Angels start time changed

The Angels game today has been moved to 9:05 a.m. (12:05 p.m. here in Boston) as consideration to a lingering rain storm in the New England area. It was supposed to start at 7:05 a.m.and be held in conjunction with Patriots Day activities. The Boston Marathon also takes place today. Ervin Santana will start for the Angels against Josh Beckett, if they are able to actually get the game started. A check of the weather radar shows some hope that this one will be played, although it is raining heavy now at 8 a.m. Boston time.

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Rain costs one game, maybe another

As expected, a heavy rainstorm moved into the Boston area overnight and caused today’s Angels-Red Sox game to be postponed. No makeup date has been set but it likely will be replayed as part of a day-night doubleheader the next time the Angels are in town (Aug. 17-19). With heavy rain also projected for Monday, it is likely a decision on that contest will be made by the end of the day today since the game was slated for a 10 a.m. start locally. The Red Sox traditionally play an early morning game on Patriots Day. The Boston Marathon and Angels-Red Sox game were supposed to start at the same time. The marathon will go on but the Angels game isn’t likely to be played.

UPDATE: Whenever the Angels do play again (Monday or Tuesday) Ervin Santana will get the call to pitch. Santana was supposed to start today. Jered Weaver would then pitch in the next game. If Monday’s game gets wiped out also, Santana will start in the opener of a two-game series at Oakland on Tuesday and Weaver will pitch Wednesday. After that the rotation is up in the air. Joe Saunders was originally slated to start after Weaver.

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Donnelly claims no ill will

Orlando Cabrera was able to start at shortstop Saturday, but he had to take swings in the batting cage before the game to know that he would be fine. Cabrera was hit on the left elbow by a Brendan Donnelly pitch Friday night. Donnelly, who was Cabrera’s teammate for the past two seasons, was asked what happened.

What do you want me to say? Donnelly said. It was cold and I went over and let him know Sorry about that when I was walking off the field because the last thing I want to do in that situation is put him on base. I didnt want to walk him, I wanted to get him out; If I get him out I get to face Vladdy.

After leaving Fenway Park in a huff Friday night, Cabrera said Saturday that he isn’t upset with his former teammate. He went out and got two hits off Curt Schilling.

Following his plunking of Cabrera in Friday’s game, Donnelly was replaced by Jonathan Papelbon, who struck out Vladimir Guerrero on a 97 mph fastball. Guerrero was representing the tying run at the time. Donnelly pitched again Saturday, recording the final three outs in the Red Sox’s 8-0 victory. Two of the three outs were ground outs from Guerrero and Garret Anderson.

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Escobar goes on DL

It it’s not one thing it’s another for Kelvim Escobar. The right-hander was examined in Milwaukee on Thursday for irritation in his right shoulder and it was decided today to put him on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to April 9). Escobar was supposed to start against the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday but that assignment now will go to Hector Carrasco.

Last season, Escobar dealt with elbow and knee pain. The knee still bothers him so it is likely that compensating for the bum knee caused the shoulder to flare up.

To take Escobar’s place on the roster, Greg Jones has been recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake.

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Angels go 1-2 in Sausage Race

It has been confirmed that Angels director of travel Tom Taylor actually won the Sausage Race after the sixth inning Thursday while running in the hot dog costume. Media relations member Eric Kay finished second in the bratwurst outfit. It was not a finish that manager Mike Scioscia expected.

“Eric Kay all the way. Tom Taylor, if he even finishes on his feet it’s going to be a monumental accomplishment.,” Scioscia said before Thursday’s game.

A brief video snippet of the race might be available on youtube.com soon, but the videotaker is having computer problems. Doesn’t it figure? If the video makes it on the internet we will update with a link.

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Sausage race to start

Angels media relations member Eric Kay and director of travel Tom Taylor are about to take part in the sausage race. It still isn’t known what processed meat they will be. One hint they did get was to not be the chorizo. The newest member of the sausage race is said to be more top heavy than the others and does not win as often.

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Saunders has a new fan

Joe Saunders will find himself without a spot in the rotation once Jered Weaver and Bartolo Colon return, which would come as a shock to at least one member of the Cleveland Indians. The left-hander held the Indians to one run in 6 2/3 innings to pick up the victory Wednesday.

He was different than what I remember of him from last year, the Indians’ Casey Blake said. I don’t remember him throwing inside at all to me. It was fastball away, changeup away. On the video, you could tell he was throwing inside a lot more this year, especially with guys in scoring position. He was moving his fastball in and out, even moving his changeup in and out. He was just throwing fastballs and changeups to right-handers, but when you can locate those pitches, you’re going to be effective.

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Sausage race with an Angels flavor

Two members of the Angels’ traveling party have just worked out the details to take part in Thursday afternoon’s sausage race at Milwaukee’s Miller Park. Media relations member Eric Kay and director of travel Tom Taylor both will don a sausage costume and race against three Brewers emplyoees.

It can’t be too reassuring that both were required to sign waivers, excusing the Brewers from liability should any injuries happen while in a sausage costume. It gets you thinking that maybe the sausage companies should make you sign a waiver so you can’t sue for any damage to your insides. But that’s another topic.

One media member who has taken part in the sausage race in the past, said the trickiest part of racing in the sausage costume was trying to run while holding your shoulders back. An up-and-down posture prevents the bulky costume from getting top heavy. Seems even better if one or both actually fell.

As for what sausage to look for in tomorrow’s race, neither Kay nor Taylor knows whether they will be the hot dog, bratwurst, Italian, Polish or chorizo. To make sure we’re not looking at shoes to tell who is who, we’ll try to get an update before the race that takes place at the end of the sixth inning Thursday.

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Snow follows Angels-Indians

A wet spring snow is currently piling up on the streets of Milwaukee which makes the retractable roof of Miller Park all the more important. In Cleveland, rain will be followed by snow this evening, meaning that Major League Baseball’s plan to send both teams here has been justified. The Cubs and Astros already had their game snowed out just 90 miles south of Milwaukee.

The only problem now is that this storm should be in Boston by Friday, when the Angels open a four-game series at Fenway Park. In fact, poor weather is in the forecast for Boston on Friday, Sunday and Monday. There might be some long days at the ballpark this weekend.

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Shields at home in Milwaukee

Playing in Milwaukee was the next best thing to being at home for Scot Shields, who has a large contingent of family in the area. Shields said his father, who now resides in Florida, grew up in the Milwaukee area and he was able to round up 20 tickets for aunts, uncles and cousins.

I was pumped up as soon as I found out, Shields said. I found out yesterday morning when I dropped my bag off at the bus. I called my wife and let her know that whoever I couldn’t get in touch with to tell them that I’m playing. As soon as I got in last night I went over their house and everything.

Robb Quinlan, a native of neighboring Minnesota, said his parents were able to make the five-hour drive from the Twin Cities to see his second start of the season and first at first base.

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