Found May 05, 2012 on
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Los Angeles Angels
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ANAHEIM, Calif. Seven days is a long time. For Jordan Walden, it must have felt like an eternity.
That's how long it had been since he pitched in a game for the Angels. Seven days of torture, seven days of sitting in the bullpen, watching games and waiting for the phone to ring.
Walden knew the reason. It was a cruel demotion, handed down after some early season struggles. In one swift motion, he went from closer to a mop-up role, a guy hoping to get in games so he could prove himself again.
"There's nothing you can do about it," he said the other day. "You've just got to wait for your opportunity."
It came Thursday night, and now Walden thinks he might be on his way back. More important, so does manager Mike Scioscia.
Walden lost his job because of an inability to throw his slider for strikes, but after several bullpen sessions and a scoreless inning of work against the Toronto Blue Jays, there is at least a sense that good things might be happ...
BEST OF MAXIM
The Angels finally had enough yesterday and decided to insert Mark Trumbo in at first base in place of the slumping Albert Pujols. I’m sure it’s only temporary. The general idea is to give the world-class slugger a day or two away from it all to clear his head. Luckily for the Angels, they have plenty of bats to insert in his place while he figures things out.
ANAHEIM, Calif. Every at-bat looks the same.
No matter what he does, Albert Pujols can't seem to shake himself out of his slump. He hits the ball hard, most of the time anyway, but it invariably becomes a ground ball out to third base.
He did it again Thursday night against the Toronto Blue Jays. Three at-bats became three grounders to third, one of them a double play in...
The Los Angeles Angels will try to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest gathering of people wearing cowboy hats with a fan promotion scheduled for June 2. Prior to the 7:05 p.m. PST game, fans will be given a Angels cowboy hat. The anticipated crowd of more than 40,000 will be asked to wear it for 10 consecutive minutes at the start of the fifth inning. A...
A man in a new uniform
How quickly things change. How quickly fans turn. Just last October, Albert Pujols was celebrating his second World Series Championship, and as the best player, on the world’s best team, Pujols sat on top of the baseball world. Unfortunately for Los Angeles Angels fans, the championship trophy Pujols held was while he was in a St. Louis Cardinals’ uniform...
Albert Pujols, meet rock bottom. Rock bottom, I'd like to introduce you to Albert Pujols.
As if Pujols' now infamous homerless streak wasn't already bad enough, you can add a new ignominious achievement to his 2012 resume: he's dropped below the Mendoza line. After going 0-for-4 against Henderson Alvarez and Toronto tonight, Albert's batting average on the season...
With so many massive signings, the Los Angeles Angels were the talk of baseball. Similar in tune to the Boston Red Sox of 2011, who made huge splashes with 1B Adrian Gonzalez and LF Carl Crawford. Like those Red Sox, the Los Angeles Angels are sputtering in a monumentally disappointing fashion.
The problems start with their two free agent signings. A major concern was...
ANAHEIM, Calif. Jered Weaver didnt stop celebrating until 3:30 in the morning. But several hours later, as he sat in the dugout reliving Wednesday nights no-hitter, he still wasnt ready for a good nights sleep.
Im still a little bit pumped up, he said. I wish I could go back out there again tonight, but my arm wouldnt let me.
Weaver and arm deserve a few nights off. His 121-pitch...
Just a cartoon.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed Bobby Abreu one week after the Angels cut the slumping outfielder.
Abreu hit .208 in 24 at-bats before the last-place Angels let him go last Friday. He didn't have to go very far to find another job, opting for a reserve role with the NL West-leading Dodgers.
The 38-year-old Abreu is in the last season of a $27 million, three-year contract...
Struggling Angels slugger Albert Pujols predicts he'll bounce back,
shrugs off boos.
Model Leeann Tweeden is a television and internet media favorite. While working as a hostess at a Hooters restaurant (she was in their 1994 calendar) she won first place in the Venus International Model Search. Tweeden modeled for promotional work for Hooters and Venus International along with Frederick’s of Hollywood and Playboy.
The March 2007 Issue of FHM (which was the final...
Last night, Jered Weaver threw the 274th no-hitter in baseball history — or so the stories say. There have been two no-hitters so far this year, and ten so far in this young decade. Half of them came in 2010, the year whose no-hit frequency led some to dub it “The Year of the Pitcher.”
And, indeed, the five regular-season no-hitters thrown in 2010 (along with a sixth, by Roy...
The Angels bullpen has blown as many leads as any team in the American League so far this season. Perhaps in a well reasoned panic move, Los Angeles General Manager Jerry Dipoto chose to act quickly and acquire a dependable late inning reliever in Ernesto Frieri. The Columbian born Frieri was utterly dominant in parts of four seasons with the San Diego Padres, compiling a 2.33...
Look, we all know this team is doing horrifically bad, in fact you could probably say historically bad. Coming into a season which held the highest expectations for the Angels did not go as well as anticipated. Let's face it though, this is the kind of thing that happens to every team every year, it happens to the best of teams and it happens to the worst of teams. During this...
Toronto Blue Jays (16-12) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (11-17) Pitching Probables: TOR – Drew Hutchison (1-0, 6.61 ERA) LAA – Jerome Williams (2-1, 3.55 ERA) Game Info: 12:35 PM PT; TV - Fox Sports West; Radio - KLAA 830
Let's just go ahead and just treat this like a new beginning for Albert Pujols. Fresh off receiving his first ever famous Scioscia Mental Day...