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Angels' Mike Scioscia thinks Mike Trout is an obvious choice for AL MVP

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...

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  • Solo home runs lead Astros to 4-1 win over Angels

    Solo home runs lead Astros to 4-1 win over Angels

    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...

  • Angels again rally late to hurt the Astros' wild-card chances

    Angels again rally late to hurt the Astros' wild-card chances

    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...

  • There's no calling the American League MVP race at this point

    There's no calling the American League MVP race at this point

    In this election season, Mike Trout has a simple platform. “I try to be the best player in the league every year,” he said. He has succeeded this year, again. Now comes the vote for most valuable player, and the annual debate over whether “best” and “most valuable” are the same thing. If enough...

  • Angels rally in the ninth for 10-6 win over Astros

    Angels rally in the ninth for 10-6 win over Astros

    Yunel Escobar hit a two-run homer and pinch-hitter Rafael Ortega had three RBIs during a six-run ninth inning, lifting the Los Angeles Angels over the Houston Astros 10-6 on Friday night.  Houston fell 2 1/2 games behind the Tigers for the second AL wild card, a tough blow after clawing back with...

  • Ricky Nolasco, Angels shut down the Astros, 2-0

    Ricky Nolasco, Angels shut down the Astros, 2-0

    Ricky Nolasco latest solid outing snapped a lengthy losing streak for the Los Angeles Angels.  Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Nolasco pitched seven strong innings, helping the Angels hinder the Houston Astros' wild-card hopes with a 2-0 victory Thursday night.  The Angels...

  • Mike Trout's three-run homer sparks Angels to 5-4 win over Rangers

    Mike Trout's three-run homer sparks Angels to 5-4 win over Rangers

    Mike Trout hit his 28th homer and Jered Weaver went six innings for his 150th career victory in an Angels uniform as Los Angeles beat the AL West-leading Texas Rangers, 5-4, on Wednesday night.  The magic number for Texas (90-63) to win its second consecutive AL West title remained at two after...

  • Things get heated in Angels' 5-4 loss to the Rangers

    Things get heated in Angels' 5-4 loss to the Rangers

    Rookie Nomar Mazara hit his 20th homer in another testy game with multiple ejections and the Texas Rangers moved closer to their second consecutive AL West title by beating the Angels, 5-4, on Tuesday night.  Texas (90-62) cut its magic number to two to clinch the seventh division title in franchise...

  • Angels lose to Rangers on Ian Desmond walk-off single

    Angels lose to Rangers on Ian Desmond walk-off single

    Ian Desmond had an RBI single with no outs in the ninth inning and the Texas Rangers moved closer to the AL West title with a 3-2 win over the last-place Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.  Elvis Andrus led off the ninth with a sharp single to left off Jose Alvarez (1-3) before Carlos Gomez turned...

  • Matt Shoemaker pays visit to Angels teammates before they beat Blue Jays, 4-0

    Matt Shoemaker pays visit to Angels teammates before they beat Blue Jays, 4-0

    Just when it seemed like nothing could distract the Angels from their fantasy football teams Sunday morning, Matt Shoemaker walked through the clubhouse.  It wasn’t Shoemaker’s first time back since a 105-mph line drive fractured his skull two weeks ago. The pitcher stopped by Angel Stadium a few...

  • Garrett Richards throws off a mound, providing a ray of light in Angels' gloomy season

    Garrett Richards throws off a mound, providing a ray of light in Angels' gloomy season

    Amid the rubble of a brutal 2016 season rose a sign of hope for the Angels on Saturday. It came three hours before a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, when Garrett Richards, who four months ago was “dead set” on having elbow ligament-replacement surgery that could have sidelined him for 2017,...

  • Andrelton Simmons empowered by knowledge even as the Angels lose to the Blue Jays, 5-0

    Andrelton Simmons empowered by knowledge even as the Angels lose to the Blue Jays, 5-0

    Andrelton Simmons’ average fell to .204 on June 22, which is about the time the Angels shortstop received a surprise text message from General Manager Billy Eppler, who sent a batch of statistics showing the type and location of pitches Simmons drives with authority and the ones he struggles to...

  • Around the Horn: Seager brothers make history

    Around the Horn: Seager brothers make history

    Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager are the first brothers in MLB history to each hit at least 25 home runs in the same season…. Washington’s Tanner Roark leads the majors with nine starts this season where he pitched at least seven scoreless innings. Jake Arrieta...

  • Albert Pujols has plantar fasciitis, but plans to play out season

    Albert Pujols has plantar fasciitis, but plans to play out season

    Albert Pujols, slowed for weeks by plantar fasciitis in his right foot, the same condition (but in the left foot) that ended his 2013 season in July, was asked if there was any chance he would shut himself down before the end of the season. “For what?” the Angels slugger, clearly insulted by the...

