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February 21, 2005 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
What should have been a joyous occasion for Steve Finley -- the birth of his fifth child in late January -- became a highly stressful period for the new Angel center fielder, who reported to camp Sunday in advance of Tuesday's first full-squad workout. On Jan. 23, shortly after beginning her ninth month of pregnancy, Finley's wife was hit in the face by a line drive while attending her son's Little League game in Del Mar, Calif.
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April 5, 2014 | Mike DiGiovanna
Maybe Lucas Harrell's four-pitch walk of Mike Trout with the bases loaded and two outs in the second inning Friday was simply a byproduct of the control problems the Houston Astros right-hander had throughout his shaky three-inning start against the Angels. Surely, the Astros wouldn't pitch around Trout -- and concede a run -- so early in the game to face one of the baseball's most vaunted sluggers, Albert Pujols, the three-time National League most valuable player who has hit more home runs against Houston (48)
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March 9, 2008 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Butcher wasn't only the best man at Joe Saunders' wedding. Butcher, the Angels' pitching coach, was the only man there. Saunders didn't plan it that way. He and his fiancee, Shanel, envisioned a dream wedding in Thailand last fall. But Shanel is a Canadian citizen, and an immigration lawyer warned she might not be allowed back into the United States unless the couple first got married last summer. "We had to get married at that time," Saunders said, "so we could get married in Thailand."
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March 28, 2014 | Kevin Baxter
The Angels had a dismal spring last year, losing a major league-worst 20 games. And that lethargy carried over to a regular season in which the team spent just one day above .500. It's been a different story this spring, with the Angels' 7-5 win over the Dodgers in Thursday's Freeway Series opener running their exhibition winning streak to nine games. And that has the team hoping success, too, will carry over into the regular season. "We want to finish spring strong," outfielder Josh Hamilton said.
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October 6, 2005 | Bill Plaschke
Orlando Cabrera lashed the pitch through a warm wind, raced to first base through an October roar, then pointed to the sky. Look, here they come, he seemed to be signaling. Angels. Swooping down they were, returning as we remember them, bunting and blooping and fastening themselves to the backs of the irritated New York Yankees like a wrinkled pinstripe.
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February 26, 2008 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
TEMPE, Ariz. -- They haven't reached Angel Stadium yet, but they're approaching the turnstiles. They are Nick Adenhart and Nick Green, right-handers who share the same first name, the same Tempe Diablo Stadium locker and the distinction of being the organization's top pitching prospects. Neither has played above double A, but both are set to open 2008 at triple-A Salt Lake, putting them on Manager Mike Scioscia's depth chart and an injury or two away from the big leagues.
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January 7, 2006 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
While Angel owner Arte Moreno has suggested the team could move from Anaheim, and while the city of Anaheim has wondered whether Los Angeles would be the destination, the most likely partner in building a stadium there says Moreno has not discussed any such project with him. "Not once," said AEG President Tim Leiweke. As California cities and counties grow increasingly resistant to funding sports facilities, AEG has built Staples Center and the Home Depot Center, largely with private financing.
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August 27, 2006 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
Oy, such a dilemma: You're a Jewish Yankees fan, and the Mets just picked up Shawn Green. The New York papers all have dutifully told the story, as if handed down from the Bible: Green refused to play for the Dodgers on Yom Kippur, just like Sandy Koufax. So, New Yorkers: Do you root for the Yankees or root as a Jew? You can have your bagel and eat it too, as it turns out. Just ask Derek Jeter, who said he saw this T-shirt in Boston: "Jews for Jeter."
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July 30, 2008 | Bill Shaikin
The World Series starts Oct. 22 at Angel Stadium. Or else. The Angels usually speak softly, without carrying a big stick. They got the big stick Tuesday, and they're not shy about telling you why. "We're in it to win a world championship," General Manager Tony Reagins said. Talk isn't cheap, not this time.
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May 2, 2006 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
It's the big overhand curve -- a.k.a. the hook, the hammer -- that Oakland left-hander Barry Zito built his reputation on, a pitch so devastating it draws not only the ire of opposing hitters but the awe of opposing pitchers. "I really don't like watching Zito pitch," former Angel left-hander Jarrod Washburn said last season, "because when I see him I think, [shoot], I wish I had that curveball." If Washburn saw Zito Monday night, he might have wished he had Zito's changeup too.
