Jered Weaver

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Boston overtakes Angels when bullpen fizzles - OCRegister
Tuesday's loss was tied onto the arm of Scot Shields (1-3), who threw the ball better than most of the guys who came trotting in to spoil another stellar start from Jered Weaver. That gives the Angels bullpen nine losses, most in the majors by a team...
Weaver's quick start a boon for Halos - Anaheim Angels
By Lyle Spencer / ANAHEIM -- It hasn't drawn a great deal of attention, but few pitchers in the Majors have been better this season than Jered Weaver. Putting the rotation on his shoulders along with 2008 American League All-Star Joe Saunders...
Leading Off: Carrying momentum to the West Coast -
RHP Jered Weaver (3-1, 2.66 ERA) In his last outing, Masterson lost at Fenway Park for the first time in his young career, ending a an undefeated span of 24 games (seven starts), when he gave up six runs on eight hits (a career high) and three walks,...
Weaver saves Angels' pen - San Bernardino Sun
ANAHEIM - With Wednesday's 13-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays having taxed the Angels' middle relief corps, Thursday was as good a time as any for Jered Weaver to pitch his first career complete game. Judging by the reactions in the clubhouse Friday to...
Angels' Weaver Dominates, Ace Throws Complete Game In Rout Of Jays - Gant Daily
Anaheim, CA (AHN) - Jered Weaver allowed three hits and one run in his first career complete-game, and the Los Angeles Angels posted a 6-1 drubbing of the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday night in the conclusion of a two-game set at Angels Stadium....
Swisher X-Rays negative, doubtful Saturday -
X-Rays on Nick Swisher's elbow were negative Friday after he was hit by a Jered Weaver pitch, but manager Joe Girardi did not sound optimistic about Swisher's chances of playing Saturday. "You hope he can go, but I'd be surprised," Girardi said....
Longoria's stride reminiscent of another masher - ESPN
In 2004, Bane negotiated with Scott Boras over another highly touted amateur, Jered Weaver, and of course, Boras advises Strasburg now. "When we drafted Jered Weaver," Bane told Kirk Kenny, "Scott [Boras] sent a letter to the Angels explaining why he...
Angels Bullpen Unweaves Gem Into Boston Win - Halo's Heaven
More photos » by Matt A. Brown - AP The Angels players can take solace in knowing their pathetic effort Tuesday night was witnessed by the smallest evening crowd in Anaheim since 2004, as under 34000 fans were on hand to witness a Jered Weaver pitching...
Weaver raises hopes of fans - Press-Enterprise
The man responsible for such potential chatter is Jered Weaver, the right-hander who pitched seven scoreless innings in the Angels' 8-0 victory over Seattle. AP photo Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick drives in a run in the eighth inning Sunday,...
Figgins plays role of savior - Press-Enterprise
Following the first complete game of his career Thursday, Jered Weaver received a celebratory beer and shaving cream shower from his teammates. On Saturday, Weaver and the Angels did the same to Saunders. "We got him a little wet," Weaver said with a...

Jered Weaver

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Jered David Weaver (born October 4, 1982 in Northridge, California), is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He has an exceptionally straight fastball which he can control very well, as well as a changeup, slider, and a curveball. He also throws sidearm occasionally for a strikeout or to fool hitters. Part of Weaver's success has been attributed to his unusual pitch delivery. Before throwing the ball, he briefly turns his back to the plate, hiding the ball and thereby making it difficult for batters to figure out his release point.

He is the younger brother of pitcher Jeff Weaver.

Although Weaver was born in Northridge, California, he was raised in Simi Valley and attended Simi Valley High School.

Weaver attended college at CSULB. He was the 2004 College Baseball's Dick Howser Trophy winner as the national collegiate baseball player of the year. He also won college baseball's top pitching honor, the Roger Clemens Award. He was also named first-team All-American by Baseball America in 2004 as a starting pitcher. Weaver went 37-9 at Long Beach State and was 15-1, with a 1.62 ERA in his last season with 213 strikeouts and just 21 walks in 144 innings.

Weaver was drafted in the 1st round (12th pick overall) by the Angels in the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft. He and his agent, Scott Boras (who also represents the elder Weaver), held out until the end of May 2005 to sign which resulted in him getting a $4 million dollar signing bonus (which was actually much less than what they were originally looking for). Weaver was on the fast track to the major leagues just like his brother Jeff was, spending just over one month in Single-A before being promoted to Double-A. His minor league stats after less than one season include 7 wins, a 3.91 ERA, and 95 strikeouts over 76 innings.

He made his MLB debut on May 27, 2006, starting against the Baltimore Orioles. He pitched seven shutout innings, striking out five, and earning the victory. This was followed with three more consecutive victories. Despite his success, when Bartolo Colón returned from the disabled list, Weaver was bumped out of the rotation and sent back down to the minors. He was recalled to the majors on June 30, 2006, when the Angels designated his brother Jeff for assignment.

