Angels off to best start since 1987 after 8-3 win at Texas

Martin Maldonado wasn’t sure whether to slide head-first or feet-first after the throw beat him to home plate.
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The Los Angeles Angels catcher got caught in between, and somehow managed to avoid Authentic Phil Hughes Jersey the tag after dropping to both knees.

Albert Pujols hit his 616th career homer, Maldonado had two RBI singles along with his evasive scoring move and the Angels extended their best start in more than three decades with an 8-3 win at Texas on Monday night.

He’s getting comfortable in the box, Scioscia said. It’s fun to watch when he’s starting swinging like that.
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Jose Alvarez (1-0) retired the only two batters he faced after Angels starter Garrett Richards walked the bases loaded with one out in the fifth. Richards struck out six and walked five in his 4 1/3 innings.

Doug Fister (1-2) struck out five with no walks while allowing three runs in his five innings.

Mens Sven Andrighetto Jersey He had a good sinker, manager Jeff Banister said. Looked like the one pitch to Pujols was left up, but felt like he was making some good pitches.

Angels: RHP JC Ramirez will miss the rest of this season because of a torn ulnar collateral ligament, and Tommy John surgery has been recommended. … Scioscia said 2B Ian Kinsler worked out well before the game and was very close. He hasn’t played since the season opener because of a strained groin.

The laughs came in the sixth inning.

Starling Marte made a rather easy catch on Happ’s drive to the left-field corner , except the Cubs rookie didn’t see the umpire’s signal. He just sprinted toward third, but instead of a triple to complete the cycle, he made an easy out.

Watching from the video room, all Schwarber could do was laugh.

He comes in, lays down, I go, `What are you doing?’ `(Happ said), I didn’t see the umpire make the out call, Schwarber said.

Happ helped stake Chicago to a 5-2 lead with an RBI single in the first and two-run drive off Ivan Nova in the third. Happ also had an RBI double.

As for the non-triple?

It’s tough to see down the line, he said. I knew it was going to be in the corner. I didn’t know if it was going to be against the wall or not. Marte tracked it down pretty easily. I was hauling.

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