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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: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:10:02 -0700

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Watch Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw lead off MLB's 2017 ad campaign

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:30:00 PDT

Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw as the faces of baseball?

Trout, the Angels’ center fielder and two-time American League most valuable player, and Kershaw, the Dodgers’ ace and three-time National League Cy Young Award winner, are the first two players you see in the commercial spot that launches...


Albert Pujols is taking care to ensure he stays in Angels lineup

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:50:00 PDT

Albert Pujols is 37 and about to begin his third season after an off-season spent recovering from surgery. His life has become an annual cycle of playing through pain, recuperation, and convincing himself he might someday feel great again.

“I feel better,” Pujols said over the weekend at Tempe...


Angels let victory slip away vs. Royals

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:55:00 PDT

The Angels lost, 8-7, to Kansas City on Sunday at Tempe Diablo Stadium. They took the lead in the fifth, then ceded it in the ninth and are now 16-13 in the Cactus League.

Royals 8, Angels 7

AT THE PLATE: Yunel Escobar singled and Mike Trout doubled to produce a first-inning run, and the Angels...


Angels' Andrew Heaney has no regrets about unusual financial deal

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:25:00 PDT

Eighteen months ago, Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney agreed to commit 10% of his future earnings to investors in exchange for $3.34 million up front. It was an unprecedented transaction for a major league player.

At first, he was skeptical of the company, Fantex, suggested to him by his agent....


Albert Pujols homers in Angels' 7-4 victory over the Diamondbacks

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:00:00 PDT

The Angels beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 7-4, at Tempe Diablo Stadium. There are four games remaining in the Cactus League slate, and the Angels’ record is 16-12.

AT THE PLATE: Albert Pujols hit a two-run home run against Taijuan Walker in the first inning. It was Pujols’ second home run this...


Angels outfielder Ben Revere finds his power in spring training

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:05:00 PDT

In the weaker half of two split-squad games Wednesday, while most of his major league teammates played at the Angels’ home base in Tempe, Ben Revere did something at the Peoria Sports Complex that he almost never does.

He homered.

The 5-foot-9 outfielder’s lack of power makes him unique among modern...


Angels no-hit Mariners in 4-0 victory

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:05:00 PDT

The Angels no-hit a Seattle Mariners split-squad, 4-0, on Friday night at Tempe Diablo Stadium, improving their Cactus League record to 15-12. It was the Angels’ first spring no-hitter since March 16, 1996.

AT THE PLATE: In the second inning, shortstop Andrelton Simmons anticipated a breaking ball...


Angels infielder Luis Valbuena out 4 to 6 weeks because of strained hamstring

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:00:00 PDT

The Angels’ depth suffered a blow Thursday, when an MRI exam revealed a significant strain within infielder Luis Valbuena’s right hamstring. He’ll require four to six weeks of rest before returning to game action, the team announced.

The Angels said the strain was diagnosed between grades 1 and...


Angels drop a 6-2 decision to the Padres

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:10:00 PDT

The Angels fell to the San Diego Padres, 6-2, on Thursday at Peoria Sports Complex. The Angels are 14-12 with six Cactus League games left.

AT THE PLATE: In the first inning, C.J. Cron singled in Eric Young Jr., who had tripled. … The Angels’ other run scored in the fifth inning, when Ryan LaMarre...


Angels' Andrelton Simmons hopes to get a jump on the season after playing in the World Baseball Classic

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:20:00 PDT

Andrelton Simmons loved everything about his second World Baseball Classic, except for the logistics.

Between Feb. 28 and Monday, he and the Netherlands’ contingent traveled from Seoul to Tokyo to Phoenix to Los Angeles, where they lost an 11-inning semifinal to Puerto Rico at Dodger Stadium.


Angels win one split-squad game, lose another

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:30:00 PDT

In their first split-squad games of the spring, the Angels lost to Texas, 7-4, at Tempe Diablo Stadium and defeated Seattle, 9-8, at Peoria Sports Complex on Wednesday. The Angels are 14-11 in the Cactus League.

AT THE PLATE: In Tempe, Mike Trout hit a home run in the seventh inning. The Angels’...


Angels' Huston Street in no rush to return from injury this time around

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:20:00 PDT

Angels reliever Huston Street visited team physician Steve Yoon in Los Angeles on Monday for an update on his strained back muscle.

An ultrasound showed a small defect in the latissimus dorsi, Street said. He said he was told it’s consistent with the original timeline of healing, diagnosed via...


Angels defeat Reds, 9-1, in spring training

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:15:00 PDT

The Angels defeated Cincinnati, 9-1, on Tuesday at Goodyear Ballpark. The Angels are 13-10 in Cactus League play.

