Mets get Matthews from LA Angels

Mets get Matthews from LA Angels

NEW YORK, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The New York Mets filled an outfield void Friday by acquiring Gary Matthews Jr. from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to replace Carlos Beltran.

MLB: LA Angels 4, Oakland 2

OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Scott Kazmir threw five scoreless innings to lead the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to a 4-2 win over the Oakland Athletics at the Coliseum.

MLB: LA Angels 10, Texas 5

ARLINGTON, Texas, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Howie Kendrick's three hits and five RBI Sunday keyed a 10-5 win by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim over Texas.

MLB: LA Angels 7, Toronto 3

TORONTO, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Vladimir Guerrero and Juan Rivera homered Saturday, keying the Los Angeles Angels' 7-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels 11, Minnesota 6

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Maicer Izturis hit one of the Los Angeles Angels' three sixth-inning homers and had four RBI Saturday in an 11-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels 7, Cleveland 6

ANAHEIM, Calif., July 29 (UPI) -- Gary Matthews Jr. drove in three runs with a double in the eighth inning that carried the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim past the Cleveland Indians 7-6 Tuesday.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels 12, Arizona 8

PHOENIX, June 28 (UPI) -- Gary Matthews Jr. had a three-run double and stole home Sunday, helping the Los Angeles Angels to a 12-8 inter-league victory over Arizona.

MLB: LA Angels 5, Oakland 3

OAKLAND, Calif., May 6 (UPI) -- Gary Matthews had a pair of hits and three RBI and Chone Figgins drove in two runs Tuesday, delivering the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim over Oakland 5-3.

MLB: LA Angels 3, Baltimore 2

BALTIMORE, April 29 (UPI) -- Back-to-back solo seventh-inning homers by Torii Hunter and Kendry Morales gave the LA Angels a 3-2 victory Wednesday against Baltimore and a three-game sweep.

MLB: LA Angels 4, Detroit 3

ANAHEIM, Calif., April 22 (UPI) -- Gary Matthews Jr. drove in the winning run with an eighth-inning double Tuesday in the Los Angeles Angels' 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels 7, Texas 0

ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Mike Napoli knocked in four runs Sunday for the Los Angeles Angeles, who finished the regular season with their 100th win, a 7-0 shutout of the Texas Rangers.

MLB: Seattle 9, LA Angels 6

SEATTLE, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Kenji Johjima drove in three runs Tuesday, helping the Seattle Mariners take a 9-6 win from the Los Angeles Angels, who have already clinched the division.
MLB: LA Angels 3, Chicago White Sox 2

MLB: LA Angels 3, Chicago White Sox 2

CHICAGO, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Garret Anderson drove in the wining run with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly to give the LA Angels a 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels 5, Oakland 1

ANAHEIM, Calif., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Angels rode John Lackey's 13th career complete game to a 5-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics Tuesday.

MLB: LA Angels 5, Minnesota 3

ANAHEIM, Calif., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Gary Matthews Jr. hit a go-ahead RBI triple in the eighth inning Sunday, helping the Los Angeles Angels top Minnesota 5-3.
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Gary Matthews
Texas Rangers lead off hitter Gary Matthews Jr. stretches prior to first at bat against the Colorado Rockies during interleague game at Coors Field in Denver June 25, 2006. Matthews Jr. was hitless in the series finale as Texas lost to Colorado 3-0. (UPI Photo/Gary C. Caskey)

Gary Nathaniel Matthews Sr. (born July 5, 1950 in San Fernando, California) is a former left fielder in Major League Baseball. He now serves as a color commentator for the Philadelphia Phillies. From 1972 through 1987, Matthews played for the San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs and Seattle Mariners. He batted and threw right-handed. Nicknamed "the Sarge", he is the father of big leaguer Gary Matthews Jr.

Matthews currently does color commentary for the Philadelphia Phillies. He played for the Cubs from 1984 to 1987 and served as the organization's minor league hitting coordinator from 1995 to 1997. Matthews was named first base coach before the 2005 season and was also responsible for outfield and baserunning instruction. He served as the club's hitting coach from 2003 to 2004. As a player, Matthews went to the postseason after the 1981, 1983 and 1984 campaigns and was voted the MVP of the 1983 NLCS when he hit three home runs and collected 8 RBI in four games, leading the Phillies past the Los Angeles Dodgers into the World Series. As a coach, Matthews went to the postseason with the Cubs in 2003. He also spent two years (2000-2001) as a color analyst on Toronto Blue Jays broadcasts. Matthews' son, Gary Jr., has played in the majors with the San Diego Padres (1999, 2003), the Cubs (2000-2001), the Pittsburgh Pirates (2001), the New York Mets (2002), the Baltimore Orioles (2002-2003), the Texas Rangers (2004-2006), and is with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as of 2007. The Matthews are one of just seven father/son combinations in Cubs history; another son, Delvon, was a member of Milwaukee's minor league system in 2000-2001.

Matthews was selected in the first round of the June 1968 draft by the San Francisco Giants. He began his professional career in 1969 playing for the Giants' Decatur Commodores (A) affiliate in Decatur, Illinois. In 1973, his first complete season, he won the National League Rookie of the Year award.

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