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April 4, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Angels Manager Mike Scioscia confirmed Wednesday what was long suspected: Jered Weaver will make his third consecutive opening-day start when he takes the mound with the new Albert Pujols-led Angels on Friday night vs. the Kansas City Royals at Anaheim Stadium. The 29-year-old Weaver (18-8, 2.41 earned run average last season) has been an All-Star the last two years. He is scheduled to face Kansas City veteran Bruce Chen in the 7:05 p.m. game. "Weave's the guy you want out there," Scioscia said.
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April 23, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
AT THE PLATE: The Angels scored twice in the sixth to take a 2-1 lead when Mike Trout walked, Albert Pujols hit a run-scoring double and Erick Aybar hit a run-scoring single. David Freese ended an 0-for-14 skid when he doubled to left-center and later scored on a wild pitch in the seventh, and Trout had a run-scoring single in the ninth. Pujols, who also singled in the first, struck out with the bases loaded to end the ninth. Aybar was seven for 12 in the series to raise his average from .175 to .240.
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May 2, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
  [Updated, 9:36 p.m. May 2: Angels pitcher Jered Weaver became only the third Angels pitcher since 1990 to throw a no-hitter in a 9-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium. ] The only two base-runners for the Twins were Chris Parmelee in the second inning when he struck out and ended up on first on a passed ball by catcher Chris Iannetta and a seventh-inning walk to Josh Willingham on a 3-and-2 count. The Angels collected a season-high 15 hits.
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April 23, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
WASHINGTON - The Angels were three outs away from their first series sweep in the nation's capital since 1962, their first winning record in 386 days and a highly anticipated Amtrak train ride to New York City when closer Ernesto Frieri drove them off the rails Wednesday night. Frieri, whose hold on his ninth-inning job was tenuous, failed to protect a three-run lead in a stunning 5-4 walk-off loss to the Washington Nationals, leaving Manager Mike Scioscia little choice but to replace Frieri as closer with setup man Joe Smith.
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May 21, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Jered Weaver could rejoin the Angels' starting rotation next week, Manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday. Weaver is set to pitch in an extended spring training game Wednesday in Arizona, the same day Joe Blanton is scheduled to start for the Angels. It is possible Weaver could replace Blanton when that turn comes up again Monday, against the Dodgers. Weaver, the Angels' ace, has not pitched since April 7 because of a fractured left elbow. Blanton is 0-7 with a 6.62 earned-run average, the highest of any starter in the American League.
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April 6, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Albert Pujols struck out swinging against Kansas City Royals reliever Aaron Crow in the seventh inning, and the Angels and Royals enter the eighth inning scoreless. Pujols earlier lined into a double play and fouled out to third base in his debut at Angel Stadium, where a sellout crowd of 44,106 is watching. The Angels, riding a strong performance by starting pitcher Jered Weaver (10 strikeouts through eight innings), haven't had a runner at second base since the first inning.
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August 9, 2009 | JIM PELTZ
Jered Weaver struck out 11 batters for the second consecutive time and Erick Aybar hit a game-winning home run. But in the eyes of Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, the deciding factor in the Angels' 3-2 win over the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium was the relief pitching of Kevin Jepsen in the eighth inning. Jepsen inherited runners on second base and third base with one out when Weaver departed the game Saturday, but the 25-year-old right-hander retired Michael Young and Marlon Byrd to help preserve the win. "The biggest thing this afternoon was Kevin Jepsen; I don't think you could ask for anything more from a guy pitching in the back end of the bullpen than what he did," Scioscia said.
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April 8, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The Angels scoffed at the radar gun readings at Great American Ball Park. Jered Weaver 's fastball registered in the 84-87 mph range there on opening day , and the Angels suggested that the gun in Cincinnati was a little on the slow side. Weaver, the Angels' ace, made his second start of the season on Sunday, against the Texas Rangers at the Ballpark in Arlington. The radar gun there had his fastball in the very same range: 84-87 mph. Neither game was played in optimal conditions, with unusually cold weather in Cincinnati and gusting winds in Texas.
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September 19, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels ace Jered Weaver, who experienced some forearm tightness last week, was scratched from Friday night's scheduled start against the Seattle Mariners. The team did not issue a reason for the move. Right-hander Matt Shoemaker, called up from triple-A Salt Lake on Monday, will start Friday night, and Jerome Williams and C.J. Wilson will remain on schedule and pitch Saturday night and Sunday, respectively. Weaver, who missed seven weeks in April and May because of a broken left elbow, is 10-8 with a 3.36 earned run average in 23 games, including Saturday's six-inning, two-run, six-hit win in Houston, his fifth straight quality start.
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August 25, 2009 | BEN BOLCH
Was it a playoff preview . . . or a postseason playback? There was something frighteningly familiar for the Angels about their 10-7 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Monday night at Angel Stadium. Their starting pitcher couldn't measure up to one of the best in the American League. Their hitters were neither timely nor clutch until the game was out of reach. The result was predictably disappointing for a franchise that has dropped four of its last five playoff series since winning the 2002 World Series.
