Anderson avoids publicity
Garret Anderson is just one of the crowd in the Los Angeles Angels clubhouse, and that’s the way he likes it.
The three-time All-Star went 2 for 4 with a run scored in the Angels’ 4-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox in the A.L. division series opener on Wednesday night, but you wouldn’t know it by talking to him. He prefers to leave the spotlight to his teammates.
“That’s just not me. I’m not a boaster,” said Anderson, whose tiebreaking three-run double in Game 7 of the 2002 World Series helped the Angels beat San Francisco. “I mean, the numbers speak for themselves. The factual statistical things are obvious. I’ll talk about anybody else’s accomplishments, but I won’t talk about mine. I’m just not comfortable with it.”
Anderson is the Angels’ career leader in hits, games played, runs, RBIs, total bases and doubles.
Rays’ Price cashes in
Left-hander David Price made the Rays postseason roster in his first pro season.
“That’s something I wanted for myself,” said Price, who was taken first overall in the 2007 amateur draft.
Price went 12-1 with 2.30 ERA in 19 minor league starts at three different levels. He posted a 1.93 ERA in five games, including one start with Tampa Bay.
As expected, closer Troy Percival, slowed by a back tightness, and starter Edwin Jackson, were left off the first-round playoff roster.
Manuel stays steady
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has endured quite a bit of criticism from fans and some media since replacing Larry Bowa after the 2004 season. But players love playing for the folksy skipper.
“The most important thing that he brings to the table is the fact that no matter how big the game or the situation, you’re going to get the same guy,” left fielder Pat Burrell said. “There’s frustration and there’s excitement at times for different things, but over the long haul, you’re going to get a pretty steady guy.”
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