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July 24, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The Angels claimed right-handed reliever J.C. Gutierrez on waivers from the Kansas City Royals, giving them another bullpen option. Gutierrez, 30, had a 3.38 earned-run average in 25 appearances in Kansas City. The Royals designated him for assignment last week. Gutierrez underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011. This is his first full season since the surgery. Gutierrez has a 4.58 ERA in 175 career appearances, most of them for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2009-11. Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto was a Diamondbacks executive then, including a short stint in 2010 as interim general manager.
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June 1, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Kemp, then and now Beyond power and speed, Matt Kemp had durability. When the Dodgers signed him to an eight-year contract, Kemp had played in 365 consecutive games. We are two months into the second year of that contract, and Kemp is on the disabled list for the third time. Derek Jeter appeared on the disabled list twice during his 10-year contract with the New York Yankees. Kemp's hamstring injuries - the left one last year, the right one this year - might not have any lasting effect.
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May 30, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly no longer occupies the hottest seat in baseball. That distinction now falls upon Kansas City Royals Manager Ned Yost. The Royals did not fire Yost on Thursday. But they did hire George Brett as hitting coach, which would be akin to the Dodgers hiring Sandy Koufax as pitching coach. The franchise icon has all the leverage; the manager probably is the next man overboard if the team does not play better. In this critical season for the Royals, things could not be going much worse.
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May 26, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It took a month and a half for the Angels to find a formula for success, one that was clearly evident Sunday in a 5-2 come-from-behind victory over the Kansas City Royals that extended their win streak to eight. "We're feeding off each other, getting hits at the right time," said Josh Hamilton, whose solo home run in the seventh inning sparked a three-run rally that erased a 2-0 deficit and pushed the Angels toward their second four-game sweep of the Royals in franchise history.
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May 25, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Angels starter Billy Buckner threw a nasty first-pitch curve just off the outside corner to Kansas City Royals cleanup hitter Billy Butler with a runner on first in the fourth inning Saturday. One problem: Manager Mike Scioscia had called for a pitchout, and catcher Hank Conger was so crossed up as he came out of his crouch in anticipation of a high-and-away fastball that the ball went off his glove for a wild pitch that allowed Alcides Escobar to take second.
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May 24, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It's a little benefit of a win streak the Angels pushed to six with a 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals in Kauffman Stadium on Friday night, but it's definitely one they've noticed. The veil of negativity that hovered over the club for the first seven weeks of the season seems to have finally lifted. "All the questions we got at the beginning of the year - When is this team going to turn it around? What's it going to take? What's it going to look like?
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May 23, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Ervin Santana will make his first-ever start against the Angels on Thursday night when the Kansas City Royals right-hander faces his ex-teammates in Kauffman Stadium. Santana spent the first eight years of his big league career in Anaheim, going 96-80 with a 4.27 earned-run average in 244 games, including a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians in 2011. But when it became clear the Angels had no interest in exercising Santana's $13-million option for 2013, he was traded to the Royals for reliever Brandon Sisk and $1 million in cash.
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May 23, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - If this wasn't Joe Blanton's last stand, it was probably the Angels right-hander's second-to-last stand. With Jered Weaver expected back next week, Tommy Hanson to follow shortly thereafter and fill-in starter Jerome Williams pitching well, Blanton's hold on a rotation spot seemed far more tenuous than Don Mattingly's grip on the Dodgers manager's job. Blanton was 0-7 with a 6.62 earned-run average, third-worst...
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May 13, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
The Angels are 10 games out of first place. They have not been so far behind so early in a season since 2001. That was the year before the World Series, the decade of success, and the transformation into perennial contenders. Not too many fans showed up, and the few who did had little expectation the team would play in October. In 2001, the Angels filled out their starting rotation by signing Pat Rapp and Ismael Valdes. The veterans would eat some innings, and the Angels would see if their kids could pitch.
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April 20, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
The Red Sox return to play Saturday at Fenway Park in Boston with a day game against the Kansas City Royals, one day after the capture of the second suspect in the bombings at the marathon Monday. The Red Sox's home uniforms will feature the city's name instead of their nickname across their chests. The famed Green Monster, Fenway Park's 37-foot-high wall in left field, is emblazoned with the "B Strong" logo that stands for Boston Strong. Players will wear a B Strong patch on the front of their jersey just above their hearts.
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