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SPORTS
April 7, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
ARLINGTON, Texas - There were plenty of aces in the hole Sunday afternoon, as five of the game's best pitchers - Matt Cain, David Price, Cole Hamels, R.A. Dickey and Stephen Strasburg - were torched for 38 earned runs in 241/3 innings. Jered Weaver followed suit Sunday night. The Angels ace, fighting mechanical issues that seem to have sapped him of some velocity, was knocked around by the Texas Rangers, giving up five runs and seven hits, including two home runs, in five innings of a 7-3 loss at the Ballpark in Arlington.
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SPORTS
May 13, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
ARLINGTON, Texas — This wasn't what slugger Mark Trumbo meant Saturday when he said the Angels need to "come out a little angry" and play with a "figurative chip on our shoulder. " Ace Jered Weaver took that suggestion to the extreme Sunday night, flying into a rage upon returning to the dugout after giving up a third-inning grand slam to Nelson Cruz, which helped power the Texas Rangers to a 13-6 romp of the Angels at the Ballpark in Arlington. "We had a chance to win the series, and I let the team down," said Weaver, who fell to 5-1 with a 2.83 earned-run average but is 2-7 with a 5.21 ERA in 14 career starts in the Rangers' hitter-friendly park.
SPORTS
June 30, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
Money could be an object The Texas Rangers will soon have to decide what to do about outfielder Josh Hamilton , who is scheduled to become a free agent this fall. And thanks in part to the Angels, none of their options look particularly good. Hamilton, who will make $13.75 million this year, has said he wants to stay in Texas but he doesn't intend to give the Rangers much of a hometown discount. So Hamilton and his agent, Michael Moye , may use the 10-year, $240-million deal the Angels gave Albert Pujols in December as a benchmark in their discussions with the Rangers.
NEWS
May 12, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
ARLINGTON, Texas - C. J. Wilson, working on no days' rest, silenced a hostile Ballpark in Arlington crowd with 5 2/3 solid innings Saturday, and Mark Trumbo hit a two-run home run and sparked a two-run rally with a walk to lead the Angels to a 4-2 victory over the Texas Rangers. The Angels also got 3 1/3 hitless innings from their bullpen, including 1 2/3 superb innings from right-hander Ernesto Frieri, to trim Texas' American League West lead to seven games. Wilson, the former Rangers ace who signed a five-year, $77.5-million contract with the Angels in December, became the first pitcher in franchise history to start consecutive games after a 1-hour, 56-minute rain delay in the first inning cut his Friday night start short after 22 pitches.
SPORTS
October 12, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from Detroit — Nolan Ryan threw seven no-hitters and racked up a major league-high 5,714 strikeouts in his 27-year Hall-of-Fame career, but pitching is nowhere near as nerve-racking as watching his Texas Rangers in a postseason brimming with nail-biting moments. Several times this month, television cameras have caught the Rangers' CEO and president in his seat near the dugout gripping a baseball so tight it looks like he could squeeze the cover off. "It's hard being a fan," Ryan said.
SPORTS
September 19, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It's an awkward and unexpected position for a team with a $159-million payroll, a superstar-filled roster and World Series aspirations, but the Angels are not too proud to admit it. They need help. "We're going to need some teams to stub their toe a bit," Manager Mike Scioscia said, "but it's not going to mean anything if we don't take care of the games we're playing. The best way to pressure the teams ahead of you is to win. " The Angels did that in convincing fashion Tuesday night, busting out for eight runs in the fourth inning and riding Jered Weaver's 100th career win to an 11-3 victory over Texas that moved them to within 61/2 games of the Rangers in the American League West with 14 games left.
SPORTS
April 15, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NEW YORK - Negotiations for a contract extension that would lock up shortstop Erick Aybar and prevent him from reaching free agency have dragged on for nearly four months, but the sides appear to be moving toward an agreement. "Erick wants to be an Angel, we want Erick to be an Angel, and I feel very confident we'll be able to work something out," General Manager Jerry Dipoto said before Sunday night's game. "We've made progress. I'm very encouraged by where we are and that we will ultimately get there.
NEWS
June 3, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The decisive moment in Texas' 7-3 victory over the Angels on Sunday came in the bottom of the seventh inning, when Rangers reliever Alexi Ogando shattered Albert Pujols' bat with a 100-mph fastball and induced a weak fly ball to left field to snuff out a bases-loaded, two-out threat and preserve a two-run lead. But another turning point for the Angels came in the top of the seventh inning, when Manager Mike Scioscia stuck with reliever Bobby Cassevah a lot longer than most in an announced crowd of 42,465 at Angel Stadium would have stuck with the right-hander.
SPORTS
July 1, 2009 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, ON THE ANGELS
Don't mess with Texas? Texas is messing with Joe Saunders, who was rocked for eight runs and six hits, including a career-high four home runs, in 3 2/3 innings of Tuesday night's 9-5 loss to the Rangers at the Ballpark in Arlington, which snapped the Angels' six-game winning streak. In five career starts in Arlington, Saunders is 0-5 with an 11.68 earned-run average, having given up 29 runs in 27 2/3 innings. In all other road stadiums, the Angels left-hander is 21-4 with a 2.97 ERA.
SPORTS
July 8, 2009 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, ON THE ANGELS
On the bright side, John Lackey lasted more than two pitches in his rematch with the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. In fact, the Angels' ace threw 105 more pitches than he did in his infamous two-and-out 2009 debut in Texas on May 16. Not that the results were much better.
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