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December 3, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels have released their spring-training schedule, which will begin with Feb. 23 split-squad games against the defending World Series-champion San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale, Ariz., and against the Chicago Cubs in Tempe, Ariz. Tickets for the team's 18-game home Cactus League schedule range from $12 to $34 and are available through the team's website ( www.angels.com ), the Ticketmaster national sales line (1-800-745-3000), the Southern California sales line ([714] 663-9000)
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November 2, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels appeared to be on the verge of a trade that would send pitcher Dan Haren to the Chicago Cubs for reliever Carlos Marmol, with Marmol going so far as to tell reporters in the Dominican Republic late Friday afternoon he had waived his no-trade clause to come to Anaheim. Several media outlets in Chicago, citing unnamed sources, reported the deal was done. However, a source familiar with the negotiations, but not authorized to speak publicly about them, told The Times, “there is no deal between the Angels and Cubs.” Early Friday evening, well after reports of the trade filled Twitter, Haren, in an email exchange with The Times, said he had “not heard anything” from the Angels or Cubs about a deal.
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November 2, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
After a trade with the Chicago Cubs fell through, the Angels declined Dan Haren's $15.5-million option and bought it out for $3.5 million Friday night, making the veteran right-hander a free agent. Haren, slowed by lower-back tightness in the first half of the season, finished with a 12-13 record and 4.33 earned-run average, but the Angels, mindful of his high mileage and decreased velocity, determined the 32-year-old right-hander was not worth $15.5 million. Acquired from Arizona at the July 31 trade deadline in 2010, Haren went more than seven seasons without missing a start before going on the disabled list for the first time in his career in early July.
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September 24, 2012 | By Jim Peltz, Los Angeles Times
The St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series last year after reaching the playoffs as the National League wild-card team. Now the Cardinals are trying to repeat that feat, thanks to this year's creation of two wild-card berths in each league. With their 6-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, St. Louis held on to the second wild-card position by 2 ½ games over the Milwaukee Brewers, who also won, with nine games left on the Cardinals' schedule. St. Louis' win, its sixth in its last seven games, was led by starting pitcher Kyle Lohse, who improved to 16-3.
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September 22, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
The St. Louis Cardinals' grip on the second National League wild-card spot weakened Friday with a 5-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs on David DeJesus' walk-off single in the 11th inning. Before DeJesus' heroics at Wrigley Field, the fifth-place Cubs first needed a two-run, tying home run from second baseman Darwin Barney in the bottom of the ninth inning. "I was worried about the wind, that the wind was going to knock it down, but it went," Barney said. The Cubs' victory spoiled the season debut of Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter, who was coming off surgery related to a nerve ailment.
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September 9, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
Could be a pain in the asterisk Baseball's best race this September: Andrew McCutchen vs. the Invisible Man. Melky Cabrera and his excessive testosterone called it a season with a .346 batting average and 501 plate appearances. That would leave the San Francisco Giants' outfielder one appearance short of the National League batting title, if not for this rule: Give a player an out for every appearance short of the required 502. If his average is still the highest, he wins.
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August 11, 2012
Most root for the home team, of course, but which clubs draw the most attention when traveling? The New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs. For all the baseball fans who claim to hate the Yankees, there are plenty of pinstripe followers who enjoy watching them play in person. And die-hard fans of the Cubs, who haven't played in the World Series since 1945, also turn out in big numbers coast to coast. Here's the full list of teams' average crowds on the road, through Friday: Team; Avg. road att. ; Avg. home att. N.Y. Yankees; 34,719; 43,298 Chicago Cubs; 34,424; 37,140 Philadelphia; 33,670 ;44,491 DODGERS; 33,455; 41,368 Atlanta; 33,199 ;29,434 San Francisco; 33,166 ;41,724 N.Y. Mets; 33,158; 29,555 Pittsburgh; 33,057; 26,529 Chicago White Sox; 33,006; 24,379 Colorado; 32,896 ;33,863 Milwaukee; 32,362; 34,991 St. Louis ;32,166; 41,373 Boston; 32,022; 37,615 Washington; 32,022; 29,600 Arizona; 31,815; 27,738 San Diego; 31,648; 26,166 ANGELS; 31,557; 37,553 Houston; 31,312; 21,378 Detroit; 31,262; 37,719 Oakland; 31,154; 20,648 Miami ;30,917; 28,400 Tampa Bay; 30,538 ;20,572 Cincinnati ;30,534; 29,192 Minnesota; 30,211; 35,120 Baltimore; 29,924 ;25,665 Texas; 28,707; 43,485 Cleveland; 28,495; 20,431 Kansas City; 27,900; 23,126 Seattle ;27,723 ;22,710 Toronto ;27,644 ;27,714 Source: baseball-reference.com
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August 5, 2012 | By Phil Rogers
The San Francisco Giants seriously were interested in Alfonso Soriano and might have traded for him rather than Philadelphia's Hunter Pence if Soriano had not told the Chicago Cubs the Dodgers were the only West Coast team he would waive his 10/5 rights to join. Although the Cubs discussed trades for Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney, they would have to get a lot to trade either of their middle infielders. Manager Dale Sveum loves what he is getting from both of them defensively. There has been some souring on Josh Hamilton in Texas, and the next two months could determine whether the Rangers try hard to re-sign him (to a four- or five-year deal)
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August 4, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
As the possibility of adding Cliff Lee turned from remote to virtually nonexistent Saturday, Clayton Kershaw offered a reminder that the Dodgers already have an ace. Kershaw was as breathtaking in the Dodgers' 3-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs as he often was late last season, when he won the National League Cy Young Award. Matt Kemp's fortunate two-run home run in the fourth inning would have been enough to lift the Dodgers to their second consecutive win, as Kershaw held the Cubs to a run and three hits over seven innings at Dodger Stadium.
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June 11, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Hey, it was a nice thought, right? Maybe it really was a fixed game, but at least the Dodgers played. Reports are now coming out that Cuban defector Jorge Soler has signed with the Chicago Cubs. It's been reported for months that Soler, a promising 20-year-old outfielder, had reached a private agreement with the Cubs, so maybe this whole free-agent bidding war thing really was a sham. Still, the Cubs dropped some serious moola to close the deal, first reported by the New York Post's Joel Sherman.
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