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Angels' Andrew Heaney has no regrets about unusual financial deal

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....

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

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

    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

    Angels defeat Reds, 9-1, in spring training

    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

    Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs pleased after four-inning outing

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

    Angels' offense shines in victory over Rockies

    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

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

    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

    Angels can't hold off Rangers, 6-5

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

    Giants 7, Angels 4: Skagg throws two scoreless innings

    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

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

    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,...

  • Spring training: Kansas City 8, Angels 4

    Spring training: Kansas City 8, Angels 4

    After a bullpen implosion, the Angels lost, 8-4, to Kansas City on Tuesday at Surprise Stadium. The Angels are 10-7 in the Cactus League. AT THE PLATE: C.J. Cron hit two doubles and a triple in four plate appearances. He is hitting .457. … Catcher Carlos Perez hit a home run. ...The Angels struck...

  • Angels' Mike Trout is open to playing for U.S. in WBC in the future

    Angels' Mike Trout is open to playing for U.S. in WBC in the future

    Mike Trout hasn’t contracted a full-blown case of World Baseball Classic fever, but the Angels center fielder and two-time American League most valuable player is warming to the idea of playing in the event after watching the passion and excitement of several first-round games. “I mean, definitely,...

  • Kenta Maeda is sharp as Dodgers beat Angels, 3-1, in exhibition game at Tempe

    Kenta Maeda is sharp as Dodgers beat Angels, 3-1, in exhibition game at Tempe

    The Dodgers improved to 10-8 in Cactus League play with a 3-1 victory over the Angels on Monday at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The Angels fell to 10-6. AT THE PLATE: The Dodgers bunched three straight two-out hits off Angels starter Ricky Nolasco for a run in the third inning. O’Koyea Dickson and Chase...

  • Los Angeles Angels ask Wally Joyner to work with slumping Cameron Maybin

    Los Angeles Angels ask Wally Joyner to work with slumping Cameron Maybin

    Former Angels first baseman Wally Joyner, in the midst of a one-week stint as a guest instructor, has paid particularly close attention to struggling left fielder Cameron Maybin, who is hitless in 19 at-bats in nine exhibition games, including Monday’s 3-1 loss to the Dodgers. Joyner, who played...

  • C.J. Cron hits two-run homer, Danny Espinosa doubles in two, Angels beat Seattle

    C.J. Cron hits two-run homer, Danny Espinosa doubles in two, Angels beat Seattle

    The Angels improved to 10-5 in Cactus League play with a 9-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday at Tempe (Ariz.) Diablo Stadium. AT THE PLATE: The Angels scored four runs on four hits in the second inning off Mariners left-hander Ariel Miranda. Albert Pujols led off with a double to left,...

  • Albert Pujols should have more milestones to come

    Albert Pujols should have more milestones to come

    Albert Pujols knows more about the numbers on the back of his baseball card than he lets on. Though he usually deflects talk of personal achievements, stressing team goals over the accumulation of individual statistics, the Angels slugger is keenly aware of his accomplishments in the game and how...

  • Angels' Bud Norris might find his way back to the field from the bullpen

    Angels' Bud Norris might find his way back to the field from the bullpen

    Bud Norris shared a 30-minute car ride and a lunch with former Atlanta Braves star John Smoltz at a golf tournament over the off-season. Much of their conversation focused on the transition from starting pitcher to short reliever, a subject Norris wouldn’t have broached six or seven years ago with...

  • Dodgers' bats come alive in victory over Angels

    Dodgers' bats come alive in victory over Angels

    The Dodgers improved to 8-7 in Cactus League play with an 8-2 victory over the Angels on Saturday at Camelback Ranch. The Angels fell to 9-5. AT THE PLATE: The Dodgers rallied for three runs in the fifth inning off Bud Norris. Austin Barnes hit a solo homer to left field, Tyler Holt singled to...

  • Angels star Mike Trout adds hole-in-one to his résumé

    Angels star Mike Trout adds hole-in-one to his résumé

    Mike Trout had a new nickname Saturday morning. “Hey, Ace,” television broadcaster Mark Gubicza said as the Angels center fielder took the field for a morning workout in Tempe Diablo Stadium on Saturday, a reference to the hole-in-one Trout notched on the 127-yard second hole at the Raven Golf...

  • Albert Pujols makes spring debut as Angels fall to Padres

    Albert Pujols makes spring debut as Angels fall to Padres

    The Angels fell to 9-4 in Cactus League play with a 4-2 loss to the San Diego Padres on Friday at Tempe Diablo Stadium. AT THE PLATE: Albert Pujols, who had surgery on the plantar fascia on his right foot last December, made his spring debut at designated hitter, grounding out twice to the left...

  • Ben Revere hopes his unique batting style fits with the Angels

    Ben Revere hopes his unique batting style fits with the Angels

    It’s a pre-pitch timing mechanism that violates a basic tenet of hitting — keep the hands quiet — and would make most Little League coaches, let alone a major league coach, cringe. “It’s so unique, it’s eye-grabbing,” Angels hitting coach Dave Hansen said of the hitch in outfielder Ben Revere’s...

  • Five-time All-Star Mike Trout's goal: 'I want to be the best player there is'

    Five-time All-Star Mike Trout's goal: 'I want to be the best player there is'

    The former boy wonder is now a man, 25 years old, engaged to be married, already a two-time American League most valuable player and five-time All-Star, and he smiled Thursday as he reflected on his transition to adulthood. “It’s going by so quick,” Mike Trout said. He shook his head. “It seems...

