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Angels slugger CJ Cron gets procedure on left thumb (The Associated Press)

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:55:50 PDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Los Angeles Angels slugger C.J. Cron is having a medical procedure to relieve pain in his left thumb.

Blue Jays drawing support from all over Canada (The Associated Press)

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:21:52 PDT

Michael Saunders was born in Victoria, British Columbia - about as close to Seattle as you can get without being in the United States. ''Proximity-wise, I guess everyone felt like Seattle would be my hometown team, but it was really the Jays,'' Saunders said. Now an outfielder for those Toronto Blue Jays, Saunders is uniquely qualified to explain how Canada's lone major league team has cultivated a following among baseball fans all across the country.

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 17:36:11 PDT

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will start Sunday's Game 2 of the National League Championship Series at the Chicago Cubs. Kershaw will face the Cubs three days after he wrapped up the NL Division Series against the Washington Nationals, getting the final two outs in relief in the decisive Game 5. The Dodgers also announced Saturday that left-hander Rich Hill will get the start in Game 3 when the best-of-seven series shifts to Los Angeles.

Angels' Garrett Richards sees progress in healing elbow (The Associated Press)

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 21:43:46 PDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Garrett Richards is expected to be ready for spring training after the Los Angeles Angels right-hander completed his instructional league work with no problems in his right elbow.

Game Over: The 2016 Seattle Mariners (Big League Stew)

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:57:37 PDT

Sorry, Seattle Mariners, your World Series trophy is in another castle. And if Bowser is in that castle, it would be the most on-brand one of these we’ve done.

LEADING OFF: Day off in playoffs, Nats-Dodgers travel to DC (The Associated Press)

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:31:54 PDT

The Dodgers and Nationals take a break for travel before the deciding Game 5 of their NL Division Series on Thursday in Washington. Now, they get a few days off in Chicago before resuming their quest to end a World Series championship drought that dates to 1908. Four wins from their first pennant in 71 years, the Cubs await the Dodgers-Nationals winner in the NLCS beginning Saturday at Wrigley Field.

Baseball standings (Reuters)

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:32:07 PDT

Oct 12 (Gracenote) - Standings from the MLB on Sunday AMERICAN LEAGUEEASTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Boston 93 69 .574 - 2. Baltimore 89 73 .549 4 3. Toronto 89 73 .549 4 4. NY Yankees 84 78 .519 9 5. Tampa Bay 68 94 .420 25 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Cleveland 94 67 .584 - 2. Detroit 86 75 .534 8 3. Kansas City 81 81 .500 13 1/2 4. Chicago White Sox 78 84 .481 16 1/2 5. Minnesota 59 103 .364 35 1/2 WESTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Texas 95 67 .586 - 2. Seattle 86 76 .531 9 3. Houston 84 78 .519 11 4. LA Angels 74 88 .457 21 5. Oakland 69 93 . ...

Angels' Calhoun needs core muscle surgery; ready for spring (The Associated Press)

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:07:56 PDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Los Angeles Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun is having surgery on a bilateral core muscle injury.

Matt Shoemaker considering protective hat after line-drive injury (Big League Stew)

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 11:23:03 PDT

On September 4, Los Angeles Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker was hit in the head by a 105mph line drive. Thankfully, after suffering a small skull fracture and a hematoma, he’s now healed and baseball ready (though since he plays for the Angels, he’ll have to wait until next year to get back to pitching). Matt Shoemaker moments after getting hit in the head with a line drive on September 4.

Brad Ausmus returning as Detroit Tigers' manager in 2017 (The Associated Press)

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 14:23:25 PDT

The Detroit Tigers weren't about to make a change for the sake of change. Brad Ausmus will return next year for a fourth season as Detroit's manager after the team announced Wednesday it was exercising the 2017 option on his contract. The Tigers were eliminated from playoff contention Sunday, but a 12-game improvement from 2015 was enough for Ausmus to keep his job.

Yanks' CC Sabathia to have surgery on his right knee (The Associated Press)

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 12:28:41 PDT

NEW YORK (AP) -- Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia will have surgery on his troublesome right knee.

MLB attendance drops 1.1 percent, still 11th-highest season (The Associated Press)

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 06:29:52 PDT

NEW YORK (AP) -- Major League Baseball's average attendance dropped 1.1 percent this season but still was the sport's 11th-highest year.

