December 4, 2008 |
It has been an eventful week for Angels infielder Erick Aybar. First, he touched off a bench-clearing brawl Saturday by charging the mound with a bat. Then, playing against the same Dominican winter league opponent three days later, he hit for the cycle and scored the winning run in the 18th inning of a game that ended at 2:51 a.m. The first incident could land Aybar in hot water.
June 5, 2011 |
Last December, Bobby Wilson married a woman he met in 2004 while playing minor league baseball in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. But the Angels' reserve catcher readily admits she was not his first love. Wilson wistfully recalled that his first soul mate had a nice tan, leathery skin and a musky scent he found intoxicating. The two were inseparable for five years. And his wife isn't even jealous. That's because the object of Wilson's affection was a Rawlings infielder's mitt he got when he was 5 years old. "I don't think that glove left my side for five years," says Wilson, 28. "I carried it to school with me. As soon as we got home, we played baseball until dinner.
November 27, 2007 |
Torii Hunter was in Southern California on Monday to undergo a physical, and the Angels' new center fielder, who agreed to a five-year, $90-million contract last week, will be introduced at an Angel Stadium news conference Wednesday. "Everything went very well," Angels spokesman Tim Mead said of Hunter's medical tests. Hunter will be joined at Wednesday's media gathering by pitcher Jon Garland, who was acquired from the Chicago White Sox for shortstop Orlando Cabrera on Nov. 19.
November 23, 2007 |
Angels General Manager Tony Reagins came away from a 10-minute phone conversation with Gary Matthews Jr. on Thursday confident that the veteran would accept a demotion from center field to the corner outfield spots to clear room for Torii Hunter. "He's a professional," Reagins said of Matthews. "He's thinking about his new role, and like a lot of people who are caught by surprise, he's still digesting it. But the bottom line is he wants to win. He reacted the way I thought he would react.
January 16, 2008 |
The Angels haven't thrown a no-hitter in 18 years, but perhaps their most enigmatic pitcher threw the first six innings of a no-hitter in winter ball Monday. Ervin Santana, playing for Licey in the Dominican Republic, combined with fellow major leaguers Damaso Marte and Carlos Marmol in a 2-0 victory. Santana worked the first six innings of the round-robin playoff game, striking out nine and walking two.
April 4, 2010 |
At Angel Stadium Monday, 7 p.m.: Jered Weaver (16-8, 3.75 ERA in 2009) vs. Scott Baker (15-9, 4.36) Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Joe Saunders (16-7, 4.60) vs. Nick Blackburn (11-11, 4.03) Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Ervin Santana (8-8, 5.03) vs. Carl Pavano (5-4, 4.64) Thursday, 7 p.m.: Joel Pineiro (15-12, 3.49) vs. Kevin Slowey (10-3, 4.86) On the air: TV: FS West on Monday and Wednesday; Channel 13 Tuesday and Thursday. Radio: 830, 1330. 2009 series: Angels, 6-4. Opening-day facts: Former Angels outfielder Tim Salmon will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and the national anthem will be sung by 12-year-old Taylor Longbrake, who made her first appearance with the Angels at age 8. Torii Hunter, Brian Fuentes, Howie Kendrick and General Manager Tony Reagins will take part in a pregame ceremony raising the Angels' 2009 American League West championship flag.
July 29, 2008 |
BOSTON -- The Angels appear to be warming to the idea of a rental player, a thawing of their hard-line approach toward short-term fixes that has led them to explore a possible trade for slugger Mark Teixeira . . . again. Though a deal for the Atlanta switch-hitter would probably cost them promising first baseman Casey Kotchman, the Angels believe Teixeira and Vladimir Guerrero would give them a three-four punch comparable to Boston's David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez. Maicer Izturis (.
August 30, 2008 |
The Angels and the Toronto Blue Jays were closing in on a deal Friday that would have returned popular shortstop David Eckstein to Anaheim. But talks stalled, apparently when another club also expressed serious interest in the 2006 World Series most valuable player. "I've had conversations with Toronto about several players. And other clubs about other players," said Angels General Manager Tony Reagins, who declined to address Eckstein's status, saying "any specific player, I'm not going to talk about."
December 11, 2010 |
The Angels agreed to terms with veteran left-handed reliever Scott Downs on a three-year, $15-million contract Friday, a move that adds balance and depth to the bullpen and probably ends speculation the team is pursuing free-agent closer Rafael Soriano. Downs, 34, appeared in 67 games with the Toronto Blue Jays last season, going 5-5 with a 2.64 earned-run average in 61 1/3 innings and a club-record 26 holds. "We're going to continue to look at opportunities to make us better," General Manager Tony Reagins said, "but as far as the bullpen, this is how we're going to look going into spring training.
November 25, 2008 |
The Angels, unwilling to meet Mark Teixeira's desire for a 10-year contract, are in discussions with CC Sabathia and could offer him a contract that approaches the $140-million bid extended to him by the New York Yankees. The Angels appear reluctant to guarantee more than seven years in a contract for Teixeira, said a source familiar with the club's thinking. They appear more likely at this time to pursue Sabathia, with an offer in the range of Johan Santana's six-year, $137.