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Game 7: Athletics-Angels …

Boy, talk about a rough way to start out a home schedule, huh? The Angels started Tuesday with the news that Jered Weaver has a broken left (non-pitching) elbow, leaving them without their ace for the next four to six weeks. Time for the rest of the rotation to pick up the slack; time for the offense to perform as advertised.

Lineups …

Athletics (5-2)

OAKCoco Crisp, CF
Chris Young, RF
Jed Lowrie, SS
Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Derek Norris, C
Josh Donaldson, 3B
Brandon Moss, 1B
Nate Freiman, DH
Scott Sizemore, 2B

SP: RH Jarrod Parker (0-1, 7.20 ERA)

Angels (2-4)

laaMike Trout, LF
Erick Aybar, SS
Albert Pujols, 1B
Josh Hamilton, RF
Mark Trumbo, DH
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Alberto Callaspo, 3B
Chris Iannetta, C
Peter Bourjos, CF

SP: LH C.J. Wilson (0-0, 4.50 ERA)

  • Garrett Richards will start Saturday in Weaver’s place, and may get somewhere between four to seven turns through the rotation, depending on where Weaver falls in that four-to-seven-week time frame.
  • Weaver thought he had dodged a serious injury when X-rays came back negative in Texas. But a follow-up MRI on Monday left him stunned with the diagnosis: “This is all new to me. I’ve never broken anything before. I didn’t really know how to take the news. It kind of was a shock at first. Now you just have to play the waiting game, I guess.”
  • To give them more coverage, the Angels purchased the contract of reliever Dane De La Rosa from Triple-A Salt Lake in a corresponding move on Tuesday. De La Rosa, a 6-foot-7 right-hander who was acquired from the Rays for Steven Geltz on March 27, posted a 2.79 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 67 2/3 innings for Triple-A Durham last year. To make room for him on the roster, lefty Andrew Taylor (labrum tear) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.”He’s a power arm,” Mike Scioscia said. “He’s a big guy with a power arm and good stuff.”
  • The Angels will stay in-house with their rotation depth. “We’re comfortable with our in-house candidates,” Jerry Dipoto said.
  • The most important bullpen guy right now? Probably Mark Lowe. He can expect to get in more high-leverage situations now.
  • Hamilton, on making his home debut after returning from Texas: “It’s more exciting for me to be here and be ready, as far as a routine for a week or so — same kind of schedule. That’s probably the most exciting thing for me.”
  • Pregame festivities for the home opener will include an unfurling of a 300-foot U.S. flag, a condor squadron flyover with six WWII AT-6 Fighters and the first pitch thrown by former Angels great Bobby Knoop.


Opening Day: Angels-Reds …

Welcome to Great American Ball Park, home of the first ever interleague matchup on Opening Day and the scene where the Angels will kick off another highly anticipated season …

Angels (0-0)

laaMike Trout, CF
Erick Aybar, SS
Albert Pujols, 1B
Josh Hamilton, RF
Mark Trumbo, LF
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Alberto Callaspo, 3B
Chris Iannetta, C
Jered Weaver, SP

Reds (0-0)

REDSShin-Soo Choo, CF
Brandon Phillips, 2B
Joey Votto, 1B
Ryan Ludwick, LF
Jay Bruce, RF
Todd Frazier, 3B
Zack Cozart, SS
Ryan Hanigan, C
Johnny Cueto, SP

Some pregame notes …

  • Chris Snyder could’ve opted out of his Minor League deal with the Angels, but the veteran catcher instead accepted his assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake, increasing the Angels’ depth behind the plate. Snyder will be on a Salt Lake Bees roster that also includes John Hester and Luke Carlin, with the three of them rotation between catcher, DH and bench duty. Snyder will also play some first base.
  • Mike Scioscia, on where Garrett Richards‘ role in the bullpen is: He’s much more than just an innings-eater in the ‘pen. His power arm is something we can take a look at at any point in the game.” Ernesto Frieri, Scott Downs and Sean Burnett are ahead of him in the depth chart, but it could change if he pitches well.
  • Scioscia said he “would anticipate” that Pujols would play all three games at first base in this series. The day off certainly helps.
  • Ryan Madson is away from throwing, still experiencing some tightness in his elbow, but Scioscia expects him to get back on the mound in a couple days.
  • Trout has about 10 family and friends at Great American Ball Park for his first Major League Opening Day. “It a feeling you really can’t explain,” he said.

