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Los Angeles Angels catcher Carlos Ramirez and Cincinnati right-hander Vaughn Covington have been suspended 50 games each for second violations for drugs of abuse under baseball's minor league program.
The 25-year-old Ramirez was selected from Arizona State in the eighth round of the 2009 draft. He is with Double-A Arkansas of the Texas League, where he hit .204 last year with two homers and 23 RBIs in 275 at-bats.
The 19-year-old Covington was 0-2 with 7.88 ERA last year in three starts and 12 relief appearances for the rookie league Reds. He remains on their roster.
The suspensions were announced Friday. They raise the total this year under the minor league program to 11, including five for drugs of abuse.
BEST OF MAXIM
ARLINGTON, Texas Josh Hamilton's return to Rangers Ballpark didn't go so well on the field or in the stands for his family.
While Hamilton said his family was fine, there was a security guard around his wife Katie and their daughters.
"Just guys being ugly, inappropriate to my wife," Hamilton said. "People being dumbasses."
A Los Angeles club official...
By Robert Cunningham, AngelsWin.com Staff Writer --
2013 Outlook: Mark Trumbo had a true Jekyll and Hyde season in 2012. The first half he was on fire (.306 BA/.358 OBP/.608 SLG w/a .327 BABIP) and was going toe-to-toe with some of the best players in the game and then, almost inexplicably, he fell off a cliff (.227 BA/.271 OBP/.359 SLG w/a .302 BABIP) after the All-Star Break...
Josh Hamilton is headed back to Arlington, Texas, the place where his baseball career came back to life and where he put up some of his biggest numbers. But the slugger, who signed with Los Angeles this offseason, isn’t expecting a warm welcome — and he knows exactly why.
Shortly after Hamilton signed with the Angels, he angered much of Texas by calling Dallas “a football town...
Mike Scioscia used to be lauded for his smallball managerial style, but it’s time to recognize that the approach is hurting the team.
The Los Angeles Angels have gone 1-2 to start the season. People like to say it’s too early to overreact, but it’s not too early for me to point out some poor decisions by Scioscia. Twice in three games Scioscia has taken away the team’s best...
ARLINGTON, Texas While the boos and jeers rained down on Josh Hamilton during his return to Rangers Ballpark, he got some comforting words in the dugout.
"He said, 'Where was Jesus got-after the most? His hometown,'" said the deeply religious Hamilton, who declined to name the source of inspiration. "Baseball wise, this is my hometown."
NO SURPRISES THERE
Friday was the home opener for the Texas Rangers after opening the season down the road in Houston, and their opponents for the first series of the year with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and former Ranger outfielder Josh Hamilton. Hamilton came to the plate for the first time in the top of the second, and as you can tell in the video above, the Rangers faithful weren't...
ARLINGTON — Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton says his wife had to call for security before his first game against the Texas Rangers because fans of his former team were shouting obscenities and personal insults at his family.
The All-Star slugger said Saturday that security guards stayed near his wife, Katie, and their children, and there weren’t any major incidents...
Albert Pujols homered twice to offset another tough day for Josh Hamilton in his second game back in Texas, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Rangers 8-4 Saturday.
Pujols hit a two-run shot to the lawn in center field off Matt Harrison in the first inning and watched Hamilton strike out twice and fly out behind him after taking three intentional walks.
The only other time the...
By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
APRIL 6, 2002
GAME 5 - ANGELS AT RANGERS
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It was the perfect situation for your $22-million-per-year superstar. Bases loaded, two out in the bottom of the ninth, his team down by three.
But Alex Rodriguez's high fly ball to left field dropped harmlessly into the awaiting glove of Angels left fielder Garret...
Josh Hamilton will be in the other dugout when the Texas Rangers play their home opener Friday.
Texas is coming off an opening series at Houston, when Yu Darvish was one out from a perfect game and Rangers pitchers struck out 43 batters in posting two shutouts. But so much attention in the first home series will be on Hamilton being in a Los Angeles Angels uniform.
Josh Hamilton's return to Rangers Ballpark didn't go so well on the
field or in the stands for his family. While Hamilton said his
family was fine, there was a security guard around his wife Katie
and their daughters.
Josh Hamilton did not have the smoothest end to his time with the Texas Rangers at the end of last season nor when he opted to sign with a division rival over the Rangers. Fans were not too distraught over his departure with the way he played down the stretch, but that does not necessarily mean they wanted him to go.
Once he regained control of his demons again he'd be back to...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead single with two outs in the eighth inning and the Texas Rangers gave their fans plenty of reasons to cheer in the home opener, beating Josh Hamilton and the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Friday.Hamilton was a five-time All-Star and the 2010 AL MVP while with Texas before going to the AL West-rival Angels with a 125 million, five-year contract...
Eastlake – The Lansing Lugnuts used a four run two out rally in the sixth inning to secure the 5-3 victory over the Captains on Friday night at Classic Park. In the sixth, the two out rally began when Santiago Nessy doubled home two runners and extended the Lugnuts lead to 3-0. Carlos Ramirez reached on an error and then stole second base. Nessy and Ramirez scored on a single by...