January 23, 2010 |
The Angels will pay their highest salary this year to Torii Hunter. They will pay their second-highest salary to a guy who could be on the bench for the New York Mets, and so the Angels might not be done spending money to assemble this year's team. Gary Matthews Jr. asked out of Anaheim after the season, but the Angels could not find a taker until the Mets suddenly needed an outfielder because of Carlos Beltran's knee surgery. The Mets acquired Matthews on Friday for middle reliever Brian Stokes, but not before the Angels agreed to pay all but $2 million of the $23.5 million remaining on Matthews' contract.
March 25, 2008 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- His left shoulder, which was so damaged and weak last season he hit .175 from the right side, felt strong, and his left knee, which "wasn't feeling real great a couple weeks ago," was beginning to come around. Gary Matthews Jr. was having a great spring, getting a single in his first at-bat Monday to raise his Cactus League average to .449 and stealing second, his fourth stolen base. Then, on a play so innocuous most in Tempe Diablo Stadium probably didn't see it, Matthews twisted his right ankle as he pulled up before third base on Garret Anderson's inning-ending strikeout, fell to the ground in pain and had to be helped off the field.
October 28, 2009 |
Three key Angels headed for free agency -- Chone Figgins, Bobby Abreu and Vladimir Guerrero -- have publicly expressed a desire to return to Anaheim, and center fielder Torii Hunter, after talking to free-agent pitcher John Lackey, is convinced the right-hander wants to remain an Angel. Gary Matthews Jr.? Not so much. The disgruntled outfielder with two years and $23 million left on his contract wants no part of the Angels in 2010, and he reiterated his request to be traded -- or released -- while cleaning out his Angel Stadium locker Tuesday.
September 21, 2009 |
Howie Kendrick drove in five runs with a home run and a triple, and Gary Matthews Jr. drove in three runs with a single and a home run to power the Angels to a 10-5 victory over the Texas Rangers today. By winning two of three games at the Ballpark in Arlington, the Angels pushed their American League West lead over the Rangers to 7 Â½ games and reduced their magic number for clinching the division title to seven. John Lackey survived a three-run first inning to gain the win, allowing five runs -- four earned -- and seven hits in six innings while improving to 11-8, and relievers Jason Bulger, Matt Palmer and Kevin Jepsen blanked the Rangers over the final three innings.
September 5, 2008 |
DETROIT -- You remember Gary Matthews Jr. Switch-hitter. Pretty good center fielder. Used to play for the Angels. OK, that last part is an exaggeration, but not much of one. Matthews has virtually disappeared in the second half, his playing time drastically curtailed by a knee injury, a bruised batting average and the summer emergence of Juan Rivera. But there was Matthews in Comerica Park on Thursday afternoon, doubling to left field to open the game and scoring the Angels' first run. Then he singled and scored in the third inning, doubled in the fourth and reached on an infield single in the seventh.
August 25, 2008 |
Forgotten but not gone. That's been the status of Gary Matthews Jr. since early July, when a knee injury and poor performance reduced the outfielder to such a bit role he had all of 30 at-bats in 33 games from the All-Star break through Saturday. But Sunday in Angel Stadium, the afterthought moved to the forefront. Playing only because Garret Anderson left in the second inning because of a knee injury, Matthews hit a run-scoring triple to key a three-run eighth that gave the Angels a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over the Minnesota Twins.