Game 19: Rangers-Angels …

Rangers (13-6)

TEX2Ian Kinsler, 2B
Elvis Andrus, SS
Lance Berkman, DH
Adrian Beltre, 3B
Nelson Cruz, RF
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Jeff Baker, LF
Craig Gentry, CF
Mitch Moreland, 1B

SP: RH Alexi Ogando (2-1, 3.32 ERA)

Angels (7-11)

LAA DISNEYPeter Bourjos, CF
Mike Trout, LF
Albert Pujols, DH
Josh Hamilton, RF
Mark Trumbo, 1B
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Brendan Harris, SS
Chris Iannetta, C
Luis Jimenez, 3B

SP: LH Jason Vargas (0-2, 6.75 ERA)

  • Yet another new face has graced the Angels’ bullpen. On Tuesday, lefty Nick Maronde was called up from Double-A Arkansas, with shortstop Tommy Field getting optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake and the Angels going with a three-man bench. The reason? Lefty Sean Burnett is currently sidelined with some tightness in his forearm, which he chalks up as part of the recovery from the removal of bone spurs in his elbow. It’s a day-to-day situation, but the Angels need as many healthy arms as possible in the ‘pen. That’s five new faces in two weeks (Maronde, Michael Roth, Dane De La Rosa, Michael Kohn and David Carpenter). The Angels now have four lefty relievers. There were times when Mike Scioscia didn’t have any.
  • Erick Aybar will go with the team to Seattle, but won’t be activated off the disabled list on Thursday, as he said he was shooting for on Monday. Mike Scioscia wants Aybar to get a couple days in extended Spring Training in order to work on his prep step, since the left heel could be sensitive to playing shortstop.
  • Jerome Williams still looks likely to make the start on Wednesday against the Rangers, but it isn’t official. Scioscia is waiting until postgame, just in case he has to use them. Lifetime against Texas, Williams has a 7.34 ERA. “I’m not worried about their lineup,” he said. “I’m worried about what I’m doing out there.”
  • Alberto Callaspo (right calf strain) is “still not quite where you’d want him to be,” Scioscia said, but added that “there’s a probability he’ll be ready over the weekend.” Callaspo is eligible to come off the DL on Saturday.



JD,I’ve known you for a long time my man, and I agree with the above post I am shocked you gave TLR any love at all. You can try to cvnionce me that it’s not about a personal dislike for him, but I don’t think it will work. If you cherry pick stats, I’m sure you can come up with some way to show how he sucks as a manager. The only stat I’m concerned with is this: Sixteen seasons, nine playoff appearances, seven divisional series victories, three National League Championships, and two World Series titles. End of story the Cardinals are a storied franchise with a tremendous track record of success stretching back over 100 years. And of all those years, the last sixteen are the most successful stretch of 16 seasons in club history. Watching Tony manage the last two months the extraordinary decisions he made that won us games wow it was an incredible blessing to have him as our manager. Through good calls and bad, I LOVED watching him make the moves he made. Hands down, the finest manager of my lifetime and maybe the finest in the history of the game.Maddon would be a stellar replacement, but the Rays would probably want Shelby Miller plus more to give him to us that isn’t going to happen. My vote is for Oquendo, but I’ll trust whatever move Mo makes. The moves he makes have proven to be pretty darn good up to this point, so I’ll trust him no matter who he selects.I want Pujols back if it makes sense. If it doesn’t, he can walk with no hard feelings. But I totally disagree with your rant about the hit and run call. As a coach myself, I completely get that we as coaches have athletes for whom tremendous responsibility lies. Last year a senior boy on my team was for all intents and purposes an assistant coach. He was always free to try whatever he wanted to try, and do whatever he wanted to do that he felt helped the team. He could alter race strategy, pick what races he wanted to run at certain meets, etc. He had earned that right, and I gave it to him with pride. Pujols is the greatest (honest non-cheating) player of a generation, and ranks among the most complete baseball players in the history of the game. If he thinks it’s a good idea to call a hit and run, call it. If it doesn’t work out, we’ll get em next time. I salute Tony for having the courage to put that responsibility in Albert’s hands, and refute the naysayers who continue to argue that Pujols shouldn’t have his own set of rules. Anyone who would contend that has never coached high level athletes before Jordan

– I never comment aywehnre, this morning I felt I needed to thank you. We’re moving soon too. From my Shangri-la, my perfect home. I guess I needed reminding that while I may love it, it’s just a house. My family is where my heart lives. So thanks for the reminder!Also, when I was 18 I started the same love affair with my now almost 16 yo daughter. We’re still best friends. It’s so amazing, so wonderful, you’ll adore every single age. Big squeezes for Nova, she’s quite precious!May 29, 2012 3:36 am

Cheers pal. I do appreciate the writing.

J.D.,You nailed it today!!! Joe Maddon is the pecerft replacement for the future. He won’t run out the young talent, and will get a play with more money. I think he’s the one that’s first on JM’s list!!! Good things. Next in line, keep Pujols far away from a big contract offer. JUST SAY NO TO PUJOLS!!!

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