February 22, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels open Cactus League play Saturday with split-squad games, to the displeasure of Manager Mike Scioscia. "A split-squad the first day is absurd," Scioscia said. "It just makes no sense. " With 15 teams in the Cactus League, at least one split-squad game must be scheduled each day in order for every team to play. That is imperative on weekends, when games attract the largest crowds. From an on-field standpoint, Scioscia said he would prefer a day off, even if the Angels had to open their schedule one day earlier.
February 23, 2013
Chicago Cubs 11, Angels 2 San Francisco 4, Angels 1 AT THE PLATE: Erick Aybar scored one of the Angels' runs and drove in the other against the Cubs. Hank Conger drove in a run. In the other split-squad game, against the Giants, non-roster outfielder Matt Young, selected best hustler in the double-A Southern League in 2009, was three for three. ON THE MOUND: Jerome Williams, in his first spring game since 2009 - he was in Taiwan in 2010, in independent ball in 2011 and injured last year - pitched two innings and gave up one run, a home run. "I got the first homer out of the way. That was pretty cool," said Williams, projected as a long reliever and spot starter.
March 4, 2013 |
PHOENIX - The Angels absorbed another Cactus League beating Monday, their 13-5 exhibition loss to the Oakland Athletics in Phoenix Municipal Stadium dropping their spring record to 1-8-2, but several front-line players had productive afternoons. Vernon Wells, a reserve outfielder who hopes to push Peter Bourjos for playing time, hit his second home run of the spring, a three-run shot to left-center field off All-Star reliever Ryan Cook in the fifth inning. “He's having good at-bats and seeing the ball well,” Manager Mike Scioscia said of Wells.
March 7, 2010 |
If you think change is the only constant, spring training in Arizona will fit nicely with your belief system. From its humble beginnings as a two-team hideaway in 1947, Arizona has enjoyed growth spurts that have made it competitive with Florida's Citrus League, to the delight of Southern California fans who are much closer to their teams. The Cincinnati Reds jumped ship to Arizona this year, bringing to 15 the number of teams in each league. Their new home is the Goodyear Ballpark , a $108-million facility it shares with the Cleveland Indians, who made the move last spring.
March 12, 2012 |
Break up the Dodgers! They're a juggernaut, an unstoppable baseball force, a superhuman sports power that your children's children will one day sing about. The Dodgers beat the Angels, 9-1, on Monday in Tempe, like they ever do much of anything else. That left them leading the Cactus League, and all teams in National League, this spring with a 6-1-2 record. Only the Tigers (6-1-3) can feign being at their lofty heights. Somebody needs to investigate the Dodgers' March 6 loss to the evil Giants.
February 12, 2011 |
They are four ordinary words: "Pitchers and catchers report. " To baseball fans, however, the words carry an almost magical connotation. The spring comes alive, even in an otherwise unremarkable photograph of a pitcher playing catch. The season soon will be upon us, but not before six weeks of optimism among fans of even the weakest teams. Pitchers and catchers begin reporting to training camps Sunday. That's when the Angels start up. The Dodgers are due in Wednesday. The first spring training games are less than two weeks away.