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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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Josh Paul returns to the Angels 12 years after unfortunate play

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 15:50:00 PST

In the 12 years 4 months since the play happened, Josh Paul’s opinion hasn’t changed.

“I did catch the ball,” he said Sunday. “I caught the ball.”

In an Angels spring-training camp dominated by the arrival of Japanese two-way player Shohei Ohtani, the return of Paul is more than just a passing...


Justin Upton reports to spring training

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 20:55:00 PST

While star players such as J.D. Martinez and Jake Arrieta remain unsigned, Justin Upton reported to spring training Saturday with the security of the five-year, $106-million extension he signed in early November, well ahead of baseball’s free-agent freeze out.

“It hasn’t been the most enjoyable...


Angels trade C.J. Cron to the Rays for a player to be named later

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 19:15:00 PST

A four-year Angels career marked mostly by unrealized potential came to an abrupt end Saturday night when first baseman C.J. Cron, a first-round pick out of Utah in 2011, was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later.

Cron, 28, reached the big leagues in 2014 but spent parts of...


It's been a road life for reliever Blake Parker, but his character on and off the mound is endearing to the Angels

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:50:00 PST

Blake Parker has found that sweet spot between confidence and humility, the reliever’s blend of dominance on the mound and modesty off it endearing him to Angels coaches, teammates, front-office executives and fans.

The 32-year-old right-hander was claimed off waivers three times before the 2017...


Albert Pujols looks like a new man on his first day at Angels camp

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:40:00 PST

Albert Pujols didn’t drop the dreaded “best-shape-of-my-life” cliché upon arriving for spring training Friday, but the Angels first baseman is clearly in the best shape he’s been since 2013.

Free from the shackles of physical therapy for the first time in four offseasons, the 38-year-old slugger...


Florida school shooting too close to home for Angels catcher Rene Rivera

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:05:00 PST

The Wednesday shooting that killed 17 people at a south Florida high school hit close to home for new Angels catcher Rene Rivera, who last month signed a $2.8-million deal to back up starter Martin Maldonado.

Rivera, a nine-year big-league veteran known for his defensive prowess, lives about five...


Angels are impressed with Shohei Ohtani's first bullpen session, but Ohtani wants to be better

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:45:00 PST

His intensity and effort levels were modest, at best. He did not approach maximum velocity with his fastball, which sits in the 98-mph range and has touched 102 mph. A few of his breaking balls bounced in the dirt and past the catcher.

“I wasn’t satisfied,” Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani, speaking...


No tanks: Angels owner Arte Moreno is all about playing to win

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:10:00 PST

Arte Moreno wants no part of Major League Baseball’s growing tank battalion.

No matter how far out of playoff contention his team might be, the Angels owner couldn’t stomach the idea of trading away the bulk of his proven talent for prospects and going into total rebuild mode, even though the strategy...


Shohei Ohtani seems unfazed by the hullabaloo surrounding his historic debut with the Angels

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:50:00 PST

Under a light drizzle, through a thin mist, the mystical Angel arrived.

The heavenly choir was the media horde scrambling behind his every step. The celestial sound was countless camera clicks accompanying his every expression.

The mystical Angel had not one moment of peace, yet appeared to be...


Angels' two-way player Ohtani will pitch and be a DH, but he won't be allowed to slide head-first

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:00:00 PST

The Angels plan to give Shohei Ohtani every opportunity to be an impact pitcher and hitter, but his pursuit of two-way stardom in the major leagues will come with some boundaries.

Manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday that Ohtani will not work out in the outfield this spring, even though the 23-year-old...


Angels' Mike Scioscia manages to impress with lasting power

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:35:00 PST

The interview is interrupted when the smartphone in his pocket rings like a kitchen telephone from 1964.

“That’s the one it came with, I just never changed it,’’ Mike Scioscia said with a grin.

The interview is interrupted again when the standard phone on the desk that Scioscia is borrowing also...


Angels confirm key part of their plan to build around Shohei Ohtani

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:30:00 PST

Tyler Skaggs reported for spring training on Tuesday having “no clue whatsoever” about whether the Angels would employ a six-man rotation to accommodate Shohei Ohtani, the 23-year-old Japanese star who aspires to be baseball’s best two-way player since Babe Ruth.

The left-hander was not in the...


It could come down to one thing for Angels: Rotation, rotation, rotation

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 06:50:00 PST

And so the great experiment begins, the Angels donning lab coats and goggles as they attempt to fit baseball’s first potential two-way star since Babe Ruth into their rotation and lineup and hoping it all doesn’t blow up in their face.

