Lyle Spencer has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2005, covering the Padres and Angels. He has covered Major League Baseball as a reporter and columnist since 1971.
|Fifty years later, Monday reflected on the momentous events swirling around when he was the first overall pick in the 1965 First-Year Player Draft.
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|After a decade with the Rays and Royals, James Shields finally found his way to the ideal place: the National League, courtesy of the Padres and a free-agent deal shaping up as one of the smartest of the offseason.
More» Shields strikes out seven over seven strong|
|Andre Ethier beat Matt Kemp to the big time by 26 days in May 2006, and they played side by side in the Dodgers' outfield for nine seasons. Finally parting company over the winter, they came into 2015 with dramatically different expectations, both personally and in the public perception.
More»Which NL outfielder is #ASGWorthy?|
|The Sandy Koufax and Juan Marichal of the new age, Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner are fast becoming the most compelling individual rivals in the sport.
More» Bumgarner takes Kershaw deep|
|Adrian Gonzalez is enjoying the first quarter of what could be a career season. Having turned 33 two weeks ago, the Dodgers' graceful, durable first baseman appreciates his good fortune and how it came to pass.
More» Gonzalez rips a bases-loaded double|
|This is an idea, a suggestion. It is not rooted in any inside information. It is just something that makes too much sense to ignore: Alex Guerrero to the Angels from the Dodgers in exchange for Hector Santiago.
More» Santiago holds Blue Jays to one over seven|
|Judging by their home/road splits, you might conclude that the Giants have developed a split personality. It's actually more a case of this being a highly adaptable troupe of athletes capable of adjusting virtually overnight from one style to another without missing a beat.
More» Posey plates Panik with soft single to left|
|Since moving from the bottom to the top of the Dodgers' lineup, Pederson has been a remarkable source of walks, home runs and strikeouts.
More» Pederson rips a run-scoring single to center|
|Returning to his home state of Florida in a winter trade, Dee Gordon has enjoyed six weeks playing on a level with now-teammate Ichiro Suzuki's six months in 2001.
More» Gordon on his return to Dodger Stadium|
|After Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong held them scoreless on six hits in the first two games of the series, the new and improved Padres were back in business in Wednesday's matinee finale.
More» Myers laces RBI triple to right-center field|
|The heart of the Giants' infield, Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik are delivering as many hits as they're stealing, giving manager Bruce Bochy production with the leather and in the batter's box.
More» Panik takes Cashner deep for a solo dinger|
|Getting even, and maybe just a tad mad, Madison Bumgarner did to the Padres on Monday night in a 2-0 Giants victory at AT&T Park what they had done to him at Petco Park in producing 10 hits and five runs across three innings on April 11.
More» Bumgarner whiffs Barmes to avoid trouble|
|This is all new to Jered Weaver. He's had rough starts and bad patches, but never like this. When you've been so successful for so long -- nine years -- you can't help but entertain doubts when everything seems to be collapsing at your feet.
More» Weaver limits A's to one run over six|
|Pitchers get old, but the magic of a "W" next to their name in a box score never does. Tim Hudson knows the feeling -- both feelings, actually -- better than any active starting pitcher in the Major Leagues.
More» Hudson fans three over eight-plus innings|
|The Giants' Bruce Bochy and the Angels' Mike Scioscia came into their Interleague series with a combined 37 managerial seasons, 2,969 wins, 14 postseason appearances and four World Series championships.
|The Dodgers rolled out the heavy artillery Wednesday night, and Andre Ethier, no longer on the outside looking in, was delighted to be part of the fireworks display.
More» Ethier hits Dodgers' third homer of inning|
|The Giants prevailed in a showdown of dominant southpaws in large part because Madison Bumgarner had Buster Posey on his side and Clayton Kershaw did not.
More» Posey launches solo shot as fan makes grab|
|The Angels are picking up an enormous tab on what's left of the Josh Hamilton's $125 million contract in trading him back to the Rangers, and the prevailing reaction is that they are doing it simply to get rid of a problem. There is another relatively unexplored possibility here. Perhaps there is an element of generosity involved. Perhaps they are willingly doing Hamilton a favor. It certainly looks that way.
More»The Brushback talks about the potential Hamilton deal|
|If the Giants manage to alter the perceptions and make an odd-numbered year as memorable as the past three even-numbered ones, they might recall the past three days and a sweep of the Dodgers as the springboard.
More» Bochy on team's fight in extra inning win|
|The only drawback with being as great as Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner is found in the implausibly high standards they set for themselves. Living up to that greatness is an ongoing challenge. Neither lefty was at the peak of his powers on Wednesday night at AT&T Park, but each made progress in that direction before the Giants seized a 3-2 decision from the Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth inning on Joe Panik's winning sacrifice fly.
More» Bumgarner strikes out six over 6 1/3 innings|