June 15, 2013 |
Peter Bourjos was leading the Angels in batting when he strained his left hamstring six weeks ago and landed on the disabled list. And though Bourjos was hitless in two of the first three games he played since being reactivated this week, Angels Manager Mike Scioscia doesn't think Bourjos will have to start over to rediscover his groove. "There's no doubt it's going to take a little bit of time," he said. "A normal spring training, you're talking about 60 to 70 at-bats. I don't think we're there.
May 11, 2013 |
The first four innings of Friday night's game were much like the Angels' late-night flight from Houston to Chicago, a white-knuckle ride through thunderstorms in which the team's charter was "rocking and dropping, the roughest flight I've ever been on," center fielder Mike Trout said. One minute the Angels were up by four and looking as if they might blow out the Chicago White Sox on a chilly 40-degree evening, the next they gave up four in the fourth inning and the score was tied.
May 7, 2013 |
Ask Mike Trout about the two hits, two runs and one stolen base he had Sunday and he'll point you to two other numbers, the ones that showed the Angels had lost again. Ask him about the recent six-game tear in which he had four two-hit games and 10 runs batted in and he'll remind you the Angels won only two of those games. And should you bring up the fact he leads the team in RBIs, steals, doubles, triples and runs he'll tell you the Angels are nine games under .500 for the first time in nearly seven years.
May 1, 2013 |
Chris Iannetta noted nothing valiant about catching all 19 innings of the Angels' 10-8 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Monday night, not when the lasting image from that grueling night of work was the A's swarming home plate to celebrate Brandon Moss' game-winning two-run home run to right field. "It's a loss, and it stinks," Iannetta said. "You never want to lose, especially when you have every opportunity to win. We had a five-run lead and that disappeared. We scored a run to go ahead in the 15th and made errors and lost the lead.
April 12, 2013 |
Angels owner Arte Moreno was not thrilled with Houston's move to the American League West because the Astros are two time zones away, they're not a natural rival, and they probably won't be much of a draw at the gate. Moreno's players, coaches and manager probably don't share those sentiments. The Astros will play their first division game in Angel Stadium on Friday night, and the guys in the home dugout, though they'd never admit it publicly, will be ecstatic. Finally, a team the Angels can compete with.
April 10, 2013 |
The optimism associated with the home opener was tempered Tuesday for the Angels, who lost Jered Weaver for four to six weeks after the right-hander was diagnosed with a broken bone in his left elbow, a huge blow for a team that was lacking in pitching depth before its ace got hurt. Left-hander C.J. Wilson, who has developed a flair for the erratic, put another damper on the festivities in Angel Stadium with an ugly 43-pitch first inning in which he gave up three runs on three hits and three walks, all after two were out, sparking boos among the home crowd.