The chance of combustion, though, seems slim.

Even if Shohei...


Shohei Ohtani might be the most intriguing player in baseball, but the Angels won't push him to be the face of the team

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 15:25:00 PST

It has been 29 years since the Angels were the center of the baseball world during spring training. Mike Trout gets attention every spring. Mo Vaughn, Vladimir Guerrero, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton got their share of attention when they signed with the Angels.

But that attention lasts a day...


Angels invite left-hander Ian Krol to camp to compete for a bullpen spot

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 17:30:00 PST

The Angels signed veteran left-handed reliever Ian Krol to a minor league contract and invited the 27-year-old to spring training, where he will compete with incumbent left-hander Jose Alvarez for a bullpen job.

Krol, who appeared in 224 games for Washington, Detroit and Atlanta from 2013 to 2017,...


Letters: With Blake Griffin trade, it's the same old Clippers

Fri, 2 Feb 2018 15:50:00 PST

Doc Rivers promised to take the Clippers to another level. Who could have guessed it would be to the lottery?

Mark S. Roth

Los Angeles


I feel like my wife traded my son for three strangers and a homeless person to be named.

Kevin Park

Mission Hills


Bill Plaschke, with apologies to Jerry West,...


Too many teams have no chance of winning and that's not good for baseball

Thu, 1 Feb 2018 15:50:00 PST

Bud Selig’s stump speech always included three words: hope and faith. So did his Hall of Fame induction speech last year.

Here was the former commissioner in 2000: “Every fan has to have hope and faith. If you remove hope and faith from the mind of a fan, you destroy the fabric of the sport.”



Vladimir Guerrero will go into the Hall of Fame in an Angels cap

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 12:15:00 PST

There will be a halo in the Hall.

Vladimir Guerrero said Thursday he would wear an Angels cap on his Hall of Fame plaque, becoming the first player to do so.

The Angels, founded in 1961, were one of five current major league teams without their cap on a Cooperstown plaque. The others: the Colorado...


Trevor Hoffman's election to Hall of Fame gives some relief to San Diego

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 20:20:00 PST

There was nothing ominous in the sound of these bells. The bells that for so long represented joy and victory in this town rang again Wednesday, long and loud. The good old days were back, at least for a day.

Hells Bells indeed. It had been one hell of a lousy sports year here.

The Chargers bolted...


Vladimir Guerrero elected to Baseball Hall of Fame along with Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 19:10:00 PST

Vladimir Guerrero, who captivated a generation of Angels fans with his easy smile, rocket arm and an almost otherworldly ability to hit even the worst of pitches for the best of results, was one of four players elected Wednesday to the Hall of Fame.

Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman also...


Angels, Dodgers plan to extend protective netting for next season

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:15:00 PST

The Angels and Dodgers plan to extend protective netting at their stadiums next season.

The teams are the latest to respond to an incident at Yankee Stadium last September, in which a girl was seriously injured when hit by a foul ball.

Within 24 hours of that incident, the Cincinnati Reds, Colorado...


Philadelphia Eagles superfan Mike Trout reassures Angels fans: 'I love playing in Anaheim'

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:30:00 PST

Mike Trout chuckled, even before the reporter could finish asking the question. Trout has become the most prominent fan of his childhood football team, the Philadelphia Eagles. So he was ready for the obvious question: Does his devotion to the Eagles mean he wants to return home and play for the...


Will Vladimir Guerrero be the first Angel in Cooperstown?

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:00:00 PST

The Angels have retired six numbers, three in honor of men that never played for the team: Jackie Robinson, founding owner Gene Autry and beloved coach Jimmie Reese.

The three numbers retired in honor of players: pitcher Nolan Ryan, who represents the Texas Rangers in the Hall of Fame; infielder...


Angels sign backup catcher Rene Rivera

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 20:55:00 PST

The Angels signed Rene Rivera to a one-year, $2.8-million contract on Monday, adding a defensively savvy veteran to back up Martin Maldonado as catcher.

Rivera, 34, has played nine seasons in the major leagues, never getting 300 at-bats in a season. He batted .252 with 10 home runs in 74 games...


Shohei Ohtani bids farewell to fans in Japan before making the trip to join the Angels

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 15:30:00 PST

Los Angeles Angels-bound Shohei Ohtani bid farewell to fans of his former Japanese club on Monday as he sets off to join his new Major League Baseball team.

The star pitcher and hitter wore an Angels jersey to his news conference. He opened with an introduction in English, saying: “Long time, no...