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February 17, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Within a span of six weeks last October and November, Scott Cousins went from the Miami Marlins to the Toronto Blue Jays to the Seattle Mariners to the Angels, all without summoning a moving truck to his San Francisco home. What a long -- or is that short? -- strange trip it's been. Three times after finishing the season with the Marlins, Cousins was designated for assignment, and three times he was picked up by another club. Now, the left-handed-hitting outfielder is in camp with the Angels, one of numerous players fighting for bench spots.
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April 28, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
KEY MOMENT: The Angels were in position to hand Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka his first loss since Aug. 19, 2012, and end his 31-game win streak dating back to Japan. But Garrett Richards' two-seam fastball to Mark Teixeira didn't sink, and a pitch the right-hander called the "one mistake I made" was crushed for a solo homer into the second deck in right field, tying the score, 2-2, in the seventh inning. AT THE PLATE: The Angels scored in the fourth on Erick Aybar's double, Ian Stewart's hit by pitch, Chris Iannetta's walk and J.B. Shuck's run-scoring fielder's choice.
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February 17, 2010
Staff writer Mike DiGiovanna takes a look at the Angels heading into spring training. Who's new DH Hideki Matsui, P Joel Pineiro, P Fernando Rodney, P Brian Stokes. Who's gone P John Lackey, 3B Chone Figgins, DH Vladimir Guerrero, P Darren Oliver, OF Gary Matthews Jr., P Kelvim Escobar. Biggest question Who will bat leadoff with Figgins gone? The Angels feel they have two capable candidates in Maicer Izturis and Erick Aybar, but Izturis can't match the durability and Aybar can't match the plate discipline of Figgins, who had a .395 on-base percentage, 114 runs, 101 walks and 42 stolen bases last season and was a fixture at the top of the Angels' lineup since 2005.
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April 27, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna, This post has been updated. See the note below for details
NEW YORK - The Angels promoted one of their top relief-pitching prospects to the big leagues Sunday, calling up right-hander Mike Morin, 22, from triple-A Salt Lake and optioning outfielder Brennan Boesch to triple A. Morin, who is scheduled to arrive in Yankee Stadium by game time, began the season at double-A Arkansas, where he did not allow an earned run in five innings of five games. He was promoted to triple A on April 16, and in four games for Salt Lake, he gave up four earned runs in three innings.
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September 26, 2010
Monday through Wednesday: vs. Oakland Athletics Thursday through Sunday: at Texas Rangers Fittingly, the Angels' three-year reign as American League West Division champions will end in Texas, where a new king will be crowned. But the Angels didn't wait for this season to end before starting to work on the next one, holding their annual organization meetings during the team's final homestand. And after missing the postseason for the first time since 2006, expect the Angels' lengthy winter to-do list to include finding a leadoff hitter — a focus that will likely center on free-agent outfielder Carl Crawford . — Kevin Baxter
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August 7, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Angels: Week Ahead Monday through Wednesday: Kansas City Royals Friday through Sunday: Toronto Blue Jays Time is rapidly running out on the Angels' playoff hopes. But given recent history, it's going to be tough to make up ground any time soon. Although the Angels are six games over .500 in the AL West, they have a losing record against the rest of the league — bad news, given the fact they play only six games in their division over the next month. And beginning with the Blues Jays' series this week, they play 12 consecutive games against clubs with winning records.
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May 28, 2011
Class; City; W-L ; Comment UP AAA; Salt Lake; 22-26; OF Chris Pettit hitting .183 in May. AA; Arkansas; 20-21; INF Jon Townsend hitting .360 since promotion from Single A. A; Inland Empire, 29-27; OF Kole Calhoun among league leaders with 10 HRs A; Cedar Rapids; 23-24; RHP Brian Diemer 5-3, 2.49 in 8 starts. R; Orem; 0-0; Season begins June 20.
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May 7, 2011
ANGELS Class; City; W-L ; Comment AAA; Salt Lake; 14-14; INF Gil Velazquez ranks second in the league with a .403 average, .468 on-base percentage. AA; Arkansas; 10-13; Top prospect Mike Trout hitting .246 at night, .222 with runners in scoring position. A; Inland Empire, 13-16; Mike Piazza, a cousin of the other Mike Piazza, has 22 strikeouts, 1.93 ERA in 10 relief appearances. A; Cedar Rapids; 18-10; Kernels ranks near the bottom of the league in hitting with a .235 team average.
