Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.
The Dodgers' hiring of Andrew Friedman shows they hope to become the preeminent 21st-century team.
After another playoff disappointment, the Dodgers have some tough choices going forward.
Scott Elbert was just the latest to falter in relief, as a leaky bullpen has pushed the Los Angeles Dodgers to the brink in St. Louis, Mark Saxon writes.
After sitting out the 2013 playoffs, Matt Kemp has added some needed fuel to the Dodgers' playoff push.
Clayton Kershaw's latest playoff meltdown defies explanation and has put the Dodgers in an early series hole.
The Dodgers may not always get along, but they stick together where it counts most -- on the field.
Clayton Kershaw's first no-hitter was a reward for hard work and the example he sets.
Ed Orgeron's fate as USC Trojans coach is known only to AD Pat Haden.
USC's Devon Kennard and his father, Derek, share a love of football and an awareness of its dangers.
Clayton Kershaw's worst outing comes at the worst time for the Dodgers.
Normally reserved, Adrian Gonzalez showed some flair in Game 5.
When the Dodgers signed Zack Greinke, it was for success in moments like these.
Hyun-Jin Ryu brought a sense of urgency to his Game 3 start.
With Hanley Ramirez injured and Yasiel Puig MIA, L.A. is without a spark.
With Andre Ethier at about 60 percent, the Dodgers are at a loss in center field.
Pitching on three days' rest, Dodgers ace made good on Mattingly's gamble.
Hanley Ramirez is the epitome of the Dodgers' talented roster.
Don Mattingly's decisions leave him open to some second-guessing.
The Dodgers' one-two punch of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke is undeniable.
The Dodgers' turnaround continued, but now a playoff run is on the agenda.
Former batting champion Ramirez seems to have regained his stroke in 2013.
Ex-Sox Gonzalez, Crawford and Punto are appreciating their time in L.A.
Yasiel Puig's amazing start with the Dodgers has been fun, but sustainability is the key.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly shouldn't be criticized for speaking his mind about his players.
In determining what Clayton Kershaw is worth to the Los Angeles Dodgers, how does the team ownership put a price on memories like Monday's?
Built around different models, the Dodgers and Giants are on a collision course in 2013.
Matt Kemp's leadership is key to the Dodgers' season.
Yasiel Puig still has a lot to prove, but he's been impressive in spring.
Kenley Jansen works on harnessing potential after heart scare
Adrian Gonzalez helps Dodgers reconnect with fans
Lane Kiffin reflects on turbulent season as spring practice opens.
Sarah Baxter of Simi Valley, Calif., takes the running world by storm.
Caltech's victory in baseball is definitely one for the record book.
Don Mattingly and Mark McGwire aim to instill team-centric approach with Dodgers' superstar hitters.
The Dodgers are full of promise in 2013.
Angels owner Arte Moreno moves to counter the Dodgers' big offseason gains.
Lane Kiffin has Pat Haden's patience for now, but next season will be a different story.
Little controversies are adding up for Lane Kiffin.
What does USC coach Lane Kiffin have up his sleeve on offense?
Quick-fix approach didn't work for the Dodgers or Angels this season.
The Angels show commitment to winning now by getting Zack Greinke.
Ernesto Frieri's deceptive delivery confounds the AL's best hitters.
After losing Jered Weaver, the Halos didn't give up and beat the Yankees.
On his 111th attempt, Albert Pujols got his first home run as an Angel.
Jered Weaver's no-hitter against the Twins has a definite familiar feel.
Albert Pujols is still homerless and all Angels can do is wait out their funk.
The slow-starting Angels have reason to be concerned.
Albert Pujols could push the Angels to a title, but don't forget the Rangers.
Angels hope two savvy veterans can steady a shaky 'pen.
Homegrown pitchers make the Angels' rotation tops in the AL.
Torii Hunter's best shot at a title might be his last shot with the Angels.
The Albert Pujols decade in SoCal has begun, so everyone get used to it.
If he isn't already the greatest USC QB, Matt Barkley may just make it happen.
Angels live in the moment getting Albert Pujols, but at what cost?
After a season of proving itself, USC made one final, definitive statement.
Matt Barkley won't have the huge bowl game wins, but a stellar career nonetheless.
Buried under sanctions, no one thought the Trojans would recover this early.
USC's Nick Perry will soon have to decide about returning for his senior year.
Angels free-agency primer: Here's how the Halos can help themselves.
