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L.A. Times - Angels

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim news including player information, game times, scores, rankings and more baseball news.

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Alex Meyer makes a big league statement as the Angels silence the Nationals 7-0

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:40:00 PDT

Six years ago, the Washington Nationals selected right-hander Alex Meyer and outfielder Brian Goodwin in the first round of the MLB draft. The college juniors shared the same agent, traveled to Alabama together to undergo pre-signing physicals with the famed Dr. James Andrews, and were introduced...


Nationals debut new relievers in Anaheim, just miles away from potential playoff stop Dodger Stadium

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:45:00 PDT

To a Washington Nationals fan base that has been shellshocked by a seemingly endless string of late-game meltdowns, it was simply another fine mess a reliever had gotten them into.

That it was created by one of the two relievers just acquired from Oakland who are supposed to prevent these sticky...


Nationals edge Angels in showdown between Bryce Harper and Mike Trout

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 23:35:00 PDT

The opening salvo seared through the Orange County evening. Five minutes into Tuesday’s series opener between the Angels and Washington Nationals at Angel Stadium, Bryce Harper crushed an opposite-field homer over Mike Trout’s head. Thirteen minutes later, Trout announced his response by slamming...


Dodgers are soliciting sponsorship offers for naming rights to field at Dodger Stadium

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:20:00 PDT

Mike Scioscia called Dodger Stadium home for the entirety of his 13-year major league career. He played on the last two Dodgers teams to win the World Series, in 1981 and 1988. To him, the ballpark on the hill should be known by one name, and one name only.

“Dodger Stadium,” Scioscia said.

In the...


Alex Meyer, back from triple-A Salt Lake, will start for Angels against Washington

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:00:00 PDT

The Angels opted to extend their starting rotation back to the standard five sooner than their schedule required. Right-hander Alex Meyer arrived in Anaheim on Tuesday, and he will start Wednesday against Washington, the team that once drafted him.

After Meyer lost a start earlier this month in...


Angels provide a golden opportunity for Nick Franklin

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:30:00 PDT

Nine years ago this week, Nick Franklin and Mike Trout competed to make the United States’ national team of 18-and-under ballplayers in trials in Phoenix. Both played the infield and pitched.

“Mike was really, really scrappy,” said Franklin, the Angels’ new second baseman.

Franklin was one of 18...


Angels mailbag: Thinking about next year

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:30:00 PDT

Hello, Angels fans. Welcome to another edition of the mailbag. Your favorite team is 46-49, which translates to a 78-win pace for a full season. That’s not good, but the New York Yankees are currently in American League playoff position, and they are on pace to win 85 games. That’s not good either....


Angels, Nationals have a heated history, if not a rivalry

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:00:00 PDT

There is no real rivalry between the Angels and Washington Nationals, who will be in Anaheim for a two-game series beginning Tuesday night. The teams are in different leagues, on opposite coasts and have played each other only 15 times since 2003, with the Angels holding a 10-5 edge in the interleague...


C.J. Cron's two-run home run lifts Angels over Rays

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 19:35:00 PDT

Facing their first tense situation in their sixth game together, Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons and second baseman Nick Franklin huddled in the middle of the Angel Stadium infield to discuss what they would do with a grounder hit their way in Sunday’s ninth inning.

While pitching coach Charles...


Danny Espinosa is designated for assignment by the Angels

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 16:00:00 PDT

Once a talented defender and capable power hitter with a penchant for swinging and missing, Danny Espinosa’s flaws amplified as an Angel. The strikeouts became too large a burden to bear.

Acquired in December to wield his powerful arm at second base and hit homers, the 30-year-old Orange County...


Angels lose to Rays 6-3 as playoff dreams start to fade

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 22:25:00 PDT

It is not cruel, but it is an unusual sort of punishment Mike Trout is experiencing. While he was hurt, the Angels played better than anyone expected. Now that he is healthy, they have returned to their mediocre ways. More and more, it appears their improbable playoff hopes are on the verge of...


Throwing sessions are a positive sign for Angels pitcher Garrett Richards

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 19:35:00 PDT

Garrett Richards put on his glove, grabbed a baseball and tossed it around. The once-rote set of actions took on additional meaning Friday.

The 29-year-old right-hander, the club’s most talented pitcher, had not played catch since April 5. Doctors ordered him to abstain because of nerve irritation...


Bryce Harper brings more than passion to the game; making baseball fun is beyond a slogan

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 12:50:00 PDT

There was no greater story line at the All-Star game than the rush to anoint Aaron Judge as the so-called face of baseball, replacing Mike Trout.

