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L.A. Times - Angels

News about the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including player information, game times, scores, rankings and more.

Last Build Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:42:42 -0800

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Angels' C.J. Cron might have work cut out for him

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:55:00 PST

Angels hitters faced Angels pitchers for the first time this year Tuesday. It is a rite of spring, the first day of so-called live batting practice. Some batters behave much like they do during an actual at-bat. Others use the opportunity to track pitches and reacclimate to major league velocity.


Angels pitcher Ricky Nolasco hopes his workload, and contract situation, work out for the vest

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:20:00 PST

If Angels right-hander Ricky Nolasco obtains 14 more outs this season than last, he’ll guarantee himself a $13-million salary in 2018. So says a provision within the four-year, $49-million contract he signed with Minnesota three years ago. 

If Nolasco does not throw at least 202 1/3 innings, thus...


Cameron Maybin vows to bring passion, energy to Angels' clubhouse

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:25:00 PST

Cameron Maybin has always viewed himself as a center fielder. That will change this season as an Angel. He also viewed himself as the center of the Detroit Tigers’ clubhouse in 2016, and that, he said, will not change on his new team.

“I was, like, the heartbeat to that locker room last year,”...


Owner Arte Moreno believes Angels can compete

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:45:00 PST

Sixty-nine Angels gathered Saturday at Tempe Diablo Stadium for their first full-squad workout of 2017. 

Unseasonable rain pounding the Phoenix area nixed that. But, in a rare instance of public comment, their owner, Arte Moreno expressed excitement about the Angels’ chances this season.

He said...


Angels to stay in Anaheim through at least 2029

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 10:45:00 PST

In his first news conference since October 2015, Angels owner Arte Moreno said Saturday that his team is staying at Angel Stadium for the foreseeable future.

The franchise holds the right to opt out of its Angel Stadium lease in 2019 and has long been considering a move within Orange County around...


Angels' Andrew Heaney won't rule out return from surgery this season

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:05:00 PST

Andrew Heaney has already played catch at least 20 times this year, from farther and farther distances. His recovery from Tommy John surgery is humming along at its expected pace. The timing of that operation and his continued progress has created an interesting question: Could the Angels’ left-hander possibly...


After losing weight, Angels' Huston Street is ready to shed a difficult 2016 season

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:45:00 PST

As the Angels assembled for their first team meeting of 2017 this week, their owner filtered through the Tempe Diablo Stadium clubhouse to offer handshakes and salutations across the room.

When Arte Moreno reached the locker of Huston Street, the 33-year-old reliever he will pay $9 million this...


Angels won't set a specific innings limit for left-hander Tyler Skaggs

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:10:00 PST

Every year, many Angels staffers and players spend spring training at an expansive resort along a golf course near the team’s facilities at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

As his teammates traversed the 2016 regular season, Tyler Skaggs spent six extra weeks there last May and June, marooned at extended...


Angels right-hander Garrett Richards expects smaller workload

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:45:00 PST

As he attempts to accomplish the rare feat of returning from a ligament tear in his right elbow regenerated by his own stem cells, Garrett Richards expects the Angels to limit him to 100 pitches per start this season.

It will be a marked switch for the 28-year-old right-hander and likely No. 1...


Angels plugged some holes in off-season, but how good they'll be remains an open question

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:25:00 PST

The Angels should be better than they were last year. Their lineup and bench appear to be stronger. But the health of the pitching staff was the club’s downfall last season, and it would not be a surprise if the same was said this time next year. 

First, the improvements: Left field has plagued...


MLB report: Families of men killed with Jose Fernandez file lawsuits

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:25:00 PST

The families of the two men who were with Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez when his boat crashed into a Miami Beach jetty — killing all three — are suing the All-Star's estate. 

Attorney Christopher Royer, who is representing the families of 25-year-old Eduardo Rivero and 27-year-old Emilio...


Several big-name players with big-money pedigrees still available in MLB free-agent market

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:10:00 PST

If you were a fan of the Angels’ 2013 rotation, you could acquire a big chunk of it for a fraction of what the team paid four years ago.

Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Joe Blanton and Jerome Williams, who made 102 starts in Anaheim while commanding $35.5 million in salary in 2013, are still available...


Angels' Matt Shoemaker feels good as he comes back from line drive to the head and brain surgery

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:55:00 PST

Matt Shoemaker and his wife were raised near Detroit and they do not intend to move from the area any time soon, but spending baseball off-seasons in the cold presents problems.

