Weaver overcomes early struggles to get Angels the victory

Weaver overcomes early struggles to get Angels the victory

By Daniel Gallen
Staff writer
Orange County Register

ANAHEIM – Through the early innings Wednesday night, Angels right-hander Jered Weaver appeared poised for another laborious start. The Philadelphia Phillies put multiple runners on base in each of the first four innings and took a one-run lead after shortstop Jimmy Rollins’ RBI single.

But Weaver buckled down in his final two innings, putting the Phillies down in order in the fifth and sixth innings. And by keeping the deficit at one, he kept the Angels in the game for another big inning to clinch a 4-3 victory and two-game series sweep.

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Dodgers trade for Phillies pitcher Hernandez

Dodgers trade for Phillies pitcher Hernandez

By Daniel Gallen
Staff writer
Orange County Register

In an attempt to prop up the struggling back end of their rotation, the Dodgers acquired right-hander Roberto Hernandez from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for two players to be named or cash considerations, the team announced Thursday.

Hernandez is 6-8 with a 3.87 ERA in 23 games this season, and over his past seven starts, he was 3-3 with a 2.85 ERA.

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Ramirez’s rainbow shot in 12th lifts Dodgers

Ramirez’s rainbow shot in 12th lifts Dodgers

By Daniel Gallen
Staff writer
Orange County Register

LOS ANGELES – Entering Saturday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs, Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez had 189 career home runs. Of those 189, 25 had tied a game and 76 had given his team the lead.

But none of those home runs had ended a game.

That all changed in the 12th inning Saturday. With runners on first and second and two outs, Ramirez launched a 1-0 curveball from Cubs right-hander Blake Parker into the Dodgers bullpen in left to give his team a 5-2 win in front of the rain-soaked remnants of an announced sellout of 53,354 at Dodger Stadium.

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Street is settling in with Angels’ bullpen

Street is settling in with Angels’ bullpen

By Daniel Gallen
Staff Writer
Orange County Register

When Huston Street found out he was traded from San Diego to the Angels on July 19, his mind didn’t turn to thoughts of a pennant race or a bullpen in the process of stabilizing after a rough start.

Instead, the right-hander turned to other uncertainties: moving in and out of a hotel, getting into a new lease and getting out of his old one and, perhaps most important, making sure his wife and two sons were comfortable.

“Those are the human elements of it,” Street said Sunday. “But the baseball, once the game starts, that’s the easy part.”

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Stingy bullpen has become Angels’ strength

Stingy bullpen has become Angels’ strength

By Daniel Gallen
Staff writer
Orange County Register

ANAHEIM – When Angels right-hander Mike Morin entered Sunday’s game against Detroit with one out in the sixth, it appeared as if the Tigers were set to build a scoring threat in a 1-1 game.

Austin Jackson had singled to center, snapping a streak of 14 straight Tigers retired by left-hander Hector Santiago. Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera, two dangerous bats, were due up with Victor Martinez behind them.

But Morin quelled the potential threat with back-to-back strikeouts, the latter of which came when Cabrera flailed at a fluttering, letter-high 72-mph changeup. Morin kicked off 32/3 perfect innings from the bullpen, rounding out a sparkling weekend from the Angels relievers.

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Freese’s bat warms up and delivers Angels’ victory

Freese’s bat warms up and delivers Angels’ victory

By Daniel Gallen
Staff writer
Orange County Register

ANAHEIM – David Freese hadn’t taken any practice swings, but the Angels third baseman was loose as he stepped into the batter’s box against Detroit right-hander Joba Chamberlain with one out in the eighth inning Sunday.

During the previous at-bat, John McDonald had stepped into the on-deck circle in place of Freese, and if Efren Navarro had reached, it was likely McDonald would have had the option of bunting him over in the tie game. But Navarro struck out, so Freese batted.

Four pitches later, he roped an 88 mph slider over the center-field wall for a solo home run to give the Angels an eventual 2-1 win over the Tigers in front of 36,252 at Angel Stadium.

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Orioles’ Tillman right at home in Anaheim

Orioles’ Tillman right at home in Anaheim

By Daniel Gallen
Staff writer
Orange County Register

ANAHEIM – More than a year ago, Baltimore Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman, an Anaheim native, made his first road start in front of family and friends against the Angels and turned in one of the best outings of his career.

On that day in May, Tillman scattered three hits across eight shutout innings, and the Orioles came away with a 5-1 victory at Angel Stadium.

That performance was indicative of the type of success Orioles pitchers would have against the Angels in recent years. Tillman enters his start in Wednesday’s series finale with a 2-0 record and 1.84 ERA against the team he grew up a “diehard fan” of.

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