In wake of call, Scioscia still against replay
Angels' Jepsen concurs despite feeling for Tigers' Galarraga
KANSAS CITY -- A day after umpire Jim Joyce's blown call made its way into Major League Baseball infamy, the Angels reflected on the monumental play.After an incorrect safe call at first base with two outs in the ninth inning ended Detroit's Armando Galarraga's perfect game on Wednesday night, Angels reliever Kevin Jepsen spoke out on the missed call. "That's tough," Jepsen said. "I've never seen anything like it. It's just a close play. ... You would've liked to see him get the perfect game, but today they were showing guys that have had perfect games and lost them, so that's why you have to get all 27 [outs.] That's why not many guys get perfect games." Joyce's mistake has unleashed an outcry for instant replay to be expanded in the Major Leagues, but Jepsen isn't buying into it. "Luckily, that's not a decision I have to make," Jepsen said about expanding instant replay. "I don't think so, though. The replay with the home runs, you don't mind it because it's not like it happens every game. [But] I think if you start asking for instant replay during the game for this and that, then you're just going to slow down the game and get guys out of their rhythm." Manager Mike Scioscia is another who stands against instant replay. "I think there are too many plays that are close that could possibly be up for review," Scioscia said. "I think it would become dysfunctional if you put [review] in there any more than it already is." As tough as it is to swallow, Scioscia said that missed calls are just a part of baseball. "Jim's a good umpire," Scioscia said. "He admitted he missed the call, and I think by replays it was pretty obvious, but that's all part of the package."
Abreu honored to join elite class of hitter
KANSAS CITY -- Bobby Abreu added another line to an already impressive resume on WednesdayWith one out in the first inning, Abreu launched the 500th double of his career. Abreu joins Ivan Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, Garret Anderson and Todd Helton as the only active players with 500 career doubles. Ken Griffey Jr. was also on that list before announcing his retirement on Wednesday. Abreu remembers when he first got to the Majors and hit the first double of his career. "There was a time when I was looking for my first double in the big leagues, and you never expect to be at 500," Abreu said with a smile on his face. "It's something special for me, and it shows that even if you don't hit 500 homers, you still got some extra bases." Being in such an elite group brings a great feeling of satisfaction to Abreu. "Those guys are pretty good guys," Abreu said. "To be in that group, its very special. It makes it worth it, all the years of being around and being consistent. I'm happy to be around those guys." Manager Mike Scioscia spoke of what Abreu's legacy will be. "As time goes on, people are going to appreciate, more and more, his talents, his numbers," Scioscia said. "You look at Bobby, and he's got [over 2,000 hits], and if he wasn't as good of an offensive player as he is to take walks and work situations, he'd be right around 3,000 hits. ... "That's not the way he plays. He plays to win. I think that's something that, I hope, as time goes on, people will start to appreciate more. He's in select company, and he's been a terrific player for a long time."
Rivera day-to-day with injured toe
KANSAS CITY -- After getting hit with a foul ball on Wednesday, left fielder Juan Rivera was out of the Angels' starting lineup Thursday.In the first inning against the Royals on Wednesday night, Rivera chopped a foul ball off his left toe and was removed from the game in the fourth inning. Rivera said he felt better Thursday but was just taking some time to heal completely. "It's getting better," Rivera said. "They just want to give me a couple days before I get back on the field." Manager Mike Scioscia listed Rivera as day-to-day. "He made a lot of progress today," Scioscia said. "Well, I should say he's not as sore as he could have been. We'll look at him tomorrow and see how he feels. If he's ready to play, he'll play."
Scioscia gives Izturis a break
KANSAS CITY -- Maicer Izturis was out of the Angels' starting lineup for Thursday's finale of a four-game series with the Royals.Izturis was healthy, but manager Mike Scioscia wanted to rest his leadoff man. "We're trying to pace Izzy a little bit with a day game after a night game," Scioscia said. "He's played a lot of baseball and he's still going to play a lot, so we want to just pace him a little bit." Izturis is batting .238 with two homers and 12 RBIs this season.
Samuel Zuba is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.