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May 2, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from Detroit -- As dominant as Fernando Rodney and Kevin Jepsen have been, and as inconsistent as the rest of the bullpen has been, there would seem to be a temptation to expand the use of Rodney and Jepsen, whose appearances have been limited to one inning or less. Not going to happen, Mike Scioscia said. "One inning … one inning," the Angels' manager said, shaking his head. "There could be some circumstances to expand, but right now it's one inning.
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April 24, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — During pregame stretch Tuesday, shortstop Erick Aybar embraced Fernando Rodney and playfully tugged at the Tampa Bay Rays closer's goatee. Rodney shook hands with Albert Pujols and hugged several Angels relievers. There were no such pleasantries between Rodney and Angels Manager Mike Scioscia , not after Rodney, the former Angels reliever, fell out of favor with Scioscia and was buried on the bench in August and September. "I haven't talked to him, I won't seek him out," Rodney said of Scioscia.
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December 23, 2009 | Staff And Wire Reports
The Angels lost another key player to an American League West rival when reliever Darren Oliver , who went 15-3 with a 3.09 earned-run average over the last three seasons in Anaheim, signed a one-year, $3-million contract with the Texas Rangers. But the Angels do appear poised to replace Oliver's production. According to ESPN.com, the Angels are in "serious" negotiations with former Detroit closer Fernando Rodney , who saved 37 of 38 games for the Tigers last season but had a 4.40 ERA, the highest among AL relievers with 20 or more saves.
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September 23, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Fernando Rodney has met with Angels Manager Mike Scioscia and pitching coach Mike Butcher several times to inquire about his disappearing relief role. He was so frustrated a few weeks ago, he asked General Manager Tony Reagins for a trade. "I'm mad — I'm really mad," Rodney said Friday. "I told them if they're not going to use me, trade me. They say no, we need you for this year. " They have a funny way of showing it. Rodney, who opened the season as the Angels' closer and spent most of the first half as a setup man, entered Friday having pitched twice this month.
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February 23, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Mike Butcher has a nickname for the radar gun in Angel Stadium. "The Humbler," the pitching coach calls it, because unlike those in cities such as Seattle and Baltimore, its readings do not seem inflated. "I think our gun is accurate," Butcher said. "A lot of them are very high, and it gives you a false sense of security. You think you're throwing 98 mph, and you're throwing 91-92." So when Fernando Rodney, who was closing games for the Detroit Tigers, hit 100 mph in Anaheim last August, Butcher knew the right-hander's velocity was more than legitimate.
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May 17, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Oakland — Angels Manager Mike Scioscia says he knows what has caused Fernando Rodney's recent struggles. And he even thinks he knows how to fix it. So the challenge now becomes making that happen. "It's definitely a mechanical thing," Scioscia said. "I don't think it has anything to do with focus. Sometimes you get out of sync in your delivery and he's tried to compensate with some things that are taking him in the wrong direction. "He just needs to get simple again.
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April 9, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
One bright spot in Friday night's 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays was a fairly clean inning by demoted Angels closer Fernando Rodney , who gave up one hit in a scoreless ninth. Of the right-hander's 14 pitches, eight were strikes. In his previous outing, in Kansas City last Sunday, Rodney blew a save by walking three batters and allowing two runs in the Angels' 12-9, 13-inning loss to the Royals. Scioscia announced on Tuesday that Jordan Walden would be the new closer. "For the first time in a while, he looked real comfortable on the mound," Manager Mike Scioscia said of Rodney.
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April 14, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It says a lot about the sorry state of the Angels that their closer was unavailable for seven games before Wednesday and they didn't even miss him. Brian Fuentes was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of a muscle strain in the middle of his back, an injury he suffered lifting weights on April 6, the day after recording the save in a season-opening 6-3 victory over Minnesota.
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April 20, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
The Angels tumbled hard and fast into last place in the American League West, losing seven of their first 10 games amid some of the most dreadful pitching of the Mike Scioscia era. Perhaps this would be the year the Angels fell from power. Or perhaps not. The Angels are but a game out of first place. They climbed back above .500 with their fifth consecutive victory, with Howie Kendrick driving in three runs and Fernando Rodney earning his fifth save in seven days in a 6-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
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May 20, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Reporting from Chicago -- The Angels haven't had much use over the last week for Kevin Jepsen and Fernando Rodney, their starting pitchers either pitching nine innings or falling so far behind that the pair of setup men remained confined to the bullpen. They looked rusty Thursday night, but an Angels lineup that has featured more soft spots than the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man broke through at U.S. Cellular Field. Juan Rivera hit a two-run homer and every position player except seldom-used catcher Bobby Wilson and third baseman Kevin Frandsen picked up at least one hit as the offense compensated for some shaky relief pitching during the Angels' 6-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox. "We've been struggling to get guys on and make things happen," Manager Mike Scioscia said.
