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May 1, 2009 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, ON THE ANGELS
That Justin Speier comeback player of the year campaign took a hit Thursday night. Actually, four of them. The veteran reliever appeared to resurrect his Angels career and give a struggling bullpen a shot in the arm with three straight scoreless outings, lowering his earned-run average to 2.08 after a dreadful 2008 season, in which he was 2-8 with a 5.03 ERA.
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August 13, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
A day after being handed his unconditional release, reliever Justin Speier returned to Angel Stadium on Wednesday to publicly express his gratitude to the team's owner and former general manager. "I want thank Arte Moreno and Bill Stoneman for signing me . . . giving me an opportunity to pitch for the Angels," he said. "It's been a glorious, glorious experience and I've built a lot of relationships along the way." Speier, who became a free agent after two stellar years with the Toronto Blue Jays, signed a four-year contract with the Angels in November 2006 worth $18 million.
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February 25, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
Whatever frustration Justin Speier felt after suffering though his worst season in nine years, a 2-8 disaster in which he had a 5.03 earned-run average, gave up 15 home runs and was left off the Angels' playoff roster, the reliever tried to internalize. "I definitely worked out this winter with a little chip on my shoulder, because I had eight good years in the big leagues, I ran into a bad year last year, and it wasn't fun," Speier said.
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August 12, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
The Angels would rather pay reliever Justin Speier $6.5 million not to pitch for them the rest of this season and all of next, giving the veteran right-hander his unconditional release before Tuesday's game with the Tampa Bay Rays. "We felt it was appropriate, not only [for] the organization, but for the player, to make the move now as opposed to getting down the road in the season and making the move at some point later," General Manager Tony Reagins said. By releasing him unconditionally, the Angels essentially granted Speier free agency, allowing him to sign with any club that wants him. However the Angels are responsible for the money left on the four-year, $18-million contract Speier signed with them after the 2006 season.
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August 12, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
The Angels would rather pay reliever Justin Speier $6.5 million not to pitch for them the rest of this season and all of next, giving the veteran right-hander his unconditional release before Tuesday's game with the Tampa Bay Rays. "We felt it was appropriate, not only [for] the organization, but for the player, to make the move now as opposed to getting down the road in the season and making the move at some point later," General Manager Tony Reagins said. By releasing him unconditionally, the Angels essentially granted Speier free agency, allowing him to sign with any club that wants him. However the Angels are responsible for the money left on the four-year, $18-million contract Speier signed with them after the 2006 season.
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May 8, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
Reliever Justin Speier blamed frustration for the meltdown in the ninth inning of Wednesday's loss to the Blue Jays during which he confronted an umpire, then members of his own coaching staff. "I was just frustrated I didn't pitch well," Speier said Thursday. "Sometimes it's an emotional game so you just sort of let your emotions out a little bit."
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July 1, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
Justin Speier was in danger of being released in early May when the veteran reliever, coming off a dreadful 2008 season in which he went 2-8 with a 5.03 earned-run average, had an 8.18 ERA in his first nine appearances. But a rash of bullpen injuries spared Speier, and the right-hander has made the most of his second chance.
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September 7, 2008 | From the Associated Press
at Toronto 7, Tampa Bay 4 (13 innings): Gregg Zaun hit a walk-off grand slam and the Blue Jays won their seventh game in a row. Lyle Overbay hit two home runs for the Blue Jays. Detroit 6, at Minnesota 4: Curtis Granderson and Magglio Ordonez each hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning for the Tigers. Oakland 5, at Baltimore 1: Jack Cust hit two home runs and the Athletics handed the Orioles their eighth loss in a row. The first game of the day-night doubleheader was wiped out because of rain and no makeup date was announced.
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August 16, 2008 | Mike DiGiovanna
CLEVELAND -- Manager Mike Scioscia had no choice but to pull struggling reliever Jose Arredondo with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth inning of a one-run game Friday night, but replacing him with Justin Speier seemed like a huge gamble. Speier, the erstwhile setup man whose 1-5 record, 5.33 earned-run average and 11 home runs yielded in 49 innings reduced him to more of a mop-up role, gave up a game-winning three-run home run to Seattle's Wladimir Balentien on Wednesday night.
