Angels’ Mike Trout blasts Astros in wake of cheating scandal

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error In the midst of the Astros sign-stealing news, Trout found himself at the center of a brief social media firestorm when there was an allegation that he had a Therapeutic Use Exemption to use Human Growth Hormone. Major League Baseball quickly issued a statement saying that no player had ever recieved a TUE for HGH.Trout, who said he was “in a tree stand” on a hunting trip when the story broke, made his first public comments about the incident.“I didn’t really think anything of it because it’s not true,” Trout said. “Like I said, one person tweets it out and everyone gets a hold of it and sees it, everyone wonders about it. It is what it is.”Trout also said he had received apologies from the source of the initial story – David Brosius, the son of former big leaguer Scott Brosius – and from Trevor Bauer, who had given more life to the story with his comments. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “I didn’t notice the banging,” he said. “I noticed the banging off the bat, from center field. It seemed like they weren’t missing pitches. … I can’t tell you when this happened, but I’m sure it did. I can’t imagine what the pitchers feel like. It’s a mental game. You go in a stretch where you’re doing good and you go into Houston and got banged up, it could mentally drain you.”Anthony Rendon spoke to the media just after Trout, taking a slightly different tone.“Everyone’s quick to hammer them down and just kill them, basically,” Rendon said. “But at the end of the day, we’ve got to look at ourselves in the mirror, and we’re not perfect people. Whether it’s a speeding ticket or whatever it might be, some of us are trying to get an edge some way or another in life. They happened to get caught for doing it. You can forgive them, but doesn’t mean you have to forget.”Rendon said he had heard rumors about sign-stealing with the Astros for a few years, and when the Nationals played them in the World Series last year they were on full alert.“Even when I watched the games over the previous years, it was suspicious,” he said. “It looked weird. They were spitting on balls that were very tough pitches, and just the way that they were playing the game. They were all talented players, and I love those guys over there especially with what they’ve done with my city of Houston to help them out, but it definitely raised a lot of question marks watching those guys.”Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img “It’s sad for baseball,” Trout said. “It’s tough. They cheated. I don’t agree with the punishments, the players not getting anything. It was a player-driven thing. It sucks too, because guys’ careers have been affected. A lot of people lost jobs. It was tough. Me going up the plate knowing what was coming? It would be fun up there.”Major League Baseball did not punish the players in the Astros cheating scandal, because Commissioner Rob Manfred said he didn’t believe he could get honest answers from the players without offering them immunity. Manfred also said he considered stripping the Astros of their 2017 World Series title, but opted against it.Trout said he doesn’t view that championship in the same light now.“You don’t know what helped them or what not, but if you know what’s coming, it’s going to definitely help them,” Trout said. “I don’t know if you take the trophy away or take the rings away, but they should definitely do something. I don’t know what. To cheat like that, it’s sad to see.”During much of the 2017 season, the Astros were banging a trash can to alert hitters to the type of pitch. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros TEMPE, Ariz. >> Normally mild-mannered, reserved and easy-going, Mike Trout did not hold back when making his first public comments about the Houston Astros on Monday morning.“I lost some respect for some guys,” the Angels superstar said before the team’s first full-squad workout of the spring.Trout added that he considers himself friends with a few of the Astros players, and a couple of them had even reached out to him over the winter to give their side of the electronic sign-stealing situation.Trout did not express much sympathy for them.last_img read more

