July 4, 2010 |
Torii Hunter made $100,000 on Sunday morning. The Angels center fielder woke up, learned he had been selected to the All-Star game as a reserve, and that the bonus incentive in his contract had kicked in. Perhaps that got him amped, or maybe it was just the honor of being selected to his fourth All-Star game. Either way, Hunter hit two home runs and drove in a career-high-tying seven runs Sunday night to help beat Kansas City, 11-0, at Angel Stadium. "You have those days sometimes when you feel good, you feel like nobody can get you out," Hunter said.
April 21, 1999
Staff writer Eric Sondheimer ranks players in the region by position: PITCHER Rk: 1. Player: Jordan Olson School: Crescenta Valley Yr.: Sr. Comment: It will take a shutout to beat him * Rk: 2. Player: Phillip Polanco School: Notre Dame Yr.: Sr. Comment: Has 7-0 record, 0.70 ERA * Rk: 3. Player: Matt Harrington School: Palmdale Yr.: Jr. Comment: Power pitcher with 8 walks in 35 2/3 innings * Rk: 4. Player: Kameron Loe School: Granada Hills Yr.: Sr.
March 10, 2005 |
A herniated disk in Dallas McPherson's lower back will sideline the Angel third baseman for two to four weeks, thrusting Robb Quinlan into the starting third base job to open the season, creating an opportunity for infielder Maicer Izturis to make the team and knocking some power out of the Angels' projected lineup. McPherson, who hit 40 home runs in the minor leagues last season and was all but handed Troy Glaus' third base job this spring, was examined by Dr.
July 16, 2010 |
Things haven't worked out so great for either party in the Angels- Chone Figgins split. The Angels sorely miss the production of their departed third baseman, who hit .298 with a career-high .395 on-base percentage last season and was a steady sparkplug throughout his eight years in Anaheim. As for Figgins, a new position (second base) and a new spot in the batting order, directly behind leadoff hitter Ichiro Suzuki , haven't exactly invigorated him since he joined Seattle as a free agent in December.
July 11, 2010 |
Reporting from Oakland — The All-Star break officially started for the Angels at 3:50 p.m. PDT Sunday, when Bobby Abreu grounded out to second base on Oakland closer Andrew Bailey's final pitch. It was about time. The weary-looking Angels played as if they were off from the moment their charter plane left the tarmac in Southern California on July 4, concluding a terrible trip with a 5-2 loss to the Athletics at Oakland-Alameda Coliseum. "Some players knew the break was coming," center fielder Torii Hunter said after the Angels finished the trip with a 1-6 mark, "and you can really see it. . . . We've been traveling a lot and mentally you can get worn out."
July 15, 2010 |
The Angels hit the skids in Chicago and Oakland last week, going 1-6 against the White Sox and Athletics on their last trip before the All-Star break. Thursday night, they popped the clutch. After tallying seven hits — total — with runners in scoring position in those seven road games, the Angels racked up seven hits in 12 at-bats with runners in scoring position Thursday night for an 8-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners in Angel Stadium. Erick Aybar had three hits and three runs batted in, Jeff Mathis had three hits and two runs, and Bobby Abreu had two hits and three RBIs, as an Angels club that hit .189 and was outscored, 44-14, on the last trip opened the second half on a high note.
July 5, 2010 |
Reporting from Chicago — Hideki Matsui spent several minutes in the clubhouse Monday afternoon pounding his glove with a small wooden mallet. Then he used the end of a bat to pound it some more. The Angels slugger got even more help breaking in the glove a few hours later when he started a second consecutive game in left field for the first time this season. With Juan Rivera sidelined for a sixth consecutive game because of problems associated with blurry vision, Matsui was again an Angel in the outfield.
July 19, 2010 |
With the potential tying run on second base and one out in the ninth inning Sunday, Mike Scioscia turned to his bench. The Angels' manager wanted a pinch-hitter for catcher Jeff Mathis , who was hitless in his first three at-bats, but the players at Scioscia's disposal might have seemed more like last resorts than enticing options. There was Cory Aldridge , who had one major league hit in 14 professional seasons; Bobby Wilson , who was batting .200 against right-handed pitchers; and Brandon Wood , whose season-long slump had only deepened amid a two-for-20 slide.
July 18, 2010 |
A few hours before the Angels played Seattle on Sunday, Scott Kazmir said he was "definitely looking forward" to putting a horrid first half of the season behind him when he made his first start after the All-Star break Tuesday against the New York Yankees. So much for that. After the Angels' 2-1 loss to the Mariners at Angel Stadium, Kazmir was placed on the disabled list with what the team described as fatigue in his left shoulder, something Kazmir made no mention of during a pregame interview.
May 16, 1998
The Chaminade High baseball team capped a remarkable season-ending run with a 6-2 Mission League victory over St. Francis on Friday at Chaminade. The Eagles (14-13-1, 5-6-1 in league play) won five consecutive games to end the season and qualify for an at-large berth in the Southern Section playoffs. A record of .500 or better is required for a playoff berth. Spencer Gordon hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning and Jim Milkovich had two hits, including a two-run double in the fifth.