ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jerry Dipoto believes the relationship between pitchers and catchers comprises 90 per cent of baseball. Perhaps thats why the former major league pitcher believes hell get along quite well with old catcher Mike Scioscia in their new partnership with the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels introduced Dipoto as their new general manager on Saturday, ending owner Arte Morenos month-long search for a strong, experienced executive who will get better value and more playoff appearances from the highly paid roster led by Scioscia, Los Angeles respected manager. "Its an organization thats only moving forward, that has championship aspirations," Dipoto said. "Thats what I hold every day. Well continue to build that from the minor leagues through the major league level." Dipoto replaces Tony Reagins, who resigned two days after the Angels won 86 games, but finished 10 games behind Texas in the AL West. Although Reagins was in charge, its widely assumed that Scioscia has had a huge role running this team for much of his successful 12-year tenure. But the prospect of working with Scioscia was exciting to Dipoto, who spent the past six seasons as an Arizona Diamondbacks executive. Although they havent crossed paths in their careers, they immediately took to each other in a meeting Friday. "Ive been around so many strong baseball people and strong personalities throughout the years," Dipoto said at a news conference attended by his wife and three children. "Ive got a lot of friends and people I trust that have known (Scioscia) for far longer. You need a strong manager. You need somebody who can make sure everything from the clubhouse, from the dugout out is strong. ... Mike is the best there is." Moreno was eager for a fresh start for the Angels, who have missed the playoffs in the past two seasons after making six of the previous eight post-seasons. Los Angeles hadnt hired a significant executive from outside its own organization for several years, but Dipoto will have the latitude to bring in an entirely new staff of assistants and talent evaluators. "We had reached a level where we were sort of bumping our heads against the ceiling, and we needed someone to drive us forward," Moreno said. "I dont think were that far off." After several high-profile trades and free-agent signings -- and several big names that got away -- during Reagins tenure, Moreno wants the Angels to return to the philosophy of building from within, using draft picks and the minor leagues to cultivate talent. Moreno also said he wont hesitate to spend top dollar again, postulating that their payroll will be "in the ballpark" of last seasons roughly US$140 million layout, the fourth-biggest in baseball. Although Dipoto is just 43, he has accumulated experience in every area of baseball since his playing career ended in Colorado in 2000. Dipoto spent much of his final major league season on the disabled list with a neck injury, and he used the time to prepare for his next career. Dan ODowd allowed Dipoto to sit in on the Rockies draft and personnel meetings, and he has been studying ever since. Dipoto has worked closely with Padres general manager Josh Byrnes. They moved together from Colorado to Boston, where they worked closely with Theo Epstein, and on to Arizona for the 2006 season when Byrnes got the Diamondbacks top job. When Arizona fired Byrnes last year, Dipoto took over as interim GM and made the trade that sent three-time All-Star Dan Haren to the Angels for four players including starter Joe Saunders and solid prospects. He also swung a canny deal with the White Sox for Daniel Hudson, a 16-game winner this year. When Kevin Towers took over the Diamondbacks this season, Dipoto stuck around, adding another perspective to a collection of knowledge he keeps in a 40-page book summing up his philosophies about baseball and life. He gave that "living document" to Moreno after his interview, but didnt know what impression he had made until he got the job offer. Dipoto thinks of himself as a balanced executive, equally comfortable with sabermetrics and old-school observation. Thats hardly unique, but Dipoto has the credentials to back it up after working with the innovative ODowd, Byrnes and Epstein while also scouting extensively in Japan, Latin America and the minors. Dipoto plans to spend the next few days in a detailed evaluation of the organization with Scioscia, whose stamp is all over the Angels roster. Dipoto agrees with Scioscias frequently declarations that the relationship between pitchers and catchers is the sports most important aspect, saying "90 per cent of the game is happening within that 60 feet, 6 inches." Theyll make a slightly odd couple: With his wiry runners physique, Dipoto appears ready to head back to the mound any time, while Scioscia is a noted fan of Italian food and gracious living. The Angels future could depend on where they find common ground. "Im a fairly energetic person, and I expect that from the people around me," Dipoto said. "I cant wait for the opportunity to learn everything I can from Mike to get us back right where we should be." http://www.louisvuittonoutletshop.com/Women-zs-16_Louis-Vuitton-Sunglasses-jl-49/
