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 …
Pitching: RH Nick Blackburn (0-2, 7.53 ERA)
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 …
- Struggling offense, untimely error costs Ervin Santana first win
- Pujols struggles to adjust to new league
- Hunter not a fan of April slumps
- Angels’ prospect spotlight shifts to Garrett Richards
- Wilson gets call as Angels return home
Some AL West links …
- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton missed his first game with a bad back.
- Brandon Inge is excited to join the A’s (who now probably won’t be going after Alberto Callaspo)
- Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo is coming around at the plate
And the Heat took a 2-0 series lead over the Knicks. Lookin’ good.