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Giants fan beaten at Dodger Stadium back in the hospital

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File photo: Bryan Stow, escorted by his neurosurgeon Dr. Gabriel Zada and medical staff, is taken from Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center to Bob Hope Airport for a trip to San Francisco General Hospital in 2011.

A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage after being severely beaten at Dodger Stadium after a game in 2011 is back in the hospital after suffering a blood clot.

Bryan Stow's family posted a note on their website Friday that said he suffered a large blood clot in his thigh and pelvis that could have been fatal.

The family said a filter was inserted in Stow's abdomen to catch any new clots before they reached his lungs. Stow also received injections to help dissolve the clot and prevent others.

"He’s expected to be in the hospital at least through the weekend," the family wrote. "Needless to say, we are scared and worried. We thought we were past the point of being afraid of Bryan even surviving. The doctor told Bonnie last night that due to the size and hardness of the clot, he is surprised it didn’t kill him. Really tough words to hear and now that Bryan is more aware of what’s going on, he’s scared too. We have always tried to shield him from knowing too many of these hard details, but now we just have to deal with it with him and try to stay positive."


Dodgers hire 6 international scouts for worldwide baseball player manhunt

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The sign in the upper decks of Dodgers Stadium.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are adding Pedro Avila, Gene Grimaldi, Patrick Guerrero, Pat Kelly, Jamey Storvick and Mike Tosar to the MLB team's team of international baseball scouts, according to a Dodgers press release.

In the announcement Monday, Dodgers’ General Manager Ned Colletti said the six international scouts, who will serve under Vice-President of International Scouting Bob Engle, will cover the following areas:

  • Avila will be coordinator of Venezuela operations
  • Grimaldi will be coordinator of European operations
  • Guerrero will be coordinator of Latin America
  • Kelly will be coordinator of the Pacific Rim
  • Storvick will be special assignment scout in the Pacific Rim
  • Tosar will be coordinator of Cuba and Mexico

Additional hires announced: Scouts Willie Fraser, Scott Groot and former Dodger third baseman Bill Mueller, and Josh Bard as special assistant, player personnel.


POLL: Would you be happy with Mark McGwire being the next Dodgers hitting coach?

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St. Louis Cardinals batting coach Mark McGwire adjusts his cap in the dugout during the start of an interleague basebaseball game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards Thursday, June 30, 2011.

Reports from St. Louis are claiming controversial slugger Mark McGwire is heading back to Southern California to be the Dodgers new hitting coach. 

The burly home run basher, who played collegiate ball at USC, spent the last three seasons as the St. Louis Cardinals' hitting coach where the team responded beautifully. Under McGwire's instruction, the Cards have led the NL in batting average (.269) and on-base percentage (.337) and ranked second in runs and fourth in slugging percentage.

Not bad for a guy who many remember as the bloated power hitter who demolished Roger Maris and Babe Ruth's records in 1998, stubbornly refused to answer questions from Congress about his then-alleged steroid use in 2005, admitted in 2010 to juicing up, and who has failed over the last five years to garner support from baseball writers to vote him into baseball's hall of fame.


Eric Gagne should have named names says former Dodger Adrian Beltre

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File photo of Adrian Beltre when he played for the Dodgers

Adrian Beltre, a former Dodger third baseman says it's not enough that former teammate Eric Gagne said that 80 percent of his old team was juiced up on illegal performance enhancement drugs (PEDs).

Beltre, now of the Texas Rangers, wants Gagne to be specific with his allegations.

"He should have named the names," said Beltre said Wednesday. "I know I'm not one of them."

The slugger, who debuted as a Dodger at 19 years-old in 1998 and peaked during his final season with L.A. in 2004 when he belted a career high 48 home runs, says he has no interest in reading Gagne's forthcoming autobiography "Game Over".

"I didn't read the book and don't want to read the book. Everybody has the right to write a book. He can say what he wants to say. But if you write a book like that, you should name names," Beltre said.


Eric Gagne says 80 percent of the Dodgers used performance enhancing drugs

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Eric Gagne when he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers during the game on June 6, 2006 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Mets 8-5.

Eric Gagne, the former Dodger flamethrower just burned his old team. 

ESPN is reporting that the former Cy Young Award-winning closer is releasing a memoir where he alleges that most of his Dodger teammates used performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) during his time with the club.

"I was intimately aware of the clubhouse in which I lived," Gagne says in his book "Game Over: The Story of Eric Gagne," according to the sports network. "I would say that 80% of the Dodgers were consuming them."

The goateed French Canadian from Montreal was a major force for the Dodgers from 1999 to 2006. He won the Cy Young Award in 2003 a career season where he had an ERA of 1.20 with 137 strikeouts and had 55 saves.

The once-likeable right-hander struggled with injuries in 2005 and 2006 and the Dodgers did not sign him to a new contract in '06.