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.
May 22, 2013 |
Jered Weaver could rejoin the Angels' starting rotation next week, Manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday. Weaver is set to pitch in an extended spring game Wednesday in Arizona, with Joe Blanton scheduled to start Thursday for the Angels. That could line up Weaver to replace Blanton when that turn comes up again Tuesday, against the Dodgers. Weaver, the Angels' ace, has not pitched since April 7 because of a fractured left elbow. Blanton is 0-7 with a 6.62 earned-run average, the most losses and highest ERA of any starter in the American League.
May 18, 2013 |
Giant vulnerability? The San Francisco Giants rode their starting pitchers to two World Series championships in three years, and starters renowned for their health are at it again. None of the Giants' five starters has missed a turn this season. They have not missed a lot of bats, either. Ryan Vogelsong has an 8.06 earned-run average, the worst of any major league starter. Matt Cain has a 5.43 ERA, and he has given up the most home runs in the majors. This is stunning, considering the relative talent and the home parks involved: The Giants' starters have a higher ERA than the Colorado Rockies' starters.
May 18, 2013
Fleetwood Mac "Extended Play" (Fleetwood Mac) The four songs on the new Fleetwood Mac EP - which the legendary pop-rock outfit put up for sale on iTunes last month with little warning - arrive steeped in echoes of the past, in at least one case quite literally: "Without You," a strummy acoustic number overlaid with harmony vocals by Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, reportedly dates to sessions for the singers' 1973 album as a long-haired vocal...
May 16, 2013 |
¿ The numbers were not the prettiest thing baseball has ever seen, but nonetheless Ted Lilly said he's once again ready to rock 'n' roll. Lilly, on the disabled list for the second time this season , said his strained rib cage gave him no trouble in Wednesday's rehab start for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and doesn't believe he needs a second start before rejoining the rotation. “I don't think so,” Lilly said. “I mean, I'm healthy.” Lilly went five innings against San Jose, allowing four runs on five hits, three walks and a hit batter.
May 13, 2013 |
The Angels are 10 games out of first place. They have not been so far behind so early in a season since 2001. That was the year before the World Series, the decade of success, and the transformation into perennial contenders. Not too many fans showed up, and the few who did had little expectation the team would play in October. In 2001, the Angels filled out their starting rotation by signing Pat Rapp and Ismael Valdes. The veterans would eat some innings, and the Angels would see if their kids could pitch.
May 3, 2013 |
In normal circumstances, it's the bullpen that comes to the aid of a starting pitcher. But there's nothing normal about the circumstances surrounding the Angels' pitching staff these days. So Manager Mike Scioscia said Friday he'll try to right the staff with the second-highest earned-run average in baseball by using one of his starters to bail out his ailing relief corps, moving right-hander Garrett Richards from the rotation to the back of the bullpen. Right-handed Jerome Williams will start in Richards' place Sunday.
April 28, 2013 |
Nobody really knew what to expect. How could they? They hoped rookie Matt Magill would do well, of course, but he was a 23-year-old making his major-league debut. An emergency fill-in for a depleted rotation. Magill became the Dodgers' ninth starting pitcher in their first 23 games. So with four starting pitchers on the disabled list, the call went out to Magill. Magill, who had made four starts above the double-A level. Who had been drafted in the 31 st round in 2008.
April 23, 2013 |
That little ol' offensive fury in Baltimore on Sunday best be a sign of things to come, because right now the one rock to this Dodgers team is showing cracks. The Dodgers are not only down an entire rotation - one pitcher traded (Aaron Harang) and four on the disabled list (Zack Greinke, Chris Capuano, Chad Billingsley, and for the moment, Ted Lilly) - but after being sterling the first two week of the season, the rotation wobbled mightily last week. It's not just depth taking a hit, it's the current starters suddenly looking hittable.
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.