Game 58: Mariners-Angels …

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Mariners (25-33)

Ichiro Suzuki, RF
Dustin Ackley, 2B
Kyle Seager, 3B
Jesus Montero, DH
Justin Smoak, 1B
Michael Saunders, CF
Miguel Olivo, C
Mike Carp, LF
Brendan Ryan, SS

Pitching: RH Hector Noesi (2-6, 5.51 ERA)

Angels (29-28)

Mike Trout, LF
Maicer Izturis, 3B
Albert Pujols, 1B
Kendrys Morales, DH
Mark Trumbo, RF
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Erick Aybar, SS
Hank Conger, C
Peter Bourjos, CF

Pitching: RH Jerome Williams (6-2, 3.68 ERA)

Some pregame notes …

  • The Angels completed their Draft on Wednesday, and if the last name of pick No. 1107 has a familiar ring to it, there’s reason. That would be Kenneth Hatcher, the nephew (son of the brother) of former Angels hitting coach Mickey Hatcher. Kenneth was actually taken by the club in 2010 as a third baseman, but was moved to the bullpen. He’s a project since he hasn’t spent too many years pitching, but the Angels feel they have a shot at developing him into a bullpen arm. “We drafted him a couple of years ago when he was down in junior college, and we’d seen him throw a bullpen, and we liked his size and the way his arm worked and his arm strength,” scouting Ric Wilson said. … “He played there for two years, and I always had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to get him in the system as a pitcher.”
  • The Angels are making some progress on the injury front. Jered Weaver (lower back) had his most intense throwing session yet, tossing from 250-300 feet, and could be less than a week away from a bullpen session. Chris Iannetta (right wrist) threw to bases, has been hitting for a little less than a week and could get in a rehab assignment this weekend. And LaTroy Hawkins (right pinkie) is slated for what could be his final rehab tune-up at Triple-A on Thursday.
  • Mike Scioscia was asked if Ervin Santana could slide into the bullpen if Garrett Richards continues to pitch well and Ervin continues to struggle. Here’s what he said: “We’re not contemplating anything like that. It’s great to have that depth in the rotation, it’s great to see what Garrett did. Ervin is a guy that we’re counting very heavily on and have a lot of confidence that he’s going to pitch more to his ability than what we saw maybe the last couple of starts. That’s where we’re at right now. Your rotation certainly evolves at certain points in the season, but right now we’re not contemplating anything but getting Ervin back on track and hopefully Garrett contributing when he’s getting the ball.”

Some links from Tuesday …

  • Trumbo dominates at the plate; Richards makes a statement
  • Pujols fifth in initial ASG voting
  • Notebook, on Conger’s call-up, Bobby Wilson‘s concussion, Kendrick’s struggles and plenty more
  • Angels go the college route on Day 2 of Draft
  • After wait, Angels get a right-hander they believe is a ‘bulldog’

Some AL West links …

And, um, in case you hadn’t noticed, things aren’t looking so hot for my Heat right now.


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