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May 10, 2009 | BEN BOLCH
Nearly 48 hours before he was scheduled to compete against the starting pitcher with the most infinitesimal earned-run average in the major leagues, Joe Saunders started to feel the pressure. And it had nothing to do with Zack Greinke and his 0.40 ERA. Saunders was the victim of good-natured ribbing from his Angels teammates, who needled the All-Star by saying "Hey, figure it out" and "Let's go" in the wake of Jered Weaver's complete game Thursday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
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July 13, 2013 | By Tim Hubbard
Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at three players whose surprising performances in the first half have earned them roster spots in Tuesday's All-Star game in New York. Patrick Corbin SP | Arizona When the Angels traded for Dan Haren in July 2010, many Angels fans were unhappy to see the team part with Joe Saunders, who had won 33 games over the previous two seasons. But it has turned out to be Corbin, the other pitcher the team threw into the deal, that has the Angels brass shaking their heads everytime Joe Blanton or Jerome Williams get roughed up. Corbin, whom the Angels drafted in the second round in 2009, has hit center stage in 2013 and has an 11-1 record with a 2.35 earned-run average and 1.00 WHIP in helping the Diamondbacks hold on to first place in the National League West.
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August 9, 2009 | Jim Peltz
Angels starter Joe Saunders was scheduled to be examined today as he began a stint on the 15-day disabled list for tightness in his left shoulder. Saunders said he has struggled with the problem all season and had hoped he could work through it. He had started the season 5-1 but has gone 4-6 since then. And after lasting only 1 2/3 innings Friday night against the Texas Rangers, in which he gave up five uns, the Angels decided to place him on the disabled list. The move should "let him get this little tightness out and then get back on the mound throwing and get back in the rotation, hopefully in a couple of weeks," Manager Mike Scioscia said.
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July 13, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SEATTLE -- An 8-3 loss to Seattle on Friday night had an all-too-familiar ring for the Angels, who were shut down - again - by a left-hander, Joe Saunders blanking them and giving up five hits in seven innings. The Angels are 10-14 against left-handed starters, and they began Saturday night's game against the Mariners with a .239 average, .304 on-base percentage and .389 slugging percentage against left-handers. They had a .279/.342/.442 line against right-handers. Asked whether he had any insight into how a team with right-handed sluggers Albert Pujols and Mark Trumbo could struggle so much against left-handers, hitting coach Jim Eppard said, "Nope.
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May 19, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Reporting from Chicago -- The Angels are getting a feel for what they can expect every time Joe Saunders starts a game. They also have a pretty good idea how things are going to go when Brian Fuentes tries to finish one — and that's not nearly as comforting. Fuentes struggled to wrap up what Saunders started so brilliantly Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, wobbling through another ninth inning but ultimately preserving the Angels' 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. The embattled closer gave up a leadoff home run to Paul Konerko and allowed the potential tying run to reach second base with two out before striking out Alexei Ramirez for his fifth save in seven chances.
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May 10, 2009 | Bill Shaikin
Saunders on A-Rod: 'It's over' In the last six years, the American League has filled the cleanup spot in its All-Star lineup with two players: Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez. Would you vote for either one today? Ramirez was suspended Thursday after flunking a drug test. Rodriguez, whose positive test in 2003 was revealed this spring, made his season debut Friday after rehabilitating a hip injury. Neither player will have enough games to pile up the statistics that warrant your vote.
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April 27, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Joe Saunders was bewildered by his previous start, when he gave up five earned runs and six hits in 22/3 innings of a loss to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. "It was one of those weird nights where maybe I bit my fingernail the wrong way or something," Saunders said. "My sinker wasn't sinking. My pitches weren't doing what they were supposed to do." Those pitches refused to cooperate with Saunders again Tuesday night, leaving the Angels left-hander perplexed and perturbed but undeterred.
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July 23, 2010 | Sports Network
C.J. Wilson pitched eight shutout innings and Michael Young homered in the first inning to lead the Texas Rangers to a 1-0 victory over the Angels on Friday night. Young and Nelson Cruz each had two hits for the Rangers, who won by a 3-2 count Thursday thanks to a solid effort from starter Cliff Lee. On Friday, it was Wilson's (9-5) turn and the southpaw didn't disappoint, as he gave up four hits and struck out three without walking a batter. Neftali Feliz retired the side in order in the ninth for his 27th save.
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August 22, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
Joe Saunders took a significant step in his return from shoulder tightness, throwing 55 maximum-effort pitches during a three-inning simulated game in the Rogers Centre bullpen today. If the Angels left-hander feels as good after a similar workout Sunday or Monday, he will rejoin the rotation later in the week. "This is the best I've felt since last year," said Saunders, who has benefited from an Aug. 8 cortisone shot and some rest. "I long-tossed farther than I ever have for four out of five days, and my arm has responded great.
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July 25, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Unable to an add an impact bat, the Angels chose to upgrade their rotation Sunday when they acquired ace right-hander Dan Haren from the Arizona Diamondbacks for left-hander Joe Saunders, minor league pitchers Patrick Corbin and Rafael Rodriguez and a player to be named. "We didn't see a fit from an offensive standpoint we thought would make us better," General Manager Tony Reagins said before the Angels' series finale against the Texas Rangers. "There are still opportunities out there, and we will be aggressive in pursuing them.
