Anaheim at New York

L.A. Angels
N.Y. Yankees
W: J. Weaver (4-3) L: T. Clippard (1-1)
HR: ANA - C. Kotchman (4), C. Figgins (1)   NYY - A. Rodriguez (19)

Boss' pronouncements no help as Angels batter Yankees

CBS wire reports

NEW YORK -- Casey Kotchman, Chone Figgins and the Los Angeles Angels made it an even messier day for the New York Yankees.

Kotchman and Figgins homered, Vladimir Guerrero doubled twice and the Angels kept winning against the Yankees, battering them 10-6 Friday night.

"We've held our own against them," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

More than that, actually.

The Angels are the only AL team to own an edge over New York since Joe Torre became its manager before the 1996 season. The Angels are now 56-52 against the Yankees in the regular season in that span -- they've also beaten them twice in the playoffs.

Yankees owner George Steinbrenner also took aim at some of the Yankees. He told the Associated Press that general manager Brian Cashman was "on a big hook" for the team's early struggles and took issue with Jason Giambi's recent remarks about performance-enhancing drugs, saying the slugger "should have kept his mouth shut."

Ruffled or not, the Yankees didn't offer a strong response on the field as they dropped to 21-25.

New York may have lost center fielder Johnny Damon, too. He left early because of leg cramps, won't play Saturday and could wind up on the disabled list.

"It's not like every time we lose it's 'here we go again,"' shortstop Derek Jeter said. "It's not like the end of the world and we're back to playing the way we were."

Along with eight extra-base hits, the Angels relied on their fielding to support an unsteady Jered Weaver (4-3). Before the game became a rout, the AL West leaders made several sparkling plays to stay ahead.

"Defense is always more gratifying than offense," Kotchman said.

The victory provided a nice send-off for Scioscia. He'll miss the next two games at Yankee Stadium while going back to California to attend the high school graduation of his son, who will play baseball at Notre Dame next fall.

Guerrero and Kotchman each got three hits and Orlando Cabrera scored three times. The Angels scored three times in the fifth for a 6-2 lead, highlighted by an RBI double by Gary Matthews Jr.

They broke open the game with four more runs in the sixth for a 10-3 lead. Figgins, batting only .133 at gametime, hit his first home run of the season.

Weaver gave up three runs in five innings. The Yankees could've scored more, but Kotchman made two nifty stops at first base, Cabrera's diving stop robbed Rodriguez of an RBI single and left fielder Tommy Murphy threw out Jorge Posada at the plate to keep it 6-3 in the fifth.

"We played good defense behind him to get out of the fifth," Scioscia said.

Other than Alex Rodriguez's major league-leading 19th home run and Robinson Cano's late three-run double, it was a tough day for the Yankees.

Rookie Tyler Clippard (1-1) couldn't duplicate last Sunday night's success in his major league debut and middle relievers Matt DeSalvo and Luis Vizcaino were hit hard.

"This club will beat your brains in," Torre said. "If you don't pitch, you can't expect to control the game."

Reliever Ron Villone nearly threw a wild pitch during an intentional walk and the Yankees badly left a base uncovered on Mike Napoli's bases-loaded sacrifice fly. Damon dropped Kotchman's sinking liner for an RBI single, prompting dispirited fans to shout "Ber-nie Wil-liams!"

Clippard drew headlines of "Yankee Clippard" after beating the New York Mets last weekend in the Subway Series. The 22-year-old righty got a nice reception from the crowd of 50,363 -- the Bleacher Creatures made a rare exception and chanted his name during their first-inning roll call.

Clippard has a unique habit of taking most of his warmup pitches from the stretch position. He needed it against the Angels, too, giving up three runs and six hits in four innings.

"I didn't have my best stuff," he said.


