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ANGELS FYI

Preparations begin for 2010 All-Star game

Angels got some lessons in hosting from St. Louis

July 19, 2009|Bill Shaikin

OAKLAND — The Angels have scheduled a news conference Thursday to unveil the logo for the 2010 All-Star game at Angel Stadium.

The event will kick off the countdown to the game and the week of events that will surround it, including a fan festival at the Anaheim Convention Center, a player parade to Angel Stadium and a free concert at an undetermined site.

Angels owner Arte Moreno and club President Dennis Kuhl led an 18-person delegation to last week's All-Star game in St. Louis, taking notes on how the Cardinals and Major League Baseball staged the festivities there. The delegation included representatives from the city of Anaheim, from Angel Stadium concessionaire Aramark and from AEG Merchandising, which runs the team stores at the stadium.

"It was great to go there and see first-hand the magnitude of All-Star week," Angels spokesman Tim Mead said.

Fans with season tickets are guaranteed the opportunity to buy All-Star tickets, but fans with mini-plans are not, Mead said. Information about ticket prices and availability will not be announced Thursday and might not be available for months, he said.

Sherrill hunt

The Angels have expressed interest in Baltimore closer George Sherrill, and the Orioles had a scout at Saturday's game, but the teams do not appear close to a deal.

The Orioles so far are asking for two top prospects for Sherrill. The Angels would like Sherrill to pitch the eighth inning for them, but not at the price of, say, Brandon Wood and Trevor Reckling.

Sherrill, 32, has converted 20 saves in 23 opportunities, with a 2.35 earned-run average. He would earn $915,000 for the final two months this season and would not be eligible for free agency until after the 2011 season.

The Orioles have told teams that Sherrill, reliever Danys Baez and infielders Aubrey Huff and Melvin Mora are available.

Seanez cut

The Angels released Rudy Seanez, the veteran reliever they had signed to a minor league contract in May in the hope he could help their battered bullpen.

Seanez, 40, pitched in nine games at triple-A Salt Lake. He was on the disabled list last month because of a strained pectoral muscle and this month because of a strained abdominal muscle.

She is . . . gone!

Oakland catcher Landon Powell has a picture taped above his locker, showing Kirk Gibson hitting his legendary home run -- the one that led the Dodgers over the A's in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.

Powell hit his first major league home run in May, playing with what he said was a torn hamstring.

"I could barely run," Powell said. "I was limping around the bases. All the guys told me I looked like Kirk Gibson."

The resemblance between the two home runs, Powell said, is strictly in the eyes of his teammates. He said reliever Russ Springer affixed the black-and-white Gibson picture to his locker.

"I've seen that highlight a million times," Powell said. "I didn't do any fist pumps or anything. I was just limping around the bases."

Short hops

Shortstop Erick Aybar, who left Friday's game because of dizziness, played Saturday. . . . Torii Hunter turned 34 Saturday, and pitcher Darren Oliver presented him with a cake on his behalf of his teammates. The inscription atop the cake: "Happy Birthday, Spiderman."

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bill.shaikin@latimes.com

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