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  • Angels Mailbag: Questions after another so-so week

    Angels Mailbag: Questions after another so-so week

    This is where questions about the Angels will be answered. They are 12-13 this season, still fluttering around .500, and in Milwaukee this week to face one of baseball’s worst teams before returning home to host Tampa Bay. This weekly feature on Mondays is the forum to get responses to any queries...

  • Garrett Richards gets plenty of support from Angels teammates in 9-6 victory over Rangers

    Garrett Richards gets plenty of support from Angels teammates in 9-6 victory over Rangers

    Garrett Richards chucked the ball, put both of his hands on his head, and slumped to the dirt. He knew right away his throw to second base would not reach its intended target and the consequences of his mistake would be significant. This season, that sort of error has often doomed the Angels. But...

  • Angels send Matt Shoemaker to triple A and are down to four starters

    Angels send Matt Shoemaker to triple A and are down to four starters

    The Angels' stable of starting pitchers, once expected to be eight men strong, is down to half that. On Sunday, the team optioned right-hander Matt Shoemaker to triple-A Salt Lake after an unsatisfactory April, and will go without a fifth starter for the next two weeks. The Angels would not commit...

  • Matt Shoemaker has another rough outing as Angels fall to Rangers, 7-2

    Matt Shoemaker has another rough outing as Angels fall to Rangers, 7-2

    It did not much matter whom Matt Shoemaker faced in Saturday's third inning at Globe Life Park, or what he threw them. A high fastball to Delino DeShields was fired back up the middle for a single. An inside-corner fastball to Rougned Odor landed on the right-field foul line for a double. An outside-corner...

  • Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection

    Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection

    Prized young Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection into his left elbow, setting him back at least six weeks before he can return to pitch in a major league game. Heaney, 24, felt tightness in his left forearm during his start in the Angels' second game of 2016,...

  • Around the horn: Albert Pujols is in rare company of players with multi-homer games

    Around the horn: Albert Pujols is in rare company of players with multi-homer games

    Albert Pujols of the Angels has 52 multi-homer games in his career. Only six players since 1980 have had more than that. Who are they? Answer at end. … The Atlanta Braves have hit four home runs this season through Thursday's game, a total matched or exceeded by 36 players. The Braves ended a 15-game...

  • Things fall apart in the sixth inning of Angels' 4-2 loss to Rangers

    Things fall apart in the sixth inning of Angels' 4-2 loss to Rangers

    The Angels had a rally going. Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun had knocked back-to-back singles to start Friday's sixth inning, and Andrelton Simmons, two for two on the night, was approaching the plate. But, watching the broadcast, Texas staffers saw that Pujols stepped off second for an instant...

  • Angels do good work at the plate in win over the Royals, 9-4

    Angels do good work at the plate in win over the Royals, 9-4

    Mike Trout had not recorded a hit with a runner in scoring position all month. Johnny Giavotella had not notched an extra-base hit. The Angels had not scored more than seven runs. They did all of them Tuesday night, in their best offensive performance of 2016, a 9-4 win over Kansas City at Angel...

  • Mike Scioscia believes Angels will hit their way out of slump

    Mike Scioscia believes Angels will hit their way out of slump

    Going into Tuesday night, the Angels carried the worst batting average in the major leagues, the fourth-worst on-base percentage, the second-worst slugging percentage and the fewest runs scored. Their 63 runs through 20 games entering Tuesday were the franchise's fewest at such a checkpoint since...

  • Albert Pujols, Mike Trout power Angels to 6-1 win over defending champs

    Albert Pujols, Mike Trout power Angels to 6-1 win over defending champs

    Albert Pujols showed Monday night that he is not finished yet, that his slow start might have been more a product of poor luck than declining skill and that he remains in pursuit of vaunted records. The 36-year-old launched two home runs at Angel Stadium after hitting only two through the season's...

  • The return of Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney will take some time

    The return of Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney will take some time

    The Angels sent left-hander Andrew Heaney for an additional MRI exam Monday morning after the 24-year-old stopped throwing last week because of continued tightness in his left forearm. Heaney headed to the disabled list on the season's third day after feeling tightness later diagnosed as a flexor...