Despite the going toe-to-toe with the No.4 team in the country, USC fell short.
A young USC team looking for an identity found a rare moment to gloat.
The Angels should break the glass ceiling and hire Kim Ng as their GM.
The USC- Notre Dame rivalry is still great, but in 2011 both schools are on the rebound.
Serra High School trio already paying off in big ways for the USC Trojans.
The 2011 Angels had their moments, but it's hard to classify success.
Angels discover things happen when you're not playing at the level you should.
USC is doing all it can to prepare for the shenanigans expected from ASU.
Mike Scioscia's effort on the bench this season has to be one of his best.
As the pressure builds, the Angels' youngsters prepare for the stretch drive.
In heat of the pennant race, Mike Scioscia will rely heavily on big three.
Opponents averaged 400 yards vs. USC last year, but Monte Kiffin has answers.
The Angels lost two of three in Texas but leave town without feeling any fear.
The Angels take a chance by switching to a three-day rotation.
A blend of young and old has kept the Angels in the pennant race.
A dramatic win has the Angels still believing, but is it really enough?
With the season slipping away, it's time for Conger and Trout to come back.
Angels' Mark Trumbo has the power to be rookie of the year.
Weaver's season fits with past great Halos -- who weren't always angels.
Matt Barkley, about to embark on another season under sanctions, has options.
Suddenly, the Angels go from hopeless to hopeful and are in a pennant race.
One exciting win shouldn't turn the Angels into buyers in this season.
All the work the Angels did in the first half has suddenly disappeared.
The Angels are in contention again, but don't expect any major player moves.
Angels phenom Mike Trout faces expectations as high as the Matterhorn.
Finally over the shock of losing Kendrys Morales, the Halos have reasons to believe.
After 82 roller-coaster games, how the Angels will end up is a mystery.
Angels aren't likely to find trade magic this season with a closed wallet.
The Angels' hitting problems go deeper than blaming Mickey Hatcher.
Angels standout prospect Mike Trout wows 'em in the wings.
The Angels may have found a replacement for Kendrys Morales.
The Angels could be fighting a long battle for the top of their division.
The Angels' ace lets a ball call by home-plate umpire affect his outing.
Influx of young talent from the farm system has the Angels skewing young.
Dan Haren and Jered Weaver's unlikely chemistry is unquestioned.
Angels closer Jordan Walden rolls despite a quick transition.
Are the Angels using Jered Weaver and Dan Haren too much, too soon?
At the very least, the 2011 Angels should be more entertaining to watch.
If anything, the Angels' bullpen figures to keep things interesting this season.
The cohesion of the Angels' youth and veterans are key to their season.
While expectations are higher, Lane Kiffin anticipates challenges in his second year.
Angels' team psychologist focuses on strengths to iron out struggles.
All-girl high school baseball pitching matchup gives moment some meaning.
Vernon Wells sees a special chance to win with the Angels.
Angels rely more on human eyes than hard drives in player evaluations.
Angels bank on Dan Haren's longevity as they build around pitching.
Aging Angels need prospects Conger, Trumbo to pan out this spring.
The Trojans are focusing on L.A. recruits to help rebuild their program.
Lost in all the free-agent bashing is that the Angels might have a decent team.
USC saves a little face by beating UCLA in its worst season in 10 years.
Lane Kiffin lowers the shoulder into each challenge. But will he triumph?
Once again, USC can't find a way to finish as it loses to Notre Dame.
Pat Haden has staked his own irrefutable reputation as AD at USC.
Angels have set their sights high this free-agency season.
USC has missed each goal so far, but 10-3 would be a "phenomenal season."
USC's wild win on Saturday shows a team still taking baby steps.
USC's response after losing to Oregon will be a test of character.
The Trojans are loose -- their lips, too -- in preparing for Oregon.
Trojans inspired by team meeting called by cornerback Shareece Wright.
The Trojans' second heartbreaking loss in a row risks hurting the USC image.
11 for '11: Big questions facing the Angels for next season.
Offseason meets Angels with frustration and missed expectations.
Matt Barkley fell short against Jake Locker, but they may meet again.
Matt Barkley is as comfortable behind center as he is with his beliefs.
Will the Angels have the cash to back up offseason aspirations?
Troubled by a tough start, USC is starting to turn things around.
Give USC's muscle up front credit for win over Minnesota.
The Trojans want to establish a power running game to keep the defense rested.
