May 18, 2010 |
Reporting from Arlington, Texas -- It was almost exactly a year ago that the Texas Rangers swept the Angels at the Ballpark in Arlington, giving them a 4½-game lead in the American League West. The moment held little long-term significance. The Rangers eventually faded and the Angels went on to win their third consecutive division title. Texas is in a similar spot following an 8-7 victory here Tuesday night that completed a two-game sweep of the Angels, holding a 4½-game advantage on its division rival.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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 12, 2012 |
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It was the baseball equivalent of hooking a tee shot into the woods, taking a mulligan and hitting a 280-yard drive down the middle of the fairway. C.J. Wilsongot a do-over Saturday, just 12 hours after taking the loss in a rain-shortened start Friday night, and the Angels' left-hander nailed it, subduing baseball's best offense for 5 2/3 innings and silencing a hostile Ballpark in Arlington crowd during a 4-2 Angels victory. The former Rangers ace, booed loudly in his old home park, gave up two runs and five hits, Mark Trumbo hit a two-run home run and sparked a decisive two-run rally with a walk, and four relievers combined for 3 1/3 hitless innings, as the Angels rebounded from Friday night's ugly 10-3 loss and evened the series against their American League West rivals.
April 15, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Negotiations for a contract extension that would lock up shortstop Erick Aybar and prevent him from reaching free agency have dragged on for nearly four months, but the sides appear to be moving toward an agreement. "Erick wants to be an Angel, we want Erick to be an Angel, and I feel very confident we'll be able to work something out," General Manager Jerry Dipoto said before Sunday night's game. "We've made progress. I'm very encouraged by where we are and that we will ultimately get there.
May 11, 2012 |
It's almost serendipitous the way it worked out, with the rotations of the teams expected to battle for American League West supremacy aligning so that Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson will face Texas right-hander Yu Darvish on Friday night in the first game between the clubs this season. Wilson, 31, helped the Rangers reach the World Series in 2010 and 2011 and was somewhat disappointed with the team's halfhearted attempts to retain him before he signed a five-year, $77.5-million deal with the rival Angels on Dec. 8. Why the Rangers never made a formal free-agent offer to their ace became clear a few weeks later when they spent $107 million to acquire the rights to negotiate with and then sign Darvish, the hard-throwing, 6-foot-5 Japanese sensation who replaced Wilson in the Texas rotation.