  • Times baseball writers debate defensive shifts

    Times baseball writers debate defensive shifts

    Pedro Moura (PM), who covers the Angels, and Andy McCullough (AM), who covers the Dodgers, have views on some baseball topics as different as night and day. In a season-long series, they will debate a trending topic in an email exchange. In this AM/PM installment, they discuss the merits of defensive...

  • Angels mailbag: Questions as the Angels begin a series against the reigning champions

    Angels mailbag: Questions as the Angels begin a series against the reigning champions

    This is the place for questions and answers about the Angels as they prepare to host Kansas City for three games this week. They are 8-11 this season but only two games behind the American League West lead, because all of the division's teams are struggling. This weekly feature on Mondays is the...

  • Fool me once, shame on, well, a bunch of Angels

    Fool me once, shame on, well, a bunch of Angels

    The play had no bearing on the final result of Sunday's game between the Angels and Seattle Mariners, but it added entertainment value and a few laughs. With Seattle's Leonys Martin on first base and no outs in the top of the ninth inning, Martin took off for second on a stolen-base attempt as...

  • Albert Pujols comes out swinging but Angels fall to Mariners, 9-4

    Albert Pujols comes out swinging but Angels fall to Mariners, 9-4

    It looked like Sunday might be one of those breakout games for the struggling Angels offense when Albert Pujols, mired in a career-worst 0-for-26 slump, crushed a two-run home run in a three-run first inning that wiped out most of a four-run deficit. Then Wade Miley hit the mute button on those...

  • Mike Trout doesn't treat Felix Hernandez like royalty in Angels' 4-2 win over Mariners

    Mike Trout doesn't treat Felix Hernandez like royalty in Angels' 4-2 win over Mariners

    Mike Trout has had enough experience and success against Felix Hernandez to know how to get the better of the Seattle ace, who has been one of baseball's best pitchers for a decade. “He throws all of his pitches for strikes at any time and in any count,” the Angels center fielder said. “You have...

  • Angels' Albert Pujols is not taking time off despite a slow start

    Angels' Albert Pujols is not taking time off despite a slow start

    Albert Pujols was hitless in 23 at-bats entering Saturday night, the second-longest drought of his career behind an 0-for-25 slump Sept. 12-19, 2015. He had a team-low .138 average yet somehow led the Angels with 10 runs batted in, which says a lot about the state of the offense these days. With...

  • Angels still lacking a knockout punch in loss to Mariners, 5-2, in 10 innings

    Angels still lacking a knockout punch in loss to Mariners, 5-2, in 10 innings

    The Angels have scored 49 runs this season. The Chicago Cubs have scored 105. And, yes, the teams have played the same number of games. Albert Pujols, the Angels' cleanup batter, is hitting .138. Of the 10 men to bat for the Angels on Friday, six carry averages below .200. See the most-read stories...

  • Angels closer Huston Street says fans and media are too quick to criticize velocity of his pitches

    Angels closer Huston Street says fans and media are too quick to criticize velocity of his pitches

    Huston Street wanted to make two things perfectly clear. First, the Angels closer does not believe there should be any concern over his velocity. Second, he believes social media are fueling an "obsession" with velocity, to the detriment of the game. "I think velocity is one of the most over-hyped...

  • Jered Weaver is picking up speed as Angels win, 3-2

    Jered Weaver is picking up speed as Angels win, 3-2

    Jered Weaver varied his pitches to great effect throughout seven innings at U.S. Cellular Field on Thursday afternoon. He did not vary his answers afterward.In a performance that seemed improbable if not impossible one month ago, when he was struggling to retire Class-A hitters in empty spring-training...

  • Mike Trout puts his foot down about difficulties at bat, finishes a series well

    Mike Trout puts his foot down about difficulties at bat, finishes a series well

    Mike Trout made one out in the final two games of the Angels' series against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, reaching base seven times in eight tries and proving to himself he has corrected his early-season timing issues. The 24-year-old center fielder credited Angels hitting coaches...

  • Mike Scioscia preaches patience amid Angels' slow start

    Mike Scioscia preaches patience amid Angels' slow start

    The Angels have gotten off to another slow start, and their manager, Mike Scioscia, is again cautioning against overreacting on the basis of 15 games. "I think if you believe in a group of guys and show patience," Scioscia said, "the vast majority of the time these guys will get into their game...

