April 7, 2014 |
HOUSTON - Josh Hamilton has a little more bounce in his step these days, which is understandable. The Angels left fielder is batting .500 (12 for 24) with two home runs and six runs batted in through seven games, and he drew three walks in a game for the first time since 2009 and only the fourth time in his career Monday in a 9-1 victory over the Houston Astros in Minute Maid Park. The hot start on the heels of a dismal 2013 may have something to do with the bounce that has returned to Hamilton's stance, a timing mechanism that has helped the normally free-swinging slugger "slow the game down," see the ball better and lay off the pitches he often got himself out on last season.
April 4, 2014 |
Angels 11, Astros 1 KEY MOMENT: Angels starter Garrett Richards wobbled in the fifth when he walked Jose Altuve with the bases loaded and two outs, trimming the Angels' lead to 5-1. Richards caught a huge break when a hanging 0-and-2 curve was lined a few feet foul by cleanup batter Mark Krauss. Richards then struck out Krauss looking at a curve to end a grueling 10-pitch at-bat. AT THE PLATE: The Angels had 17 hits in their first three games against Seattle. They had 15 Friday night, including Mike Trout's solo homer, Josh Hamilton's three-run homer and Kole Calhoun's two-run homer.
March 28, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Cable-television shows about baseball are as common this time of year as a slow-footed first baseman or a hard-throwing leftie. But what about a series in which studio hosts drool over the big numbers a player puts up on…Twitter? Or cite an All-Star hitter's unexpected approach to… walk-up music? That's the premise of "Off the Bat From the MLB Fan Cave," a pop culture-infused look at America's pastime backed by Major League Baseball and produced and aired by MTV2.
March 21, 2014 |
ANGELS 7, ROYALS 3 AT THE PLATE: Mike Trout had two hits, raising his Cactus League batting average to .409. Raul Ibanez went hitless in three at-bats, lowering his average to .194. Kole Calhoun and Chris Iannetta each hit home runs. ON THE MOUND: C.J. Wilson needed 99 pitches to work 52/3 innings, giving up three runs - one earned - and striking out nine. The Angels used the back end of their bullpen in regular-season fashion, with Kevin Jepsen pitching a scoreless seventh, Joe Smith a scoreless eighth, and closer Ernesto Frieri a scoreless ninth.
March 20, 2014 |
SYDNEY, Australia -- With left-hander Wade Miley pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks on opening day, Justin Turner will start in place of Dee Gordon at second base for the Dodgers on Saturday at Sydney Cricket Ground. Turner bats right-handed and Gordon left-handed. Right fielder Yasiel Puig will bat leadoff, according to Manager Don Mattingly. Puig will be followed, in order, by Turner, shortstop Hanley Ramirez, Gonzalez, left fielder Scott Van Slyke, third baseman Juan Uribe, center fielder Andre Ethier, catcher A.J. Ellis and pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
March 16, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - Chris Iannetta looked over to the dugout for the sign. The Angels catcher could see a hand with wiggling fingers, but he struggled to count the number of fingers. "I couldn't tell between two and three," he said. That is worrisome enough for anyone and quite the occupational hazard when your job involves catching and hitting baseballs at speeds approaching 100 mph. Iannetta struggled last summer to keep his batting average above the Mendoza Line. "I felt out of shape," he said.