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July 20, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It's hard to imagine where the Angels would be without closer Jordan Walden , who began Wednesday with a 2.77 earned-run average and 21 saves, and setup man Scott Downs , who was 5-2 with a 1.45 ERA. "What Downs and Walden have done has been a season-saver up to this point," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "We wouldn't be talking about getting into a pennant race if it wasn't for those guys. " They might be talking about sliding out of a pennant race if the rest of the bullpen doesn't shape up. The Angels expected Fernando Rodney , Kevin Jepsen and Michael Kohn to be key relievers, but Rodney (upper back strain)
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June 22, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from Miami — Not only does Jered Weaver appear to be a lock for the July 12 All-Star Game in Phoenix, the Angels right-hander could be in line to start for the American League. Weaver (9-4) is tied for the AL lead in wins, ranks second in earned-run average (2.01), innings (1161/3 ) and shutouts (two), third in opponents' average (.193) and fourth in strikeouts (102). The right-hander's stiffest competition to start appears to be Detroit ace Justin Verlander , who is 9-3 with a 2.54 ERA, a league-leading 110 strikeouts and 1202/3 innings, two shutouts, including a no-hitter, and a .181 opponents' average.
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May 17, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Oakland — Angels Manager Mike Scioscia says he knows what has caused Fernando Rodney's recent struggles. And he even thinks he knows how to fix it. So the challenge now becomes making that happen. "It's definitely a mechanical thing," Scioscia said. "I don't think it has anything to do with focus. Sometimes you get out of sync in your delivery and he's tried to compensate with some things that are taking him in the wrong direction. "He just needs to get simple again.
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May 11, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The bullpen failed to protect a three-run, eighth-inning lead Wednesday night, and then things got really ugly for the Angels in extra innings. Reliever Kevin Jepsen, on the first pitch of an intentional walk to Paul Konerko with runners on second and third in the top of the 10th, threw a ball over the head of catcher Hank Conger and to the backstop, allowing the go-ahead run to score. The Chicago White Sox tacked on another run on Brent Lillibridge's sacrifice fly to center for a 6-4 victory in Angel Stadium and closed the game with a remarkable defensive play in the bottom of the 10th.
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May 1, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
No team in the American League played more extra-inning games in the season's first month than the Angels. Which is either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your point of view. "It's pretty simple," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "When you're pitching really well and not hitting, you're going to play tight games. When you play tight games, that increases the chance that you're going to go extra innings. " And the Angels have lost in extra innings more than any other team in the league after dropping a 10-inning decision Saturday to the Tampa Bay Rays, 2-1. The winning run scored when Fernando Rodney bounced a two-out, two-strike pitch in the dirt, marking the first time in franchise history the Rays have won on a walk-off wild pitch.
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April 9, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
One bright spot in Friday night's 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays was a fairly clean inning by demoted Angels closer Fernando Rodney , who gave up one hit in a scoreless ninth. Of the right-hander's 14 pitches, eight were strikes. In his previous outing, in Kansas City last Sunday, Rodney blew a save by walking three batters and allowing two runs in the Angels' 12-9, 13-inning loss to the Royals. Scioscia announced on Tuesday that Jordan Walden would be the new closer. "For the first time in a while, he looked real comfortable on the mound," Manager Mike Scioscia said of Rodney.
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May 11, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Among the reasons Mike Scioscia gave Tuesday for sticking with Brian Fuentes as his closer despite the left-hander's Monday night meltdown is that "it's a little premature to make wholesale changes," the Angels manager said. Who said anything about wholesale changes? Most Angels fans would be satisfied with one seemingly simple switch — make hard-throwing right-hander Fernando Rodney the closer and Fuentes a setup man or left-handed relief specialist. Rodney is clearly the team's best reliever, with a 3-0 record and 2.87 earned-run average in 16 games, a fastball that has been clocked as high as 98 mph and an excellent changeup.
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April 5, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from St. Petersburg, Fla.— Jordan Walden pitched in relief for the first time less than a year ago. Now he's the Angels' closer. Which says a lot about the state of the Angels' bullpen and the depth of Walden's talent. Both were on display Tuesday at Tropicana Field, with Walden pitching a perfect ninth inning to stave off another bullpen implosion and save the Angels' 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Angels losing patience with Scott Kazmir All that came just hours after Manager Mike Scioscia said he was taking the closer's job away from veteran Fernando Rodney and giving it to Walden.
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March 24, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
AT THE PLATE: Brandon Wood hit a two-run single in the sixth inning and a two-run home run to left, his fourth of the spring, in the eighth. Peter Bourjos and Maicer Izturis hit back-to-back homers in the third. Izturis had three hits, and Alberto Callaspo had two hits and two runs batted in. ON THE MOUND: Reliever Fernando Rodney, pitching for the second consecutive day, retired only one of the five batters he faced, allowing two hits, two walks and a run. Kevin Jepsen, slowed by tightness in his left hip this week, threw a scoreless eighth, and Jordan Walden threw a scoreless seventh.
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