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March 18, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Designated hitter Kendrys Morales is scheduled to play with the Angels on Tuesday against the Kansas City Royals, Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said Sunday. It will be Morales' first time in a major league lineup since he fractured his left ankle May 29, 2010, while jumping on home plate in celebration of a game-winning home run. Scioscia is aiming for Morales -- who took a rainy Sunday off after playing in minor-league games Friday and Saturday -- to get 40 to 50 spring at-bats before the Angels' April 6 season opener.
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March 18, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Reporting from Phoenix   Designated hitter Kendrys Morales is scheduled to play with the Angels on Tuesday against the Kansas City Royals, Manager Mike Scioscia said Sunday. It will be Morales' first time in a major league lineup since he fractured his left ankle May 29, 2010, while jumping on the plate to celebrate a game-winning home run. Scioscia is aiming for Morales, who took a rainy Sunday off after playing in minor league games Friday and Saturday, to get 40 to 50 at-bats before the Angels' opener April 6. Morales has nine at-bats.
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March 18, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
The Dodgers and Angels played to a 1-1 tie through 5 1/2 innings Sunday when the rest of the game was canceled because of rain at Camelback Ranch. Angels starter Dan Haren, throwing bare-armed despite the chilly conditions, retired the first 12 Dodgers he faced. The Dodgers then scored their run in the fifth inning when Juan Uribe singled home Adam Kennedy, who had doubled. The Angels opened with a run in the first inning off Dodgers left-hander Chris Capuano when Kole Calhoun singled, advanced to third base on Albert Pujols' single and scored on Mark Trumbo's sacrifice fly. There were concerns that the game, which was sold out, might not be played.
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March 18, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Ivan DeJesus strained his left oblique abdominal muscle, harming the infielder's chances of being on the Dodgers' opening-day roster as a key bench player. "It's hard to compete [for a job] when you can't be out there," Manager Don Mattingly said Sunday before the Dodgers were to play the Angels at Camelback Ranch, weather permitting. DeJesus, 24, inured himself while swinging during an at-bat Saturday night in the Dodgers' game against the San Francisco Giants. He's scheduled to have an MRI exam on Monday to evaluate the damage.
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March 14, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Reporting from Phoenix — Albert Pujols hit his first home run as an Angel on Wednesday, then added another in his next at-bat — confirmation the slugger's power was not diminished by a change in uniform. "I don't look for that; I just try to put my best swings on the ball," Pujols said after the Chicago White Sox defeated the Angels, 9-7. "A good, quality at-bat. " After being hit by a pitch from Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale in the first inning, Pujols answered in the third with a towering three-run homer over the left-field wall at Camelback Ranch.
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March 14, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Angels starting pitcher Ervin Santana was forced from Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Chicago White Sox after being struck on the front of his right shoulder by an Alexei Ramirez line drive. Santana fielded the ball that gave him a right shoulder contusion and threw to first baseman Albert Pujols for the out, but clearly was in discomfort after being hit by the liner. Santana walked back to the mound area and bent over, placing his hands on his knees, then stretched as an Angels trainer and Manager Mike Scioscia came to attend to him. Seconds later, Scioscia was escorting Santana to the dugout and reliever Eddie McKiernan was summoned.
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March 14, 2012 | By Jim Peltz and Bill Shaikin
Reporting from Phoenix — A new season beckons with an old question: Can Chad Billingsley be a more consistent winner for the Dodgers? The right-hander is coming off an 11-11 season with a 4.21 earned-run average, his third consecutive year of being on or near the .500 mark in wins and losses. Billingsley, 27, particularly struggled on the road last year, with a record of 5-7 and a 5.34 ERA. "Bills is obviously looking to — I won't say rebound — but be better than what he was last year," Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said.
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March 13, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
First baseman James Loney and relief pitcher Matt Guerrier were not scheduled to work out Tuesday due to minor injuries, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. Loney had tightness in one of his calf muscles and the Dodgers decided to "hold him out today and see what it looks like tomorrow," Mattingly said. "He's not going to play today. " The Dodgers were set to host the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday at Camelback Ranch. Mattingly replaced Loney with Jerry Sands at first base, and Scott Van Slyke was penciled into the lineup in left field in place of Sands.
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March 13, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
It is still pretty early, of course, the Dodgers yet to arrive to the midpoint of their spring training season. Still, you have to wonder if that pencil that wrote Jerry Sands onto the Dodgers' opening-day roster best have had the lightest of leads. Sands went hitless in two at-bats in the Dodgers' 5-2 loss to the Rockies at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday, and is now 2-for-14 (.143) this spring. Not exactly alarming in mid-March, but with Manager Don Mattingly saying Sunday he would not start the season platooning Andre Ethier and James Loney, you have to wonder if Sands is going to get at-bats that the young hitter still needs.
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March 13, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
Stan Kasten, the veteran baseball executive leading one of three groups considered as front-runners in the Dodgers bidding, toured Camelback Ranch on Tuesday. Kasten and Mark Walter, the money man behind Guggenheim Baseball Partners, met in Phoenix with major league owners on Monday. The third primary partner, Magic Johnson, was unable to attend because of a scheduling conflict. The other two leading contenders among the bidders: hedge-fund billionaire Steven Cohen, who toured Camelback Ranch on Saturday and returned as a fan on Sunday, and St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke.
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