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April 23, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
On Wednesday, Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos made an at-the-wall catch in his club's 4-1 win at Texas that was so good his teammate Jered Weaver referred to it as "The Catch. " It was the kind of highlight many expected from the speedy 24-year-old, who drew rave reviews in the minor leagues for his defensive excellence in center field. But Friday, Bourjos cost the Angels some runs in their 4-3 loss to Boston after a head-scratching drop of a fly ball that left some criticizing his center-field inexperience at this level.
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March 26, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Success seemed to come easily for Jered Weaver in 2006, when he went 9-0 to start his big-league career, finished with an 11-2 record and 2.56 earned run average and held opponents to a meager .209 batting average. So when then-teammate John Lackey began harping on him to increase the intensity of his workouts between starts, Weaver all but ignored him. Who needs direction from a more experienced pitcher when you're rolling through the American League as if it were the Big West Conference?
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December 17, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
In the subject field of one recent e-mail to Angels owner Arte Moreno were the words: "Cheap, cheap, cheap!" In the body of another was a plea: "If you can't afford to play the game, sell the team and let's get an owner who can do this. " The Angels closed 2010 with a payroll of $121 million, seventh-highest among baseball's 30 teams, "and now I'm cheap because I won't spend $200 million on Mark Teixeira and $150 million on Carl Crawford?" Moreno said Friday, his voice rising with indignation.
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December 9, 2010 | Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The Angels are looking more and more like the teenager who has to sit at the kids' table for the holiday meal while teams like the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are at the grown-ups' table enjoying the feast. They couldn't hang with the big boys again this winter, swinging and missing at their top free-agent target when outfielder Carl Crawford agreed to terms on a seven-year, $142-million deal with Boston on Wednesday. Since the big-splash signings of Vladimir Guerrero, Bartolo Colon and Kelvim Escobar before 2004, the Angels have become perennial bridesmaids, coming up short in negotiations for Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, John Lackey, Chone Figgins and Paul Konerko and in trade talks for Roy Halladay and Miguel Cabrera.
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December 9, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
Once again, major league baseball in Los Angeles has been reminded of its identity, the annual winter flea market defining the palatability of this region's two teams in two words. We are chopped liver. We are the place where premier free agents blow in, then blow off. We are the place that Mark Teixeira thumbed, Paul Konerko conked and CC Sabathia spurned. We are the place where Roy Halladay would never dock, and John Lackey simply left. Just this week, we were the place that Carl Crawford craved ?
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July 27, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Maybe the Angels should have asked Jed Lowrie to pop over to their clubhouse as a guest speaker Tuesday afternoon. The Boston second baseman could have talked about clutch hitting and then given a personal demonstration a few hours later when his two-out, two-run double in the seventh inning helped propel the Red Sox to a 4-2 victory at Angel Stadium. The Angels had tried to revive their slumbering offense with a hitters' meeting before the game, but it was more of the same against former teammate John Lackey and two relievers.
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July 26, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
The stadium where John Lackey helped secure the most momentous victory in Angels history seemed a bit foreign Monday afternoon. Unsure of the location of the visitors' clubhouse, the pitcher entered the field from an opening in right field before descending into the dugout along the first base line. He eventually found his clubhouse locker beneath the stadium and slipped on the gray uniform of the Boston Red Sox. But the right-hander plans on making himself at home again here Tuesday, when he starts against his former team at Angel Stadium for the first time.
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July 15, 2010 | Mike DiGiovanna
The Texas Rangers have a more potent offense, a superior defense and a far better bullpen than the Angels, while the team's rotations are an even match. But as much as the between-the-lines factors favor Texas this season, it's what's going on between the ears of the Rangers that will probably end the Angels' reign of American League West titles at three in a row. Texas, it seems, has learned a lesson since hitting an emotional high May 17, 2009, when it completed a three-game sweep of the Angels at the Ballpark in Arlington to take a 4½-game division lead.
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July 2, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
After the Texas Rangers had lost on Thursday — thus losing a series with the Angels — Texas pitcher C.J. Wilson proclaimed the Rangers had the better team and said "it might not be that close." The Angels were well aware of his comments on Friday, but they tempered their return fire. "They've had some guys say some things in the past," Jered Weaver said. "We've had a pretty good track record. We'll just go out and play baseball and not worry about what other people are saying."
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