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May 8, 1996 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
The Angels gave up on oft-injured pitcher Julio Valera this spring, selling him to the Kansas City Royals for an undisclosed amount of cash, and it turned out to be a costly decision . . . for the Angels. Valera struck out Tim Salmon and Chili Davis before giving up singles to J.T. Snow and Garret Anderson in the eighth inning Tuesday night. But when Royal closer Jeff Montgomery bailed him out of the jam, Valera had his first major league victory since May 28, 1993.
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May 24, 1993 | BOB NIGHTENGALE
This, pitcher Julio Valera said Sunday after the Angels' 6-2 victory over the Texas Rangers, is what he had in mind all along. "I was waiting for my big chance," said Valera, who gave up four hits in six innings, "and now that I got it, I won't let it go. This is what I always wanted." Valera had been in the bullpen early in the season because of a tender elbow.
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April 11, 1995 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
It has become a familiar refrain among coaches and front-office personnel in the Angel camp: "We've got to find a right-handed starter." Julio Valera sees no reason to panic. He's right-handed. He starts. So what's the problem? "I don't think they need to look elsewhere," said Valera, 26, of San Sebastian, Puerto Rico. "I feel good. I want to show them my arm is back." The arm is definitely back. Whether it's a major league arm has yet to be determined.
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April 14, 1992 | HELENE ELLIOTT
Julio Valera, acquired Sunday from the Mets for Dick Schofield, hadn't even gotten his new Angel uniform when he learned that he had been scheduled for a start. "I came in and they told me I was pitching Wednesday," he said. "That's what I was looking for." The 23-year-old right-hander, who was with triple-A Tidewater this season, pitched in relief in his only two appearances with the Mets last season.
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April 13, 1992 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Having fulfilled their promise to trade Dick Schofield if he wasn't their starting shortstop this season, the Angels now hope right-hander Julio Valera will fulfill the promise he showed in the New York Mets' farm system. The Angels traded Schofield on Sunday for Valera. The Angels will also receive a player later. "The fact is we needed a pitcher, and we didn't feel we had one of that quality," said Whitey Herzog, the Angels' senior vice president for player personnel.
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May 8, 1996 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
The Angels gave up on oft-injured pitcher Julio Valera this spring, selling him to the Kansas City Royals for an undisclosed amount of cash, and it turned out to be a costly decision . . . for the Angels. Valera struck out Tim Salmon and Chili Davis before giving up singles to J.T. Snow and Garret Anderson in the eighth inning Tuesday night, but when Royal closer Jeff Montgomery bailed him out of the jam, Valera had his first major league victory since May 28, 1993.
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March 8, 1993 | BOB NIGHTENGALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In what is believed to be an unprecedented contract in baseball, the Angels have included a provision that will provide a bonus to starter Julio Valera based on his body fat. Valera, who weighed 252 pounds when he arrived at training camp two weeks ago, will be examined for his body-fat content six times during the season, beginning May 1. If he meets the club's varying standard, he is eligible to receive $15,000, in addition to his $190,000 base salary.
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June 30, 1993 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD
Pitcher Julio Valera will undergo exploratory surgery on his right elbow on a yet to be determined date and will sit out the rest of the season, Angel trainer Ned Bergert said. Valera, on the disabled list since June 24, had an MRI exam on Monday, revealing ligament damage. The extent of the injury will not be known until Lewis Yocum performs the surgery. Yocum will wait until after Valera's wife, Zoraida, delivers the couple's second child.
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April 10, 1993 | BOB NIGHTENGALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Angel reliever Julio Valera knows what you are thinking, but before anyone gets used to this idea, he wants the world to know it's only a temporary job. Valera, who stood out among the crowd of pitchers during the Angels' 7-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Anaheim Stadium on Friday night, did not give up a hit in the final three innings for the victory. Did someone say the Angels were looking for a stopper? "Please, don't look at me," Valera said.
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April 10, 1993 | BOB NIGHTENGALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Angel reliever Julio Valera knows what you are thinking, but before anyone gets used to this idea, he wants the world to know it's only a temporary job. Valera, who stood out among the crowd of pitchers during the Angels' 7-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Anaheim Stadium on Friday night, did not give up a hit in the final three innings for the victory. Did someone say the Angels were looking for a stopper? "Please, don't look at me," Valera said.
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March 30, 1993 | BOB NIGHTENGALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Angels, wanting to be cautious with pitcher Julio Valera, likely will open the season with him in the bullpen instead of their rotation, Manager Buck Rodgers said Monday. The move means John Farrell, who has not pitched the last two seasons because of elbow surgeries, will be the fourth starter, joining Mark Langston, Chuck Finley and Scott Sanderson. The Angels are expected to leave Valera in the bullpen until April 18, when they'll need a fifth starter for the first time.
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