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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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Angels drop sixth in a row and their playoff hopes are nearly nonexistent

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 13:05:00 PDT

The Angels lost again, 6-2 to Houston on Saturday at Minute Maid Park, their sixth consecutive defeat that pushed them further out of the wild-card race. At 76-78 with eight games to go, their postseason chances are slim, nearly nonexistent.

As they trail the Twins by four games, any combination...


Angels, like their ace Garrett Richards, fated to miss out on the playoffs

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:40:00 PDT

In a way, Friday night was all that Garrett Richards wanted for so long. In another, it was none of it.

Richards did what he waited 17 months to do, dueling with Justin Verlander, carrying a shutout two-thirds of the way through the game. Then, minutes after his predetermined exit, the Angels renounced...


Podcast | Sportswriters Blues: Discussing the Dodgers, the Angels, jeans and Brand New

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:10:00 PDT

There are just days left in the Major League Baseball season and our Dodgers and Angels beat writers are feeling it.

The Dodgers are set for a playoff run, while the Angels are fighting for a wild-card ticket to the postseason.

With that in mind it’s time for another edition of the Sportswriters...


Francisco Lindor and the Indians deal a big blow to Angels' playoff hopes

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:30:00 PDT

The Angels have run out of duct tape trying to hold their team together, somehow remaining in playoff contention despite an endless string of injuries that has depleted their roster.

Those postseason hopes were punctured on Thursday by the scorching-hot Cleveland Indians, who rode shortstop Francisco...


It's time now for major league teams to expand netting to protect fans as much as possible

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:30:00 PDT

The television is almost always on in baseball clubhouses, though players rarely do more than glance at the screen while they go about their pregame routines. But images on Wednesday from Yankee Stadium, where a young girl was hit in the face with a foul ball, disrupted the Angels’ routines and...


Angels again fall short against the red-hot Indians

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:45:00 PDT

The Angels have proved they can hang with the American League’s best teams. What they have yet to exhibit is that they have enough assembled talent to actually beat them.

They played another tight, tenuous game against the current class of baseball Wednesday night, and again fell achingly short....


Red-hot Indians prove too hot to handle for Angels

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:30:00 PDT

This is what awaits them. If the Angels are to complete their quest and qualify for the postseason, they will have to win games like this one.

They will have to best front-line starters, bullpens brimming with hard throwers, lineups swollen with speed and power. If they can get past the Oct. 3...


What a coincidence: With pitching moves, Angels save on bonuses

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:45:00 PDT

Whether by coincidence or design, the Angels put themselves into position to save at least $750,000 with the way they ordered their pitchers in a win over Texas on Friday.

Needing to fill a start vacated by the injured Andrew Heaney, they picked from a stacked September bullpen of 14 men and settled...


One thing Mike Trout hasn't hurt is his MVP chances

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:15:00 PDT

One afternoon at Angel Stadium last week, Mike Trout tossed a large foam football around the clubhouse with some teammates. At one point, Trout fired the football in a tight, perfect spiral across the room to Garrett Richards, his housemate and the Angels’ ace. Richards returned the throw on an...


Angels mailbag: Looking at the last two weeks

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:25:00 PDT

Hello, Angels fans. Well, this is almost it. Your favorite baseball team is 76-73 and off today for the last time this season. With 13 games remaining in the regular season, they trail Minnesota by two games for the American League’s second wild-card spot.

So, the Angels’ playoff destiny may not...


Joey Gallo's monster home run helps Rangers beat Angels, 4-2

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 18:40:00 PDT

A glove an inch too high, a player a step too fast, a throw a foot too high. Little things happen in a baseball game and sometimes they add up all wrong.

Sometimes they add up to a tough loss.

The Angels were not awful Sunday afternoon, but neither were they particularly good, at least not good...


Parker Bridwell and Justin Upton steal the show in Angels' 2-0 win over the Rangers

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 22:25:00 PDT

It’s deep-breath time for teams in tight battles for a playoff berth. Time to relax, hone the focus, to win any way they can.

The Angels are getting down to it now, the regular season offering 14 final games to determine whether they get to participate come the postseason.

They found a way to win...


Angels expect C.J. Cron to become a more consistent slugger

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 14:30:00 PDT

He looks a bit Paul Bunyanesque, standing 6 feet 4 and 235 pounds, his face partially hidden by a fresh beard.

