Game 23: Twins-Angels …

The first of a battle between two struggling teams. One (the Angels) can’t hit, the other (the Twins) can’t pitch …

Twins (6-15)

Denard Span, CF
Jamey Carroll, SS
Josh Willingham, LF
Justin Morneau, DH
Danny Valencia, 3B
Ryan Doumit, C
Trevor Plouffe, RF
Chris Parmelee, 1B
Alexi Casilla, 2B

Pitching: RH Nick Blackburn (0-2, 7.53 ERA)

Angels (7-15)

Mike Trout, CF
Maicer Izturis, 3B
Albert Pujols, 1B
Kendrys Morales, DH
Torii Hunter, RF
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Vernon Wells, LF
Erick Aybar, SS
Chris Iannetta, C

Pitching: LH C.J. Wilson (2-2, 2.42 ERA)

Some pregame notes …

  • Jorge Cantu opted out of his Minor League deal and became a free agent.
  • This is the first game Kendrick has started out of the leadoff spot. He’s 4-for-24 in his last seven games.
  • The Angels held a hitters’ meeting pregame, after a six-game road trip that saw them go 1-5 and muster only nine runs. Mike Scioscia said he was mostly trying to relax his players. “I think the important thing for us is to keep this environment positive, keep the guys working towards a goal of not trying to do too much. Less is more, for sure, and we need these guys to just play their game, not try to be superhuman.”
  • Scioscia on Pujols: “The solution is for him to get comfortable in the batter’s box, and once he does, a lot of that other stuff will evaporate, in terms of learning the league and different ballparks and things like that. He’s too good a hitter not to figure this out.”
  • And Scioscia on Trout: “We expect Mike to come in and bring his talent on the Major Leauge field and do what he can do to his capabilities. If he does that, he’ll eventually be that dynamic player, but it doesn’t necessarily have to happen this week or next week or right now. His at-bats in Cleveland were good, he’s a very confident kid. He’s not a finished product, but he’s ready for the challenge. His makeup is off the charts, so I don’t think you’re going to see any blows to his confidence that are going to set him back.”

Some links from Sunday …

Some AL West links …

And the Heat took a 2-0 series lead over the Knicks. Lookin’ good.



No Pitching & No offense, sounds like a 0 – 0 tie

heres my question: If the angels keep slumping will they do something with Mickey? And will bullpen change??

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