ANGEL NOTEBOOK: ANGELS CAUGHT IN NEUTRAL.Byline: Joe Haakenson Staff Writer
ANAHEIM - It's been an exercise in futility, so the Angels do their best not to think about it. The Seattle Mariners The Seattle Mariners are a professional baseball team based in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners are a member of the Western Division of Major League Baseball's American League. From to the present, the Mariners have played in Safeco Field. are off to such a good start, the Angels can't win even when they win.
The Angels' past 12 wins haven't resulted in any ground gained in the standings. Every time the Angels win, it seems, so do the Mariners. The Angels have not gained ground after a win since May 6.
``You really need to focus on game to game,'' infielder Scott Spiezio Scott Edward Spiezio (born September 21, 1972 in Joliet, Illinois) is a Major League Baseball player with the St. Louis Cardinals. He is the son of former Cardinal Ed Spiezio. said. ``One of our goals is getting to .500 and start to climb from there. Any loss is detrimental to that.''
Especially tonight, when the Angels open a three-game series against the Oakland A's. Because both teams are 27-28, one of them will emerge at .500 or better when the series ends.
The Angels have won four in a row, matching their longest streak of the season. They haven't been at the .500 mark since April 15, when they were 6-6.
--Draft day: The free-agent amateur draft begins today, and the Angels will select 13th in the first round. One player the Angels are looking at is power-hitting first baseman Casey Kotchman Casey John Kotchman (born February 22, 1983 in St. Petersburg, Florida) is a Major League Baseball first baseman for Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He hit his first Major League home run on August 5 2005. In 47 games in 2005, Kotchman had 7 home runs and 22 runs batted in. , son of Tom Kotchman, a manager for the Angels' Rookie League team in Provo, Utah.
The Angels had two first-round picks last season and took pitchers Joe Torres This article or section needs sources or references that appear in reliable, third-party publications. Alone, primary sources and sources affiliated with the subject of this article are not sufficient for an accurate encyclopedia article. and Chris Bootcheck Christopher Brandon ("Chris") Bootcheck (b. October 24, 1978 in LaPorte, Indiana) is a pitcher splitting time between the minor leagues and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He made his Major League debut with the then-Anaheim Angels on September 9, 2003. . Both battled arm injuries earlier this year but are pitching now.
--Green out indefinitely: Steve Green For other people named Steve Green, see .
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Green was 6-2 with a 3.66 ERA in 10 starts at Salt Lake and also made an emergency start for the Angels on April 7. In that one, Green got a no-decision after giving up two runs and four hits in six innings.
Green had to leave the game last Friday at Portland in the first inning after feeling pain in his right elbow.
ANGELS vs. OAKLAND
Time: 7:05 p.m. at Edison Field.
TV/Radio: Fox Sports Net; KLAC-570, XPRS-1090.
Matchup: Pat Rapp (1-5, 4.85 ERA) will start for Anaheim against Mark Mulder (7-2, 3.27) of Oakland. Darin Erstad takes a season-best 14-game hitting streak into tonight's game (in that streak, he's hitting .381 - 24 for 63). The Angels and A's have split the first six games they've played this season, each team winning two of three on the road.
- Joe Haakenson
ANGELS vs. OAKLAND (see text)