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April 27, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NEW YORK - A potential make-or-break trip to Detroit, Washington and New York did not make or break the Angels, whose slip-through-the-fingers 3-2 loss in Yankee Stadium on Sunday night left them with a 4-5 record on the challenging nine-game swing. But could it define them? The Angels are 11-13 and 3 1/2 games back in the American League West, hardly a torrid start but an improvement over last April, when they were 9-15 and 6 1/2 games back through 24 games. BOX SCORE: N.Y. Yankees 3, Angels 2 Though they lost cleanup batter Josh Hamilton to a thumb injury on April 8 and leadoff man Kole Calhoun to an ankle sprain on April 15, the Angels lead the major leagues with 37 homers, and they began Sunday ranked second in the AL in runs (128)
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April 27, 2014 | By Rick Schultz
There was a sense of occasion at the Alex Theater in Glendale on Saturday night when Jeffrey Kahane led the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in works by Hannah Lash, Chopin and Haydn. The day before, Kahane announced he would be leaving his post after the 2016-17 season, making his run as music director an even 20 years, the longest in the ensemble's history. The farewells began after intermission when the orchestra's executive director, Rachel Fine, announced that at the end of his tenure he would be named the orchestra's first conductor laureate.
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April 26, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
You're the mayor. A guy walks into City Hall and offers to spend half a billion bucks to revitalize property owned by the city, at no cost to the city. What do you say? If you're Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, you call it a taxpayer giveaway. This is not a knock at Tait. This is a tip of the cap toward a mayor who has been so incredibly successful in framing the debate surrounding the Angels' stadium lease negotiations that the process has ground to a dead halt. It has been six months since the Anaheim City Council voted to approve the framework of a deal designed to keep the Angels in town for the long term, and to determine how to cover the estimated $150 million needed to keep Angel Stadium up and running for the long term.
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April 26, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
His is a name that has appeared in this publication's pages hundreds of times - as an author and as a subject. It's a name that calls up notions of the Latino struggle for civil rights and the radical Chicano movement in Los Angeles. It's also a name that initially made filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez groan when someone suggested the life behind the name as a subject for his next documentary. The legacy of former Los Angeles Times reporter and columnist Ruben Salazar has reached folklore heights since the journalist's suspicious death in 1970 at age 42. And therein lies Rodriguez's point of contention.
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April 25, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NEW YORK -- Ernesto Frieri is out as the Angels' closer for now. Manager Mike Scioscia, as expected, said veteran right-hander Joe Smith will assume the ninth-inning relief role beginning with Friday night's game against the New York Yankees, and the struggling Frieri will pitch in lower-leverage situations. “We want to get Ernie off of that treadmill and let him get an inning or two where he can try to make some adjustments,” Scioscia said. “Historically, Ernie has responded well to this.
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April 25, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
AT THE PLATE: Erick Aybar, who tweaked his stance last Monday so he is more upright in the box, had four hits and four runs. With 11 hits in 17 at-bats in four games, he has raised his average from .175 to .275. Howie Kendrick, who had three hits and scored three runs, is hitting .425 (17 for 40) in his last nine games. Since the start of 2006, Kendrick's .357 mark (74 for 207) against the Yankees is the best among players with at least 200 at-bats against them. Hank Conger had two run-scoring doubles and an RBI single.
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April 25, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NEW YORK - The Angels did not require the services of a closer Friday night. An offense that administered a rare beatdown of starter Hiroki Kuroda and pounded reliever Bruce Billings into submission in a 13-1 shellacking of the New York Yankees - the largest-ever margin of victory for the Angels in Yankee Stadium - made sure of that. The Angels crushed four home runs - a two-run shot to center field by Ian Stewart, a solo shot to left by Albert Pujols, a three-run shot to right-center by Erick Aybar and a solo shot to left by Collin Cowgill - to increase their major league-leading total to 35. With five more games this month, the Angels have broken the franchise record of 34 homers in April, set in 2000.
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April 25, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Most film productions tend to spend a lot of time shooting a relatively narrow range of subject matter. "One Day on Earth" takes a slightly different approach. "Think globally, film locally" could be the motto for "Earth," a crowd-sourced film project originally founded to document a single 24-hour period with video snapshots from around the world. After holding three such events since 2010, the project's creators are now zooming in further with "Your Day. Your City. Your Future," a similar 24-hour collaboration that will take place across 11 American urban centers, including Los Angeles, and explore the issues and cultures poised to define cities over the next 20 years.
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