Orange County all-league softball teams: 2019

The Orange County all-league softball teams for the 2019 season.

(Email complete all-league teams to preps@ocregister.com)

SOFTBALL

ORANGE LEAGUE

MVP: Paige Crumley, Katella, So.

Pitcher of the Year: Citlali Rios, Century, Sr.

First team: Mya Diaz, Anaheim, So.; Miranda Ramirez, Anaheim, Jr.; Andrea Rodarte, Anaheim, Fr.; Anahi Agredano, Katella, Sr.; Samantha Lopez, Katella, Sr.; Alondra Natera, Katella, Sr.; Emily Aguilar, Century, Sr.; Kassandra Villa, Century, Sr.; PJ Serensits, Savanna, So.; Sennie Viramontes, Magnolia, Sr.; Crystall Santana, Santa Ana Valley, So.

Second team: Jayleena Perez, Anaheim, Jr.; Carolyn Rodarte, Anaheim, Sr.; Alexis Vargas, Anaheim, So.; Kaylani Espinoza, Katella, Jr.; Samantha Saldivar, Katella, Fr.; Diana Arredando, Century, So.; Angie Sandoval, Century, Sr.; Nayia Ruiz, Savanna, Sr.; Sophia Kashou, Savanna, So.; Stephanie Marin, Magnolia, Sr.; Alondra Tapia, Santa Ana Valley, Jr.

Sportsmanship: Century

Coach of the Year: Alyssa Gutierrez, Anaheim

SURF LEAGUE

Most Valuable Player: Emily Rush, Marina, Jr.

Most Valuable Pitcher: Sarah Ladd, Los Alamitos, Sr.

First team: Emily Rush, Marina, Jr.; Sarah Ladd, Los Alamitos, Sr.; Shayla Thomas, Marina, Sr.; Nicole Logrecco, Marina, Sr.; Ali Belarde, Los Alamitos, Jr.; Emma Sellers, Los Alamitos, Jr.; Jamie Sellers, Los Alamitos, Jr.; Samantha Denehy, Los Alamitos, Sr.; Jenna Bloom, Edison, Sr.; Bella Espinoza, Edison, So.; Grace Uribe, Huntington Beach, Jr.; Jadelyn Allchin, Huntington Beach, Sr.

Second team: Taylor Lane, Marina, So.; Sophia Nugent, Los Alamitos, So.; Serena Starks, Edison, Sr.; Jaelyn Operana, Edison, Sr.; Alyssa Reynolds, Edison, Sr.; Megan Ryono, Huntington Beach, Sr.; Reanna Rudd, Huntington Beach, Jr.

WAVE LEAGUE

Most Valuable Player: Eliana Gottlieb, Newport Harbor, So.

Most Valuable Pitcher: Clare Austin, Newport Harbor, Jr.

First team: Eliana Gottlieb, Newport Harbor, So.; Clare Austin, Newport Harbor, Jr.; Lindsey Blanchfield, Newport Harbor, So.; Kendall Kelly, Newport Harbor, So.; Leah Freeman, Newport Harbor, Sr.; CJ Garcia, Fountain Valley, So.; Brooke Pace, Fountain Valley, So.; Sydney Walls, Corona del Mar, Fr.; Makena Tomlinson, Corona del Mar, Fr.; Amerys Barshtak, Corona del Mar, Sr.; Emily Thomas, Laguna Beach, Sr.

Second team: McKayla Cotton, Newport Harbor, Fr.; Sam Araiza, Fountain Valley, Sr.; Samara Ortega, Fountain Valley, So.; Taylor Staffa, Fountain Valley, Sr.; Trasara Alexander, Corona del Mar, So.; Sophia Skerik, Corona del Mar, Jr.; Lola Fisher, Laguna Beach, Sr.; Maddie Garwahl, Laguna Beach, Sr.

TRINITY LEAGUE

MVP: Ciara Briggs, Orange Lutheran, Sr.

Pitcher of the Year: Isabella Fiorentino, Santa Margarita, Sr.

