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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.

Last Build Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:05:12 -0800

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Angels are hoping for an improved offensive performance from everyone, especially Albert Pujols

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:55:00 PST

Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols’ on-base percentage ranked in the fifth percentile among qualified major league hitters last year. Billy Eppler, the Angels’ general manager, has said improving his club’s offense is his offseason priority. Within that, on-base percentage is his specified...


Angels likely to wait out free-agent market for starting pitching

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:55:00 PST

The Angels maintain they are confident in their seven-strong starting-pitching depth. They also maintained they were confident in their starting-pitching depth the last two winters.

That depth did not prove sufficient. So it would make sense for the Angels to acquire help to supplement their stable.


Angels looking for a left-handed bat and already have eyes on one as offseason opens

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:40:00 PST

With only one proven second baseman available in free agency, the trade market at the position could resemble a game of musical chairs, Angels general manager Billy Eppler acknowledged Monday.

Surely, he will take a seat somewhere this winter. But between first and third base, where the Angels...


Angels to shop for a second baseman at general managers meetings

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 17:45:00 PST

The Angels’ front-office contingent will arrive at this week’s general managers meetings in Orlando, Fla., with one clear and present need: a second baseman. There are more additions they would prefer to make, but in the 90 days before spring training starts, the closest thing to a certainty is...


Dodgers' Seager, Angels' Upton win Silver Slugger awards

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 16:20:00 PST

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and Angels left fielder Justin Upton each won a Silver Slugger award on Thursday.

The award honors the best offensive player at each position, as voted by managers and coaches in each league.

Seager won the National League Silver Slugger award for the second time...


Two Angels win Gold Gloves

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 20:15:00 PST

Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons and catcher Martin Maldonado each won a Gold Glove award, marking the first time in 15 years the Angels had two Gold Glove winners.

Simmons, widely considered baseball’s best defensive shortstop, won his third Gold Glove. Maldonado won his first, in his first...


Angels make first move of the offseason, re-sign Justin Upton to five-year deal

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 15:55:00 PDT

On the first day of the offseason, the Angels re-signed Justin Upton to a five-year, $106-million contract, extending the slugging left fielder’s agreement another year to keep him away from free agency.

Upton, 30, had the right to opt out of four years and $88.5 million left on his contract. He...


Dodger Stadium will host a World Series Game 7 for the first time

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 21:15:00 PDT

Dodger Stadium has staged concerts, soccer games, a Papal mass, even a bullfight.

But Wednesday will mark the first time baseball’s third-oldest ballpark will play host to Game 7 of a World Series.

The Dodgers forced a final game by defeating the Astros, 3-1, on Tuesday as Rich Hill and four relievers...


Angels hire Eric Hinske as hitting coach

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:30:00 PDT

The Angels hired longtime major leaguer Eric Hinske as their hitting coach, they announced Monday. He replaces Dave Hansen, who was fired at October’s start after four seasons with the Angels.

Hinske, 40, played for seven teams over 12 seasons, lastly in 2013 for Arizona. His career year was his...


Scioscia says '88 World Series team was special — and so are these Dodgers

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:15:00 PDT

Mike Scioscia got a good look at this year’s Dodgers when the Angels team he manages played them to a draw in a four-game series in mid-summer, when the eventual National League champions were laying waste to the rest of baseball.

He came away impressed.

“They definitely looked like they had a...


Letters: USC fans fighting on after a loss, but not without a few criticisms

Fri, 6 Oct 2017 15:25:00 PDT

Don't expect any great things from this Trojan team this year so long as Tee Martin remains the offensive coordinator and is setting the game plan and calling plays. It is an embarrassment to think that someone who was a starting quarterback for a championship team has such an inept and ineffective...


Angels fire hitting coach Dave Hansen

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 11:05:00 PDT

The Angels announced Wednesday that hitting coach Dave Hansen would not return to the team in 2018. No replacement has been named, though assistant hitting coach Paul Sorrento is staying on in his role for now.

Hansen, 48, held the job for two seasons after two seasons as the Angels’ assistant...


Scioscia, set to return for 19th season as Angels manager, is optimistic it will be a good one

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 18:45:00 PDT

The second-longest-tenured head coach or manager in American professional sports will be back next year.

