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June 13, 1993 | BOB NIGHTENGALE
Russ Springer, who never has recorded a save as a pro, will be used in the bullpen stopper's role for at least the next two weeks during Joe Grahe's absence, Angel Manager Buck Rodgers said. Springer, who was being groomed as a stopper in the New York Yankee organization during the Arizona Fall League until being traded to the Angels in the Jim Abbott deal, said he was informed by Rodgers in a private meeting of his role.
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May 20, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Houston Astros pitcher Russ Springer was suspended for four games Friday after throwing several times at Barry Bonds and eventually hitting the San Francisco star this week. Astros Manager Phil Garner was suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball. The strange sequence Tuesday began when Bonds led off the fifth inning of the Giants' 14-3 win. Springer's first pitch went behind Bonds' back, drawing a warning from plate umpire Joe West.
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June 3, 1993 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD
The Angels optioned reliever Scott Lewis to triple-A Vancouver and recalled Russ Springer. Lewis was 1-2 with a 4.66 ERA in 12 games, including four starts. Springer, acquired in the deal that sent Jim Abbott to the New York Yankees, was 5-4 with a 4.27 ERA in 59 innings at Vancouver. He was 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in five spring training starts with the Angels. * The Angels are expected to make Brian Anderson, a left-handed pitcher from Wright State, their first pick in today's free agent draft.
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May 16, 1995 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
Russ Springer pitched 3 1/3 solid innings Monday night, giving up one run and striking out six in the Angels' 9-6 loss to the Minnesota Twins, but that couldn't prevent the right-hander from being optioned to triple-A Vancouver after the game. Outfielder Garret Anderson, one of the organization's top prospects who had only eight at-bats with the Angels, and reliever Erik Bennett, who was called up last week, were also sent to Vancouver, as the Angels trimmed their roster from 28 to 25.
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May 20, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Houston Astros pitcher Russ Springer was suspended for four games Friday after throwing several times at Barry Bonds and eventually hitting the San Francisco star this week. Astros Manager Phil Garner was suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball. The strange sequence Tuesday began when Bonds led off the fifth inning of the Giants' 14-3 win. Springer's first pitch went behind Bonds' back, drawing a warning from plate umpire Joe West.
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December 7, 1992 | ROSS NEWHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Angels traded their most popular player Sunday night. They traded Jim Abbott to the New York Yankees for three prospects who will be earning the minimum salary in next season. The knee-jerk reaction is to suggest that these are clearly the bottom line Angels now. The knee-jerk reaction is to suggest that you have to get at least one impact player in return for a pitcher with a proven record and heroic story.
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August 6, 1994 | JOHN WEYLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While former closer Joe Grahe is talking about becoming a starter again and current closer Mark Leiter is lamenting a blown save Thursday night, Russ Springer is quietly becoming the Angels' most effective relief pitcher. Friday night, Springer held the Chicago White Sox at bay for 1 1/3 innings during the Angels' 5-3 victory to pick up the first Angel save at Anaheim Stadium since he earned one July 20 against the Red Sox. That was also the last time the Angels won at home.
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June 9, 1994 | BOB NIGHTENGALE
Pitcher Russ Springer arrived at Anaheim Stadium and looked around, only to see a sign above the empty locker between outfielders Bo Jackson and Dwight Smith. It said: "There goes the neighborhood." "It's good to be wanted, huh?" said Springer, laughing. Springer, 7-4 with a 3.04 earned-run average at triple-A Vancouver, was called up to replace starter Phil Leftwich in the Angel rotation. Leftwich was put on the 15-day disabled list because of an inflamed lower right leg.
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February 20, 1994 | BOB NIGHTENGALE
Angel starter Russ Springer arrived early to the clubhouse Saturday morning in Tempe, Ariz., borrowed a magic marker, and methodically began changing the number on all of his belongings. Springer was told that he has been stripped of his number (40) this year, and it instead will be passed along to Frank Tanana. Springer has been relegated to No. 43. "You know, I was thinking of dismissing the number anyway," Springer said. "All it brought me was bad luck.
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August 2, 1993 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Jim Abbott deal looked worse Sunday afternoon than at any time since December, and it looked pretty shabby then. Nothing official mind you, but it seemed clear that the Angels have traded Abbott to the New York Yankees for three minor leaguers. First baseman J.T. Snow and pitcher Jerry Nielsen are toiling at triple-A Vancouver. And if Sunday's pitching performance by Russ Springer is any indication, he could be there by the end of the week.
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July 6, 1993 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russ Springer went nine innings against the Boston Red Sox Monday night at Anaheim Stadium. And there were two ways to look at the results. The box score shows that Springer gave up two runs in the ninth and three total; that he allowed 11 hits and six walks; that he gave up four hits to Billy Hatcher, including a two-run homer in the ninth, and that he threw 142 pitches. What it doesn't show can't be measured in the small type in the back pages of the daily sports section.
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July 1, 1993 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russ Springer had it backward again in the Angels' 5-4 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday. He followed a familiar, frustrating method of operation, faltering early before coming on strong after the second inning. But by the time he smoothed out the rough edges, it was too late, and the Angels and Springer each lost for the third consecutive time. It's the first time the Angels (37-38) have been below .500 this season.
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