February 21, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - It's far too early to determine how Albert Pujols will rebound from a subpar season that was cut short by a left-foot injury, but early returns on the slugger are encouraging. "I feel awesome," said Pujols, who had right-knee surgery after 2012 and suffered a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his left foot last July. "To be able to do things with no pain or discomfort, to have my legs underneath me, to move around and have the load I want in my swing … that's the biggest difference.
February 16, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - Josh Hamilton arrived at Angels camp Sunday, hoping to play the heavy. The 6-foot-4 left fielder checked in at 240 pounds, a solid 28 pounds heavier than he was at the end of 2013, believing it would help his production. "I feel a lot stronger," said Hamilton, who reported at 227 pounds last spring and finished the season at 212. "I had never really lifted heavy weights to gain muscle like this. . . . "It will help. My joints won't feel as good. I'll probably hurt a little bit more.
February 12, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Doomed from the start. No phrase better captures the last two playoff-free seasons for the Angels, who were 18-25 and eight games back in the American League West by mid-May 2012 and 15-27 and 12 games back by mid-May 2013. After lavishing $240 million on Albert Pujols before 2012 and $125 million on Josh Hamilton before 2013, the Angels spent modestly this off-season, their only free-agent splurge on reliever Joe Smith for three years and $15.75 million. Expectations are lower for 2014 - most projections have the Angels finishing third in the division - but if they are to contend, they must hit stride opening day, a mission they hope to accomplish by infusing spring training with a keener focus and greater sense of urgency.
January 21, 2014 |
In addition to gaining about 20 pounds this winter, Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton said he's been working with a “functional movement coach” in an effort regain the swing that helped him win American League most-valuable-player honors in 2010 but deserted him for most of 2013. “In August, I went back and looked at videotapes from 2010 until that moment,” Hamilton, who hit .217 through the first four months of last season, said Tuesday during an in-studio interview with MLB Network.
November 26, 2013 |
Daniel Hamilton had 27 points and 18 rebounds and Tyler Dorsey added 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead St. John Bosco past Long Beach Millikan, 83-69, in a quarterfinal game of the Redondo tournament. St. John Bosco will play Mayfair in Friday's semifinals. Malik Marquetti led Millikan with 25 points. Mark Thomas had 22 points. Redondo defeated Campbell Hall, 68-60, and will face Westchester in the other semifinal. In a consolation game, Narbonne defeated Rolling Hills Prep, 77-32.
November 26, 2013 |
Bandleader, drummer and NEA jazz master Chico Hamilton has died. He was 92 years old. Born Foreststorn Hamilton in Los Angeles in 1921, Hamilton's music career began with some notable high school classmates including future legends in their own right, Dexter Gordon and Charles Mingus. He eventually went on to perform and tour with Lester Young, Lena Horne and Gerry Mulligan before putting together his first quintet in 1955. A landmark group that forged the sound of West Coast jazz while featuring the reeds of Buddy Collette, guitarist Jim Hall, Carson Smith on bass and cellist Fred Katz , the group evolved through a wealth of jazz talent, including Eric Dolphy, Gabor Szabo and Charles Lloyd, who joined the band in 1960.