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.
October 1, 2009 |
There will be few relievers in the playoffs with as impressive credentials as a starter as Matt Palmer 's . The Angels right-hander capped an improbable regular season with his final and perhaps most memorable start Wednesday night at Angel Stadium, uniting with four relievers for a combined one-hitter during a 5-0 victory over Texas. Julio Borbon led off the game with a single to right-center, and the only other Rangers to reach base did so via five walks. Palmer, Darren Oliver , Jose Arredondo , Kevin Jepsen and Rafael Rodriguez gave the Angels their first combined one-hitter since July 27, 2004, against Texas.
June 18, 2009 |
Mike Scioscia once said of utility player Robb Quinlan, "He makes the plays he makes," which sounds like a back-handed compliment but wasn't meant to be. Quinlan, who plays the corner infield and outfield spots, is not the world's most gifted athlete, but he makes the plays within his grasp, which is the point the Angels manager was trying to make when he made his Quinlan quip.
June 17, 2009 |
John Lackey was in an 0-for-7 slump when he stepped to the plate in the fourth inning Monday night in AT&T Park. Not 0 for 7 at-bats, 0 for 7 years. In 26 career at-bats in National League parks since 2003, the Angels right-hander did not have a hit. Then, after Giants left-hander Barry Zito got ahead of Lackey one-and-two, batting coach Mickey Hatcher hollered some advice from the Angels dugout. "I told him to get in the crab crouch," Hatcher said, "and don't strike out."
September 7, 2008 |
CHICAGO -- No wonder Angels center fielder Torii Hunter felt a little disoriented Saturday night. His team threw everything it had at the Chicago White Sox -- a successful five-man infield to escape a first-and-third, none-out jam in the 10th inning; four home runs, including one from a rookie shortstop to break a ninth-inning tie; and three perfect innings from a reliever who got about two hours' sleep the night before. And what did the Angels have to show for it? Nothing after Jim Thome crushed a walk-off home run against Justin Speier an estimated 438 feet to right field in the 15th inning to lift the White Sox to a dramatic 7-6 win in U.S. Cellular Field.
September 6, 2008 |
CHICAGO -- The Angels' magic number to clinch the American League West championship was reduced to five Friday night, thanks in no part to the Angels. Despite a clunker of a 10-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, the Angels moved closer to their fourth division title in five years because the Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers, their closest pursuers, who remained 17 games back. A Chicago club that leads the AL Central but lost Carlos Quentin, the league's home run leader, to a fractured wrist earlier Friday showed it still has plenty of pop, racking up 15 hits, including three homers, two by No. 9 hitter Juan Uribe.