Dave Winfield says running around in the outfield keeps him going. His consistent hitting doesn't hurt much either.
Winfield, 39, has five home runs and 14 RBI in his last seven games, including a grand slam and a three-run homer against Toronto last weekend at the SkyDome.
Winfield's homer in California's 7-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday gave him 388 for his career, 26th place on the all-time home run list and one behind Hall of Famer Johnny Bench. Winfield, 23rd on the career RBI list with 1,554, leads the Angels with 38 and is second in the American League.
"Who's in front of me?" Winfield said with a laugh. "Dave Henderson? He's playing over his head!"
Some have suggested that Winfield was playing over his head. Few people expected him to be such a solid performer for so long. But now in his 19th major-league season there is no reason to doubt him.
"Age is relative thing," Angels skipper Doug Rader said. "Dave Winfield is considered a young man. He doesn't feel old, he doesn't act old. Physically he's not old, emotionally he's not old.
"If those are the criteria for age, he doesn't qualify."
Winfield made an impression at spring training this season when he hit .400. He continued that pace into the season, hitting three homers and driving in six runs on April 13 against Minnesota. The next game, he singled and doubled, but pulled a hamstring on a force play. The injury nagged him for over a month.
Torborg tells of warning to him and La Russa
CHICAGO _ American League president Bobby Brown told managers Jeff Torborg and Tony La Russa on Monday that he will come down hard on anyone taking part in altercations on the field.
The teams were in a bench-clearing brawl Saturday night after Oakland catcher Terry Steinback was hit in the head by a pitch from Chicago White Sox reliever Bobby Thigpen. Steinbach was released from the hospital on Monday. Torborg said, "I told my players there was a warning ... (the league office) will come down very hard on anyone who participates in any more stuff on the field."