Oakland 6, Angels 3
Oakland 6, Angels 3
Several players came away from meetings with Josh Hamilton convinced that the outfielder has recovered from both a substance-abuse relapse and right-shoulder surgery and is ready, willing and eager to return to the Angels, whether the team wants him or not.
When playoff time in major league baseball comes this fall, the measure of success for the 2015 Angels will be directly related to how they handled the Josh Hamilton mess.
Garrett Richards will take the biggest — and, he hopes, his last — step in his return from left-knee surgery Tuesday when the Angels right-hander makes a rehabilitation start for triple-A Salt Lake in Fresno.
Manager Mike Scioscia said he hopes to have a “face-to-face” meeting with outfielder Josh Hamilton, whose substance-abuse relapse has triggered an ugly dispute between the organization and the player, while the team is in Houston this week.
KEY MOMENT: The three consecutive singles in the second inning allowed by C.J. Wilson and the error by third baseman David Freese later in the inning doomed the Angels, helping to put them in a 4-1 hole. Wilson gave up four runs on four hits in the second.
C.J. Wilson wanted to make sure the proper perspective was taken on his first two performances with the Angels.
Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson had a rough outing against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday at Angel Stadium.
If the Angels have any concerns about Jered Weaver after the veteran right-hander’s second shaky start to open the season, they hide them well.
KEY MOMENT: Within a span of six pitches in the fourth inning, Angels starter Jered Weaver gave up a two-run single to Alex Rios and hung a 2-and-2 changeup to Salvador Perez, who belted it into the left-field seats for a two-run homer that capped a five-run inning and gave the Royals a 6-1 lead.
Owner Arte Moreno's hard-line stance toward Josh Hamilton, whose substance-abuse relapse has triggered an ugly dispute between the organization and the outfielder, has put Angels players in an awkward position.
On Good Friday, an arbitrator restored Josh Hamilton to baseball's good graces. On the following Friday, Arte Moreno declared that Hamilton had not been restored to the Angels' good graces.
Angels owner Arte Moreno signaled Friday he might challenge outfielder Josh Hamilton's ability to collect his full salary, an effort that would trigger a heated battle with the players' union and could wind up in an arbitration hearing.
KEY MOMENT: Kendrys Morales got a nice ovation during player introductions before the Angels' home opener. He played for the Angels for six years, after all, and he was not part of the Royals team that swept the Angels out of the playoffs last October. No mercy on his part, though: He homered in...
After the Kansas City Royals swept the Angels out of the playoffs last fall, Angels pitcher Mike Morin took his girlfriend to Hawaii to relax. He returned to California, packed up for the winter, and boarded a flight to his Kansas City home.
I just can't see how San Diego starting pitcher Andrew Cashner didn't pitch around Adrian Gonzalez instead of allowing him a third straight home run in three at-bats. I just can't see it. Thanks, Time Warner Cable.
The Kansas City Royals are in town for the Angels' home opener Friday night, giving new Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella a chance to stick it to his old team, the one that never gave him a chance, that never believed in him.
Matt Shoemaker was done for the night, his six-inning, three-run, six-hit effort against the Seattle Mariners giving way to an icing session on the couch in front of a television in the Angels’ Safeco Field clubhouse.
The postgame interview with Albert Pujols on Wednesday night started out like most of the media sessions that have followed the many milestones in the Angels slugger’s distinguished 15-year career.
KEY MOMENT: Angels setup man Joe Smith, summoned to protect a 5-3 lead in the eighth inning, ran into immediate trouble when Dustin Ackley led off with an infield single and Robinson Cano doubled to right-center field, putting runners on second and third with no outs. Smith struck out cleanup batter...
Commissioner Rob Manfred indicated that he will not investigate whether the Angels released confidential information about outfielder Josh Hamilton.
Angels third baseman David Freese had a flashback to October 2011 on Tuesday night, and it had nothing to do with the two-run home run he hit in the fourth inning of a 2-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.
KEY MOMENT: With Albert Pujols aboard in the fourth inning, Angels third baseman David Freese drove a 1-and-0 pitch from Seattle starter James Paxton through the chill of a 56-degree evening and over the 380-foot sign in right-center field for a home run and a 2-0 lead. "That ball was absolutely...
It wasn't like a trip to the principal's office. Matt Joyce wasn't in trouble. But Angels Manager Mike Scioscia felt a need to summon the left fielder for a sit-down Tuesday afternoon to ease any concerns Joyce might have about not being in the lineup against the Seattle Mariners.
Closer Huston Street, who has represented himself since 2012, has hired one of his former agents, Alan Hendricks, to handle negotiations with the Angels on a contract extension now that the regular season has started.
It was a statistic that defied logic. Felix Hernandez has been one of baseball's best pitchers for a decade, a dominant right-hander with a 125-92 career record and 3.07 earned-run average, but going into 2014, the Seattle Mariners' ace had a pedestrian 8-13 mark and 3.92 ERA against the Angels.
Seattle Mariners 4, Angels 1
Huston Street, the normally affable and approachable closer, was in no mood Monday to discuss contract negotiations with the Angels.