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  • Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons brings back the toe tap as he surges at the plate

    Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons brings back the toe tap as he surges at the plate

    One month before Saturday, Andrelton Simmons was the Angels’ No. 9 hitter, carrying a .204 batting average and .494 OPS into the summer. Saturday, Simmons was the Angels’ No. 5 hitter, carrying a .279 average and .676 OPS after his two-for-four day at Minute Maid Park. He has been the team’s hottest...

  • A week before the MLB trade deadline, Angels are playing it close to the vest

    A week before the MLB trade deadline, Angels are playing it close to the vest

    There are eight shopping days left before the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline, plenty of time for the supposedly “big game-hunting” Dodgers to acquire a front-line starting pitcher and/or impact outfield bat, and for the Angels to . . . do just what, exactly? The Angels were 32-48 and 19 1/2 games...

  • Mike Trout and the Angels are thrown a curve in 2-1 loss to the Astros

    Mike Trout and the Angels are thrown a curve in 2-1 loss to the Astros

    It came in at the same angle like so many had before, and dropped down to the same level so many had before. Finally, in Friday’s ninth inning at Minute Maid Park, Mike Trout resisted Lance McCullers’ crooked curveball and worked a walk. But by then it was too late. Trout had already swung and...

  • Skaggs might be back on mound for Angels as soon as Tuesday

    Skaggs might be back on mound for Angels as soon as Tuesday

    Tyler Skaggs is in line to start Tuesday for the Angels at Kansas City, if a weekend bullpen session with triple-A Salt Lake goes as hoped. The 25-year-old left-hander would be returning to the majors nearly two years to the day that he tore his ulnar collateral ligament. After suffering multiple...

  • Cam Bedrosian has blossomed into the late-inning reliever the Angels envisioned

    Cam Bedrosian has blossomed into the late-inning reliever the Angels envisioned

    No matter how much Cam Bedrosian struggled in his first two seasons with the Angels — and there were plenty of rough nights, as his 5.81 earned-run average in 51 games in 2014-15 will attest — his father, former Cy Young Award winner Steve Bedrosian, sent him the same text message after every appearance:...

  • Jefrey Marte has a blast in Angels' 7-4 win over the Rangers

    Jefrey Marte has a blast in Angels' 7-4 win over the Rangers

    The Angels are on a roll, leading the major leagues in runs and batting with runners in scoring position in July, so why not give Jefry Marte, a 25-year-old rookie with a mere 187 big league at-bats on his resume, the green light with a 3-0 count, two on and one out in the first inning Wednesday...

  • Tyler Skaggs might be in line for a start with Angels

    Tyler Skaggs might be in line for a start with Angels

    The numbers indicate that Tyler Skaggs, who hasn’t pitched in the big leagues in nearly two years, is ready to replace the injured Nick Tropeano in the rotation. Skaggs, who sat out 2015 because of elbow surgery and the first half of 2016 because of a shoulder injury, gave up one hit in 5 2/3 scoreless...

  • Pujols and Angels get a scare in win over Rangers

    Pujols and Angels get a scare in win over Rangers

    The batting average, on-base and slugging percentages are nowhere near what he posted during his 11-year career in St. Louis, but Albert Pujols left no doubt Tuesday night that he is still capable of driving the ball out of the park. Pujols crushed a pair of three-run home runs in an 8-6 victory...

  • Angels right-hander Nick Tropeano has a torn elbow ligament

    Angels right-hander Nick Tropeano has a torn elbow ligament

    The Angels on Tuesday lost their third starting pitcher to a major elbow injury in 3 1/2 months when Nick Tropeano was diagnosed with a medium- to high-grade tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, an injury that will sideline the promising young right-hander for the rest of this season and, most...

  • Mike Scioscia and the Angels will keep grinding

    Mike Scioscia and the Angels will keep grinding

    Mike Scioscia is in his 17th season as the manager of the Angels and he isn’t about to change now. His pregame conversation with reporters Wednesday included a customary series of Sciosciasms, from the importance of taking the same approach into every game to how he hasn’t thought about his future...