Though his frame isn’t chiseled, the Angels look at his powerful physique and envision C.J. Cron crushing baseballs with the same ease the lumberjack once felled tall trees in American...


Three up, three down: Despite injuries, Trout, Kershaw are trophy hunting

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 10:35:00 PDT

A look at what’s trending in MLB:


Win-win: Mike Trout missed seven weeks because of a thumb injury and Clayton Kershaw was out six weeks because of a back injury, yet both have displayed such excellence that each could win a coveted trophy. Even if Trout cannot carry the Angels into the...


Angels need a five-run rally to hold off Rangers in wild-card battle

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 23:45:00 PDT

The baseball landed in between the men left standing in Angel Stadium’s home bullpen, an appropriate resting place for the decisive hit in a game defined by relievers. C.J. Cron had anticipated the two-strike slider hurtling his way, and he timed it just right.

Cron’s teammates 427 feet from home...


Angels fall to the Astros and drop three games back in wild-card race

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:05:00 PDT

On Aug. 8, the Angels awoke three games under .500 and three games out of playoff position. They then strung together their longest winning streak of the season, six consecutive victories against Baltimore and Seattle, some of their chief competition along the wild-card hunt.

On Friday, they will...


Astros pitcher Mike Fiers suspended five games for throwing over the head of Angels' Luis Valbuena

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 18:35:00 PDT

For more than two decades, Luis Valbuena said, he has been flipping his bat. Every time the Angels infielder puts the ball into play, he immediately drops his bat with flair, sometimes spinning it. Because of that, he argued, he should be exempt from the unwritten rule violation such an action...


Angels beat up on the Astros in 9-1 win

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 23:00:00 PDT

Standing so far out of first place presents occasional advantages.

After they lost to Houston late Tuesday, the Angels received a bit of good news: Instead of drawing the Astros’ talented Lance McCullers on Wednesday, they would face Mike Fiers, an inconsistent long reliever.

Houston’s stated...


Angels pitcher JC Ramirez has torn ligament, will try stem-cell therapy

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:45:00 PDT

In one year, JC Ramirez rose from a long reliever ceded on waivers by an awful team to become the Angels’ most valuable starting pitcher in their surprise playoff run. Now, his next season is in question.

The 29-year-old right-hander told The Times on Wednesday that he has a partial tear in the...


Angels lose pitching duel to Astros ace Justin Verlander

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 23:45:00 PDT

For years, Brandon Phillips has made frequent use of a subtle maneuver while manning second base. When a baserunner slides in for a close play, the 36-year-old Phillips applies a hard tag to the opponent’s leg and maintains it, slowly amplifying the pressure. Often, he said, the runner will briefly...


Angels to open 2018 season in Oakland, again

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:40:00 PDT

The Angels will open next season in Oakland, just like this season, and end it at home against the Athletics. Major League Baseball released its 2018 schedule Tuesday.

The season starts Thursday, March 29, earlier than in past years because additional off days have been mixed in to the 162-game...


Dodgers to open 2018 season against Giants; Mexico City games uncertain

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:45:00 PDT

The Dodgers’ march toward the 2018 pennant will begin in March.

The Dodgers will open the 2018 season on Thursday, March 29, against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. They will end the season on Sunday, Sept. 30, at San Francisco.

The opening day is the earliest in major league history,...


Angels' Justin Upton has mellowed with age but maintains an inner edge

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 18:20:00 PDT

Three hours before the Angels took the field Saturday in Seattle, Mike Trout and Justin Upton lounged inside Safeco Field’s visiting clubhouse. A question about his new teammate occurred to Trout.

“Hey,” he said, “when’s the last time you hit outside?”

“Psssh,” came the reply.

Upton later estimated...


Angels mailbag: Can the bullpen continue pitching this many innings?

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 09:50:00 PDT

Hello, Angels fans. I am here for your questions about the baseball team you follow. I also follow it in a professional capacity, which I hope equips me to answer in a satisfactory way.

Your favorite team is 73-70, which is not great but not awful either, good enough to keep them within one game...


Angels avoid sweep, move one game out of wild-card spot with 5-3 win at Seattle

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:00:00 PDT

The sun shined brighter than usual at Safeco Field on Sunday afternoon, so Mike Trout went to Justin Upton with a proposition.

“Anything in that gap, I’ll catch,” Trout said of left-center field, where their positions meet. “Unless you’re camped.”

Soon, a ball soared toward that gap, with two outs...