Dodgers break out the bats in shutout win, split series against San Francisco

first_imgPreviousActress Jennifer Lopez attends the baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig runs after hitting an RBI double to score Chris Taylor against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, right, congratulate Cody Bellinger on his two-run home run gainst the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig points as he scores on a single by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, left, watches as his throw to first base is late after forcing out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer, right, during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig puts his hand in the air after scoring along with Yasmani Grandal on a double by Enrique Hernandez during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Dodgers won 9-0. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger singles in front of San Francisco Giants’ Buster Posey during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Chris Stratton comes out of the baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig hits an RBI double to score Chris Taylor against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)ESPN broadcaster Alex Rodriguez works from the pressbox during “ESPN Sunday Night Baseball” at the baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, right, watches his two-run home run in front of San Francisco Giants’ Buster Posey during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)San Francisco Giants’ Hunter Pence catches a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig points as he scores on a single by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford, top, tags out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig on an attempted steal of second base during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)Actress Jennifer Lopez attends the baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig runs after hitting an RBI double to score Chris Taylor against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)NextShow Caption1 of 14Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig runs after hitting an RBI double to score Chris Taylor against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)ExpandLOS ANGELES – The way their first three games had gone, the Dodgers’ fourth game of the season was destined to be decided by something silly. Something unpredictable. Something, say, like what happened in the fourth inning Sunday.Corey Seager was on second base and Yasiel Puig was on first with one out. Cody Bellinger hit a fly ball to the Giants’ left fielder, Hunter Pence, who relayed the ball to shortstop Brandon Crawford. Seager tagged up and went to third base while Crawford wheeled the ball to second baseman Joe Panik. Suddenly, Puig was in a rundown – an old-school baseball pickle.Puig managed to stay alive long enough for Seager to reach the plate without a throw. The run counted when Puig slid safely into first base under the tag.“I got a little excited,” Puig confessed. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “I said ‘thanks for being an idiot,’ ” Bellinger said. “It’s all jokes with him. It’s pretty cool.”For five innings, that was the only run of the game. Then the Dodgers scored eight more runs, pulling away for a 9-0 win. They were off to Phoenix on Monday for their first trip of the season with a 2-2 record, a relief after beginning the season with a pair of 1-0 losses.The Dodgers’ offense finally showed signs of life in front of an announced crowd of 41,866. They had 11 hits as a team through their first three games combined. On Sunday they had 13 hits – three by Puig, who began the season 0 for 9.Related Articles According to Stats, LLC, the two runs the Dodgers allowed in the series matched the 1915 Phillies for the fewest allowed in the first four games of a season. The Giants had never failed to score more than one run through four games in franchise history.Blame a thick marine layer, stellar pitching, a lack of clutch hitting – the Giants went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position Sunday and 1-for-27 in the series – or perhaps all three.center_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “That did not go unnoticed, seeing the way the ball wasn’t traveling maybe what we were used to seeing in past seasons,” said Dodgers starter Rich Hill, who threw six shutout innings in his 2018 debut.Bellinger’s two-run home run off Josh Osich was his first hit of the season. Puig, Austin Barnes and Corey Seager got their first hits of 2018, too. Puig went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI.Hill got out of bases-loaded jams in the second and third innings. He allowed five hits, including three doubles. He walked three batters and struck out five. The only run the Giants scored against a Dodgers starting pitcher in the series was Joe Panik’s home run against Clayton Kershaw on Thursday.“Keeping those guys off-balance, I think, is a big part of tonight,” Hill said. “That was really something that I thought we did well, was executing breaking balls when we needed to and timely fastballs.”Chris Taylor, Yasmani Grandal, Kiké Hernandez and Bellinger had two hits apiece. Hernandez started at second base, then switched to center field for the final inning and made a leaping catch in front of the center-field wall to preserve the shutout.Tony Cingrani, Josh Fields and Wilmer Font each pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Hill.Giants starter Chris Stratton allowed three runs, all earned, in 5-1/3 innings. Seager’s run – the unexpected gift of Puig’s unexpected rundown – counted as an earned run by the slimmest of margins. Through a miracle of officials scoring, the play was neither an error nor a sacrifice fly. How much of it was dumb luck?“A lot of it,” Roberts said, “but Corey did a great job on the timing. A lot of that was driven by Corey’s astuteness on the bases.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Another Victory of B&H Mauntain Climbers

first_imgThe Sarajevo Mountain Climbers, Ismar Handžić and Davor Ciganović yesterday successfully reached Douforspitze the Swiss-Italian Alps. Together with the brave people of Sarajevo, the top was reached by Nikola Radivojević PK Železničar Belgrade.On the first day of this campaign the group visited the museum dedicated to Materrhornu and to the mountain climbing, and after an initial acclimatization they reached the first peak, Oberrothorn which is located at 3415 m above the sea level. After that they continued and reached the station Rotenboten and then Gornerand Monterosa.Brave mountain climbers began the final march to the top Douforspitze which is located at 4634 m above the sea level and successfully conquered it.(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more

2 nabbed with ganja, ammunition

first_imgTwo persons are in Police custody after 333 grams of cannabis and 100 live rounds of ammunition were found in their possession at Seven Miles, Potaro Road, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).Reports are ranks of the F Division (Interior locations) conducted a search on Saturday morning at about 06:30h on a lorry which was heading to the interior. During the search, the items were unearthed in the vehicle.As such the two men were arrested as investigations continue.last_img