May 9, 2012 |
MINNEAPOLIS — It was the third inning, and it was only one run, but Ervin Santana reacted in the dugout as if it was the turning point of a playoff game, thrusting both fists sharply into the air after Mike Trout's run-scoring double clanged off the left-center field wall in Target Field. The Angels right-hander, for the first time in seven starts this season, had a lead. "I was very excited," Santana said after throwing 71/3 strong innings to lead the Angels to a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.
May 7, 2012 |
- Jered Weaver left Monday night's game against the Minnesota Twins after six innings with a new appreciation for Johnny Vander Meer, the Cincinnati Reds left-hander who in 1938 became the only pitcher in major league history to throw two consecutive no-hitters. Weaver gave up one run and three hits in an 8-3 victory that gave the Angels their sixth win in eight games, but after throwing a no-hitter against the Twins in Anaheim on Wednesday night, the right-hander had only enough in his tank to throw 89 pitches in Target Field on Monday night.
April 12, 2012 |
MINNEAPOLIS - The Angels failed to hold a six-run, fifth-inning lead and a one-run, eighth-inning lead Thursday as the Minnesota Twins roared back for three runs in the seventh and four in the eighth for a 10-9 victory in Target Field. The last time the Angels surrendered a six-run lead and lost was on May 14, 1994, when they had a 7-0 lead against the Seattle Mariners and lost, 10-7. After blowing the six-run lead and losing one of their top relievers to injury, the Angels took a 7-6 lead in the top of the eighth when Vernon Wells singled, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Peter Bourjos' two-out single to left field.
August 27, 2011 |
The season's finish line, just a month in the distance, is in sight. Some teams are starting their finishing kick; others are simply playing out the string. Times staff writer Kevin Baxter takes a look from top to bottom (records and stats though Friday's games.) 1. PHILADELPHIA (83-46): On pace for 105 wins, equaling the most by an NL team in 13 seasons. 2. BOSTON (80-51): A baseball-best 42-26 on the road. 3. N.Y. YANKEES (78-51): Rookie Ivan Nova (13-4) has won last nine decisions 4. MILWAUKEE (79-54)
June 29, 2011 |
Reporting from Minneapolis — At least they're not playing Thursday. Don Mattingly looked and sounded as if he could use a day off after the Dodgers' latest defeat, a 1-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday at Target Field that dropped his team to a season-worst 10 games under .500 and into last place in the National League West. The rookie manager acknowledged that the constant losing has taken an emotional toll. "It wears you down, obviously," Mattingly said. The Dodgers' traveling tragicomedy will take a one-day intermission and resume Friday with a three-game series in Anaheim against the Angels.
May 28, 2011 |
For the first month of the season, the Angels' Jered Weaver was the best pitcher in the major leagues. On Saturday, wasn't even the best pitcher at Target Field, which is really saying something when you consider Weaver gave up only two cheap singles and two walks in nine scoreless innings. Minnesota's Anthony Swarzak was even better, though, coming within five outs of a no-hitter in a game the Twins won, 1-0, in 10 innings and in which the Angels managed only one hit. Danny Valencia's one-out, bases-loaded single over right fielder Torii Hunter's head decided the contest, earning Valencia a celebratory whipped-cream pie in the face.