Some Opening Day numbers …

  • The Angels have won eight of their last nine Opening Day games, including four straight, which ties a franchise record.
  • This is Weaver’s fourth straight Opening Day start and fifth overall, joining Mike Witt as the only pitcher to start five Opening Days for the Angels. Weaver is 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA on Day 1.
  • Hamilton made his debut in this stadium almost exactly six years ago (April 2, 2007, in Cincy).
  • The Angels are the only team in the Majors to open the 2013 season with three straight series against playoff teams (Reds, Rangers, A’s). That actually hasn’t been done since ’07 (Giants and Orioles).
  • This is the third series all-time played between the Angels and Reds, and first since 2007. The Angels have won four of six.
  • Angels’ 74-34 record in Interleague Play since 2007 leads the Majors.
  • Aybar and Kendrick are making their fifth straight Opening Day start together up the middle, the longest active active Opening Day start streak by a middle-infield tandem in the Majors. Today, Kendrick passed Bobby Knoop for most consecutive Opening Day starts by an Angels second baseman.
  • The Angels’ first road trip has six different times (all local): 4:10, 7:10, 12:35, 1:05, 3:05, 7:05.
  • Pujols’ career 143 RBIs and 46 homers against the Reds rank second among active players.


Angels announce Minor League staff …

The Angels announced most of their Minor League development staff on Monday. Many are returnees, several got promotions and a few of them are new hirings, most of which were announced in mid-November.

A new name is Denny Hocking, the former utility player who played in the big leagues from 1993 to 2005 — with 11 of those years coming with the Twins — and spent 2012 as hitting coach for the Orioles’ Double-A affiliate.

The Angels lower Class A affiliate has moved from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Burlington for at least the next two seasons. Also, former infielder and Minor League field coordinator Gary DiSarcina has taken a job as manager of the Red Sox’s Triple-A affiliate.

The Angels are still looking for a manager for rookie-level Orem, after Tom Kotchman resigned.

Here’s the full list, courtesy of the Angels’ PR department …

Triple-A Salt Lake

Manager: Keith Johnson
Pitching coach Erik Bennett
Hitting coach: Francisco Matos
Trainer: Brian Reinker
Strength and conditioning: Josh Fields

Double-A Arkansas

MGR: Tim Bogar
PC: Mike Hampton
HC:  Ernie Young
TR:  Mike Metcalfe
S&C: Al Sandoval

Class A Inland Empire

MGR: Bill Haselman
PC:   Brandon Emanuel  
HC: Brenton DelChiaro
TR: Omar Uribe

Class A Burlington

MGR: Jaime Burke
PC: Trevor Wilson
HC: Nathan Haynes
TR: Chris Wells
S&C: Joe Griffin

Rookie-level Orem

PC: Chris Gissell
HC: Carson Vitale
TR: Matt Morrell

Rookie-level Tempe

MGR: Hocking
PC: Matt Wise
HC: Brian Betancourth and Ryan Barba
TR: George Spence
S&C: Sergio Rojas

Dominican Summer League

MGR: Charlie Romero
PC: Hector Astacio and Jose Marte
HC: Edgal Rodriguez and Anel De Los Santos
TR: Osiris Ramirez

Assistant GM, scouting and player development: Scott Servais
Director, player development: Bobby Scales
Manager, Minor League operations: Mike LaCassa
Coordinator Latin American operations: Michael Noboa
Field coordinator: Mike Micucci
Roving pitching coordinator: Jim Gott
Roving hitting coordinator: Paul Sorrento
Roving catching coordinator: Orlando Mercado
Special assignment infield coach: Bobby Knoop
Special assignment catching coach: Bill Lachemann
Special assignment pitching coach: Pete Harnisch
Medical coordinator: Geoff Hostetter
Strength and conditioning coordinator: Seth Walsh
Rehab coordinator: Eric Munson
Rehab coach: Kernan Ronan
Minor League equipment manager: Brett Crane
Assistant equipment manager/Minor League video coordinator: Aaron Wiedeman


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