February 26, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Josh Hamilton is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut today, his first game appearance since signing a $125-million contract with the Angels last winter. Hamilton is set to play left field and bat fourth, with the Angels rolling out something of a varsity lineup for the first time this spring. The only regular not in the lineup is Albert Pujols, who is rehabilitating from knee surgery. Manager Mike Scioscia said he expects Pujols to play in Cactus League games within two weeks, in plenty of time to be ready for opening day. The lineup includes third baseman Alberto Callaspo, whom Scioscia said reported to camp 18 to 20 pounds above his playing weight.
March 17, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- C.J. Wilson became the first Angels pitcher to work into the sixth inning, holding San Diego to a run on five hits through 5 1/3 innings of a 7-4 Cactus League win over the Padres on Sunday It was the second strong outing of the spring for Wilson, who gave up a run in three innings in his last Cactus League game 10 days earlier. "I thought he was excellent," Manager Mike Scioscia said of Wilson. "For one stretch he was getting under his changeup a little bit and it was elevated.
March 6, 1999 |
Chuck Finley felt a little stiffness in his back after throwing off the mound Thursday and was scratched from today's scheduled Cactus League start against Oakland. Omar Olivares will start today, and Collins said Finley will probably pitch Sunday. . . . Vaughn caught a little flak from some fans when he didn't run hard to first on a grounder that was bobbled, but Collins, who yanked Garret Anderson from a game last summer for not hustling, didn't mind.
June 20, 1991 |
Kansas City Royal Manager Hal McRae was suspended for two games for bumping umpire Dale Scott. An American League official said McRae has indicated he will appeal the suspension, so it will be delayed until the appeal can be heard. The incident occurred during the 12th inning of a 4-3, 18-inning victory over Texas at Kansas City on June 6. McRae argued with Scott, who was umpiring third base, after three consecutive close calls went against the Royals.
March 17, 2011 |
AT THE PLATE: Matt Kemp hit his team-leading third home run. The Dodgers erased a two-run deficit and moved into the lead in the eighth inning, when Hector Gimenez and Gabe Kapler hit back-to-back home runs. The team with the lowest spring average of any major league team at the start of the day, the Dodgers pounded out 12 hits. ON THE MOUND: Chad Billingsley gave up three runs and four hits over five innings, but said he was pleased with the way he threw his changeup and curveball.
March 18, 2010
Dodgers 7, Chicago Cubs 3 At Phoenix AT THE PLATE: Manny Ramirez hit a first-inning home run off Ryan Dempster that also scored Matt Kemp, who had doubled. Blake DeWitt, vying for the Dodgers' second-base job, singled home a run in the sixth inning and Reed Johnson added a three-run homer in the seventh. ON THE MOUND:Starter Chad Billingsleygave up one run on five hits in 4 2/3 innings of work. Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger, among those trying for the fifth spot in the rotation, gave up one run in two innings and got the win. EXTRA BASES: Ramirez started in left field, played four innings and made a leaping catch of a long fly hit by Tyler Colvin.
April 2, 2009 |
Manager Mike Scioscia all but confirmed to reporters this week that he would open the season with a rotation of Joe Saunders, Dustin Moseley, Shane Loux, Jered Weaver and Nick Adenhart. And those five will apparently be the last to know. "Everyone seems to have an idea, but no one seems to know," said Loux, who gave up three runs -- two earned -- and six hits in five innings of a 5-4 exhibition loss to Texas on Wednesday.
March 7, 2013 |
PHOENIX -- Josh Beckett, throwing on a short rest, looked sharp in a four-inning effort against a team of Dodger minor leaguers Thursday. Beckett gave up three hits -- one that never left the infield and another that bounced over the mound and into center field -- and struck out three. He threw 58 pitches and did not allow a run. Beckett's regular pitching day was moved up 24 hours, Manager Don Mattingly said, to get him on a more favorable schedule heading into the season. Beckett, who has been emphasizing his off-speed pitches more this spring, threw a number of sharp breaking pitches.
March 9, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels will play their Cactus League game against Colorado on Saturday without Manager Mike Scioscia, who flew to Philadelphia on Friday to attend a family funeral, a team spokesman said. Bench Coach Rob Picciolo will manage the team in his place. Scioscia is expected to be back in Tempe on Sunday. The lineup Picciolo inherited was the best the Angels have used this spring, with nine regulars expected to play. Only shortstop Erick Aybar was missing from the batting order.