September 27, 2012 |
The Oakland Athletics' hopes of winning the American League West were dashed Thursday with their 9-7 loss to the first-place Texas Rangers, who now have a four-game lead over Oakland with six games to play. But the Athletics still are clinging to the second AL wild-card berth by two games over the Angels - who failed to capitalize on the Athletics' loss with a 9-4 loss of their own to the Seattle Mariners - and the Tampa Bay Rays. Oakland now has three games with the Mariners starting Friday while the Angels play three with Texas.
August 20, 2012 |
The Angels held a 30-minute players-only meeting to, as Manager Mike Scioscia said, "clear the air" after Saturday night's stunning 10-8 loss to the Rays. The Angels pounded out 13 hits, including homers by Mike Trout and Albert Pujols , in the first three innings to take an 8-0 lead and seemed well on their way to a potentially tide-turning win. But C.J. Wilson was rocked for seven runs and five hits, including Ben Zobrist 's three-run double and Evan Longoria 's two-run homer, and two walks in the fifth; Jason Isringhausen gave up the score-tying run in the sixth; and Kevin Jepsen gave up a tiebreaking two-run homer to Carlos Pena in the eighth.
August 17, 2012 |
Dan Haren's pride took a hit in July when the durable Angels right-hander went on the disabled list for the first time in his career, ending a run of eight seasons without missing a start. His ego might take the equivalent of a Mike Tyson shot to the solar plexus if he is skipped in or pulled from the rotation, both possibilities after another shaky start in Thursday night's 7-0 loss to Tampa Bay in Angel Stadium. Haren was rocked for five runs and seven hits, including solo homers by Ben Zobrist and B.J. Upton, in 32/3 innings, giving the Angels no chance against Rays left-hander David Price, who gave up three hits and struck out eight in seven scoreless innings.
August 12, 2012 |
The Rays have been scoring three-quarters of a run more with Evan Longoria in their lineup than without him this year. He's back, but for the time being is limited to DH duties and unlikely to play more than three or four games in a row before resting his hamstrings. Don't pencil in Angels rookie Mike Trout for the Hall of Fame just yet. One other player had a 20 homer, 30 stolen base season before age 22, and Cesar Cedeno ended his 17-year career with 199 homers and 550 stolen bases.
September 29, 2011 |
Game 1: Today, 2 p.m., TBS Tampa Bay (LHP Matt Moore 1-0, 2.89) at Texas (LHP C.J. Wilson, 16-7, 2.94) Game 2: Saturday, 4 p.m., TNT Tampa Bay (RHP James Shields, 16-12, 2.82) at Texas (LHP Derek Holland (16-5, 3.95) Game 3: Monday, 2 p.m., TBS Texas (RHP Colby Lewis, 14-10, 4.40) at Tampa Bay (RHP Jeremy Hellickson, 13-10, 2.95) Game 4*: Tuesday, TBA Texas (LHP Matt Harrison, 14-9, 3.39) at Tampa Bay (LHP David Price, 12-13, 3.49)
September 28, 2011 |
Let's see the playoffs top that. On what was the most nail-biting conclusion to a regular season in baseball history, the St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays completed two of the greatest stretch runs to win the National and American league wild-card playoff berths while the Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox suffered the two most spectacular September collapses of all time. But what happened isn't nearly as dramatic as how. Tampa Bay, which trailed 7-0 in the eighth inning, clinched its playoff berth by beating the New York Yankees, 8-7, when Evan Longoria homered in the 12th, just minutes after the Red Sox blew a ninth-inning lead and lost in Baltimore, 4-3. In the National League, the Braves coughed up the lead in the ninth and the game in the 13th, falling to the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-3, and giving the NL's wild-card spot to the Cardinals, who shut out Houston, 8-0, earlier in the night.