With two on and one out in the sixth inning and the score tied 1-1,
"I apologized to him on behalf of our ballclub," Porter said of his conversation with Scioscia. "It's not something I condone, and I take full responsibility. It won't happen again."
Said Trumbo: "That's a classy move. It's a strange thing, but it was nice of him to extend the apology."
Conger was angered by the play but glad it didn't hurt the Angels. The catcher threw out
It's normal for fans to try to distract opponents on popups, but Trumbo said players can usually differentiate the voices of fans from teammates. But Conger said he may have to come up with a contingency plan when in such close proximity of fans.
"We should probably have a 'safe' word or something," Conger said with a laugh. "That's a tough one because when there's a popup by the dugout, if we hear someone call it off, we give them the right of way. It's one of those things we'll have to talk about, because it will probably come up again."
Tempers flared in the eighth inning Saturday when Astros reliever Travis Blackley, after picking off
Blackley, who gave up
"I don't know what that was about," Shuck said. "He must have been mad about the homer he gave up."
Blackley said frustration got the best of him.
"It was one of those heat-of-the-moment things," he said. "I didn't think anything of it until afterwards. [Shortstop]
Erick Aybar, who capped a four-run fourth with a two-out, two-run single to right, is batting .359 (23 for 64) with 17 runs batted in over his last 16 games, raising his average from .262 to .285. The shortstop has an