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October 4, 2009 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, ON THE ANGELS
A shoulder injury to reliever Jason Bulger on the eve of the playoffs put a slight damper on a sharp outing by left-hander Scott Kazmir, who gave up three hits in five shutout innings in the Angels' 4-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday. Bulger, who is 6-1 with a 3.56 earned-run average in 64 games, gave up a walk, a run-scoring triple to Eric Patterson and struck out two batters in the eighth inning before signaling to the bench that he felt tightness in the front of his shoulder.
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April 27, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Mike Scioscia doesn't want expectations to soar too high for his talented batch of rookies, cautioning after Tuesday's lopsided win that "there's going to be a learning curve for a lot of these youngsters. " What the Angels manager failed to mention is there will be learning fastballs, sliders and changeups. The Angels saw — and missed — their share of them from Oakland right-hander Tyson Ross , who needed only 76 pitches to breeze through seven scoreless innings Wednesday.
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September 16, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
The questions surrounding the Angels' bullpen as the postseason draws near aren't confined to the closer spot. As good as relievers Kevin Jepsen and Jason Bulger have been this season, it remains to be seen how the rookie right-handers will respond to the October stage, of pitching in extremely hostile environments such as Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium. "Everybody has to have their first playoff experience -- you've got to start somewhere," said Jepsen, the setup man who has emerged as the team's top reliever in the second half.
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April 10, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels won a game they had no business winning Saturday night, not with the way they ran into outs on the base paths and one of their supposed big hitters came up miniscule in the clutch. But their much-maligned bullpen delivered 9 1/3 sometimes wobbly but scoreless innings, with starter Dan Haren coming on after the Angels exhausted their seven-man relief corps, and two of their little guys came through with huge hits in the end. Peter Bourjos lined a two-out double to left field in the 14th inning, and Maicer Izturis stroked an 0-and-2 pitch from closer Jon Rauch into right for a single that scored the speedy Bourjos and gave the Angels a 6-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
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September 24, 2009 | BILL SHAIKIN, ON BASEBALL
The Texas Rangers officially conceded the American League West on Wednesday at 3:01 p.m. The club hit the send button on an e-mail news release entitled "2009 Texas Rangers Team and Individual Accomplishments." The Angels cannot clinch the division for another few days, but the Rangers evidently feel they have accomplished all they can this season. Frankly, they're right. So on to the playoffs, and to the endurance tests that can sap a starting pitcher of all his strength by the fifth or sixth inning.
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July 29, 2009 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, ON THE ANGELS
The left-hander who gets the big bucks to hold late leads and finish out games needed a bailout package of his own Tuesday night. Jason Bulger relieved suddenly struggling closer Brian Fuentes and pitched his way out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the ninth inning, as the Angels held on for a white-knuckle-ride of a 7-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians. For the second straight game, Fuentes did not retire any of the four batters he faced in the ninth.
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August 2, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
The cavalry won't be coming. The Angels failed to pry closer Heath Bell from San Diego before Friday's non-waiver trade deadline, so if they are to win their division and play deep into October, it will have to be with pennant-race and playoff neophytes such as Kevin Jepsen and Jason Bulger playing key bullpen roles. The rookie right-handers performed admirably in July, Jepsen giving up two earned runs, striking out 14 and walking four in 13 1/3 innings of 13 games for a 1.
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March 13, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Seattle 2, Angels 0Angels 6, Cincinnati 3 AT THE PLATE: Efren Navarro went two for four with two runs batted in, lifting his spring average to .438 in the win over the Reds. Jeremy Moore also had two hits, scored twice and drove in two runs. ON THE MOUND: Jordan Walden, Michael Kohn, Trevor Bell and Jason Bulger each pitched a scoreless inning of relief against the Mariners with Walden and Bulger striking out two apiece. Against the Reds, Kevin Jepsen gave up a run on two hits in his only inning.
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August 7, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Reporting from Detroit — Torii Hunter already had advised his agent to start preparing his appeal for a possible suspension after the Angels right fielder's tantrum Friday night at Comerica Park. "I'm going to fight it," Hunter told reporters in the clubhouse following his eighth-inning ejection, which preceded an outburst in which his batting helmet brushed against umpire Ron Kulpa 's face and Hunter flung a bag of balls onto the field. There wasn't much fight in Hunter a day later.
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March 6, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Angels 7, Arizona 2 AT THE PLATE: More than half of the Angels' 10 hits were for extra bases in the team's most one-sided win of the spring. One of their six doubles came from Bobby Abreu, who keyed a four-run third inning with a two-run hit. Vernon Wells followed a batter later with a two-run double of his own. Torii Hunter, two for 10 coming in, had a double and a single in three at-bats. The Angels also stole three bases, giving them 17 in 19 tries. ON THE MOUND: Jered Weaver, the Angels' probable opening day starter, gave up three hits but struck out three in three innings.
