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December 9, 1989 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wayne Gretzky paid $11.10 to get left-hander Mark Langston. The Angels had to give Langston $16 million and the shirt off Doug Rader's back. Gretzky, an avid baseball fan, got Langston's services at a bargain rate for his rotisserie baseball league.
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August 27, 1991 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wally Joyner said three weeks ago it would be "a mistake" to fire Manager Doug Rader, and Dave Parker thought it would be "foolish." It happened Monday, and the Angels, largely vocal supporters of Rader, spoke once more in praise and defense of him before turning to what remains of their sharply disappointing season.
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May 8, 1989 | JOHN WEYLER, Times Staff Writer
With a four-game winning streak, it seems the last thing the Angels wanted was a rainout Sunday afternoon. But that was not Manager Doug Rader's attitude. He was glad when Sunday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Exhibition Stadium was postponed. "Considering that we couldn't use Johnny Ray or Dick Schofield, Brian Downing's legs are tender, Devon White's got a touch of tonsillitis and the bullpen needs a rest, I'd say it beats the alternative," Rader said. "I don't think we would have matched up all that well today."
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December 5, 1990 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The flurry of deals made by the Angels at the winter baseball meetings could be the beginning of a blizzard of activity. According to Angel President Richard Brown and Senior Vice President Dan O'Brien, the club will complete at least one more deal within a week, including the signing of a left-handed pitcher. Neither would elaborate except to say the club won't sign type-A free agents that would cost the Angels two early-round draft picks.
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May 24, 1989 | MIKE PENNER, Times Staff Writer
Into every life a little rain must fall, but in Jim Abbott's case, it's getting ridiculous. For the third time in less than two months Tuesday, Abbott had a scheduled start delayed, a rainstorm here resulting in postponement of the series opener between the Angels and the New York Yankees. But this rainout will only cost Abbott 24 hours, since Manager Doug Rader said he would roll back his entire pitching rotation one day. That means Abbott will oppose New York's Rich Doston tonight at Yankee Stadium.
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May 27, 1989 | SANDY KEENAN, Newsday
The scouting report on the California Angels' pitching staff has changed from last season, even though only two of the faces--Bert Blyleven and Jim Abbott--are new. The Angels aren't so wimpy now. Yankees pitching coach Billy Connors sees it: "Their overall look is more aggressive." And they're not the least bit afraid to use the inside edge of the plate, so watch out. Connors said they're throwing more heat, relying less on finesse. And the staff ERA reflects this brazen new approach.
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April 27, 1989 | JOHN WEYLER, Times Staff Writer
Somewhere, Cookie Rojas is reading the Angel box scores every day and waiting for the other shoe to drop. Sure, the Angels have a new, bolder halo on their caps, but perhaps the former Angel manager is figuring these guys are truly blessed . . . or just on a roll that has to end. Can this be the same pitching staff that was 8-13 with a 5.03 earned-run average after 21 games last year? Can this be the same bullpen that blew eight of 13 save opportunities last April while Rojas grimaced and gnashed his teeth on the bench?
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June 20, 1989 | JOHN WEYLER, Times Staff Writer
The Angel pitching staff has been taking a beating lately. Until Monday night, it wasn't a matter of bruised earned-run averages, though. They were winning, yet still experiencing the agony of the feet, shins and ankles. Starter Chuck Finley became the third Angel pitcher in four days to be hit with a batted ball, but the Blue Jays did more damage to Angel pitches than pitchers in an 8-1 victory in front of 24,430 at Anaheim Stadium. Toronto scored four runs off Finley, whose departure was hastened in the sixth by a sharp grounder off the bat of Tony Fernandez that struck him on the inside of the right ankle.
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June 7, 1989 | JOHN WEYLER, Times Staff Writer
They used to have names such as Ray Chadwick, Mike Cook, Urbano Lugo and Terry Clark. They were the Angels' spot starters, who filled in when one of the top five was unable to pitch. They came from the triple-A Edmonton team with lofty aspirations and often equally high earned-run averages. They lived up to their statistics, not their ambitions. Chadwick was 0-5 in 1986. Lugo was 0-2 in '87. Cook had a 9.00 ERA in '86. Clark managed a 5.07 in '88. But when rookie Jim Abbott made the rotation this spring, it gave the Angels the luxury of having a quality starter waiting in the wings.