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. Phillips broke a scoreless tie with his first goal in the 65th minute. He received Keammar Daleys pass, dribbled toward the left wing of the penalty area, eluded defender Jonathan Lopez and beat goalkeeper Ricard Jerez with a shot that landed inside the right post. BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics injuries didnt affect what coach Doc Rivers always wants -- solid defence. Paul Pierce and former Magic forward Brandon Bass each scored 19 points to carry the injury-riddled Celtics to an 87-56 win over Orlando on Monday night. The Magic set franchise lows for points and field goals (16). "Defensively that was as good as you can get," Rivers said after his team matched a club record for fewest points allowed in the shot-clock era, also done last season against Milwaukee. Boston was minus starters Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and three bench players, drastically reducing its roster. Bass and Pierce carried the offence and Boston got some strong play from a cast of down-the-bench reserves. The Celtics snapped a streak of six straight losses against teams with winning records. Pierce is looking for it to shake Boston out of its early season woes. "Hopefully itll funnel over to the guys that were out," said Pierce, who followed a 34-point effort in a win at Washington on Sunday. "Theres no more excuses." Avery Bradley and Sasha Pavlovic started in the backcourt for Boston and attempted to pressure Orlandos guards early, helping the Celtics pick up the pressure defensively. "(It) started with Avery," Rivers said. "The ball pressure -- and then it led to everyone. Theyre a great shooting team. ... Everything had to be precise and it was." Dwight Howard led the Magic with 18 points and 14 rebounds. He needs eight points to surpass Nick Anderson as the Magics career scoring leader. Howard was 0-for-6 from the floor and just 4-for-10 from the free throw line in the second half. "They came out and absolutely dominated us with their energy and defensive intensity," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. Kevin Garnett added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Boston. The Celtics led by 10 at the half, turned up the pressure defensively and scored 16 of the first 21 points in the second half to pull ahead 62-41. Pierce had seven points in the run and set up Marquis Daniels for a layup that gave Boston its 21-point edge with 2:31 remaining in the quarter. The Celtics held Orlando to one field goal in the opening 9:52 of the third and just two for the quarter -- both three-pointers. The Magic hit 2-of-11 shots and had nine turnovers. "It was a tough game. They pressured us a lot," Howard said. "We rushed shots. It just wasnt a good night overall for us.&qquot; Howard, who missed 5-of-8 free throws in the third and went 0-for-5 from the field, flung the ball in frustration at the end of the quarter, nailing the backboard from his own end of the floor as the horn sounded with Boston holding a 69-46 lead.dddddddddddd Boston didnt let up in the fourth until Pierce and Garnett came out with just over five minutes to play. The Magic had a season-high 25 turnovers, 20 in the second half, and a season-low points. Jermaine ONeal and Howard were involved in a brief shoving match in the lane and both were given technicals midway into the third quarter. ONeal got the initial foul on the play with a hard shove. The Celtics led 36-36 at halftime, with Pierce and Bass each scoring 13 points. The Celtics acquired Bass in a sign-and-trade deal with Orlando that sent Glen "Big Baby" Davis to the Magic. Boston forwards Mickael Pietrus (shoulder) and Chris Wilcox (left calf) and guard Keyon Dooling (right knee) were also out -- though not missed on this night. Boston scored nine straight points late in the second quarter, pulling to a 43-33 lead on Pierces three from the left wing with 45 seconds left. "Theres no way KG should be beating me up and down the floor," Howard said, before joking about the age difference. "There was a couple plays where he beat me up and down the floor. Theres no way. Hes 40 and Im 25. I just cant allow that to happen. I have to step up and be the leader for this team." NOTES: Orlandos previous season-low was 78 points. The franchise-low was 57, set Dec. 4, 1996 against Cleveland. ... The Celtics welcomed back Davis during a break in the opening quarter with highlights and "Thank You Big Baby" on the jumbotron. He got a standing ovation from the crowd, walked onto the court and pumped his fist. ... Van Gundy said before the game that hes amused how people are talking about Bostons slow start this season. "People see the record and panic," he said. "People talk about The Celtics are too old and cant play. Im not buying it. What are they going to say when they start winning, they got younger?" ... Forward Jeff Green, who had surgery Jan. 9 to repair an aeortic aneurysm, visited Bostons locker room before the game and in the morning. "It was awesome," Boston coach Doc Rivers said. "Im amazed. Two weeks and hes walking around. We were sarcastic this morning, saying Hes walking around and you guys cant play." ' ' '