ANGELS NOTEBOOK: ANGELS GET RAIN BREAK, LOOK AHEAD.Byline: Joe Haakenson
There was good news for the Angels Sunday - they didn't lose.
Of course, they didn't play either. Their game against the Kansas City Royals The Kansas City Royals are a professional baseball team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals are a member of the Central Division of Major League Baseball's American League. From to the present, the Royals have played in Kauffman Stadium. was postponed because of rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sept. 14.
The Angels have struggled lately, losing six of seven - including four of five on the just-concluded trip to Toronto and Kansas City Kansas City, two adjacent cities of the same name, one (1990 pop. 149,767), seat of Wyandotte co., NE Kansas (inc. 1859), the other (1990 pop. 435,146), Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties, NW Mo. (inc. 1850). . So a day off to gather their thoughts and forget their troubles was welcomed.
``It's not like it's stopping our momentum,'' Angels manager Terry Collins said. ``We need to take a deep breath and get ready for next week. Toronto's playing great.''
The Angels play four against the Blue Jays, who swept three from the Angels to start the trip and four against the White Sox. After having played 12 of their first 18 games on the road, the Angels say it will be nice to have an extended stay at home.
``There are a lot of ways to approach it,'' Collins said. ``You can say we've got eight games coming up at home, so yes, we need to get it going. We're a good baseball team. We've haven't played well. We're not making excuses, but we're better than this.
``We've got to get it moving and it starts in all areas. We need to run the bases, have a game plan at the plate, have a game plan on the mound and stay aggressive. We'll be fine, but it's time It's Time was a successful political campaign run by the Australian Labor Party (ALP) under Gough Whitlam at the 1972 election in Australia. Campaigning on the perceived need for change after 23 years of conservative (Liberal Party of Australia) government, Labor put forward a to get it going.''
``We need to play every game we can play and get ourselves right,'' he said.
Baby steps: Shortstop Gary DiSarcina
``I tied my shoes for the first time in seven weeks,'' he said.
Little things mean a lot to DiSarcina, who is expected back around the All-Star break. He hasn't played at all since he walked into the path of coach George Hendrick's fungo fun·go
n. pl. fun·goes Baseball
A fly ball hit for fielding practice by a player who tosses the ball up and hits it on its way down with a long, thin, light bat.
[Origin unknown.] bat on Feb. 22.
``It's hard not to play,'' DiSarcina said. ``But if you had to choose an injury, this is a pretty good injury. You have a time frame that's set. You can see the X-rays and see the break. You know it's there, you can see it. It's not like a pulled muscle or a strain.''
DiSarcina will be examined by team medical director Dr. Lewis Yocum today or Tuesday and find out if he can increase his activity.
No (Mo)und charging: Mo Vaughn
``I don't believe in charging the mound In baseball, charging the mound is when a batter assaults the pitcher after being hit by a pitch. The first incidence of a professional charging the mound has not been identified but the practice certainly dates back to the game's early days. ,'' he said. ``I'd rather just hit a home run and stand there. Or I could call him in his hotel room after the game and ask, `What's your problem?' ''
For the time being, Vaughn will continue to DH. His sprained left ankle is too tender to try to play first base.
``Until he's mobile enough to bounce around and come off the bag, we're not going to take any chances,'' Collins said.
Glaus cooling: Third baseman third baseman
The infielder stationed near third base.
Noun 1. third baseman - (baseball) the person who plays third base
third sacker Troy Glaus Troy Edward Glaus (born August 3, 1976 in Tarzana, California) is a Major League Baseball player who plays third base for the Toronto Blue Jays. Previously, Glaus played with the Anaheim Angels (1998-2004) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (2005). , off to such a hot start, cooled off on the trip, hitting .200 (4 for 20). Even so, Glaus went into Sunday ranking among the league leaders in six offensive categories: runs (15, tied for fifth), hits (24, tied for eighth), total bases (45, tied for fifth), doubles (12, first), extra-base hits (15, first) and slugging percentage (.682, sixth).
ANGELS vs. TORONTO
Time: 7:05 p.m., Edison Field.
TV/Radio: Fox Sports West; KLAC AM (570).
Matchup: The Angels begin a four-game series with the Blue Jays. Here are the pitching matchups: Today - Chuck Finley (1-2, 7.94 ERA) vs. Chris Carpenter (2-1, 1.69); Tuesday - Omar Olivares (2-1, 1.77) vs. Pat Hentgen (0-1, 7.08); Wednesday - Tim Belcher (1-1, 8.53) vs. David Wells (3-1, 3.42); Thursday - Ken Hill (0-1, 4.76) vs. Roy Halladay (2-0, 0.00).
PHOTO CHUCK FINLEY
Sunday's scheduled pitcher will instead start today against the Blue Jays.
BOX: ANGELS vs. TORONTO (see text)