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May 17, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
As if the pitching-thin Angels need another reminder of what might have been, there it is, on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated, New York Mets ace Matt Harvey, the one who got away. The Angels picked Harvey in the third round in 2007 knowing it would take first-round money to sign him out of high school, but when owner Arte Moreno authorized an offer of only $1 million - half of what Harvey wanted - the right-hander went to the University of North Carolina. Harvey signed for $2.6 million with the Mets in 2010 and, armed with a 97-mph fastball and devastating curve, has emerged as a Cy Young Award candidate this season, going 5-0 with a 1.55 earned-run average in his first nine starts.
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December 4, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NASHVILLE - The Angels made an offer to a veteran starting pitcher that was essentially blown out of the water by the Washington Nationals on the second day of baseball's winter meetings. Lucky for the Angels, that pitcher was Dan Haren and not Zack Greinke. Washington agreed to terms Tuesday on a one-year, $13-million deal for Haren, a move that probably takes the well-heeled Nationals out of the running for Greinke, the jewel of this winter's free-agent class and a top target of the Angels.
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December 3, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NASHVILLE - The Angels have expressed interest in reliever Sean Burnett, but the competition for the veteran left-hander could be stiff. At least seven teams, including St. Louis and Milwaukee, are looking at Burnett, a free agent who had a record of 1-2 with a 2.38 earned-run average in 70 games, striking out 57, walking 12 and giving up four homers in 562/3 innings for Washington last season. Burnett, 30, complements a sinking 90-mph fastball with a slider and changeup. He is expected to command a three-year deal for between $15 million and $18 million, a price that may have pushed Washington out of the running for him. "We like Sean, we'd like to bring him back, but it has to make sense for us," Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo told reporters Monday on the first day of baseball's winter meetings.
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June 15, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Pitcher Joe Saunders was in tears on the afternoon of July 25, 2010, when he was informed by the Angels that he'd been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks with others for pitcher Dan Haren . "It was shocking; I remember being so emotional," Saunders said Friday upon returning to Angel Stadium with his Arizona teammates to start a three-game interleague series. "It was the fear of the unknown, the big change at that point in my life. I didn't know what would happen to me. " Left-handed Saunders (4-4, 3.48 ERA)
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October 28, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels will hold a noon news conference Saturday to introduce Jerry Dipoto as their general manager, according to people familiar with the search process but who are not authorized to speak publicly until the official announcement. Since Major League Baseball discourages teams from making announcements during the World Series, Angels vice president of communications Tim Mead would neither confirm nor deny the news on Friday. Dipoto, 43, spent the past six seasons as Arizona's senior vice president of scouting and player development.
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March 10, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Royals 4, Angels 3 Mariners 10, Angels 5 AT THE PLATE: Against Kansas City, Erick Aybar, Alberto Callaspo and Tyson Auer had two hits each while Mark Trumbo scored his sixth run in his last four games. Peter Bourjos had three hits in the split-squad loss to Seattle while catcher Kevin Richardson homered. ON THE MOUND: Joel Pineiro was so efficient in his four-inning outing against the Royals he went to the bullpen afterward to throw 10 more pitches, bringing his total for the day to 60. Unfortunately things didn't go as smoothly for 7-foot-1 reliever Loek Van Mil, who allowed two runs on a hit and two walks while getting just an out in his Angels debut.
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June 15, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Pitcher Joe Saunders was in tears on the afternoon of July 25, 2010, when he was informed by the Angels that he'd been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks with others for pitcher Dan Haren . "It was shocking; I remember being so emotional," Saunders said Friday upon returning to Angel Stadium with his Arizona teammates to start a three-game interleague series. "It was the fear of the unknown, the big change at that point in my life. I didn't know what would happen to me. " Left-handed Saunders (4-4, 3.48 ERA)
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April 22, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Juan Rivera and Howie Kendrick had the night off. For rest, you know. Meantime, the primary Angels quandary regarded whether the backup closer was better than the starting closer. But the starting rotation: non-issue. The Angels starters entered Thursday's game against Detroit with a 5-0 record and 1.43 earned-run average in their last six starts, a span in which they walked just three and struck out 33. Then Joe Saunders, who had thrown an eight-inning gem in his last start, gave up two runs in the first inning, another run in the second and two more in the third.
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July 26, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from Arlington, Texas — The Angels needed to upgrade their offense, and in Dan Haren, acquired from Arizona on Sunday for left-hander Joe Saunders, two minor league pitchers and a player to be named, they got a guy who is batting .364 with a .527 slugging percentage. One little problem: Haren, 29, is a pitcher who probably won't bat for the remainder of 2010 in the American League. "We got a good pitcher, but it's not Kendry Morales," Angels center fielder and aspiring general manager Torii Hunter said, referring to the slugging first baseman the Angels lost to a season-ending leg injury in late May. "We lost Kendry.
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July 25, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Unable to an add an impact bat, the Angels chose to upgrade their rotation Sunday when they acquired ace right-hander Dan Haren from the Arizona Diamondbacks for left-hander Joe Saunders, minor league pitchers Patrick Corbin and Rafael Rodriguez and a player to be named. "We didn't see a fit from an offensive standpoint we thought would make us better," General Manager Tony Reagins said before the Angels' series finale against the Texas Rangers. "There are still opportunities out there, and we will be aggressive in pursuing them.
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