Weaver continued his impressive performance, at one point lowering his ERA to 1.12 after six starts. He won his first nine decisions at the start of his major league career, tying the American League record set by Whitey Ford in 1950. Weaver recorded his first loss on August 24, 2006, when he lost to the Boston Red Sox, despite allowing only one earned run in seven innings pitched, a home run to David Ortiz. He finished the season with an 11-2 record and a 2.56 ERA and placed fifth in the American League Rookie of the Year Award voting.

On June 28, 2008, he and José Arredondo combined to no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers over eight innings, but still lost the game 1-0. This was only the fourth time in major league history that a no-hit bid was unable to go nine innings because of the home team winning the game, and the first as a combined effort. Because they did not pitch nine innings, it is not officially considered a no-hitter.

Weaver made his first career relief appearance against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Game 3 of the 2008 ALDS. He recorded the win in the bottom of the 12th inning in order to keep the Angels, who previously were down 2-0 in the series, hopes of winning the series alive.

On February 9, 2007, he and his brother had their jerseys retired by Simi Valley High School in a basketball game between Royal High School and Simi Valley.

Weaver is on the cover of MVP 07: NCAA Baseball, in his college uniform.

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Joe Saunders

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Saunders played college baseball at Virginia Tech, where he compiled a 27-7 career record. His 27 wins tied him for third place in most career wins in school history.

Saunders was drafted in the 1st round (12th overall) by the Anaheim Angels in 2002. After being promoted to Single-A Cedar Rapids in 2002, he missed the entire 2003 season due to an injury in his left shoulder. He returned to the game with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga in 2004 and went 9-7 with a 3.41 ERA. He was promoted to Double-A Arkansas in 2004, and recorded a 7-4 record with two complete games in 2005.

Saunders was promoted to Triple-A Salt Lake and was 10-7 with three complete games, including two shutouts, earning honors as the Angels Organization's Pitcher of the Year. He made his major league debut on August 16 against the Toronto Blue Jays, receiving a no decision after closer Francisco Rodriguez blew the save in a 4-3 loss for the Angels.

Saunders was sent back down to Salt Lake, but recalled on September 6 to start against the Seattle Mariners on September 14. Once again, he received a no-decision in a 10-9 defeat, and was optioned to Salt Lake. Though he was not placed on the playoff roster, he was re-signed by the Angels to a one-year contract.

He was named #37 of the top 50 minor league baseball players in 2006 by Minor League News.

After Cy Young winner Bartolo Colón was placed on the disabled list during the 2006 season, Saunders was recalled a final time and replaced Colon in the rotation. Before Saunders received his first loss, he compiled a 4-0 record. He ended the season with a 7-3 record and a 4.71 ERA.

Saunders began the 2007 season in the rotation while Colon remained on the disabled list. He was optioned to the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees on April 21, 2007, to make room for Colon's return. Saunders made two spot starts for when a pitcher on the Angel's normal rotation was injured: for Colon (triceps tendinitis) on June 2, 2007, against the Baltimore Orioles and for Jered Weaver (bruised shoulder) on June 22, 2007, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was called up for a third time on July 21, 2007, to replace Ervin Santana in the starting rotation when Santana was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake Bees.

In 2008, Saunders entered spring training in a competition with Santana for the role of 5th starter in the Angels rotation. After the Angels' co-aces John Lackey and Kelvim Escobar sustained injuries, both Saunders and Santana were promoted to full time roles as the 3rd and 4th starter, respectively. In the first third of the season, both players shone brightly, with both being considered early candidates for the American League Cy Young Award. On June 3, 2008, Saunders became the American League's first 9 game winner in a 5-4 victory over division rivals the Seattle Mariners. Saunders gave up only 1 earned run, lowering his ERA to 3rd best in the American League in the process. Saunders also then became the first American League pitcher to get 11 wins, giving up only 2 earned runs to the Philadelphia Phillies on June 21, 2008. Following the 2008 season Saunders was asked to join the USA Baseball team for the 2009 World Baseball Classic however, Saunders declined the request due to not being physically in shape for the tournament.

As the only active major league player at the time from Virginia Tech, Saunders received special dispensation to wear a Virginia Tech cap during the April 20, 2007, game against the Seattle Mariners to honor the victims of the Virginia Tech massacre. Saunders also wore the initials "VT" on his cleats and drew the Virginia Tech logo on the back of the pitcher's mound before the start of the game. He picked up the win after pitching six shutout innings.

Saunders is married to his Virginia Tech classmate, the former Shanel Garofalo. They have one daughter, Matea, born on July 13, 2008.

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MVP 07: NCAA Baseball

MVP 07: NCAA Baseball is a video game for the PlayStation 2 that was released February 6, 2007. Former Long Beach State pitcher and 2004 Roger Clemens Award winner Jered Weaver is on the cover, wearing his 2004 college uniform.

