Game 75: Orioles-Angels …
Pitching: RH Jered Weaver (7-1, 2.40 ERA)
Pitching: RH Jason Hammel (8-2, 2.61 ERA)
Some pregame notes …
- The return of Chris Iannetta (forearm strain) continues to be delayed. He was shut down recently for the second time, had a contrast MRI last week (weeks after getting an MRI when the forearm first flared up) and won’t re-start throwing for a couple days. “He’s fine,” manager Mike Scioscia insisted. “You’re just ruling some things out, and he’ll be throwing out here in a couple days.”
- Rookie reliever David Carpenter has only appeared in two games since June 6, but Scioscia believes the difference in workload between his current role and one he’d have in the Minors (probably about 20 appearances when it’s all set and done) makes it more beneficial for him to stay in the Majors. “I think the experience he’s getting up here is going to be invaluable to him. Although he’s not the finished product, you can use the experience here and if you ever go back to the minor leagues or get an opportunity to pitch in a better role in the big leagues, you can use that as a platform to hopefully grow from.”
- In case you missed it from last night … With his fifth-inning homer last night, Pujols has now homered against every team except the Cardinals, and has hit one out in 34 big league stadiums (including the World Series).
- Aybar is riding a season-long 11-game hitting streak, the longest by an Angels player this year. His .321 BA in June tops all AL shortstops.
- Jerome Williams came out of his sim game fine and will throw a bullpen session tomorrow.
Some Angels.com links from Tuesday …
- Angels tee off at Camden Yards
- Notebook, on Trout’s homecoming, Trumbo’s HR Derby chances, Jerome’s sim game and Mickey Hatcher‘s new job
- Question of the Day, on Peter Bourjos
- Preview, on the Weaver-Hammel matchup
Some AL West links …
- Yu Darvish finishes strong, notches 10th win
- Kevin Millwood exits early with groin discomfort
- Bartolo Colon set for bullpen session
And in the end, LeBron James had the last laugh.