Game 149: Rangers-Angels …

The game hasn’t even started yet, but it feels like the Angels already have the lead. That’s because things aren’t looking very good on the Rangers side this afternoon. Not only are Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre not in the lineup, they’re not even present at the ballpark right now. Hamilton keeps having vision problems, related to the sinus infection that knocked him out of Tuesday’s game, and Beltre has some intestinal problems that have him at home. It’s very likely that neither could play in tomorrow’s series finale, either …

Rangers (87-60)

Ian Kinsler, 2B
Elvis Andrus, SS
Michael Young, 3B
Nelson Cruz, RF
David Murphy, LF
Mike Napoli, DH
Geovany Soto, C
Craig Gentry, CF
Mitch Moreland, 1B

Pitching: LH Derek Holland (10-6, 4.50 ERA)

Angels (81-67)

Mike Trout, CF
Erick Aybar, SS
Albert Pujols, 1B
Torii Hunter, RF
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Vernon Wells, LF
Alberto Callaspo, 3B
Mark Trumbo, DH
Chris Iannetta, C

Pitching: LH C.J. Wilson (12-9, 3.73 ERA)

  • Pujols, as you’ve noticed, is back with the team after spending Tuesday in Kansas City to be with his wife and newborn. Everything went well with the pregnancy; it was just hospital policy that his wife stay an extra day, and Pujols wanted to make sure he was there for her. “I think everyone knows that after God, family is the most important thing. I wanted to be with the team, but I put family before anything. Anyone who knows me knows that’s the most important thing. It’s a blessing to play baseball every day, but when it comes to family, I put that first.”
  • Jim Leyland recently said he’d be “shocked” if the AL MVP didn’t go to Miguel Cabrera, who’s darn close to a Triple Crown with only two weeks remaining. Mike Scioscia isn’t as committal, saying: “There’s so many things. Miguel Cabrera being so close to a Triple Crown. He has that team in a pennant race. Mike Trout plays a premium defensive position every day and brings presence out there that is incredible. What he’s done as a leadoff hitter and the amount of runs he’s scored, the stolen bases – there’s so many things for each guy. Each guy is having an extraordinary season.
  • Ervin Santana, dealing with some soreness tightness, is feeling fine now and is set to start on Friday against the White Sox. He’ll be followed by Dan Haren and Jered Weaver, respectively.
  • Speaking of Weaver, who notched his 100th career win on Tuesday — his career winning percentage of .662 (100-51) is tops in Angels history.



The game hasn’t even started, and it seems like tha Angels already have the lead. ????? He He He

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I think these pitchers who say that Colon is gulity (even though they all seem to get thumbs up), need to actually read the story and take their anti-Yankee bias out of it. Colon is not being accused of taking HGH, but had a surgery performed by a doctor who has been linked to HGH in the past. It sounds shady especially when you consider that George Mitchell ruined the Yankees in his joke of a report (and failed to write that Manny and Ortiz of his beloved Red Sox failed drug tests in 2003).Yeah, I like how you write Yankee pitcher Bartolon Colon, that’s sure to get the Yankee haters on your side. If Mitchell had actually done a real report, he would have found that there were steroid/HGH users in Kansas City, Houston, San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle, and everywhere else. It sounds great to Yankee haters to read that 22 Yankees were named in the Mitchell Report , even though some barely played for the team, like Dan Naulty and Bobby Estalella.BTW, he wasn’t even a Yankee pitcher when he had the surgery anyway, was he?

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