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April 25, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - An extensive video review of Ervin Santana's shoddy start against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night revealed plenty of hanging breaking balls and poorly placed fastballs, too many hitter's counts and some questionable pitch sequences. It did not reveal that Santana, who was tagged for a career-high four home runs and has given up a major league-high 10 homers in 23 2/3 innings of four starts this season, is tipping his pitches. “We're pretty confident that's not the case - we didn't see anything that stood out,” pitching coach Mike Butcher said.
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August 21, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  When did David Copperfield sign a deal with the Chicago White Sox? During Tuesday's game against the Kansas City Royals, the White Sox had runners on first and third with no outs in the top of the second inning. Royals pitcher Ervin Santana unleashed a pitch that got past catcher Salvador Perez. Perez turned to chase the ball, but it had vanished. Paul Konerko, the runner on third, throws up his hands, wondering what to do before the umpire waves him home. As you can see in the video above, the ball disappeared into one of the signs behind home plate.
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March 23, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
After losing staff ace John Lackey to free agency over the winter, the Angels need a healthy Ervin Santana to step up this season. So no one was laughing when the former All-Star banged his valuable right elbow on a piece of furniture a few days ago. "Some people call it the funny bone," pitching coach Mike Butcher said. "It's just not that funny." So Santana, who made two trips to the disabled list because of elbow and forearm problems last year, was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday and won't pitch again until Sunday.
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July 11, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Derek Jeter delivered a single on the first pitch he saw in his season debut with the New York Yankees, helping the club rally for an 8-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday afternoon in the Bronx. Jeter, who missed eight months after breaking an ankle in the playoffs last season, batted second in the lineup as the designated hitter. He reached base in the first inning on an infield hit, moved to third base on a single by Robinson Cano and scored on Vernon Wells' sacrifice fly. Jeter drove in Luis Cruz with a groundout to shortstop in the sixth inning.
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July 22, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Struggling right-hander Ervin Santana will remain in the rotation for at least one more start, against Tampa Bay on Friday night, but with a limit of 15 outs, said Angels Manager Mike Scioscia. Of course, the way Santana has been pitching -- he's 4-10 with a 6.00 earned-run average and 23 homers given up after he was rocked for six runs and eight hits in 1 2/3 innings of Saturday's loss to the Rangers -- the Angels would be elated to get 15 outs from him. “We want him to concentrate on getting into a flow of the game and going hard and go from there,” Scioscia said.
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April 29, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
CLEVELAND -- A getaway day afternoon game in Progressive Field could be just what Ervin Santana needs to turn his dismal season around. It was in Cleveland in a series finale last July 27 that the Angels right-hander threw the eighth no-hitter in franchise history and first since Mike Witt's perfect game in 1984. “I'm not really thinking about that,” Santana said. “It feels like a regular game for me. That's how I'm taking it.” Could a different approach really hurt Santana, though?
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February 15, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
On the day Angels pitchers and catchers held their first spring-training workout, Ervin Santana reported to camp a wealthy young man, agreeing to terms Saturday on a four-year, $30-million deal. The contract includes a $13-million option for 2013 that can be bought out for $1 million. If the option is exercised, the Angels would secure one of their top young pitchers through all three of his arbitration years and his first two years of free agency.
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April 7, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It all looked so promising for Ervin Santana of the Angels in the first three innings Wednesday night, when the right-hander's fastball hit 95 mph and his slider had so much bite it was producing swings and misses on balls in the dirt. Then in the fourth inning, his fastball lost a little steam, and his breaking ball flattened out. A walk to Joe Mauer and a hanging slider that Justin Morneau crushed for a two-run home run to deep right-center field wiped out Santana's shutout. J.J. Hardy lined a slider over the left-field wall to open the fifth inning, Nick Punto tripled and scored on Denard Span's sacrifice fly, and the Minnesota Twins went on to a 4-2 victory in Angel Stadium.
