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Posted on: October 24, 2010 3:29 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2010 4:08 pm
 

Guerrero to start in field in Game 1 or 2

Vladimir Guerrero Two quick notes from the Rangers' workout on Sunday via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram 's Anthony Andro's Twitter feed .

1. The Rangers haven't set their rotation for the World Series past Cliff Lee starting Game 1 on Wednesday. C.J. Wilson and Colby Lewis will start, but the order isn't set.

2. Vladimir Guerrero will start one of the two games for the Rangers in San Francisco.

Guerrero played 18 games in the outfield for the Rangers this season, 17 in right field.

If Jonathan Sanchez pitches Game 2, look for Guerrero to start that game. Guerrero crushed left-handers this season, hitting .338/.395/.536 against lefties with seven homers in 151 at-bats. David Murphy has been better against right-handers, with 11 of his 12 homers coming against right-handed pitchers. His batting average and on-base percentage is better than Guerrero's against right-handers, and his slugging is just three points lowers (.482 vs. .479).

UPDATE: MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan has an update with some of the Rangers' other questions. The biggest one may be in the bullpen.

The Rangers may drop one of their four left-handed bullpen arms for the World Series roster against the more right-handed Giants. Mark Lowe, Scott Feldman and Dustin Nippert are the choices as right-handed bullpen arms.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 22, 2010 6:50 pm
 

Players choice finalists announced

Carlos Gonzalez In September, major-league players voted for the Players Choice Awards, coordinated by the union. Friday, the MLBPA released the three finalists for each of the awards, which will be announced over the course of next week.

Player of the year (both leagues): Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies, pictured), Josh Hamilton (Rangers), Joey Votto (Reds).

Man of the year (for off-field efforts): Torii Hunter (Angels), Brandon Inge (Tigers), Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies).

NL outstanding player: Gonzalez, Albert Pujols (Cardinals), Votto.

NL outstanding pitcher: Roy Halladay (Phillies), Ubaldo Jimenez (Rockies), Adam Wainwright (Cardinals).

NL outstanding rookie: Jaime Garcia (Cardinals), Jason Heyward (Braves), Buster Posey (Giants).

NL comeback player: R.A. Dickey (Mets), Tim Hudson (Braves), Aubrey Huff (Giants).

AL outstanding player: Jose Bautista (Blue Jays), Miguel Cabrera (Tigers), Hamilton.

AL outstanding pitcher: Felix Hernandez (Mariners), David Price (Rays), CC Sabathia (Yankees).

AL outstanding rookie: Wade Davis (Rays), Neftali Feliz (Rangers), Austin Jackson (Tigers).

AL comeback player: Freddy Garcia (White Sox), Vladimir Guerrero (Rangers), Francisco Liriano (Twins).

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 13, 2010 8:18 pm
 

Guerrero unconcerned about contract

Vladimir Guerrero Worried? About his contract?

Not at all, Rangers DH Vladimir Guerrero told MLB.com Sunday night. Guerrero is finishing up a one-year, $6.5 million deal. Both sides have a $9 million mutual option.

"I'm not going to worry about that now," Guerrero said. "I'll try to keep playing, play the best that I can and try to stay away from injuries."

Given Guerrero is hitting .305/.348/.503 in 574 plate appearances with 26 home runs, it seems clear the team should be interested in Guerrero at $9 million, a price the ex-Angel would have a hard time beating on the open market.

However, Guerrero would be 36 in 2011, limited to just DH duties and struggled through an extended slump earlier this season. Guerrero argues that his slump shouldn't be held against him -- rather, staying healthy has allowed him to experience a "normal" full season by a player, with peaks and valleys to his year.

Guerrero may find the free-agent market difficult to navigate with so many one-dimensional DHs or soon-to-be DHs hitting the market. David Ortiz may be a free agent DH, Jim Thome certainly will be. Left fielder Manny Ramirez is beginning a new career at DH and Paul Konerko may find himself in a similar situation.

Guerrero will be one of the more successful DHs on the market if he does elect to walk away from the Rangers' mutual option, having already driven in over 100 runs for the 10th time in his career, first since 2008.

Perhaps that's why he's not worried at all.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 17, 2010 1:27 am
Edited on: August 17, 2010 1:29 am
 

Year has not been kind to Angels' bats

Torii Hunter
The Orange County Register points out that Wednesday is the one-year anniversary of a historic feat, and provides a reminder of how much things have changed for the Angels.

