first_img“Yes,” was Scioscia’s succinct answer. On Tuesday, Matthews’ name surfaced as an alleged customer of an Internet pharmacy that was raided for illegally distributing human growth hormone. According to the story on SI.com, Matthews was prescribed Genotropin, a synthetic hormone used to treat growth deficiencies, most often in children. It was allegedly shipped to a Texas address in 2004 that was believed to be the residence of an unnamed former minor-league teammate of Matthews. Despite daily meetings with Matthews, including another Thursday with general manager Bill Stoneman, the Angels say they are not getting their information through their center fielder, but from the Internet reports. TEMPE, Ariz. – Another day, another fire for the Angels to put out with Gary Matthews Jr. Angels officials were left to answer more questions Thursday, the day of the Cactus League opener, after learning about a Sports Illustrated report that listed what type of human growth hormone was allegedly shipped to Matthews, including when and where it was sent. Matthews has apologized for having his name linked to a possible distraction and yet he apparently has left the team scrambling for three consecutive days trying to answer a new round of questions. “We’re still waiting to get all the facts, all the details on it and I don’t know how long that’s going to take,” Stoneman said. “I talked to Gary this morning and I have been in touch, obviously with his agent and (Major League Baseball). The conversations are private conversations.” At the rate that new information is released, the Angels are headed toward the possibility that Matthews could face a 50-game suspension for a first-time violation for performance enhancers. As of now, the Angels are not planning to make any roster contingencies in anticipation of a possible suspension for Matthews. “I think there will be a lot of things to consider and we don’t want to speculate on anything,” Scioscia said. On the rehab front, Scioscia admitted that for the first time, he can see a scenario where Bartolo Colon actually gets on a mound before Jered Weaver. Weaver was supposed to be doing some fine-tuning until his biceps felt better, but his progress has been slow. Colon, who has been rehabbing a more serious rotator cuff injury sustained last season, has been making significant progress. Colon had a long-toss session from 160 feet Thursday, while Weaver threw from 130 feet. “Two weeks ago I would have said no way,” Scioscia said about Colon passing Weaver in recovery. “Right now, the way Bart is progressing, it’s probably not likely, but as good as Bart feels, you start to see some light at the end of the tunnel.” Add another Angels pitcher to the list of those ailing. John Lackey, who has been dealing with a bout of bronchitis since Wednesday, is not expected to make his scheduled Cactus League debut on Saturday. Scioscia said Lackey’s first spring start is now expected to take place early next week. Ervin Santana withstood some control problems and did not allow a run in his two innings of work against the Royals in the spring opener. He did walk two batters with two strikeouts. Sean Rodriguez started a three-run, game-winning rally in the ninth inning with a leadoff double and Hainley Statia finished it off with a sacrifice fly to right to give the Angels a 7-6 victory over the Royals. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Matthews, who said Wednesday that he would not comment on the situation further, declined to address the additional information that surfaced. Manager Mike Scioscia, never one to be short with his answers, was asked if a prolonged silence from Matthews would end up making him look guilty. last_img read more

first_img1 Watford produced a stirring second half comeback to pile more misery on Blackpool as they scored seven second half goals to secure a 7-2 win at Vicarage Road.The visitors took an early lead as Andrea Orlandi capitalised on some defensive confusion to fire the strugglers ahead.And the travelling Tangerine army were in dreamland midway through the first half as Steve Davies doubled the Seasiders’ advantage. The former Derby man picked up Tony McMahon’s pass to smash home from close range to stun the home faithful.But minutes into the second period, the Hornets fans were on their feet as in-form Odion Ighalo side-footed Miguel Layun’s cross to put doubts in the mind of Lee Clark’s men.Those doubts soon became reality, however, as the hosts ran riot after the break, top goalscorer Troy Deeney powering home a header from Dan Toszer’s cross to level.And minutes later, it was an all too familiar feeling for those travelling Blackpool fans, as Ighalo struck again to break the hearts of the Lancashire club as he met Deeney’s headed pass to slot past Ell Parish and make the score 3-2.The ‘Pools soon fell apart, as Watford began to turn on the style, with Matej Vydra making the game safe as he smashed the ball into the bottom corner.Watford made it five goals eight minutes later as centre half Gabriele Angella prodded the ball into the roof of the net after meeting an in-swinging corner.And the wheels really fell off for the visitors as they conceded a sixth and then a seventh goal with Ighalo securing a second half hat-trick as he headed home and later bagging a fourth from close-range to seal a monumental victory.Meanwhile, Brentford kept their hopes of promotion alive with a crucial 2-1 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road.Jota struck for the Bees midway through the first period as the dominant visitors took a deserved lead, with Andre Gray playing in the Spaniard who coolly finished past John Ruddy.But they were in front for only eight minutes, as quick footwork from Nathan Redmond allowed the former Birmingham man to find space in the box and he made no mistake curling home the equaliser.Alex Pritchard was gifted the opportunity to put the London club ahead after Carlos Cuéllar felled Andre Gray inside the box, and the Tottenham loanee made no mistake from the spot as he powered his penalty home.Wigan Athletic’s miserable run of form continued as they fell to another defeat as Huddersfield completed a 1-0 victory over Malky Mackay’s men.Former Liverpool midfielder Conor Coady scored the game’s only goal as he met Nahki Wells’ ball to finish from a tough angle to send the Yorkshire club up to fifteenth.In day’s final game, Charlton held Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux to a goalless draw.Championship results in full:Norwich 1–2 BrentfordWatford 7–2 BlackpoolWigan Athletic 0–1 HuddersfieldWolverhampton 0–0 Charlton Athletic Ighalo celebrates last_img read more