09/17/07 10:58 PM ET
Notes: Moseley tries to walk it off
Haynes starts for Matthews; Wednesday's starter undecided
By John Klima / Special to MLB.com
"He was going to get 500 home runs," Moseley said of the White Sox slugger, who connected against Moseley in the bottom of the ninth inning in Chicago on Sunday for a walk-off win. "I don't think that's going to be my defining moment. I think there are some good things in store for me."
Moseley has been a solid swingman this season. In 24 of his 38 relief outings, he hasn't given up a run. He is also 1-1 with a 4.66 ERA as a starter. Without an overpowering fastball, Moseley has proven he can survive in the Major Leagues. He's also proven to be a low-cost solution for a role that many clubs struggle to fill.
But for most of the baseball world, Moseley's immediate future is the footnote as the guy who gave up Thome's historic home run. The Angels made sure to recognize Thome after the game in Chicago, delivering the lineup card to him in person.
"Yeah, he did he hit it a long ways. It was a walk-off. I'll remember," Moseley said. "It's not that much of a memory for me right now. A walk-off is a walk-off. It's only memorable for him, not for me. I'll probably look back on it in 20 years. But for now, it's for the history buffs."
Outfield juggle: Starting center fielder Gary Matthews Jr. will probably not play in this series against Tampa Bay, manager Mike Scioscia said before Monday's game. Matthews, who hasn't resumed running since he turned his ankle last week in Baltimore, had his ankle heavily wrapped before the game. Scioscia said he hopes that Matthews will be ready to play when the Angels begin a four-game series with Seattle later this week.
Scioscia also gave Reggie Willits and Vladimir Guerrero breathers. Willits did not start and Guerrero started as the DH. Scioscia moved Chone Figgins into right field and gave Nathan Haynes a rare start in center field, with Garret Anderson in left.
Before the game, when Tampa manager Joe Maddon, the former Angels bench coach, saw that Scioscia was playing Figgins in right field, he offered an evaluation of the versatile Figgins, whose raw arm strength is probably the second best on the Angels besides Guerrero.
"I've always marveled at the fact that Figgins can go from the infield to the outfield on a day-to-day basis and never get stiff," Maddon said. "You don't find that many guys who can do that."
The starting center fielders for both the Angels and the Devil Rays will not play in this series. Maddon said he is holding Carl Crawford out of the series because Crawford injured his left groin and hamstring running out a ball in the eighth inning Sunday at Seattle.
No decision on starter: Ervin Santana threw his regular bullpen session before the game and Bartolo Colon threw off the mound. Scioscia and pitching coach Mike Butcher wanted to wait to see Santana throw before they made a decision on a starter for Wednesday afternoon's series finale against the Devil Rays.
"I thought Bart pitched a lot better than his linescore indicated in Chicago," Scioscia said. "Ervin we have some options with."
That includes the possibility of Santana going to the bullpen for the postseason, where he would likely serve as a long reliever and be on hand as a candidate to make an emergency start.
Up next: John Lackey (16-9, 3.21) opposes Jason Hammell (2-4, 6.13) on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. PT.
John Klima is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.