Quinlan in left?: If Anderson sees more time at DH, that could open up more playing time in left field for Robb Quinlan, who is also in the mix for the job at first base. “Obviously it’s probably easier to settle in at one position, but I know I have to be ready to play maybe a couple of different positions,” said Quinlan. “If you’re in that role you really have to have that attitude to be ready to play every day, which means you have to get in your extra work. It definitely can be tough.” Tightening things up: Scioscia said he was impressed with a throwing session by Ervin Santana, who has been working on “tightening up” his slider. Last year, Santana’s slider had a tendency to break more like a curveball. “It had a lot of depth, and it was big and I think that still can be effective,” Scioscia said. “But what he wants to do with a slider is get hard to the zone, and then get out of the zone or under a bat. It would roll at times and hang a little bit.” Also: After throwing on flat ground for three consecutive days, Bartolo Colon had the day off. … Jered Weaver had another flat-ground throwing session and is in line to throw from a mound this week for the first time this spring. firstname.lastname@example.org (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! TEMPE, Ariz. – The Angels are keenly aware that it was here in the desert a year ago Garret Anderson’s foot troubles began, so extra precautions will be made this spring. Manager Mike Scioscia said Anderson is feeling great and has recovered from the plantar fasciitis that plagued him last season. Still, Anderson was held out of base-running drills Saturday. After hitting 29 home runs in 2003 with 116 RBIs, Anderson has not reached the 20-homer or 100-RBI plateaus since. Over the past three seasons, he has averaged 16 home runs and 85 RBIs. After batting .309 in April last season, Anderson tailed off to bat .241 in May and then .224 in June. He rebounded in the final three months to bat .302 after the All-Star break. While his home-run totals were up in the second half, when he hit 10, he had just 38 RBIs, compared to 47 before the All-Star Game. Some DH duty for Vlad: Vladimir Guerrero, who played with sore knees most of last season, does not have any running restrictions. He took part in base-running drills Friday and hit some mammoth home runs while taking batting practice on the stadium field. Scioscia’s plan is to use the designated-hitter role as a way of getting Anderson and Guerrero off their feet more often. “I don’t think anybody wants to DH at all,” Scioscia said. “I think these guys take pride in playing the field. They feel good that they can contribute on both ends, but they also understand the need at times (to take) a preventative day to DH.” “I think Garret is one of the guys that needs his work and needs to get ready, but also you have to balance it with some of the things that flared up on him over the last couple of years and we’re going to monitor that very closely,” Scioscia said. Hamstring and knee issues also have plagued the veteran in recent seasons, so if there is a way for Anderson to take it easy on his legs, the Angels will lean that direction. Anderson also had back trouble in 2004.
On the war to claiming the prestigious gong that comes with a cash reward of Sh100,000 and a 49-inch LG Television as well as Sh50,000 for the team, Agwanda beat teammate Tobias Otieno and Bandari FC keeper Farouk Shikhalo.“I am very happy to get this award. I didn’t expect it and it is such a pleasant surprise. The month of July was good for us as a team and it marked my continuous improvement. In June I scored one goal, then two in July and now in May I am on three already,” Agwanda said.The forward christened ‘Jowi’, loosely translating to ‘buffalo’ in the local Luo dialect becomes the first Sony Sugar player to bag the award since its inception four years ago.Agwanda left Sony Sugar in 2011 for Sofapaka and between that period and his return to the club In June has played for Gor Mahia, Bandari and lately Ushuru where he stayed for six months before taking the decision to re-join his boyhood club.Enock Agwanda receives his July SportPesa/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya player of the month accolades. PHOTO/SJAK“It was a very tough decision to come back to Sony but I got much encouragement from my wife and extended family. My wife especially convinced me to come back and play football because she told me no matter how much you go down, with hard work you can always come back up,” the forward noted.“Things became difficult at bandari when I picked a hamstring injury and getting playing time was tough. I am happy that I can now go back to the field and score goals,” explained Agwanda.He further says; “I came and found a coach who really trusts me and I am happy with him. I owe where I am today to him because he has really worked on me.”Sony have had a rejuvenated spell and have won five matches on the trot to climb to eighth in the standings and Agwanda believes they can push to finish within the top five.The forward has disclosed there is immense competition for places in the team and that’s the reason they have improved rapidly, saying every player is working hard to guard his place jealously.Sony’s performance has been top notch and have picked wins against teams ranked higher than them including Ulinzi Stars, Mathare United, Sofapaka and Kariobangi Sharks.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Enock Agwanda poses with his July SportPesa/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya player of the month accolades. PHOTO/SJAKAWENDO, Kenya, Aug 21 – Sony Sugar forward Enock Agwanda has won the SportPesa/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Kenyan Premier League players of the month FOR July after rejuvenating his snoozing career following a return to his boyhood club.Agwanda scored twice for Sony and provided a similar number of assists as the Sugar belt side rose from the ruins of a disastrous first leg to move into the top half of the league.