AT THE PLATE: The Angels scored their first five runs in the seventh inning. With two outs and the bases empty, Danny Espinosa singled, Jefry Marte walked, and Ben Revere reached on...


Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs pleased after four-inning outing

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:00:00 PDT

Because he missed a start earlier this month due to a weak shoulder and re-entered the rotation Wednesday, Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs has no days left to waste this spring. If he wants to break camp on the club’s roster, he has to build up his stamina and prove he can handle a starter’s workload.


Angels' Andrew Heaney and Nick Tropeano are thrilled to be throwing again after elbow surgery

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:00:00 PDT

As the Angels pursue a 2017 postseason appearance most within the industry believe is out of their reach, there will be a subtext to their season. All the while, two injured starting pitchers, left-hander Andrew Heaney and right-hander Nick Tropeano, will be working their way back from elbow-ligament...


Matt Shoemaker struggles in Angels' 11-2 exhibition loss to White Sox

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:45:00 PDT

The Angels lost, 11-2, to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The White Sox have outscored the Angels 21-4 this spring. The Angels have won 12 of their 22 Cactus League games.

AT THE PLATE: The Angels scored their first run in the eighth inning, when minor league infielder...


Angels' Cameron Maybin looks to get locked in before the regular season begins

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:40:00 PDT

March 19, 2015, was a rare spring-training day off for the San Diego Padres in Peoria, Ariz. Cameron Maybin, competing to be their center fielder, took the opportunity to watch his friend, Jace Peterson, play in an Atlanta Braves spring game across the country.

As he watched, the broadcast brought...


Angels' offense shines in victory over Rockies

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:50:00 PDT

The Angels scored at least one run in six innings and raced past the Colorado Rockies, 9-3, on Saturday at Tempe Diablo Stadium. With 11 Cactus League games remaining, the Angels are 12-9.

AT THE PLATE: Mike Trout and Albert Pujols each singled twice and struck out once in three at-bats. Trout...


Angels pitchers have new post-start routine to help stave off injury

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:15:00 PDT

On the second pitch Alex Meyer threw in his three-inning start Friday at Surprise Stadium, the Angels’ 27-year-old right-hander found himself looking down at his cleats during his reworked delivery.

“That’s not what you’re supposed to do,” he told himself.

The idea is to keep his eyes on the target...


Angels can't hold off Rangers, 6-5

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:40:00 PDT

The Angels scored early but not late and fell, 6-5, to a Texas Rangers split-squad Friday at Surprise Stadium. The Angels are 11-9 in Cactus League play this spring.

AT THE PLATE: C.J. Cron cooled down from a torrid spring, going 0 for 5. Jefry Marte, his roster competition to split first base...


Angels' Danny Espinosa is glad to help out with his baserunning

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:25:00 PDT

Danny Espinosa launched a ground-rule double in Thursday’s second inning at Salt River Fields, then stopped to examine the array of Colorado Rockies anchored around him as defenders.

When Ben Revere tapped a grounder to third, Espinosa scampered to third base on the throw to first, and scored on...


Los Angeles Angels rally for 8-7 victory over Colorado Rockies

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:50:00 PDT

The Angels rallied to defeat the Colorado Rockies, 8-7, in front of a sellout crowd Thursday at Salt River Fields, improving their spring record to 11-8.

AT THE PLATE: After Eric Young Jr. was hit by a pitch, outfielder Ryan LaMarre knocked in the go-ahead run with a double in the ninth and catcher...


Cam Bedrosian's slider could help him slip into the job as Angels closer

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:45:00 PDT

Cam Bedrosian’s fastball hummed in the mid-90s when he was in high school. The son of a former Cy Young winner, Bedrosian did not need a dependable breaking ball to become a top prospect. The Angels selected him 29th overall in the 2010 MLB draft because of the bloodlines, the fastball and a steep...


Giants 7, Angels 4: Skagg throws two scoreless innings

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:05:00 PDT

The Angels lost to San Francisco, 7-4, on Wednesday at Scottsdale Stadium. After starting 7-0 in Cactus League play, they’re now 10-8.

AT THE PLATE: In his second road game of the spring, Mike Trout doubled in the Angels’ first run, in the seventh inning. Kole Calhoun had started the inning with...


Harnessing his fastball could keep Angels pitcher Keynan Middleton on fast track

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:05:00 PDT

One year ago this week, Keynan Middleton was warming up on a back field at the Chicago Cubs’ spring training facility. He had some time until he was to take the mound, and he felt ready, so the young Angels right-hander fooled with his delivery. When he lifted his left leg and turned on one pitch,...