  • Angels keep rolling in 9-5 win over Rangers

    Angels keep rolling in 9-5 win over Rangers

    The Angels were soon going to need to clear a spot in their starting rotation when Tyler  Skaggs returned after almost two years of toiling to recover from Tommy John surgery. They could have chosen to trade Hector Santiago or Matt Shoemaker. They could have demoted Tim Lincecum to the bullpen....

  • Angels' Geovany Soto back on disabled list because of knee discomfort

    Angels' Geovany Soto back on disabled list because of knee discomfort

    Geovany Soto lasted seven major league plate appearances before landing back on the disabled list. Left knee discomfort forced the Angels catcher back onto the 15-day DL on Monday. Soto had been sidelined for seven weeks because of a torn meniscus in his right knee. The team indicated this injury...

  • Pujols' two-run homers power Angels past White Sox, 8-1, for sweep

    Pujols' two-run homers power Angels past White Sox, 8-1, for sweep

    Chicago White Sox Manager Robin Ventura watched Jered Weaver with a unique mix of amazement, bewilderment, and resentment Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium. “You sit there,” Ventura said, “and you marvel at the fact that it’s not going very hard.” Sunday was the second time Ventura has scrutinized...

  • Angels' focus is on scoring runs, not hitting home runs

    Angels' focus is on scoring runs, not hitting home runs

    The Angels entered Sunday’s game having hit only 84 home runs in 2016, the fifth-fewest in Major League Baseball and the second-fewest in the American League. They had not launched one for seven games until Albert Pujols did so in Sunday’s first inning at Angel Stadium against the Chicago White...

  • Angels closer Huston Street isn't panicking about subpar performance

    Angels closer Huston Street isn't panicking about subpar performance

    Closer Huston Street’s earned-run average stood at an unsightly 5.09 entering Saturday, more than two runs higher than his career ERA of 2.91. His walk rate (5.6 per nine innings) was up, and his strikeout rate (5.6) was down from his career 2.4-walk and 8.8-strikeout rates. He gave up 10 earned...

  • Matt Shoemaker throws a shutout in his first complete game, a 1-0 victory over the White Sox

    Matt Shoemaker throws a shutout in his first complete game, a 1-0 victory over the White Sox

    The decision to send Matt Shoemaker to the mound for the ninth inning with a one-run lead and a pitch count of 99 did not look so wise when Adam Eaton smacked the Angels right-hander’s first pitch of the frame into left-center field for a double Saturday night. Jose Abreu grounded out to shortstop...

  • Hector Santiago is sharp again in 7-0 shutout

    Hector Santiago is sharp again in 7-0 shutout

    Nine hundred feet from Angel Stadium’s home plate, a building has been under construction since the winter. It will be called “The George,” after Anaheim founder George Hanson, and it’ll join an array of newly forged apartment complexes across the Platinum Triangle that encompasses the ballpark....

  • Angels' Tyler Skaggs and Carlos Perez are impressive in triple-A performance

    Angels' Tyler Skaggs and Carlos Perez are impressive in triple-A performance

    Tyler Skaggs impressed the Angels’ organization with his 14-strikeout, no-walk performance Thursday with triple-A Salt Lake, convincing the team his return from August 2014 elbow surgery is, at last, imminent. And, according to Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, Skaggs’ catcher, Carlos Perez, did the...

  • Angels are looking forward to being a better team in the second half

    Angels are looking forward to being a better team in the second half

    Mike Scioscia has managed the Angels for an unthinkably lengthy period: 17 seasons. The New England Patriots hired Bill Belichick two months after the Angels hired Scioscia. Only one active American professional sports coach, the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich, has been in charge longer.  In...