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April 18, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
DETROIT -- An offensive barrage that featured a pair of two-run home runs from Howie Kendrick and a three-run shot from Albert Pujols - career homer No. 497 - was impressive and, it turns out, necessary for the Angels, who made things far too interesting by throwing an incendiary device by the name of Josh Wall into the proceedings Friday night. Far more important in the big picture, though, was the Jered Weaver-like performance the Angels got from their ace, who shook off a trio of shaky starts with a superb six-inning, one-run, three-hit effort in an 11-6 win over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
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April 17, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
A win is a win. And Mike Scioscia figures his Angels need at least 90 of them to have a shot at returning to the postseason for the first time since 2009. But as Wednesday night stretched into Thursday morning, the giddy Angels were talking as if their last victory - a 5-4 win over the Oakland Athletics on Chris Iannetta's 12th-inning walk-off homer - might just be worth a little bit more. "It's character building, it's team-identity building, it's chemistry building," Iannetta said.
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March 28, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Albert Pujols made his major league debut at 22. Jered Weaver made his minor league debut at 22. Mike Trout just made $145 million at 22, and he set himself up to become the richest athlete in North American sports history. The best player in baseball has decided to stay with the Angels through 2020. Trout agreed with the team Friday on a six-year contract extension, and owner Arte Moreno will formally announce the deal at a public ceremony Saturday at Angel Stadium. Trout's family flew here from the East Coast on Friday.
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March 26, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Angels fans won't have Joe Blanton to kick around anymore. The Angels released the struggling right-hander Wednesday, eating the $8.5 million remaining on his contract. The Angels signed Blanton, 33, to a two-year, $15-million deal before the 2013 season, thinking he would be a durable and effective innings-eater. But Blanton went 2-14 with a 6.04 earned-run average and 29 homers allowed and was demoted to the bullpen in late July. Though Blanton rarely pitched over the final two months of the season, he was still the object of endless derision from fans who urged the team to release him. With Garrett Richards securing a rotation spot behind Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson in the final two months of 2013 and the Angels acquiring young left-handers Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs in a three-team trade for Mark Trumbo, it was clear there was no room for Blanton in the rotation this season.
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March 25, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels 8, Cubs 4 AT THE PLATE: Ian Stewart, who appears to have the edge over several candidates for a reserve spot, sparked a six-run ninth inning with a home run and capped the rally with a run-scoring single. Grant Green (triple), Collin Cowgill (double), J.B. Shuck (single), Shawn O'Malley (run-scoring single) and Abel Baker (two-run single) added hits in the inning. Raul Ibanez hit his second spring home run, and Josh Hamilton doubled. ON THE MOUND: Jered Weaver, pitching in a triple-A game against Milwaukee so the Angels could regulate his workload, gave up four hits, struck out eight and walked one in seven scoreless innings, throwing 102 pitches.
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March 20, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Angels 3, Royals 2 AT THE PLATE: Mike Trout lifted his Cactus League average to .400. He homered and doubled, and he leads the Angels with four home runs and 14 runs batted in. David Freese went hitless in three at-bats. He is batting .212 this spring, with no extra-base hits in 33 at-bats. ON THE MOUND: Jered Weaver retired 13 consecutive batters at one point. Nick Maronde, who could open the season as the lone left-hander in the Angels' bullpen, relieved Weaver and retired left-handed batters Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon.
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October 3, 2009 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, ON THE ANGELS
Jered Weaver's spark plugs, air filter and brake fluid look fine. The right-hander looked sharp in his final tuneup for the playoffs Friday night, throwing five shutout innings with five strikeouts and no walks in the Angels' 5-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics. But the check-engine light came on for setup man Kevin Jepsen, who suffered his second shaky outing in seven days, giving up singles to three of the four batters he faced and two runs in the ninth inning. "I feel like I'm out there trying to work on things instead of doing what I normally do, which is go after guys and let it all hang out," Jepsen said.
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April 9, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels placed ace Jered Weaver on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday because of a non-displaced radial head fracture in his left elbow, an injury that will sideline the right-hander for at least four weeks. Initial X-rays of the elbow taken Sunday night in Texas were negative, and Weaver, who jammed the elbow as he hit the ground to avoid a vicious Mitch Moreland line drive up the middle, was diagnosed with a strain. But further tests in Southern California on Monday revealed a more significant injury, and the Angels will be without their best pitcher, a 20-game winner in 2012, for at least a month and possibly more.
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March 20, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hit home runs in the same game three times last year. The Angels won all three. So it was little wonder that the Angels were encouraged on Thursday, when Trout and Pujols each hit home runs in a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Trout hit his second home run in two days, and Pujols hit his first home run of the spring. Jered Weaver and four relievers combined on a four-hitter. Weaver gave up two runs and three hits in 5 1/3 innings, with no walks and five strikeouts.
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March 20, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
SURPRISE, Ariz. - For Mike Scioscia , one question was enough. The Angels had just traded his son, in a headline-grabbing deal. They sent Matt Scioscia to the Chicago Cubs for Trevor Gretzky , son of Wayne Gretzky, the greatest player in hockey history. Scioscia offered a brief reaction to the trade on Thursday, after the Angels' 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals. "It's part of baseball," Scioscia said. "It's a good opportunity for Matt. " Scioscia cut off a follow-up question, about whether General Manager Jerry Dipoto had discussed the trade with the manager or simply informed him after its completion.
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