SARASOTA, FLA. — Jason Bulger made the Angels' Opening Day roster each of the past four years and seemed like a reliever to watch for the Twins this spring, but his first two appearances have been hard on the eyes.
The 33-year-old righthander allowed four runs on four hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning in Wednesday's 6-0 loss to the Orioles after giving up five earned runs in one-third of an inning on Saturday against the Red Sox.
"Obviously that's the worst start I can imagine coming into camp with a new team," said Bulger, whose ERA actually dropped from 135.00 to 81.00. "I just have to put things together. There's no other reason behind it. I just have to put the ball over the plate where I need it to go."
Signed to a minor league deal, he hopes to find the form that helped him post a 3.56 ERA in 64 games for the Angels in 2009. His fastball looks OK for spring training -- 88 to 89 mph -- but he keeps missing his spots.
"He's a veteran, trying to get through it," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's fighting himself a little bit mentally."
|Atlanta - WP: E. Stults||4||FINAL|
|Detroit - LP: J. Chamberlain||2|
|Washington - LP: X. Cedeno||2||FINAL|
|St. Louis - WP: M. Wacha||6|
|Miami - LP: D. Haren||1||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: R. Montero||7|
|LA Angels - LP: N. Tropeano||3||FINAL|
|Seattle - WP: T. Walker||5|
|Toronto||5||Bottom 6th Inning|
|Minnesota||0||Top 3rd Inning|
|Boston||48||2nd Qtr 5:10|
|LA Lakers||33||2nd Qtr 7:08|
|Houston||10||1st Qtr 7:28|
|Milwaukee||8||1st Qtr 7:10|
|Tampa Bay||0||1st Prd 11:06|
|Los Angeles||7:30 PM|
|(6) Tennessee||8:00 PM|