March 22, 1987
Off the field, it's hard to catch three Dodgers standing still at the same time. But on a recent day in their locker room, Rick Honeycutt, Mariano Duncan and Matt Young were game to try new styles for spring. Honeycutt leaned toward khakis and classics. Duncan went for bright colors and trim fit. Young, lately traded from the Seattle Mariners, liked just about everything--including a sample of sunglasses between takes--but liked his new uniform best.
March 3, 2014 |
Angels 3, Arizona 2 AT THE PLATE: The Angels took advantage of wild pick-off attempts to score their first two runs. Leadoff man Kole Calhoun, who drew two walks, took third base on Eury De La Rosa's errant throw past first base and scored on J.B. Shuck's sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. Shuck took third on Marcos Mateo's errant throw to first and scored on John Hester's two-out bunt single in the eighth. ON THE MOUND: Closer Ernesto Frieri, whose wife gave birth Friday to the couple's second child, threw a one-two-three fourth inning in his spring debut.
March 17, 2014 |
AT THE PLATE: Kole Calhoun hit a walk-off home run, the second of his two hits against the Giants. He also stole a base. Erick Aybar (two hits) and Howie Kendrick (two runs batted in) make for a hot-hitting middle infield, with Aybar at .333 and Kendrick at .387. ON THE MOUND: Hector Santiago (against the Giants) and Joe Blanton (against the Cubs) each pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up three runs and four hits. Joe Smith, the Angels' $15.75-million relief solution, blew a 6-3 lead against the Giants by giving up four runs and four hits.
March 23, 2014 |
Angels 5, Indians 2 AT THE PLATE: Albert Pujols had an eventful day, hitting a run-scoring triple to right-center in the first inning - his first triple as an Angel - getting hit in the left elbow by a pitch in the third and doubling to left in the fifth. Josh Hamilton singled twice and drove in two runs with outs, and Ian Stewart, making a late push for a utility spot, hit a solo homer in the eighth. ON THE MOUND: Reliever Michael Kohn entered with a 7.36 earned-run average in eight spring appearances, walking four and striking out nine in 7 1/3 innings and struggling to find his rhythm.
March 7, 2010 |
Sweeping in a windfall of more than $300 million annually, Cactus League baseball, including revenue generated by the Dodgers and Angels spring training facilities, may be the biggest reason March is the most popular month to visit Arizona. That's not lost on area hotels and resorts, which are offering a plethora of spring training specials. The Wigwam Resort, at 300 Wigwam Blvd., has been in its same location for more than 75 years. The soaring and stately palm trees are testament to the resort's history, and the serene surroundings are reminiscent of what resort properties were before their own popularity turned many of them into 24-hour party palaces.
March 15, 2014 |
Angels 4, Rockies 4 (10) AT THE PLATE: Mike Trout hit a home run that cleared the 410-foot sign in center field with plenty of room to spare. Matt Long, a longshot for a backup outfield spot, homered to raise his spring average to .444. Albert Pujols had two hits; he has seven hits in his last 14 at-bats after starting the Cactus League with one hit in 15 at-bats. ON THE MOUND: Jered Weaver worked five innings, giving up three runs and nine hits, including a long home run to Carlos Gonzalez.