American League Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, April 26th
(All times Eastern)
LA Angels of Anaheim (6-12) at Tampa Bay Rays (11-7), 1:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - Jerome Williams (1-1, 7.71)
Tampa Bay - Matt Moore (0-1, 5.12)
(Sports Network) - It's starting to get late early for the Los Angeles Angels
of Anaheim. Today, the Angels try to salvage the finale of their three-game
series with the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
After the offseason signings of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, many picked the
Angels to not only make the playoffs, but unseat the Texas Rangers as American
League West champions.
Things have not gone as planned, however, as Pujols has yet to hit a home run,
is hitless in a career-high 19 at-bats and is batting only .222, while the
Angels have stumbled to a 6-11 mark and are eight games back in the loss
column of the division-leading Rangers.
It didn't get any better for the Angels on Wednesday, as Jeremy Hellickson
tossed six innings of one-run ball to help Tampa Bay to a 3-2 win.
Hellickson (3-0) yielded five hits and two walks while striking out five. Wade
Davis and Joel Peralta gave up just one hit apiece in the seventh and eighth,
respectively, and Fernando Rodney gave up an unearned run in the ninth, but
survived to record his sixth save of the season.
Ben Zobrist cracked a solo home run, Jeff Keppinger had an RBI-double and
Brandon Allen added an RBI with a bases-loaded walk for the Rays, who have won
four straight and seven of nine since a four-game slide.
"He worked a great at-bat," Rays manager Joe Maddon said of Allen's patience
at the plate. "He hasn't played in a couple weeks. He was up there very calmly
during that whole moment. I was very impressed with that. I thought it was
important to try to add on at that point and we were able to do so."
Vernon Wells slammed a solo homer and Torii Hunter scored a run for the
Angels, who have lost three straight and fell for the sixth time in eight
games away from home.
Wilson (2-2) gave up two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out a
season-high 11 batters in seven innings of work.
Hoping to add to the Angels' misery this afternoon will be rookie Matt Moore,
who is 0-1 with a 5.12 ERA. Moore did not get a decision on Friday against
Minnesota and allowed three runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Moore has never faced the Angels, who will turn to Jerome Williams.
Williams, who beat the Rays the only other time he faced them, picked up his
first win of the season on Friday against Baltimore, as he surrendered three
runs in 6 2/3 frames to improve to 1-1 to go along with a 7.71 ERA.
The Angels split eight meetings with the Rays last season.
04/26 10:32:31 ET
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