September 3, 2011 |
The starting pitcher gave up six runs and five hits and walked five in 32/3 innings, and five relievers yielded an additional seven runs and 10 hits in 51/3 innings. The fifth through ninth hitters combined for two hits in 19 at-bats. Is this any way to begin a September playoff push? It is if you're the Angels, who don't really have much of a choice, at least until Manager Mike Scioscia decides to play promising 20-year-old outfielder Mike Trout every day at the expense of struggling veterans Bobby Abreu and Vernon Wells.
August 20, 2011 |
Jim Thome and the Hall of Fame. If you think the two don't go together, you're not alone. But you're also wrong. Not that he would hold that against you because Thome — with apologies to the Angels' Torii Hunter — is perhaps the nicest and most sincere man in baseball. And has been for 21 seasons. Walk through a ballpark with Thome before the gates open and you'll see him greet the security guards and ushers by name. Sit near the dugout during games and you'll hear him call out to the season-ticket holders.
August 15, 2011 |
DETROIT — The ball was in safe hands. As the Minnesota Twins finished off their 9-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night, Landon Thome held one of the most precious baseballs his father ever hit. Jim Thome had done it, swatting the 600th home run of his career in the seventh inning. The ball landed in the Tigers bullpen behind the left-field fence, and later Landon gripped the piece of baseball history with his little hands. "It's an unbelievable night, obviously," Thome said.
August 4, 2011 |
Slugger Mark Trumbo and speedster Peter Bourjos have been dubbed "Thunder and Lightning," and the youngsters joined forces to whip up a perfect storm for the Angels on Thursday night. Trumbo hit another prodigious three-run home run, a third-inning blast into the back bullpen in left field that traveled an estimated 432 feet, just two nights after sending a 457-foot shot into the rock pile beyond the center-field wall. Bourjos advanced two bases on grounders that didn't leave the infield, scoring from second on Jeff Mathis' infield single to the second-base hole in the second inning and going from first to third on Mathis' tapper to the third-base side of the mound in the fourth.
August 3, 2011 |
Joel Pineiro is clearly at the end of his rope after being tagged for seven earned runs and seven hits, including two home runs, in 41/3 innings of the Angels' 11-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins Wednesday night. The 32-year-old right-hander insists he feels fine physically, but he is 0-3 with a 14.85 earned run average in his last four starts, having allowed 22 earned runs and 29 hits, walking six and striking out two in 131/3 innings. "I wish I had an explanation, but I have no idea what's going on," Pineiro said.
June 18, 2011 |
You'll never guess which team is tied for the most wins — and has by far the best earned-run average — in the majors this month. Give up? It's the Minnesota Twins, who lost their first game in June, then won 12 of the next 14. And in their last four games heading into the weekend, Twins starters have allowed just three runs, getting complete games from Carl Pavano and Scott Baker, a seven-inning no-hitter from Francisco Liriano and eight shutout innings from Nick Blackburn.
May 27, 2011 |
Reporting from Minneapolis Peter Bourjos could rest Friday night, which is a lot more unusual than it sounds. Because for the last four weeks, the Angels center fielder has been struggling mightily at the plate. And that's kept him awake at night. "You always want to bring something to the table. And I've been losing sleep over how I've been hitting," he said. "It's been killing me. And every night I've got to try to do something special. " Which brings us to Friday, when Bourjos did a lot of special things, making a pair of breathtaking plays in the field and starting the game-tying and game-winning rallies at the plate, sparking the Angels to a 6-5 win over the Minnesota Twins.
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May 18, 2011 |
Harmon Killebrew, a Hall of Fame slugger who became one of baseball's premier home-run hitters with the Minnesota Twins, has died. He was 74. Killebrew died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., the Twins announced. He said in December that he was undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer and last week said he had entered hospice care. He hit 573 home runs during 22 seasons with the Washington Senators, Twins and Kansas City Royals, including eight seasons in which he hit at least 40 home runs.
December 15, 2010 |
The lack of an established middle-of-the-lineup bat overshadowed another area of uncertainty for the Dodgers: the back end of their bullpen. The Dodgers moved to address the latter priority, reaching an agreement with former Minnesota Twins setup man Matt Guerrier, according to baseball sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical examination. The addition will come at a significant cost: $12 million over the next three years. Guerrier, 32, has spent his major league career with the Twins, compiling a 3.38 earned-run average over six-plus seasons.
August 28, 2010 |
In a season that may be beyond saving, the Angels suddenly find themselves with a new closer. His name is Fernando Rodney , and he inherited the back-of-the-bullpen role Friday when the Angels traded Brian Fuentes to the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named. Expected to take over as closer next season, Rodney now gets the job a month early. "I feel great," Rodney said before the Angels played the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday at Angel Stadium. "I think I can do my job in this situation, just be the closer and try to do the best I can for my teammates.