September 19, 2012 |
It's an awkward and unexpected position for a team with a $159-million payroll, a superstar-filled roster and World Series aspirations, but the Angels are not too proud to admit it. They need help. "We're going to need some teams to stub their toe a bit," Manager Mike Scioscia said, "but it's not going to mean anything if we don't take care of the games we're playing. The best way to pressure the teams ahead of you is to win. " The Angels did that in convincing fashion Tuesday night, busting out for eight runs in the fourth inning and riding Jered Weaver's 100th career win to an 11-3 victory over Texas that moved them to within 61/2 games of the Rangers in the American League West with 14 games left.
May 12, 2012 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - C. J. Wilson, working on no days' rest, silenced a hostile Ballpark in Arlington crowd with 5 2/3 solid innings Saturday, and Mark Trumbo hit a two-run home run and sparked a two-run rally with a walk to lead the Angels to a 4-2 victory over the Texas Rangers. The Angels also got 3 1/3 hitless innings from their bullpen, including 1 2/3 superb innings from right-hander Ernesto Frieri, to trim Texas' American League West lead to seven games. Wilson, the former Rangers ace who signed a five-year, $77.5-million contract with the Angels in December, became the first pitcher in franchise history to start consecutive games after a 1-hour, 56-minute rain delay in the first inning cut his Friday night start short after 22 pitches.
August 16, 2011 |
The end of the season was not near Monday night, though it sure seemed a lot closer for the Angels, who were thoroughly outplayed in an 8-4 loss to Texas that pushed them five games behind the Rangers in the American League West. An already thin Angels rotation took another hit when Garrett Richards, making his second big league start, was removed because of a right groin strain with two out in the first inning. An already suspect middle relief corps took another body blow in the fifth, when Hisanori Takahashi and Rich Thompson combined to give up six runs and five hits, including consecutive home runs by Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli.
October 12, 2011 |
Reporting from Detroit — Nolan Ryan threw seven no-hitters and racked up a major league-high 5,714 strikeouts in his 27-year Hall-of-Fame career, but pitching is nowhere near as nerve-racking as watching his Texas Rangers in a postseason brimming with nail-biting moments. Several times this month, television cameras have caught the Rangers' CEO and president in his seat near the dugout gripping a baseball so tight it looks like he could squeeze the cover off. "It's hard being a fan," Ryan said.
July 2, 2010 |
After the Texas Rangers had lost on Thursday — thus losing a series with the Angels — Texas pitcher C.J. Wilson proclaimed the Rangers had the better team and said "it might not be that close." The Angels were well aware of his comments on Friday, but they tempered their return fire. "They've had some guys say some things in the past," Jered Weaver said. "We've had a pretty good track record. We'll just go out and play baseball and not worry about what other people are saying."
June 3, 2012 |
The decisive moment in Texas' 7-3 victory over the Angels on Sunday came in the bottom of the seventh inning, when Rangers reliever Alexi Ogando shattered Albert Pujols' bat with a 100-mph fastball and induced a weak fly ball to left field to snuff out a bases-loaded, two-out threat and preserve a two-run lead. But another turning point for the Angels came in the top of the seventh inning, when Manager Mike Scioscia stuck with reliever Bobby Cassevah a lot longer than most in an announced crowd of 42,465 at Angel Stadium would have stuck with the right-hander.
July 29, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Jered Weaver allowed one run and five hits in seven splendid innings, "the best I've ever thrown the ball in Texas," he said, and J.B. Shuck, who got the silent treatment after hitting his first big league home run, responded by walking the length of the dugout and hilariously high-fiving invisible teammates. It was all fun and games for the Angels at the Ballpark in Arlington Monday night . . . until someone got hurt. Closer Ernesto Frieri failed to protect a one-run lead in the ninth inning, giving up a leadoff home run to A.J. Pierzynski and a two-out, walk-off homer to Geovany Soto in a crushing 4-3 loss to the Texas Rangers that extended the Angels' losing streak to four and buried them deeper in the American League West standings, 14 games behind first-place Oakland.
April 7, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - There were plenty of aces in the hole Sunday afternoon, as five of the game's best pitchers - Matt Cain, David Price, Cole Hamels, R.A. Dickey and Stephen Strasburg - were torched for 38 earned runs in 241/3 innings. Jered Weaver followed suit Sunday night. The Angels ace, fighting mechanical issues that seem to have sapped him of some velocity, was knocked around by the Texas Rangers, giving up five runs and seven hits, including two home runs, in five innings of a 7-3 loss at the Ballpark in Arlington.
May 13, 2012 |
ARLINGTON, Texas — This wasn't what slugger Mark Trumbo meant Saturday when he said the Angels need to "come out a little angry" and play with a "figurative chip on our shoulder. " Ace Jered Weaver took that suggestion to the extreme Sunday night, flying into a rage upon returning to the dugout after giving up a third-inning grand slam to Nelson Cruz, which helped power the Texas Rangers to a 13-6 romp of the Angels at the Ballpark in Arlington. "We had a chance to win the series, and I let the team down," said Weaver, who fell to 5-1 with a 2.83 earned-run average but is 2-7 with a 5.21 ERA in 14 career starts in the Rangers' hitter-friendly park.
June 30, 2012 |
Money could be an object The Texas Rangers will soon have to decide what to do about outfielder Josh Hamilton , who is scheduled to become a free agent this fall. And thanks in part to the Angels, none of their options look particularly good. Hamilton, who will make $13.75 million this year, has said he wants to stay in Texas but he doesn't intend to give the Rangers much of a hometown discount. So Hamilton and his agent, Michael Moye , may use the 10-year, $240-million deal the Angels gave Albert Pujols in December as a benchmark in their discussions with the Rangers.