Last Build Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:05:01 -0700Copyright: ©2016 Los Angeles Times
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:30:00 PDT
Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon describes the ultra-competitive John Lackey as “a cowboy when he pitches,” and as the veteran right-hander and Texas native has said many times during his 14-year big league career, this ain’t his first rodeo.
When Lackey, who turns 38 on Sunday, takes the mound...(image)
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:25:00 PDT
Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun will undergo core muscle surgery Tuesday in Pennsylvania, the team announced.
Angels General Manager Billy Eppler said the surgery was meant to correct an ailment that bothered Calhoun for much of the season. The outfielder visited Dr. William Meyers, a noted specialist...(image)
Fri, 7 Oct 2016 19:50:00 PDT
How wonderful it was to see and hear Vin Scully`s last game as he capped off an amazing career. How pathetic that for the past three years, the greed and egos of executives have kept this great announcer out of my home.
Thomas A. Hoerber
As a native Angeleno — who has regularly been...(image)
Wed, 5 Oct 2016 17:45:00 PDT
If you are a Mission, you are on a mission.
The San Antonio Missions are the double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. If you play for San Antonio, your goal is to get to San Diego.
Unless, that is, you get swallowed up in an obscure rule. You hear all about playing for the name on the front...(image)
Tue, 4 Oct 2016 19:00:00 PDT
The playoffs are about to start, and Dusty Baker’s team is in. If you believe Baker is pleasantly surprised, well, you don’t really know him.
“This,” he said Tuesday, “is where I am supposed to be.”
The postseason came and went without him the previous two years. So did baseball. He traveled. He...(image)
Tue, 4 Oct 2016 17:50:00 PDT
In a conference room inside the Angels’ clubhouse, most remnants of an 88-loss 2016 nowhere to be seen, Manager Mike Scioscia told reporters Tuesday that he was a staunch believer in his team’s potential.
“I don’t think we’re as far back as, maybe, the perception is,” Scioscia said. “But yes, we...(image)
Mon, 3 Oct 2016 18:40:00 PDT
The sold-out flight is already 90 minutes behind schedule by the time Galaxy forward Alan Gordon begins lugging his carry-on bag up the crowded aisle to seat 18C in coach on American Airlines Flight 2462 from Los Angeles to Dallas.
A dozen rows away, teammate Landon Donovan is wedged into a middle...(image)
Mon, 3 Oct 2016 18:10:00 PDT
Twenty-four hours after the Angels’ 2016 season unceremoniously ended in Anaheim, the franchise’s most important game in months was played on an Arizona back field in front of a handful of fans and a bevy of scouts.
At exactly 12:30 p.m., Garrett Richards took the mound on Field No. 1 at the Chicago...(image)
Mon, 3 Oct 2016 13:45:00 PDT
An injury-marred and rookie-reliant rotation that averaged only 5 1/3 innings a start forced the Dodgers to carry an eight-man bullpen for much of the season, a relief corps that seemed to consist of Kenley Jansen and the seven dwarfed.
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound cut-fastball specialist cast a long...(image)
Mon, 3 Oct 2016 12:25:00 PDTHello, Angels fans. What a season, huh? Your favorite baseball team finished 2016 with 74 wins and 88 losses. The Angels won 25 of their last 45 games and will pick 10th in the 2017 MLB draft. All season long, you submitted questions via email and Twitter about the current team and future of the...(image)
Sun, 2 Oct 2016 19:50:00 PDT
Twenty minutes after midday Sunday at Angel Stadium, his shoulder still throbbing from a 4-day-old fastball, Mike Trout approached the plate and tapped his bat barrel on the home-plate umpire’s left leg, as he does before every game’s first at-bat. For Sunday’s season finale, the retiring Bob Davidson...(image)
Sun, 2 Oct 2016 16:00:00 PDT
Mike Trout stole his 30th base and drove in his 100th run, and the Los Angeles Angels completed their worst season of the 21st century with an 8-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday.
