December 7, 2011 |
The Miami Marlins have upped their offer to free-agent first baseman Albert Pujols to 10 years, ESPN reported. It wasn't clear how much money was involved and whether the Marlins would be willing to give Pujols a no-trade clause, which the club normally refuses to do as a matter of policy. The Marlins had offered the three-time National League most valuable player a nine-year deal that could be worth about $200 million. Mets trade Pagan to Giants The New York Mets agreed to trade center fielder Angel Pagan to San Francisco for outfielder Andres Torres and pitcher Ramon Ramirez, and reached agreements with free-agent relievers Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch.
September 27, 2011
Of the 18 teams that have had two players win the MVP and Cy Young Award in the same season, 17 have finished first in the league or division. And the 18th, the 1962 Dodgers, finished the 162-game season tied with San Francisco before losing to the Giants in a three-game playoff. If Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw were to win this season, it would be the first time players from a team out of contention were so honored. Year; MVP; Cy Young; Team 1957—Henry Aaron; Warren Spahn; Braves 1959—Nellie Fox ;Early Wynn; White Sox 1960—Dick Groat; Vern Law; Pirates 1961—Roger Maris; Whitey Ford; Yankees 1962—Maury Wills; Don Drysdale; Dodgers 1967—Carl Yastrzemski; Jim Lonborg; Red Sox 1974—Steve Garvey; Mike Marshall; Dodgers 1980—Mike Schmidt; Steve Carlton; Phillies 1982—Robin Yount; Pete Vuckovich; Brewers 1984—Ryne Sandberg; Rick Sutcliffe; Cubs 1988—Kirk Gibson; Orel Hershiser; Dodgers 1990—Rickey Henderson; Bob Welch; A's 1990—Barry Bonds; Doug Drabek; Pirates 1991—Terry Pendleton; Tom Glavine; Braves 1993—Frank Thomas; Jack McDowell; White Sox 2002—Miguel Tejada; Barry Zito; A's 2005—Albert Pujols; Chris Carpenter; Cardinals 2006—Justin Morneau; Johan Santana; Twins
September 4, 2011 |
The kids have been more than all right for the Angels this season. Without the significant contributions of first baseman Mark Trumbo, 25, center fielder Peter Bourjos, 24, and closer Jordan Walden, 23, the Angels would not be in a race for the division title. But Sunday, the old guys ruled. Joel Pineiro, the 32-year-old right-hander who was demoted to the bullpen in early August, gave up one run and five hits in seven innings to lead the Angels to a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
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.