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April 10, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SEATTLE -- The Garrett Richards of 2012 or early 2013 may have been stressed by the situation he faced in the third inning Wednesday night -- two on, one out and the heart of the Seattle order, Robinson Cano and Justin Smoak, coming up. The Richards of 2014 remained calm, inducing a weak grounder to first from Cano and, with runners on second and third, striking out Smoak with a nasty curve in the dirt, the highlight of a seven-inning, one-hit, six-strikeout,...
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April 10, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SEATTLE -- The Garrett Richards of 2012 or early 2013 may have been stressed by the situation he faced in the third inning Wednesday night -- two on, one out and the heart of the Seattle order, Robinson Cano and Justin Smoak, coming up. The Richards of 2014 remained calm, inducing a weak grounder to first from Cano and, with runners on second and third, striking out Smoak with a nasty curve in the dirt, the highlight of a seven-inning, one-hit, six-strikeout,...
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April 1, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
KEY MOMENT: With runners on second and third and two out in the third, Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson intentionally walked the left-handed-hitting Robinson Cano to load the bases for switch-hitter Justin Smoak. Cano entered with a .367 average (11 for 30) against Wilson, and Smoak had a .207 mark (six for 29), but the move backfired, as Smoak drove a three-run double to left-center field to cap a four-run rally and give Seattle a 4-0 lead. AT THE PLATE: Mariners shortstop Brad Miller hit two homers, a solo shot to center off Wilson in the fifth and a two-run rocket to right off Michael Kohn in the ninth.
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April 9, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
KEY MOMENT: Of the 41 runs given up this season by the Angels, 28 have come with two outs, including 23 by the Mariners, who were poised to strike again in the third inning when they put runners on second and third with two outs. But right-hander Garrett Richards struck out cleanup hitter Justin Smoak swinging at a nasty curve in the dirt to snuff out the threat. AT THE PLATE: Albert Pujols crushed his second home run in as many days, a two-run shot to left field in the third inning that moved the slugger past Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff and into 26th on the all-time list with 494 home runs.
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April 9, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
KEY MOMENT: Of the 41 runs given up this season by the Angels, 28 have come with two outs, including 23 by the Mariners, who were poised to strike again in the third inning when they put runners on second and third with two outs. But right-hander Garrett Richards struck out cleanup hitter Justin Smoak swinging at a nasty curve in the dirt to snuff out the threat. AT THE PLATE: Albert Pujols crushed his second home run in as many days, a two-run shot to left field in the third inning that moved the slugger past Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff and into 26th on the all-time list with 494 home runs.
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September 22, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
C.J. Wilson's nine-game winning streak, which spanned 13 starts dating to July 10, ended Sunday when the Angels left-hander gave up a two-run home run to switch-hitter Justin Smoak in the sixth inning of a 3-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium. Wilson (17-7) was one out away from preserving a 1-1 tie in the sixth when Smoak, with a runner on third, curled his home run around the left-field foul pole. It was his 18th homer of the season but his first from the right side.
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September 6, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Neither the opposing pitcher nor the out-of-town scoreboard was as forgiving to the Angels on Tuesday night as they were on Monday. The Angels, on the hand, were in quite a charitable mood. The result was a sloppy 2-1 loss to Seattle that, combined with Texas' win over Tampa Bay, dropped the Angels 31/2 games behind the Rangers in the American League West with 20 games to play. Mariners ace Felix Hernandez was as stifling as the heavy air on a muggy, 87-degree evening, limiting the Angels to one unearned run and four hits in eight innings and striking out seven to improve to 14-11 and lower his earned-run average to 3.15.
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October 30, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
The first pick of the 1999 draft was a high school outfielder from North Carolina. The Texas Rangers used their top pick that year on a junior college pitcher from Bakersfield. For Josh Hamilton and Colby Lewis, for so many years, the World Series was the least of their concerns. Hamilton struggled to overcome drug addiction. Lewis journeyed to Japan to save his career. After more than a decade of detours, October glory is theirs. We have a Series after all. The Rangers recorded the first Series victory in franchise history, a 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants in which Hamilton hit a home run and Lewis carried a shutout into the seventh inning.
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October 30, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
The first pick of the 1999 draft was a high school outfielder from North Carolina. The Texas Rangers used their top pick that year on a junior college pitcher from Bakersfield. For Josh Hamilton and Colby Lewis, for so many years, the World Series was the least of their concerns. Hamilton struggled to overcome drug addiction. Lewis journeyed to Japan to save his career. After more than a decade of detours, October glory is theirs. Hamilton hit a home run, Lewis carried a shutout into the seventh inning, and we have a World Series after all. The Rangers recorded the first World Series victory in franchise history.
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October 30, 2010 | By Phil Rogers
If you're going to win a World Series, shouldn't you have a feared slugger at first base? No one ever played that role better than Lou Gehrig, although guys like Hank Greenberg, Eddie Murray and Tony Perez struck more than their share of fear in opposing pitchers and managers. More recently, Mark Teixeira, Ryan Howard, Albert Pujols and David Ortiz were middle-of-the-lineup first basemen for Series winners. Paul Konerko and Derrek Lee too, although only one of them in a way that made Chicago fans smile.
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April 1, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
KEY MOMENT: With runners on second and third and two out in the third, Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson intentionally walked the left-handed-hitting Robinson Cano to load the bases for switch-hitter Justin Smoak. Cano entered with a .367 average (11 for 30) against Wilson, and Smoak had a .207 mark (six for 29), but the move backfired, as Smoak drove a three-run double to left-center field to cap a four-run rally and give Seattle a 4-0 lead. AT THE PLATE: Mariners shortstop Brad Miller hit two homers, a solo shot to center off Wilson in the fifth and a two-run rocket to right off Michael Kohn in the ninth.