  • Angels defeat Indians with mostly reserves carrying the load

    Angels defeat Indians with mostly reserves carrying the load

    The Angels improved to 9-3 in Cactus League play with a 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday at Goodyear Ballpark. AT THE PLATE: A lineup with one projected starter — Cameron Maybin — and eight reserves and minor leaguers mustered two runs and five hits in six innings. Eric Young...

  • Los Angeles Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker looks more comfortable in second outing

    Los Angeles Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker looks more comfortable in second outing

    The physical scar from emergency brain surgery is still clearly visible, zig-zagging from the tip of Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker’s right ear toward the top of his head, about four inches in length. The emotional scars from the 105-mph line drive off the bat of Kyle Seager that struck Shoemaker...

  • Angels looking for an effective bullpen, even without the 100-mph relievers

    Angels looking for an effective bullpen, even without the 100-mph relievers

    It would be unfair to compare the Angels’ bullpen to that of the Cleveland Indians, who could set a gold standard for relief this season with a group headed by left-handers Andrew Miller and Boone Logan and right-handers Cody Allen and Zach McAllister. In terms of dominance, balance, depth, experience...

  • Angels capitalize on Reds' mistakes in shutout win

    Angels capitalize on Reds' mistakes in shutout win

    The Angels improved to 8-3 in Cactus League play with a 9-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday at Goodyear Ballpark. AT THE PLATE: A pair of errors by Reds starter Amir Garrett paved the way for five unearned runs in the second, but the Angels also hit the ball hard in the inning, with...

  • Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs won't make scheduled start Friday because of shoulder weakness

    Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs won't make scheduled start Friday because of shoulder weakness

    Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs has been scratched from Friday’s exhibition start against the San Diego Padres because of shoulder weakness, a setback the team considers minor but one that is troubling considering Skaggs’ recent injury history. Skaggs missed the entire 2015 season while recovering...

  • New Angels second baseman Danny Espinosa has true grit: a 'Dirtbag' pedigree and a David Eckstein game

    New Angels second baseman Danny Espinosa has true grit: a 'Dirtbag' pedigree and a David Eckstein game

    The image of a revered former Angel comes to mind as Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon describes new Angels second baseman Danny Espinosa, who was acquired from the Washington Nationals in December: David Eckstein, with more power and less on-base ability. “He’s a real baseball player; he plays the...

  • Angels reliever Mike Morin is learning not to dwell on setbacks

    Angels reliever Mike Morin is learning not to dwell on setbacks

    Angels reliever Mike Morin is 25. Over the last three seasons, he has appeared in 167 major league games. Most of his appearances have gone well. Some have not. The ones that don’t go well stick with him more than most, and he realized over the off-season that to be successful he needs to get past...

  • Spring training: Chicago Cubs 13, Angels 10

    Spring training: Chicago Cubs 13, Angels 10

    The Chicago Cubs defeated the Angels, 13-10, Monday at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The Angels (7-3) have lost three games in a row. AT THE PLATE: Facing Jake Arrieta, Yunel Escobar led off the the bottom of the first inning with a single but was thrown out trying to steal third. … Jefry Marte hit his...

  • Angels' Yunel Escobar on verge of becoming a U.S. citizen

    Angels' Yunel Escobar on verge of becoming a U.S. citizen

    Two months ago, Yunel Escobar said Sunday at Angels camp, he decided he wanted to become an American citizen. Many of his Cuban countrymen who’d escaped already had completed the process, and his two children were born citizens. So he spent the off-season studying this country’s history and scheduled...

  • Jefry Marte, Kole Calhoun homer in Angels' 11-3 loss to Reds

    Jefry Marte, Kole Calhoun homer in Angels' 11-3 loss to Reds

    The Cincinnati Reds beat the Angels, 11-3, on Sunday at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The Angels are 7-2 this spring, losers of two consecutive games after snapping their 18-game unbeaten streak spanning two spring trainings. AT THE PLATE: Jefry Marte hit a solo home run. Kole Calhoun hit a two-run home...

  • Angels reliever Huston Street out 3-4 weeks because of strained back

    Angels reliever Huston Street out 3-4 weeks because of strained back

    Pitching injuries quashed the Angels’ playoff hopes in 2016, team officials have repeatedly said. The organization did not have the depth to overcome the loss of its top two starting pitchers and several relievers. Now, the first injury of 2017 has struck. In time, the response can be judged. Angels...

  • Angels finally drop a Cactus League game, 10-2 to White Sox

    Angels finally drop a Cactus League game, 10-2 to White Sox

    The Angels lost to the Chicago White Sox, 10-2, on Saturday at Camelback Ranch. The Angels are now 7-1 this spring; their Cactus League unbeaten streak has finally been snapped at 18 games dating to last spring. AT THE PLATE: The Angels produced little against starter Lucas Giolito and the rest...

  • Angels' Matt Shoemaker gets wild in first appearance on the mound since head injury

    Angels' Matt Shoemaker gets wild in first appearance on the mound since head injury

    On Friday afternoon, Matt Shoemaker jogged onto the Tempe Diablo Stadium diamond, fired eight warmup pitches, and walked 10 paces behind the mound, his back to the batter’s box. He received a baseball from his third baseman, took off his Angels cap, and adjusted the tucked-in carbon fiber strip...

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