Los Angeles Angels: Chris Ianetta

3 up, 3 down: Angels 6, Orioles 3

April, 20, 2012

ANAHEIM -- The Angels snapped a three-game skid with a 6-3 win Friday night against the Baltimore Orioles in the opener of a weekend series at Angel Stadium. They're now a victory away from taking their first series of the season, but the Angels have yet to win two straight games.

Starting pitcher Jerome Williams did enough in 6 2/3 innings, second baseman Howie Kendrick had three hits and three RBIs and closer Jordan Walden picked up the save in his first opportunity.

The Good:

High socks. Baseball players try funny things to snap out of funks. Infielders Kendrick, Erick Aybar and Alberto Callaspo, for instance, went old school Friday, pulling up their pant legs for a synchronized knee-high look. Each reached base three times and the trio combined to score four runs, so don't be surprised if the socks come out again this weekend.

Same face, new place. Mark Trumbo, making his first outfield start of the season, had another two hits, including an RBI double in the first, and manager Mike Scioscia's job isn't getting any easier. "Mark looked comfortable in left field," Scioscia said. "Wherever we can fit him in, he will play."

Rebound. There's reason to be optimistic about the back end of the Angels' rotation after the outing Williams turned in. He bounced back from his poor season debut against the Yankees, limiting the Orioles to three runs in 6 2/3 innings. Williams struck out six and allowed only five hits heading into the seventh but was pulled after giving up a towering homer to Nolan Reimold.

The Bad:

Stranded. Scioscia pointed to struggles with situational hitting as a reason for the team's awful start, and the Angels were at it again Friday. They could have pulled away early but left seven runners on base through the first four innings. Albert Pujols flied out to the wall with two runners on in the second, Chris Iannetta struck out with two on in the third and Torii Hunter lined into a double play with the bases loaded in the fourth.

False alarm. Fans are ready to erupt. The tension inside Angel Stadium keeps building with every Pujols fly ball and will keep doing so until one leaves the yard. He was closer to his first home run as an Angel, flying out to the 387-foot sign in left-center field with two runners on in the second inning.

Throwing. Errant throws by Aybar and Callaspo to first base must have had general manager Jerry Dipoto holding his breath. Pujols pulled them down and managed to tag out the base runners, but the sequence was cringe worthy. Pujols, as you may recall, missed some time last season after spraining his wrist on a tag.

Wilson still on the Angels' radar

December, 5, 2011
DALLAS -- The Angels started their offseason movements before coming here for the winter meetings, but that doesn’t mean they are simply watching the “winter market” while they're here.

Front office officials for Angels arrived 18 people strong, according to two sources, ready to strengthen the team that wound up second in the AL West.

The Angels filled one of their main needs last week with the addition of catcher Chris Ianneta from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for pitcher Tyler Chatwood.

Saturday, they sent catcher Jeff Mathis to Toronto, after Mathis never achieved what was expected from him offensively and one of the reasons the Angels decided to move Mike Napoli in 2010 to those same Blue Jays.

Ianetta batted .238 with 14 homers and 55 RBIs in 112 games for the Rockies last season. Mathis had a .174 average with three homers and 22 RBIs in 93 games.

Now, the Angels are trying to get a fourth or fifth starter who can work behind Jered Weaver, Dan Haren and Ervin Santana in the rotation, maybe ahead of veteran Jerome Williams.

Jerry Dipoto, the Angels' new general manager, said they are still interested in left-hander C.J. Wilson, who in the past two seasons was a starter for the Texas Rangers, the two-time AL champions.

“We have expressed our interest in improving certain areas,” Dipto said Saturday. “And we are no different than the other 29 teams in the major leagues; starting pitching is our priority.”

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