Despite Bush's gesture, finality on this chapter remains out of reach for USC.
The Trojans' schedule is soft before it gets hard. Really hard.
Matt Barkley's first game of 2010 shows exactly how good he has become.
NCAA sanctions stripped a lot, but didn't strip the Trojans' swagger
With the playoffs inching out of reach, the Angels have begun auditioning youth.
Carl Crawford would be a perfect fit for the Angels, but it's a longshot to get him.
A players-only meeting helps Angels rebound, but it seems too late.
The Angels simply aren't making the plays needed when it matters most.
The Angels need to come to the realization they're just an average team.
Forget the past; the Angels' golden era is now.
USC's ultimate punishment for Reggie Bush? Forgetting greatness.
The days of the home run derby are over as pitching dominates.
The Angels might be playing for 2011, but Bobby Abreu hits for today.
The issues the Angels have in their outfield have slowly been exposed.
The Angels, looking for an offensive boost, are leaning toward youth.
After another close loss, Angels realize every little detail really counts.
A comeback win over Texas has the Angels feeling confident again.
There will be no bowl for USC this season but still plenty to play for.
The season is far from over, but the Angels seem virtually out of contention.
Dan Haren left his disappointing first game as an Angel after a shot to the arm.
Rangers create distance in AL West after Angels drop series.
Texas is atop the AL West in large part because of ex-Angels.
The Angels are finding close isn't enough against this Rangers team.
Angels in the outfield do little to endear themselves to Jered Weaver.
The Angels seem to be at a combustion point after a loss in New York.
Hideki Matsui has battled through a tough season and looks to turn it around.
Jered Weaver again faced an opposing No. 1 and again stepped up to win.
Scott Kazmir's effort will be key for Angels, but can he overcome struggles?
Torii Hunter didn't play well in the All-Star Game but earned his day off.
Torii Hunter might be spread a little thin, but he's a perfect All-Star ambassador.
The Angels have too many holes to fill to catch the Texas Rangers.
Maybe the three-day All-Star break will put a brake on the Angels' freefall.
Scott Kazmir's confidence takes another hit as Angels stand by.
With the rest of the Angels struggling, Kendrick and Hunter keep pounding.
Angels ace Jered Weaver has yet to make a national splash.
Stakes are high when Angels host the Rangers.
Angels' catcher Bobby Wilson has a knack of bringing out the best in pitchers.
Bullpen issues are finding different ways to affect the Angels.
A sloppy effort shows Angels can't afford it while chasing the hot Rangers.
Lacking classic talent at key positions, the Halos still find a way to win.
Despite their interleague dominance, the Halos still trail the Rangers.
The Angels are watching Jered Weaver land squarely in his prime.
Angels have a power surge in their Wrigley Field debut.
The Angels find that a patchwork infield does the job for a day, at least.
Erick Aybar's injury, however serious it is, leaves the Angels vulnerable.
An earthquake and the Brewers rattled Aybar and the Angels on Monday night.
Freeway Series sweep is a confidence-booster for the Angels.
It look them longer than expected, but the Angels' pitchers have arrived.
Suddenly the Angels are finding a way to cope without Kendry Morales.
Despite Kendry Morales' injury, Angels shouldn't go chasing a first baseman.
The Angels lead their division, but don't feel like winners just yet.
Just when the Angels really needed it, Hideki Matsui's bat comes alive.
The Angels have a lot of issues, but they need to get pitching in order.
The schedule will finally be kind to the Angels, but will they be able to thrive?
Fixing the Kendry Morales issue has no easy answers for the Angels.
The Angels' offense thrives in Kendry Morales' absence.
Lesson learned: Howie Kendrick cautiously celebrated his walk-off homer.
Angels players are left soul-searching and more after fluke injury to Morales.
As Scott Kazmir continues to struggle, he could take a lesson from Cliff Lee.
The Angels need the upcoming draft to reboot their system.
Despite winning Wednesday, the Angels are careful not to declare the slump over.
If the Angels want to prove their worth, they must build on the positives.
The Halos have tinkered about all they can with the cards they've been dealt.
A 10-inning loss to St. Louis shows just how much the Angels' bullpen hurts.
It has taken a while for the Angels, but their power game is working.
Brian Fuentes is officially still the Angels' closer, but his time could be running out.
The Angels better worry about this year's edition of the Texas Rangers.
The heavy air knocked down the Angels and Napoli's drive.
