Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Saunders Returns To Old Form: Angels 10, Mariners 0Athletes are always quick to deny pain or infirmity, and Joe Saunders was one of that set, letting shoulder tightness slip into the start of the season, and then screwing him up for the rest of the year. He's done with that now, and last night, he was sharp as ever.
Vlad Guerrero provided a good bit of the offense, homering twice, once into the upper deck at Safeco; but Howie Kendrick also drove in two, and Juan Rivera hit a three-run jack. Good night for the boys, who look like they're getting healthy — and productive — at the right time.
Dodgers Acquire Garland And Fall: Diamondbacks 5, Dodgers 3 (10 Innings)Jon Garland walked across the field to join his new team, but the main problem for the Dodgers was relief pitching. George Sherrill, uncharacteristically, gave up the tying run in the eighth on a solo shot to Justin Upton, two innings after new acquisition Ronnie Belliard hit a two-run jack to give the Dodgers a 3-2 lead. Kind of a discouraging game, especially considering how badly the Snakes are doing this year, but nothing to cry over.
Angels Add Five, But Sean Rodriguez Not Among ThemMike DiGiovanna says the list is "infielder Brandon Wood, outfielder Reggie Willits, catcher Bobby Wilson and pitchers Sean O'Sullivan and Rich Thompson", with S-Rod conspicuously not among them. I'll be mighty upset if he ends up in a Rays uniform.
I haven't been able to find anything on the Dodgers' expansion roster yet.
PTBNL In Jon Garland Deal Might Be Tony AbreuPer Steve Gilbert, and via True Blue LA, which also notes the Snakes are picking up all his remaining salary.
Still don't know what Wood is supposed to be.
Rodriguez isn't a can't-miss prospect. His K-rate remains disturbingly high. And realistically speaking, the Angels were not going to have jobs for all of Wood, Rodriguez, Aybar and Kendrick. Job competition becomes even stiffer if Figgins comes back.