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Angels players reflect on stadium security after Boston Marathon bombings

Minnesota Twins do not beef up security but reiterate their normal measures before Monday's game. 'We don't think about it every day. It's out of our control,' Angels catcher Chris Iannetta says.

April 15, 2013|By Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times
  • Police officers and Target Field security patrolled the plaza in front of Target Field before the game.
Police officers and Target Field security patrolled the plaza in front… (Craig Lassig / EPA )

MINNEAPOLIS — The bombings at the Boston Marathon didn't so much heighten concern or raise fears among the Angels as much as affirm what they have felt for a while, that as professional athletes playing America's pastime they could be targets.

"If somebody is crazy enough, you can probably do quite a bit of damage because there are just certain places that are pretty exposed," slugger Mark Trumbo said. "I think, by and large, there is a good level of security in stadiums, but I don't think anybody is 100% safe unless you're the President and have 24/7 security."

The Minnesota Twins did not beef up security for Monday night's game against the Angels, but in a statement the team reiterated its normal measures, which include sweeps with bomb-sniffing dogs every homestand, inspection of garbage cans before each game and ongoing contact with Department of Homeland Security officials regarding potential threats.

"It's a difficult situation," Angels catcher Chris Iannetta said. "Your thoughts and prayers go out to the families who are affected, all the people who are involved. But we're Americans. We have to go on living. You don't want something like that to be the focus, to be something that's going to derail your life.

"You can't be fearful about it. We don't think about it every day. It's out of our control. Everyone has been more vigilant in the last decade, but you can't prevent everything."

Holding pattern

Manager Mike Scioscia said the Angels will "get through" the three-game series against the Twins without Alberto Callaspo and make a decision after Thursday's off day whether to put the third baseman , who hit .273 in his first nine games, on the disabled list.

Callaspo, who has not played since injuring his right calf Thursday night, took ground balls for the first time Monday and began hitting over the weekend. But he has not begun jogging.

"It's still tight, but it's feeling better," Callaspo said through an interpreter. "It doesn't hurt hitting from either side of the plate. It just hurts fielding grounders."

Short hops

Right fielder Josh Hamilton committed his second error of the season — and the team's 12th error — Monday night, bobbling Oswaldo Arcia's second-inning single. The miscue allowed Arcia to take second but it did not cost the Angels a run. … Shortstop Erick Aybar, on the disabled list because of a bruised left heel, traveled to Arizona to continue his physical therapy. He is not expected to resume baseball activities until late this week. … Jered Weaver, on the DL because of a broken bone in his left (non-throwing) elbow, accompanied the team to Minnesota. The range of motion in Weaver's left arm continues to improve, but he remains several days away from playing catch.... Roving outfield coordinator Ty Boykin filled in for first-base coach Alfredo Griffin on Monday night as Griffin, a native of the Dominican Republic, applied for U.S. citizenship. Griffin is expected to be in Minnesota in time for Tuesday night's game.

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