August 6, 2013 |
Angels Manager Mike Scioscia's frustration with his team's inability to control the running game boiled over after an 8-3 loss to the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night, first in a team meeting with his players and then with the media. The Rangers had six stolen bases, one shy of the Angels' club record for stolen bases allowed in a game, and five of them led to runs. The Angels have allowed a major-league-high 94 stolen bases this season. Chris Iannetta had another rough night behind the plate and has thrown out only 11 of 82 base-stealers this season for a 13.4% success rate.
August 6, 2013 |
The American League most valuable player debate is heating up, with Baltimore's Chris Davis muscling his way into the conversation with Angels center fielder Mike Trout and Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera. "Yeah, here we go again," said Trout, who won rookie-of-the-year honors and finished second to Cabrera inMVP voting last season. "It definitely feels good to be out there with Miguel and Chris. " Like 2012, Trout's MVP chances will be hurt by the fact that the Angels, who lost to the Texas Rangers, 8-3, Tuesday night, are out of playoff contention while Cabrera's Tigers lead the AL Central and Davis' Orioles are in the wild-card race.
August 5, 2013 |
Monday's Major League Baseball suspensions left a huge hole in the Texas Rangers' lineup just as the baseball playoff races begin to heat up. Among the 12 players who accepted 50-game suspensions was All-Star outfielder Nelson Cruz, who leads the Rangers with 27 home runs and 76 runs batted in. And his absence couldn't come at a worse time for the team, which has averaged fewer than four runs a game since the All-Star break. The Rangers will go into Monday's game with the Angels in Anaheim 2 1/2 games behind Oakland in the American League West and trailing Cleveland and Tampa Bay by half a game in the wild-card race.
August 5, 2013 |
A season marred by injuries took another ugly turn Monday night when Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick suffered a hyperextended left knee and had to be helped off the field in the fifth inning of a 5-2 loss to the Texas Rangers. Kendrick, who is batting .301, was listed as day to day but could be headed for the disabled list, where he would join first baseman Albert Pujols (partial tear left heel), center fielder Peter Bourjos (broken right wrist), pitcher Jason Vargas (blood clot, left armpit)
July 31, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - A crucial seven-game trip to Oakland and Texas began with such promise July 25, the Angels busting out for eight runs to beat the first-place Athletics and pull to within 10 games in the American League West. Then the losses began to mount. The Angels lost the next six games, the last three on walk-off home runs by the Rangers, including Adrian Beltre's ninth-inning solo shot against Michael Kohn (1-1) that gave Texas a 2-1 victory Wednesday night and kept the Angels 14 games back in the division.
July 30, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Angels traded third baseman Alberto Callaspo to the American League West-leading Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night for triple-A infielder Grant Green, a former Anaheim Canyon High and USC star who went hitless in 15 at-bats in a recent big league stint. Callaspo, who is hitting .252 with five home runs and 36 runs batted in, is expected to play second base for the A's, a position he hasn't played on a full-time basis since 2009 with the Kansas City Royals.
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July 29, 2013 |
President Obama honored the San Francisco Giants' 2012 World Series championship on Monday, saying the team is “ making this a habit .” The Giants won their second world championship in three years in October, beating the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in the final game after nearly being knocked out of the playoffs several times. “It's no wonder that your own fans still refer to Giants baseball as torture,” Obama joked. In 2010, the Giants beat the Texas Rangers 4-1 to win their first World Series since 1954.
July 29, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Jered Weaver allowed one run and five hits in seven splendid innings, "the best I've ever thrown the ball in Texas," he said, and J.B. Shuck, who got the silent treatment after hitting his first big league home run, responded by walking the length of the dugout and hilariously high-fiving invisible teammates. It was all fun and games for the Angels at the Ballpark in Arlington Monday night . . . until someone got hurt. Closer Ernesto Frieri failed to protect a one-run lead in the ninth inning, giving up a leadoff home run to A.J. Pierzynski and a two-out, walk-off homer to Geovany Soto in a crushing 4-3 loss to the Texas Rangers that extended the Angels' losing streak to four and buried them deeper in the American League West standings, 14 games behind first-place Oakland.
July 24, 2013 |
They say Chuck Norris doesn't host an open house. He decides you're going to buy his house. Norris doesn't want the Dallas-area home that once served as the on-screen domicile of his alter ego Cordell Walker on "Walker, Texas Ranger," so he's listed it. According to the Associated Press, the four-bedroom home in the Dallas neighborhood of Northwood Hills has been put on the market for $1.2 million. That includes a weight room, seven bathrooms, a theater and a separate building on the property that was used as a studio during production of "Walker," which aired on CBS from 1993 to 2001.
July 23, 2013 |
The Texas Rangers acquired pitcher Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs for rookie right-hander Justin Grimm, top prospect third baseman Mike Olt and Class-A pitcher C.J. Edwards. “He's an extremely talented pitcher that's had success in the toughest of divisions and the biggest of stages, who's throwing the ball as well as anybody right now,” Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels said in a statement released by the team. “It's a power repertoire, a little bit of a different look from what we've got, and he was available.