02/23/11 5:39 PM EST
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By Tom Singer / MLB.com
Scioscia fine with no intra-squad games
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Intra-squad games are a Spring Training staple, if nothing else, as a welcome break in the monotony between routine drills and the onset of exhibition play.Not for the Angels. For the first time in recent memory, the Angels are not staging any intra-squad games, possibly the only one of the 30 Major League teams to do so. "The timetable seems to be a little tighter," explained manager Mike Scioscia. "It feels more cramped from the first workout to the first Spring Training game. Also, [pitching coach Mike Butcher] is giving pitchers one extra day to rebound between starts, so that cuts into the timespan." Angels batterymates had their first workout on Feb. 14, but the full squad did not join in until last Saturday. They open Cactus League play on Saturday, against the Dodgers. "Intra-squad games are as much for defensive positioning as they are for pitchers," said Scioscia, dismissing any effect of not having them. "We see enough of how people catch the ball and having them throw to the right base in our regular drills." What's next to go, PFP (pitchers fielding practice)?
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia wants to see how each of his pitchers goes through another regular 10-minute bullpen session, and how they bounce back physically, before announcing his pitching plans for Saturday's Cactus League opener against the Dodgers. ... Prior to Thursday's workouts, the Angels will hear the annual presentation of the Baseball Assistance Team. ... The girlfriend of Dutch pitching prospect Loek Van Mil lives about five minutes from the birthplace of Bert Blyleven, the Holland-born Hall of Fame right-hander.