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California State University, Long Beach

CSULB official school seal

CSULB has repeatedly been recognized as one of "America's Best Value Colleges" by the Princeton Review. More than 30 factors are considered to rate the colleges in four categories: academics, tuition GPA (the sticker price minus average amount students receive in gift aid scholarships and grants), financial aid (how well colleges meet students' financial need) and student borrowing. The university attained its highest ranking in the 2007 edition, being named the No. 3 best value public college in the nation. Recently, CSULB was again recognized in the 2009 edition of the "50 Best Value Colleges" rankings, making it the only university in the CSU system to receive such recognition.

It has also been ranked as one of the top five public masters universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges Guide" each year from 2005 to 2009.

In addition, Long Beach State is one of the West Coast's top universities/masters institutions in student body diversity and is home to the largest publicly funded art school west of the Mississippi. The university currently operates with one of the lowest student fees in the country at US $3,392 per year.

Established in 1949 by California Governor Earl Warren to serve the rapidly expanding post World War II population of Orange and Southern Los Angeles counties CSULB has grown to be one of the state's largest and most well-respected universities.

At its inception, the institution was known as Los Angeles-Orange County State College. It consisted of 25 courses taught by 13 faculty members in two apartment buildings at 5381 Anaheim Road in Long Beach. In June 1950, the citizens of Long Beach voted overwhelmingly to purchase 320 acres (1.3 km2) as a permanent campus for the college, now known as Long Beach State College. The purchase price was nearly $1,000,000. Utilizing the new location, the school began to establish itself as a permanent presence in the area, and as a result its student enrollment grew rapidly.

By 1960, the student body had skyrocketed to more than 10,000 students, and by 1966 that number would reach 20,000. In 1964, LBSC changed its name to California State College at Long Beach to unify with the state system and enhance its prestige (it was renamed California State College, Long Beach in 1968).

In 1965, CSCLB hosted the first International Sculpture Symposium to be held in the United States and the first at a college or university. Six sculptors from around the world and two from the United States created many of the monumental sculptures seen today on the campus. The event received national media attention from newspapers around the country including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Art in America and a six-page color spread in Fortune Magazine.

The school acquired university status in 1972 along with 12 other state college campuses. The promotion was decided by the Board of Trustees of the California State University system, according to total enrollment, size of graduate programs, complexity and diversity of majors and number of doctorates held by faculty at each college. CSCLB became CSULB.

Also in 1972, the campus became the home of the largest library facility in the then 19-campus CSU system: a modern six-story building with a seating capacity of nearly 4,000 students.

In 1995, President Robert Maxson initiated the privately funded President's Scholars Program providing selected qualified California high school valedictorians and National Merit finalists and semi-finalists with a full four-year scholarship package which includes tuition, a book stipend, and housing. Since the program's inception more than 900 students have accepted the scholarship.

As of Fall 2008, CSULB had 37,890 students in attendance, making it the most populous campus of the CSU system.

Together, the colleges offer a total of 81 baccalaureate degrees, 67 master's degrees, 16 education-related credential programs, and three doctoral degrees (two joint and one free-standing).

The University's educational goals reflect its large population of students and faculty. Among the numerous classes and majors, Liberal Arts and Sciences represent the General Education (GE) core, while a variety of classes make up GE electives; students rarely study the same subjects as each other, but all GE classes focus on the development of writing and critical thinking skills.

CSULB is perhaps most well-known for its engineering program. U.S. News and World Report has repeatedly ranked it as one of the Top 50 undergraduate programs in the nation, and even commended the University's programs for first-year students as "stellar examples of academic programs that lead to student success." In 2008, CSULB's engineering program received it's highest ever ranking at #38. Long Beach's programs in Accounting, Business Administration, Nursing, and Art are also well-respected in the industry.

In addition, according to the National Science Foundation, CSULB is the number one campus in the nation amongst Master's level universities for producing students who go on to earn doctoral degrees in the Sciences.

In March 2008, the music department was renamed the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music in honor of an endowment gift of $16.4 million dollars from his estate. Cole, a Long Beach real estate investor, long-time music lover, and amateur pianist, died in 2004. The gift will benefit the students of the conservatory in the form of scholarships and other awards.

For the Fall 2007 semester, CSULB received 65,517 applications for admission, a new campus record and the highest in the CSU system, as well as one of the highest applications amongst all universities in the nation. Long Beach also received 45,220 applications from first-time freshman (second in the CSU, behind SDSU's 46,718). Long Beach offered admission to 31,795 (48.5%) of the applicants, and in turn 10,061 (31.6%) of the admittees accepted their offers. In all, the total application yield rate for the Fall 2007 semester was 15.4%. The average high school GPA of incoming freshmen for Fall 2007 was 3.34, and the average SAT score was 1010/1600{the writing section is not considered}.

Cal State Long Beach itself is an impacted campus as designated by the CSU system. As such, the University currently receives more eligible applications than the campus can accommodate, and therefore must restrict admissions beyond initial eligibility requirements. Most CSUs are not impacted in this manner.

Moreover, the university has several impacted majors, i.e. majors in which the university receives more applications than there is space to accommodate. Impacted majors are authorized to use supplementary admission criteria and/or higher admission standards than the CSU minimum requirements in considering applicants to the program. These criteria are applied equally to continuing CSULB students and entering upper-division transfer students.