  • Dodgers All-Stars don't get warm reception in San Diego

    Dodgers All-Stars don't get warm reception in San Diego

    The San Diego crowd did not exactly treat the representatives of the Dodgers, their National League West rivals, with kindness. Corey Seager heard fans chanting “Beat L.A.” as he rode into the park. Clayton Kershaw beamed and waved when the fans jeered him during introductions. Kenley Jansen received...

  • Angels' Mike Trout, the star of stars in July, yearns to shine in October

    Angels' Mike Trout, the star of stars in July, yearns to shine in October

    These are baseball’s best of the best, and yet Mike Trout has been one step better than best. This is not so much the All-Star game as the Mike Trout Invitational. This is the 87th All-Star game. Trout last year became the first man named most valuable player in back-to-back years. If he is so...

  • Angels' C.J. Cron to have surgery Tuesday to repair broken bone in left hand

    Angels' C.J. Cron to have surgery Tuesday to repair broken bone in left hand

    Angels first baseman C.J. Cron will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a broken bone in his left hand. He suffered the injury when he was hit by a fastball Friday in Baltimore. He was placed on the disabled list that night, but stayed with the team until Sunday. The Angels announced they expect...

  • Angels fall to Orioles, 4-2, as first half of the season comes to a close

    Angels fall to Orioles, 4-2, as first half of the season comes to a close

    The man making his 42nd professional start in the outfield did not know the protocol. When a pop fly and shortstop Andrelton Simmons both aimed his way in Sunday’s sixth inning at Camden Yards, the Angels’ Ji-Man Choi yelled the only thing that made sense to him in the moment: “You got it!” Simmons...

  • Angels closer Huston Street leaves game reluctantly

    Angels closer Huston Street leaves game reluctantly

    Huston Street twice waved Mike Scioscia off from the Camden Yards mound Sunday afternoon. Eventually, the closer could not relent to his manager’s concerns. His left hamstring was cramping, and when the first three batters he faced in the eighth inning reached base, Scioscia pulled him. “If you...

  • Angels' door opens for Ji-Man Choi

    Angels' door opens for Ji-Man Choi

    Ji-Man Choi was on his way to rejoin the Angels before he knew why. His manager with the Angels’ triple-A Salt Lake affiliate, Keith Johnson, pulled him from the Bees’ game Friday night with one instruction: Pack your bags. On his way to the airport, he heard C.J. Cron broke his hand, and then...

  • Balk helps Orioles rally past Angels, 3-2

    Balk helps Orioles rally past Angels, 3-2

    The 2016 Angels are bound to approach 100 losses, and it stands to reason that certain centenary defeats will come in unusual fashion. The laws of randomness insist as much. But the way they succumbed Saturday at Camden Yards seemed like more than baseball adhering to order. Joe Smith had his foot...

  • Angels lose hot-hitting C.J. Cron in win over Orioles

    Angels lose hot-hitting C.J. Cron in win over Orioles

    As he stepped to a secondary lead off first base Friday night at Camden Yards, Mike Trout heard a crack from home plate. At first, he thought C.J. Cron had fouled off a sixth-inning fastball from Mike Wright.  Then he saw Cron hopping in pain, and he gathered that the baseball struck both Cron’s...

  • Mike Trout knows how to dig himself out of a hole

    Mike Trout knows how to dig himself out of a hole

    Mike Trout swung at the first pitch Baltimore right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez threw him Friday night at Camden Yards, a fastball in the upper corner of the strike zone. He missed. He swung at the second pitch Jimenez threw him, and missed again. Down in an 0-2 hole, Trout tracked the next pitch for...

  • Hector Santiago looks like trade bait in shutting down Rays

    Hector Santiago looks like trade bait in shutting down Rays

    During every start Hector Santiago makes before the Aug. 1 trade deadline, the eyes of scouts from major league teams across the country will be fixated on him.  Those watching Thursday afternoon at Tropicana Field found a familiar sight. Santiago nibbled around the edges of home plate, as he is...