  • Angels are baffled by White Sox's Chris Sale and lose, 2-1, their fifth defeat in six games

    Angels are baffled by White Sox's Chris Sale and lose, 2-1, their fifth defeat in six games

    The number 91 flashed on the U.S. Cellular Field scoreboard after consecutive fastballs Chris Sale delivered to Mike Trout on Wednesday afternoon. In the on-deck circle, Trout had watched Sale twice run pitches up to 96 mph against Andrelton Simmons but now Sale was intentionally slowing it down...

  • Surprise: The Dodgers' most productive position is ...

    Surprise: The Dodgers' most productive position is ...

    Left field should be a mess for the Dodgers.  Andre Ethier, the starter, went on the disabled list in spring training. Carl Crawford, the understudy, went on the DL after five games. Scott Van Slyke, the trusty platoon mate, went on the DL after four games. Utility player Enrique Hernandez has...

  • Angels can't decipher Mat Latos in 5-0 loss to White Sox

    Angels can't decipher Mat Latos in 5-0 loss to White Sox

    Andrelton Simmons shook his head in anger as he rose to his feet and picked up his helmet at home plate. Ron Roenicke, the Angels' third base coach, waved him home as he rounded third base in Tuesday's seventh inning, but Simmons slowed for a step to eye Adam Eaton in right field. Eaton's two-hop...

  • Angels shut down pitcher Andrew Heaney's throwing sessions

    Angels shut down pitcher Andrew Heaney's throwing sessions

    Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney has ceased throwing as he attempts to recover from the strained flexor tendon that has kept him away from the mound the last two weeks. His manager, Mike Scioscia, said Tuesday that Heaney has hit a "plateau." "No real setbacks," Scioscia said, "but it's moving...

  • Angels' Hector Santiago dominates in 7-0 victory over White Sox

    Angels' Hector Santiago dominates in 7-0 victory over White Sox

    Hector Santiago's Angels teammates afforded him the opportunity to attack the Chicago White Sox with an uncomplicated approach Monday night. Staked to a five-run lead before he took the mound and bolstered by velocity he has rarely enjoyed as a starting pitcher, Santiago did not consider who he...

  • C.J. Cron responds with three hits after being dropped to eighth in Angels lineup

    C.J. Cron responds with three hits after being dropped to eighth in Angels lineup

    In the history of baseball, the act Mike Scioscia executed Monday has been tried thousands of times over. He took a struggling hitter, first baseman C.J. Cron, and dropped him three spots in the lineup. Cron, the 26-year-old who carried a .100 average into this week's four-game series against the...

  • Angels mailbag: Questions after a rough weekend in Minnesota

    Angels mailbag: Questions after a rough weekend in Minnesota

    Come one, come all, with questions about the Angels after a series sweep in Minnesota dropped them to 5-7 this season. This is the forum to ask: a weekly feature on Mondays, with questions submitted through my email (pedro.moura@latimes.com) and Twitter accounts (@PedroMoura).  @journoshane: Mike...

  • Angels' Johnny Giavotella: 'The hits just aren't coming'

    Angels' Johnny Giavotella: 'The hits just aren't coming'

    Johnny Giavotella did not move for a long time after he struck out swinging to end Sunday's fourth inning with two runners stranded in scoring position. The Angels second baseman stared off into the distance, frustrated by the failure that has dominated his 2016 season so far. Minnesota starter...

  • Bats and bullpen falter in Angels' 3-2, 12-inning loss to the Twins

    Bats and bullpen falter in Angels' 3-2, 12-inning loss to the Twins

    There are conventional no-hitters and combined no-hitters, and then there are what the Angels experienced Sunday afternoon into the evening at Target Field: hidden no-hitters. From the fourth inning until the 12th, 10 Angels combined to go 0 for 27 against a medley of six Minnesota pitchers, forcing...

  • Angels and Joe Smith fall to Minnesota's double-barreled attack in 6-4 loss to Twins

    Angels and Joe Smith fall to Minnesota's double-barreled attack in 6-4 loss to Twins

    Joe Smith broke into the major leagues in 2007. In the first 590 relief appearances of his career, he had never once been beaten for multiple home runs. Once, last year, the side-arming right-hander noted his remarkable penchant for giving up four every season. And then came Saturday, when the...

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