First team: Jolie Gustave, Mater Dei, Jr.; Erica Holt, Mater Dei, Sr.; Marlene Friedman, Mater Dei, Jr.; Nyomi Jones, Mater Dei, Sr.; Ciara Briggs, Orange Lutheran, Sr.; Miranda Stoddard, Orange Lutheran, Sr.; Mariah Rodriguez, Orange Lutheran, Sr.; Victoria Fragoso, Orange Lutheran, Jr.; Isabella Fiorentino, Santa Margarita, Sr.; Miranda Johnson, Santa Margarita, Sr.; Melanie Santos, Santa Margarita, Jr.; Jessica Goode, Santa Margarita, Jr.; Paris Schwalbe, JSerra, Fr.; Alison Steinker, JSerra, Jr.; Bryn Boznanski, Rosary, Jr.; Isabella Fuentes, Rosary, Fr.

Second team: Atlantis Perez, Mater Dei, Jr.; Hailey Hanson, Mater Dei, Sr.; Jacqueline Gonzalez, Mater Dei, Sr.; Hannah Jacobsen, Mater Dei, Jr.; Brenna Begin, Orange Lutheran, Jr.; Paloma Usquiano, Orange Lutheran, Sr.; Jaeden Barajas, Orange Lutheran, Sr.; Cadie Williams, Santa Margarita, Jr.; Kendall Furlong, Santa Margarita, Sr.; Abbey Charpentier, Santa Margarita, So.; Angie Yellen, Santa Margarita, So.; Sarah Shaw, JSerra, Jr.; Hollie Farmer, JSerra, Fr.; Kathryn Davis, Rosary, Jr.; Brianne Kang, Rosary, Fr.

 

 

 

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LA County DCFS failing to protect children from abuse, state auditors find

The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services allows children to remain in unsafe and abusive situations longer than necessary — sometimes for months — by failing to complete neglect investigations accurately and on time, according to a California State Auditor report released Tuesday.

Auditors determined the department’s social workers completed 72% of safety assessments on time in 2017 and 2018.They also found several instances in which social workers prepared and submitted assessments without actually visiting the child’s home.

“Even if supervisors had identified and corrected many of these issues upon review, we found that they often completed such reviews long after social workers had made decisions regarding children’s safety,” the auditors said in the 43-page report.

The audit’s findings and recommendations will be beneficial in ensuring that children are better protected, said Bobby Cagle, director of the Department of Children and Family Services for the past 18 months.

“We worked very closely with the auditors to make sure they had what they needed to make the findings they needed to make,” Cagle said. “We should be welcoming of anybody who looks at our work with a critical eye.”

The Department of Children and Family Services is the largest child welfare agency in the U.S., with 35,000 open cases at any given time.

137,000 allegations investigated

Last year, 225,000 calls were made to the department’s child protection hotline, resulting in the investigation of 137,000 allegations. Referrals to the hotline are routed by the department to one of its 19 regional offices for in-person investigations and case management.

State law requires the department to initiate investigations within 24 hours or 10 days, depending on the severity or circumstances of the referral. However, auditors found that the department met that requirement in only 19 of the 30 investigations that were reviewed.

151 days to investigate one case

In one instance, a social worker made a single attempt to contact a family within 24 hours, but did not make subsequent attempts.

“Once the department sought and found the family — 151 days after the referral — it removed the children from an unsafe home situation,” the report says.

Complaints that the department has failed to remove children from homes despite reports of abuse have made headlines.

In 2018, the department came under scrutiny after 10-year-old Anthony Avalos of Lancaster died of serious head injuries. Cigarette burns covered the boy’s body.

Law enforcement officers and child protective caseworkers documented years of severe abuse in the Avalos case, sources familiar with cases have told media outlets. They have said that despite the history, the boy was never permanently removed from the home.

Auditors also found the department struggled to complete neglect and abuse investigations within the mandated 30-day time frame.

The department adhered to that time frame for only nine of 30 referrals that were reviewed. Six of the investigations lasted more than 90 days, and one exceeded 400 days, according to the report.

The department’s inability to meet the 30-day timeline for investigations is often “cyclical’ and frequently at the mercy of school systems, which are the primary reporters for child abuse and neglect cases, Cagle said.

Assessments late, inaccurate

Auditors also found that safety and risk assessments completed by the department’s social workers were frequently late and inaccurate.