CSULB hosts over 350 events annually, welcoming more than 150,000 patrons to its performance halls, conferences centers, and exhibit venues.

The university has two student publications: the Daily 49er and the The Union Weekly (formerly The Long Beach Union Newspaper). The first issue of the Daily 49er, the campus newspaper, was published November 11, 1949. The Daily 49er currently publishes Monday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters, and once a week during the summer sessions. It was one of the first college newspapers in the country to have an Internet edition, starting back in August 1994. The Daily 49er was previously affiliated with the CSULB's Journalism Department, though it is now independent of the department. It has always been, however, a student-run publication.

The Union Weekly, which is partially student-funded, and affiliated with the Associated Student Incorporated organization (and not with any academic college, school, or university discipline), publishes every Monday during fall and spring semesters, and debuted on April 22, 1977, when it was formed in response to the Daily 49er. The Union Weekly focuses on being an alternative voice on campus and features a satirical section called The Grunion. At one time in the early 80's, The Union was a daily newspaper giving heavy competition to the Daily 49er. However, a massive deficit brought on by daily publication nearly caused the Union to fold.

Cal State Long Beach operates eighteen residence halls which are divided into five communities: Parkside, Residence, Los Alamitos, Los Cerritos, and the International House. The unique International House pairs international students with U.S. residents. In August 2007, the CSULB Foundation announced that it had purchased the property leased to nearby Brooks College for future use as CSULB student housing.

Kbeach is a student-run internet stream that has had a presence on campus in various forms since the 1970s. The independent and mainstream music channel is streamed over the internet and piped into the student union.

During March of every year since 1970, the University has hosted the largest pow-wow in Southern California. This free two day event, which attracts more than 6,000 persons each year, features Native American dancing, arts, craft and native foods.

The campus spans 323 acres (1.3 km²) across 84 buildings and is located 3 miles (4.8 km) from the Pacific Ocean. It has its own U.S. Postal Zip code: 90840. CSULB is located at 1250 Bellflower Boulevard. It is bounded by East 7th Street to the south, East Atherton Street to the north, Bellflower Boulevard to the west, and Palo Verde Avenue to the east.

The architecture of the campus is mostly of the International style (designed primarily by noted architect Edward Killingsworth) and is very minimalist, placing emphasis instead on the landscaping that surrounds it. This naturalistic, park-like layout has earned the campus numerous design awards, as well as other awards from gardening societies for its immaculately maintained grounds. Even the newer buildings are built in a very restrained glass-and-brick style. The integration of landscaping and architecture is perhaps most apparent at the school's theater complex, where a dense grove of ficus trees is planted in such a way that it forms a continuation of the pillar-supported canopy at the theater's entrance. The University's registration offices are located in the open courtyard of Brotman Hall, which is "roofed" by a similar jungle-like canopy. The Psychology building is also notable for its soaring, airy courtyard planted with tall Eucalyptus trees.

The University Student Union commons building, also known as "The U," is located at the center of campus. Occupying roughly 180,000 square feet (17,000 m2), The U is a sprawling three-story glass building that establishes itself as one of the main venues on campus. In addition to housing numerous classrooms and offices, The U offers many more casual attractions, including (but not limited to) a study lounge, a ballroom, a food court, a bowling alley, an arcade, and a movie theater.

49er basketball and volleyball games are currently played in the iconic, eighteen story Walter Pyramid (formerly known as the Long Beach Pyramid) located on north campus. The Pyramid is a state of the art sporting complex that can accommodate over 5,000 fans when including temporary seating and standing room. Two sections of interior stands are fitted with large hydraulic lifts which can lift the seating elements forty-five degrees into the air, creating room for five volleyball courts or three basketball courts. The Pyramid is also home to the Southern California Summer Pro League, a noted showcase for current and prospective NBA basketball players.

CSULB is also distinguished as home to the renowned University Art Museum that ranks in the top 10% of the nation's 6,000 plus museums. UAM official website.

The campus is also home to the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, a 1,074 seat theater named after CSULB alumni Richard and Karen Carpenter.

In addition, The University is home to the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, an artistic retreat of solitude and beauty. Among its many picturesque attractions, The Garden features a large pond populated with Koi. Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden official website.

One of the newest areas that has become integral to student life in the Parkside dormitories is The Circle. The Circle was formed as part of the central landscaping of the Parkside Commons outdoor common area when a group of students moved the 4 'S' shaped stone benches residing there into a circle formation in the Fall of 2008. Since then, The Circle (also known as the Late Night Circle, due to its high concentration of nighttime denizens) has become the defining marker of the Parkside experience, and it continues to provide a fun hangout for the residents of Parkside Commons.

The campus is believed to be the location of an ancient Tongva village and burial site known as Puvunga and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as such. CSULB has challenged this designation, claiming they were not consulted when the application was filed. From 1992 to 1995, when the university attempted to build a strip mall on the last undeveloped portion of the campus, the Tongva people filed a lawsuit and initiated protest which involved physically occupying the land day and night to stave off bulldozers. To date, no development has occurred on this portion of the campus.

