|LA ANGELS ( RICHARDS )|
TORONTO ( MCGOWAN )
|965||LA ANGELS||+100||Ov 9,-110||-105||Ov 9.5,-110|
|966||TORONTO||-110||Un 9,-110||-105||Un 9.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||11-10||-0.2||12-9||5.6||0.258||0.321||4.0||0.226||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2||2-4||3.7||0.242||0.306||5.3||0.261||0.328|
|vs Right-handed Starters||13-12||+1.2||15-10||5.0||0.259||0.331||4.4||0.259||0.339|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.2||6-1||7.0||0.292||0.349||3.9||0.259||0.323|
|4/25/2014||WILSON(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||13-1||W||110||8 un||O||16||5||0||6||9||1|
|4/26/2014||SANTIAGO(L)||@ NY YANKEES||NUNO(L)||3-4||L||-105||9.5 un||U||9||10||0||7||6||1|
|4/27/2014||RICHARDS(R)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||2-3||L||150||7.5 un||U||6||8||1||3||5||0|
|5/5/2014||WEAVER(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||4-1||W||-145||8 un||U||4||7||0||6||4||1|
|5/6/2014||WILSON(L)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||3-4||L||-140||7.5 ev||U||6||4||0||8||6||1|
|5/7/2014||SANTIAGO(L)||NY YANKEES||NUNO(L)||2-9||L||-135||8.5 un||O||6||7||2||12||7||0|
|5/9/2014||RICHARDS(R)||@ TORONTO||MCGOWAN(R)|| |
|5/10/2014||SKAGGS(L)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)|| |
|5/11/2014||WEAVER(R)||@ TORONTO||HUTCHISON(R)|| |
|5/12/2014||WILSON(L)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)|| |
|5/13/2014||SANTIAGO(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)|| |
|5/14/2014||RICHARDS(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BURNETT(R)|| |
|5/15/2014||SKAGGS(L)||TAMPA BAY||BEDARD(L)|| |
|5/16/2014|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/29/2014||MCGOWAN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||7-10||L||130||8 ev||O||12||8||1||11||5||0|
|4/30/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||2-4||L||120||7.5 un||U||7||12||0||6||3||0|
|5/1/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||7-3||W||-110||8.5 un||O||11||10||1||7||5||1|
|5/2/2014||MORROW(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||5-6||L||125||7.5 un||O||10||8||0||17||10||1|
|5/3/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)||6-8||L||110||7.5 un||O||9||9||0||12||10||4|
|5/4/2014||MCGOWAN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||VOLQUEZ(R)||7-2||W||110||8.5 un||O||11||7||0||4||5||0|
|5/5/2014||HAPP(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||3-0||W||-110||8.5 un||U||7||7||1||7||11||0|
|5/6/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||6-5||W||105||7.5 un||O||12||6||0||10||5||0|
|5/9/2014||MCGOWAN(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|5/10/2014||HAPP(L)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)|| |
|5/11/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|5/12/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|5/16/2014|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|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.
|TORONTO: TORONTO (AP) - All winter long, the Blue Jays' primary concern was upgrading the starting pitching. The biggest story in Toronto this spring, though, is the one about the free agent arm that got away.|
After months of inaction, the Blue Jays thought they'd landed right-hander Ervin Santana on a one-year deal in early March. But when injury concerns flared up in Atlanta, Santana signed a similar deal with the Braves instead.
''I think it's pretty obvious we were involved, it didn't work out. I'm trying to take the high road here,'' general manager Alex Anthopoulos said after Santana turned him down, saying he'd rather pitch in a spacious National League park than face AL East foes in Toronto's hitter-friendly dome.
Anthopoulos, who'd previously come ''extremely close'' to acquiring a starter through trade, must now start the season with almost the same staff he took north last year. Right-handed knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, the 2012 NL Cy Young winner, will be the opening-day starter again, while left-hander Mark Buehrle gets the third slot.
