March 4, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - Mike Trout saw nothing but fastballs in two at-bats against Texas ace Yu Darvish on Tuesday. They might be the last fastballs the Angels center fielder sees from the Rangers right-hander this season. Trout, who lined out to left field and singled to right against Darvish in a 7-4 Angels victory, has a .321 career average (nine for 28) with four home runs and six runs batted in against Darvish. The four homers are the most by any opposing player against Darvish.
February 23, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - No one in camp is comparing Kevin Jepsen to sidearm-throwing Joe Smith , but there is a noticeable difference in the delivery of the Angels reliever, who has gone from a straight over-the-top motion to a three-quarter-arm slot. "This off-season I thought, 'As a kid, you pick up a rock and throw it, you're going to throw your natural way,' and my natural way is down here," Jepsen said, mimicking his new motion. "Since I had shoulder surgery in 2004, I've been trying to find something that didn't hurt.
June 30, 2013 |
The first fastball hit 97 mph, the second 99 mph, the fourth 101 mph. It's a little too soon to say Jose Dominguez can do for the Dodgers this year what Francisco Rodriguez did for the Angels 11 years ago, but putting a kid fireballer in your bullpen never hurts. Dominguez electrified the Dodger Stadium crowd in his major league debut Sunday, pitching a perfect eighth inning. He threw 10 fastballs, all but the first hitting at least 99 mph, and a nice selection of off-speed pitches.
June 15, 2013 |
Rocket fuel Roger Clemens would have smiled at the highlights from last week's fight night at Dodger Stadium. Not at the punching and shoving, mind you, but at the first bean ball - the one that hit Yasiel Puig in the face. Puig had hit .500 in his first eight games in the major leagues, with four home runs and 10 runs batted in. The Dodgers' phenom might have been a little too comfortable for Clemens, who probably would have welcomed him to the majors by buzzing him with a fastball, high and tight.
June 5, 2013 |
A fastball that touches 96 mph combined with pinpoint control could lead to right-hander Phil Bickford of Westlake Village Oaks Christian becoming a top-10 selection when the first 73 picks of Major League Baseball's amateur draft are made Thursday in Secaucus, N.J. Rounds 3 through 10 will take place Friday, followed by Rounds 11 through 40 on Saturday. The draft begins at 4 p.m. PDT. The Houston Astros have the No. 1 pick, followed by the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers have the 18th pick; the Angels' first choice comes at No. 59. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Bickford has momentum entering the draft after striking out 18 batters, including 11 in a row, Saturday night when Oaks Christian won the Southern Section Division 4 championship with a 4-0 victory over Pico Rivera El Rancho.
May 10, 2013 |
Swing, batter, batter! In less time than it takes to say that phrase, Major League Baseball sluggers have their bat across the plate, and the best of them are golfing the shot over the outfield wall. How does the brain "know" when to swing? Researchers at UC Berkeley believe they've found the internal architecture that lets a batter get ahead of the fastball, and allows the rest of us to pour a beer and find our seat in the stands. They pinpointed a region of the brain's middle temporal complex that can "predict" spatial position ahead of its actual location in the real world.