February 19, 2010 |
Torah Bright's Olympic Games preparation was not exactly ideal: two crashes, two concussions and a trip to the hospital in the span of a few days in January. The snowboarder was off the hill and her main competitors were throwing down dazzling runs in the pipe at the high-profile X Games in Aspen, Colo. What about those dreams of Olympic gold for the Aussie native? Most certainly . . . not so bright. "It wasn't the easiest month, I'll say that," Bright said. "I think I spent more time off snow than I did on. But this year I didn't want to peak at X Games.
February 18, 2010 |
Double cork equaled double gold. Shaun White grabbed air and looked like he was capable of grabbing the tree line at Cypress Mountain on Wednesday night in the men's halfpipe. He soared high and seized the moment, bringing the crowd along for the ride, and well, the U.S. men's team, too. Teammate Scotty Lago won the bronze, just behind Peetu Piiroinen of Finland. White successfully defended his Olympic gold medal from 2006 in Turin, Italy. Maybe it should be called Red-Peat, as a nod to his long, flowing red hair.
June 6, 2010 |
Reporting from Seattle — The Angels will travel 50,509 air miles this season, the most in baseball and more than twice as many as the Chicago White Sox, who will travel a major league-low 22,832 miles. But when those flights stop in Kansas City and Seattle, who's complaining? Mike Napoli had four hits, including a tiebreaking, two-run home run in the seventh inning, to lead the Angels to a 9-4 victory and a three-game sweep of the Mariners at Safeco Field on Sunday. Erick Aybar also had four hits — a double and three singles — and Robb Quinlan snapped an 0-for-2010 slump with two doubles and a single, part of a season-high 18-hit attack that pushed the Angels (31-28)
March 5, 2010
Colorado Rockies 7, Angels 5 Tempe, Ariz. AT THE PLATE: Maicer Izturis' first spring game in the leadoff spot was productive — the shortstop singled and walked twice in three plate appearances. The only hit of note by an Angels regular was Torii Hunter's laser of a double off the left-field wall in the third inning. Michael Ryan's two-run single and Terry Evans' RBI single highlighted a four-run fifth for the Angels. ON THE MOUND: Starter Sean O'Sullivan was roughed up for five runs and four hits, including solo home runs by Clint Barmes and Cole Garner and a two-run triple by Ian Stewart , in 1 1/3 innings.
June 30, 2010 |
The pitch came in at 79 mph with a bit of a fade, a changeup from the hand of Angels starting pitcher Scott Kazmir. It went out on a line at 98 mph, according to the Angel Stadium speed gun, and whistled over the center-field wall so quickly it left a vapor trail. Vladimir Guerrero came to Anaheim for the first time as a Texas Ranger this week and claimed he was not motivated by a desire to show the Angels made a mistake by not re-signing him as a free agent last winter. "All I have to do," Guerrero said on the eve of a big series against his former team, "is do my job."
June 7, 2010 |
The kid is no longer in danger of being sent to the minor leagues. So says Joe Torre. But sensing that Blake DeWitt remains unsure of his place in the Dodgers' clubhouse, Torre said he has sometimes called the 24-year-old into his office to tell him that the impending promotion or reinstatement of another player won't result in him heading to triple-A Albuquerque. The routine could soon become unnecessary. DeWitt hit a towering fifth-inning three-run home run off the right-field foul pole and drove in a career-high five runs in the Dodgers' 12-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night, improving his average over his last four games to .538.
April 26, 2010 |
While much of April has been turbulent for his rotation mates, whose starts have swung wildly between superb and awful, Jered Weaver's month has been like a drive across the Kansas plains, nary a bump in sight. The right-hander gave up one run and seven hits, struck out seven and walked one in six innings Monday night to lead the Angels to a 5-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians in Angel Stadium. Bobby Abreu's bat continued to sizzle -- he hit a two-run homer in the sixth and is batting .462 (12 for 26)
April 10, 2010 |
Andre Ethier had the kind of at-bat that should have added to his growing legend as a late-game hero, hobbling off the Dodgers' bench for the first time in three days on a swollen left ankle to turn a one-run deficit into a one-run lead. But setup man George Sherrill was later to learn that he was only being set up for his latest on-the-mound meltdown by Ethier's two-run, pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning. Inheriting a man on first base and a lead that was doubled on a home run by Matt Kemp, Sherrill let the Florida Marlins score three runs to complete a 7-6 comeback and achieve a two-game winning streak.
April 18, 2010 |
The Angels have the makings of a closer controversy on their hands. With Brian Fuentes on the disabled list, Fernando Rodney has retired nine consecutive batters to record three saves in four days. Their young third baseman, already struggling with an .088 average and 11 strikeouts in 34 at-bats, added defensive woes to his worries, committing two errors that led to two runs Saturday. Yet, for all the questions swirling around a club that is 5-7 and has underachieved for much of the first two weeks, things haven't looked rosier for the Angels this season.
May 28, 2010 |
Reporting from Denver -- The altitude did not get to Manny Ramirez. The power drought apparently did. Ramirez hit his first home run in six weeks Friday night, circled the bases with a wide grin, then excused himself when he returned to the dugout. He went to get some oxygen, then came back to the bench and pretended to breathe deep, the way Russell Martin told the story. "He's the best," Martin said. Ramirez can make his teammates laugh, but the Dodgers can only hope he still can light up the scoreboard.