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February 15, 2009 | Charlie Vascellaro
The Los Angeles Dodgers may be leaving behind 60 years of history in Vero Beach, Fla., but the Arizona Cactus League they're joining has a rich history too. The New York Giants and the Cleveland Indians, for instance, set up their spring operations in Phoenix and Tucson, in 1947, well before major league baseball moved west. With the arrival of the Dodgers and the White Sox in Glendale, Ariz., and the return of the Indians, 12 of the 14 teams are now playing their home games in the Phoenix area.
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March 26, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels 6, Athletics 2 AT THE PLATE: The Angels have won eight straight games and closed Cactus League play with a 17-10 record. Utility infield candidate Grant Green lined a two-run home run to left-center field in the seventh inning and is hitting .360 (18 for 50) with 11 runs batted in. Brennan Boesch hit a solo home run in the seventh, and Matt Long (.426) hit two sacrifice flies and a double. ON THE MOUND: C.J. Wilson looked sharp in his final tuneup, giving up one unearned run and four hits in seven innings, striking out seven and walking two. His earned-run average is 2.20 in 28 2/3 innings.
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SPORTS
March 16, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. - Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is set to make his Cactus League debut Monday, giving him two weeks to get ready for opening day. Hamilton strained his left calf three weeks ago. He is expected to be the Angels' designated hitter Monday - and the cleanup hitter and left fielder in the March 31 opener against the Seattle Mariners. Neither Hamilton nor Manager Mike Scioscia expressed doubt about whether Hamilton would be prepared for the opener. Hamilton got 60 at-bats last spring, in 21 games.
SPORTS
March 21, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
ANGELS 7, ROYALS 3 AT THE PLATE: Mike Trout had two hits, raising his Cactus League batting average to .409. Raul Ibanez went hitless in three at-bats, lowering his average to .194. Kole Calhoun and Chris Iannetta each hit home runs. ON THE MOUND: C.J. Wilson needed 99 pitches to work 52/3 innings, giving up three runs - one earned - and striking out nine. The Angels used the back end of their bullpen in regular-season fashion, with Kevin Jepsen pitching a scoreless seventh, Joe Smith a scoreless eighth, and closer Ernesto Frieri a scoreless ninth.
SPORTS
February 28, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Phoenix  - Chad Billingsley will pitch the Dodgers' exhibition season opener on Monday against the Chicago White Sox, Manager Don Mattingly announced Tuesday. Billingsley will be followed in the spring rotation by Ted Lilly, Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano, in that order. Reigning Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw will make his exhibition season debut on March 9 against the Texas Rangers. Mattingly has said Kershaw will pitch on opening day, which will be April 5 in San Diego.
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February 22, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels open Cactus League play Saturday with split-squad games, to the displeasure of Manager Mike Scioscia. "A split-squad the first day is absurd," Scioscia said. "It just makes no sense. " With 15 teams in the Cactus League, at least one split-squad game must be scheduled each day in order for every team to play. That is imperative on weekends, when games attract the largest crowds. From an on-field standpoint, Scioscia said he would prefer a day off, even if the Angels had to open their schedule one day earlier.
SPORTS
February 28, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Angels' Cactus League opener has a bit of an opening day feel about it. Jered Weaver, the ace, is the starting pitcher. The Angels are fielding their everyday lineup, minus the injured Josh Hamilton. The starting rotation appears set, at least for now. After Weaver starts Friday, C.J. Wilson is set to start on Saturday, followed by Hector Santiago on Sunday, Garrett Richards on Monday and Tyler Skaggs on Tuesday. Joe Blanton, the sixth starter for now, will probably start on one of the three days the Angels have split-squad games and pitch in the middle innings on other days.
SPORTS
March 16, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
And off they go, into the blue skies to see just how much sleep they can actually manage during a 17-hour flight. Maybe Clayton Kershaw should have squeezed his ping-pong table on board. The Dodgers wrapped up their condensed spring training in Phoenix on Sunday with a 3-3 tie against the Rockies at Camelback Ranch. If you care about such things, that tied their spring record with five ties. They headed to their charter mostly with the guys they expected to take to Australia, though not with all spring questions answered.
SPORTS
February 23, 2013
Chicago Cubs 11, Angels 2 San Francisco 4, Angels 1 AT THE PLATE: Erick Aybar scored one of the Angels' runs and drove in the other against the Cubs. Hank Conger drove in a run. In the other split-squad game, against the Giants, non-roster outfielder Matt Young, selected best hustler in the double-A Southern League in 2009, was three for three. ON THE MOUND: Jerome Williams, in his first spring game since 2009 - he was in Taiwan in 2010, in independent ball in 2011 and injured last year - pitched two innings and gave up one run, a home run. "I got the first homer out of the way. That was pretty cool," said Williams, projected as a long reliever and spot starter.
SPORTS
March 16, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- In their final Cactus League game, the Dodgers will field a lineup that figures to be their usual lineup for the regular season. It probably won't be the lineup the Dodgers use next week in Australia, as Carl Crawford is expected to remain in Arizona for the birth of his third child. In Crawford's absence, Scott Van Slyke is expected to start in left field. Dee Gordon appears to have won the job at second base. And Yasiel Puig's .135 average in the exhibition season looks like it hasn't dissuaded Manager Don Mattingly from using the 23-year-old Cuban outfielder as his leadoff hitter.