Out of 30 safety assessments that were reviewed, five did not accurately identify or attempt to address threats in the home, according to the report. In three instances, social workers filled out safety assessments without actually visiting the children’s homes, but asserted the homes were safe and without hazards, auditors found.

The report also says some assessments were inaccurate because social workers failed to consider important risk factors such as  past domestic violence in homes or the results of previous investigations.

Background checks

The department also failed to consistently perform required home inspections and criminal background checks before placing children with relatives, the auditors found.

Noting one glaring example, the report said: “The department did not complete the required background check for the relatives of one child until we raised the issue in December 2018 — nearly 800 days after placement.”

Auditors also determined the department did not consistently meet requirements for monthly in-home visits to evaluate the well-being of children in its care.

Two social workers were found to have repeatedly used nearly identical narratives to document ongoing visits for months, raising doubts whether visits had actually occurred, the report said.

Recommendations made

To address problems detailed in the report, auditors said the agency should complete the following recommendations by November:

  • Establish thresholds for the number of days that will trigger follow‑up from the department’s various levels of management.
  • Implement a tracking mechanism to monitor and follow up on uncompleted or undocumented initial home inspections and background checks.
  • Implement a tracking mechanism to monitor live scan criminal record checks.
  • Conduct annual reviews of community organizations that perform home environment assessments to ensure they complete the assessments on schedule.

Cagle said the department is committed to addressing the recommendations and is focused on establishing a smaller ratio of supervisors to staff to better review cases.

“We are making strides in many areas,” he added. “Our concern is that we provide the best quality, timely services.”

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Julio Urias rejoins Dodgers after reinstatement by MLB, addresses team

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Julio Urias returned to the active roster Tuesday, joining the Dodgers in Tampa Bay and expressing eagerness to get back to playing baseball but otherwise saying little about the incident that landed him on administrative leave.

“I’m cooperating with Major League Baseball. They’re the ones in charge of the investigation,” Urias said through an interpreter. “I’m just happy to be back in here and grateful my teammates welcomed me back in the clubhouse.”

He responded with versions of that statement multiple times while speaking with reporters in the Dodgers’ clubhouse before Tuesday’s game. The Dodgers are also being careful in their comments about Urias’ situation, mindful that the MLB investigation remains open and the city attorney in Los Angeles could still bring charges for last week’s incident. Urias was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery.

“It’s something that MLB took control of,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said, emphasizing that the team sought “updates” on the investigation over the past week but otherwise could not be involved.

“They run an extremely thorough process and after going through it they made the decision to reinstate. It’s tough for us to elaborate much right now. But one thing we do know it is not standard for them to reinstate after just the seven days. So that says something to us.

“In every other case that I know of, that administrative leave has been extended or a suspension has been levied. So the fact that he was reinstated tells us something.”

In previous cases involving Yasiel Puig and Miguel Sano – both of which happened during the offseason and so they did not involve administrative leave – MLB also technically kept the investigations open pending any new information surfacing despite levying no discipline on either player.

Asked if he thought reinstatement meant the possibilities of a suspension or charges being brought for the incident were behind him, Urias repeated that he is cooperating with MLB and would focus on baseball now.

“I’m cooperating with Major League Baseball. I’m talking to them. I’m open with them,” he said. “They’re in charge of the investigation. That’s outside the stadium. I’m back inside the stadium and I’m going to focus on doing my job, focus on helping the team win and win a World Series.”

When he arrived at Tropicana Field on Tuesday afternoon, Urias met with Friedman and Manager Dave Roberts then addressed the team privately for what Roberts estimated was “about five minutes.”

“I talked to a lot of guys and they treated me really well,” Urias said. “I’ve been through a lot of things from the (shoulder) surgery to everything else and they’ve always supported me and they continue to support me.”

Roberts said he and Friedman spoke with Urias about “getting back here and focusing on baseball when he’s at the park.”

Urias threw a bullpen session “a couple days ago” in Los Angeles, according to Roberts, and was expected to throw another one Tuesday afternoon making him unavailable for the game.

“We’ll see how the game plays out (Wednesday),” Roberts said. “But I certainly expect him to be a big factor in that Pittsburgh series (this weekend).”

Roberts said he was not inclined to ease Urias back into games and wouldn’t hesitate to use him in high-leverage situations as he had earlier this season. Urias has two saves in his five appearances out of the bullpen this season.

