Angels rout Athletics; Anthony Rendon plays but doesn't comment on flap with fan

The Angels used an 11-run third inning to roll to a 13-1 win at Oakland. Third baseman Anthony Rendon played but did not discuss a fan altercation.

Angels rout Athletics; Anthony Rendon plays but doesn't comment on flap with fan
The Angels' Taylor Ward connects for a two-run homer in the third inning against the Oakland Athletics on April 1, 2023.
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Angels rout Athletics; Anthony Rendon plays but doesn't comment on flap with fan


Against the backdrop of an incident their third baseman had with a fan two days earlier, the Angels

offense in the second game of the season teed off against

surged to life

on life

on offense against the Oakland Athletics, rolling to a 13-1 rout Saturday afternoon

against their division rival


A few hours earlier, Anthony Rendon who was caught grabbing the shirt of a fan and cursing after the Angels' opening night loss Thursday in video footage that was


circulated on social media


Friday addressed dozens of media members.

Its an ongoing investigation, so unfortunately I cant comment, he said.

Asked who was investigating,

the league

Major League Baseball or the police, he said he did not know. Asked how he feels about the situation,

if hed

whether he had seen the video footage




whether he believes he made a mistake

thinks he messed up

, what the climate is like with


fans, he repeated: Im sorry, I cant comment.

Angels general manager Perry Minasian and manager Phil Nevin also would not comment, citing the investigation.

Asked how he used to handle fans heckling him when he was a player, Nevin offered: I mean, this happens a lot, unfortunately. And a lot of times, we just dont see it. Right now, I just dont want to comment on the incident involving Anthony or anything that goes along with it because of the reasons I just said.

MLB said it was looking into the incident between Rendon and the fan. The Oakland Police Department stated it was investigating

an incident of battery a battery



Oakland Coliseum captured on surveillance video, but it did not confirm


Rendon was involved in the incident

under its review


On Saturday morning, the Angels closed their clubhouse to regular pregame media access, with the team having a meeting before going


on the field for batting practice and workouts. The clubhouse opened to the media for a brief time after that meeting, with most players coming


onto the field shortly afterward.

It would have felt like a regular day at the ballpark if not for that video going viral


Friday, which was an off day for the Angels.

Angels players and managers have always signed autographs for fans before games, but it seemed


as if more were being signed than usual


Saturday. Shohei Ohtani, who does not often sign before games, was among those doing so.

Asked whether the Rendon incident is a distraction for the team, Nevin said: I mean, for the moment because theres a lot of the media here. But no, I dont think so. I mean, its one thing Ive said all along: Weve got a great group in there.

The one thing I was most proud of last year and continuing through the spring is the way this team has bonded and gelled together, and theyre all gonna stand together now.

During the game,

aside from the normal cheers and initial booing that usually come from the regular flow of a game, there was a collective distinct booing from

the crowd booed each time Rendon was at the plate.

The Angels

scored eleven

had 11 runs in the third inning the first time

the Angels

they have scored 11 in an inning since July 2, 2016, according to the team

secured their eventual 13-1 win over the Athletics on Saturday

. Taylor Ward,


Ohtani, Jake Lamb, Gio Urshela, Logan OHoppe and Rendon


combined for 13 RBIs in the victory.

Ward was responsible for four RBIs.

Angels starter

Patrick Sandoval

picked up from where he left off in the World Baseball Classic for Mexico, giving up one run and two hits in five innings to earn the victory.

Ohtani and Mike Trout are two of the best players in baseball

the league

. Yet it was Rendon


who bore the brunt of the Oakland Coliseum crowds ire in his plate appearances.




seemed even more

was pleased when Rendon made a fielding error at third base in the second inning and also in the fourth inning when he was unable to make a play on a foul ball that ended up hitting the tarp.

Rendon was taken out of the game in the sixth, with Urshela shifting


to third base and David Fletcher coming in to play shortstop.

On that play in the fourth, Rendons left knee hit the tarp and he bent forward, using his hand to steady himself. Nevin said Rendon hit the tarp hard and that


the Angels would check on him again Sunday but that the knee is not considered a significant issue.

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