Moving Kendrick up in the lineup is credited to the Angels' recent turnaround.
For the Angels, there's hope amid the wreckage of the early season.
The slumps of Scott Kazmir and Hideki Matsui are thwarting the Angels.
It didn't seem a surprise to anyone when Fuentes blew another save on Tuesday.
Recent finger-pointing indicates cracks are starting to form in the Angels' armor.
Hideki Matsui's 1,500th career RBI could be a sign of his recent slump ending.
With Jered Weaver stepping up, the Angels looked completely different.
Scott Kazmir's ineffectiveness for the Angels is a growing concern.
The Angels are finding new ways to lose games, the latest one in Boston.
USC's first spring game under Lane Kiffin shows offense has a long way to go.
Should the Angels be worried after Joel Pineiro's rough outing at Detroit?
Torri Hunter shows he also can be counted on to step up for Angels.
Joe Saunders is doing his best to remain positive after a rough start.
Joel Pineiro couldn't contain the Yankees the second time around this season.
Opinions differ on the outcome of Friday night's collision at home plate.
Brandon Wood struggles, but how much longer can the Angels stick with him?
Brian Fuentes is still the Angels' closer -- despite blowing his first post-DL save.
More than a pitcher, Joel Pineiro worked all sides of the plate - and the infield.
Ervin Santana caps a starters' revival, helping turn the Angels' fortunes.
Angels trying to be patient and encouraging as Brandon Wood struggles.
Angels pitcher Jered Weaver is pitching like an ace, just don't label him one yet.
Angels' Scott Kazmir can't find his slider and a troubling trend continues.
The Angels snap out of their recent funk with a win over the Yankees.
Angels need to keep their heads about them.
Angels' Hideki Matsui, no stranger to spotlight, returns to New York.
Angels suddenly watching other teams play agressive style they perfected.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia isn't yet worried about the team's struggles.
Angels starter Ervin Santana showed flashes of brilliance, but lost his debut.
Erick Aybar's new swing helps Angels win season opener.
The free-wheeling days of Pete Carroll are over as USC opens spring practice.
Angels Kendry Morales works on meeting the bar he raised.
Angels catchers Mike Napoli, Jeff Mathis enter third season in platoon.
Is lack of depth in outfield causing Angels to miss Matthews?
Can Erick Aybar adapt to the Los Angeles Angels' expectations for a leadoff hitter?
After an injury hurt his young career, a new approach helped revive Joel Pineiro.
How will Kendry Morales do in 2010?
We were wondering the same thing.
Early life lessons helped Mike Scioscia steer Angels through turmoil.
Getting Rivera and Izturis for Guillen in 2004 keeps paying off.
Longtime Angels prospect Brandon Wood finally sees an opportunity in the majors.
In his third season with the Angels, Hunter now feels at home and his teammates see him as a leader.
The Angels' new $6 million DH, Hideki Matsui, arrives at camp.
Going into spring training, Reggie Willits looks like the front-runner to become the Angels' fourth outfielder.
Someone has to wake up. This is crazy: A seventh-grader committing to play football at USC
USC coach Lane Kiffin deserves credit for signing a quality recruiting class.
Oakland A's prospect Grant Desme takes a leap of faith.
Scioscia likes his group of veteran arms, but who is the ace?
The Angels showcase plenty of homegrown talent, but is their farm system starting to slip?
Mike Scioscia and Tony Reagins give the Angels power at the top.
A lack of proven backups might make for some long auditions for Angels.
For the Angels, staying atop the division requires better production from pitchers.
Lane Kiffin is finding a changing landscape at USC, but he's not worried.
A cast of light-hitting minor leaguers led by speedster Willits is a small safety net for Hunter, Abreu and Rivera.
The Angels' balance of power is shifting to their talented young batch of infielders.
Joel Pineiro's arrival with the Angels seems to make sense.
USC's Mike Garrett is putting himself on the line with the hiring of Lane Kiffin.
Hiring Lane Kiffin could be risky but it certainly will be exciting.
Some USC players unhappy about not being told of Pete Carroll's departure.
While rumors of Pete Carroll's departure are common, this one seems different.
Joe McKnight, who felt pressure to be Reggie Bush, opts for the NFL.
Angels and USC broadcaster Rory Markas treated his work like the dream it was.
Angels may have an edge in bidding for Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman.
Pete Carroll answered questions about everything but the Emerald Bowl.
The Angels' offseason equation involves more subtraction than addition.