July 21, 2013 |
Angels Manager Mike Scioscia couldn't have summed up Garrett Richards' potential any better Sunday when he said of the right-hander, "There are some things that could make him a good major league starter, and some things that could make him a good major league closer. " Richards, 25, has the stuff - a 95-mph fastball, slider, curve and changeup - to do both, but he is nowhere close to either, his limited role pushing the once-prized prospect into a state of limbo. Richards opened the season as a key late-inning reliever, but Jered Weaver's broken left elbow forced Richards into the rotation for four starts April 13-30 in which he was 1-2 with a 5.54 earned-run average.
June 26, 2013 |
A manifestation of the supernatural, or a clever hoax? An Egyptian statue housed at a museum in Manchester, England, has garnered worldwide media attention in recent days over what appears to be its creepy ability to rotate completely on its own. Video footage of the statue at the Manchester Museum appears to show the object rotating spontaneously over the course of several hours. The statue stands 10 inches tall and appears to depict a pharaoh or an Egyptian god. The object is believed to have been recovered from a pharaoh's tomb and dates from around 1800 BC, according to reports.
June 16, 2013 |
An off day last week allowed the Angels to skip Joe Blanton's turn the last time through their rotation. But Manager Mike Scioscia said the right-hander, who leads the majors with 10 losses and 111 hits allowed, will return to the mound Tuesday against Seattle. Scioscia said pitching coach Mike Butcher has worked to repair some mechanical issues in Blanton's delivery and the Angels are hoping to see a different pitcher Tuesday. “He knows what he needs to do,” Scioscia said.
June 12, 2013 |
BALTIMORE - The Angels will skip Joe Blanton in the rotation this weekend, and Manager Mike Scioscia did not commit to a specific return date for the struggling right-hander, who is 1-10 with a 5.87 earned-run average, worst among American League starters. “We'll push him back a couple of days with [Thursday's] off day and see where he'll fold in,” Scioscia said. “We'll see how some guys come out of some starts and go from there.” C.J. Wilson, Tommy Hanson and Jered Weaver will pitch against the New York Yankees in a series that begins Friday night in Angel Stadium.
June 7, 2013 |
BOSTON - Heavy rain washed out Friday night's opener of a three-game series between the Angels and Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park six hours before first pitch. The game was rescheduled as part of a split doubleheader Saturday, with games scheduled for 10 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. PDT. Both teams will stick with their original rotations, the Angels starting Tommy Hanson (Game 1) and C.J. Wilson (Game 2) on Saturday and Joe Blanton on Sunday, and the Red Sox starting Felix Doubrant and Clay Buchholz on Saturday and Ryan Dempster on Sunday.
June 2, 2013 |
Laura Mvula "Sing to the Moon" (Columbia) The young English singer Laura Mvula makes a stunning entrance on her debut album, weightlessly soaring over the massed harmonies of a gospel choir as slow-motion bass and brass rev to life beneath the intricate vocal interplay. The opening tune is called "Like the Morning Dew," which feels appropriate: A composition graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire, Mvula is providing renewal in a U.K. pop scene overloaded with old-fashioned soul strivers chasing Adele's runaway success.
May 28, 2013 |
Tommy Hanson spent six days away from the Angels - long enough, he thought, to mourn the death of his stepbrother. In his second start after rejoining the team, catcher Chris Iannetta called time out and walked to the mound. “Are you all right?” Iannetta asked Hanson. Iannetta was not the only teammate to wonder. “Everyone said I looked like a zombie,” Hanson said. The Angels were about to fly to Houston. They called him in for a private meeting and told him to stay home, and to take all the time he needed to get well.
May 24, 2013 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - All signs are pointing toward Jered Weaver's returning to the rotation next week, but the team won't make a final decision until the right-hander throws in the bullpen this weekend. "It's very encouraging," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "We're going to see how he comes out of his bullpen, and if everything is fine, we'll fold him into the rotation in the middle of next week. If he needs more work, it will be there for him. " Weaver, out since he suffered a broken left elbow in an April 7 game at Texas, threw 52/3 innings in an extended spring-training game in Arizona on Wednesday, giving up one run and six hits, striking out nine and walking none.
May 22, 2013 |
Jered Weaver on Wednesday moved a big step closer to returning from the disabled list and closer Ryan Madson suffered another setback when his right arm flared up after a one-inning minor league outing 10 days ago. Weaver threw 5 2/3 innings in an extended spring-training game in Arizona, giving up a run and six hits against a team of Arizona Diamondbacks minor league players. Weaver, who hasn't pitched since fracturing his left elbow April 7, made 75 pitches, 62 for strikes.