June 1, 2009 |
Pitching coach Mike Butcher and bullpen coach Orlando Mercado held a lengthy closed-door meeting with the team's relievers and catchers Sunday morning in an effort to improve what has surprisingly been baseball's worst bullpen. They must have hit on something. Rafael Rodriguez, Jason Bulger and Justin Speier combined for 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief Sunday, giving the Angels a chance to come back for a 9-8 win over the Seattle Mariners.
May 2, 2006 |
It's the big overhand curve -- a.k.a. the hook, the hammer -- that Oakland left-hander Barry Zito built his reputation on, a pitch so devastating it draws not only the ire of opposing hitters but the awe of opposing pitchers. "I really don't like watching Zito pitch," former Angel left-hander Jarrod Washburn said last season, "because when I see him I think, [shoot], I wish I had that curveball." If Washburn saw Zito Monday night, he might have wished he had Zito's changeup too.
January 27, 2005 |
Anaheim taxpayers could face a million-dollar legal bill if the City Council proceeds to a trial in its lawsuit against the Angels, but two members of the council said Wednesday that amount would not necessarily deter them. "The spending of any money gives us pause," Mayor Curt Pringle said. "But we're spending money for a purpose that is right and to defend the economic value of our name."
December 14, 2007 |
Sixteen former Angels and Gary Matthews Jr. were connected to performance-enhancing drugs in baseball when the Mitchell Report was released Thursday. One of them, Adam Riggs, was responsible for introducing a steroid connection to Angels teammates, according to the report. Riggs, an infielder in the Dodgers organization from 1994 to 2000, joined the Angels in 2003.
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.