September 11, 2012 |
OAKLAND ATHLETICS pitcher Brandon McCarthy has walked a few steps and is making encouraging progress in his recovery from surgery after getting hit in the head by a line drive last week. A's trainer Nick Paparesta said Monday that McCarthy seems likely to leave the hospital soon. Paparesta had said 2 days earlier that McCarthy was still in a "life-threatening" situation. "I think that we're a little bit more comfortable with where he is and how he's doing, absolutely," Paparesta said Monday before the A's opened a four-game series with the Los Angeles Angels.
July 18, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES — Logic is not always applicable when the topic is the Dodgers, a team that 4 years ago traded away a blue-chip catcher named Carlos Santana in exchange for 2 months from a third baseman named Casey Blake. But when you consider the context — LA was in dire need of a veteran third baseman and would eventually compete in the NLCS; Santana was at Class A — the deal made at least a hint of sense at the time. Contrast that with the most recent cow pellet to be dropped into baseball's midseason hot stove: According to several media outlets, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti has fingered Jimmy Rollins as a potential solution to the club's woes at shortstop.
September 19, 2011 |
JUSTIN VERLANDER won his 12th straight start, pitching three-hit ball over eight innings to become the first pitcher in 9 years to reach 24 wins and lead the AL Central champion Detroit Tigers over the host Oakland Athletics, 3-0, yesterday. Verlander (24-5) struck out six and walked three, extending his scoreless streak to 17 innings. He has a 2.28 ERA with 91 strikeouts in 87 innings over his streak, becoming the first pitcher to win a dozen starts in a row since Minnesota's Johan Santana in 2004, according to STATS LLC. Verlander has the most wins in a major league season since Arizona's Randy Johnson in 2002.
June 16, 2010 |
Angels look like they're slipping off saddle again Back when they were still owned by Gene Autry, the California Angels (as they were then known, but that's another story) were a snakebitten team. No matter what they did, or how much money the singing cowboy spent, the Halos always fell short of winning the World Series. All that was wiped away in 2002, when the Angels beat the Giants in seven. But now, at the start of a new decade, it appears that what's old is new again.
October 20, 2009 |
Los Angeles Angels catcher Jeff Mathis didn't start yesterday's American League Championship Series Game 3 against the New York Yankees, but he sure put together a finishing touch that has saved his team from near extinction. Mathis' two-out double to left field scored fellow hero Howie Kendrick as the Angles defeated the New Yankees, 5-4, in 11 innings, their second straight extra-inning marathon. Now trailing the best-of-seven series, two games to one, the Angels will send Scott Kazmir to the mound today against CC Sabathia in the second of three games at Angel Stadium.
October 19, 2009 |
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Thirty-nine hours and 3,000 miles after Game 2 ended appropriately enough with an infield error, the Yankees will try to keep their perfect postseason alive while the Angels will need to win this afternoon at Angels Stadium or be a loss away from elimination. After a wild 5-hour, 10-minute, 13-inning game Saturday into Sunday (ending at 1:07 a.m.) at Yankee Stadium that featured 13 pitchers, 432 pitches, five infield errors, 28 runners left on base, a tying home run by Alex Rodriguez in the bottom of the 11th inning and, finally, a 4-3 Yankees win that gave them a 2-0 lead in the American League Championship Series, the teams flew across country, arriving in Southern California around dawn.
October 17, 2009 |
While CC Sabathia was on the Yankee Stadium mound last night, several of his teammates battled the cold with flaps pulled down over their ears. They breathed warmth into their hands and tried to shake the stiffness from their legs by hopping up and down between pitches. The way the 6-foot-7 lefthander dominated the Los Angeles Angels in the first game of the best-of-seven American League Championship Series, that was about the extent of their activity on defense. The Yankees took a step toward returning to the World Series for the first time since 2003 with a 4-1 win over the Angels, who have been one of their main tormentors for nearly a decade.
August 17, 2009 |
Torii Hunter waited nearly 6 weeks for the opportunity to win a game for the Los Angeles Angels, then blew it by lining into a doubleplay with the bases loaded in the 11th inning. Given a second chance to beat the Baltimore Orioles in the 13th inning, he delivered. Hunter celebrated his return from the disabled list by driving in the go-ahead run in a nine-run 13th inning that provided the Angels a 17-8 victory yesterday. Chone Figgins had four hits for Los Angeles, including the 1,000th of his career, an RBI single in the sixth inning.
July 22, 2009 |
Sergio Mitre earned his first win in 2 years, Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer, and the surging New York Yankees beat the visiting Baltimore Orioles last night, 6-4, for their fifth straight victory. The Yankees (56-37) improved to a season-best 19 games over .500 and took a one-game lead in the AL East over Boston, which lost to Texas. Alex Rodriguez also had a two-run single for an efficient Yankees lineup, which made the most of just six hits. Mitre, who was called up from Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before the game, allowed four runs, three earned, and eight hits over 5 2/3 innings in his first major league start since Sept.
October 8, 2008 |
They were baseball's best over the long, hot summer. Then came October, and another big chill. The Los Angeles Angels seemed to have it all: a powerful lineup strengthened by newcomers Torii Hunter and Mark Teixeira, an impressive rotation headed by John Lackey, and a bullpen anchored by record-setting closer Francisco Rodriguez. They won 100 games for the first time in franchise history. All that wasn't enough. For the third time in four years, the Angels went cold against the Boston Red Sox in the first round of the playoffs, this time often freezing up with men on base.