June 20, 2009 |
Juan Rivera is about as unassuming a guy as there is in baseball, a player who walks and talks softly and carries an occasionally big stick. So it seemed out of character for the Angels' left fielder to stand at the plate and admire his eighth-inning blast for a solid second and then flip his bat violently into the air -- it looked like a baton being twirled -- before starting his home-run trot. But even the quiet ones can get caught up in the moment, and Rivera was enveloped by this one.
August 23, 2009 |
Vladimir Guerrero snapped a tie score with a bases-empty home run in the sixth inning today, and Juan Rivera's two-run homer in the eighth helped seal the Angels' 7-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in the Rogers Centre. Ervin Santana, who missed two months of the season because of elbow problems, won his fourth straight start, allowing three runs and seven hits in six innings to improve to 7-6. The Angels snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 6-3 on a 10-game road trip that concludes Sunday.
June 4, 2012 |
James Loney is out of the Dodgers' lineup on Monday, marking the third time in five days he won't start. “The game tells you what to do,” Manager Don Mattingly said. “I'm trying to put a lineup out there that has a chance to win a game.” Loney is batting .248 with two home runs and 16 runs batted in. At this point of his disappointing 2011 season, Loney was hitting .238 with two home runs and 15 RBIs. Mattingly said the Dodgers had to get more production out of the first base position.
August 30, 2008 |
With major league rosters expanding to 40 players Monday, General Manager Tony Reagins is still trying to determine how many minor leaguers the Angels will call up. But Manager Mike Scioscia already knows what positions they'll play. "We're definitely looking to add a third catcher and at least two pitchers. And then we'll go from there," said Scioscia, who said the organization will try to balance the needs of the major league team with the desire to have younger prospects continue to play every day for triple-A Salt Lake, which is heading for the postseason.
October 13, 2005 |
Juan Rivera was the Angels' most consistent hitter in the final two months of the season, batting .308 (49 for 159) with five homers and 25 runs batted in from Aug. 1 to the end of the season, and he batted .353 (six for 17) with one homer in the division series against New York. But with catcher Bengie Molina needing a break and also swinging a hot bat, Scioscia started Jose Molina behind the plate and Bengie at designated hitter in Game 2 Wednesday night. With Yadier Molina catching for St.
July 26, 2008
So in his infinite and original wisdom, T.J. Simers surmises the Angels need more offense and proposes an Ervin Santana and Casey Kotchman trade for either the overrated and over-priced Mark Teixeira or the Coors Field-friendly Matt Holliday. The Angels have already made a trade that has already given them more offense and most likely will continue to do so for some time. The Gary Matthews Jr. "trade" for Juan Rivera was brilliant. Ron Reeve Glendora The weekend sweeping of the Red Sox was a fool's gold for some Angels fans and the team's top brass.
January 6, 2011 |
The reviews are in, and they are not kind. "One stinker of an off-season," is how one Internet columnist sized up a winter in which the Angels failed to land their top free-agent targets, left fielder Carl Crawford and third baseman Adrian Beltre. "Not only have the Angels shown they're not prepared to compete financially with the big boys," wrote another, "but they can't even compete financially with the big boys in their own division. " General Manager Tony Reagins, who said he still "likes the club" despite his inability to upgrade it offensively, is defiant in the face of such criticism.
September 3, 2007 |
The pins remain in his lower leg, a metal reminder of the broken left tibia he suffered in a Venezuelan winter league game Dec. 22, an injury that required major surgery and wiped out five months of his 2007 season. Regrets? Juan Rivera doesn't even have a few. "I've always played winter ball because I felt it would help me," said Rivera, who was activated Sunday and made his 2007 debut in right field. "I won't play this winter because I want to strengthen up my leg. But I will play in 2008-09.
June 29, 2008 |
As the Dodgers try to add a power hitter without subtracting from their young core, they need not look beyond the visiting dugout today. They'll find Juan Rivera there, at the end of the Angels' bench, buried under the weight of Gary Matthews Jr.'s contract. Rivera got 400 at-bats once in his career, in 2006. He hit 23 home runs. The Dodgers haven't had a player hit more than 20 in three years, and no one is on pace to hit even 17 this year.
October 6, 2005 |
Orlando Cabrera lashed the pitch through a warm wind, raced to first base through an October roar, then pointed to the sky. Look, here they come, he seemed to be signaling. Angels. Swooping down they were, returning as we remember them, bunting and blooping and fastening themselves to the backs of the irritated New York Yankees like a wrinkled pinstripe.