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May 22, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
When the Angels were struggling through a particularly punchless period last month, Albert Pujols warned the rest of the American League that the team wouldn't stay dormant for long. And when it awoke, he promised, it would be with a vengeance. Vengeance, say hello to the Seattle Mariners. In less than 24 hours, Pujols and the Angels took out a season's worth of frustration out on the hapless Mariners, finishing a two-game series sweep with a 7-1 victory Wednesday afternoon at Angel Stadium.
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May 19, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Angels pitcher Jason Vargas had a harder time controlling his preschool-age son Joshua than he did controlling the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, which is a good sign for the Angels and Joshua. Because if Vargas keeps pitching as he has the last three weeks, culminating in a 6-2 victory over the White Sox, the team may finally be able to stop searching for a top-of-the-rotation ace to replace the injured Jered Weaver. And that means more happy postgame clubhouses for the rambunctious Joshua to romp through.
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May 16, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It's early, but it's not that early. The Angels began the second quarter of the season with another ugly loss Thursday night, committing two errors plus a crucial mental mistake, throwing a wild pitch that scored a run and issuing a four-pitch, bases-loaded walk to a .185 hitter who had not drawn a free pass all season. The 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox dropped the Angels to 15-26, their worst 41-game start since 1976, and 12 games behind Texas in the American League West. There is still time for the Angels to make up ground, but the task ahead is daunting.
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May 15, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The good news for the Angels is that with Monday's off day, they can skip the fifth spot in the rotation, which, until Wednesday night, was held by Barry Enright, who opened the season at triple A and appears headed back there soon. The bad news is they couldn't skip it Wednesday night. Enright got his second start in place of the sidelined Tommy Hanson and provided the fuel for a seven-run third inning that Kansas City rode to a 9-5 victory in Angel Stadium. Billy Butler hit a two-run single and Lorenzo Cain had a three-run double to key the Royals third inning, as the Angels fell to 15-25 and 11 games behind Texas in the American League West, their largest deficit after 40 games since they were 12 games back at this stage of the 2001 season.
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May 15, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Arte Moreno has placed blame for the team's brutal 2013 start, its failure to make the playoffs for three straight years and several high-priced moves that have paid minimal dividends on the one person the Angels owner can't fire: Himself. "If you're going to blame anyone, you've got to blame me," Moreno told FoxSports.com on Wednesday in New York, where he is attending the owners' meetings. "I'm the one at the end of the day that has the final call. " Moreno orchestrated the signing of first baseman Albert Pujols to a 10-year, $240-million deal before 2012.
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May 12, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
CHICAGO - Mike Trout was picked off first on a stolen-base attempt and thrown out at second in the third inning Saturday night. Albert Pujols reached in the fifth when Chicago first baseman Adam Dunn dropped his popup in shallow right field, but Pujols overran first and was tagged out on Dunn's backdoor throw to pitcher Jose Quintana. This has become an all-too-common occurrence for the Angels, who are traditionally among baseball's most aggressive and successful baserunning teams but have looked lost on the bases at times in 2013.
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May 3, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Jason Vargas may have finally come up with a solution for the troubles plaguing the Angels' bullpen: Don't use it. The left-hander turned in a masterful outing Friday, shutting out the Baltimore Orioles on three hits in a 4-0 Angel victory. It was his second complete game in as many starts - or two more than the rest of the staff combined - and this time he made sure no reliever had to do so much as warm up until there was one out in the ninth. "Our job as starters is to go out there and try to finish the game every time around," said Vargas, who got 15 ground-ball outs.
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May 1, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
- The Angels have sweat out harrowing late-inning moments in most of their 10 victories this season, but they could have made things a lot easier on themselves Wednesday had they not run into two outs on the bases in the eighth inning. Erick Aybar opened the inning with a single and was thrown out trying to steal, the seventh time in 17 tries the Angels have been thrown out stealing. Mike Trout tripled to center field and scored on Albert Pujols' sacrifice fly to give the Angels a 5-2 lead over the Oakland Athletics.
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April 30, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
OAKLAND - The Angels, as expected, put center fielder Peter Bourjos on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of a left hamstring strain and activated shortstop Erick Aybar, who is in the lineup and leading off for Tuesday night's game against the Oakland Athletics. Aybar had been on the DL because of a left heel bruise. The Angels also recalled outfielder Scott Cousins from triple-A Salt Lake and sent left-hander Michael Roth back to triple A, bringing their bench back up to four players after Monday night's 10-8, 19-inning loss to theĀ A's.
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April 28, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SEATTLE - Pitching in games wasn't so much the problem for reliever Sean Burnett, who had a 1.04 earned-run average in 11 appearances before being put on the 15-day disabled list because of forearm irritation Sunday. It was the discomfort Burnett felt between appearances, preventing him from pitching on consecutive days, that sent the veteran left-hander to the sidelines for at least two weeks. "Pitching-wise, I feel better than I have all year," said Burnett, who had surgery to remove two bone spurs from his elbow in October.
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