April 24, 2011 |
The Angels have had few explanations as to why the Boston Red Sox, the team they swept in the 2009 American League division series, keep pummeling them. "Some games we haven't played to our potential," Manager Mike Scioscia said before the game. "Some of the games they've just come out here and beat us. They've taken it to us last year and this year. " And again Saturday, when the Red Sox won, 5-0, in front of 40,025 at Angel Stadium. "No matter whether we're 0-19 against Boston, as long as we win the division, that's all I care about," outfielder Torii Hunter said.
May 2, 2010
Left-hander Alan Embree has been designated for assignment by the Boston Red Sox, who needed to make room on their roster to bring Daisuke Matsuzaka off the disabled list on Saturday night. Embree pitched for the 2004 Red Sox team that won the World Series but never threw a pitch for Boston in his second stint with the club. He was signed to a minor league contract on March 20 and struggled during spring training. The 40-year-old veteran began the season at triple-A Pawtucket and was activated by the Red Sox on Wednesday, but didn't pitch in the two games he was on the roster.
April 27, 2010 |
Ryan Howard preferred securing his future in Philadelphia to testing free agency in two years. The slugging first baseman agreed to a $125-million, five-year contract extension Monday that could keep him with the Phillies until 2017. The 30-year-old Howard will make $20 million each in 2012 and 2013 and $25 million annually from 2014-16. The Phillies have a $23-million club option for 2017 with a $10-million buyout. The two-time All-Star led the Phillies to two straight trips to the World Series, winning a championship in 2008.
August 16, 2009 |
Classic problem for pitchers Maybe it's just a coincidence, but nearly two dozen of the big league pitchers who participated in last spring's World Baseball Classic have landed on the disabled list this season, including six of 15 who pitched for the U.S. One of those was the Angels' Scot Shields , who was largely ineffective through 20 appearances (1-3, 6.62 earned-run average) before having season-ending surgery on his left knee. The Angels wondered whether Shields' slow start, if not the injury, was a product of his five relief appearances in the WBC in March.
June 22, 2009 |
Struggling Boston Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka was put on the 15-day disabled list Sunday and could be sidelined much longer. "This is not going to be a two-week DL," Manager Terry Francona said. "We have to figure this out. We have a lot of work ahead of us to get him back to being Daisuke." In eight starts, Matsuzaka is 1-5 with an 8.23 earned-run average and an opponents' batting average of .378. Last season, he was 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA and a major league-best .
June 3, 2009 |
Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched five effective innings to win for the first time this season and Boston Manager Terry Francona earned his 500th victory Tuesday night as the Red Sox defeated the Tigers, 5-1. Francona became the third Boston manager to reach that plateau with the Red Sox, joining Joe Cronin (1,071) and Mike Higgins (560). Matsuzaka (1-3), in his third start since a five-week stint on the disabled list, came into the game with an 8.