All-Star snub upsets Cabrera

Times Staff Writer

Orlando Cabrera acknowledged being bothered by his exclusion from the American League All-Star team Wednesday, but said he would “put things behind me and turn the page, try to write another one.”

Cabrera is hitting .332 with five homers, 48 runs batted in and has committed only five errors, fewest among AL shortstops, after going one for four in the Angels’ 4-2 loss to Texas at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

“In the beginning I couldn’t understand it. I’m really disappointed,” said Cabrera, who finished third in fan voting behind the New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter and Detroit’s Carlos Guillen, who was voted onto the team by players. “I think I did enough. I deserve to be on the team.”


Cabrera’s offensive numbers are comparable to those of every AL All-Star shortstop except Guillen, who had 12 homers and 60 RBIs before Wednesday. Cabrera was far outpacing the All-Stars defensively, with Guillen having committed 13 errors, Jeter 12 and Texas’ Michael Young 11.

Cabrera said several players told him he deserved to make the All-Star team -- including Young, added to the roster by AL Manager Jim Leyland as the Rangers’ lone representative.

“He said that he felt bad, but it’s not his fault. He had nothing to do with it,” Cabrera said of a conversation that was relayed to him by his agent, Dan Lozano, who also represents Young. “He told me that he couldn’t believe that I wasn’t picked.”

Cabrera said he didn’t blame Leyland for the glut of five Detroit players on the All-Star roster, and he shouldn’t; all were selected either by the fans or their AL peers. As for the player vote, Cabrera said he might have been penalized by playing in the Pacific time zone.

“For us, being on the West Coast, by the time we play [other players are] eating or they’re sleeping,” he said. “There’s nothing you can do. I just have to keep going.”


Chris Resop retired the Rangers in order in the eighth inning Tuesday in his first appearance for the Angels, an outing indicative of the recent dominance that resulted in his promotion to the major leagues.

The right-handed reliever compiled a 2.25 earned-run average in June for triple-A Salt Lake after struggling during spring training and for much of the early season. Resop attributed his success to increased confidence and improved control of his curveball.

“Just confidence was what I was looking for, and I hadn’t found it and it took awhile,” said Resop, who was acquired from Florida in November in exchange for reliever Kevin Gregg.

“I just quit trying to pick the corners and stuff like that. I had to trust my stuff.”

Resop, 24, filled about every relief role for the Marlins except closer during several stints during the 2005 and ’06 seasons. He failed to make the Angels’ opening-day roster this year but was called up Tuesday when the team designated Hector Carrasco for assignment.

Resop pitched two innings on Wednesday, giving up a run and three hits.


Garret Anderson was the designated hitter for a second consecutive game in his return from a torn hip flexor tendon but could resume playing left field as soon as today, Manager Mike Scioscia said.... Reliever Justin Speier, sidelined since the end of April by an intestinal infection, pitched a scoreless inning for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday.