October 5, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Rangers have had success against left-hander Joe Saunders -- the Orioles' starter in tonight's AL wild-card game -- but Texas manager Ron Washington said Saunders is a much different pitcher that he one his team saw often in the AL West when he pitched with the Angels. “From what I understand and what I've been reading in the reports, he's not the guy I remember reading about when he was in Anaheim,” Washington said. “So I think we're just going to have to wait and see. We know he's going to use his off-speed.
July 2, 2012
Give it to Royals' Broxton Ron Fritz Baltimore Sun As much as I like the work of the Rangers' Yu Darvish and the Orioles' Jason Hammel, let's give this one to the home team. I'd put Royals closer Jonathan Broxton on the team with the game being played in Kansas City this year. It's not like you're adding a stiff. Broxton has 20 saves in 23 opportunities and a 2.05 ERA. Right now, designated hitter Billy Butler is the Royals' only representative.
April 23, 2012
White Sox and Angels Bill Shaikin Los Angeles Times The White Sox might be the biggest surprise, since management appears to vacillate between keeping an old team together and rebuilding. The Sox won the World Series in 2005, but they have won one playoff game since then and attendance has fallen from 3 million to 2 million. But pitching wins, and the White Sox are the only AL team in the top three in earned-run average for starters and relievers. The Angels would be the biggest disappointment.
April 2, 2012
Angels, Rangers in ALCS Mike DiGiovanna Los Angeles Times The top four teams in the American League are, in no particular order, the Yankees, Tigers, Rangers and Angels, and I would be stunned if all four, under the new five-team playoff format, didn't reach the postseason. The final spot will come down to the Red Sox and Rays. The axis of power in the league is shifting from the Northeast (New York-Boston) to the West, so I like the Angels and Rangers to reach the championship series.
March 29, 2011
Predicted finish, records Rangers Angels Athletics Mariners 87-75 86-76 78-84 61-101 Pennants, wild cards since 1995: 2, 3 Average payroll: $99.3 million (third of six divisions) Manager with World Series rings: Mike Scioscia ('02) Players with MVP awards: Josh Hamilton ('10), Ichiro Suzuki ('01). Pitchers with Cy Young awards: Felix Hernandez ('10) Possible high fantasy picks: Hamilton, Hernandez, Ian Kinsler, Trevor Cahill.
November 21, 2010
The Diamondbacks are making every player, including Justin Upton (right), available in trades. The Red Sox and Yankees are interested but Boston has a lot more to give up for the supremely talented right fielder. … While the Rangers can return their World Series team essentially intact, the A's and Angels figure to make an AL West repeat problematic. The A's have a wealth of pitching and are working to pry away third baseman Adrian Beltre from the Red Sox, with an opening offer of five years, $64 million.