In the Spring of 2007, the student body voted overwhelmingly to approve the construction of a student recreation and wellness center on campus. Slated for completion by Fall 2010, the Rec and Wellness Center is to be an extensive all-purpose athletic center covering about 125,000 square feet (11,600 m2) on North Campus. Current plans include facilities for fitness programs and aerobics classes, courts for volleyball, basketball and badminton, rock climbing walls, an indoor track, a student lounge, and much more. This program will be funded and managed by CSULB's Associated Students, Incorporated.

The University, in its push to support climate sustainability, installed solar panels on Brotman Hall and the Facilities Management canopy parking in 2007. The University has been taking steps in addressing the challenge of sustainability, with the support of its student government, student body, and organizations, such as the Environmental Science & Policy Club.

The Environmental Science & Policy Club (ES&P Club) has brought support to environmental awareness and sustainability through club activities, such as coastal clean-ups, hikes, plant-restoration project, tabling, conferences, guest speakers, & Kaleidoscope. In 2006, the ES&P Club supported the installation of waterless urinals in the University's men's restrooms. One of the largest events the ES&P Club puts on every year is Earth Week in April with documentary screenings, discussions, speaker series, and much more.

In September 2008, President F. King Alexander announced the school's new "U-PASS" program in conjunction with Long Beach Transit. Under the new partnership, students with a valid CSULB I.D. card can ride any Long Beach Transit bus for free year-round.

An NCAA division 1 member, Long Beach State has 18 sports teams and plays competitively in baseball, cross country, softball, track and field, women's tennis, and women's soccer, as well as both men's and women's basketball, volleyball, water polo and golf teams. The university is a founding member of the Big West Conference and also competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.

In the realm of sports the school is referred to as "Long Beach State." The official name of Long Beach State sports teams is "The 49ers" in honor of the year the university was founded and for the prospectors of the California Gold Rush one hundred years before then. Unofficially, "The Beach" is used to refer to Long Beach State and its sports teams as it is the only university on the West Coast with the word "Beach" in its name. One can see the cheer "Go Beach!" written on many CSULB products around campus and on the large water tower near the entrance to the campus.

The Beach has several rival schools when it comes to sports. In addition to being located in close proximity to each other, Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton have competed heavily as conference rivals in baseball for nearly 20 years. More recently, specifically since 2006, Long Beach State and UC Irvine have participated in the annual "Black and Blue Rivalry Series." In this challenge, each school earns points for its collective conference championships and head-to-head victories against each other (across all NCAA sports in which both schools participate). The totals are added up at the end of the season and a winner is declared: Long Beach leads the all-time series 2-0. Finally, Long Beach State also has a long-standing "beach school" rivalry with UC Santa Barbara.

Unlike all other Long Beach State sports teams, the baseball team unofficially goes under the moniker "The Dirtbags." After the hiring of Dave Snow as head coach in 1989, the LBSU baseball team has become one of the most successful teams in the school's athletic history. The Dirtbags are consistently ranked in the national top 30 and have appeared in 17 of the last 20 NCAA tournaments. Along the way, the team has won 9 Big West conference championships, hosted 4 NCAA regionals (plus 1 super regional), and appeared in 4 College World Series. The school has also produced a number of prominent professional players over the years, including former American League MVP Jason Giambi, former American League Rookie of the Year Bobby Crosby, and all-star and 2008 American League Rookie of the Year Evan Longoria. Many more ex-Dirtbags have participated in the prestigious MLB All-Star Futures game, such as rookie phenomenons Jered Weaver and Troy Tulowitzki.

Long Beach State is home to one of the top women's volleyball teams in the nation. Long Beach has won three national titles in women's volleyball in 1989, 1993 and 1998. In 1998 the women's team capped off an undefeated season and went on to win the NCAA finals as well as the World finals against China, claiming the #1 spot in the World. Additionally, CSULB alumna Misty May won two Olympic gold medals in Beach Volleyball.

Men's volleyball won the 1991 NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship and has been runner-up five times. They also won the 2008 regular season title in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.

The women's tennis team ('Beach Tennis') has made quite a name for itself in recent years. Since 2002, Long Beach State has won five consecutive, and six of the last seven, Big West Conference tennis titles and appeared in as many NCAA tournaments over the same period. The 2006 team reached #18 in the ITA National Rankings; then peaking at #26 in 2007 and #35 in 2008. Head Coach Jenny Hilt-Costello has won five Big West Conference Coach of the Year awards (2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008) and was named the ITA West Region Coach of the Year and a finalist for the national award in 2004. Three 'Beach Tennis' players have earned Big West Conference Player of the Year honors, including star player Hannah Grady who was named Big West Player of the Year three consecutive years (06, 07, 08). Three players (Stephanie Bengson, Hannah Grady, Stephanie Jeanes) have been named Conference Freshman of the Year since the award was incepted in 2005. An all new 12-court Rhodes Tennis Center opened on campus in Fall 2008; soon to be joined by the new $70 million campus Student Rec Center immediately next to the tennis center. The tennis center is dedicated to 49er alumnus Terry Rhodes following his $1.25 million gift to the women's tennis program. Mr. Rhodes' gift is the largest single sport donation in university history. The new faciity also includes The Gloria and Bob Hendricks Family Scoreboard; a 40-foot (12 m) high electronic display of all matches donated by the family of the former 49er Women's Tennis head coach.

