May 1st, 2010
DETROIT - Scot Shields has emerged from last year's knee surgery with his self-deprecating humor intact. His pitching, however, isn't as sharp as his wit yet.
Some stats don't need that much analysis. The Angels finished the first month of the season with a .500 record (12-12). In their 12 victories, the Angels' starting pitchers had an ERA of 2.48 with 68 strikeouts and 13 walks in 80 innings (an average of 6 2/3 innings per start). In the Angels' 12 losses, their starting pitchers had an ERA of 8.32 with 35 strikeouts and 27 walks in 61 2/3 innings (barely five innings per start).
Johnny Damon hit a 350-foot home run in the bottom of the ninth inning on Saturday as the Tigers took their second straight game against the Angels, 3-2.
Has the real Justin Verlander arrived? That's what the Tigers are hoping as they send their ace to the mound on Sunday to try and finish off a sweep of the Angels and give Detroit its fifth win in a row on Sunday afternoon..
A throw by the shortstop in the fifth inning hits Detroit’s Johnny Damon and rolls into foul territory, resulting in an error.
Fox Sports' Jocelyn Pierce reports on the positive aspects related to the Angels retaining most of its coaching staff during Mike Scioscia's tenure as manager.
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