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June 4, 1989 | JOHN WEYLER, Times Staff Writer
Much of the credit for the Angels' success this season has gone to their pitching staff. And deservedly so. After all, the starters are 27-14 with 13 complete games and five shutouts, and the relievers are 7-4 with 12 saves. As a result, the Angels have held opponents to two or fewer runs 25 times in 52 games. And they brought baseball's best team earned-run average (2.71) into Saturday night's game. But when is the Angel offense going to get its due? Angel hitters have managed at least seven hits in each of the last 19 games and they have averaged more than 10 hits in that span.
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December 9, 1989 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wayne Gretzky paid $11.10 to get left-hander Mark Langston. The Angels had to give Langston $16 million and the shirt off Doug Rader's back. Gretzky, an avid baseball fan, got Langston's services at a bargain rate for his rotisserie baseball league.
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June 30, 1989 | JOHN WEYLER, Times Staff Writer
The Minnesota Twins' noisy fans like to call it the Thunderdome. And every pitcher in the league knows it's often referred to as the Homerdome. However, the Angels didn't have to hit any home runs to bring peace and quiet to the Metrodome Thursday night. Brian Downing did slug one out in the ninth inning, but the Angels already had 14 hits by then, were feeling quite at home in the Dome and were well on their way to a 10-3 rout of the Twins before a crowd of 22,422. The weather outside was almost frightful--80 degrees with winds gusting to 30 m.p.h.
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June 20, 1989 | JOHN WEYLER, Times Staff Writer
The Angel pitching staff has been taking a beating lately. Until Monday night, it wasn't a matter of bruised earned-run averages, though. They were winning, yet still experiencing the agony of the feet, shins and ankles. Starter Chuck Finley became the third Angel pitcher in four days to be hit with a batted ball, but the Blue Jays did more damage to Angel pitches than pitchers in an 8-1 victory in front of 24,430 at Anaheim Stadium. Toronto scored four runs off Finley, whose departure was hastened in the sixth by a sharp grounder off the bat of Tony Fernandez that struck him on the inside of the right ankle.
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June 17, 1989 | Gene Wojciechowski
Tough week for the Angels. They go oh-for-Kansas City, oh-for-Arlington, even oh-for-Midland, where their double-A team defeated a watered-down version of the Anaheim Nine. Many more trips like this and you might see a few of the Angels back in Midland . . . permanently. Of course, Manager Doug Rader warned everyone that an Angel slump was on the way, that the road through a season is not always smooth. But he didn't mention anything about sink holes, which is where the Angels now find themselves.
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June 7, 1989 | JOHN WEYLER, Times Staff Writer
They used to have names such as Ray Chadwick, Mike Cook, Urbano Lugo and Terry Clark. They were the Angels' spot starters, who filled in when one of the top five was unable to pitch. They came from the triple-A Edmonton team with lofty aspirations and often equally high earned-run averages. They lived up to their statistics, not their ambitions. Chadwick was 0-5 in 1986. Lugo was 0-2 in '87. Cook had a 9.00 ERA in '86. Clark managed a 5.07 in '88. But when rookie Jim Abbott made the rotation this spring, it gave the Angels the luxury of having a quality starter waiting in the wings.
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June 5, 1989 | MIKE PENNER, Times Staff Writer
We've seen Chuck Finley and Kirk McCaskill throw back-to-back shutouts in Fenway Park. We've seen Jim Abbott outduel Roger Clemens. But did we ever expect the day when Angel starting pitching might be too good ? In the aftermath of another near shutout and another Angel victory Sunday afternoon, this by 5-1 over the Kansas City Royals, Manager Doug Rader said it is reaching that point, which is one reason why stopper Bryan Harvey was pitching in the ninth inning with a four-run lead.
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May 3, 1989 | JOHN WEYLER, Times Staff Writer
It had to happen sooner or later. The Angel pitching staff, proud owners of the best earned-run average (2.69) and the fewest number of walks (61) in the American League before Tuesday, saw the magic of April evaporate during their first outing of May. Angel pitchers took a walk on the wild side Tuesday night, sending 10 Orioles to first via the base on balls--including five in the seventh inning--as the Orioles came from behind to beat the Angels, 4-3, before 17,688 in Memorial Stadium.
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June 4, 1989 | JOHN WEYLER, Times Staff Writer
Much of the credit for the Angels' success this season has gone to their pitching staff. And deservedly so. After all, the starters are 27-14 with 13 complete games and five shutouts, and the relievers are 7-4 with 12 saves. As a result, the Angels have held opponents to two or fewer runs 25 times in 52 games. And they brought baseball's best team earned-run average (2.71) into Saturday night's game. But when is the Angel offense going to get its due? Angel hitters have managed at least seven hits in each of the last 19 games and they have averaged more than 10 hits in that span.
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