After a 5-4 victory over the Indians last August 18, all nine batters in the Angels lineup had a batting average of .300 or better (you can see the box score here ). It was the first time a team had been in that situation since the 1934 Tigers.

A year later, not one of those nine players is batting .300. Here's the lineup, with last year's August 18 average and their current average:

Chone Figgins (now with Seattle) .308/.251
Bobby Abreu .310/.266
Juan Rivera .310/.257
Vladimir Guerrero (now with Texas) .313/.297
Kendry Morales .303/.290
Torii Hunter (pictured) .307/.290
Maicer Izturis .300/.249
Mike Napoli .300/.254
Erick Aybar .313/.271

Explains a lot about how the Angels were 5 1/5 games up in the American League West then and 8 1/2 back now.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 10:50 am
Edited on: June 30, 2010 10:51 am
 

Stars skipping Derby


Josh Hamilton Could the Home Run Derby be going the way of the NBA's Slam Dunk Contest?

At the NBA's All-Star weekend, the league flies in a collection of bench players, nobodies and Knicks to fill out its skills competition, including the dunk contest. This year's participants were Nate Robinson, DeMar DeRozan, Shannon Brown and Gerald Wallace -- not exactly LeBron James or Kobe Bryant.

Baseball's best are turning down the Home Run Derby as quickly as James will declined joining the Los Angles Clippers when NBA free agency opens at midnight tonight. So far, Josh Hamilton, Albert Pujols and Vladimir Guerrero have publicly said they don't want to participate. Even Angels catcher Mike Napoli has said he doesn't want to participate.

So far, the only taker has been the Angels' Reggie Willits, who has as much of a chance of making the All-Star team as former White Sox minor leaguer Michael Jordan. Willits, by the way, has zero home runs in 871 big-league plate appearances.

"I'll do it," Willits joked to the Orange County Register 's Bill Plunkett . "My swing is the last thing I'd be worried about -- it's my pride."

Others, though, are worried about their swing.

"For some guys who have the approach that I'm trying to use now, it might have a negative effect -- guys who don't have an uppercut in their swing or who swing down on the ball," Hamilton, who two years ago put on one of the great Derby shows of all-time told the paper.

Bobby Abreu is the poster child for skipping the event. In 2005, he had 18 home runs at the break and then won the event with a record 41 homers. He hit six the rest of the season.

"I understand very well why they say no," Abreu, now an Angel, told the Register . "It takes a lot of out of you. Your hands, your fingers get sore. When it happened to me, I was tired. I hit 41. That's not counting all the swings you take that aren't home runs. I don't know how many swings I took."

Even Napoli, who has 14 homers, said he'd prefer not to participate.

"It always seemed that after I did one, I struggled for awhile," Napoli said. "It affects your swing. I did one in Double-A and went like, 9 for 90 after that. Let the superstars do it."

When it comes down to it, superstars can -- and likely will -- turn down the assignment, so it may be left to the secondary stars.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 28, 2010 3:28 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2010 4:58 pm
 

Mauer winning baseball's popularity contest

Joe Mauer In the final American League All-Star Game voting updates before Sunday's announcement of teams, Justin Morneau and Carl Crawford are hanging on for their spots in the homecoming court, while Joe Mauer continues to be the prettiest girl in the school, but is still like totally down-to-earth and cool, you know?

The chess club still has until Thursday to find a way to hack intuit he online voting system and make Yuniesky Betancourt the queen, but then when the Royals shortstop shows up to the dance, he'll take off his glasses, shake out his hair and everyone will discover the beautiful swan he was underneath a career 82 OPS+.

Anyway, Mark Teixeira is making a run at Morneau at first base, with Miguel Cabrera tight on his heels. Robinson Cano seems to have second locked up, as do Evan Longoria and Derek Jeter at third base and shortstop, respectively. Mauer is pounding Jorge Posada at catcher and Vladimir Guerrero has a comfortable lead at DH over Hideki Matsui. Really.

Ichiro Suzuki, Josh Hamilton and Crawford are the top three vote-getters in the outfield, as Crawford jumped in front of the Rangers Nelson Cruz in voting, despite his sore shoulder, for the final outfield spot.

Complete -- or at least a semi-complete -- leaderboard for the July 13 game in Anaheim is up at MLB.com .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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