  • Damon will be re-evaluated Saturday. "My legs felt a little shot all day," he said.
  • The Angels tied a season high with 14 hits.
  • Jeter singled in the seventh, giving him a 19-game hitting streak.
  • Rodriguez scored twice, giving him 1,400 career runs.
  • Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 15 games, matching a career best.
  • Napoli has hit in a career-high 12 straight games.
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Vladimir Guerrero doubles twice in Yankee Stadium as the Angels continue to baffle the Bombers.  (AP)
Vladimir Guerrero doubles twice in Yankee Stadium as the Angels continue to baffle the Bombers. (AP)

Players of the Game

C. Kotchman
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1

V. Guerrero
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B5212102 .138
Orlando Cabrera, SS3310210 .312
Vladimir Guerrero, RF5232000 .344
Gary Matthews Jr., CF5011023 .289
Casey Kotchman, 1B5132003 .286
Howie Kendrick, 2B3010201 .316
Mike Napoli, C3112111 .255
Shea Hillenbrand, DH5021003 .236
Tommy Murphy, LF5110013 .200
2B - Orlando Cabrera (15, Clippard), Vladimir Guerrero 2 (15, Clippard, Vizcaino), Gary Matthews Jr. (9, DeSalvo), Mike Napoli (8, Clippard), Shea Hillenbrand (5, Clippard)
HR - Chone Figgins (1, Vizcaino), Casey Kotchman (4, Clippard)
SF - Mike Napoli (2)
RBI - Chone Figgins 2 (5), Vladimir Guerrero 2 (40), Gary Matthews Jr. (24), Casey Kotchman 2 (23), Mike Napoli 2 (14), Shea Hillenbrand (15)
Team LOB - 9
Outfield Assists - Tommy Murphy 1
DP - Kotchman-Cabrera-Carrasco
Los Angeles Angels
Jered Weaver (W,4-3) 5733351 3.68
Hector Carrasco 2.1233220 5.67
Scot Shields 1.2100020 3.16
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 103-59, Hector Carrasco 39-22, Scot Shields 21-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 5-4, Hector Carrasco 1-3, Scot Shields 3-0
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 24, Hector Carrasco 10, Scot Shields 6
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, CF3000012 .269
   a- Melky Cabrera, PH-CF2000001 .215
Derek Jeter, SS4110120 .364
Hideki Matsui, LF5010011 .287
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4211112 .305
Jorge Posada, C4121010 .371
Jason Giambi, DH3120113 .269
Bobby Abreu, RF2100201 .236
Robinson Cano, 2B4023011 .260
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B4011013 .231
a-lined out for Damon in the 7th
2B - Hideki Matsui (12, Jer. Weaver), Jorge Posada (15, Jer. Weaver), Robinson Cano (11, Shields)
HR - Alex Rodriguez (19, Jer. Weaver)
RBI - Alex Rodriguez (44), Jorge Posada (28), Robinson Cano 3 (22), Doug Mientkiewicz (14)
2-OUT RBI - Jorge Posada (6), Doug Mientkiewicz (5)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Rodriguez-Cano-Mientkiewicz
New York Yankees
Tyler Clippard (L,1-1) 4633011 3.60
Matt DeSalvo0233200 5.29
Luis Vizcaino 1344301 7.66
Ron Villone 2.2200130 0.00
Mike Myers 0.1000000 3.38
Scott Proctor 1100010 2.92
IBB - Kendrick by Luis Vizcaino, Kendrick by Ron Villone
WP - Tyler Clippard 2 (2), Matt DeSalvo (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Clippard 76-48, Matt DeSalvo 21-9, Luis Vizcaino 29-12, Ron Villone 38-25, Mike Myers 2-1, Scott Proctor 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Clippard 5-6, Luis Vizcaino 2-0, Ron Villone 2-3, Mike Myers 1-0, Scott Proctor 1-1
Batters Faced - Tyler Clippard 18, Matt DeSalvo 4, Luis Vizcaino 8, Ron Villone 11, Mike Myers 1, Scott Proctor 4
Game Information
Attendance - 50363
Game Time - 3:37
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Tim Tschida