  • Angels fall for the 82nd time, securing their first losing season since 2013

    Angels fall for the 82nd time, securing their first losing season since 2013

    As summer fades into fall, the Angels’ losses fade, forgettably, into the ether. They suffered another defeat Wednesday night at Angel Stadium, one destined to be forgotten the same moment it is recorded.  The Seattle Mariners beat them, 2-1. It was their 82nd defeat of 2016, securing their first...

  • Angels' Tyler Skaggs has no structural damage in elbow ligament

    Angels' Tyler Skaggs has no structural damage in elbow ligament

    A Wednesday MRI exam on Tyler Skaggs’ sore left arm showed that his ulnar collateral ligament remains intact. No structural damage was detected, and the diagnosis was a mild flexor-pronator strain, said Angels General Manager Billy Eppler. Skaggs will rest his arm for at least one week. Skaggs...

  • Angels’ rotation takes another hit in loss to Mariners

    Angels’ rotation takes another hit in loss to Mariners

    In their attempt to assemble their starting rotation of the future, the Angels continue to encounter obstacles. Scheduled to start Wednesday against Seattle, two months into his return from Tommy John surgery, talented young left-hander Tyler Skaggs will instead undergo an MRI exam on his arm. ...

  • Smallest crowd of season sees Angels lose 8-1 to Mariners

    Smallest crowd of season sees Angels lose 8-1 to Mariners

    The Angels welcomed their smallest crowd of 2016 into their ballpark Monday night. Reasons abounded. The team is 16 games under .500 and amid a 10-game homestand. School is back in session across Orange County. The Los Angeles Rams competed with fans’ attention for the first time since Oct. 4,...

  • Angels' Jered Weaver pushes through with 3-2 victory over Rangers

    Angels' Jered Weaver pushes through with 3-2 victory over Rangers

    As the sand descends in the hourglass of his career, Jered Weaver marches on, taking the ball every fifth day no matter how beat-up his body feels, how many miles he has racked up on his arm or how many starts he has left. The Angels right-hander is in the final three weeks of the five-year, $85-million...

  • Angels broadcasters are split on decision to pull Rich Hill from perfect game

    Angels broadcasters are split on decision to pull Rich Hill from perfect game

    Angels broadcasters Mark Langston and Mark Gubicza, both former big league pitchers, had a spirited debate about Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts’ controversial decision to pull Rich Hill from a perfect game in which the left-hander threw 89 pitches in seven innings on Saturday night in Miami “It was...

  • Dick Enberg is rounding third and heading home after a glorious career

    Dick Enberg is rounding third and heading home after a glorious career

    He flips his scorebook to a blank page, then gazes at the empty ballpark in front of him, his daily moment to dream. After eight decades on this planet and six in front of a microphone, he still arrives four hours before game time, still tickled by the anticipation of a new game and what it might...

  • Angels are hoping for recovery after 2-1 loss to Rangers

    Angels are hoping for recovery after 2-1 loss to Rangers

    The Angels’ opposition Friday night represented the manifestation of their hopes for their franchise’s future. In the form of Yu Darvish, the Texas Rangers’ dominant, deceptive right-hander, the Angels could envision their path to success. Darvish underwent Tommy John surgery 18 months ago to repair...

  • Angels' Mike Trout is having another big season, but he again won't be AL MVP

    Angels' Mike Trout is having another big season, but he again won't be AL MVP

    Since his first full season in 2012, statistics show that the Angels’ Mike Trout has been significantly more valuable than any other major league player. Yet, Trout has won only one American League most valuable player award. Neither of those facts seems poised to change in 2016. According to one...

  • Angels are officially out of playoff race after 8-5 loss to Rangers

    Angels are officially out of playoff race after 8-5 loss to Rangers

    C.J. Cron is neither brash nor outspoken. The unassuming Angels first baseman has as much raw power as any player in baseball but does not display the swagger of a slugger. Or does he? “This guy is confident,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “Maybe he doesn’t exude it like other players, but when he’s...

  • Angels lose to Oakland, 4-1, but are encouraged by starter Alex Meyer's stint

    Angels lose to Oakland, 4-1, but are encouraged by starter Alex Meyer's stint

    Somewhere in the Eastern United States in April 2014, two Minnesota Twins pitching prospects held a conversation about changeups. Before a game in Pennsylvania or New York, Deolis Guerra, a tall reliever, approached Alex Meyer, an even taller starter, to tell him he would be better off nixing the...

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