Mike Scioscia said Monday that he would return in 2018 for his 19th season as Angels manager, his first as a lame duck since 2001. His 10-year, $50-million contract, signed in January 2009,...


Angels mailbag: Wrapping up the 2017 season

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 10:40:00 PDT

Hello, Angels fans. Your favorite baseball team finished its 2017 season with an 80-82 record, trailing the wild-card-winning Minnesota Twins by five games. The record was what most expected at the season’s outset, but the path to it probably not. The Angels had a chance to make the playoffs until...


Angels head to offseason with a victory and plans to shore up the offense

Sun, 1 Oct 2017 18:50:00 PDT

Hours before the Angels were eliminated from 2017 postseason contention last week, their manager made a simple, declarative statement about 2018.

“The obvious talking point this winter,” Mike Scioscia said, “is going to be our offense.”

Mike Trout is Mike Trout. No reason exists to expect his performance...


Ricky Nolasco makes 33rd start for Angels, who must replace his 181 innings next season

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 21:45:00 PDT

Ricky Nolasco stepped to the mound sporting an Angels uniform Saturday night for what will almost assuredly be the last time. He wiggled his arm often and winced after each of the Seattle Mariners’ three extra-base hits.

In visuals and in its 51/3-inning length, the outing was perfectly typical...


Three up, three down: Twins and Verlander complete turnarounds

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 14:40:00 PDT

A look at what’s trending this week in Major League Baseball:


Anti-tank weapons: The Minnesota Twins had the worst record in the major leagues last year. Now they’re the first team in MLB history to lose 100 games one season and advance to the playoffs the next. The Arizona Diamondbacks...


Before Angels defeat the Mariners, Garrett Richards discusses his uncertain future

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 22:30:00 PDT

His Angels teammates have long called Garrett Richards “Bullet,” a nod to both his projectile-like pitches and the intensity with which he used to throw them.

The nickname dates back to his college career at the University of Oklahoma, where he knew not how to pitch, only to release every throw...


Letters: Readers shocked to find corruption in college sports in general and USC in particular

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 14:40:00 PDT

USC assistant basketball coach Tony Bland faces serious federal criminal charges for alleged corruption, bribery, and more.

On the bright side, he’s now a leading candidate to become dean of USC’s medical school.

Doug Thomson

West Los Angeles


There are several successful recruiting tactics used...


Angels lose final road game of the season to White Sox

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 21:40:00 PDT

The second busload of Angels arrived at Guaranteed Rate Field at 4 p.m. Thursday, carry-ons in tow, ready for one last postgame flight across much of the United States.

Seventeen hours earlier, they had been eliminated from postseason contention, and the club’s collective gaze turned toward 2018....


Angels eliminated from playoff contention in loss to White Sox

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 23:15:00 PDT

Kole Calhoun hung on the yellow edges of the right-field fence, watching the last remnants of the Angels’ playoff hopes touch ground. On the mound, Blake Parker turned his gaze skyward, squinted, and sighed.

At 11:10 p.m. CDT Wednesday, 10 innings and four hours into their 158th game of 2017, the...


Angels stave off playoff elimination in 9-3 win over the Chicago White Sox

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 22:40:00 PDT

Brandon Phillips sent one out, Luis Valbuena matched him, and, soon, Mike Trout topped them both. By launching three homers in a 15-minute span, the Angels ensured their playoff quest could last at least 24 more hours. They pummeled an inferior team and kept up with Minnesota, which can eliminate...


Angels move further away from a playoff spot

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:00:00 PDT

The Angels’ chartered airplane touched down at Chicago Midway International Airport after 3 a.m. Monday, their “Sunday Night Baseball” victory in Houston already immaterial. The team buses reached a reserved Michigan Avenue hotel at about 4 a.m.

To compensate, the buses set off for the ballpark...


Angels mailbag: One last week

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:20:00 PDT

Hello, Angels fans. This is actually it now. There is one week left in the 2017 regular season, one week to determine whether the Angels will qualify for the American League wild-card game.

It is extremely improbable that they will. At 77-78, the Angels have seven games left, and the Minnesota...