“No, I wouldn’t (hesitate),” Roberts said. “The game will dictate how I use him. But as far as my confidence in him, that hasn’t changed.”

Public perception of the 22-year-old left-hander has certainly changed after the past week. Asked what he wanted fans to know, Urias said only “that I’m happy to be back, I’m thankful to the team, the fans to be back in this beautiful sport that I love to play. Now I have to get back to doing my job.”

Friedman said “there’s not a playbook” for how to handle Urias’ situation going forward or deal with fan reaction to his return.

“I think human nature is to go to a very negative place,” Friedman said of reaction to the first reports of Urias’ arrest). “But learning more and understanding what we do, there’s a lot more to it. Hopefully, that will all come out at some point as investigations are concluded.”

ALSO

Outfielder Kyle Garlick was returned to Triple-A Oklahoma City to clear a roster spot for Urias. Garlick made one appearance over the weekend, flying out as a pinch-hitter in his first major-league at-bat.

UP NEXT

Dodgers (LHP Rich Hill, 1-1, 3.00 ERA) at Rays (TBA), Wednesday, 4:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM

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Sessions West Coast Deli plans to open its fourth Orange County location at Macy’s Fashion Island in September

  • Sessions West Coast Deli’s fourth Orange County location is slated to open at Fashion Island in September. Seen here, a breakfast sandwich.(Courtesy of Sessions West Coast Deli)

  • Sessions West Coast Deli’s fourth Orange County location is slated to open at Fashion Island in September. Seen here, selections from the catering menu. (Courtesy of Sessions West Coast Deli)

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  • Sessions West Coast Deli’s fourth Orange County location is slated to open at Fashion Island in September. Seen here, Crispy Brussels Banh Mi sandwich. (Courtesy of Sessions West Coast Deli)

  • Sessions West Coast Deli’s fourth Orange County location is slated to open at Fashion Island in September. Seen here, California Salad. (Courtesy of Sessions West Coast Deli)

  • Sessions West Coast Deli’s fourth Orange County location is slated to open at Fashion Island in September. Seen here, the Summer Zephyr sandwich. (Courtesy of Sessions West Coast Deli)

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A surfer’s favorite local sandwich shop will go uptown when Sessions West Coast Deli opens its fourth Orange County location at Macy’s Fashion Island.

“Sessions is excited to partner with Macy’s to join the Fashion Island culinary community and present our unique offerings in a relaxed environment,” said Matt Meddock, who is partners with Beckham Thomas and Executive Chef Max Schlutz at Sessions.

Schlutz will bring his signature sandwiches, salads and sides to the new restaurant which will be open 7 a.m.-9 p.m. daily serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The 1,200-square-foot, 24-seat space will have communal seating and open into a fountain courtyard. Craft beer, wine, kombucha and coffee drinks will be served.

Schlutz has also developed new items for this menu including a Vietnamese Grilled Beef Salad, a Mediterranean Chopped Salad and a Crispy Caprese Salad with fried green tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.

“Macy’s is thrilled about the addition of Sessions West Coast Deli to our Fashion Island store in Newport Beach,” said Michael Ellmann, Vice President of Strategic Projects, Southwest Region, for Macy’s. “As Macy’s looks to reflect the local community, Sessions represents the Southern California lifestyle.”

Info: 101 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, sessionswcd.com.

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The 2019 Huck Finn Jubilee will feature performances by Railroad Earth, Steep Canyon Rangers and more

The Huck Finn Jubilee will return to Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario Saturday, Sept. 27, and Sunday, Sept. 28, with performances by Railroad Earth, Steep Canyon Rangers, The California Honeydrops, Lindsay Lou, Dustbowl Revival, The Sweet Lillies and more.

On top of the live music there will be camping, craft beer, food booths featuring local eateries, fishing, live art exhibitions and a kid zone. The two-day event was created to bring the community together people of all-ages to sing and dance to traditional and contemporary bluegrass music and experience the arts and the outdoors.

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Friday general admission tickets are $65; Saturday general admission tickets are $70; a weekend general admission pass is $125; single-day VIP passes are $170; weekend VIP passes are $285. Various RV and car camping options are also available at huckfinn.com.

