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Haren, Angels shut down still winless Rays

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Dan Haren added to the woes of the Tampa Bay Rays.

The winless Rays lost again Wednesday when Haren and the Los Angeles Angels shut down the AL East champions 5-1.

The Rays fell to 0-5 and for the fourth time finished with exactly one run and four hits.

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"You can look at it two ways," Haren said. "You can look at it that, they're struggling, so you pounce on them. Or, the game of averages and they'll probably start hitting at some point. I know they're not swinging the bats well now, but I'm glad we got them at this time because we come back here in a couple weeks and they'll probably be a different team."

Rookie Jeremy Hellickson (0-1) lost despite striking out 10 in 5 2/3 innings.

Tampa Bay designated hitter Manny Ramirez, who has one hit in 17 at-bats this season, was out of the starting lineup. He flied out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and will miss Thursday's game at the Chicago White Sox while tending to a personal matter.

"They've pitched better than us and they're hitting better than us right now," Ramirez said. "That's part of the game. Whoever plays better is the one that's going to win."

"How many games have we've played?" Ramirez added. "We've got plenty of time."

Johnny Damon moved out of left field to replace Ramirez as the DH. Damon went 0 for 4 with a strikeout, and is 1 for 15 this year.

Haren (1-0) scattered four hits over 7 2/3 innings and struck out six. Relievers Kevin Jepsen and Jordan Walden completed the combined four-hitter.

"Maybe about three or four pitches he didn't hit what he wanted to," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. "I don't think it's a secret what Dan does, but he really does it well. He's got an uncanny ability to just repeat a delivery and repeat a pitch."

Alberto Callaspo homered for Los Angeles. The third baseman had two RBIs in the Angels' 5-3 win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.

B.J. Upton homered for the second straight game, a solo shot during the fifth that pulled the Rays within 2-1.

Bobby Abreu put the Angels up 1-0 with an RBI double in the first. Callaspo hit a solo home run in the fourth.

Los Angeles took a 3-1 lead on Jeff Mathis' run-scoring double in the sixth. Mark Trumbo, who had his first career three-hit game, extended the Angels' advantage to 4-1 with an eighth-inning RBI single.

Torii Hunter singled home a run in the ninth.

Tampa Bay will turn to ace David Price in an attempt to stop its five-game skid on Thursday.

"Noboby in here is panicking," Price said. "We, obviously, need to win a game."

Notes

  • Abreu has 525 career doubles, which is the same number as Hall of Famer Ted Williams.
  • Angels INF Erick Aybar underwent an MRI exam on his strained left oblique. It showed a slight strain, but Aybar is not expected to start in Friday's home opener.
  • Upton is the only Tampa Bay player with a hit in all five games this season.
  • Hellickson's previous strikeout high was seven, accomplished during a limited stint with Tampa Bay last year.
  • Tampa Bay RHP Mike Ekstrom cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Durham.
  • Abreu has reached base in 11 of his last 15 plate appearances.
 
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Players of the Game
Anaheim

M. Trumbo
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Anaheim

D. Haren
IP 7.2
H 4
ER 1
BB 0
K 6
 
Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Maicer Izturis, DH5120020 .333
Howard Kendrick, 2B3110200 .417
Bobby Abreu, LF3011112 .391
    Peter Bourjos, CF0000100 .263
Torii Hunter, RF5011032 .250
Vernon Wells, CF-LF5100032 .111
Alberto Callaspo, 3B4121010 .450
Mark Trumbo, 1B4131000 .286
Jeff Mathis, C4021022 .235
Brandon Wood, SS4000035 .000
Totals375125415  
Batting
2B - Bobby Abreu (1, Hellickson), Jeff Mathis 2 (3, Hellickson, Russell)
HR - Alberto Callaspo (2, Hellickson)
RBI - Bobby Abreu (3), Torii Hunter (5), Alberto Callaspo (5), Mark Trumbo (2), Jeff Mathis (2)
2-OUT RBI - Alberto Callaspo (3), Jeff Mathis (2)
SB - Bobby Abreu (2, 2nd base off Hellickson/Jaso), Mark Trumbo (1, 2nd base off Russell/Jaso)
Team LOB - 9
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dan Haren (W,1-0) 7.2411061 1.23
Kevin Jepsen (H,2) 0.1000000 8.10
Jordan Walden 1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 110-76, Kevin Jepsen 4-2, Jordan Walden 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 8-9, Jordan Walden 1-1
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 27, Kevin Jepsen 1, Jordan Walden 3
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
John Jaso, C3000002 .000
   a- Manny Ramirez, PH1000001 .059
    Kelly Shoppach, C0000000 .167
Johnny Damon, DH4000011 .067
Ben Zobrist, 2B4000011 .176
Dan Johnson, 1B4000020 .053
B.J. Upton, CF3111010 .333
Matt Joyce, RF3000000 .071
Felipe Lopez, 3B3000010 .167
Reid Brignac, SS3010010 .125
Sam Fuld, LF3020001 .333
Totals3114107  
a-flied out for Jaso in the 8th
Batting
2B - Sam Fuld (1, Haren)
HR - B.J. Upton (2, Haren)
RBI - B.J. Upton (3)
SB - Sam Fuld (1, 3rd base off Haren/Mathis)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Matt Joyce 1, B.J. Upton 1
DP - Zobrist-Brignac-Johnson
E - Felipe Lopez (1, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Hellickson (L,0-1) 5.26332101 4.76
Adam Russell 0.1100010 4.50
Cesar Ramos 1000110 0.00
Joel Peralta 0.2210020 0.00
Jake McGee 0.1000010 6.75
Andy Sonnanstine 1311100 6.75
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Hellickson 99-64, Adam Russell 8-6, Cesar Ramos 12-5, Joel Peralta 22-13, Jake McGee 8-6, Andy Sonnanstine 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Hellickson 2-5, Cesar Ramos 1-0, Joel Peralta 1-0, Andy Sonnanstine 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeremy Hellickson 25, Adam Russell 2, Cesar Ramos 3, Joel Peralta 5, Jake McGee 1, Andy Sonnanstine 5
Game Information
Attendance - 11836
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Todd Tichenor