The CSULB Men's basketball team has also enjoyed success in recent times. In the 2006-07 season, the 49ers finished with a 24-8 (12-2) record, the Big West conference championship, and the school's first trip to the NCAA tournament in 12 years. Star guard Aaron Nixon was named Big West player of the year, as well as being selected as an AP Honorable Mention All-American. On April 6, 2007, it was announced that Dan Monson (formerly of Gonzaga University and the University of Minnesota) would become Long Beach State's next head Men's Basketball Coach, succeeding Larry Reynolds.

The Women's basketball team had its greatest success during the 1980s when coached by Joan Bonvicini for 12 years. During that time the team went 325-71. The 49ers won 10 Big West Conference titles, made 10 straight NCAA appearances, had 12 consecutive winning seasons, and never won fewer than 24 games in a season. Bonvicini guided the 49ers to Final Four appearances in 1987 and 1988.

Long Beach State has had the honor of having at least one of its own athletes participate in every Summer Olympic Games since 1952, (the first Olympiad after the school's founding).

Long Beach has also had a number of nationally prominent coaches, including Tex Winter, Jerry Tarkanian and Lute Olson in men's basketball, George Allen in football, Frances Schaafsma in women's volleyball and basketball, Joan Bonvicini in women's basketball, and Jon Urbanchek and Don Gambril in swimming.

Long Beach State competed in Division I football for a number of years (1969-91), producing a number of professional players, including Terrell Davis and Mike Horan, among others. George Allen, the famed Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins coach, had a short one-year tenure at Long Beach State. Long Beach State discontinued its football program after the 1991 season due to budget constraints. Prior to going Division I in 1969 the football team competed in the old "College Division" of the NCAA from 1955 through 1968.

Alumnus John "J.P." Calderon competed in the 13th edition of the hit reality television show Survivor. Calderon, who is now a professionally ranked AVP player, graduated from Cal State Long Beach in 2000 after playing on the nationally ranked Division I Men's Volleyball Team.

In addition to NCAA-sanctioned sports, Long Beach State also fields numerous competitive club sports teams, such as rugby, ice hockey, ultimate, soccer, crew, and many others.

We’re the Forty-Niners, Our colors way up high will shine. Down the Field, We'll never yield, Like the days of ’49 we’ll fight on.

We’re the Forty-Niners, Our foe will know we’ve come to fight, And just like the days of old… We’ll Fight, Black and Gold!

See also the UC Irvine Anteaters fight song, The Big C, that mentions its rivalry with Long Beach State.

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2007 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim season

The Angels and Indians at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

During the offseason, the Angels released Adam Kennedy and Darin Erstad, two of the few players remaining from their 2002 World Series championship team, forcing the Angels to rely on their rookies and younger veterans for the early part of the season. In November, they signed former Texas Rangers center fielder Gary Matthews, Jr. to a 5-year contract worth $50 million. Outfielder Juan Rivera broke a leg playing winter baseball in the Venezuelan winter league, leading the Angels to sign free agent Shea Hillenbrand. The Angels solidified their bullpen for the 2007 season by re-signing set-up man Scot Shields and closer Francisco Rodríguez each to one-year contracts and acquiring Justin Speier and Darren Oliver via free agency.

Late in Spring Training, third baseman Chone Figgins fractured his finger, putting him out of action for the first month of the season. This unexpected injury led Maicer Izturis to claim the start at third base entering the season.

The Angels' season began with a three-game sweep of the Rangers at home, a series which saw the Angels outscore the Rangers 17-7. The Angels continued their 7-game homestand with a four-game series split with the Athletics. With a solid record of 5-2 and first place in the division after the first week of the season, the Angels traveled onto the road to take on the Indians. However, the Indians' previous four-game series with the Mariners was postponed because of heavy snow in Cleveland, Ohio.

The large amount of snow that had fallen upon Jacobs Field brought about the discussion of moving the series to a city with better field conditions. After a discussion about possibly moving the series to Anaheim, the Indians decided to move the three-game series to the roofed Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, home of the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Indians took the three-game series 2 games to 1. The Angels continued their road trip by being swept by the Red Sox in a three-game series and the Athletics in a two-game series, dropping the Angels to a 6-9 record. During the game against the Athletics on April 18, second baseman Howie Kendrick was hit by a pitch, and placed on the 15-day disabled list. Kendrick would eventually return to the team in mid-May.