Jhoulys Chacin pitched seven scoreless innings of four-hit ball for the Angels (74-88), who won nine of...(image)
Sat, 1 Oct 2016 21:25:00 PDT
Jered Weaver wanted desperately to make one last start this season, he said, but his increasingly sore back would not comply for a spot in the rotation on Sunday. So he called it a year, and possibly a career as an Angel.
“As much as I wanted to, as much as I was looking forward to it, my back...(image)
Sat, 1 Oct 2016 18:25:00 PDT
It will be a very pleasant good afternoon, and a wonderfully fitting one too: Vin Scully, calling his final game, with the playoffs on the line for his boyhood team.
After Scully delighted us with a career for the ages, the baseball gods have rewarded him with a finale for the ages. Some voices...(image)
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:50:00 PDT
Shut down for this season’s final weekend, Albert Pujols reflected Friday on his fifth year as an Angel. He was proud to finish with a .268 average, 31 home runs and 119 runs batted in despite plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
“Obviously I wish I could’ve played in the last five games, but with...(image)
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:15:00 PDT
Mike Scioscia has always said the most valuable players each year should come from a contending team, a notable viewpoint this year because his team is not one.
“I still feel that way,” the Angels’ longtime manager said this week. “I haven’t changed at all.”
But, he said, this season is a rare...(image)
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:20:00 PDT
Seeking to recapture his old form earlier this month, Alex Meyer resorted to the earliest captures he could find on the Internet: YouTube.
“Yeah, I literally just hopped on YouTube,” he said. “I was talking to one of the trainers and they wanted to see some old footage, so I thought, ‘Let’s see...(image)
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:05:00 PDT
Garrett Richards faced hitters for the first time in four months Wednesday afternoon at Angel Stadium. As most of his teammates crowded around to observe, he threw 20 pitches and broke two bats.
“I felt good on the mound,” he said. “The ball is coming out of my hand good. It’s got the same action...(image)
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:00:00 PDT
Most people get to the baseball stadium with just enough time to grab a hot dog and drink, and find their seats.
Some, like our Curiosity Correspondent, arrive early enough to watch the field getting prepared.
Chalk lines are made, the pitcher’s mound is cleaned, the dirt raked beautifully even....(image)
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:05:00 PDT
Ricky Nolasco does not expect to start again this season, although his manager, Mike Scioscia, was unwilling to say as much Tuesday night.
If this was the end of Nolasco’s first stint as an Angel, it went better than expected. Since the Aug. 1 trade in which Minnesota sent him to Anaheim, Nolasco...(image)
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:05:00 PDT
After more than three years of debating whether to negotiate a new lease in Anaheim or move to a new ballpark elsewhere, the Angels might do neither.
The Angels might simply play out their current lease in Anaheim, team President John Carpino said Tuesday. If they do, they would be bound to Angel...(image)
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT
For one more week, the Angels’ games will continue under a shroud of irrelevance, destined to be forgotten by the morning after they occur, if not before.
The franchise’s future is not at stake within these last games. It will be, far more, on Wednesday afternoon at Angel Stadium, when right-hander...(image)
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:25:00 PDTHello, Angels fans. The 2016 season is ending, and the club is 69-87, on pace to win 72 games. They played two competent teams last week in Texas and performed fine against them, and now they will face Oakland and Houston to conclude the campaign. Here's the place to ask anything you want about...(image)
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:50:00 PDT
Defensively speaking, the Los Angeles Angels showed up to play Sunday.
The same could not be said of the offense.
Starter Daniel Wright gave up two home runs, and the Angels' bats fell flat in a 4-1 loss to the Houston Astros that ended a four-game winning streak.
“Defensively, we played a very...(image)
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:30:00 PDT
Kole Calhoun had three hits and two RBIs, and the Los Angeles Angels scored nine runs in the final two innings to rally for the second consecutive game in a 10-4 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.
It's the third straight victory in this series for the Angels, who scored six runs...(image)