Worst fielding AL team ready to grab for gloves

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. – Physical examinations will be in order today for position players, who also need to make sure their gloves are in proper condition. The Angels were the worst fielding team in the American League last season, committing 124 errors for a .979 fielding percentage. The fielding miscues led to 80 unearned runs a year after the Angels allowed a league-low 45 unearned runs. FEELING AT HOME Gary Matthews Jr. made his first appearance in camp and said he already is feeling right at home. “I’ve been playing in this division for a while now,” Matthews said. “I already know these guys and know the players here and the personnel. It’s really like coming in and getting ready to go.” The San Fernando Valley native was worried that returning to the area might be a distraction so he took some precautions. The first was to move to Southern California during the winter so that the start of the season would not also be his homecoming. “I spent the offseason in Cali just so I could get accustomed to it, and my family could get used to be being around just so it’s not so crazy when I come home from spring training,” he said. INJURIES NOT A WORRY Scioscia said he does not think the injuries to Bartolo Colon and Juan Rivera will wind up costing them the season. Colon is rehabbing rotator cuff problems, and Rivera broke his tibia in winter ball. With Colon, the real question is what type of pitcher he will be when he returns. “Bart’s injury is one that historically heals itself; it will heal,” Scioscia said. “The time-frame of it, I don’t know, and how much stuff a pitcher retains after an injury like this will vary. But Bart will be back pitching at some point.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Fielding will no doubt be a priority in this camp, with the first full-squad workout set for Tuesday. The most notable change will be the larger glove that will be used by Chone Figgins as he tries to overcome fielding issues at third base. Figgins had 16 errors last season, 10 of which came in 34games (2801/3 innings) at third. center_img “I’m very comfortable with the system and with what (fielding coach Alfredo Griffin) does with the infielders,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’ve got some work to do because we’re going to have different chemistry on the infield with rookie (Howie) Kendrick at second, Figgy at third and (Casey Kotchman), Kendry (Morales), (Robb) Quinlan or (Shea) Hillenbrand at first.” Even though defense will be a priority, there are no plans to add additional drills. “There’s nothing more we can to pound these guys with it,” Scioscia said. “Obviously we need to do things better on the defensive side. The solution comes in different forms, and hopefully this year it will be with the addition of (Gary) Matthews (Jr.), with Figgy getting comfortable at third base and stability at first base.” A return to the type of defense the Angels played in 2005 just might be what they need to return to the postseason. “Defense certainly had an impact,” Scioscia said. “The number of unearned runs we gave up was off the charts. But if we had played erratic defense (and) hit anywhere near where we should have the first month and a half, it could have been a different outcome.” last_img read more

The flavour of the season

first_imgA chilled drink with lemon in it is an ideal way to ward off unbearable heat during summer season. Whether it is an iced tea or mojito, the citrus fruit can be included in your drink to refresh you. Besides the medicinal properties of lemon and the zest, the right amount of tang along with salt and sugar helps in keeping a check on blood pressure levels. So much for all the fainting sprees in this weather – we have some solutions.  Here are four lemon based drinks that you can relish this season: Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Lemon watermelon ice tea: Take watermelon chunks, blend them well. Add lemon juice to it and then mix it with the lemon flavoured ice tea and drink it to quench the summer thirst. Both fruits are refreshing and light. These help to fight heat stroke.  Lemon mojito: Is made by mixing mint leaves, sugar, lemon, sprite and crushed ice. All ingredients are perfect to beat summer heat.Lemon putu monkey: Here’s a drink that has lemon along with other hydrating ingredients. Lemon putu monkey is a blend of coconut water with pineapple and lemon chunks which will keep you hydrated for sure.  Lemon pina colada: A mix of coconut syrup, lime juice syrup, coconut water and lemon chunks. It is healthy, refreshing, cold and perfect to beat the heat.last_img read more

Tale of the fallen empire

first_imgOn September 14, 1857, British Troops launched an attack on the besieged city of Delhi, bringing a bloody end to the Sepoy Mutiny by massacring not only the rebels, but also the ordinary citizens of the Mughal capital. 159 years later to the day, on a pleasant autumn evening in the national Capital, memories of the faded grandeur of imperial Delhi hung heavy in the air as William Dalrymple sat down for a discussion on his most famous work, ‘The Last Mughal’. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe event which celebrated the Hindustani edition of Dalrymple’s magnum opus was also attended by its translator Zakia Zaheer and singer Vidya Shah. The session at the Oxford Bookstore was marked by readings and music, and brought alive historical references for the audience, as the panel took them through the vivid descriptions of life from the Mughal era.Dalrymple described how Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last of the Mughals, was someone who was “quite magnificently unsuited to lead a revolution” of the scale of the 1857 mutiny. “The face off was between two different worlds,” Dalrymple said. A doomed romantic figure like Zafar on one side of the ring against the East India Company – a force that was four times the size of the British Army in the year of the mutiny.The East India Company was, as Dalrymple put it, like an evil multinational corporation, with the difference that it had an army. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“For the last 100 years, we have been taught to think about colonialism as the British coming here. But it is much worse than that – it is a multinational corporation, like Union Carbide with armies, Google with weapons, Rio Tinto with infantry regiments,” he said. The scale of killings on that fateful day was on a level that was infinitely greater than the massacre at Jalianwala Bagh, Dalrymple said. English troops proceeded to systematically murder every able citizen at gunpoint, leaving the city of half a million people an empty ruin.  Zakia Zaheer who spent a year translating the book in Hindi, meanwhile read out captivating excerpts from the translated version of the book, describing the majestic sheen of the Mughal court at a time when it still held some semblance of power. The readings were interspersed with soulful vocals by singer Vidya Shah, who has also worked with Dalrymple earlier in a concert based on the book.Zaheer also stated that Dalrymple had offered an impartial account of all the facts in his book. When asked to elaborate on his idea of history being written from the point of view of the vanquished and not the victor in his book, the author said, “The whole exercise is in essence to try and bring back the Indian version. Normally the excuse is this, that there are no documents. So one has to always use the British texts. Right from the beginning, I knew that there were papers in the national archives. 20,000 documents taken from the rebel camps which were used for evidence in the trails that followed. I came across this stash of papers while researching for my previous book. So that was the heart of the whole project, putting the defeated side story forward.”Dalrymple also spoke about the writer’s block, “I think if you’re well planned and have got everything organized, there’s no excuse for having the writer’s block while writing non-fiction. The story is already in front of you. You know what’s happening. I spent 4-5 years preparing my ingredients, if you like it, and only then did I write. If you’re well organised you shouldn’t have the writer’s block. That’s something novelists experience when they are writing fiction”, He is currently writing a book on the Kohinoor diamond.last_img read more