8/26/2014 | AFL announces preliminary rosters for 2014 season
The Arizona Fall League announced its preliminary rosters for the 2014 season on Tuesday, and, for the second year in a row, the game's top prospect, Byron Buxton, is among myriad up-and-coming stars heading to the desert for some extra seasoning.
8/26/2014 | Marlins hope Eovaldi can harness power vs. Halos
Nathan Eovaldi remains one of the hardest throwers in the game, repeatedly bringing his fastball in at 95 mph and over. What's plagued the right-hander lately has been inconsistent offspeed pitches. And he's been prone to the big inning. Eovaldi has struggled since the All-Star break, posting a 1-4 record with a 5.31 ERA in seven starts. The Angels, meanwhile will go with right-hander Matt Shoemaker, who no-hit the Red Sox for 6 2/3 innings last Thursday before Will Middlebrooks doubled.
8/26/2014 | LeBlanc can't stop Fish; Halos fall into tie for first
Wade LeBlanc was throwing strikes, coaxing ground balls, and most importantly, keeping the Marlins off the scoreboard. But then the strikes turned into balls, the ground balls into base hits, the bloopers into singles -- and they all turned into runs. Miami scored three runs in the third and four in the fourth to grab a commanding lead and cruise to a 7-1 victory over the Angels on Monday night at Angel Stadium.
8/26/2014 | Surprise hits make for inspiring stories
As baseball sprints toward the September stretch run, there are surprising -- some inspiring -- stories here, there and everywhere. Here's my surprise players of 2014.
8/25/2014 | Thatcher tests ankle, hopes to return for A's series
Sidelined Angels left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher threw off a mound for the first time Saturday as a "test" for his injured left ankle. Thatcher said Monday the ankle was "still bothering me a little bit," but added that he was still on schedule.
8/25/2014 | Scioscia thinks Rule 7.13 will be clarified by playoffs
Before baseball's most important games in the playoffs, Angels manager Mike Scioscia expects more clarity on one of the most controversial rules this season -- Rule 7.13.
8/25/2014 | Mets have multiple options in potential deal for Colon
With Bartolo Colon reportedly on waivers, the door has opened on several possible scenarios for the Mets to move the right-hander in a trade.
8/24/2014 | Hamilton's resurgence just what Angels need
Josh Hamilton is back, and just in time for the Angels to make their stretch run in search of a return to the postseason after a four-year drought.
8/24/2014 | Cosart leads Marlins in series opener vs. Angels
The Marlins visit the Angels on Monday for the series opener, with Miami's Jarred Cosart taking on Los Angeles' new rotation addition Wade LeBlanc in Anaheim.
8/24/2014 | Baylor working with Trout to cut down on strikeouts
Mike Trout is a premium AL MVP Award candidate for a third straight season. But the strikeouts are high, even higher than they were over the last two seasons, and it makes you wonder how productive the Angels' superstar center fielder would be if he could find a way to cut them down.
8/24/2014 | For some Halos, quake experience was a first
Angels bench coach Dino Ebel grew up in Barstow, Calif., and experienced countless earthquakes. But few like the one that woke him up at the team hotel in San Francisco at 3:20 a.m. PT on Sunday morning. Ebel, situated in the 22nd floor, felt the building sway, looked out his window, saw other structures rocking and "almost got seasick."
8/24/2014 | Halos cruise vs. A's to leave Coliseum atop AL West
Jered Weaver blanked the A's through the first six innings, and his offense came to life against Scott Kazmir in the meantime, pushing the Angels to a sweep-avoiding 9-4 win at O.co Coliseum on Sunday to give the Halos a one-game lead in the AL West.
8/24/2014 | Angels edged late to fall into first-place tie
After C.J. Wilson and A's lefty Jon Lester set the tone in a low-scoring affair, Joe Smith's wild pitch in the eighth inning surrendered the go-ahead run, and the Angels lost to the A's, 2-1, in Oakland on Saturday night.
8/23/2014 | A's lose challenge on tag play at home plate
Josh Donaldson was ruled out at the plate in the sixth inning Saturday against the Angels, and the call stood after A's manager Bob Melvin challenged the call.
8/23/2014 | Angels turning to bullpen often in second half
The Angels knew they'd rely heavily on their bullpen down the stretch, but the workload is starting to get a little troublesome. Heading into Saturday's game against the A's, Angels relievers led the Majors in innings since the All-Star break with 125.
8/23/2014 | Beckham excited for 'clean slate' with Angels
Gordon Beckham struggled to meet expectations after a strong start to his career with the White Sox. On his first official day with the Angels, he expressed relief for the change of scenery. "I feel kind of like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. For better or worse, there was a lot of scrutiny on me in Chicago," he said.
8/23/2014 | Hamilton heating up using lighter bat
Josh Hamilton switched to a slightly lighter bat after taking a couple of days off on Sunday and Monday. And though Angels manager Mike Scioscia wouldn't reveal specifics on the weight and called it "no big deal," it just so happens to coincide with the start of what could be a nice run for the veteran slugger.
8/23/2014 | Weaver, Kazmir square off in pivotal series finale
With the A's winning the first two games of the series to tie the Angels atop the AL West, the Halos turn to ace Jered Weaver in Sunday's finale. Weaver, who has struggled this season against Oakland, will be opposed by lefty Scott Kazmir, who has been one of the best pitchers in the league.
8/23/2014 | Angels' rally thwarted in opener of key series
Jason Grilli gave up a couple of sixth-inning runs, and despite putting the potential tying run in scoring position in the ninth, the Angels couldn't recover, losing the opener of a much-hyped weekend series against the A's by a 5-3 score on Friday night.
8/22/2014 | A's look to Lester with chance to catch Angels
A's GM Billy Beane has insisted his Trade Deadline deal to acquire Jon Lester was made with an eye toward winning the AL West, and if that's the case, then this is the time for Lester to shine. He will oppose fellow southpaw C.J. Wilson on Saturday in the second meeting of a three-game series between the contenders for the division title.
8/22/2014 | Freese seeing similarities to 2011 champions
Angels third baseman David Freese played out a similar script in 2011. After the Cardinals lost one of their rotation anchors, Adam Wainwright, for the season due to Tommy John surgery, the naysayers piled on, claiming the Cardinals could never overcome the loss -- right up until they won the World Series.
8/22/2014 | LeBlanc happy he chose to stick with Angels
Journeyman left-hander Wade LeBlanc went from the Angels to the Yankees to the Angels again, all in a matter of two weeks. After clearing waivers with the Yankees, he had a choice: accept an outright assignment to New York's Minor League system or become a free agent.
8/22/2014 | Richards' surgery goes as expected
Angels starter Garrett Richards had surgery to repair a torn left patella tendon at Orthopaedic Specialty Institute in Orange, Calif., on Friday. Doctors were "very happy with the repair," manager Mike Scioscia said of the procedure, which comes with a six- to nine-month recovery.
8/21/2014 | Shoemaker flirts with no-no in win over Red Sox
Matt Shoemaker no-hit the Red Sox through 6 2/3 innings and wound up twirling 7 2/3 one-hit frames, leading the Angels to a 2-0 victory and their first four-game sweep at Fenway Park since 1962.
8/21/2014 | Pujols, Scioscia ejected after arguing strike
Albert Pujols and Mike Scioscia were both ejected in the sixth inning of Thursday's game at Fenway Park for arguing balls and strikes with home-plate umpire Andy Fletcher.
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