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first_imgTalk about umpire Doug Eddings’ phantom “out’ call still lingered around the batting cage Friday before Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, but it was more media driven as players and coaches from both teams tried to put it behind them. “If it was in the regular season, everyone would let it go,’ Angels shortstop Orlando Cabrera said. “Because it was the playoffs, everyone makes a big deal. A lot of times there’s a man on first and two outs, and they don’t score. There’s been worse calls. I don’t think it was fair they had to go (into the interview room after Game 2). I was feeling sorry for them. They’re human beings trying to do their jobs.’ Angels manager Mike Scioscia also said he felt sympathy for Eddings. “I don’t think anybody feels worse about it than Doug Eddings,’ Scioscia said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week While much of the dispute has centered on whether catcher Josh Paul caught or trapped the third strike to A.J. Pierzynski, Scioscia said that was not the issue that had the Angels upset. “The whole issue of the play was we read the signal from Doug as him recording an out, not recording a swing,’ he said. Eddings was lustily booed by the Angel Stadium crowd when the umpires took the field before Friday’s game, and again when he jogged to his spot as the right-field line ump. Cabrera is one of the few Angels who has hit relatively well in the playoffs, tied for the team lead with nine postseason hits. He said he thinks Vladimir Guerrero (no extra-base hits, one RBI) might be pressing a little, but Chone Figgins (4 for 31) is even more important to the Angels offense. “Our key player is Figgins,’ Cabrera said. “That’s our key player. If he starts hitting, we’re going to score some runs. I don’t know if he’s pressing, I know he’s trying. Maybe he’s trying too hard. He’s not swinging at pitches he was swinging at before. center_img “When you don’t have too many years in the big leagues, it puts things in your head instead of swinging like you did in the regular season.’ While Figgins might be big in Cabrera’s mind, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen remains wary of Guerrero. “I don’t want to say anything about Vlad because I don’t want to wake him up,’ Guillen said. “We hope he just keeps trying to hit the ball out of the ballpark. I think the key for them is just to try to get Figgy and Cabrera out there because I think Vlad is a better hitter when he’s got people on base.’ It is beginning to appear that Bartolo Colon (strained muscle right shoulder) would not be able to pitch in the World Series even if the Angels get there. Colon is scheduled to undergo more tests on the shoulder, and there are no plans for him to start throwing a baseball anytime soon. “If we get through this series, you’re talking another week,’ Scioscia said. “If we fold him in at the back end of the rotation (for the World Series), that’s 10, 11 days before he’d pitch, and he’d have to pick up the ball before then.’ Most players and coaches don’t pay attention to the Angels’ Rally Monkey, but Guillen wasn’t afraid to give his thoughts on it. “Hopefully we keep the little monkey in the cage,’ Guillen said. “That little monkey drives people crazy. It’s not easy to come here and see the little monkey jump up and down. Hopefully we can keep him in the cage and not wake him up.’ Angels right-hander Ervin Santana (12-8, 4.65 ERA) will face White Sox right-hander Freddy Garcia (14-8, 3.87), Santana’s second career start against the White Sox. In his first one, Santana threw his only major league shutout in a 4-0 victory May 23 in Anaheim. It was his second major-league start and first victory. Joe Haakenson can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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