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March 25, 2014 | Mike DiGiovanna
One nasty collision with an outfield wall or failure to stick the landing on a headfirst slide or dive could cost Mike Trout millions. The Angels star is in negotiations with the team on what could be a nine-figure contract extension, and a major injury probably would table those talks. That hasn't slowed the center fielder a bit this spring, even if his aggressive play causes a few irregular heartbeats among the Angels and their fans. Trout, the American League most valuable player runner-up in 2012 and 2013, gave the team a scare Sunday when he rolled his left wrist under his chest while attempting a diving catch in the outfield.
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July 24, 2013 | Bill Shaikin
The Angels face a short-term question and a long-term question with Joe Blanton. The short-term question: Does he make his next scheduled start? On the day after Blanton failed to complete six innings for the fourth consecutive start, Manager Mike Scioscia refused to commit to another one. "Joe has put every effort into trying to be the pitcher he can be," Scioscia said Tuesday. "Right now, it's very clear he is struggling with some of the basic things he needs to do to be that pitcher.
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July 19, 2013 | Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels are capable of playing good baseball for long stretches. They're the only team in the American League with two win streaks of at least seven games, and their 17-8 record from June 12-July 10 was the best in the major leagues. They're also capable of some horrid baseball, losing eight of nine in early April, 11 of 14 from June 24-May 8 and being swept in a four-game series -- at home -- by lowly Houston from May 31-June 3, struggles that have led to a 44-49 record and an 11-game deficit in the American League West.
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June 15, 2013 | Kevin Baxter
Peter Bourjos was leading the Angels in batting when he strained his left hamstring six weeks ago and landed on the disabled list. And though Bourjos was hitless in two of the first three games he played since being reactivated this week, Angels Manager Mike Scioscia doesn't think Bourjos will have to start over to rediscover his groove. "There's no doubt it's going to take a little bit of time," he said. "A normal spring training, you're talking about 60 to 70 at-bats. I don't think we're there.
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May 11, 2013 | Mike DiGiovanna
The first four innings of Friday night's game were much like the Angels' late-night flight from Houston to Chicago, a white-knuckle ride through thunderstorms in which the team's charter was "rocking and dropping, the roughest flight I've ever been on," center fielder Mike Trout said. One minute the Angels were up by four and looking as if they might blow out the Chicago White Sox on a chilly 40-degree evening, the next they gave up four in the fourth inning and the score was tied.
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May 1, 2013 | Mike DiGiovanna
Chris Iannetta noted nothing valiant about catching all 19 innings of the Angels' 10-8 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Monday night, not when the lasting image from that grueling night of work was the A's swarming home plate to celebrate Brandon Moss' game-winning two-run home run to right field. "It's a loss, and it stinks," Iannetta said. "You never want to lose, especially when you have every opportunity to win. We had a five-run lead and that disappeared. We scored a run to go ahead in the 15th and made errors and lost the lead.
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January 27, 2005 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
Anaheim taxpayers could face a million-dollar legal bill if the City Council proceeds to a trial in its lawsuit against the Angels, but two members of the council said Wednesday that amount would not necessarily deter them. "The spending of any money gives us pause," Mayor Curt Pringle said. "But we're spending money for a purpose that is right and to defend the economic value of our name."
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December 14, 2007 | Alex Kimball, Times Staff Writer
Sixteen former Angels and Gary Matthews Jr. were connected to performance-enhancing drugs in baseball when the Mitchell Report was released Thursday. One of them, Adam Riggs, was responsible for introducing a steroid connection to Angels teammates, according to the report. Riggs, an infielder in the Dodgers organization from 1994 to 2000, joined the Angels in 2003.
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April 12, 2013 | Mike DiGiovanna
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.
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April 1, 2013 | Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels open the 2013 season Monday against the Cincinnati Reds in Great American Ball Park, the starting line for a grueling six-month, 162-game marathon that requires skill, depth, endurance, patience and perspective, among other things. So when Mike Trout calls it "the most important game of the year," it would be easy to pass off as hyperbole from an exuberant 21-year-old bundle of fast-twitch muscles and energy on the verge of his first big league opening day. Then again, he could be onto something.
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