Shane Victorino not in love with banging head-on into walls

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Shane Victorino was funny on Saturday when discussing his head-on smash into the left-field wall Friday while chasing a drive off the bat of the Texas Rangers’ Shin-Soo Choo in the top of the seventh inning of the Angels’ 5-2 victory. Victorino couldn’t make the catch and the ball went for an RBI triple.

Victorino was asked if he gets a kick out of running into walls and trying to knock them down.

“No, no, I don’t fall in love with all that kind of stuff,” he told reporters. “That stuff don’t excite me, banging on the wall or taking on a wall. It’s catching the baseball that I care about. Like last night, the biggest thing for me was not catching the ball. It hit my glove.

“The golden rule is to catch it. That’s the kind of stuff that is more upsetting to me than banging into walls.”

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GM Bill Stoneman says Angels are still having conversations

 

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The Angels on Tuesday made two trades that brought them outfielders David DeJesus from Tampa Bay and David Murphy from Cleveland. Not long after, general manager Bill Stoneman played host to a conference call.

Stoneman talked about the two new outfielders and how they might fit in. Keep in mind DeJesus and Murphy were brought in the day after the Angels traded for outfielder Shane Victorino.

During the call, Stoneman also intimated he may not be done.

“The trading deadline is not until Friday,” Stoneman said, “and we’re still having conversations. In terms of something happening, if you can help yourself, you do it any time you get an opportunity. And sometimes you never know where that opportunity is going to come from.”

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Angels get outfielder Shane Victorino from the Red Sox

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The Angels on Monday received outfielder Shane Victorino and cash considerations from the Boston Red Sox for Triple-A infielder Josh Rutledge.

Victorino, 34, is in his 12th major-league season and was in his third with the Red Sox. In 2013, his first in Boston, he had 15 home runs and 61 RBIs in 477 at-bats while hitting a career-high .294. He was batting .245 in just 94 at-bats this season, with one home run and four RBIs.

Victorino has 108 career home runs and 486 RBIs with a batting average of .276. He also has been in six postseasons, including the 2008 and 2013 Phillies and Red Sox World Series championship teams, respectively.

He’ll get his playing time in left field.

Rutledge, a 26-year-old second baseman, was hitting .274 at Salt Lake with five home runs and 32 RBIs in 310 at-bats. He also had 19 doubles and three triples.

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