Posted February 24, 2012 on AP on Fox
Jordan Walden came into spring training trying to improve on a season that wasn't what he wanted it to be. The Angels closer was 5-5 with a 2.98 ERA and 32 saves in 2011 but he also had 10 blown saves, tied for the major league lead. ''It wasn't as good as I wanted it to be, but I learned a lot,'' Walden said. This season, Walden hopes to make his fastball even more effective with a solid change-up, something he'll work on heavily this spring. Angels manager Mike Scioscia had a much higher opinion of Walden's first year. ''Starting off in the back end of a major league bullpen with a team that hoped to contend and eventually going back to the closer's role ... Jordan had a terrific first go-round,'' Scioscia said. ''I think you can look at every player (and there are going to be) some bumps and some warts as far as how their season goes. You can say there were some things with Jordan. He's not that far off. But overall he was magnificent.'' Newly signed right-hander Jason Isri...
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