SPORTS
March 17, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels walked off into their lone off day of the spring. Kole Calhoun hit a walk-off home run Monday, powering the Angels to an 8-7 victory over the San Francisco Giants. The Angels took a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning, but the Giants scored four runs off Joe Smith. The Angels signed Smith to a three-year, $15.75-million contract last winter after watching their bullpen blow too many leads last season. The runs were all unearned, and Smith would have worked a 1-2-3 ninth had shortstop Grant Green not committed an error on a ground ball.
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March 17, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. - Raul Ibanez is 41. He has not started a major league game at first base since he was 32. The Angels will start him at first base in Monday's Cactus League game against the San Francisco Giants. If Ibanez can handle the position, that would give Manager Mike Scioscia the option to use Albert Pujols as a designated hitter on occasion without affecting the everyday lineup. "That's the goal, to have options on the offensive side to be strong every day," Scioscia said.
SPORTS
March 17, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. -- It had been a calf injury that delayed Josh Hamilton's Cactus League debut until Monday. He singled for his first hit, then took off for second base. For the Angels, that was as good a sign as any. The swing might not be there yet, but the legs are back. "It felt good," Hamilton said. "I did all the things you're supposed to be able to do on the field. " On Monday he did, since the Angels limited him to designated hitter in a game against the San Francisco Giants.
SPORTS
March 16, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
And off they go, into the blue skies to see just how much sleep they can actually manage during a 17-hour flight. Maybe Clayton Kershaw should have squeezed his ping-pong table on board. The Dodgers wrapped up their condensed spring training in Phoenix on Sunday with a 3-3 tie against the Rockies at Camelback Ranch. If you care about such things, that tied their spring record with five ties. They headed to their charter mostly with the guys they expected to take to Australia, though not with all spring questions answered.
SPORTS
March 16, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- In their final Cactus League game, the Dodgers will field a lineup that figures to be their usual lineup for the regular season. It probably won't be the lineup the Dodgers use next week in Australia, as Carl Crawford is expected to remain in Arizona for the birth of his third child. In Crawford's absence, Scott Van Slyke is expected to start in left field. Dee Gordon appears to have won the job at second base. And Yasiel Puig's .135 average in the exhibition season looks like it hasn't dissuaded Manager Don Mattingly from using the 23-year-old Cuban outfielder as his leadoff hitter.
SPORTS
March 16, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. - Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is set to make his Cactus League debut Monday, giving him two weeks to get ready for opening day. Hamilton strained his left calf three weeks ago. He is expected to be the Angels' designated hitter Monday - and the cleanup hitter and left fielder in the March 31 opener against the Seattle Mariners. Neither Hamilton nor Manager Mike Scioscia expressed doubt about whether Hamilton would be prepared for the opener. Hamilton got 60 at-bats last spring, in 21 games.
SPORTS
March 4, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
PHOENIX - The Angels absorbed another Cactus League beating Monday, their 13-5 exhibition loss to the Oakland Athletics in Phoenix Municipal Stadium dropping their spring record to 1-8-2, but several front-line players had productive afternoons. Vernon Wells, a reserve outfielder who hopes to push Peter Bourjos for playing time, hit his second home run of the spring, a three-run shot to left-center field off All-Star reliever Ryan Cook in the fifth inning. “He's having good at-bats and seeing the ball well,” Manager Mike Scioscia said of Wells.
TRAVEL
March 7, 2010 | By Charlie Vascellaro, Special to the Los Angeles Times
If you think change is the only constant, spring training in Arizona will fit nicely with your belief system. From its humble beginnings as a two-team hideaway in 1947, Arizona has enjoyed growth spurts that have made it competitive with Florida's Citrus League, to the delight of Southern California fans who are much closer to their teams. The Cincinnati Reds jumped ship to Arizona this year, bringing to 15 the number of teams in each league. Their new home is the Goodyear Ballpark , a $108-million facility it shares with the Cleveland Indians, who made the move last spring.
SPORTS
March 16, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Dodgers 3, Rockies 3 AT THE PLATE: Adrian Gonzalez capped a solid spring by driving in two runs. Gonzalez finished the Cactus League with a .303 average. Carl Crawford broke out of his spring-long slump by collecting two hits and scoring a run. Utilityman Justin Turner, who was added to the major league roster earlier in the day, got a hit in his only at-bat. He finished the spring with a .355 average. ON THE MOUND: Hyun-Jin Ryu looked as if he was ready to face the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia.
SPORTS
March 10, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX - The Dodgers' bullpen, expected to be a strength, has struggled in Cactus League play. Brian Wilson and Brandon League - former All-Star closers - gave up four runs and got just three outs Monday as the Dodgers surrendered a lead in the eighth inning or later for the third time in six games. For Wilson, the runs were the first he has given up this spring. But League has given up four hits, four walks and five runs in 22/3 innings and the club's top seven relievers have a combined earned-run average of 4.07.
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