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April 10, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels announced Sunday that Tyler Chatwood , a 21-year-old right-hander who has all of 6 2/3 innings of triple-A experience, will start Monday night against the Cleveland Indians and that reliever Scott Downs will be activated off the disabled list. No surprises there. The shocker was the players sent out to clear roster spots: Kevin Jepsen , a key late-inning reliever since 2009, and promising young reliever Michael Kohn were optioned to triple-A Salt Lake.
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April 3, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Kansas City, Mo. Even in a bad economy, $140 million doesn't buy what it used to. Take the Angels, for example. On Thursday, they started the season with high hopes, buoyed by the largest payroll in franchise history. But Sunday night, they limped into Tampa, Fla., riding a three-game losing streak, one that exposed some weaknesses they didn't know they had while highlighting others that now seem much worse than originally feared. The only difference between the latest loss and the two that preceded it was the fact that it took longer — 13 innings and nearly five hours.
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March 29, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels don't need Scott Kazmir to lead the league in strikeouts, like he did when he whiffed 239 batters for Tampa Bay in 2007. They don't need him to win 20 games or compile a sub-3.50 earned-run average. As the fifth starter on a team with four very good ones — Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, Ervin Santana and Joel Pineiro — Kazmir needs to pitch well enough to give the Angels a chance to win and long enough to prevent the bullpen from being overworked every fifth game. The left-hander didn't go deep into Tuesday night's 5-1 exhibition victory by the Angels over the Dodgers in Angel Stadium, throwing only 49 pitches in 41/3 innings, though that was by design.
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March 27, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Officially, the two-game Freeway Series between the Dodgers and Angels, which begins Monday night at Dodger Stadium, is an exhibition series. So officially, the games don't count. Don't believe it. Because for a handful of players still fighting for roster spots on both teams, the next two days could be the most important ones of their seasons, if not their careers. On the Dodgers' side, backup catcher Dioner Navarro will start the season on the disabled list, opening a roster spot for Hector Gimenez or A.J. Ellis, and Casey Blake's back injury has forced an infield shift that sent Juan Uribe to third base.
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March 13, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Seattle 2, Angels 0Angels 6, Cincinnati 3 AT THE PLATE: Efren Navarro went two for four with two runs batted in, lifting his spring average to .438 in the win over the Reds. Jeremy Moore also had two hits, scored twice and drove in two runs. ON THE MOUND: Jordan Walden, Michael Kohn, Trevor Bell and Jason Bulger each pitched a scoreless inning of relief against the Mariners with Walden and Bulger striking out two apiece. Against the Reds, Kevin Jepsen gave up a run on two hits in his only inning.
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March 6, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Angels 7, Arizona 2 AT THE PLATE: More than half of the Angels' 10 hits were for extra bases in the team's most one-sided win of the spring. One of their six doubles came from Bobby Abreu, who keyed a four-run third inning with a two-run hit. Vernon Wells followed a batter later with a two-run double of his own. Torii Hunter, two for 10 coming in, had a double and a single in three at-bats. The Angels also stole three bases, giving them 17 in 19 tries. ON THE MOUND: Jered Weaver, the Angels' probable opening day starter, gave up three hits but struck out three in three innings.
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May 21, 2006 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
The Angels released infielder Edgardo Alfonzo on Saturday, closing the ledger on one of the most unproductive expenditures in franchise history. The club compounded the ineffective free-agent signing of outfielder Steve Finley -- for two years and $14 million -- by trading him to the San Francisco Giants for Alfonzo in a mutual salary dump last winter. As Finley rebounded in San Francisco, Alfonzo batted .100 for the Angels, with five hits in seven weeks.
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September 3, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from Oakland What had the makings of another Oakland Coliseum disaster for Scott Kazmir, who walked two, hit two batters and gave up a run in a 28-pitch first inning Friday night, actually turned out pretty well for the Angels left-hander. Kazmir, who was rocked for a career-high 13 runs and 11 hits in five innings of a July 10 start at Oakland, walked six in 5 2/3 innings but was sharp enough to give up only two runs and two hits before turning the game over to the bullpen.
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September 3, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
What had the makings of another Oakland Coliseum disaster for Scott Kazmir, who walked two, hit two batters and gave up a run in a 28-pitch first inning Friday night, actually turned out pretty well for the Angels left-hander. Kazmir, who was rocked for a career-high 13 runs and 11 hits in five innings in a start at Oakland on July 10, walked six in 52/3 innings but was sharp enough to give up only two runs and two hits before turning the game over to the bullpen. Then things got really ugly.
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