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Women’s clothing chain Dressbarn to close all its 650 stores

Dressbarn, the women’s clothing chain that’s been around for nearly 60 years, is closing all 650 of its stores.

The company’s chief financial officer, Steven Taylor, said Dressbarn has not been operating at an “acceptable level of profitability in today’s retail environment.”

Its owner, Ascena Retail Group Inc., says it wants to focus on its more profitable brands. Ascena also owns Ann Taylor, Lane Bryant and other clothing stores.

The company did not say when Dressbarn will shut all its stores. Dressbarn employs about 6,800 people.

After the news was announced Monday, shares of Ascena Retail Group Inc. rose 2.6% to $1.17 in extended trading. Shares of the Mahwah, New Jersey-based company are down more than 50% so far this year.

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61st annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival returns Memorial Day weekend

As sure as it’s Memorial Day weekend, it’s the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival.

The 61st annual event kicks off Friday, May 24, and continues through the Monday holiday. Carnival rides, contests and other entertainment will take place at Village Green Park, 12732 Main St.

Per tradition, a huge strawberry shortcake will be sliced into 2,000 pieces Friday evening at 6. Visitors can enjoy a complimentary bowlful, topped with whipped cream.

Saturday activities begin at 8 a.m. with the Strawberry Stomp 5K run. The 3.1-mile route takes walkers and runners on a tour through downtown Garden Grove.

Two hours later, the beloved parade launches at Chapman Avenue and Ninth Street. The colorful lineup includes floats, bands, equestrians, clowns and characters.


Garden Grove High School cheerleaders keep the crowd cheery during the Strawberry Festival Parade in Garden Grove on May 26, 2018. The parade returns this weekend on Saturday, May 25. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Dawn Wells, who famously played Mary Ann on “Gilligan’s Island,” will serve as celebrity grand marshal.

There will be dozens of rides, including a Ferris wheel, a merry-go-round and a tilt-a-whirl. Entertainment and good-humored contests will take place throughout, in the festival’s amphitheater. Competitions include the Tiny Tots King and Queen, the Berry Berry Beautiful Baby and Strawberry Idol Karaoke.

The Strawberry Festival debuted in 1958. In the years to come, Garden Grove would grow and its strawberry fields shrink. But the festival was here to stay.

In its golden decades – the 1960s and ’70s – the parade attracted such big names as Jayne Mansfield, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Pat Boone, Jimmy Durante, Mel Blanc, Steve Martin, Jane Powell, Meredith MacRae, Debbie Reynolds, Lorne Green and Nancy Sinatra.

Sen. Bobby Kennedy rode in the parade June 4, 1968 – the day before his assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

More than 200,000 visitors are expected over the four-day festival this year. Proceeds benefit local nonprofits.

Take note of street closures: Main Street, north of Acacia Parkway, will be closed from Thursday, May 23 through Tuesday, May 28 for the festival. On Saturday, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., sections of Acacia Parkway, Ninth Street, Chapman Avenue and Euclid Street will be shut down for the 5K and parade. Vehicles found on the street after 4 a.m. that day will be towed.

If you go

When: 1-10 p.m. Friday, May 24; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and May 26; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday, May 27

Where: Village Green Park, 12732 Main St., Garden Grove

Admission: Free; unlimited rides are $30 on Friday, $35 Saturday-Monday.

Information: strawberryfestival.org

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Disneyland hopes fans will want to play in Galaxy’s Edge

In just a few days, Disneyland will open its new portal to a galaxy far, far away. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens to advance reservation holders and resort hotel guests on May 31, with a second opening for all Disneyland ticket holders on June 24.

Disneyland invited me to walk through the land a couple of weeks ago, just after Disney’s Imagineers turned the land over to the park’s operations team. Those Imagineers created a new world for the land, a planet called Batuu that is home to the Black Spire Outpost, a smugglers’ haven where fans will find the Millennium Falcon as well as restaurants, shops, abundant photo opportunities … and Disneyland’s first public bar.

My favorite sight? It surprised me. What is Luke Skywalker’s X-34 landspeeder doing parked just outside Black Spire Outpost’s central plaza? Is this where Luke’s ride ended up after he sold it on Tatooine to help pay for his ill-fated trip to Alderaan on the Millennium Falcon?

