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."
|Chicago WSox - LP: Z. Duke||1||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: J. Soria||2|
|San Diego - WP: J. Shields||5||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: B. Schlitter||4|
|Philadelphia - LP: S. O Sullivan||2||FINAL|
|Washington - WP: M. Scherzer||7|
|Milwaukee - LP: J. Nelson||3||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - WP: V. Worley||6|
|Atlanta - WP: C. Martin||8||FINAL|
|Toronto - LP: B. Cecil||7|
|Miami - LP: B. Hand||1||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: B. Colon||4|
|Baltimore - LP: B. Matusz||2||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: K. Uehara||3|
|NY Yankees - WP: D. Betances||5||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - LP: K. Jepsen||4|
|LA Angels - WP: C. Ramos||6||FINAL|
|Houston - LP: C. Qualls||3|
|Cleveland - LP: B. Shaw||2||FINAL|
|Minnesota - WP: B. Boyer||3|
|Oakland - LP: D. Otero||4||FINAL|
|Kansas City - WP: W. Davis||6|
|Cincinnati - LP: J. Cueto||1||FINAL|
|St. Louis - WP: M. Wacha||6|
|Colorado - LP: K. Kendrick||3||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - WP: C. Kershaw||7|
|Texas - WP: Y. Gallardo||3||FINAL|
|Seattle - LP: J. Happ||1|
|Arizona - WP: J. Collmenter||9||FINAL|
|San Francisco - LP: J. Peavy||0|
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