July 5, 2011 |
It began June 13 in Seattle with a slight adjustment in his batting stance. Vernon Wells straightened his upper body a bit, and the left fielder has stood tall ever since. "Being comfortable in the box allows you to think about the most important thing, which is hitting the ball," Wells said. "When you're out of sorts mechanically, you're thinking about that in the box, and all of a sudden the ball is on top of you. " And by you. Or tapped for an easy ground-ball out. Or popped up for a routine fly-ball out. That's how most of April and early May went for Wells, who hit .183 with four home runs, 13 runs batted in and 30 strikeouts in his first 35 games as an Angel before suffering a right groin strain May 10. The Angels were heavily criticized in January when they traded Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera to Toronto for Wells and the remaining four years and $81 million on his contract.
July 27, 2008 |
BALTIMORE -- In May and June, while the Angels averaged 3.7 runs per game and hit .242, Manager Mike Scioscia kept saying the solutions to the team's offensive woes were "in house," while refusing to give the most obvious in-house answer a chance. But with injured and ineffective Gary Matthews Jr. putting a drag on the lineup, Scioscia finally turned to Juan Rivera in late June, and the outfielder has helped key the team's July surge. In 16 starts since June 29, Rivera is batting .340 (18 for 53)
July 14, 2012 |
Not even a big night from Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier could save the Dodgers on Saturday. The Dodgers' two most productive batters combined for six hits and drove four runs, but Everth Cabrera and Will Venable stole the show in the top of the ninth to give the San Diego Padres a 7-6 win in front of a crowd of 54,014 at Dodger Stadium. Cabrera, who had come in as a pinch-runner for Yonder Alonso, stole home. Venable scored from second on the same play after Jansen overthrew home plate trying to nab Cabrera, and the Padres slipped away with the win. But early on, it appeared the Dodgers would roll.
September 20, 2010 |
The Angels will gather Tuesday for their organizational meetings, an annual two-day event in which front-office executives, coaches and scouts evaluate the team's strengths and weaknesses and begin formulating ideas to improve the club this winter. There will probably be much hand-wringing over the team's underachieving offense, too-often unreliable bullpen, thin bench, sometimes shaky defense and fundamental lapses that cost the Angels a shot at their fourth straight division title.
June 2, 2008 |
Juan Rivera has gotten 400 at-bats once in a major league season, in 2006. He hit 23 home runs. Gary Matthews Jr. has gotten 400 at-bats six times. He never has hit 20 home runs. Matthews went hitless Sunday, dropping his batting average to .215 overall and .175 since April 24. The Angels need some punch, having scored four runs or fewer in 12 consecutive games, but Manager Mike Scioscia said that for now Matthews would remain in the lineup. Rivera is a career .288 hitter, with a .
August 9, 2007 |
After a series of discouraging medical updates on Juan Rivera, the Angels finally got some good news Wednesday regarding the outfielder who has missed the entire season because of a broken leg suffered in a Venezuelan winter-league game. Manager Mike Scioscia said Rivera "passed a hurdle" in his rehabilitation program this week and could begin playing in games next week, which would greatly improve Rivera's chances of returning to the majors by late August or early September.
July 10, 2008 |
Angels Manager Mike Scioscia benched slumping Gary Matthews Jr. on Wednesday and said he wasn't sure how long it would be before the outfielder returned to the lineup. "He's got to get into his game," Scioscia said of Matthews, who is batting .186 with only two extra-base hits since June 19. "I don't know where we're going to be tomorrow or a week from now. But I do know that it's very clear -- and Gary said it very clearly too -- he's not where he needs to be. " Juan Rivera started in Matthews' place, hitting a home run and driving in three runs, giving him more than twice as many runs batted in (seven)
April 25, 2005 |
Quick quiz: When the Angels defeated the New York Yankees in the first round of the 2002 playoffs, who started every game in left field for the Yankees? The answer: Juan Rivera, who returns to Yankee Stadium with the Angels on Tuesday. Two teams and three years later, Rivera says he understands the Angels simply played better during that series. At the time, though, he was a youngster who had known no organization other than the Yankees.
November 30, 2011 |
Their visions of landing Prince Fielder already something of the past, the Dodgers are spending another off-season shopping in the bargain aisle. The next player they sign is expected to be former Angels infielder Adam Kennedy , with whom they are closing in on an agreement, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been finalized. Kennedy attended J.W. North High in Riverside and played at Cal State Northridge, but that was long ago. He will turn 36 in January.
August 23, 2010 |
Scott Kazmir gave up four early runs, and that was the ballgame. At least that's the way it might have felt for Angels fans Monday night based on the way their team's offense had been scoring runs lately. The Angels had been shut out three times in their last nine games and scored two runs or fewer five times in that span. So when Kazmir dropped the Angels into a four-run hole in the second inning at Angel Stadium, the situation appeared hopeless for the home team. Sure enough, the Angels came out on the short end of a 4-3 decision even after mounting what for them seemed like an epic comeback.