September 26, 2010
Monday through Wednesday: vs. Oakland Athletics Thursday through Sunday: at Texas Rangers Fittingly, the Angels' three-year reign as American League West Division champions will end in Texas, where a new king will be crowned. But the Angels didn't wait for this season to end before starting to work on the next one, holding their annual organization meetings during the team's final homestand. And after missing the postseason for the first time since 2006, expect the Angels' lengthy winter to-do list to include finding a leadoff hitter — a focus that will likely center on free-agent outfielder Carl Crawford . — Kevin Baxter
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.
May 16, 2010
Monday and Tuesday: at Texas Wednesday and Thursday: at Chicago White Sox Friday through Sunday: at St. Louis Angels pitchers get to hit for the first time this season when the team opens interleague play Friday in St. Louis. And if they need an example of how it's done, all they have to do is break out the video of what happened last time they played at Busch Stadium, when Albert Pujols hit three home runs and drove in seven runs in three games. Joel Pineiro, who won 15 games for the Cardinals last season, is scheduled to start Friday's opener against his former teammates.
March 14, 2013 |
Angels 12, Chicago White Sox 4 AT THE PLATE: Mike Trout hit his first home run of the spring and scored three times, and Howie Kendrick and Albert Pujols each had two hits. Kendrick extended his spring hitting streak to 11 starts and raised his average to .485. For Trout, who also had a double and is batting .407, the three runs gave him 11 in as many games. ON THE MOUND: Jason Vargas had his best outing of the spring, setting down the first seven batters in order and allowing only three runners to reach base in 4 2/3 innings.
July 17, 2010
In the Company of Angels A Novel Thomas E. Kennedy Bloomsbury: 278 pp., $25
April 6, 2012 |
No offensive outburst yet in Anaheim. Through four and a half innings, Kansas City Royals pitcher Bruce Chen is matching Angels ace Jered Weaver in a scoreless tie. Chen has retired Angels' free-agent slugger Albert Pujols twice: a double-play line drive to shortstop and foul pop fly to third base. After Pujols' anticipated first at-bat closed with a line drive that Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar gloved and turned into a double play, the first at-bat by Kendrys Morales after he fractured his ankle celebrating a game-winning home run in 2010 was also anti-climactic: a double-play grounder to Escobar.