SEATTLE — The
Blanton has been one of the worst pitchers in baseball, with a 2-12 record, a 5.53 ERA and a major league-leading 23 homers allowed, and perhaps the cumulative frustration of his season got the best of him Sunday.
Upon returning to the dugout after giving up a run in the fourth, Blanton shoved a water cooler off the bench and yelled at Butcher, who had said something to Blanton as he approached him from behind.
Teammates and coaches quickly intervened, and the incident did not escalate. After Blanton was pulled in the fifth, Butcher gave the pitcher a pat on the back.
Blanton gave up a two-run home run to
The Angels cut the deficit to 3-1 in the fifth when
In came right-hander
The Angels pulled to within 4-3 in the sixth when