April 12, 2012 |
MINNEAPOLIS — Scott Downs hobbled out of the visiting clubhouse on crutches Thursday, symbolic of an Angels bullpen that was battered and bruised in a 10-9 loss to the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. With veteran right-handers LaTroy Hawkins and Jason Isringhausen unavailable because they were sore after pitching the night before, Hisanori Takahashi, Kevin Jepsen and Rich Thompson were tagged for seven runs and 10 hits as the Angels coughed up a six-run, fifth-inning lead. 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 Seattle and lost, 10-7.
April 8, 2012 |
C.J. Wilson's earned-run average in the warmth of Arizona and Dodger Stadium was 1.11 as the Angels' $77.5-million left-handed addition to the pitching rotation cruised to a 4-0 exhibition record. Tough, however, to simulate pitching in an icebox there. Now, Orange County's Wilson makes his regular-season debut in the frigid conditions of early spring in Minnesota, where he'll oppose the Twins' Nick Blackburn Monday at Target Field. “Nothing you can do, just adjust,” Wilson said.
April 9, 2012 |
MINNEAPOLIS -- C.J. Wilson battled the elements -- a game-time temperature of 45 degrees with wind gusts up to 31 mph -- and some control problems to notch his first victory as an Angel, allowing one run and three hits in seven innings of a 5-1 win over the Minnesota Twins in Target Field. Wilson, the occasionally wild left-hander, walked four in the first five innings Monday, but none of those he issued free passes to came around to score. The only run Wilson allowed was a fourth-inning homer by Josh Willingham.
June 21, 2012 |
BEIRUT - The International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday that it had received assurances from the Syrian government and opposition forces on a plan for a temporary truce to evacuate and assist people stranded in the battle-torn city of Homs. But reports from pro-opposition activists in Homs indicated that the government had continued shelling, clashes were ongoing and there was no sign of a relief operation. Rebels were also reportedly on the offensive, seeking to reoccupy the battered Baba Amr district, a longtime rebel enclave that became an international symbol of resistance until Syrian forces overran the neighborhood in March after weeks of shelling and urban combat.
April 16, 2013 |
MINNEAPOLIS - Maybe it was a desert mirage, that 2.37 earned-run average in four spring starts, the 13 strikeouts and no walks in 19 innings, but somewhere between Arizona and the regular season, Joe Blanton lost his pinpoint command and ability to put hitters away. The Angels right-hander was pounded again Monday night, allowing four runs and nine hits - including two home runs - in 42/3 innings of an 8-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins in Target Field. Solo homers by Peter Bourjos in the first inning and Brendan Harris in the third provided hope for the Angels on a chilly 38-degree night, but the offense went into a deep freeze and went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position, dropping them to a major league-worst .129 (12 for 93)
October 5, 2010 |
It has been 141 years since the Cincinnati Red Stockings became America's first professional baseball team. It only seems that long since the Reds last appeared in the playoffs. On Wednesday, the Reds play their first postseason game since 1995, when the Montreal Expos existed but the Tampa Bay Rays did not. For the good fans of Cincinnati, the wait has been long and painful. They outlasted owner Marge Schott, who fired manager Davey Johnson after he lived with his fiancee before marriage and who wondered why she should pay scouts because "all they ever do is watch baseball games.
April 15, 2014 |
Tuesday is Jackie Robinson Day across baseball, honoring the 67th anniversary of the day Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. The most prominent of the events planned to honor Robinson was to take place at Yankee Stadium before New York's game against the Chicago Cubs, but rain forced the game, and the ceremony, to be delayed until Wednesday. Robinson's wife, Rachel, daughter Sharon, Commissioner Bud Selig and members of the Steinbrenner family are scheduled to be in attendance for the unveiling of a plaque to honor late South African leader Nelson Mandela.
November 1, 1997 |
ARV Assisted Living Inc. said it sold $60 million in convertible notes to an affiliate of Lazard Freres & Co., allowing the New York investment firm to boost its stake in the elderly care company to 28.2%. The transaction supplants an earlier agreement for Lazard to buy up to 49.9% of Costa Mesa-based ARV for $14 a share, or $135 million. That deal was subject to shareholder approval. The transaction also lessens the chances that another ARV suitor, Seattle-based Emeritus Corp.
August 3, 2009 |
Almost lost amid a flurry of Angels hits and runs Sunday was a solid effort from Jered Weaver, who gave up four runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings, with a career-high 11 strikeouts. Weaver (11-3) had a 7.35 earned-run average in his previous 10 starts and admitted fatigue might have been a factor. "I don't know what dead arm is, but maybe I had a case of it," Weaver said. "Today, my arm slot just felt a lot more consistent and I got a little more extension on my pitches. The slider was tighter."
August 20, 2010 |
Reporting from Minneapolis — Looks as if it's time for another team meeting. The emotional lift the Angels got from Thursday's players-only gathering in Fenway Park seemed like another in a litany of false starts after what transpired in Target Field on Friday night. Dan Haren, hailed as an ace when he was acquired from Arizona on July 25, looked shaky against the Minnesota Twins, following a third-inning intentional walk to Joe Mauer with a hanging curve that Jason Kubel crushed for a three-run home run. And left fielder Juan Rivera starred in another episode of "Lost," getting a glove on but dropping Jim Thome's fourth-inning triple and, two batters later, losing Danny Valencia's fly ball in a cloudy twilight sky — wait, wasn't that problem supposed to be solved with the move out of the Metrodome?