American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, May 15th
(All times Eastern)
Oakland Athletics (19-17) at LA Angels of Anaheim (15-21), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Oakland - Bartolo Colon (3-3, 3.96)
LA Angels - Ervin Santana (1-6, 5.09)
(Sports Network) - The LA Angels of Anaheim hope Ervin Santana can string
consecutive winning starts together for the first time this season when he
takes the mound tonight in the finale of a two-game set versus the Oakland
Santana started the season 0-6 in his first six outings and pitched to a lofty
5.59 earned run average over 46 innings. The right-hander pitched well in the
back end of his slide to start the season, but it wasn't enough to give him a
victory. He posted win No. 1 last Wednesday in a 6-2 triumph at Minnesota, as
he held the hosts to a pair of runs and six hits in 7 1/3 innings.
He struck out one batter after mowing down 10 the previous night and is now
1-6 in seven starts with a 5.09 ERA. Santana is winless in three home starts
this season (0-3) and was beaten by the A's back on April 18, when he gave up
four runs in seven innings of a 6-0 loss. In 24 career games (22 starts)
against Oakland, Santana is 13-4 with a 2.15 ERA.
The last time Santana won back-to-back starts was from Aug. 27-Sept 1, 2011.
Anaheim dropped the opener of this series in Oakland by a 5-0 score, as
starting pitcher Dan Haren was hit for four runs in six innings to take the
loss. Haren allowed six hits, struck out five and walked four batters.
"This team is too good to be shutout as many times as we have," said Angels
manager Mike Scioscia. "We had better at-bats tonight that are not going to
show up in the box score."
Maicer Izturis had three of the eight hits for the Angels in the loss. The
Halos have dropped two straight and four of six games. Anaheim was without
outfielder Torii Hunter after he left the team before Monday's game following
the arrest of his teenage son. Hunter is not expected to play tonight and is
batting .256 with five homers and 15 RBI this season.
Oakland opened its seven-game road trip on a positive note last night, as Seth
Smith drove in two runs and scored once and Josh Reddick homered. Kurt Suzuki
finished with two hits and an RBI.
Tyson Ross started on the hill and gave up just five hits and a walk with two
strikeouts over six innings for the victory.
"After a rough first inning I stayed with my game plan," said Ross. "I tried
not to get the pitch count up too high. I mixed it up with split-changeups and
breaking balls. I like the mound here and I feel like I'm on top of the
The Athletics have won eight of their last 12 games and will also visit the
Rangers and Giants on the current road trip.
Former Angel Bartolo Colon hopes to end a four start winless streak (0-2)
tonight when he gets the ball for the A's. Colon lasted only 2 1/3 innings in
Thursday's 10-6 loss to Detroit after he was pounded for eight runs -- seven
earned -- and nine hits with no strikeouts or walks.
Colon has allowed at least two runs in each of his last four outings. He is
2-0 in four road starts in 2012 and will try to beat the Angels for a second
time this season after defeating them back on April 18 with eight shutout
innings, five K's and no walks. Colon, a right-hander, opposed Santana that
day and is 9-5 with a 3.46 ERA in 19 career starts against the Halos. Colon
won the 2005 AL Cy Young Award with the Angels.
Oakland has won four of five meetings with the Halos this season and four in a
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