TEMPE, Ariz. — Another day, another lengthy postgame meeting between
The discussion Tuesday was sparked by an eighth-inning call that was overturned, the first of numerous spring-training challenges involving the Angels that was changed.
With the bases loaded and one out, Angels second baseman
Seattle Manager Lloyd McClendon challenged, and after a 2-minute, 20-second review, umpires determined Romine did not have possession of the ball. A run scored, but instead of having men at first and third with two out, the bases remained loaded. The
"To transfer, it's got to be a catch. The ball has to get into your bare hand cleanly and be cleared before they're going to consider it a transfer," Scioscia said. "I didn't see the replay, but they ruled the ball was dropped and not in possession. So that's one thing that will probably be called a little tighter.
"Before, it was called loosely. If you had the ball in your glove and you moved your glove to get it to your hand, it was called an out.
"That's going to change the mechanics of how you turn a double play. A lot of guys are adept at closing their glove and flipping it into their hand for a quick transfer. If there's a bobble on that, it's going to be called safe."
C.J. Wilson was the most durable and dependable starting pitcher the Angels had last season, when he went 17-7 with a 3.39 earned-run average, but the veteran left-hander knows he can be better by being more efficient.
Wilson led the major leagues with an average of 110.6 pitches per start, his tendency to nibble around the strike zone and failure to put hitters away earlier in counts forcing him out of many games in the sixth or seventh inning.
"They don't pay me to throw five innings," said Wilson, who is entering the third year of a five-year, $77.5-million deal. "My job is to throw as many innings as possible. I can throw 120 pitches a game, no problem. But instead of going six or seven innings, I can go eight or nine."
Wilson threw 3,651 pitches, third-most in the
But Wilson has looked sharper this spring, needing only 67 pitches to go five innings Tuesday in a 10-6 exhibition loss to the Seattle Mariners, in which he allowed one unearned run, four hits, struck out four and walked none.
"I didn't walk anybody, so I was popping apple cider and ginger ale in the dugout," said Wilson, who needed 55 pitches to zip through four hitless innings against the
Outfielder Kole Calhoun was held out of the game Tuesday because of a sore hip, but the right fielder is expected to play Wednesday. … Outfielder