March 28, 2013
Angels 6, Texas 3 AT THE PLATE: Luis Rodriguez hit a run-scoring double in the third inning, and Kaleb Cowart hit a two-run triple in the sixth. The Angels, who finished Cactus League play with a 9-18-4 record, lead the major leagues with 20 triples this spring, and they rank second in scoring with 201 runs. ON THE MOUND: A brutal spring for the bullpen ended on a high note when closer Ernesto Frieri retired the side in order in the ninth. Kevin Jepsen escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the seventh, and Sean Burnett gave up a run and three hits in the eighth.
March 27, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - A brutal spring for the Angels bullpen ended on a high note Wednesday when closer Ernesto Frieri retired the side in order in the ninth inning of a 6-3 exhibition victory over the Texas Rangers in Tempe Diablo Stadium. Frieri got Yangervis Solarte to pop to third and Jeff Baker to fly to right, and he struck out Julio Borbon in the Cactus League finale, as the Angels left Arizona with a 9-18-4 record. “That's the best Ernie has looked all spring,” Manager Mike Scioscia said.
March 25, 2013 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Angels' pitching has been spotty all spring, but with a week to go before the April 1 season opener at Cincinnati, the offense is hitting its stride. Chris Iannetta and Alberto Callaspo each hit two-run home runs, and Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Peter Bourjos had two hits each Monday to lead the Angels to an 11-5 exhibition victory over the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch. The Angels, who are averaging 6.7 runs per game, banged out 18 hits, 10 of them in the first three innings against right-hander Gavin Floyd, Chicago's No. 3 starter.
March 23, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - One day after Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said he was "concerned" about his rotation's shoddy work, right-hander Garrett Richards delivered the team's best start of the spring Saturday, one that will probably thrust the right-hander into a role on the big league club. What that role is, though, is difficult to discern. Richards, his fastball firm and breaking ball sharp, gave up one run and three hits in 6 1/3 innings of a 5-1 exhibition win over Milwaukee in Tempe Diablo Stadium, striking out five and walking one. He threw 77 pitches in the game and 13 in the bullpen afterward.
March 4, 2013 |
PHOENIX - The Dodgers opened spring training before Valentine's Day and won't finish the last of their 40 exhibition games until the day before Easter. The San Diego Padres will play a franchise-record 38 practice games this spring; the Angels will play 36. For many veterans, spring training is little more than a long, tedious prelude to a long, tedious regular season. But this year, it's even longer - and presumably more tedious. "When you get to spring training, you're always looking forward to the season," Angels reliever Kevin Jepsen said.
February 27, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Trout will lead off for the Angels this season, but not for his entire career. That was the word Wednesday from Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, whose lineup this year will feature Albert Pujols hitting third and Josh Hamilton hitting fourth. Trout, as he did when he won the American League rookie of the year award last season, will lead off. "Long range, he's probably better suited to hit second, third or fourth," Scioscia said. "Right now, there's no doubt he's part of an elite group of leadoff men. " Trout hit 30 home runs and stole 49 bases last season, numbers that reflect a rare high-caliber blend of power and speed.
February 20, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Kevin Jepsen lost 20 pounds before 2011 and had a miserable season, compiling a 1-2 record and a 7.62 earned-run average in two big league stints and suffering a right knee injury that led to season-ending surgery in July. The right-hander came to camp in 2012 focused on a new pitch, a two-seam fastball he thought would help keep hitters off balance. But he had a 10.29 ERA in his first nine games and was demoted to triple-A Salt Lake on June 4. Jepsen was recalled July 5 and had a 1.67 ERA in 40 games to finish with a 3-2 record and 3.02 ERA. So what's his plan going into this season?
February 10, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- There is high anticipation surrounding the Angels as pitchers and catchers report to spring training Monday, the team's surprising December addition of baseball's top free-agent slugger boosting its World Series hopes. Wait, haven't we seen this before? Yes, the names have changed, Josh Hamilton replacing Albert Pujols as the off-season acquisition, but the theme entering 2013 is the same as 2012: The Angels, with a powerful lineup and stellar defense, are built to win the World Series, and anything short of a deep playoff run would be a disappointment.
January 29, 2013 |
The Angels avoided arbitration with reliever Kevin Jepsen on Tuesday, agreeing to terms with the hard-throwing right-hander on a $1.181-million deal for 2013 that includes an awards package. Jepsen, who rebounded from 2011 knee surgery to go 3-2 with a 3.02 earned-run average in 49 appearances last season, had asked for $1.4 million, and the team countered with $975,000, a fairly sizeable gap for a non-closing reliever in the first year of arbitration. But the sides settled right around the midway point, assuring that the Angels will avoid going to a hearing with any of their arbitration-eligible players.