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Friday, April 11th
(All times Eastern)
New York Mets (4-5) at LA Angels of Anaheim (4-5), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: NY Mets - Dillon Gee (0-0, 4.50)
LA Angels - Tyler Skaggs (1-0, 0.00)
(SportsNetwork.com) - With the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim expected to be
without Josh Hamilton for the next 4-to-6 weeks, Albert Pujols homering in
back-to-back games had to be an encouraging sign.
Pujols and the Angels take aim at their first home victory of the season on
Friday night when they begin a three-game interleague set against the New York
Hamilton suffered a thumb injury on Tuesday after sliding head first into
first base and surgery will keep him out for at least a month. The outfielder
was off to a good start, having hit .444 with a pair of homers and six RBI in
The Angels announced Hamilton's injury prior to Wednesday's finale of a quick
two-game set with the Seattle Mariners, and Los Angeles took the finale, 2-0
behind Pujols' two-run homer in the third inning and seven outstanding innings
by Garrett Richards.
Richards struck out six batters over his outing, issuing three walks and
yielding Seattle's only hit on an Abraham Almonte single in the third inning.
"I'm not happy about the walks but that's something that I'm going to continue
to work on," Richards said. "I'm going to focus on filling up the zone early
on more effectively."
With Richards done after 104 pitches, reliever Joe Smith struck out two in a
perfect eighth before Ernesto Frieri worked around a one-out walk in the ninth
to record his first save of the season.
The Angels were swept in three games at home by the Mariners to begin the
season, but rebounded with a 4-2 road trip.
The Angels are hoping for another dominating outing tonight from 22-year-old
Tyler Skaggs, who was outstanding in his debut with the club last Saturday.
Skaggs went 3-6 over 13 starts in two seasons with Arizona before getting
acquired by Los Angeles this past offseason in the three-team deal that sent
slugger Mark Trumbo to the Diamondbacks.
Skaggs faced the Astros last weekend and won a 5-1 decision, with the only run
he yielded coming unearned. The lefty scattered four hits and a walk while
striking out five over eight innings.
"Just small changes I've made that will help me throw more strikes," said
Skaggs. "I think all of that clicked today and hopefully I'll continue to
Despite his previous stint in Arizona, Skaggs will be facing the Mets for the
New York's Dillon Gee takes aim at his first decision of 2014 in his third
The Mets have split Gee's first two outings, with the right-hander getting
roughed up for four runs on four hits and a pair of walks over 6 2/3 innings
versus Washington on March 31. That was a 9-7 setback for New York.
Gee was much better this past Saturday versus Cincinnati, charged with three
runs on six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 frames of work. He was in line for the
victory until giving up a two-run homer to Brandon Phillips in the eight
inning, but New York managed the 6-3 victory on Ike Davis' walk-off grand
The 27-year-old Gee has never before faced the Angels.
The Mets also opened the season by getting swept at home, in three games by
Washington, before putting together a 4-2 run. They claimed back-to-back
series versus the Reds and Atlanta Braves, besting the defending NL East
champions 6-4 in Thursday's rubber match.
Eric Young Jr. keyed the offense with three hits, three stolen bases and four
runs scored, while Daniel Murphy had three hits and drove in three runs.
"It was huge, especially winning the series against the defending NL East
champs," said Young.
Starter Jenrry Mejia struck out seven but allowed four runs on six hits and
four walks over five frames. However, three New York relievers held Atlanta to
just a hit over the final four innings. That included Jose Valverde, who
worked the ninth inning for his second save of the campaign.
The Mets and Angels are meeting for the first time since the 2011 season, when
Los Angeles took two of three in New York.
These clubs are meeting in Anaheim for the first time since 2008.
04/11 10:26:42 ET