SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The
It did not go well, with Manager
But in defense of Scioscia and Nick Francona, the coordinator of major league information who will man the video-replay monitor for the Angels this season, the decision to challenge was based on a replay from one camera.
"There was only one angle, and it was a little blocked," Scioscia said. "We're going to have about 15 angles [during the regular season] and will be able to get a little better read on it."
As Scioscia argued with umpire Bill Miller, bench coach Dino Ebel received word via walkie-talkie from Francona, who was watching a monitor in the team's clubhouse, that the play should be challenged.
Umpires donned headsets to communicate with a replay official in a television truck in the parking lot. Miller's call was upheld, and Scioscia lost his right to challenge any more calls.
"One of the problems with
But if replays from several cameras must be viewed to determine whether to challenge a call, won't that add more time to the review process and lengthen delays?
"I'm sure they're going to tighten that up at some point," Scioscia said. "There are some things that have to be smoothed out."
Garrett Richards was sharp in his first spring-training start, giving up no runs and two hits, striking out two and walking none, and throwing first-pitch strikes to eight of 10 batters in three scoreless innings.
For the first time in three years, Richards, 25, came to camp knowing he has a rotation spot secured, but he's trying to maintain the same edge he had the last two springs.
"The last two years, I competed for a spot, so I know what it's like to be on that end of the stick," Richards said. "I try to keep the same mentality I've had every spring. Just because I'm in the rotation right now doesn't mean I'll be in it at the end of the year. I have to stay sharp and improve."
Ian Stewart was in Monday's lineup at first base but was scratched because of a non-baseball-related injury. "He was messing around with his daughter and got hit in the nose," Scioscia said. "He's getting it checked out." … Reliever