March 10, 2011 |
After playing six years under an assumed name, Angels first baseman Kendry Morales is getting his identity back. His first name, it turns out, is Kendrys with an "s" on the end. "They've been spelling it wrong," Morales insisted after batting practice Wednesday. In official documents, such as his Cuban birth certificate and manifests the Angels must file for their charter flights, Morales' name has always been spelled Kendrys Morales Rodriguez. But when the Angels signed him to a free-agent deal in 2004, he told then-general manager Bill Stoneman he wanted to drop the "s. " "He was Kendry," Stoneman said.
March 13, 2010 |
Kansas City 12, Angels 3 At the plate: The Angels try to maximize their offense by making what Manager Mike Scioscia calls "productive outs." They did a good job of that Saturday, scoring their three runs on RBI groundouts by Jeff Mathis and Howie Kendrick and Bobby Abreu's sacrifice fly. Switch-hitter Kendry Morales doubled from the left side of the plate and singled from the right side. On the mound: Starter Ervin Santana found a nice rhythm during his three-inning, one-hit, five-strikeout effort, and of his 32 pitches, 23 were strikes.
March 29, 2010
Angels 10, Kansas City 2 Tempe, Ariz. AT THE PLATE: One of Erick Aybar's four hits came during a four-run third inning, a rally that included Jeff Mathis' double, Brandon Wood's RBI double, Bobby Abreu's RBI single, and sacrifice flies by Hideki Matsui and Kendry Morales . Juan Rivera lined an RBI double to left field in the fifth inning, and Wood added an RBI triple to deep center in the sixth....
March 15, 2011 |
AT THE PLATE: Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells hit their first homers of the spring, back-to-back shots, and Mark Trumbo capped a four-run, fourth-inning rally with a two-run homer to left-center, his major league-tying fifth homer of the spring. Trumbo reached for a low-and-away, 0-and-2 pitch from left-hander Wade LeBlanc and drove it over the left-center field wall. Brandon Wood also homered to left in the sixth. ON THE MOUND: Joel Pineiro gave up two-run home runs to Eric Patterson and Ryan Ludwick during a four-inning outing in which he allowed eight hits, struck out five and walked one. The sinker-ball specialist threw a lot more sliders and changeups than he would in a regular-season game.
March 7, 2011 |
Cubs 14, Angels 13 AT THE PLATE: Mark Trumbo had a huge game, going four for four with a mammoth home run and a double that might have traveled 440 feet had it not hit the batter's eye in dead center. Five other Angels had at least two hits, led by Alberto Callaspo (three for four) and Brandon Wood (two for five with a homer, double and three RBIs). ON THE MOUND: Dan Haren looked ready for opening day in an effortless three-inning outing in which he did not allow a ball to leave the infield.
April 20, 2011 |
Reporting from Arlington, Texas — Maicer Izturis has sat out nearly as many games as he has played over the last three seasons, leading some to conclude that the 30-year-old infielder may be too fragile to be an everyday player in the major leagues. That's a conclusion to which the usually reserved Izturis takes exception. Strong exception. "Those are ignorant people who say that," Izturis said. "They don't know the game. I could play 140 games at 90%, 80%. But that's not the way I play.
August 7, 2010 |
Reporting from Detroit — Scott Kazmir was barely audible following his last outing before Friday, so embarrassed was he by giving up a franchise-worst 13 runs. Nearly a month later, the Angels pitcher didn't need to utter one word to convey what his pitching said for him. He's back. In his first start since spending nearly a month on the disabled list because of shoulder fatigue, Kazmir pitched five superb innings at Comerica Park during the Angels' 10-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
March 26, 2012 |
Jerome Williams will begin his long-awaited quest to win the Angels' fifth rotation spot Monday when the veteran right-hander, sidelined for more than three weeks because of a left hamstring strain, starts a triple-A game against the Oakland Athletics in Phoenix. Meanwhile, Williams' primary competition for the job, young right-hander Garrett Richards, will start the 1 p.m. major league game against the Colorado Rockies in Tempe Diablo Stadium. Richards, the organization's top pitching prospect, clearly has the edge--he is 3-0 with a 2.00 earned run average in three spring starts--but Manager Mike Scioscia said Williams still has time to win the job he earned late last season, when he went 4-0 with a 3.68 ERA in 10 games after an Aug. 17 promotion to the big leagues.
March 28, 2012 |
The Cincinnati Reds called the Angels on Tuesday afternoon and told them pitcher Bronson Arroyo wanted to hit Wednesday, eliminating the designated hitter from an exhibition game against the Angels in Goodyear Ballpark. That took three or four at-bats in a major league game away from Angels slugger Kendrys Morales, who was planning to DH against the Reds, but it was probably for the best. After collecting two hits in four at-bats of a triple-A game against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday, Morales, who is poised to return this season after missing almost two years because of a broken left ankle, said through a translator that he was "tired, I need a day off. " He will not play in a minor league game.
October 2, 2010 |
Assuming it lasts through the weekend, the most amazing achievement of the season will be David Eckstein's error-free season. The Padres second baseman had played 110 games without an error and had only two in 241 games the last two seasons ? Since becoming the Royals closer in August 2007, Joakim Soria has a better save percentage than Mariano Rivera . The Royals may one day deal him, but they'd have to be blown away to do that this winter ? Major league clubs are preparing for a bidding war over Yu Darvish , the stylish kid pitcher from Japan.