• Reliever Nate Jones went beyond his baseball duties pregame Friday when he took part in a cow-milking contest. Jones watched how to milk cows when he was younger during school field trips, but his second-place finish to the Angels' Ryan Brasier in Friday's competition at Angel Stadium marked his first hands-on experience.
"I felt like I was doing good, but just good enough for second place," said Jones with a laugh, adding that his job was made more difficult by the cow moving in the early milking stages. "I felt like I was getting milk every squeeze. Apparently it wasn't good enough."
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