ANGELS NOTEBOOK: COLON WORKS ON LOCATION.Byline: Doug Padilla Douglas ("Doug") Padilla (born October 4, 1956 in Oakland, California) is a former middle and long distance runner from the United States, who won the overall Grand Prix 1985 and the World Cup 5000m race in 1985. Staff Writer
TEMPE, Ariz. - Bartolo Colon showed nothing Friday to dissuade manager Mike Scioscia
Colon pitched in a minor-league game against the San Francisco San Francisco (săn frănsĭs`kō), city (1990 pop. 723,959), coextensive with San Francisco co., W Calif., on the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, which are connected by the strait known as the Golden Giants' Triple-A team and gave up two runs on six hits in six innings. Both runs came on solo home runs.
The right-hander didn't allow a walk and had five strikeouts among his 87 pitches. Colon suffered a bleeding blister last Saturday in a World Baseball Classic
Colon topped out at 92 mph on the radar gun radar gun
A usually hand-held device that measures the velocity of a moving object by sending out a continuous radio wave and measuring the frequency of reflected waves. , below the mid-90s speed he usually delivers in the regular season. But his reduced velocity had nothing to do with the blister.
``To me, every spring I focus more on location,'' Colon said through broadcaster Jose Mota, who was serving as an interpreter. ``I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
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Colon said he will utilize his same strategy in his final spring start Wednesday and let his emotions carry him in his first regular-season start.
``I do not want to try and find it in my last outing here because I don't want to get to the point where I jeopardize making the next start,'' he said. ``Once the adrenaline kicks in and the games start, I will be airing it out. But don't expect it in my next outing.''
While slowly getting up to speed is a routine Colon normally follows, he admitted that he has given plenty of consideration to the shoulder injury he suffered in last season's playoffs.
``In the back of my mind ..., I think about the shoulder only because I want to be cautious,'' he said. ``It's not because it hurts, it's to make sure that I don't do "I Don't Do" was the debut single by glamour model Michelle Marsh, released on 6 November 2006. The single reached 27 in the UK in its first week, selling only 9,000 copies and over 16,000 copies as of January 2007. The single spend a total of four weeks in the Top 75. something that will jeopardize it or hurt me any more.
--Starting strong: Vladimir Guerrero's hot spring should have been expected. When the regular season starts, the slugger has the fifth best March-April batting average among active players,according to the number-crunching outfit STATS, formerly known as Stats Inc.
Guerrero, who is batting .469 this spring, has a .327 career batting average before the calendar turns to May in the regular season.
--Coming through: Had it not been for clutch hitting, who knows how low the Angels would have been last season? For the second consecutive season, the Angels had the highest team batting average with runners in scoring position Batting Average with Runners in Scoring Position (abbreviated BA/RISP or BA/RSP) is a baseball statistic derived by dividing a players hits with runners on second or third base by his at bats with runners in scoring position. and two outs (.279). The next best team in that situation, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays The Tampa Bay Devil Rays are a professional baseball team based in St. Petersburg, Florida, Florida. The Devil Rays are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball's American League. From to the present, the Devil Rays have played in Tropicana Field. , were eight points behind.
--Thinned out: The Angels will be working with a skeleton crew today in Tucson against the Arizona Diamondbacks as none of the starting infielders are expected to make the two-hour bus ride. Scioscia said the starters will have ``infield-cleanup'' drills in Tempe.
Catchers Jose Molina and Jeff Mathis also are expected to miss the trip, as is Guerrero.
-- A number of at-bats on the minor-league side Thursday seemed to help Darin Erstad. The Angels center fielder, who was out of action last week with a sore left foot and shoulder, went 2 for 3 with a run scored as the designated hitter.
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