March 14, 2013 |
Angels 12, Chicago White Sox 4 AT THE PLATE: Mike Trout hit his first home run of the spring and scored three times, and Howie Kendrick and Albert Pujols each had two hits. Kendrick extended his spring hitting streak to 11 starts and raised his average to .485. For Trout, who also had a double and is batting .407, the three runs gave him 11 in as many games. ON THE MOUND: Jason Vargas had his best outing of the spring, setting down the first seven batters in order and allowing only three runners to reach base in 4 2/3 innings.
April 6, 2012 |
No offensive outburst yet in Anaheim. Through four and a half innings, Kansas City Royals pitcher Bruce Chen is matching Angels ace Jered Weaver in a scoreless tie. Chen has retired Angels' free-agent slugger Albert Pujols twice: a double-play line drive to shortstop and foul pop fly to third base. After Pujols' anticipated first at-bat closed with a line drive that Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar gloved and turned into a double play, the first at-bat by Kendrys Morales after he fractured his ankle celebrating a game-winning home run in 2010 was also anti-climactic: a double-play grounder to Escobar.
June 26, 2010
Tuesday through Thursday: vs. Texas Rangers Friday through Sunday: vs. Kansas City Royals Not that the Texas Rangers are sensitive, but they haven't won the American League West since 1999, and they have all but patented the second-half fade. The Angels have won the AL West five out of the last six years, and they welcome the first-place Rangers to town this week. Manager Ron Washington played the no-respect card after the Rangers compiled an 11-game winning streak against NL weaklings Houston, Pittsburgh, Florida and Milwaukee.
July 17, 2010
In the Company of Angels A Novel Thomas E. Kennedy Bloomsbury: 278 pp., $25
March 17, 2014 |
AT THE PLATE: Kole Calhoun hit a walk-off home run, the second of his two hits against the Giants. He also stole a base. Erick Aybar (two hits) and Howie Kendrick (two runs batted in) make for a hot-hitting middle infield, with Aybar at .333 and Kendrick at .387. ON THE MOUND: Hector Santiago (against the Giants) and Joe Blanton (against the Cubs) each pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up three runs and four hits. Joe Smith, the Angels' $15.75-million relief solution, blew a 6-3 lead against the Giants by giving up four runs and four hits.
February 10, 2013
Angels' spring-training schedule. Start time is 12:05 p.m. PST unless noted. Home games at Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., unless noted February 23 - (split squad) vs. Cubs; at Giants. 24 - vs. Athletics. 25 - at Mariners. 26 - vs. Diamondbacks. 27 - vs. Giants. 28 - at Dodgers. March 1 - vs. Dodgers. 2 - at Brewers. 3 - vs. Cubs. 4 - at Athletics. 5 - vs. Reds. 6 - vs. Italy. 7 - at Padres. 8 - vs. Diamondbacks. 9 - vs. Rockies. 10 - at Royals, 1:05 p.m. 11 - at Indians, 1:05 p.m. 13 - at Padres, 1:05 p.m. 14 - vs. White Sox, 1:05 p.m. 15 - vs. Mariners, 1:05 p.m. 16 - at Athletics, 1:05 p.m. 17 - vs. Padres, 1:05 p.m. 19 - at Brewers, 1:05 p.m. 20 - vs. Indians, 1:05 p.m. 21 - at Rangers, 6:05 p.m. 22 - vs. Royals, 1:05 p.m. 23 - (split squad)
October 15, 2013
Re "A bumpy ride," Oct. 12 The Angels Flight funicular in downtown L.A. is a treasure that should be fixed and reopened as soon as possible. People aren't perfect and neither are the mechanical systems or structures we create. Those who can't live with the risk of rare (and nearly entirely nonfatal) breakdowns should not board airplanes, trains, buses, aerial trams or ski lifts either. Mechanical problems can be fixed. And human error can be mitigated through improved procedures, training, inspections and close supervision.
July 25, 2009 |
This was hardly the "A" team, not with names such as Quinlan and Wood and Matthews stretched across the backs of their jerseys. Somehow the Angels don't need stars to win these days, just talent, and they appear to have a roster brimming with it. No Vladimir Guerrero? No Torii Hunter? No Juan Rivera? No problem.
September 7, 2009 |
The Angels broke out of a four-game offensive slump today with a 7-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals in Kauffman Stadium, increasing their American League West lead over Texas to 5 1/2 games. Erick Aybar tied a club record with two triples, and Bobby Abreu had a big two-run double to back the pitching of Joe Saunders, who allowed two runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings to win his third straight game since coming off the disabled list Aug. 26. The Angels scored all of five runs in their previous four games, though two came against Cy Young Award contenders, Kansas City's Zack Greinke and Seattle's Felix Hernandez.