Matthews focused on playing

first_imgMeanwhile, the Angels declined comment on a published report that said they haven’t ruled out disciplining Matthews if didn’t provide answers about his alleged purchase of HGH. “I am not aware of the story and even if I was, that’s not something I would comment on,” general manager Bill Stoneman said. Lackey impressive John Lackey was impressive in his first start of the spring, retiring the first seven batters he faced and collecting five strikeouts in three innings in a 10-7 loss to the Diamondbacks. Lackey gave up just two hits and one earned run, and left with a 4-1 lead. “The fact that it was his first start, he was very, very impressive,” Stoneman said. Howie Kendrick hit his first homer of the spring, and finished 2 for 3 with two RBI. Chris Resop, who gave up six runs on five hits in the fourth inning, took the loss. Roster moves The Angels Thursday reassigned the following three players to minor league camp, C Brenton Del Chiaro, RHP Tommy Mendoza and RHP Robert Mosebach. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TEMPE, Ariz. – Gary Matthews Jr. prefers to focus on the games he will play and not the ones he potentially will be forced to miss. If a suspension or discipline of some kind is on its way then so be it. Matthews knows that no matter what happens, he will be playing baseball this season and he’s going to have to learn how to play with his new teammates. Matthews is undergoing a crash course this spring on how much ground he will have to cover while playing between Garret Anderson and Vladimir Guerrero. The Angels’ two veteran corner outfielders have had their share of speed-slowing injuries in recent seasons. center_img Earlier this week Matthews and Guerrero both were hesitant on a fly ball to shallow right-center by Oakland’s Mike Piazza. Matthews took over at the last second, hanging on for the out as the ball nearly squirted out of his glove. “That’s one of those learning plays, just figuring out where (Guerrero’s) range is and him learning where mine is and where to expect me to be,” said Matthews, seemingly overjoyed to get a question about baseball. “He’s always positioned really well and moves his feet well. “Between him and Garret I really don’t have to say a whole lot to them. Depending on the situation, it’s just making sure they’re in the right place. I’ll talk, but for the most part there hasn’t been a whole lot of talking out there.” Matthews expects the learning process to continue all summer as Anderson plays a limited Cactus League schedule. At least the former Texas Rangers outfielder is equipped to deal with this kind of scenario. “For me, plating at Texas without the same guys in the corner, I was really forced to be aggressive and let guys know that there are balls I’m going to get,” Matthews said. “When I call it you have to let me get after it.” last_img read more

Aubameyang at the double in Emery’s first European game as Gunners boss

first_img gameday cracker silverware revealed Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 4 Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang bagged a brace in Unai Emery’s first European game as Arsenal boss ended in a comfortable 4-2 win over Vorskla Poltava.The Spaniard is a master in the competition having masterminded Sevilla to three consecutive victories. But conceding two late goals will have undoubtedly irked Emery at the Emirates. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 The points were almost secured on the stroke of half-time as Arsenal twice came close to extending their lead.Aubameyang drifted through the defence before hitting the outside of the post with a bending effort before Mkhitaryan forced a smart save out of Bogdan Shust moments later.Emery’s side had just about hit their stride before the interval and looked to continue their dominance after the restart, only for Mkhitaryan to spurn a glorious chance.He made amends by clipping in for Welbeck to head home the second soon after, with the gulf in class between the sides starting to show. Aubameyang curls home the second 4 Danny Welbeck rises to score SORRY Aubameyang was starting to enjoy himself and, after missing a chance following more fine work from Iwobi, he tucked away a second of the night before being replaced by Ozil.Arsenal took their foot off the gas with the points secured but – after introducing academy graduate Emile Smith-Rowe for his competitive debut – Ozil poked home a fourth after good work from Lichtsteiner. latest predicted BEST OF Much of the first half offered more than an overhang of Arsene Wenger’s final campaign with a sparsely-populated stadium, wholesale changes to the starting XI and a struggle to break down clearly weaker opposition.But once the deadlock had been broken by Aubameyang at the end of a swift counter-attack, the night belonged to Arsenal.Henrikh Mkhitaryan collected the ball on the edge of his own box and burst forward before feeding Alex Iwobi, whose inch-perfect low cross was swept home by Aubameyang.Lucas Torreira, on his first start for Arsenal, almost marked his full debut with a goal but could only hit the side-netting with a free-kick after Stephan Lichtsteiner had been fouled by Pavlo Rebenok. Most read Football storie Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update scrap Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Vorskla came here having failed to win any of their previous eight games in either the Europa League or UEFA Cup but did have a moment to savour as Chesnakov, who on the eve of the game named Ozil as his footballing idol, thrashed home for the visitors.Leno was beaten again as Sharpar’s cool finish with the final kick of the contest saw Vorskla head back to Ukraine with two goals. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Aubameyang celebrates with Mkhitaryan after scoring his second Mesut Ozil scored from the bench 4 4 Aubameyang scored in either half for an Arsenal side showing eight changes from the weekend win at Newcastle, with Danny Welbeck and substitute Mesut Ozil also weighing in with goals.Goalkeeper Bernd Leno was handed his debut following his move to the Emirates Stadium in the summer – but the German was unable to toast the occasion with a clean sheet.Captain Volodymyr Chesnakov pulled one back for Vorskla, who added a second as Vyacheslav Sharpar scored with the final kick of the evening.Head coach Vasyl Sachko took his Vorskla players on a tour of London before the game and as the night wore on, the visitors began to resemble some of the famous statues which adorn the capital’s landmarks. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings last_img read more