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ARLINGTON, Texas -- On Wednesday night, Vernon Wells' son did not feel well. On Thursday, as the Angels played an afternoon game in Anaheim, Wells' wife took his child to the doctor.
Of all the things the Wells family considered hearing, this was not high on the list: "Your 7-year-old son needs an emergency appendectomy."
Wells got word at the ballpark and left the game in the eighth inning. The Angels flew to Texas after the game, but Wells remained with his family and flew to Texas late Friday.
Wells said his son was released from the hospital Friday and is scheduled to fly Saturday to Texas, where the family lives in the off-season. Wells said his son is expected to make a full recovery.
Wells said he is grateful that doctors diagnosed the appendicitis early enough that arthroscopic surgery could be performed. Had the appendix ruptured, his son would have required major surgery.
"He's got three holes in his belly," Wells said Saturday. "It's a lot better than having to be opened up."
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Angels outfielder Torii Hunter posted this picture on Twitter after Sunday's Angels-Rangers doubleheader in Arlington of Mike Trout, the presumptive AL Rookie of the Year, potential AL MVP, and possibly the best baseball player living on Earth...dressed as a stereotypical baby, complete with bonnet, diaper, stuffed animal...and sneakers with red socks, of course.
Angels center fielder Mike Trout has become the first major league rookie ever with 30 home runs and 40 stolen bases.
Trout hit his 30th homer Sunday, a two-out solo shot in the seventh inning at Texas off Yu Darvish.
The 21-year-old Trout had a leadoff walk to start the game, then quickly got his 48th stolen base.
Only two players in the majors have ever had 30 homers and 50...
The Los Angeles Angels had no idea what they could expect from Kendrys Morales this season. Not after nearly two years and two surgeries to repair the fractured ankle he suffered on May 29, 2010. "Coming in (to spring training) and talking to the medical staff, there was concern: Was this guy going to play 50 games or was he going to play 130 games?" manager Mike Scioscia...
FIGHT THE POWER
Dan Haren is upset with the timing and content of a recent media report that talked about his potential future with the Angels.
ARLINGTON, Texas The Texas Rangers had better luck Sunday against Zack Grienke than they did against Zack Greinke.
Greinke pitched the first part of Sunday's game with his last name misspelled on the back of his jersey. The spelling on the back of it was Grienke as he allowed four runs in three innings. Greinke changed jersey between innings and maybe that changed his fortune...
For three games, the Angels wanted nothing more than to beat the Texas Rangers. Now they're rooting for the Rangers with every last ounce of hope.
It's their only chance, and a slim one at that.
They're not quite finished, but they're close to it. Their season has come down to this: Sweep the Seattle Mariners this week and hope the Rangers can sweep the Oakland...
Mathematically, the Angels still have a chance. Realistically, they have no illusions about the difficulty of advancing to the playoffs with only a handful of games left.
But there's still life, if only just a little. If they play as well as they did Friday night in Arlington, Texas, they'll have no reason to mourn their finish should they fall short.
Baseball at this time of the year is an exhausting experience. Outside of the emotional investment that comes with rooting on your favorite team as the cling to their playoff lives like so much cooked spaghetti, there's the added outpouring of emotion into games that can affect the playoff situaiton. Never have I cared more for teams to evicerate the Orioles and Athletics...
(Eds: Angels 5, Rangers 4. With AP Photos.) By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer Torii Hunter hit a two-run double with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels boosted their wild-card chances by rallying past the AL West-leading Texas Rangers 5-4 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader Sunday.
Hunter's double into the left-center gap came off Joe Nathan (3...
Bats come alive in series finale
The Headline: John Jaso leads the way as the Mariners dominate on all sides of the field, avoid sweep.
Seattle Mariners 9, Los Angeles Angels 4
When: 3:35 ET, Thursday, September 27, 2012
Where: Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim
Temperature: 81 degrees
Umpires: Home — Lance Barksdale, 1B — Field Culbreth, 2B — Adrian Johnson, 3B — Gary Cederstrom...
Ryan Dempster does not enjoy facing the Angels. In his first appearance as a Ranger, he gave up eight runs in 4.2 innings to LAA. In his second round with the Angels, he only lasted 3.1 innings, giving up five runs in that time.
At least he lasted a little longer tonight, but his luck really wasn’t any better.
Dempster pitched just 5.2 innings, and gave up four runs on seven...
The Los Angeles Angels enter their final series of the regular season clinging to very slim postseason hopes.
Even a three-game sweep may not be enough.
While trying for another win against Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, the Angels will be spending plenty of time scoreboard watching Monday night at Safeco Field.
Los Angeles (88-71) and Tampa Bay are both three games behind...
When the Angels traded actual value(!) for the overwhelming bulk of Vernon Wells‘ contract(!), it didn’t look like there were very many ways by which the Angels could come away looking smart. There were more ways by which the Angels could come away feeling content, though, like if Wells performed well enough, even if not well enough to be worth his salary. These days the Angels...