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Tyler Skaggs bounces back to lead Angels to 5-0 win over Tigers

Tyler Skaggs’ strong start to his recovery from elbow surgery had thudded in recent weeks, with the 25-year-old left-hander’s season starting to resemble the uneven territory he traversed before his ulnar collateral ligament injury in 2014. His start Sunday at Comerica Park, then, marked a turn...

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  • Mike Trout gets things started, and the Angels go on to beat the Blue Jays, 8-2

    Mike Trout gets things started, and the Angels go on to beat the Blue Jays, 8-2

    The first two pitches Mike Trout saw from Marco Estrada on Wednesday at Rogers Centre were strikes. So Trout settled in, as he has done so well in such situations this season. He fouled a pitch off, watched three balls go by, then tracked a changeup down below the strike zone and golfed it for...

  • Angels catcher Jett Bandy likes to mix in fun with success

    Angels catcher Jett Bandy likes to mix in fun with success

    The 37 lockers inside Angel Stadium’s home clubhouse are almost uniformly unadorned. Players do not bother with them, except for Jett Bandy, the rookie catcher who has made his a shrine to his teammates since his May promotion. “You know how when you have a desk at an office, you put pictures of...

  • Angels struggle with the Tigers' Justin Verlander in 4-2 loss

    Angels struggle with the Tigers' Justin Verlander in 4-2 loss

    Late Friday night, after resurgent Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander dominated the Angels at Comerica Park, Mike Trout said he recalled watching Verlander blow 100 mph fastballs by him his first year in the major leagues. So, this latest effort, Trout said, was not quite as tough as that. Yet,...

  • Tyler Skaggs struggles again in Angels' 7-2 loss to Blue Jays

    Tyler Skaggs struggles again in Angels' 7-2 loss to Blue Jays

    Nick Buss has played more than 1,000 professional baseball games and a bunch more as an amateur. But, until Tuesday at the Rogers Centre, the 29-year-old outfielder had never once faced a knuckleball pitcher. In their pregame hitters’ meeting, the Angels stressed to never let up on any pitches...

  • Angels to hire Matt Swanson from Cardinals to be new amateur scouting director

    Angels to hire Matt Swanson from Cardinals to be new amateur scouting director

    The Angels will hire St. Louis Cardinals scouting cross-checker Matt Swanson as their new amateur scouting director, according to a source who requested anonymity because the move has not been made official. In Swanson, Angels General Manager Billy Eppler chose a far less experienced but highly...

  • Jered Weaver waves off retirement question before Angels' 2-0 win over Yankees

    Jered Weaver waves off retirement question before Angels' 2-0 win over Yankees

    The Angels presented David Ortiz with a painting. They gifted Vin Scully with a vintage microphone, a windbreaker from his high school, and silver from a New York hotel in which he worked as a teenager. On Sunday, the Angels commemorated Mark Teixeira’s final visit to Anaheim with a scoreboard...

  • Angels closer Huston Street could face season-ending surgery

    Angels closer Huston Street could face season-ending surgery

    Angels closer Huston Street could face season-ending surgery on his injured right knee, Manager Mike Scioscia said Sunday. Street, a two-time All-Star, has been on the disabled list since Aug. 2 because of what the team called inflammation in the knee. Scioscia said Street is consulting with a...

  • Angels' Albert Pujols ties Mark McGwire for 10th on all-time home run list

    Angels' Albert Pujols ties Mark McGwire for 10th on all-time home run list

    Albert Pujols has been remarkably disciplined during his ascent on the all-time home run list. He appreciates the interest in his records — and in the Hall of Famers he passes along the way — but he says he cannot put his welfare ahead of his team’s welfare.  “I believe, if I start doing that,...

  • Angels look back at their 2002 World Series on a night they lose to the Yankees, 5-1

    Angels look back at their 2002 World Series on a night they lose to the Yankees, 5-1

    There are those professional athletes that wear a championship ring wherever they go, long after their careers have ended. And then there is Garret Anderson, who thought he ought to wear his championship ring for his induction into the Angels’ hall of fame but had to find it first. “I had to actually...

  • Angels cut Johnny Giavotella and look toward 2017

    Angels cut Johnny Giavotella and look toward 2017

    Even with six weeks left in this season, the Angels already are planning for next season. Johnny Giavotella was not in those plans, so the Angels cut him Saturday. Giavotella, 29, the Angels’ opening-day second baseman this season and last, had one hit in 19 at-bats this month and had not started...