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July 13, 2007 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
The Angels' bullpen will receive a huge boost tonight when right-hander Justin Speier, sidelined since May 1 because of an intestinal infection, is activated from the disabled list. Speier, who threw in the bullpen during Thursday's workout, has regained the 12 pounds he lost during his illness, when he suffered from fatigue, nausea, lack of appetite and abnormal sleep patterns, and said he feels "strong, ready to go." That wasn't the case in early June, when Speier, who had a 1.
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July 3, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
With the season's halfway point less than a week away the Angels' pitching situation remains unsettled in the rotation and the bullpen. But General Manager Tony Reagins said Thursday he won't make a trade simply to look busy. "Never would we make a decision anxiously or make a decision just to make a decision or make a move or trade just to make a trade," he said. "At the end of the day you have to find pieces that really make your club better."
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July 2, 2009 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
Maybe it was the oppressive 98-degree heat in the Ballpark at Arlington, but the Angels seemed dazed and disoriented for much of Wednesday evening, piling one baserunning blunder on top of another in a performance that seemed as out of character for them as John Wayne playing the villain in an old western.
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July 1, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
Justin Speier was in danger of being released in early May when the veteran reliever, coming off a dreadful 2008 season in which he went 2-8 with a 5.03 earned-run average, had an 8.18 ERA in his first nine appearances. But a rash of bullpen injuries spared Speier, and the right-hander has made the most of his second chance.
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May 8, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
Reliever Justin Speier blamed frustration for the meltdown in the ninth inning of Wednesday's loss to the Blue Jays during which he confronted an umpire, then members of his own coaching staff. "I was just frustrated I didn't pitch well," Speier said Thursday. "Sometimes it's an emotional game so you just sort of let your emotions out a little bit."
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May 1, 2009 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, ON THE ANGELS
That Justin Speier comeback player of the year campaign took a hit Thursday night. Actually, four of them. The veteran reliever appeared to resurrect his Angels career and give a struggling bullpen a shot in the arm with three straight scoreless outings, lowering his earned-run average to 2.08 after a dreadful 2008 season, in which he was 2-8 with a 5.03 ERA.
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February 25, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
Whatever frustration Justin Speier felt after suffering though his worst season in nine years, a 2-8 disaster in which he had a 5.03 earned-run average, gave up 15 home runs and was left off the Angels' playoff roster, the reliever tried to internalize. "I definitely worked out this winter with a little chip on my shoulder, because I had eight good years in the big leagues, I ran into a bad year last year, and it wasn't fun," Speier said.
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May 30, 2007 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
Justin Speier said Tuesday that the illness that sent him to the disabled list in early May was an intestinal infection, but the reliever appears well on his way to recovery -- he will begin a rehabilitation assignment at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday and could join the Angels within a week or two. "I lost 12 pounds, I felt nauseous, I was throwing up, it was affecting my sleep," said Speier, who had a 1.69 earned-run average in 15 games despite falling ill in mid-April.
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July 23, 2008 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
Justin Speier sat in a conference room Tuesday watching what pitching coach Mike Butcher called a "dig-me" video, a collection of at-bats in which the reliever was dominant. Just guessing, but there probably weren't many clips from this season. The right-hander has struggled so much that the question is no longer will Speier regain the setup job he lost to Jose Arredondo, but will he pitch well enough to help this team -- or remain on it? Speier entered Tuesday with a 1-4 record and 5.
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September 29, 2008 | Kevin Baxter, Times Staff Writer
The Angels settled on their postseason roster Sunday morning, and the news was both surprising and upsetting for reliever Justin Speier, who was left off the team in favor of rookie Kevin Jepsen. "It's definitely disappointing," Speier said. "I felt like I've pitched well lately, so I know that they probably had a tough decision. [But] the bottom line is I didn't have the kind of year that I wanted to have."
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September 7, 2008 | From the Associated Press
at Toronto 7, Tampa Bay 4 (13 innings): Gregg Zaun hit a walk-off grand slam and the Blue Jays won their seventh game in a row. Lyle Overbay hit two home runs for the Blue Jays. Detroit 6, at Minnesota 4: Curtis Granderson and Magglio Ordonez each hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning for the Tigers. Oakland 5, at Baltimore 1: Jack Cust hit two home runs and the Athletics handed the Orioles their eighth loss in a row. The first game of the day-night doubleheader was wiped out because of rain and no makeup date was announced.
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