But none of the other three leading contenders, right-handers Brandon Morrow and Drew Hutchison, and left-hander J.A. Happ, have ever pitched 200 innings, and all three are coming off injuries. Morrow was limited to 10 starts last year by a nerve problem in his forearm, Hutchison hasn't pitched in the majors since elbow surgery in 2012, and Happ missed most of 2013 after being hit in the head by a line drive. Happ dimmed his own chances with an awful spring.
Santana, who has topped the 200-inning mark five times, would have given the Blue Jays valuable depth. Without him, there's more chance they'll need starts from touted but untested youngsters like Kyle Drabek, Sean Nolin, and Marcus Stroman.
Still, a confident Dickey insisted Santana would have been more ''bonus'' than ''necessity'' to Toronto. ''I feel like we have what we need,'' he said.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (LA ANGELS-TORONTO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Angels-Blue Jays Preview* ==========================
By KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer
Los Angeles (16-17) at Toronto (17-17), 7:07 p.m. EDT
The Los Angeles Angels' bats were quiet during a three-game series with the New York Yankees. Though they've been far more effective with the lumber recently in Toronto, the Blue Jays show no signs of abandoning their winning ways.
The Angels open a four-game series Friday night at Rogers Centre, where they've won four straight and will now try to end the Blue Jays' winning streak at six.
Toronto (18-17) completed a four-game sweep of Philadelphia with a 12-6 home victory Thursday. Edwin Encarnacion hit two homers, giving him four in his last three games, to pace an offense that's averaging 7.0 runs in eight games this month.
"We are some kind of hot right now," said manager John Gibbons, whose club has 13 homers during the streak and is averaging two per home game. "You put us in this ballpark, it's a home run heaven here. It's tough to pitch to. Everyone is feeding off each other."
Los Angeles (16-17) has won seven of eight against the Blue Jays, including a three-game sweep in Toronto from Sept. 10-12. The Angels are hitting .315 with 31 runs and 22 extra-base hits in their last four games there.
The Angels, however, hit .176 in dropping two of three to the Yankees early this week.
Rookie C.J. Cron was the lone bright spot in Wednesday's 9-2 loss, going 3 for 4 to improve to 8 for 19 in five games.
Another solid start from Garrett Richards could relieve the pressure on the offense.
Richards (3-0, 2.84 ERA) has been all the Angels hoped for in his first full season in the rotation, holding opponents to a .184 average with 40 strikeouts over 38 innings. He got his first decision in four starts Saturday, surrendering three runs on nine hits while striking out nine in six innings of a 5-3 win over Texas.
The 25-year-old had bounced between the rotation and bullpen the last few seasons.
"I think we saw signs of what he was capable of doing early on," fellow Angels starter Jered Weaver told the team's official website. "And now we're seeing this year that he can be one of the best pitchers in the league."
The hard-throwing right-hander won his last two starts against the Blue Jays - both coming in the final two months of 2013 - in which he allowed five runs in 13 2-3 innings.
While Richards has secured his spot in the rotation, Toronto's Dustin McGowan (2-1, 4.80) is rumored to be fighting for his, though Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said that isn't the case.
"I never understood the whole McGowan watch," Anthopoulos said. "I kept hearing every start is for his job. I don't know that we've ever said it. It's been three starts in a row, every start is for his job. I just don't know that ever came from the organization."
McGowan has responded well to that talk in his last two starts, allowing three earned runs on six hits in 13 innings. He got his second win in Sunday's 7-2 victory at Pittsburgh, yielding a run on three hits in seven innings.
"He's definitely shown me something," Gibbons said.
In five career starts against the Angels, McGowan is 1-4 with a 3.86 ERA. He'll have to contend with Albert Pujols, who is a career .419 hitter in Toronto.
Jose Bautista's 36 consecutive games reaching base dating to last season is the best in baseball since Mike Trout went 40 from June 3-Aug. 18.
Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie (right hamstring) has missed three games and isn't expected back Friday.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 7:02:18 AM EST|