  • Angels' Mike Scioscia appears safe even as his team falls to the Yankees, 7-0

    Angels' Mike Scioscia appears safe even as his team falls to the Yankees, 7-0

    Mike Scioscia walked to the mound in the fifth inning Friday night, clapped his hands once and took the ball from Jered Weaver, who trudged to the dugout after yielding four homers and 10 hits in a 7-0 loss to the New York Yankees in Angel Stadium. It was a familiar scene that has played out often...

  • MLB eyes 20-second pitch clock and other measures to speed up games

    MLB eyes 20-second pitch clock and other measures to speed up games

    Commissioner Rob Manfred is considering radical changes to speed up the pace of play and infuse more offense into games, including limiting the number of pitching changes and defensive shifts, but if installing a 20-second pitch clock is one of them, it could be met with some resistance. “I appreciate...

  • Angels GM says Manager Mike Scioscia 'has done a great job'

    Angels GM says Manager Mike Scioscia 'has done a great job'

    The Angels’ poor record — 51-70 entering Friday night’s game against the New York Yankees — has thrust Mike Scioscia’s name into recent stories speculating on what managers might be fired, but the temperature under the seat of baseball’s longest-tenured manager might not be as hot as some think....

  • Letters: Liars, divers and cowards, all on NBC from Rio (on tape)!

    Letters: Liars, divers and cowards, all on NBC from Rio (on tape)!

    Ryan Lochte has played a frustrated supporting actor in the “Legend of Michael Phelps” story for over a decade. He now has the podium all to himself, with a gold medal for fiction.  Hugh K. Malay Oxnard :: For those still wondering “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” we now have the answer: Lie. Gary...

  • Matt Shoemaker aces another start in Angels' 6-4 win over the Mariners

    Matt Shoemaker aces another start in Angels' 6-4 win over the Mariners

    Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said before Thursday’s series finale against the Seattle Mariners that right-hander Matt Shoemaker has pitched “like a true No. 1 for a long time.” It was high praise, and praise not quite shared by rival talent evaluators who have watched the 29-year-old this season....

  • An advanced metric says the Angels are poor base runners, but Mike Scioscia disagrees

    An advanced metric says the Angels are poor base runners, but Mike Scioscia disagrees

    One hundred and twenty games into the 2016 season, the Angels’ offense has been about average, their defense about average, and their pitching pretty poor. But among tracked facets of the sport, their worst relative to the rest has been base running, at least according to an advanced metric tracked...

  • Tyler Skaggs still trying to work things out as Angels lose, 4-3

    Tyler Skaggs still trying to work things out as Angels lose, 4-3

    Last week in Cleveland, Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs allowed the Indians to steal seven bases in a five-inning start, a nearly unprecedented performance he termed embarrassing and vowed to fix. It was a matter of importance to the organization. Manager Mike Scioscia promised it would be immediately...

  • Angels come up empty on nine-game trip after another loss in Cleveland

    Angels come up empty on nine-game trip after another loss in Cleveland

    The Angels were down a run in Sunday’s rain-delayed eighth inning at Progressive Field. Albert Pujols was facing Cleveland left-hander Andrew Miller, in Pujols’ estimation “one of the nastiest guys in the league.” With two outs, Pujols watched two balls go by and then let what he thought was a...

  • Angels' Mike Trout gets a day of rest, albeit unwanted

    Angels' Mike Trout gets a day of rest, albeit unwanted

    Nineteen games out of the division race with 45 games to play, the Angels are steadily approaching mathematical elimination. Within that framework, it stands to reason they should at least occasionally rest the players they envision as part of their future. And so even as the Angels attempted to...

  • Deal comes back to haunt Angels in 5-1 loss to the Indians

    Deal comes back to haunt Angels in 5-1 loss to the Indians

    Two years and one week ago, amid their startling 98-win season, the Angels traded an interesting but injury-plagued pitching prospect to Cleveland for a once-successful reliever they hoped could buttress their burgeoning bullpen. The deal’s bungling long since became clear, but Saturday’s game...

  • Nick Buss was ready for his call-up to the big leagues from the Angels

    Nick Buss was ready for his call-up to the big leagues from the Angels

    Nick Buss learned he earned his first major league call-up in nearly three years during the seventh inning Friday night in Salt Lake City, where he was toiling for the triple-A Bees. He called his fiancee, called his family, and then shipped across the country at 5 a.m.  When the 29-year-old outfielder...

