April 12, 2013 |
Angels owner Arte Moreno was not thrilled with Houston's move to the American League West because the Astros are two time zones away, they're not a natural rival, and they probably won't be much of a draw at the gate. Moreno's players, coaches and manager probably don't share those sentiments. The Astros will play their first division game in Angel Stadium on Friday night, and the guys in the home dugout, though they'd never admit it publicly, will be ecstatic. Finally, a team the Angels can compete with.
April 10, 2013 |
Erick Aybar appears headed to the disabled list because of a bruised left heel the shortstop said "hurt a lot more" Wednesday than it did Tuesday night, when his heel hit the front of the bag as he lunged to beat out an infield single. "Today, it's more sore," Aybar, who was awaiting results of an MRI test and X-rays Wednesday night, said through an interpreter. "I'm not sure if anything is broken. I just know it hurts right now. I'm pretty worried. I want to play and help the team win. I don't like to miss games.
April 5, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Kevin Jepsen was the Angels' top right-handed setup man in the second half of 2012, going 3-1 with a 1.67 earned-run average in 40 games from July 5 on, and he looked dominant in his first two games of 2013, striking out four in 1 2/3 scoreless innings of the season-opening series at Cincinnati. Jepsen looked sharp again Friday against Texas, replacing starter Jason Vargas with two out and a runner on third and getting Ian Kinsler to fly to center, preserving a 2-1 lead.
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.