May 30, 2012 |
It's rare for major leaguers to embrace moral victories, but the Angels, who spent April grasping for any kind of positives, easily wrapped their arms around one Wednesday night. Yes, their eight-game winning streak ended with a 6-5 loss to the New York Yankees, the decisive run scoring in the sixth inning when Raul Ibanez tripled off reliever Hisanori Takahashi and Nick Swisher hit a sacrifice fly to break a 5-5 tie. But the Angels, who were so impotent in April they seemed incapable of mounting any kind of comeback, did not go down without a fight.
May 28, 2012 |
Angel ace Jered Weaver came out of Monday's game after 12 pitches, injuring his lower back while throwing a first-inning strike to New York Yankees cleanup hitter Robinson Cano. After delivering a 1-0 pitch, Weaver leaped off the mound in pain. Manager Mike Scioscia and a trainer ran out to Weaver, who tried to talk them into leaving him in the game. But after tossing a warmup pitch to catcher Bobby Wilson, it was obvious Weaver was in too much pain to continue. Frustrated, he walked off the mound and into the clubhouse.
April 14, 2012 |
NEW YORK - C.J. Wilson was winless in his first four career starts against the New York Yankees, and he and his agent were shut out by the club last winter when their request to make a free-agent recruiting trip to the Bronx was denied. Wilson signed a five-year, $77.5-million deal with the Angels in December, and on Saturday he showed New York what it missed out on, allowing one run and six hits in six innings and wiggling out of several jams to lead the Angels to a 7-1 victory in Yankee Stadium.
September 25, 2011 |
If misery loves company, the Boston Red Sox may have found a dance partner in the Angels, who suffered an epic collapse of their own on Sunday and watched their playoff hopes slip away. Rookie closer Jordan Walden melted down in the ninth inning, throwing away a potential game-ending double-play grounder and failing to hold a three-run lead in a devastating 6-5 loss to the Oakland Athletics in Angel Stadium. The Angels fell three games behind Boston in the American League wild-card race with three to play after the Red Sox stopped their September free fall by gaining a split of a doubleheader against the New York Yankees on Sunday.
September 11, 2011 |
At just 20 years old, Angels star rookie Mike Trout isn't that far removed from his childhood. The outfielder was especially close to it Saturday when he got to meet his boyhood idol, Derek Jeter . "I was a big Jeter fan growing up," Trout said Sunday before the Angels' 6-5 loss to the New York Yankees. Both hail from New Jersey and Trout grew up playing shortstop, as Jeter does for the Yankees. So when Trout doubled to left field in the sixth inning Saturday, he was met with a nice surprise when Jeter walked over to second base, slapped him on his rear and started chatting him up. Trout said Jeter said hello, asked how old Trout was, and Trout then mentioned he was from New Jersey, which Jeter was glad to hear.
August 24, 2011 |
It was a week ago that the Angels badly needed a boost. So did John Rountree. The Angels had lost seven of their previous eight games, the most recent three to the team they were chasing in the American League West race, the Texas Rangers. After a 4-3 loss Aug. 17 at Angel Stadium, they trailed the Rangers by seven games with 38 to go. Not insurmountable, but the fat lady was warming up her voice. Fans were writing them off. Columnists too. Such as this one. Rountree actually needed more than a boost, more like a miracle.
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July 9, 2011 |
Mark Whitehead, a member of the U.S. track cycling team that participated in blood doping during the 1984 Summer Olympics, creating a scandal that led to the practice being banned from the sport, has died. He was 50. Whitehead died in Frisco, Texas, while attending the USA Cycling Junior Track National Championships, USA Cycling announced Wednesday . The organization said no further details were available. His 20 national championships included the team pursuit in 1984, which contributed to his being chosen for the U.S. squad that competed in the Los Angeles Games, the cycling website VeloNews reported . Encouraged by their coach — and less than a week before the Olympics — Whitehead and seven other members of the U.S. cycling team took "advantage of the dubious practice called blood boosting," David Wallechinsky wrote in "The Complete Book of the Olympics.
June 24, 2011 |
Angels outfielder Torii Hunter had appeared in all 76 of the club's games until sitting out Friday against the Dodgers after he suffered a rib bruise Wednesday. Manager Mike Scioscia said Hunter, who left Wednesday's game at Florida in the fifth inning after crashing into the right-field wall as he made a catch, probably will miss a couple of days. Hunter is listed as day-to-day after X-rays taken Thursday came back negative. Scioscia also said reliever Fernando Rodney , who was eligible to come off the disabled list Friday, needs more time before returning from upper-back tightness that has sidelined him since June 9. The right-hander was scheduled to play catch Friday and Scioscia said they hope to have him throwing off the mound early next week.
May 23, 2011 |
I wasn't rooting for the end of the world over the weekend, though there was some disappointment knowing I had no choice now but to join the Angels. You know — the ones down here who struggle so to be halfway decent Angels. The thing is, there is just nothing going on in Los Angeles, so there's nothing else to write about. I checked the Internet all the way up to game time, a little disappointed Kareem hadn't taken a sledgehammer to Magic or Jerry West's likenesses. It's so bad right now, I found myself looking for some golf tournament or horse race to write about instead of a baseball team that can't score.
May 11, 2011 |
Hoping to distance myself from the nattering nabobs of negativism (Lakers fans), I hop a train to Anaheim, namely the Angels Express — seven bucks, round trip from L.A.'s Union Station. You can't buy a gallon of gas for that. Well, almost. With me are two of L.A.'s resident psycho-satirists, Rob and Rich, a lawyer and a doctor, the kind of people you'd like to be with for three or four hours, not much more. Psycho-satirists are like psychotherapists, but they have a more twisted view of things.