  • Angels drop eighth consecutive game with loss to Indians, 13-3

    Angels drop eighth consecutive game with loss to Indians, 13-3

    The setting for the Angels’ descent into the historical depths of defeat Friday was the same. Only the monikers were different. On Sept. 2, 1999, at Jacobs Field, the Anaheim Angels succumbed to Cleveland, stretching their losing streak to nine. When the club returned home the next day, Manager...

  • After a promising return to Angels' rotation, Tyler Skaggs takes two steps back

    After a promising return to Angels' rotation, Tyler Skaggs takes two steps back

    Last month, Tyler Skaggs threw seven scoreless innings in his first major league start after two years spent recovering from Tommy John surgery. He then fired 5 1/3 scoreless innings in his second start. But, in his most recent two on the Angels’ current nine-game road trip, he has yielded 11 runs...

  • It's a soggy, sub-filled loss for the Angels in Cleveland

    It's a soggy, sub-filled loss for the Angels in Cleveland

    It is the moments that make a season, for wonderful or for awful, and amid their 41/2-hour, twice-delayed debacle of a defeat Thursday night at Progressive Field, the Angels experienced one of their most awkward to date. It was the bottom of the sixth inning, the outcome long since decided, and...

  • Los Angeles Angels' Kole Calhoun is getting on base more, striking out less

    Los Angeles Angels' Kole Calhoun is getting on base more, striking out less

    Kole Calhoun went six weeks without hitting a home run until Tuesday at Wrigley Field, but he has maintained an on-base percentage far higher than his mark from a year ago and considers that a certain success. His on-base percentage of .353 is 45 points higher than his .308 mark from last season...

  • Angels renew stadium talks with Anaheim after striking out in Tustin

    Angels renew stadium talks with Anaheim after striking out in Tustin

    With their hopes dashed for a new ballpark in Tustin, the Angels have renewed talks with the city of Anaheim about an Angel Stadium renovation and lease extension. The developer of the proposed Tustin site said his firm worked extensively in recent months on a ballpark project, but could not structure...

  • Ricky Nolasco's quality start not enough for Angels in 3-1 loss

    Ricky Nolasco's quality start not enough for Angels in 3-1 loss

    The Chicago Cubs drafted right-hander Ricky Nolasco and catcher Geovany Soto seven rounds apart 15 years ago. They reported to rookie ball and ascended two levels together. Their careers unfurled across Major League Baseball, to nine teams between them, until Wednesday night at Wrigley Field, where...

  • Former Angels reliever Joe Smith finds out it's a lot different playing with the Chicago Cubs

    Former Angels reliever Joe Smith finds out it's a lot different playing with the Chicago Cubs

    Joe Smith knew life would be different with his new team when he looked up from the visiting bullpen at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday and noticed the Athletics had nearly sold out their stadium. The Chicago Cubs fill ballparks, at home and on the road, where their average attendance is second...

  • Angels fall to Cubs, 5-1, for fifth loss in a row

    Angels fall to Cubs, 5-1, for fifth loss in a row

    The trade deadline behind them, the roster largely here to stay, the rest of the 2016 Angels season is an exercise in futility. Beyond the search for reasons to believe in the future of the franchise, it is competition merely for the sake of it. The plight is perhaps best depicted by Jered Weaver,...

  • Tim Lincecum clears waivers, accepts assignment in minors

    Tim Lincecum clears waivers, accepts assignment in minors

    Tim Lincecum accepted his assignment to triple-A Salt Lake after clearing waivers and will report. The Angels designated Lincecum for assignment Saturday. Any claiming team would have had to pick up more than $800,000 remaining on the 32-year-old right-hander’s contract for the season’s final two...

  • Mike Trout is emulating his idol Ken Griffey Jr., and not just between the lines

    Mike Trout is emulating his idol Ken Griffey Jr., and not just between the lines

    On Sunday afternoon in Seattle, Mike Trout took away a grand slam at the house that Ken Griffey Jr. built, knowing Griffey was watching from a suite. After the game, one of his worst of the season, Trout made one telling remark about his idol.  “What a great guy,” Trout said. “The way he played...

  • Mike Trout prevents a grand slam but Angels still fall to Mariners, 3-1

    Mike Trout prevents a grand slam but Angels still fall to Mariners, 3-1

    Mike Trout turned around at the boom of the bat and did not look back. At no point did he break into an all-out sprint. He only jogged — calmly, continually — until he reached one of the furthest points within play at Safeco Field. There, he leaped, extended his glove over the wall, grabbed the...

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