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|924||LA ANGELS||-135||Un 6.5,-110||-125||Un 6.5,+105|
|3/31/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|4/1/2014||RAMIREZ(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|4/2/2014||PAXTON(L)||@ LA ANGELS||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|4/3/2014||ELIAS(L)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)|| |
|4/4/2014||YOUNG(R)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)|| |
|4/5/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)|| |
|4/6/2014||RAMIREZ(L)||@ OAKLAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|4/4/2014||RICHARDS(R)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)|| |
|4/5/2014||SKAGGS(L)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)|| |
|4/6/2014||WEAVER(R)||@ HOUSTON||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|4/7/2014|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|SEATTLE: SEATTLE (AP) - Robinson Cano was just the start. The Seattle Mariners didn't stop with one major splash in trying to catch up with the best in the AL West.|
Even so, there remain many questions about whether Seattle's additions as a whole can improve a team coming off a 71-win season.
The moves made by Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik were in hopes of improving the Mariners and solidifying his own future after a shaky offseason that started with Eric Wedge's decision not to return as manager.
Lloyd McClendon is getting his second shot as a major league manager nine years after he was last leading a club in Pittsburgh. Along with Cano, Seattle signed outfielder Corey Hart, closer Fernando Rodney and traded for designated hitter Logan Morrison.
Despite those moves, there remain concerns about the depth of Seattle's rotation beyond ace Felix Hernandez and whether players the Mariners have been waiting for to finally pop can establish themselves as reliable, everyday starters.
Yet the Mariners believe they will be competitive in one of baseball's toughest divisions.
''We're ready to win. That's what it's all about,'' Hernandez said. ''We're ready to win ballgames in Seattle. We're ready to be in the playoffs, we're ready to do that.''
|LA ANGELS: ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton didn't exactly fit in right away with the Los Angeles Angels after they accepted owner Arte Moreno's lavish free-agent contracts.|
Now that both sluggers feel much more comfortable and confident in Orange County, they know it's time the Angels started getting more wins for their money.
The Angels' four-year absence from the playoffs is embarrassing for an organization with a sky-high payroll and equally lofty expectations, but they seem capable of ending the drought if the club's various pieces finally add up properly.
Pujols and Hamilton are full of spring optimism after those disappointing 2013 efforts, while superstar Mike Trout is back for the third full major league campaign in his already remarkable career.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (SEATTLE-LA ANGELS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mariners-Angels Preview* =========================
By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer
Seattle (0-0) at Los Angeles (0-0), 10:05 p.m. EDT
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Mike Trout thinks the Los Angeles Angels are about to begin the most important month of their season.
That's no exaggeration by the star outfielder, who has yet to appear in the playoffs largely because the Angels fell into a hole in the AL West standings at the outset of their last few seasons.
Awful April performances in the last two years left the big-budget Angels playing catch-up all summer, and not even Trout could carry them all the way back.
"We've got to have better starts," said Trout, who formalized his $144.5 million contract Saturday. "The last two years killed us. We've got to figure out a way to prepare ourselves to come out in a hot streak. I've always told myself and everybody that the first couple of weeks of the season can make or break your season."
Jered Weaver (11-8, 3.27 ERA) takes the mound against Felix Hernandez (12-10, 3.04) when the Angels face Seattle on Monday night at the Big A. They'll also host the Mariners debuts of $240 million second baseman Robinson Cano and manager Lloyd McClendon.
But even on March 31, an April spotlight will shine on the Angels, who haven't been to the playoffs since 2009.
They went 9-17 in April last season after Weaver got hurt early on, eventually stumbling to their worst season in a decade (78-84).
A year earlier, Trout was still in the minors for the first few weeks when Los Angeles started 7-15 with a homerless month from Albert Pujols, the Angels' own $240 million prize. They never got back on top of the division despite playing just one more sub-.500 month all year.
The Angels started 16-14 in 2011, and they were 12-18 in early May 2010. If the Angels hover below .500 in April yet again, manager Mike Scioscia's 15-season tenure could be in trouble.
Scioscia has dismissed any worries about the Angels' start to the season beyond the usual managerial boilerplate, instead choosing to focus on the particulars of the opening matchups with the Mariners. Seattle has raised expectations after its deep-pocketed ownership dug in to pay Cano, the former Yankees star and five-time All-Star.
"He's a great player, and the game just comes so easy and so naturally to him, so he makes any team better," Weaver said. "It was a bit of a surprise to see him go to Seattle, but that's a decision that he made and he's going to make that team better. The West has become a little bit more challenging of a division than in years past, and adding him to the Mariners makes the division that much tougher."
Seattle (71-91) also will debut outfielder Corey Hart, slugger Logan Morrison and closer Fernando Rodney, who spent two dismal seasons with the Angels from 2010-11.
"I think they're much improved, no doubt," Scioscia said of the Mariners. "They've vastly improved on the defensive end, and obviously their lineup is deeper. They've got a lot of good left-handed hitters in there, which will be a challenge to a lot of teams."
The Angels' vaunted lineup is ready to live up to its potential. The fully healthy Pujols likely will hit third behind Trout and ahead of slugger Josh Hamilton, who added 30 pounds of muscle for his second season in Anaheim.
Los Angeles also added third baseman David Freese. Kole Calhoun is likely to be the Angels' everyday leadoff hitter and right fielder, while 41-year-old Raul Ibanez is likely to face his former Seattle teammates as the Angels' designated hitter.
The Angels finished a 19-11 preseason with a victory over the Dodgers in Anaheim on Saturday night.
"It's always good to get these exhibition games gone, get a feel for playing in a big league stadium again and get under the lights again," Weaver said. "It really gets your mind going that the regular season is fast approaching, and we're looking forward to going to work."
|Last Updated: 1/22/2018 4:02:57 PM EST|