What really got me about seeing this Star Wars icon was that it appeared to be floating, just like in the original “Star Wars” movie. I’ve got a strong suspicion how Disney’s designers achieved this optical illusion, but I don’t really care how they did it. I just love that, for a moment, they made me feel like a 9-year-old boy again, marveling at a universe where someone’s beat-up junker could hover a foot above the ground.

Just before my tour of Galaxy’s Edge, Disneyland let me watch one of its preview shows for cast members over at Disney California Adventure, where the resort revealed more details about the land to its employees. Before the presentation, one wall of the theater showed photos of the Kenner Star Wars toys that dominated my birthday and Christmas wish lists in the late 1970s and early ’80s.

Every image revived a memory — from those cheesy little plastic sticks that you could pull from Darth Vader and Obi-Wan’s arms to pretend they were lightsabers to that glorious Millennium Falcon play set that I never could afford. But I did manage to save enough allowance and chore money to buy Luke’s landspeeder.

No, it didn’t really hover. It ran on thin, hidden wheels, mounted with springs to make the toy bounce a bit like it was floating as you pushed it along. But I loved that toy, as I loved every one of the 12 original action figures I dutifully collected, along with the many more figures, play sets and plastic blasters that came out over the next few years.

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So when I saw that landspeeder in Galaxy’s Edge — full size and “really” hovering this time  — it was play time in my mind all over again. On Batuu, I can play Star Wars again. I can join the Resistance or the First Order, or fall in with the smugglers trying to evade both. I can get a drink in the cantina, buy a droid and finally get the chance to fly that Millennium Falcon that never showed up under my family’s Christmas tree.

Disney has spent more than a billion dollars designing and building Galaxy’s Edge with the new hope that thousands of other fans would be willing to spend a lot of money to feel the way that I did looking at that landspeeder. Will it work? We are about to find out.

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Andrelton Simmons, Shohei Ohtani injured in Angels’ loss

  • The Angels’ Andrelton Simmons, center, is helped up by Manager Brad Ausmus, left, and a trainer after he injured his left ankle while trying to beat out a throw to first base during the eighth inning of Monday’s game against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – MAY 20: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim strikes ouf and throws his bat during the sixth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 20, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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  • Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin gestures toward first after scoring on a single by Tommy La Stella during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Monday, May 20, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin, left, is congratulated by Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, after scoring on a single by Tommy La Stella during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Monday, May 20, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, winces as he injures his hand while swinging at strike three during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Monday, May 20, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – MAY 20: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts to injuring his hand as he strikes out during the eighth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 20, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – MAY 20: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts to injuring his hand as he strikes out during the eighth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 20, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – MAY 20: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts to injuring his hand as he strikes out during the eighth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 20, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, winces after injuring his hand while swinging at strike three during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Monday, May 20, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, of Japan, is attended to by a trainer and manager Brad Ausmus, second from left, after injuring his hand while swinging at strike three during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Monday, May 20, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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ANAHEIM — Of all the bad things that happened to the Angels in the eighth inning of their 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Monday night, the least troubling was probably that they allowed the go-ahead runs.

“That was a pretty creepy inning,” said Ty Buttrey, who gave up a two-run homer to snap a tie game. “You couldn’t have drawn it up any worse than that.”

A few minutes after Buttrey gave up the two-run homer to Miguel Sano in the top of the eighth, both Andrelton Simmons and Shohei Ohtani suffered injuries.

Ohtani was hit in the right ring finger while striking out. Adding insult to injury, literally, the Angels didn’t even get a baserunner out of it because Ohtani was swinging at the pitch. X-rays showed no fracture, so Ohtani will be evaluated again on Tuesday.

Moments after that, though, Simmons sprained his left ankle as he was lunging to try to beat out an infield hit. His ankle twisted in gruesome fashion as he hit the bag. He rolled onto the ground in pain and had to be helped off the field.

An X-ray showed no fracture, but Simmons will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of the sprain.

Mike Trout said he didn’t even want to look at the replay of Simmons’ injury, and he didn’t have much to say to Simmons other than giving him a hug.

