The following is commentary from today's (8/3) Sunday MLB on TBS broadcast between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the New York Yankees with announcers Chip Caray and Ron Darling.
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LA of Anaheim Angels (9) @ NY Yankees (14)
Announcers: Chip Caray (play-by-play) and Ron Darling (analyst)
Studio: Marc Fein
Darling on NY Yankees starting pitcher Darrell Rasner's first inning struggles: "He is a sinker/slider type pitcher. It's almost like he is too strong at the beginning of the game. His pitches tend to be out of the strike zone or flatten out a bit...It looks like he is trying to aim his pitches. You can never do that, you have to let them go."
Darling on the Angels aggressive approach to running the bases: "What makes it so unusual is that this Angels team has a lot of power, but they still play kind of "smallish" baseball."
Darling on Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick, who has batted .500 against them in his career: "(Howie) Kendrick, whom they (the Angels) believe is a future batting champion, that's how they feel about him."
Caray: "I think the Yankees feel the same way."
Darling on the Yankees addition of outfielder Xavier Nady and left-handed reliever Demaso Marte: "(Xavier) Nady could be the (former Yankees third baseman) Scott Brosius of this team; just the study guy, doesn't say much just gets the job done...but Demaso Marte, they really needed that addition, they haven't had a left-handed in their bullpen really all season long."
Darling Angels third baseman Chone Figgins: "In my opinion Chone Figgins is one of the most valuable players in this league, (he) does everything for this Angels, and they are arguably the best team in baseball going from first to third. they always are pushing the envelope."
Darling on team's not protecting their farm system and trading for 'name' players: "I think you suffer a lot more from "stries" - histories and salaries. You're always going to pay off of what people have done, not what they are going to do in the future."
Darling on the Milwaukee Brewers: "Of course (starting pitchers) Ben Sheets and CC Sabathia, when those two don't win in Milwaukee they look very ordinary as a team."
Darling on Yankees outfielder Bobby Abreu getting thrown out at third in the fourth inning before shortstop Derek Jeter scored at home: "Bad play by Abreu...Just amazing to me when you see a guy (like Bobby Abreu) that has that much experience in the game; has seen it all, done it all, and occasionally has that bonehead kind of play, no other way to describe it."
Darling on the NY Mets pitching woes: "John Maine, their sturdy right-hander who's had a solid season, now is going to be put on the DL with shoulder stiffness/soldier strain, and Billy Wagner is going to have another MRI, his second in the last couple of weeks.
Caray: "That's not a good category to lead Closers in."
Darling on NY Yankees outfielder Xavier Nady, who's three-run HR in the seventh inning gave the Yankees an 8-5 lead: "When you look at Xavier Nady, he was a very popular player when he was with the Mets a few seasons ago. I think for (NY Yankees GM) Brain Cashman when he goes to trade for players, especially every day players, it is always nice to know that they have played in New York, had success in New York and was a popular player in New York, even though it was for just a short time with the Mets."
Caray on the high-scoring seesaw battle between the Yankees and Angels: "If this is a playoff preview, Ron Darling, boy have we had a great game to watch today."
Darling: "What a great game, almost like a boxing match; toe-to-toe, these teams going back and forth."
Caray on the third error by the Angels in the eighth inning, fourth overall, giving the Yankees a 10-9 lead: "A nightmarish inning for Chone Figgins at third. It should have been two (a double play), they got none, Yankees back in front."
Caray on the Angels blowing leads of 5-0, and 9-8: "They've had a Halo of a time finishing off the Yankees today."