March 26, 2011 |
Angels 6, Chicago White Sox 3 AT THE PLATE: Brandon Wood hit a two-run double to left-center in the first inning, giving him 11 runs batted in this spring, and Mark Trumbo hit a two-run double to deep center in the fifth, giving him a team-leading 16 RBIs. Alberto Callaspo had two hits and a run, and Alexi Amarista hit a solo homer. ON THE MOUND: Jered Weaver looked sharp in his final tuneup before his season-opening start Thursday at Kansas City, giving up one earned run and three hits in 4 1/3 innings, striking out four and walking two. Michael Kohn had a quick sixth ?
March 24, 2011 |
AT THE PLATE: Brandon Wood hit a two-run single in the sixth inning and a two-run home run to left, his fourth of the spring, in the eighth. Peter Bourjos and Maicer Izturis hit back-to-back homers in the third. Izturis had three hits, and Alberto Callaspo had two hits and two runs batted in. ON THE MOUND: Reliever Fernando Rodney, pitching for the second consecutive day, retired only one of the five batters he faced, allowing two hits, two walks and a run. Kevin Jepsen, slowed by tightness in his left hip this week, threw a scoreless eighth, and Jordan Walden threw a scoreless seventh.
March 20, 2011 |
Reporting from Scottsdale, Ariz. Brandon Wood has put himself in a decent position to make the team, but the way Angels Manager Mike Scioscia spoke of the infielder Sunday, his chances appear slim despite his seven-for-20 stretch with two home runs, a triple and a double in the last eight days. "He's put his best foot forward the last 20 at-bats," Scioscia said. "But there is a lot of competition for roster spots, and a lot of things are out of a player's control. " Wood, once considered one of baseball's top prospects, is trying to rebuild his career after batting .146 in 2010.
March 19, 2011
CLEVELAND 10, ANGELS 7 AT THE PLATE: Howie Kendrick responded to a 4-0 Angels deficit by lining a bases-loaded, full-count pitch to right field for a two-run single, an error allowing a third run to score. Bobby Abreu knocked in Kendrick with a single. Alberto Callaspo had an RBI triple in the seventh to answer a 7-4 deficit. Brandon Wood continued his positive late spring with two hits, a walk and two runs. ON THE MOUND: Three of the four walks allowed by Scott Kazmir led to Cleveland runs on doubles by Chad Huffman and Austin Kearns.
March 18, 2011 |
AT THE PLATE: After being shut out on two hits, the Angels beefed up their lineup against San Diego with everyday players. No. 3 hitter Bobby Abreu slammed a first-inning, opposite-field home run to left off former Angels right-hander Dustin Moseley and another homer (to right-center) in the fifth off reliever Greg Burke. Erick Aybar added two hits, including a run-scoring triple and run in the second. Third baseman Brandon Wood drove a two-run homer to left-center off Moseley, who was touched for six runs before the subs migrated into the game.
March 14, 2011 |
Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. Right-hander Rich Thompson is making a strong case that he deserves one of the final two spots available in the Angels bullpen this season. In his latest outing, Monday in a "B" squad game with the Colorado Rockies, Thompson set the side down in order on three ground balls and has yet to give up a run in five spring appearances. "We see what he's done. We see the progress from where he was even two years ago to where he is now," said Manager Mike Scioscia , who will make the call on whether Thompson stays or goes.
March 13, 2011 |
Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. Tim Salmon is among the main protagonists in the Angels' record book. He's the franchise leader in home runs and walks. And he ranks second in 11 offensive categories, including games played, hits, runs scored and runs driven in. But all that came thisclose to never happening, says Salmon, who nearly walked away from baseball after struggling through a difficult season at double A. Looking back, he says learning to deal with those difficulties played a big part in his major league success.
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 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.