ANGELS NOTEBOOK; EDMONDS GETS REGGIE'S BEST PITCH.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Reggie Jackson will be among those honored on opening night at Edison Field as part of the Angels' all-time team. But Jackson, who visited Angels camp Monday, is still employed by the New York Yankees as a special adviser in the baseball operations department.
Jackson is involved in a variety of business ventures and his stay in Arizona is business-related. But he stopped by the Angels' clubhouse Monday morning to visit some old friends and give center fielder Jim Edmonds some food for thought.
Jackson told Edmonds that New York is a great place to play, as long one can handle all the scrutiny that comes with it. Edmonds has been coveted by the Yankees, but so far they have been unable to acquire him in a trade. Edmonds, though, can go wherever he wants after the season when he becomes a free agent, and Jackson made it clear to Edmonds that opportunities would be endless if he were successful with the Yankees.
``The Yankees are world champions,'' Jackson said. ``It ain't a bad place to play. As long as (George) Steinbrenner owns the team, they're going to contend.''
Dealing with Steinbrenner, Jackson said, is not so difficult, as long as one understands the hierarchy.
``It's easy to know the flow chart,'' Jackson said. ``We have The Boss up here, and then there's everybody else. You could be a vice president or work on the grounds crew, you're the same. I have a big title, but no power. When I played, I had big power but no title.''
--Team's slump ends: Garret Anderson hit two home runs and Jim Edmonds had three hits as the Angels (9-11) beat the San Francisco Giants 9-8 at Scottsdale Stadium to snap a five-game losing streak.
Angels starter Brian Cooper, competing for a spot in the starting rotation, gave up six runs and five hits in four innings. Cooper, though, gave up all six runs in the second inning, and was perfect in the other three.
ANGELS vs. CHICAGO WHITE SOX
When/where: 12:05 p.m. at Tucson Electric Park
Radio/TV: KLAC-AM (570), XPRS-AM (1090)
Today's game: Angels at White Sox. Scott Schoeneweis starts for Anaheim. White Sox starter has not been announced.
Monday's results: Garret Anderson hit two home runs and drove in four, and Jim Edmonds had three hits as the Angels beat the Giants 9-8 at Scottsdale Stadium. Brian Cooper started for Anaheim (9-11) and gave up six runs and five hits in four innings, all of the runs coming in the second inning. Kent Mercker relieved Cooper and gave up two runs and five hits in four innings.
- Joe Haakenson
Box: ANGELS vs. CHICAGO WHITE SOX (see text)