April 27, 2013 |
Former Dodgers and Angels are playing roles for teams all around the major leagues. Times staff writer Kevin Baxter ranks the teams and provides updates on them. (Statistics through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses): 1. TEXAS Ex-Dodgers Adrian Beltre (four HRs), Derek Lowe (1-0 in five games) making contributions. (7) 2. ATLANTA Former Dodger Reed Johnson hitting .250 off the Braves' bench. (1) 3. ST. LOUIS Dodgers helped St. Louis to a title when they sent Rafael Furcal there in 2011.
April 23, 2013 |
A frustration-filled game ended in jubilation for the Angels on Tuesday night when Howie Kendrick hit the team's second walk-off home run in three days, a solo shot to center that gave the Angels a 5-4, 11-inning victory over the Texas Rangers. "It's a great feeling to know you can leave the other team on the field, but to get the victory is the most important thing," Kendrick said after his fourth career walk-off hit. "Any game against these guys is really tough because neither team lays down.
April 5, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The regular season is four games old, a tiny sample size, but it already has a familiar ring. As in 2012, when they lost 14 of their first 20 games, the Angels - especially the sluggers in the middle of the order - are struggling at the plate, leaving little margin for error for everyone else. Texas got the best of former Rangers star Josh Hamilton and the Angels on Friday, with Ian Kinsler hitting a two-out, run-scoring single to right field in the eighth inning that lifted Texas to a 3-2 victory at the Ballpark in Arlington.
September 25, 2012 |
The Angels curse Adrian Beltre. The Angels toast Adrian Beltre. They could hang on his every at-bat the rest of the way. If the toasts outnumber the curses, the Angels just might live to see the playoffs after all. The Dodgers? They're on life support. That is where the Angels were five days ago, when Beltre hit a mammoth ninth-inning home run in Anaheim, the one that appeared to lower the curtain of doom over the home team. The Angels were 4 1/2 games out of a playoff spot with 13 to play, and the fat lady was warming up in the bullpen.
September 21, 2012 |
This little two-man relay team the Angels have forged with Zack Greinke and Ernesto Frieri is not going to work as long as the anchor man keeps dropping the baton. In a near carbon copy of Saturday's gut-wrenching loss in Kansas City, Greinke handed the ball to Frieri after a superb effort, and that ball was deposited way beyond an outfield wall by an opposing slugger. This time it was Adrian Beltre who drove yet another dagger into the Angels' fading playoff hopes, crushing a Frieri slider for a two-run home run to left field in the top of the ninth inning to lift the Texas Rangers to a 3-1 victory Thursday night in Angel Stadium.
September 19, 2012 |
The Texas Rangers will be without middle-of-the-order sluggers Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre for Wednesday night's game against the Angels; Hamilton suffering from vision problems and Beltre from intestinal issues that prevented him from coming to the stadium. But the Angels got their No. 3 hitter back. Albert Pujols is in the lineup after missing Tuesday night's 11-3 win over the Rangers to remain in Missouri with his wife, Deidre, who gave birth to the couple's fifth child, a daughter named Esther Grace, Sunday morning in Kansas City.