The Angels returned home and swept the Mariners in a three-game series, split a two-game series with the Detroit Tigers, and swept the Devil Rays in a two-game series that saw the Angels outscore the Devil Rays 20-4. After losing the first game on a new roadtrip to the White Sox, the Angels won their final three games of the month, including one to the Royals.

May began with the Angels extending their winning streak to four games with a victory over the Royals. However, the Royals salvaged a series split by winning the last two games of the four-game series. The Angels returned home to greet the White Sox, but the White Sox were rewarded with a series win, winning two of three games. The Angels dropped their third game in a row when they lost the series opener to the Indians. But good pitching and good defense guided the Angels to winning the final two games of the series by a combined score of 11-2, including an 8-0 victory behind Kelvim Escobar's shutout.

The Angels went to Texas to take three of four games against the Rangers. Then, they went into Seattle to take on the Mariners. The Mariners' offense lit up Kelvim Escobar and the Angels lost 11-3. But the Angels took the final two games of their series against the Mariners.

The Angels returned to Anaheim to begin a Freeway Series with the Dodgers. The three-game series saw the Angels sweep their crosstown rivals, outscoring the Dodgers 19-4. The series also set an Angels record in attendance. The three-game series averaged 44,341 fans, an Angel Stadium record for highest average attendance for a three-game series since the stadium was renovated in 1998. The Angels' short homestand ended and the Angels headed out on the road again to begin a three-game series with the defending World Series runners-up, the Tigers.

The Angels won the series opener to extend their winning streak to a season-high six games, in which the Angels outscored their opponents 37-10. However, the Tigers won the final two games, and the series. The Angels then went to New York to begin a three-game series with the Yankees. The Angels, entering the season as the only American League team with a winning record against the Yankees in the Joe Torre-era at 55-52, added to their win total with a three-game series sweep, in which the Yankees were outscored 17-10. The Angels ended the month by taking two of three against the Mariners and losing the first game of a four-game series with the Orioles. The final game of the month, a 4-3 come-from-behind victory, saw Angels' John Lackey become the first Major League pitcher to win his 8th game of the season.

The Angels continued their trend of winning the first game of the month when they beat the Orioles with a 3-2 comeback win. John Lackey became the first Major League pitcher in 2007 to win his 9th game of the season. The Angels won the remaining two games of the series and began a three-game series with the Twins with an offensive explosion, scoring season-highs in runs (16), hits (23), runs in an inning (8 in the 8th), and home runs (4), as the Angels beat the Twins 16-3. The Angels split the final two games of the series before leaving to finish interleague play.

The Angels went on the road to face the 2006 World Series champion Cardinals. After falling behind 4-0 early in the game, the Angels offense exploded for 10 runs in a 10-6 victory. The Angels split the remaining two games of the series and continued their roadtrip against the Reds. Kelvim Escobar striking out a career-high 14 batters in the series opener, but the Angels lost, 5-3. The loss gave the Angels their first two-game losing streak since May 23-24. John Lackey became the first Major League pitcher to win his 10th game of the season and Francisco Rodríguez became the first closer in the American League to earn his 20th save of the season in the second game of the series, which the Angels won 6-3. In the final game of the series, the Angels scored 6 runs in the 7th inning to fuel the offense to a 9-7 victory.

The Angels came back home, but went to Dodger Stadium to complete their Freeway Series with the Dodgers. Ervin Santana pitched 7 strong innings, allowing only two runs; however, Santana was outdueled by Dodgers' pitcher Derek Lowe, who struck out a career-high 11 batters in 7 innings. The Dodgers took game one of the three-game series 2-1. Jered Weaver won his 5th consecutive decision in a costly effort; Weaver jammed his shoulder sliding into 2nd base, Garret Anderson injured his right hip and was placed on the 15-day disabled list after the game, and Casey Kotchman suffered a concussion when a pickoff throw hit him in the helmet. Weaver's sixth win of the season gave the Angels' starters 38 wins on the season, which led the league. Kelvim Escobar struck out 8 batters and only gave up three runs in seven innings. Gary Matthews, Jr. hit his first career inside-the-park home run and the Angels won the final game 10-4. The paid attendance for all three games of the series was 56,000, the overall capacity of Dodger Stadium. This marked the first time in Dodger Stadium history that this mark was set.

The Angels returned home to begin an interleague series with the Houston Astros. Chone Figgins had a career night in the series opener. Figgins went 6-for-6, becoming the second player in team history to go 6-for-6; outfielder Garret Anderson accomplished this feat in 1996. Figgins also became the first player in Major League history to go 6-for-6 with a walk-off hit in a 9-inning game. The Angels trailed 9-4 going into the bottom of the 7th inning, where they scored 5 runs, capped off by Figgins' 5th hit of the night, an infield single. In the 9th inning, Figgins drove in Reggie Willits with an RBI triple to win the game 10-9. The Astros continued their incredible offense and took the second game. Recent call-up Terry Evans hit his first Major League home run in his first home at-bat, but the Angels trailed until the 7th inning. Astros pitching walked 4 consecutive Angels batters, tying up the score, before Vladimir Guerrero hit a three-run home run. Guerrero's home run was the Angels' only hit in a 6-run 7th inning. The Angels held on to win the series' finale 8-4. The Angels' 6-run inning marked the third time in a span of one week that the Angels had scored 5 or more runs in the 7th inning.

