May 20, 2013 |
BALTIMORE - As long as there are 8-year-olds, there will be baseball. Bud Selig has produced revenue-sharing and value-escalation. He deserves much credit. The mothers of this country have produced a never-ending supply of baseball customers. They deserve more. Once upon a time - Sunday, actually - a grandfather accompanied his 8-year-old grandson to a major league baseball game. His granddaughter was there too, but she had a friend with her. If you are a 10-year-old girl, you cannot be seen in public at a baseball game with your grandpa and little brother without a friend along.
May 5, 2013 |
The losses continue coming with historic frequency for the Angels, who equaled a franchise record for futility Sunday when they fell to the Baltimore Orioles, 8-4. The loss, the ninth in 12 games, leaves the Angels with only 11 victories after 31 games, matching the worst start in franchise history. And only five weeks into the season it leaves them facing what would appear to be a crucial six-game trip to Houston and Chicago beginning Tuesday. If the Angels can't stop their slide against the Astros and White Sox, who are a combined 21 games below .500, what has already been a bleak season figures to get quite a bit bleaker.
May 3, 2013 |
Jason Vargas may have finally come up with a solution for the troubles plaguing the Angels' bullpen: Don't use it. The left-hander turned in a masterful outing Friday, shutting out the Baltimore Orioles on three hits in a 4-0 Angel victory. It was his second complete game in as many starts - or two more than the rest of the staff combined - and this time he made sure no reliever had to do so much as warm up until there was one out in the ninth. "Our job as starters is to go out there and try to finish the game every time around," said Vargas, who got 15 ground-ball outs.
May 2, 2013 |
More than a month into the season, Angels Manager Mike Scioscia admits he's still not sure what kind of team he has. That's understandable, because he really hasn't seen his team much. "It's tough to evaluate exactly what our team's going to be because the team hasn't been out there," said Scioscia, who has lost his top starter, the left side of his infield and his starting center fielder and leading hitter to injuries in April. "So it's tough to say, 'Well, this will happen or that will happen.'" It would have been extra tough to predict all the things that happened in the Angels' 5-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday, mainly because many of them hadn't happened all season.
April 20, 2013 |
BALTIMORE - The elements offered Hyun-Jin Ryu an opportunity to observe some American customs. After the start time of his start Friday night was pushed back because of rain, Ryu had to wait almost two hours before he was informed he wouldn't pitch that night. The Dodgers are now scheduled to play a split doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, with Ryu pitching the first game at 10 a.m. PDT and Josh Beckett the second at 4 p.m. "In Korea, this would have been called much sooner," Ryu said through an interpreter.
April 19, 2013 |
BALTIMORE -- Encouraged by a power-hitting display he put on during an early batting practice session Friday, sidelined shortstop Hanley Ramirez said he hoped he could be in the Dodgers' lineup on his April 30 bobblehead night. “I want to be in there,” Ramirez said. Is it possible? “Hopefully, yeah,” he said. When Ramirez tore a thumb ligament last month, he was initially expected to be out until mid-May. Ramirez said it's unlikely he will be activated during the six-game trip that begins Friday and includes three games in Baltimore against the Orioles and three games in New York against the Mets.