September 4, 2011 |
The kids have been more than all right for the Angels this season. Without the significant contributions of first baseman Mark Trumbo, 25, center fielder Peter Bourjos, 24, and closer Jordan Walden, 23, the Angels would not be in a race for the division title. But Sunday, the old guys ruled. Joel Pineiro, the 32-year-old right-hander who was demoted to the bullpen in early August, gave up one run and five hits in seven innings to lead the Angels to a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
March 18, 2011 |
Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. ? Scot Shields , the Angels' highly efficient setup man for much of the last decade, announced his retirement Friday. Shields, 35, suffered through a knee injury and arm pain in recent years, but from 2004 through 2008 he struck out 432 batters in 435 innings, setting up Francisco Rodriguez in the team's dominant bullpen. "He evolved into the gold standard of what setup men are," Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said. "He could've gone a lot of places and been a closer, but he was committed to this organization and this organization was committed to him. "He accepted his role and became the best at it" Angels' Kendrys Morales is a longshot for opening day Since the "hold" statistic was created in 1999, no American League pitcher has more than Shields' 155. Shields said in a conference call with reporters that though he had an opportunity with another team to continue pitching, "Nothing seemed like the right fit. I had to talk myself into playing.
November 24, 2010 |
Josh Hamilton thought back to the days when his career was derailed by drugs and alcohol. "I would say a 99% chance that this would never happen," he said. "I mean, honestly, I think a lot of people would agree with that. " In one of baseball's most inspirational turnarounds, the Texas Rangers outfielder was a runaway winner of the American League's Most Valuable Player award Tuesday. Hamilton received 22 first-place votes and 358 points from the Baseball Writers' Assn.
September 28, 2010 |
Everyone thought the arm would go, so it seems a bit ironic that a knee injury ultimately led to the demise of Scot Shields, the rubber-armed reliever whose durability and dependability made him one of baseball's best setup men from 2004 to 2008. Shields said Tuesday that he is leaning heavily toward retiring after this season, his inability to bounce back from surgery on his left knee in 2009 and the emergence of several young relievers pushing the veteran right-hander out of the Angels' picture for 2011.
September 18, 2010 |
To the growing list of off-season concerns for the Angels you can now add closer. When the team traded Brian Fuentes to Minnesota last month, they handed the job to Fernando Rodney. But in the last three weeks Rodney has made a habit of giving things up — especially leads. And that's likely to make the Angels think long and hard about trusting him with the ninth inning next season. On Saturday Rodney gave up three consecutive two-out singles in the ninth inning, blowing a one-run lead in a game the Tampa Bay Rays rallied to win in the 10th inning on a two-out, bases-loaded throwing error by shortstop Brandon Wood.
September 7, 2010 |
The meek shall inherit the Earth, or at least a sliver of land in Anaheim known as Angel Stadium. Last-place teams continue to embarrass the Angels on their home field, the Cleveland Indians' 6-1 victory Tuesday the latest indignity. Given what seemed like an ideal opportunity to make one final push against slumping Texas in the American League West, the Angels instead have been thrust further into irrelevance by two of the worst teams in baseball. Baltimore swept the Angels in the final three games of their most recent homestand, and the Indians have won the first two games of this series.