“He was kind of emotional and upset,” Trout said. “It’s tough. … It just kind of deflates you when you see guys go down, especially a guy who’s been having an unbelievable season so far, making unbelievable plays. The reaction said it all. Obviously, he was in pain. It was just tough.”

Neither Simmons nor Ohtani were available to comment after the game, both remaining in the trainers’ room for treatment.

“I feel like Shohei, by all indications he should be fine,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “Quicker timeframe. We don’t know what Simba’s time frame is. That’s probably the bigger concern right now. We don’t want to lose either one of them. But it seems like the injury to Simba at this point might be a little bit more dire. But we’ll know more tomorrow, we don’t want to guess as to what the final diagnosis will be.”

Ausmus also wouldn’t speculate as to just how the Angels would replace either one.

David Fletcher can play shortstop, but he’s better defensively at second and third. The best defensive shortstop is Zack Cozart, but he’s been in a deep slump at the plate the entire season.

The Angels also could bring up Luís Rengifo or Taylor Ward. Rengifo can play shortstop and second, and he’s recently added third to his repertoire. Ward has been playing third for just more than a season, and within the last month he’s also started playing first base and left field.

Albert Pujols likely would get most of the DH at-bats while Ohtani is out, with first base being handled by Jared Walsh and perhaps Ward or even Matt Thaiss. Justin Bour was recently sent down, but the Angels would likely wait for him to show improvement at the plate before bringing him back.

“Next guy up mentality,” Trout said. “That’s the way we have to look at it. We’ve got to stay positive. It’s tough when you lose a guy like that, a part of the team. But we’ve got to get through it.”

The injuries in the bottom of the eighth occurred just moments after Buttrey had a rare bad outing, losing a game the Angels had tied on Tommy La Stella’s third hit, in the seventh.

Buttrey had not allowed a homer in the first 41 innings of his big league career, and this season he’d allowed just two runs in 23-2/3 innings, with 31 strikeouts.

After a single in the eighth, he threw a 2-and-0 fastball over the middle of the plate at Sano’s knees, and he blasted it just over the fence in right field.

“First home run sucks, but I’m sure I had to get it out of the way sometime,” Buttrey said. “Hopefully I don’t make a trend of that, which I won’t. That’s baseball.”

The loss also spoiled another encouraging performance from the Angels on a night when they started with Taylor Cole as the opener for Félix Peña.

Cole worked around two hits to pitch a scoreless inning, with the help of a slick double play started by second baseman La Stella. So far, the Angels’ openers have allowed one run in seven first innings.

Peña then took over and did exactly what the Angels had hoped.

He gave up a run in the second inning – one that scored because Byron Buxton beat the back end of a potential double play by inches – and then nothing else.

Peña did not allow the Twins to get another runner into scoring position through his five innings. So far in Peña’s five games following an opener he has a 2.73 ERA. He has pitched at least five innings in four of the games, and he pitched 4-1/3 innings in the other.

“I thought he did a really nice job,” Ausmus said. “I thought the pitching did a nice job. That’s a good offense over there and we held them to three runs.”

“X-Rays were negative, so that is a good sign”

Brad Ausmus with an update on Ohtani and Simmons who were both injured during the 8th inning pic.twitter.com/xW6LglScu5

— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) May 21, 2019

“It’s tough to lose guys like that but we’ve got to stay up”

Mike Trout on watching Simmons and Ohtani go down in the same inning pic.twitter.com/r5wDjJn9Ho

— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) May 21, 2019

This doesn’t look good. https://t.co/Scsz1I0hEL

— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) May 21, 2019

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Joey Bosa has new jersey number, participates in Chargers’ OTAs

COSTA MESA — Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa is in rarefied territory as the only former NFL rookie of the year to appear in an episode of “Game of Thrones.”

The cameo lasted less than a second and it wasn’t as entertaining as Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ appearance, but Bosa is still proud of the feat, even though he’s not certain that his scene aired.

“I still don’t 100 percent know if it was me or not, but I’m going to go with it,” said Bosa, who traveled to Belfast, Northern Ireland, to film. “Of course, Aaron Rodgers gets a whole five seconds of him getting blown up.”

Bosa shared a picture on social media this month of what he believes to be his acting debut. Bosa spotted his “big nose” in a crowd before the Night King and his army of the dead invaded Winterfell in episode three of the eighth and final season of the popular HBO series.

