The best fireworks on July 4 came from the Angels.
Anaheim’s offense combined for five doubles, two homers, and 15 total hits Saturday in a 13-0 rout of the host Rangers. The only position player who didn’t manage a hit was a Mike Trout, though he did draw a walk in the top of the second inning and score a run after a hit-by-pitch in the top of the sixth.
Angels left-hander Hector Santiago cruised over seven innings, yielding just three hits and a walk to lower his already-shiny season ERA to 2.40.
Anaheim will be chasing a sweep Sunday night in Arlington, Texas. The club is four games back of the American League West-leading Astros.
Your box scores and AP recaps from Saturday’s slate …
Giants 3, Nationals 9
Rays 2, Yankees 3
Blue Jays 3, Tigers 8
Astros 1, Red Sox 6
Orioles 2, White Sox 3
Padres 1, Cardinals 2
Mariners 0, Athletics 2
Indians 0, Pirates 1
Twins 5, Royals 3
Phillies 5, Braves 9
Marlins 2, Cubs 7
Brewers 7, Reds 3
Mets 3, Dodgers 4
Angels 13, Rangers 0
Rockies 3, Diamondbacks 7
Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.
And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”
What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.
But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:
A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.