June 3, 2010 |
Reporting from Kansas City, Mo. — Bobby Abreu would seem to be a fringe Hall of Fame candidate at best, because with 2,170 career hits, the 36-year-old right fielder is far from the 3,000-hit threshold that virtually assures election. But Manager Mike Scioscia thinks a closer examination of Abreu's career, especially his plate discipline, should push Abreu toward Cooperstown. Abreu hit his 500th career double Wednesday to become one of only four players in major league history with 500 doubles, 250 homers and 350 stolen bases; the others are Barry Bonds , Rickey Henderson and Craig Biggio . Abreu has also averaged 100 walks and 100 runs in his 12½ big-league seasons, but Scioscia thinks he could have accumulated 400 to 500 more hits if he didn't have such a discerning eye. "If he didn't work counts and he swung at more pitches, he'd be near 3,000 hits," Scioscia said.
August 7, 2010 |
Reporting from Detroit — Torii Hunter already had advised his agent to start preparing his appeal for a possible suspension after the Angels right fielder's tantrum Friday night at Comerica Park. "I'm going to fight it," Hunter told reporters in the clubhouse following his eighth-inning ejection, which preceded an outburst in which his batting helmet brushed against umpire Ron Kulpa 's face and Hunter flung a bag of balls onto the field. There wasn't much fight in Hunter a day later.
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.