|Jan. 28 8:49 PM PT9:49 PM MT10:49 PM CT11:49 PM ET23:49 ET4:49 GMT12:49 CST9:49 PM MST11:49 PM EST12:19 AM VEN8:49 UAE10:49 PM CT-Pena and outfielder Brennan Boesch have signed minor league deals with the Los Angeles Angels. Pena and Boesch have been invited to spring training with the Angels, getting the chance to earn a backup job on the major league roster.
Analysis: Pena, an All-Star in 2009, is hoping to make the roster of his ninth major league team as a backup to Albert Pujols. Pena began last season with the Houston Astros before spending five games with the Kansas City Royals. He has 285 career homers and three 100 RBI seasons, enjoying his best seasons with Tampa Bay.
|Sep. 18 10:00 PM PT11:00 PM MT12:00 AM CT1:00 AM ET1:00 ET5:00 GMT13:00 CST10:00 PM MST12:00 AM EST12:30 AM VEN9:00 UAE12:00 AM CT-Pena's season came to an official end Tuesday as Kansas City placed him on the 60-day disabled list.
Analysis: Pena underwent an emergency appendectomy on Sept. 14.
|Sep. 3 4:43 PM PT5:43 PM MT6:43 PM CT7:43 PM ET19:43 ET23:43 GMT7:43 CST4:43 PM MST6:43 PM EST7:13 PM VEN3:43 UAE (+1)6:43 PM CT-Pena is getting another chance to help a team make a playoff run. The veteran slugger had his contract purchased by the Royals from Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday, and he made it to Kansas City in time for their game against the Seattle Mariners. Pena was available off the bench as a left-handed bat or a defensive replacement at first base.
Analysis: Pena was once among the most feared hitters in the American League, hitting 39 homers during his All-Star season of 2009. He was released by the Astros on July 31 and signed a minor league deal with the Royals a few weeks later, hopeful that he'd get another chance to play in the big leagues. The Royals are 4 1/2 games out of the AL wild card race.
|June 30 11:27 AM PT12:27 PM MT1:27 PM CT2:27 PM ET14:27 ET18:27 GMT2:27 CST11:27 AM MST1:27 PM EST1:57 PM VEN22:27 UAE1:27 PM CT-Pena will miss the next two games due to a death in his family. Astros manager Bo Porter says that Pena's nephew drowned in the Dominican Republic and Pena was traveling there to be with his family.
Analysis: He will not be placed on the bereavement list, and the team expects him back for Tuesday night's game against Tampa Bay.
|June 3 2:25 PM PT3:25 PM MT4:25 PM CT5:25 PM ET17:25 ET21:25 GMT5:25 CST2:25 PM MST4:25 PM EST4:55 PM VEN1:25 UAE (+1)4:25 PM CT-Pena went yard in Sunday's 5-4 victory over the Angels.
Analysis: The Houston slugger has hit safely in five straight games, going 6 for 12 in this series.
|June 1 12:26 PM PT1:26 PM MT2:26 PM CT3:26 PM ET15:26 ET19:26 GMT3:26 CST12:26 PM MST2:26 PM EST2:56 PM VEN23:26 UAE2:26 PM CT-Pena cranked out three hits and drove in a run in a 6-3 victory over the Angels on Friday.
Analysis: Pena is on the upswing with a .757 OPS in May - not a bad month for him.
|Apr. 18 4:47 PM PT5:47 PM MT6:47 PM CT7:47 PM ET19:47 ET23:47 GMT7:47 CST4:47 PM MST6:47 PM EST7:17 PM VEN3:47 UAE (+1)6:47 PM CT-Pena homered in his second straight game on Wednesday, a 7-5 loss to Oakland.
Analysis: Pena had no homers before hitting these two.
|Apr. 11 3:45 PM PT4:45 PM MT5:45 PM CT6:45 PM ET18:45 ET22:45 GMT6:45 CST3:45 PM MST5:45 PM EST6:15 PM VEN2:45 UAE (+1)5:45 PM CT-Pena pounded out three hits and drove in a run in an 8-3 victory over the Mariners on Wednesday.
Analysis: Pena is starting to heat up with five hits in nine at-bats over his last two games.
|Feb. 20 9:58 AM PT10:58 AM MT11:58 AM CT12:58 PM ET12:58 ET17:58 GMT1:58 CST10:58 AM MST12:58 PM EST1:28 PM VEN21:58 UAE11:58 AM CT-Pena will try to revive his career again this spring as a first baseman and designated hitter with the Houston Astros.
Analysis: The 34-year-old Pena is coming off a rough year with the Tampa Bay Rays in which he batted .197, struck out 182 times and failed to hit at least 28 home runs for the first time since 2006. Houston is the ninth stop in Pena's major league career, and the former home run champion and Gold Glove winner might seem a little out of place on the young, low-budget Astros.