Mike Trout or playoff-bound Mookie Betts for AL MVP? (The Associated Press)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 17:47:24 PDT

Mike Trout has an MVP problem: He needs more help. Widely considered baseball's best all-around player, with modern metrics consistently supporting that assertion, the Los Angeles Angels center fielder has been runner-up in the American League three of the past four years. The only time he took home the prize was 2014, when the Angels won 98 games and the AL West.

Tigers fall short of postseason despite 12-game improvement (The Associated Press)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 17:32:40 PDT

When the Detroit Tigers spent millions last offseason to sign Jordan Zimmermann and Justin Upton, it appeared they extended their window of opportunity to challenge for a championship for another couple of years. The Tigers were eliminated from the AL wild-card race on the final day of the season, missing the playoffs for a second straight year. It was a bitter disappointment for a team that came into 2016 with a payroll around $200 million and a roster still built around Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander - two stars who had very productive seasons but are now in their mid-30s.

MLB managers on the hot seat: Walt Weiss and Chip Hale fired, who's next? (Big League Stew)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 15:18:32 PDT

The regular season might be over, but the real fun is just beginning for any club that didn’t make the postseason. When things don’t go your way in baseball, people get fired. The first to go was Colorado Rockies skipper Walt Weiss, who resigned his post after three seasons. The Arizona Diamondbacks then canned Chip Hale after two years, along with GM Dave Stewart.

Mike Trout's Angels face messy future after dismal season (The Associated Press)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 14:47:31 PDT

Albert Pujols and Mike Trout just completed their fifth season together in the heart of the Los Angeles Angels' lineup. Trout insisted the distance isn't as great as it appears after Los Angeles needed a September surge just to finish 74-88. ''There's a lot of positive things we can take away from this year,'' said Trout, who got engaged and acquired a puppy during the season.

The Angels paid C.J. Wilson $20 million and he didn't throw a pitch (Big League Stew)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 06:03:42 PDT

C.J. Wilson didn’t throw a single pitch in the major leagues this year. C.J. Wilson's contract with the Angels is complete. This season he made $20 million in base salary and didn't throw a pitch in a game.

Baseball results (Reuters)

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 16:26:02 PDT

Oct 2 (Gracenote) - Results from the MLB games on Sunday (home team in CAPS) LA ANGELS 8 Houston 1 SAN FRANCISCO 7 LA Dodgers 1 WASHINGTON 10 Miami 7 PHILADELPHIA 5 NY Mets 2 Tampa Bay 6 TEXAS 4 (10 innings) Toronto 2 BOSTON 1 Baltimore 5 NY YANKEES 2 Oakland 3 SEATTLE 2 Chicago Cubs 7 CINCINNATI 4 ATLANTA 1 Detroit 0 Milwaukee 6 COLORADO 4 (10 innings) Minnesota 6 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 3 ARIZONA 3 San Diego 2 Cleveland 3 KANSAS CITY 2 ST. LOUIS 10 Pittsburgh 4

Manaea, Vogt lead Oakland to 3-2 win over Seattle (The Associated Press)

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 16:16:54 PDT

During the final few weeks of the season, Sean Manaea provided the Oakland Athletics a glimpse of what they hope to see over a longer haul starting next season. Manaea continued his solid close to 2016 by throwing six innings and allowing two runs as Oakland finished the year with a 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. Since coming off the disabled list in mid-September, Manaea allowed three runs in 24 innings, striking out 20 and allowing 15 hits.

Mike Trout hits milestones in Angels' 8-1 win over Astros (The Associated Press)

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 16:04:14 PDT

Mike Trout took slight comfort in reaching a couple statistical milestones on the final day of the Los Angeles Angels' worst season of the 21st century. Trout stole his 30th base and drove in his 100th run, and the Angels wrapped up just their third losing season in 13 years with an 8-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday. ''I knew about them for sure, and it's always cool to get 30 stolen bases,'' Trout said.

Altuve pursues batting title in Astros' final game (The Associated Press)

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 00:14:30 PDT

Even with a batting championship practically secured, Jose Altuve will have to attend to some unfinished business when the Houston Astros end the season Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. Altuve, who owns a .338 average, also has a chance to finish as the American League leader in hits. The Venezuelan second baseman will enter the game with 215, one more than Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox.