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February 18, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Two pitchers who might well decide the fortunes of the Angels' rotation and bullpen this season reported to spring training Wednesday in good spirits and, apparently, in good health. Ervin Santana , who struggled for most of 2009 because of an elbow sprain that sapped him of his normal velocity and command, said his arm feels "very, very good" after skipping winter ball in his native Dominican Republic. And veteran reliever Scot Shields arrived at Tempe Diablo Stadium with his usual beginning-of-camp gusto, the left-knee surgery that sidelined the right-hander for most of 2009 barely registering a blip on his radar.
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September 22, 2009 | Ben Bolch
VS. NEW YORK YANKEES When : 7. Where : Angel Stadium. On the air : TV: FS West. Radio: 830, 980, 1330. Pitchers : Ervin Santana vs. Chad Gaudin. Update : Santana has not recorded a victory since defeating Toronto on Aug. 22, but the right-hander has posted a 3.41 earned-run average over his last five starts. He has also given up three earned runs or fewer in seven of his last eight starts, enhancing his chances of making the Angels' playoff rotation.
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July 6, 2013 | By Tim Hubbard
Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at three former Angels starters who have had surprisingly strong first halves this season. Bartolo Colon SP | Oakland A Cy Young Award winner with the Angels in 2005, Colon landed on Billy Beane's doorstep in Oakland last season as a journeyman with a history of shoulder woes. The right-hander quickly provided quality starts and veteran leadership to the Athletics' young and talented staff before being handed a 50-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy.
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May 23, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Ervin Santana will make his first-ever start against the Angels on Thursday night when the Kansas City Royals right-hander faces his ex-teammates in Kauffman Stadium. Santana spent the first eight years of his big league career in Anaheim, going 96-80 with a 4.27 earned-run average in 244 games, including a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians in 2011. But when it became clear the Angels had no interest in exercising Santana's $13-million option for 2013, he was traded to the Royals for reliever Brandon Sisk and $1 million in cash.
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April 9, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times
C.J. Wilson seems amused by reporters who try to analyze him, or, as he puts it, "get inside my head. " Approached after a loss to Cincinnati in his first start, the Angels left-hander quipped, "Here come the sports psychologists. " Of course, Wilson tends to invite questions about his mental approach because his results often don't seem to match up with his array of what the Angels consider to be better-than-average pitches - a 92-mph four-seam fastball, a lively two-seam fastball, a slider, cut-fastball, curve and changeup.
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December 4, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NASHVILLE - The Angels made an offer to a veteran starting pitcher that was essentially blown out of the water by the Washington Nationals on the second day of baseball's winter meetings. Lucky for the Angels, that pitcher was Dan Haren and not Zack Greinke. Washington agreed to terms Tuesday on a one-year, $13-million deal for Haren, a move that probably takes the well-heeled Nationals out of the running for Greinke, the jewel of this winter's free-agent class and a top target of the Angels.
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November 7, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels won't face stiff competition for Zack Greinke from the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets and Chicago Cubs, big-market teams that traditionally drive up the bidding for marquee free agents but who aren't good fits for the right-hander this winter. But it will still take a Brink's-like haul to sign Greinke, who was 6-3 with a 3.53 earned-run average for the Angels after his July 27 trade from Milwaukee and who is crucial to the team's rotation rebuilding efforts.
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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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March 23, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Ervin Santana will take his regular turn in the Angels rotation and start Saturday's exhibition game against Texas in Surprise, Ariz., but left-hander C.J. Wilson will not pitch against his former club when the American League West division-rival Rangers come to Tempe Diablo Stadium on Sunday. Manager Mike Scioscia announced Friday morning that Wilson, the former Texas ace who signed a five-year, $77.5-million deal with the Angels in December, will start a triple-A game against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, with a target of six innings and 90 pitches.
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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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November 1, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Right fielder Torii Hunter and pitcher Dan Haren are pessimistic about their chances of remaining with the Angels as a 9 p.m. Friday deadline for decision making looms. The Angels and Hunter have made little progress in contract talks, and the chances of the team extending him a $13.3-million "qualifying offer" appear slim, according to a person familiar with negotiations but not authorized to speak publicly about them. "It's kind of disappointing, but what are you going to do?"
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