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September 22, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
C.J. Wilson's nine-game winning streak, which spanned 13 starts dating to July 10, ended Sunday when the Angels left-hander gave up a two-run home run to switch-hitter Justin Smoak in the sixth inning of a 3-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium. Wilson (17-7) was one out away from preserving a 1-1 tie in the sixth when Smoak, with a runner on third, curled his home run around the left-field foul pole. It was his 18th homer of the season but his first from the right side.
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July 13, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SEATTLE -- Angels ace Jered Weaver had gotten the best of Seattle ace Felix Hernandez for the bulk of their first nine head-to-head battles, but the Mariners right-hander was a winner by knockout in Round 10 Saturday night. Hernandez gave up seven hits in eight shutout innings, and Justin Smoak capped a quick-strike rally in the sixth with a three-run home run to lead Seattle to a 6-0 victory in Safeco Field, dropping the Angels 10 games behind Oakland in the American League West.
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June 20, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Felix Hernandez entered Thursday night's game in Angel Stadium with a 99-25 record and 2.89 earned-run average in 162 career starts in which the Seattle Mariners gave him two or more runs of support. So when the 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner, one of baseball's best pitchers, took a three-run lead to the mound in the first inning and a seven-run lead in the third, a Seattle victory seemed as much a foregone conclusion as a Tiger Woods tap-in putt from four inches. Until the Angels started teeing off. BOX SCORE: Angels 10, Seattle 9 The Angels pounded Hernandez for seven straight hits, including homers by Peter Bourjos and Mark Trumbo, in a five-run fifth, tied the game in the sixth, fell behind in the eighth and scored twice in the bottom of the eighth for a dramatic 10-9 comeback win over the Mariners, their most stirring victory of the season.
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September 6, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Neither the opposing pitcher nor the out-of-town scoreboard was as forgiving to the Angels on Tuesday night as they were on Monday. The Angels, on the hand, were in quite a charitable mood. The result was a sloppy 2-1 loss to Seattle that, combined with Texas' win over Tampa Bay, dropped the Angels 31/2 games behind the Rangers in the American League West with 20 games to play. Mariners ace Felix Hernandez was as stifling as the heavy air on a muggy, 87-degree evening, limiting the Angels to one unearned run and four hits in eight innings and striking out seven to improve to 14-11 and lower his earned-run average to 3.15.
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October 30, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
The first pick of the 1999 draft was a high school outfielder from North Carolina. The Texas Rangers used their top pick that year on a junior college pitcher from Bakersfield. For Josh Hamilton and Colby Lewis, for so many years, the World Series was the least of their concerns. Hamilton struggled to overcome drug addiction. Lewis journeyed to Japan to save his career. After more than a decade of detours, October glory is theirs. We have a Series after all. The Rangers recorded the first Series victory in franchise history, a 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants in which Hamilton hit a home run and Lewis carried a shutout into the seventh inning.
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June 20, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Felix Hernandez entered Thursday night's game in Angel Stadium with a 99-25 record and 2.89 earned-run average in 162 career starts in which the Seattle Mariners gave him two or more runs of support. So when the 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner, one of baseball's best pitchers, took a three-run lead to the mound in the first inning and a seven-run lead in the third, a Seattle victory seemed as much a foregone conclusion as a Tiger Woods tap-in putt from four inches. Until the Angels started teeing off. BOX SCORE: Angels 10, Seattle 9 The Angels pounded Hernandez for seven straight hits, including homers by Peter Bourjos and Mark Trumbo, in a five-run fifth, tied the game in the sixth, fell behind in the eighth and scored twice in the bottom of the eighth for a dramatic 10-9 comeback win over the Mariners, their most stirring victory of the season.
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July 13, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SEATTLE -- Angels ace Jered Weaver had gotten the best of Seattle ace Felix Hernandez for the bulk of their first nine head-to-head battles, but the Mariners right-hander was a winner by knockout in Round 10 Saturday night. Hernandez gave up seven hits in eight shutout innings, and Justin Smoak capped a quick-strike rally in the sixth with a three-run home run to lead Seattle to a 6-0 victory in Safeco Field, dropping the Angels 10 games behind Oakland in the American League West.
SPORTS
October 30, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
The first pick of the 1999 draft was a high school outfielder from North Carolina. The Texas Rangers used their top pick that year on a junior college pitcher from Bakersfield. For Josh Hamilton and Colby Lewis, for so many years, the World Series was the least of their concerns. Hamilton struggled to overcome drug addiction. Lewis journeyed to Japan to save his career. After more than a decade of detours, October glory is theirs. Hamilton hit a home run, Lewis carried a shutout into the seventh inning, and we have a World Series after all. The Rangers recorded the first World Series victory in franchise history.
SPORTS
October 30, 2010 | By Phil Rogers
If you're going to win a World Series, shouldn't you have a feared slugger at first base? No one ever played that role better than Lou Gehrig, although guys like Hank Greenberg, Eddie Murray and Tony Perez struck more than their share of fear in opposing pitchers and managers. More recently, Mark Teixeira, Ryan Howard, Albert Pujols and David Ortiz were middle-of-the-lineup first basemen for Series winners. Paul Konerko and Derrek Lee too, although only one of them in a way that made Chicago fans smile.
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