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first_imgA recent article by Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star caught my eye.  Rayl was Mr. Bastketball while playing for Kokomo High School in the late 50’s.  He even broke one of Oscar Robertson’s scoring records.  He still has some scoring records at IU where he continued his basketball career.Jimmy Rayl and Terry Dischinger of Purdue waged quite a scoring battle while they were both in college.  I believe Dischinger beat Rayl on the last game of the Big 10 season. After college, Rayl got married to his high school sweatheart and that marriage produced 4 children.  One of his sons played on a state championship Kokomo team.Today Rayl is 74 years old and has struggled with his health.  Three years ago he suffered a stroke.  This was followed by a heart attack and later a broken hip.  True to the form that made him a great basketball player, he has not given up and is recovering at his home in Kokomo.  In this town, he is still their high school hero where you will find his image on Memorial Gym.last_img read more

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first_imgARLINGTON, Texas — During the Angels’ 6-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night, Brad Ausmus noticed something that he hadn’t seen in a few days.“Today was probably the first day when there was an occasional smile, but it’s still going to take time,” the Angels manager said. “This isn’t the type of thing that goes away quickly.”Obviously, the Angels are going to be grieving Tyler Skaggs for much longer, but after they won for the second time in two games since returning to action, they said they are slowly beginning to feel normal again. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Barría, who was recalled from Triple-A on Wednesday to, at least temporarily, fill the tragic void in the rotation, said the game was emotional for him.“This game was totally dedicated to Tyler because he opened his arms when I got here,” Barría said through an interpreter. “He chose a Carlos Santana song that he played every time I was on the mound. He’s a great person, a great guy, and I’m going to miss him.”While it’s possible the Angels will now option Barría – his next turn would fall during the All-Star break – he has made a strong case to remain in the rotation.“He’s certainly done his part recently,” Ausmus said.Ausmus pulled Barría with a four-run lead after 87 pitches, handing the game to a bullpen that was dominant. Justin Anderson, Ty Buttrey, Cam Bedrosian and Hansel Robles combined for four hitless innings, striking out eight.They had a cushion thanks to an offense led by Trout, Kole Calhoun (three hits), Shohei Ohtani (two doubles) and Justin Upton (RBI single)The only negative on the night was that Upton left soon after his hit, with tightness in his left quad. Upton said he felt it as he was running off the field after trying to break up a double play in the sixth.“We’ll see how it feels tomorrow,” Upton said. “I’m sure they will probably be pretty cautious tomorrow, but I’ll come in with the idea that depending (on) how it feels, I’ll go with a normal day and hope it feels fine.”Talking about a nagging quad injury was certainly the type of mundane baseball question the Angels would prefer to be dealing with than the type of real-life tragedy they face in their hours away from the ballpark.They have nonetheless managed two victories in the time they’ve shared on the field since losing Skaggs.“We’ve just stuck together,” Upton said. “That’s the only thing we can do, be there for each other when we step on the field. We all know how tough it is to go back out there after what happened. As long as we have each other’s back, we can get through this thing.” “A lot better today than yesterday,” said Mike Trout, who hit a pair of homers and drove in four runs in the second game since losing one of his best friends. “Just to be out there and play the game he loves. Yesterday was probably one of the toughest games I’ve played in a while.”The Angels wore a more permanent version of the “Skaggs 45” patch than the ones quickly sewn onto their uniforms on Tuesday night. Many players still had the pitcher’s initials etched on their caps.Otherwise, though, the scene was more like a routine baseball game, and in this case, one in which the Angels put together a textbook effort to beat one of the teams they are chasing for a playoff spot.Trout provided most of the offense with his 17th multi-homer game, his second in the past two weeks. His three-run homer in the third extended the Angels’ lead to 4-0.Jaime Barría pitched five innings and gave up two runs, his second straight strong outing. He had allowed one run in five innings in a start last week, as he appears to be regaining the form of his breakthrough rookie season. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros PreviousAngels shortstop Andrelton Simmons throws to first after bobbling a hit by the Rangers’ Asdrubal Cabrera during the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game in Arlington, Texas. Cabrera reached first on the error by Simmons. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Matt Thaiss watches his double during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Thaiss made his debut in the majors in the game. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Matt Thaiss stands on second with a double in the third inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. The hit was the first for Thaiss in his Major League debut. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers starting pitcher Ariel Jurado throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton, left, celebrates with Mike Trout, right, after Trout’s three-run home run in the third inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout, right, jog to the dugout after Trout’s three-run home run during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Jaime Barria works against the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)CORRECTS TO SECOND INNING, INSTEAD OF FIRST – Texas Rangers first baseman Ronald Guzman flips the ball to starting pitcher Ariel Jurado at first for the out, after fielding a grounder by Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Bour during the second inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani watches his foul ball as Texas Rangers’ Tim Federowicz gets a new ball during the third inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Ohtani grounded out in the at-bat. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani walks to the dugout after striking out against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria (51) stands on the mound as Texas Rangers’ Tim Federowicz rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers’ Tony Beasley (37) and Tim Federowicz, right, celbrate Federowiz’ solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus throws to first for the double play after forcing out Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton (8) at second during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Justin Bour was out at first. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout smiles toward the dugout as he rounds third on his way home after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. The homer was Trout’s second of the night. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels third base coach Mike Gallego (86) sends Shohei Ohtani (17) home, as he scores on a Justin Upton single during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton (8) and Mike Trout (27) celebrate Trout’s solo home run during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. The homer was Trout’s second of the night. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)The Angels’ Mike Trout (27) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons (2) throws to first after bobbling a hit by Texas Rangers’ Asdrubal Cabrera in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Cabrera reached first on the error by Simmons. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons throws to first after bobbling a ball hit by Texas Rangers’ Asdrubal Cabrera during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Cabrera reached first on the error by Simmons. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons throws to first after bobbling a hit by the Rangers’ Asdrubal Cabrera during the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game in Arlington, Texas. Cabrera reached first on the error by Simmons. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)NextShow Caption1 of 20Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons throws to first after bobbling a hit by the Rangers’ Asdrubal Cabrera during the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game in Arlington, Texas. Cabrera reached first on the error by Simmons. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Expand Related Articleslast_img read more

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