CHICAGO (AP) -- Anaheim's Aaron Sele showed the pitching smarts
and ability that have allowed him to stick around the majors for 12
Jon Rauch had a short one-game stay in the big leagues with the
Chicago White Sox, and he might face a tough task getting back.
"I felt good, I felt strong. I felt like I could've kept
pitching," Sele said after leading the Angels over the White Sox
Sele improved to 4-0, allowing one run and four hits in 6 1-3
innings with six strikeouts and two walks.
"This is exactly what we saw from Aaron in Seattle in those
terrific years," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "If he can
maintain his stuff, he is going to give our team a big boost."
Jeff DaVanon had two doubles and a single for the Angels, who
scored five in the fourth inning off Rauch (0-1).
The 6-foot-11 Rauch was making his first major league start
since Sept. 27, 2002, and he might not get another with the White
Sox. He gave up five runs and 10 hits in just 3 2-3 innings
and,left the clubhouse before the end of the game, according to
team spokesman Scott Reifert.
General manager Ken Williams had gone to the clubhouse after the
game to tell Rauch he was going back to Triple-A.
"Kenny said that's not something we condone here. We're a
family. We root for each other," Reifert said. "That severely
hampered his chances of ever pitching in Chicago again."
But Rauch said it was all a misunderstanding and apologized in a
telephone call to the White Sox's flagship radio station on its
postgame show and said he will talk with Williams.
"The whole thing was a huge miscommunication," Rauch said. "I
want to apologize for any miscommunication. I want to apologize to
my teammates. I'm not like that," Rauch said. "I just wanted to
get out of there and be with my family."
Making his sixth start since beginning the season in the
bullpen, Sele gave up three singles and Paul Konerko's 10th homer
in the seventh. He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth when
Carlos Lee was caught off second by catcher Bengie Molina and was
tagged out in a rundown.
"I threw the pitch and got the strike and I was just about
ready to ask for the ball back and he (Molina) came up throwing,"
Sele said. "That's a big play. Anytime you get somebody to back
pick somebody, it's a real nice out."
Just called up from Triple-A Charlotte, Rauch yielded six hits
in a five-run fourth inning. He and four other pitchers who've
attempted to man the No. 5 spot in the rotation are 0-7.
Vladimir Guerrero and Jose Guillen opened with singles before
DaVanon hit an RBI double. Bengie Molina added a sacrifice fly,
Casey Kotchman an RBI single and Adam Kennedy a run-scoring
grounder to first to make it 4-0. David Eckstein's run-scoring
single finished Rauch.
Lee's single in the fourth extended his hitting streak to a
career-best 16 games before he was caught leaning.
The Angels ran themselves out of scoring chances in each of the
first three innings. Chone Figgins was thrown out in the first
trying to stretch a single into a double. DaVanon was doubled up
when he broke for third and couldn't get back on Molina's pop to
second. And when Robb Quinlan tried to score from third on Figgins'
shallow fly, he was thrown out easily on a strong peg from Timo
Jose Valentin was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. ... Chicago
bench coach Harold Baines ran the team because manager Ozzie
Guillen was attending his son's high school graduation in Florida.
Baines said he didn't know if he'd like to manage full-time some
day and will use Saturday's experience as a barometer. He didn't
have to make out the lineup because Guillen did that before he left
Friday night. ... The Angels announced after the game they had
reached contract agreement with Raul Mondesi. He could play Sunday.
... The annual Dog Day promotion drew 500 pooches, who paraded
around the field before the game and then sat in the bleachers.
Human attendance was announced at 25,050.