December 19, 2012 |
The Angels have traded first baseman Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners for left-hander Jason Vargas, a move that deepens the Angels' rotation and opens up a spot for speedy center fielder Peter Bourjos. Morales, who is one year away from becoming a free agent, spent most of 2012 as the team's designated hitter, batting .273 with 22 home runs and 73 runs batted in. He is projected to make $4.8 million this season, his final year of arbitration. Vargas, 29, who played at Long Beach State with Angels ace Jered Weaver, went 14-11 with a 3.85 earned run average in 33 starts for the Mariners last season, striking out 141 and walking 55 in 217 1/3 innings.
September 23, 2012 |
It might have taken awhile, but Albert Pujols' numbers are where the Angels hoped they'd be this time of season. Pujols broke a scoreless tie Sunday with a two-run, sixth-inning double that moved him past the 100-runs-batted-in threshold for the 11th time in 12 seasons, and the Angels completed a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox, 4-1. Kendrys Morales followed Pujols' double with a two-run home run to right field and Angels ace Jered Weaver...
September 22, 2012 |
The Angels, behind another superb effort by resurgent right-hander Ervin Santana, beat the Chicago White Sox, 6-2, Friday night for their 82nd victory, assuring them of their eighth winning season in nine years. Whoopee. That might be cause for celebration in Pittsburgh or Cleveland and a ticker-tape parade in Houston, but the Angels had more in mind when they splurged on free agents Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson last winter and acquired Zack Greinke in July. They expected to contend for the World Series title, but their uneven play over six months has left them in need of a miracle - in this case, an Oakland or Baltimore collapse - to reach the one-game wild-card playoff.
September 15, 2012 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Switch-hitter Kendrys Morales had a .290 average against right-handers and a .209 mark against lefties, so it was no surprise Friday night when Kansas City Manager Ned Yost summoned left-hander Tim Collins to face the pinch-hitter in the eighth inning with the Royals leading by two runs. "It was the right move," Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said. Must have been the wrong time. Morales, swinging from the right side, drove a first-pitch fastball over the left-field wall for a tying home run, and Torii Hunter's bases-loaded walk plated the go-ahead run, as the Angels came back for a 9-7 victory that moved them to within 2 1/2 games of the second American League wild-card spot.
August 11, 2012 |
Dan Haren's durability was supposed to pace a playoff run and springboard the Angels pitcher to a lucrative payoff in his contract year. Instead, Haren, who made more starts than any pitcher between 2005 and 2011, was sidelined because of back pain in July, and Saturday he reverted to the uncharacteristic ineffective outings that plagued him before going on the disabled list. Haren (8-9) didn't make it through four innings, his shortest start since 2003, and the Angels were defeated by the Seattle Mariners, 7-4. "I have to hold up my end of the deal, and for most of this year, I haven't," said Haren, declaring himself free of any back discomfort.
August 8, 2012 |
OAKLAND — Zack Greinke was obtained for an Angels playoff push, but after an outing he described as perhaps his "worst day of control," that mission is further muddied. His replacement, LaTroy Hawkins, was brought to Anaheim to stabilize the bullpen, but his afternoon Wednesday was spoiled because "I couldn't make a pitch I needed to. " So despite hitting a season-high five home runs, the Angels lost to the Oakland Athletics, 9-8, falling 11/2 games off their division rivals' pace for the American League's final wild-card spot.