  • Angels enjoy a slight rebound, but still have their work cut out for them

    Angels enjoy a slight rebound, but still have their work cut out for them

    Along one wall within the visiting manager’s office at Tropicana Field, the Tampa Bay Rays have put up photos of every major league manager amid an argument with an umpire.  It makes for quite the motif, setting a decidedly negative, even confrontational, mood in the room. But Angels Manager Mike...

  • Jered Weaver shines in the Angels' 7-2 win over Rays

    Jered Weaver shines in the Angels' 7-2 win over Rays

    The velocity he predicted has not materialized, but Jered Weaver’s competitiveness has remained the same as ever. The seasoned right-hander finished the season’s first half with one of his better performances Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. He struck out five Tampa Bay Rays, walked one, and...

  • Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons could get the ball more

    Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons could get the ball more

    When he watched Houston play the Angels six times in a short span late last month, longtime Angels assistant coach Dino Ebel noted an unusual tactic the Astros employ with their middle infield. Shortstop Carlos Correa serves as the cutoff man in all relay situations, no matter where the throw is...

  • Mike Trout to sit out home run derby again

    Mike Trout to sit out home run derby again

    Mike Trout made the All-Star game for the fifth consecutive year, but the Angels center fielder again opted not to take part in the home run derby. Monday’s derby, at San Diego’s Petco Park, would have been Trout’s first. In recent days, he left open the possibility he would participate. Tuesday,...

  • All-Star selections of Corey Seager, Kenley Jansen and Clayton Kershaw show Dodgers' system is bearing fruit

    All-Star selections of Corey Seager, Kenley Jansen and Clayton Kershaw show Dodgers' system is bearing fruit

    The Dodgers have paid handsomely, and at times extravagantly, in their efforts to revive the first-class pedigree of the franchise. For the first four full seasons of Guggenheim Baseball ownership, the luxury tax has been treated as the cost of doing business. They’ll spend another quarter-billion...

  • C.J. Cron powers Angels past Rays, 13-5

    C.J. Cron powers Angels past Rays, 13-5

    Tim Lincecum’s debut as an Angel yielded positive results. His subsequent starts have not. For the third consecutive outing, Lincecum could not finish five innings Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.  The Angels amassed a bevy of baserunners and secured a 13-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, but...

  • C.J. Wilson to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery

    C.J. Wilson to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery

    Left-hander C.J. Wilson will soon undergo season-ending surgery to repair fraying within his labrum and rotator cuff. The 35-year-old visited Dr. Neal ElAttrache for a second opinion on his problematic left shoulder last week and has since been gathering information from various surgeons, he said...

  • Mike Trout, Corey Seager, Kenley Jansen, Clayton Kershaw selected to All-Star game

    Mike Trout, Corey Seager, Kenley Jansen, Clayton Kershaw selected to All-Star game

    Angels star Mike Trout and a trio of Dodgers were selected Tuesday to the All-Star game. Closer Kenley Jansen, shortstop Corey Seager and injured pitcher Clayton Kershaw were chosen to represent the Dodgers. Trout, the Angels’ center fielder, was voted by fans as a starter for the fourth consecutive...

  • Fernando Salas falters in relief and Angels fall to Rays, 4-2

    Fernando Salas falters in relief and Angels fall to Rays, 4-2

    Six weeks ago in Texas, the Angels asked reliever Fernando Salas to preserve a two-run eighth-inning lead against the Rangers. They were only four games under .500 then, not the 17 they fell behind after Monday’s latest loss, 4-2 to the Tampa Bay Rays. That day, Salas did as requested, but barely....

  • Geovany Soto might rejoin Angels this week

    Geovany Soto might rejoin Angels this week

    Thursday will mark seven weeks since Geovany Soto underwent surgery for torn cartilage in his right knee. The stated prognosis was four to six weeks, and before four had elapsed the veteran catcher was pronouncing himself ready to resume playing. But the start of his rehab assignment was delayed...

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