Joey Bosa thinks he found his cameo on #GameofThrones thanks to his “big nose” 😂

(via @jbbigbear) pic.twitter.com/p6lVG1XjmX

— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 2, 2019

For his day job, Bosa is much easier to spot. The star defender stood out in his new No. 97 jersey Monday for the first day of organized team activities. It was Bosa’s first workout with the team this offseason.

Phase three of offseason workouts, also known as OTAs, are voluntary, but the intensity picks up with players wearing helmets and coaches allowed to have team drills such as 11-on-11. Players aren’t required to attend until mandatory minicamp June 11-13.

With the addition of Bosa, Chargers coach Anthony Lynn estimated that 98 percent of his 90-man roster was present for Day 1 of 10 OTAs. Running back Melvin Gordon and defensive end Melvin Ingram made up the missing two percent.

Like most coaches, Lynn said he prefers to have his full team for OTAs.

“I can only worry about the 98 percent that are here,” Lynn said. “I’m glad they’re here and appreciate them being here when they don’t have to be here, but I think this is a very important time of the season. This is when we build the team, right now. I think it says something when you’re here and you don’t have to be here.”

Ingram, Gordon and Bosa are known for being late arrivals to the Chargers’ offseason program. They prefer to workout with personal trainers, but Lynn said they get three months “to do their own thing.”

“I just know in the two months that we have together, we’re better off being with each other,” Lynn said. “That’s my personal feeling.”

As of now, the Chargers have no contract holdouts, but Gordon is entering the final season of his rookie deal. Quarterback Philip Rivers recently said he’s content with playing out the final year of his current contract.

Eventually, the Chargers will need to address Bosa’s next contract, but they have time after picking up his fifth-year option for 2020.

Bosa not concerned with foot soreness 

Bosa made a financial decision to wait on changing his jersey number from 99 to 97. He said he was told it would have cost him $500,000 (some perhaps coming from his projected share of jersey sales from the No. 99) if he requested the number change last year.

“I’ve been meaning to do that for a while now,” Bosa said about the number he wore in college and the one his father sported. His younger brother, Nick, also wears No. 97 as an incoming rookie for the San Francisco 49ers. “I was like, ‘Uh, I think I can wait one more year.’ The free change was much better than that.”

Joey Bosa said it would have cost him $500,000 to change his jersey number from 99 to 97 last year. The change was free this year #Chargers pic.twitter.com/wPLfc9Uogq

— Gilbert Manzano (@GManzano24) May 20, 2019

Bosa said he still feels soreness from the left foot injury that forced him to miss the first nine games last season. He also revealed that he was able to avoid Lisfranc surgery to play the final nine games, including the two playoff games.

“I could see it (continuing), but it’s nothing that’s bothering me,” Bosa said about the foot soreness. “It’s not causing a limp or anything. It’s just there. It’s just something I notice. It’s been getting better all offseason, so I could definitely see by camp or maybe even next year where it kind of starts fading away.”

Rookies in OTAs

Lynn was impressed with the play of rookie free safety Nasir Adderley, but he wants him to dial back the intensity some against his fellow Chargers.

“(Adderley) has to learn how to protect his teammates,” Lynn said. “He can’t be running through his guys like he did today, but that’s part of the learning process.”

Lynn didn’t say which players Adderley collided with, but there was at least one coach involved.

“I know exactly the play, because he came after me, too,” said Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley with a smile. “I shouldn’t mention that, I suppose. … He’s trying to figure everything out, the speed at which we practice. Everybody wants to go out there, try to impress and do well. He’ll learn from it.”

Another intriguing Chargers rookie is quarterback Easton Stick, who is drawing comparisons to trick-play specialist Taysom Hill of the New Orleans Saints.

Lynn doesn’t expect Stick to be utilized the same way as the Saints do with Hill.

“I don’t see the same guy,” Lynn said. “I see the Saints quarterback, he’s 6-3, 230 (pounds and runs a) 4.3 (40-yard dash). My guy (Stick) is 5-11, 190 pounds (and runs a) 4.6. I don’t see the same guy.

“Can (Stick) create? Yeah, he can create. He can do some things like that, but right now, we’re just trying to teach him how to be an NFL quarterback.”

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