The Angels trailed 4-0 late in their series opener against the Pirates, but came from behind once again to win 5-4 in 11 innings. In the second game, the Angels took an early lead and took the game 10-1. The Angels blew a late-inning lead when Xavier Nady hit an RBI-single off Francisco Rodríguez to tie the game 3-3. However, in the 10th inning Erick Aybar hit the Angels second walk-off ground-rule double in the series to win the game 4-3. The three-game series sweep was the Angels' first since they swept the Yankees in May. The Angels also won their 9th series in a row.

The Angels were prepared to play their first games against an American League team in three weeks, but were swept by the Royals, marking the first time in two months that the Angels were swept and the first series the Angels lost since May 4-6. The Angels traveled to Baltimore, Maryland to begin a three-game series with the Orioles. In the series opener, the Angels blew a 5-run lead, an Oriole rally highlighted by Aubrey Huff hitting for the cycle. But Howie Kendrick hit a two-run home run in the 9th inning and the Angels won 9-7. Baltimore took the second game, 6-3, and the Angels ended the month with an MLB-best 50-31 record.

The Angels improved to a 4-0 record in the first game of the new month with a 4-3 victory against the Orioles, taking the series. The Angels, hoping to end the first half with a successful week, continued their road trip in Texas. In the first game, Ervin Santana threw a career-high 11 strikeouts. But it was all for nothing, as the highlight of the game came when the Rangers' Brad Wilkerson hit his third home run of the game, becoming the first American League player (third throughout the league) to hit three home runs in one game. The Angels split the final two games of the series, and concluded their road trip, and the first half of the season, by taking on the New York Yankees.

Three Angels players represented the American League in the 2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Game; Vladimir Guerrero was the leading vote-getter amongst American League outfielders in fan balloting, while John Lackey and Francisco Rodriguez were selected by Jim Leyland, the American League manager for the event. Guerrero won the Home Run Derby, and Rodriguez earned the save in the American League's 5-4 victory.

Guerrero did not hit a home run in a regular-season game in July, in the midst of the longest home run drought of his career. He turned the page once August began, smashing four home runs in two games on the second and third of the month.

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José Arredondo

José Juan Arredondo (born March 30, 1984 in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Arredondo made his major league debut against the Chicago White Sox on May 14, 2008, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. He surrendered a home run to Nick Swisher, the first batter he ever faced.

Arredondo earned his first career victory on May 26, 2008, against the Detroit Tigers in Anaheim, throwing two perfect innings of relief in an Angels' 1-0 12-inning victory. On June 28, he pitched in relief of Jered Weaver and combined with Weaver to not allow a hit against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but still lost the game 1-0. This was only the fourth time an eight-inning no-hitter had ever been lost due to the home team winning the game, and the first as a combined no-hitter. Because the Angels did not pitch nine innings, it is not officially considered a no-hitter.

Arredondo is considered a candidate for the Angels' setup position in the 2009 season since Francisco Rodriguez left for the Mets via free agency. Arredondo may share setup duties with Scot Shields.

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Matt Bush

Matt Bush (born February 8, 1986 in San Diego, California) is a minor league baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent.

He was selected first overall by the San Diego Padres in the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft out of Mission Bay High School. When he signed with the Padres, he received a signing bonus of $3,150,000, which is the largest signing bonus ever given to a Padres draft pick.

Bush was the first shortstop drafted first overall from high school since the Seattle Mariners took Alex Rodriguez in 1993.

The Padres' selection of Bush in 2004 was controversial from the start. Jeff Niemann, Stephen Drew, and Jered Weaver were considered better, but San Diego did not think they were worth the bonus they would command as the top overall choice. As a compromise, they decided to take Bush who was from the San Diego area and was also considered an elite talent.

Bush's pro career began poorly when he was suspended before he ever took the field for his role in a fight outside an Arizona nightclub. The shortstop went on to hit .192 in 99 at bats between the Rookie-level Arizona League and the short-season Northwest League.

2005 did not bring improvement, as he hit .221 in 453 at bats for Fort Wayne.

During spring training 2006, he broke his ankle and missed half the season.

Bush struggled again in 2007, hitting to just a .583 OPS as of May 28. The Padres then converted the strong-armed Bush to a pitcher. His fastball reaches a speed of 95 mph, and he has prior knowledge of pitching from his days as a high school ace. After a promising start in rookie league, Bush tore a ligament in his pitching elbow and is not expected to pitch again until the 2009 season. On February 5, 2009, he was designated for assignment to make room for Cliff Floyd shortly after it was learned that Bush was allegedly involved in a drunken assault on a high school campus.

On February 10, 2009, Bush was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for either a player to be named later or cash considerations. On April 1, 2009, Bush was released by the Toronto Blue Jays for violating their zero tolerance behavioral policy.

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