Most weekdays, the Angels right-hander makes the 35-minute drive from his suburban home to the campus of either Wayne...


Angels acquire right-handed pitcher Austin Adams from Indians

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:20:00 PST

The Angels on Friday agreed to send a player to be named later or cash to Cleveland in exchange for right-hander Austin Adams.

Adams, 30, has a 6.29 earned-run average in 53 career appearances, all in relief. He split last season between the Indians and their triple-A affiliate.

To make room for...


Clayton Kershaw won't pitch in World Baseball Classic

Wed, 8 Feb 2017 16:20:00 PST

The best pitcher on the planet will not play in the sport’s premier international competition.

The World Baseball Classic rosters were announced Wednesday, and Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was not included on the United States roster. 

The best player in baseball, Angels outfielder Mike Trout, also...


Angels move Alfredo Griffin back to first-base coach role

Tue, 7 Feb 2017 14:35:00 PST

The Angels will replace Gary DiSarcina as their first-base coach by moving Alfredo Griffin back to the role he held for 16 seasons, a team spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

DiSarcina, a longtime club shortstop, departed to become Boston’s bench coach in November.

Griffin, himself a former shortstop,...


Angels could quietly be building a playoff contender

Tue, 7 Feb 2017 13:50:00 PST

The anticipation is so great among Dodgers fans that nearly 30,000 fans showed up at Dodger Stadium on a Saturday in January. Not for a game. For a party — for balloons, music, autographs and interviews.

The Dodgers have won the National League West four years running. They still have Clayton Kershaw,...


Angels sign pitcher Bud Norris, invite him to spring training

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 15:30:00 PST

The Angels on Monday agreed to a minor league contract with veteran right-hander Bud Norris, General Manager Billy Eppler confirmed. The contract includes an invitation to big league spring training, where Norris can compete for a spot in the club’s starting rotation.

Norris, 31, spent last season...


Letters: Are these the Lakers or the losing 49ers?

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 14:50:00 PST

After Sunday’s defeat by 49 points, the Lakers stood tall together and proclaimed, “Nobody beats the Lakers by 50 points.”

Paul Kessler

Century City


In a Jan. 24 story about the Lakers,  Luke Walton said his team was better than it showed, knew the amount of work his team was putting in and...


Angels sign Luis Valbuena, their probable opening-day first baseman

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:05:00 PST

Luis Valbuena languished on the free-agent market into the new year, but he figures to be the Angels’ opening-day first baseman.

The Angels made their signing of Valbuena official Tuesday, a two-year contract for a guaranteed $15 million with a mutual option for the 2019 season, and General Manager...


Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:40:00 PST

Yordano Ventura, an excitable pitcher with an electric fastball who helped the Kansas City Royals to their first World Series championship in 30 years, died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic early Sunday. He was 25.

The Royals nicknamed him “Ace” not as a label but as a reference to the...


Angels agree to a deal with infielder Luis Valbuena

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:15:00 PST

The Angels have agreed to a multiyear contract with veteran power-hitting infielder Luis Valbuena, according to a source who requested anonymity because the deal is not finalized. The deal is believed to contain an option for an additional season.

Valbuena must still undergo a physical examination;...


Angels and Kole Calhoun agree on three-year contract extension

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:25:00 PST

The Angels and right fielder Kole Calhoun have agreed on a three-year, $26-million contract extension.

The deal includes a club option for the 2020 season, which would have been his first year of free agency. Calhoun, 29, can make an additional $14 million if the option is exercised.

The sides...


Look for Tim Raines to get into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Vladimir Guerrero is on the bubble

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:10:00 PST

By the imperfect standard of Hall of Fame voting, Ken Griffey Jr. might be considered the most well-regarded baseball player of all time. Griffey received a record 99.3% of the vote last year, three votes shy of becoming the first player to be elected unanimously.

Chipper Jones might get 100% of...


Angels agree to contracts with all five arbitration-eligible players

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:30:00 PST

The Angels have agreed to contracts with all five of their arbitration-eligible players for 2017.

The team agreed to terms Friday with right fielder Kole Calhoun for $6.35 million, right-hander Garrett Richards for $6.85 million, right-hander Matt Shoemaker for $3.325 million and catcher Martin...