball one, the prevalence of righties means the Angels aren’t missing much while he’s out, at least a few more days.

The Angels have been using Luis Valbuena against right-handed pitchers, so there doesn’t figure to be much playing time in the next couple weeks for Cron or Jefry Marte.

Besides that, the Angels have two upcoming series at National League parks, so Albert Pujols will probably start at first in most of those games.

The abundance of righties also likely means more playing time for Cliff Pennington. Danny Espinosa has been slumping badly, particularly against right-handed pitchers.

It could be good news for Ben Revere, a left-handed hitter who has been hot lately. Revere and Cameron Maybin have both been playing while Mike Trout has been out. When Trout returns, Revere could be the one who gets the majority of the playing time instead of the right-handed hitting Maybin.

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Dodgers-Padres series finale postponed, rescheduled for Sept. 2

SAN DIEGO – Friday night, the Dodgers and Padres made a little bit of San Diego history by playing the longest nine-inning home game in San Diego history.

Sunday, they made a little bit of history by not playing. The series finale between the two NL West rivals was postponed due to rain. It will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader Sept. 2 at Petco Park.

The rainout is only the third in the 14-year history of Petco Park. The decision was made more than two hours before the scheduled game time with rain in the forecast throughout the day.

Despite advance warnings Saturday about the pessimist weather forecast, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said a decision had not been made yet on what the Dodgers will do with their starting pitching plans. Right-hander Brandon McCarthy was scheduled to start Sunday.

“We could go with Brandon Monday (at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates) and push everybody back or skip Brandon and go with Alex (Wood),” Roberts said. “On one side, you keep everybody on their turn when they’ve already gotten an extra day. On the other, the way B-Mac is throwing you want to get him out there.

“You can kind of argue both ways. We’re going to talk it through and make a decision later today.”

McCarthy had already been pushed back so that Clayton Kershaw could start Saturday and not miss his start or get extended rest. Ostensibly, McCarthy suffered a minor injury to his left shoulder in a “weight room incident” earlier this week. But Roberts said that won’t be an overriding factor in Monday’s decision.

“Obviously if it’s too much of a concern, he wouldn’t be slated for today,” he said. “He’s sore but pitchable.”

The rainout could exacerbate an upcoming logjam in the Dodgers’ rotation. Roberts has said left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will be ready to come off the DL and pitch sometime later this week. Left-hander Rich Hill is scheduled to make a second rehab start on Tuesday and could be ready to rejoin the rotation after that.

“It could (get crowded),” Roberts said. “But we’ve dealt with it before.”

The day off does buy some time for outfielder Franklin Gutierrez who left Saturday’s game with an injury. Originally called “hip tightness,” Roberts referred to it as hamstring tightness on Sunday. Gutierrez already spent three weeks on the DL with a hamstring injury.

“I don’t see it as a DL situation,” Roberts said. “But today is probably a blessing for him.”

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Rams made moves on draft’s third day, pick receiver and linebacker

The Rams were active and bold to start the third and final day of the NFL draft Saturday, as they made two trades during the fourth round and selected receiver Josh Reynolds and linebacker Samson Ebukam.

The day started with a move down, as the Rams sent the No. 112 pick to Chicago for No. 117 and a sixth-round pick (No. 197). The Rams used that pick on Reynolds, a lanky deep threat who led the SEC with 1,039 receiving yards last season and had 12 touchdowns.

Not content to wait until the end of the round to pick again, the Rams made another trade and moved up to No. 125. They sent their fourth-round compensatory pick (No. 141) to the New York Jets, as well as the No. 197 pick they’d received from Chicago less than an hour earlier.

The Rams used No. 125 on Ebukam, who is considered a raw talent at linebacker and was a college teammate of receiver Cooper Kupp, one of the Rams’ third-round picks. Ekubam finished his college career with 24 sacks in 53 games.

The Rams still have two sixth-round picks (No. 189 and No. 206) and one seventh-round pick (No. 234) to close out the draft.

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