August 7, 2010 |
Angels: Week Ahead Monday through Wednesday: Kansas City Royals Friday through Sunday: Toronto Blue Jays Time is rapidly running out on the Angels' playoff hopes. But given recent history, it's going to be tough to make up ground any time soon. Although the Angels are six games over .500 in the AL West, they have a losing record against the rest of the league — bad news, given the fact they play only six games in their division over the next month. And beginning with the Blues Jays' series this week, they play 12 consecutive games against clubs with winning records.
May 28, 2011
Class; City; W-L ; Comment UP AAA; Salt Lake; 22-26; OF Chris Pettit hitting .183 in May. AA; Arkansas; 20-21; INF Jon Townsend hitting .360 since promotion from Single A. A; Inland Empire, 29-27; OF Kole Calhoun among league leaders with 10 HRs A; Cedar Rapids; 23-24; RHP Brian Diemer 5-3, 2.49 in 8 starts. R; Orem; 0-0; Season begins June 20.
May 7, 2011
ANGELS Class; City; W-L ; Comment AAA; Salt Lake; 14-14; INF Gil Velazquez ranks second in the league with a .403 average, .468 on-base percentage. AA; Arkansas; 10-13; Top prospect Mike Trout hitting .246 at night, .222 with runners in scoring position. A; Inland Empire, 13-16; Mike Piazza, a cousin of the other Mike Piazza, has 22 strikeouts, 1.93 ERA in 10 relief appearances. A; Cedar Rapids; 18-10; Kernels ranks near the bottom of the league in hitting with a .235 team average.
August 15, 2010
Tuesday through Thursday: at Boston Friday through Sunday: at Minnesota No American League team has been hotter than the Twins in the second half, and it's not hard to see why. Baseball's best-hitting team entered Friday batting .314 and averaging more than six runs a game since the break. Don't blame the Twins' new ballpark, though. Target Field is only slightly smaller than the dreary Metrodome, and although Minnesota has a much better record and a much higher batting average at home, the team has hit more than twice as many home runs on the road.
March 4, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - Hiroyuki Kobayashi has shown a decent split-fingered fastball, which he used to strike out two batters in Sunday's split-squad game against the Chicago Cubs. But he apparently didn't show enough of a fastball to stick with the Angels, who released the Japanese right-hander Monday morning. Manager Mike Scioscia said after Sunday's game that Kobayashi, who gave up a solo home run to Brad Nelson, would have to boost his fastball from the 86-mph range he's been throwing at this spring to 90 or 91 mph. The team obviously was not confident that the 34-year-old right-hander could do that.