McHugh goes 7 2/3 innings, Astros beat Angels 3-0 (The Associated Press)

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 21:55:38 PDT

McHugh pitched three-hit ball over 7 2/3 innings to help the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-0 on Saturday night. McHugh (13-10) was perfect through 4 2/3 innings until Andrelton Simmons singled through the right side. In his longest outing since May 30, McHugh walked one and struck out five to win his sixth decision in his last eight starts.

After 20 years, Ortiz leaving on his own terms - and on top (The Associated Press)

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:04:28 PDT

BOSTON (AP) -- The Mariners traded him. The Twins released him. And even the Boston fans gave up on David Ortiz a couple of times after he struggled to start the spring or limped away before the year was over.

Which stadiums were used for less time than Turner Field? (The Associated Press)

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:19:46 PDT

There are a handful of stadiums in Major League Baseball's modern era that were used for fewer seasons than Atlanta's Turner Field, which has been home of the Braves since 1997. Sick's Stadium, Seattle (1969) - A minor-league park that opened in 1938, it hosted the only season of the expansion Seattle Pilots, who moved to Milwaukee in 1970 and became the Brewers. Merely intended as a temporary home until a new domed stadium was built, Sick's Stadium was expanded to hold around 25,000 for the Pilots.

Angels continue weekend series without Pujols (The Associated Press)

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 00:06:36 PDT

The Los Angeles Angels' Tyler Skaggs and the Houston Astros' Collin McHugh are the scheduled starters for Saturday's game, but more notable is who won't be there. The Angels made it official Friday when they shut down Albert Pujols for the rest of the season. Many criticized the Angels for signing Pujols to a 10-year contract prior to the 2012 season, knowing Pujols would be 41 by the end of the contract.

Marte homers to lead Angels over Astros (The Associated Press)

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:40:20 PDT

Daniel Wright didn't think getting his first major league win would take quite as long as it did, but it was worth the wait. Jefry Marte homered and scored twice and Wright earned his first victory to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Houston Astros 7-1 on Friday night. In Wright's ninth big league appearance and his seventh start, he limited the Astros to one run and six hits while striking out five.

Astros' Altuve seeks second AL batting title (The Associated Press)

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:31:38 PDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. --While the Los Angeles Angels have long since been eliminated from playoff contention, the Houston Astros visit Anaheim on Friday with the sting of elimination still fresh. Baltimore's 4-0 victory over Toronto on Thursday night made it official, making the Astros' final three regular-season games against the Angels this weekend meaningless. It's a disappointing way to end the 2016 season for the Astros, especially after breaking through last season and reaching the American League wild-crd game, where they beat the Yankees before losing in the AL Division Series to eventual World Series champion Kansas City.

Calhoun homers to help Angels complete sweep of A's (The Associated Press)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:33:47 PDT

The Los Angeles Angels saw one of their future stars make strides but may have lost their biggest star for the last days of the season, as Mike Trout exited the game after taking a fastball to the shoulder. Kole Calhoun homered, Alex Meyer earned his second major league win and the Angels held off a late rally from the Oakland Athletics to sweep the three-game series with an 8-6 win Wednesday night. ''I want to (play), I'll tell you that,'' Trout said.

Cano's homers Mariners top Astros 12-4 to press playoff bid (The Associated Press)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:19:04 PDT

Robinson Cano continued his dominance against the Houston Astros on Wednesday to keep Seattle's playoff hopes alive. Cano hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and the Mariners kept pressure on the other AL wild-card contenders with a 12-4 win over the Astros. Kyle Seager added another three-run drive in the eighth, his 30th home run this season, as Seattle remained two games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild card.

Marte, Nolasco lead Angels over A's 8-1 (The Associated Press)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:19:16 PDT

Say this for Los Angeles Angels rookie Jefry Marte, he understands good timing. Playing before his mother in the United States for the first time, the 25-year-old Marte hit his first career grand slam to spark a seven-run fourth inning and lead the Angels to an 8-1 victory Tuesday over the Oakland Athletics. ''I'm very happy,'' Marte said through an interpreter.