Quote of the Day: "I'm tired of Angel players who don't speak English"

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I’m tired of Angel players who don’t speak English. At least not
with a mike in from of them. This Kendry Morales ignoring our language
for Spanish the way Vlad does is outrageous. This is an American team
with American fans paying them American millions. Learn to speak to us
without a Jose Mota dictionary, for crying out loud.

Follow hockey’s lead. Guy Lafleur and Mario Lemieux were two French
Canadians who entered the NHL knowing hardly any English. The Habs and
Penguins made sure they learned it. Simple marketing. They knew their
fan base spoke English, so get with the program, guys.

The Angels should do the same. So should every team in baseball,
which has crashing attendance as it is. Fans want players they can
relate to. It sure would help if they could understand them.

Bucky Fox of The Columnists.com,
forgetting that, even though it’s an American team with American fans
paying them American millions, the players themselves are not, in fact,
Americans. Fox also forgets that the team is owned by a Latino and
plays in a Latino-heavy market and that, for that reason, maybe having
a lot of Spanish speakers is not the unmitigated disaster he thinks it
is. Finally, Fox fails to state how the ballplayers not speaking
English hurts anyone other than themselves in terms of missed
endorsement opportunites. Last time I checked, they were paid to hit
and throw baseballs, not serve in public relations.

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Video: Angels use eight pitchers in spring training no-hitter

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Who says no-hitters can’t be just as fun when they happen during spring training?

Angels’ right-hander Bud Norris delivered two perfect innings on Friday night, paving the way for an eight-pitcher no-hitter against the Mariners at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Jose Alvarez, Cam Bedrosian, Andrew Bailey, Austin Adams, Drew Gagnon and Justin Anderson each filed a hitless inning of their own, leaving right-hander Abel De Los Santos to close out the ninth inning with just three pitches — and three game-saving plays by the defense.

Of course, it didn’t hurt that the Angels were facing a bevy of Mariners’ backups, rather than their starting lineup. In fact, Seattle’s lineup featured just two starting players — outfielder Leonys Martin and shortstop Jean Segura — while the majority of their everyday position players took on the Royals in a 4-3 win elsewhere in the Cactus League. The Mariners managed to reach base twice, first on catcher interference in the fourth inning, then on a four-pitch walk in the sixth, spoiling the Angels’ chances of turning their combined no-hitter into a combined perfect game.

Still, whether it’s executed in spring training or the regular season, against an All-Star lineup or one comprised of minor leaguers, a no-hitter is a no-hitter. The team’s eight-pitcher effort marked the first spring training no-no the Angels had completed since 1996, when they took on the Giants in a 15-0 showdown. Unfortunately for the 1996 squad, their regular season ended with a 70-91 record, good for last place in the AL West. Perhaps this no-hitter will prove a better omen for the coming season.

Tanner Scheppers leaves Cactus League game with lower core injury

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Rangers’ bullpen candidate Tanner Scheppers left Friday’s Cactus League game with pain in his “lower half,” according to reports by Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. The specifics of the right-hander’s injury have yet to be determined, but he was accompanied by the athletic trainer when he exited the game and is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Scheppers, 30, has a long history of elbow and knee injuries. He missed all but 8 2/3 innings of the 2016 season after undergoing a procedure to repair torn articular cartilage in his left knee. While he appeared healthy enough through his first seven appearances this spring, he failed to impress with three runs, five walks and six strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings with the club.

Should Scheppers find himself on the disabled list for another lengthy stay, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan speculates that his absence could clear some room in the bullpen for Rule 5 draft pick and fellow righty Mike Hauschild. Hauschild, 27, has dealt seven runs, five walks and 15 strikeouts through 17 1/3 innings in camp.