Angels finally get their top nine hitters together in one lineup

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Although the Angels had scored the most runs in the majors over their first 14 games, it wasn’t until the 15th game that they put their preferred lineup together.On Friday night, the lineup included Ian Kinsler, Zack Cozart and Shohei Ohtani, the first time those three had been together with the other six everyday players.Kinsler had missed most of the first two weeks with a groin injury. The game before he went on the disabled list, Ohtani didn’t play. The first game in which Kinsler was back on Thursday night, Cozart didn’t play.With everyone together on Friday night, Manager Mike Scioscia had a couple interesting lineup decisions. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “There was a lot of discussion of Coz staying there, but in the big picture of where we want to be in the long term, it has Ian leading off and Coz in a role hopefully with some guys on base,” Scioscia said.Also, Scioscia moved Ohtani up from the No. 8 to No. 7 spot. Scioscia wouldn’t elaborate much of his thinking with that move.“That’s the way the lineup flows tonight,” he said.Perhaps a part of the decision was seeing Ohtani get intentionally walked on Thursday night. Ohtani, who brought a .346 average and 11 RBIs into Friday’s game, had Andrelton Simmons hitting behind him on Friday. Simmons was hitting .356 with a major-league leading 21 hits. First, he moved Cozart back to the No. 6 spot, even though the lineup had been productive with him at leadoff. Scioscia opted to put Kinsler back at the top.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img Ohtani is not expected to be in the lineup again until Tuesday, at the earliest, because he is scheduled to pitch on Sunday and the Angels are off on Monday. Luis Valbuena would probably take Ohtani’s spot in those games.ALSOJC Ramírez is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, General Manager Billy Eppler said. The Angels announced on Monday that the procedure was recommended for Ramírez, who has a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Ramírez had tried stem-cell therapy to heal his elbow when it was only partially torn last year. …Felix Peña was optioned to Triple-A to create room for Andrew Heaney, who was activated from the disabled list to make his first start of the season on Friday. …Heaney became the ninth different pitcher to start for the Angels in their first 15 games. They are just the 10th team in major league history to use at least nine starters in their first 15 games, the first since the 1960 Baltimore Orioles.UP NEXTAngels (Garrett Richards, 1-0, 4.20) at Royals (Jake Junis, 2-0, 0.00), 4 p.m., Saturday, FS1, KLAA (830 AM). Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

70 Youths Get Skills Training

first_imgAs a means of empowering young people of Nimba for self-sustainability, a local NGO—Kpodo Rural Development Foundation (KRUDF), has begun training 70 youth in Bahn, Nimba County.The director of KRUDF, Mr. Joseph Menlor, explains that his organization is committed to the training of young people of Zoe Geh District.He said Zoe Geh with over 120,000 population doesn’t have any vocation training opportunity for its youth thus leaving most of the youth without skills with most of them now been turned into motorcyclists.He said, KRUDF believes in union in diversity and therefore seeks to empower the young people so they can be self-reliant.The 10-month training program, which was formally launched on May 15, covered four courses including electricity, masonry, agriculture and building trade. It is funded by the Norwegian Refugee Council and Swedish International Development Aid/SIDA.The orator at the commencement program of the graduates, Mr. Horace Yansine, stressed on the important and role of private sector in our community of which he said reduction of poverty and unemployment had been left with ordinary business people and even farmers.Mr. Yansine maintained that private sector serves as agent of change in our society and urged them to be fair and accountable, transparent and go against self-greed.He urged young people to be focused so as to contribute positively to the development of their community, the county and the country at-large.“Be serious in what you are learning and encourage your friend to join you in the training,” said Bahn City Mayor, Angie Dopoe.Meanwhile, KRUDF Director Menlor called on the government and philanthropists for support so they expand the program.He said his organization has decided to embark the construction of a building, which will house the vocational wing of the program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Penny on the money

first_img“Our pitching was unbelievable,” Garciaparra said. “Brad did a great job and Broxton and Saito finished it. They’re a good offensive team and to be able to shut them down, that’s huge.” It figured to be a big night for Rockies starter Jason Hirsh, who made his Dodger Stadium debut. Hirsh, who attended St.Francis High of La Canada and Cal Lutheran University and makes his offseason home in Burbank, fared well in his 2007 debut when he beat SanDiego last Friday. With supporters cheering from a club-level suite, Hirsh (1-1) did well early but got rattled in the third inning due to a combination of heads-up base- running and timely veteran hitting by the Dodgers. After Penny stranded sixRockies in the first threeinnings, the Dodgers scored three times in the third. The two-out rally started with consecutive singles by Pierre and Martin, who then executed a perfect double-steal in which Hirsh, oblivious to the runners leading off, could only hold the ball and watch. Garciaparra followed with a sharp single to right to score both runners. “I did a little bit of homework before the game,” Pierre said. “(Hirsh) held the ball longer than I expected. I thought I was hung out to dry but he was committed to throwing to the plate. … I’ve told Russ to pay attention when he’s on base behind me. Every time he gets on, I make eye contact and say, `Heads up.’ I really didn’t think he would go. When I slid and looked back and saw him slide, I said, `Wow.”‘ Garciaparra moved to second on a balk and scored when Jeff Kent singled for a 3-0 Dodger lead. “That whole inning was huge,” Garciaparra said, “and it allowed Brad to continue what he was doing and it gave him some breathing room.” It seemed that the Rockies might bury Penny early, in a 24-pitch first inning, but with the bases loaded, Matt Holliday struck out and Brad Hawpe grounded out. “I wasn’t missing by much,” Penny said. “I was right around the plate. I got out of it, and after that I was fine.” rich.hammond@dailynews.com (818) 713-3611 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Penny (2-0) walked the bases loaded in the first inning but cruised after that and helped himself with a couple of quality defensive plays. The Dodgers did all their damage offensively in the third inning, when Juan Pierre and Russell Martin executed the perfect double-steal and Nomar Garciaparra drove them in with a two-run single. Penny retired 11 consecutive batters until, with his 108th pitch, he hit Chris Iannetta with a pitch and was pulled in favor of Jonathan Broxton. Penny allowed two hits, walked four and struck out three. “The guy was outstanding,” Dodgers manager Grady Little said. “From the fourth inning on, he hit a groove and he kept getting stronger and stronger.” Broxton recorded five consecutive outs and Takashi Saito pitched the ninth inning for his fifth save. The Rockies totaled only two hits, and none after Garrett Atkins’ one-out single in the third inning. From a legal standpoint, brothers Charlie and Dick Monfort are the owners of the Colorado Rockies. It only seems as though Dodgers pitcher Brad Penny has held a proverbial deed on the franchise. Penny, given another chance to conquer the Rockies, wobbled early and struggled to locate his fastball, but ultimately tossed 6 1/3 shutout innings as the Dodgers won 3-0 in front of 35,852 at Dodger Stadium. Throughout his seven-year major-league career, Penny has made a hobby out of baffling the Rockies. Penny has an 11-2record and a 2.59 ERA in 17career games against Colorado. Thanks to a combination of solid pitching, a heady double-steal and timely defense, the Dodgers took two of threegames from the Rockies and have won six of their past seven overall. last_img