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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:45:00 PDT
The Angels and the Oakland Athletics combined to throw 238 pitches through nine innings Tuesday night at Angel Stadium. At no point in all that time, over 60 plate appearances, did either team manage to send one runner as far from home as second base.
They carried a scoreless tie into extra innings....(image)
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:05:00 PDT
Only one major league starter throws harder than the Angels’ JC Ramirez: New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard. But it is not Ramirez’s powerful velocity that has fueled his rise into the Angels’ rotation. It is his development of a second breaking pitch, a curveball, to accompany his longstanding...(image)
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:55:00 PDT
As Friday night morphed into Saturday morning, Angels right-hander Jesse Chavez jogged from the dugout to the bullpen at Angel Stadium to warm up.
After exhausting its standard configuration of relievers, his team needed him late in an extra-innings loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Angels needed...(image)
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:10:00 PDT
The state of the Angels’ pitching staff is beginning to resemble last season’s. Desperate for depth to handle the inevitable innings, Angels general manager Billy Eppler struck a deal with Atlanta to acquire right-hander David Hernandez and immediately inserted the veteran into the bullpen.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:45:00 PDT
Hello, Angels fans. As of today, your favorite baseball team is 8-12, on a 65-win pace, and its best starting pitcher is not going to pitch at least until June. The outlook is not great. So let’s answer some questions about the state of the team. As always, please submit mailbag questions through...(image)
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:15:00 PDT
The Angels carried a one-run lead into Sunday’s eighth inning at Angel Stadium. That they took it even that far was highly improbable, considering their starter, the beyond beleaguered state of their bullpen and their opponent.
The game’s remaining innings hewed closer to expectations, as the Angels’...(image)
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:20:00 PDT
Garrett Richards and the Angels have no idea when he can return to pitching. The nerve irritation within his right biceps has not abated since it was diagnosed April 7, so he and the team can only wait.
“There’s no timetable,” Richards said Sunday. “With nerves, they have a mind of their own. They...(image)
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:25:00 PDT
Ah, elusive victory. Sometimes so very close for the Angels, more often blindly out of reach.
It was some bad stretch the Angels were going through. They weren’t getting blown out every night as much as simply pushed aside, very rude-like. In their 10 previous games they had squeaked out a win...(image)
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:15:00 PDT
The Angels crossed fingers and wished upon a few stars, hoping right-hander Garrett Richards could return after sitting out most of last season because of an elbow injury to become the ace he once flirted with becoming.
In his first start this season, he broke down because of a strained biceps...(image)
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:20:00 PDT
Two disappointing teams kept pushing and pulling Friday, trying to find some way to make sense of a game that seemed determined not to end.
Finally it was the Toronto Blue Jays, a team that had begun their season with the worst start in club history (3-12) and the worst start for any team that...(image)
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:15:00 PDT
Baseball is always trying to proclaim it’s a team sport, about the name on the back of the jersey, rising to the top as a group.
Except when things are going the wrong direction.
The Angels have been struggling to score for more than a week, an offense that appeared so productive during a 6-2 start...(image)
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:50:00 PDT
The Texas Rangers released Josh Hamilton from his minor league contract Friday after another knee injury, perhaps signaling the end of the 2010 AL MVP’s career.
Team spokesman John Blake said Hamilton injured his right knee while recovering from left knee surgery and will have a procedure on the...(image)
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:15:00 PDT
If you measure popularity by jersey sales, four of the five most popular players in the major leagues play for the Chicago Cubs.
The other one is Clayton Kershaw.
To sell jerseys, apparently, it helps to play for the team that just won its first World Series in 108 years, or to be baseball’s best...(image)
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:55:00 PDT
The Houston Astros clobbered two solo home runs Thursday afternoon at Minute Maid Park. The Angels hit one, so the Astros won, 2-1. Occasionally, baseball is a simple game.
Right-handers Matt Shoemaker and Lance McCullers dueled. The Astros’ McCullers throws far harder, but each man wields an elite...(image)
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:35:00 PDT
With two out in the second inning Thursday at Minute Maid Park, Angels second baseman Danny Espinosa stepped to the plate with a runner on first base. He struck out swinging.
His day went that way. With two out in the seventh, he batted with runners at first and second. He struck out swinging....(image)
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:20:00 PDT
The Angels played an usually high number of spring-training games this year, 34, and young power hitter Jefry Marte started 20 of them. But they did not manage to get him even one inning in left field all spring, after testing him there to poor results last season.
“What he’s lacking now is experience,”...(image)
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:40:00 PDT
Intent on providing their starting rotation an extra day during a stretch of 20 games in 20 days, the Angels will recall right-hander Alex Meyer from triple-A Salt Lake to start Friday against Toronto. The other five starting pitchers will start on six days of rest during this turn.
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 22:40:00 PDT
Houstonians still fear Albert Pujols, and on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park he proved that their dread is deserved. At the site of many of his biggest home runs, Pujols launched one more against the Astros, snapping the Angels’ six-game losing streak with one vicious swing.
Facing young Houston...(image)
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:50:00 PDT
At 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, the Angels cleared out Minute Maid Park’s visiting clubhouse of reporters for an unusual team meeting. At 4:57 p.m., the first of their players began to emerge onto the field to stretch.
Losers of six straight games — a skid that turned the start of their season from enchanting...(image)
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:10:00 PDT
Magic Johnson arrived in Los Angeles as a wide-eyed teenager in 1979, when Dusty Baker, Ron Cey and Steve Garvey starred for the team that had captured the affection of the city.
“I've seen how the Dodgers can be as big as the Lakers,” Johnson said when he announced his pursuit of an ownership...(image)
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 22:00:00 PDT
The Angels haven’t scored a run since last week. In the 20 innings they’ve batted since Saturday’s seventh inning in Kansas City, they have generated only seven singles. In their last 46 innings, they have mustered two extra-base hits. And, accordingly, in their last six games, the Angels don’t...(image)
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:25:00 PDT
When Bud Norris joined the Houston Astros in July 2009, he made his major league debut on what was then the sport’s oldest roster.
“Older than the Phillies,” he said Monday at Minute Maid Park, to which locker mate and former Philadelphia outfielder Ben Revere turned up his head.
By 2013, the Astros...(image)
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:00:00 PDT
Hello, Angels fans. Welcome to the weekly mailbag. That was not a good week for the Angels, who lost five straight games, including a series sweep in Kansas City. Additionally, the status of their top starter, right-hander Garrett Richards, remains uncertain. Let’s get to some questions.
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 04:00:00 PDT
Five years ago, the Dodgers were on their way out of bankruptcy court. On Saturday, they dedicated a statue of Jackie Robinson.
In the five years since Guggenheim Baseball Management replaced Frank McCourt as the Dodgers’ owner, the team has reclaimed much of its glory. Yet that first World Series...(image)
Sun, 16 Apr 2017 19:10:00 PDT
For the bottom of the ninth inning in Sunday’s scoreless tie at Kauffman Stadium, Mike Scioscia had two relievers ready to pitch: journeyman Blake Parker and Cam Bedrosian, who he’d later refer to as his best reliever.
He opted for the journeyman. Parker did not record an out, and the Angels lost,...(image)