July 24, 2007 |
Ervin Santana's struggles not only hurt the Angels this season, they may have wrecked the team's chances of acquiring Texas slugger Mark Teixeira before the July 31 trade deadline. According to a baseball source, the Angels, in great need of a power bat, and the Rangers held substantive trade talks this month regarding Teixeira, the first baseman who sat out almost a month of the season because of a leg injury and entered Monday with a .301 average, 13 home runs and 47 runs batted in.
July 6, 2005 |
With 25 shopping days left until the trading deadline, Angel General Manager Bill Stoneman said he has no must-have items on his list. "I know everybody is pointing to DH, but we've got some guys who are capable," Stoneman said. "I really don't think that's a priority." The Angels' designated hitters have hit a league-low three home runs, with a .252 batting average and a league-low .302 on-base percentage.
May 21, 2005 |
Watch the video. See the ball sail over the fence. Check out the guy sprinting behind the fence. When Steve Finley brought down the heavens on that glorious October Saturday afternoon, a fan was there to pick them up. Amazingly, after the Dodgers had clinched the division title with Finley's ninth-inning grand slam against the San Francisco Giants, the fan brought the ball to the clubhouse. Even more amazingly, Finley says the fan gave it to him for only a couple of autographed bats.
March 8, 2008 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Juan Rivera could start in the outfield for the Atlanta Braves, or the New York Mets, or the San Francisco Giants. Or he could sit on the bench for the Angels, a scenario that does not bother him. Rivera hit .310 with 23 home runs two years ago, then sat out most of last year after breaking his leg during winter ball. He is signed for $2.025 million this season, a relative bargain. The Angels are juggling Garret Anderson, Vladimir Guerrero, Torii Hunter and Gary Matthews Jr.
July 3, 2006 |
Mike Scioscia didn't need a hook when he went to the mound to take the ball from John Lackey with two out in the sixth inning Sunday. He needed a crowbar. The moment the Angels manager popped out of the dugout, Lackey fired the ball into his glove in disgust and rolled his eyes. The right-hander grudgingly gave the ball to the manager, who passed it to reliever Scot Shields, who turned it over to closer Francisco Rodriguez.
May 3, 2006 |
The Angels lost again, but not meekly. After a Tuesday afternoon with the Oakland Athletics that included a bench-clearing brawl, a few punches, three ejections and three hit batters, John Lackey officially declared a feud. Is there bad blood between the Angels and the A's? "If there wasn't, there is now," Lackey said. The A's won their fifth consecutive game, 10-3, behind three-run home runs from Eric Chavez and Bobby Crosby.
July 29, 2007 |
So much for all that talk of an Angels home run drought. Garret Anderson's three-run home run in the eighth inning broke a 3-3 tie and lifted the Angels to a 10-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday at Angel Stadium. The Angels had hit home runs only twice in their previous 19 games and ranked last in the American League with 66 home runs. Vladimir Guerrero has gone 26 games and 105 at-bats without a home run, the longest drought of his career.
February 17, 2006 |
Owner Arte Moreno said Thursday that the Angels' new 10-year television deal with Fox Sports Net, which could be worth as much as $500 million, is "a done deal" except for some final paperwork and details. The deal, which is expected to double the Angels' average annual local broadcast revenue, is for 150 games a year, but FSN West will televise only 100 to 110 of those games.
July 10, 2005 |
Dallas McPherson is strong enough to drive a baseball more than 400 feet, but if the Angel third baseman is to remain in the lineup enough to display that power on a regular basis, he might have to sacrifice some strength for some flexibility. McPherson was put on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of inflammation in his left hip, a condition that is related to the tight left groin that knocked the rookie out of the starting lineup for five games from June 26 to 30.
November 14, 2006 |
The Angels are on the verge of falling to 0-2 this off-season. After their top free-agent target, Aramis Ramirez, signed a five-year, $75-million deal Sunday to remain with the Chicago Cubs, the Angels are expected to learn today that the Boston Red Sox have won negotiating rights for Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka. The Angels were among the eight or so teams that submitted bids for the highly regarded right-hander, but several websites, including ESPN.com and SI.