April 14, 2011 |
Mike Scioscia used to go entire seasons without a left-handed reliever, so having two capable lefties in Scott Downs and Hisanori Takahashi is something of a luxury for the Angels manager. "You don't have to save your one lefty for that perfect matchup," said Downs, who was activated off the disabled list Monday after sitting out a month because of a broken left big toe. "If you need that big out [against a left-handed slugger] in the sixth inning, you can use a lefty there.
July 31, 2012 |
ARLINGTON, Texas — The Angels' bullpen suffered a major blow Tuesday when Scott Downs was put on the 15-day disabled list because of shoulder strain, an injury that could sideline the veteran left-hander for several weeks. "We're comfortable with the fact this won't push him back too far, but he might need a couple of weeks for this to settle down," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "Right now, it's a minor issue, and we want to keep it that way. " Downs, 37, was replaced on the roster by left-hander Hisanori Takahashi , who was called up from triple-A Salt Lake and joined the team for Tuesday night's game against the Texas Rangers.
May 15, 2011 |
Reporting from Arlington, Texas Only one American League rotation has a better earned-run average than the Angels' quintet. And no American League rookie has more saves than the Angels' Jordan Walden. But the bridge linking one to the other remains under construction, as Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Texas Rangers proved once again. The Angels have tried half of their bullpen in the eighth-inning role this season, with the result being a league-high eight blown saves and seven losses.
August 29, 2011 |
Reporting from Seattle -- Only three teams in baseball have gotten fewer innings out of their bullpen than the Angels this season. And that's only partly because of a lack of opportunity. The main culprit is a lack of confidence in some of the team's relievers, a depth problem that came back to bite the Angels again Monday in a 5-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners. This time it was left-hander Hisanori Takahashi who failed to deliver, giving up a tiebreaking eighth-inning home run to Mike Carp that pushed the second-place Angels half a game further back of idle Texas in the American League West.
March 5, 2011
Angels 3, White Sox 1 AT THE PLATE: Vernon Wells, Howie Kendrick and Mark Trumbo each had two hits to lead an eight-hit attack. Wells also scored twice, Kendrick drove in two runs and each of them had a stolen base. One of Trumbo's hits was a double. ON THE MOUND: Scott Kazmir pitched three scoreless innings and left-handed reliever Scott Downs retired the side in order in his only inning. Left-hander Hisanori Takahashi had a slightly tougher time, loading the bases with one out before escaping the jam on a strikeout and popout.
March 16, 2011 |
AT THE PLATE: Torii Hunter hit his second home run in two days, and Jeff Mathis had three hits to lead a 17-hit attack. Bobby Wilson keyed a six-run sixth inning with a three-run double to right field and is batting .448 on the spring. Bobby Abreu had two hits, including a double, and two runs batted in. ON THE MOUND: Jered Weaver looked sharp despite pitching with flu-like symptoms, allowing three runs and three hits, striking out six and walking none. The Angels' probable opening-day starter made one glaring mistake that was hit for a two-run homer by Juan Miranda.