Judge is Paul Bunyan in cleats, he hits baseballs to the moon, and he plays for the New York Yankees. Judge also is polite and respectful — just like...


When Mike Trout plays, baseball wins, even if the Angels do not

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 22:45:00 PDT

The kid is cursed, or so the story goes. Mike Trout’s talent is being wasted by the Angels, yada, yada, yada.

It’s an accurate description of what’s happened to the best player in baseball over the last couple of seasons, except here we are in mid-July, two weeks from the nonwaiver trade deadline...


Mike Trout is back, but Angels go down swinging in 2-1, 10-inning loss to Rays

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 22:30:00 PDT

As the Angels took the field for the first time in five days Friday night at Angel Stadium, Mike Trout did so for the first time in a long time, nervous, excited, ready to return from the first disabled list stint of his career. He said it felt like opening day.

“Obviously,” Trout said, “I was...


While recovering from injury, Mike Trout stayed busy keeping up with his Angels teammates

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 19:25:00 PDT

The six-plus weeks Mike Trout could not play baseball because of a torn ligament in his thumb sped by quickly, he said Friday, hours before his return to the lineup at Angel Stadium.

While rehabilitating the injury, Trout passed the hours by texting the club’s trainers during games to give his...


Mike Trout 'ready to go' as Angels enter key stretch

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 19:30:00 PDT

After a ligament in his left thumb was torn when he slid headfirst into second base over Memorial Day weekend, Mike Trout went five weeks without facing a pitcher.

He then batted 14 times against low-level minor leaguers before concluding Sunday that his timing had returned. He cut short his scheduled...


By the numbers: The Angels are only three games out of an American League wild-card spot

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:20:00 PDT

The Angels were not supposed to be in playoff contention this season, and when Mike Trout went on the disabled list in late May, that was supposed to be the end for the team. But they are only three games out of an American League wild-card spot as the second half of the season begins.

Here’s a...


Cameron Maybin strives to keep listening to the Angel in his head

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:20:00 PDT

Each time Cameron Maybin strolls toward home plate, a battle between reason and temptation is being waged. While he steadies his stance, he reminds himself where he wants to hit the ball: between second base and the second baseman, safely up the middle.

“But my subconscious,” Maybin said, inching...


Angels mailbag: Which injured pitcher will pitch first?

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:45:00 PDT

Hello, Angels fans. Welcome to the All-Star break! The Angels don’t play any games for the next four days. They finished the first half with 45 wins in 92 games, which translate to a 79-win pace for a full season. That is not great, but it is enough to keep them within three games of the wild-card...


Angels salvage series against Rangers with 3-0 win

Sun, 9 Jul 2017 19:45:00 PDT

As various Top 40 hits pulsed throughout Globe Life Park’s spacious visiting clubhouse on Sunday evening, the Angels packed their bags to part ways for the first time in five months. The All-Star break had begun, and the team plane would soon depart Texas for John Wayne Airport far more vacant...


Angels are looking for a spark in their American League-worst offense

Sun, 9 Jul 2017 17:30:00 PDT

The average batting average across the major leagues this season is .255.

Of the 14 position players on the Angels’ roster, only three entered Sunday’s first-half finale above that average: shortstop Andrelton Simmons (.290), third baseman Yunel Escobar (.288), and reserve outfielder Eric Young...


Angels' pitching issues continue to take a toll in 5-2 loss to Rangers

Sat, 8 Jul 2017 22:40:00 PDT

The Angels boast an elite defense and a bullpen better than anyone expected. They will welcome back the world’s best ballplayer within a week to boost a lukewarm offense.

What they still lack is a starting pitcher capable of sustained excellence. Three months into 2017, they don’t possess a starter...


Ricky Nolasco hammered for eight runs in Angels' 10-0 loss to the Rangers

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 22:30:00 PDT

As Rougned Odor rounded third base in Friday’s second inning at Globe Life Park, Angels manager Mike Scioscia scaled the stairs in the Angels’ dugout. As Odor stomped on home plate to complete his home run, Scioscia signaled for a reliever to come in from the bullpen.

His starter, Ricky Nolasco,...


Angels' Garrett Richards is getting closer to a return

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 16:45:00 PDT

Sidelined since the season’s third day because of an irritated nerve in his biceps, Angels right-hander Garrett Richards on Friday inched a bit closer to a return.

Richards visited a neurologist who detected substantial improvement of the irritation, which had been causing substantial weakness...