Wednesday, April 4, 2007

So much for Matthews' distractions

It has been a buzzworthy couple of months for former Texas Ranger Gary Matthews Jr.

First there was the five-year, $50 million contract he landed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Then a couple of weeks ago there was the fallout from the HGH scandal.

Now it's time for baseball and, for Matthews, nothing could be better. He said he wouldn't let the off-field distractions bother him and in the Angels' three-game sweep of Texas he didn't.

Twice during the series he scaled the center field wall to take away extra-base hits from two of his ex-teammates Michael Young and Mark Teixeira, showing the athletic prowess Rangers fans came to know and love the last 1 1/2 seasons. Matthews may not match the numbers he put up with Texas last season, but for someone who seems to be a standup guy, it's good to see him start on the right track.


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