April 2, 2014 |
KEY MOMENT: The Angels put the first two runners on base in the first inning when Kole Calhoun doubled to right field and Mike Trout walked. But Albert Pujols grounded into a double play and David Freese lined out to center field, killing the rally and setting the tone for a frustrating evening. The Angels scored twice in the ninth on Trout's run-scoring triple and Freese's sacrifice fly. AT THE PLATE: Justin Smoak capped a superb series with a ninth-inning home run, giving the Seattle first baseman six hits, including two home runs, and seven runs batted in. Corey Hart also singled and homered, and Brad Miller, Robinson Cano and Stefen Romero each had two hits and an RBI for the Mariners.
March 2, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The agent for Mike Trout knew for days that the Angels would “renew” the contract of the star outfielder Mike Trout because they were far apart in negotiations for a 2013 salary. But when Trout was assigned a salary of $510,000 on Saturday, a mere $20,000 above the major league minimum, after winning American League rookie of the year honors and finishing second in voting for most valuable player last season, Craig Landis was stunned. “During the process, on behalf of Mike, I asked only that the Angels compensate Mike fairly for his historic 2012 season, given his service time,” Landis, who represents Trout, said in an email.
February 20, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - Hector Santiago does not have a personality that matches his signature pitch. A screwball, the new Angels left-hander isn't. Mature, hard-working, dependable, gregarious - these are among the adjectives that describe Santiago, who was acquired from the Chicago White Sox in the three-team Mark Trumbo trade. The son of a flooring-and-carpet installer and hotel housekeeper, Santiago, 26, grew up in a blue-collar section of Newark, N.J., resisting the temptation of drugs and gangs by staying in school, playing ball in the afternoons and rising at 5 a.m. on the weekends to work with his father.
April 8, 2013 |
Josh Hamilton is not the only superstar in the Angels' clubhouse who had a bitter breakup with the fans of his old team. Albert Pujols is no longer universally beloved in St. Louis. Hamilton had a harsh homecoming reception in Texas over the weekend. Pujols said he does not worry about what kind of reaction would await him when he returns to St. Louis. "I'm way past that," Pujols told The Times. "When the time comes, I'll deal with it. " The Angels do play the Cardinals this season, but the games are in Anaheim.
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
August 7, 2010 |
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.
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.
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.