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April 22, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
It's hard to avoid controversy when established players get hurt and the backups more than fill their shoes. Such is the case with the Angels, concerning relief pitchers Brian Fuentes (the established) and Fernando Rodney (the backup). But Manager Mike Scioscia managed that Thursday: "Right now, there's no controversy." Fans might differ after Wednesday, when Fuentes returned from the disabled list to give up two runs in the ninth inning and blow the save in the Angels' 4-3 loss to Detroit.
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April 3, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
As the Angels prepared for the 2002 World Series, bench coach Joe Maddon looked at the spray charts and came to a radical conclusion: If the Angels wanted to align their defense based on where Barry Bonds most commonly hit the ball, they should play three infielders and four outfielders. The Angels ultimately decided not to play Bonds that way, although Manager Mike Scioscia said they were "a couple pitches away" from deploying the scheme in certain scenarios. In 2005, Maddon left to manage the Tampa Bay Rays, who have been at the forefront of baseball's shift toward unconventional fielding alignments.
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September 17, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Baltimore — Manager Mike Scioscia confirmed the worst-kept secret in the Angels' clubhouse Saturday when he said right-hander Jered Weaver would start the series finale in Baltimore on just three days' rest. Scioscia wants Weaver (17-7, 2.40 ERA) to pitch three of the Angels' final 11 games and to do that he would have to make at least one start on short rest. "We put a lot of time into making evaluations and looking at options," Scioscia said. "It's a calculated risk with anything you do. Weav doesn't see it as any issue.
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March 25, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
MESA, Ariz. - It wasn't quite a stump speech for a David Freese Gold Glove Award campaign, but it was a ringing endorsement in the eyes of the Angels' new third baseman. Angels Manager Mike Scioscia stopped short of saying he would pull Freese for defensive purposes, at least to start the season. “We're not there yet,” Scioscia said. “We'll see where we are next week, but David is going to play third base for us, and we anticipate him playing it well.” Freese, acquired from St. Louis for Peter Bourjos in November, appreciates the support.
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June 8, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The longer the postgame interview went on, the more Mike Scioscia's voice filled with ire. The Angels manager has stressed patience during his team's lengthy offensive funk, but his anger and frustration were hard to suppress after a 4-3, 10-inning loss to Tampa Bay at Angel Stadium on Wednesday night. The Angels finally broke through with a rare clutch hit, a tying three-run double by Bobby Abreu in the bottom of the eighth inning, but they squandered numerous other chances, going two for 13 with runners in scoring position and striking out 11 times.
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May 2, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from Detroit -- As dominant as Fernando Rodney and Kevin Jepsen have been, and as inconsistent as the rest of the bullpen has been, there would seem to be a temptation to expand the use of Rodney and Jepsen, whose appearances have been limited to one inning or less. Not going to happen, Mike Scioscia said. "One inning … one inning," the Angels' manager said, shaking his head. "There could be some circumstances to expand, but right now it's one inning.
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June 25, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It may have been Mike Scioscia's harshest — and most candid — assessment of a player in years. The Angels manager was asked Friday if the organization's evaluation of Brandon Wood has changed in light of the young infielder's continued struggles at the plate and some recent defensive woes. "We're seeing Brandon at his absolute worst, a kid whose confidence is very low right now," Scioscia said. "I don't know if you could have scripted a tougher start for a youngster trying to get his feet on the ground in the major leagues.
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September 12, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
Mike Napoli , mired in a horrendous slump, started behind the plate Friday for only the fifth time this month. And although Manager Mike Scioscia is concerned with the veteran catcher's offensive production, he said what Napoli does on defense is far more important. Entering the weekend, the Angels' earned-run average with Napoli catching was 5.20, nearly a run and a quarter higher than when Jeff Mathis was behind the plate. And Napoli has caught less than 16% of would-be base stealers.
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February 23, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. — Jason Isringhausen signed a minor league contract with the Angels, but he could have a major impact on the bullpen. Manager Mike Scioscia indicated Thursday that the veteran right-hander is a near-lock to make the club. "Jason is going to slot in with LaTroy Hawkins and Scott Downs [in a setup role]," Scioscia said. "We talk about that pyramid of guys getting to the closer [Jordan Walden]. It's a little broader right now. " A rhombus of relief, perhaps?
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September 13, 2009 | KEVIN BAXTER
It has taken five months, one trade and a lot of rehabilitation for the Angels to get their injury-plagued pitching rotation into shape. But now that they've figured out how to start games, they aren't sure how -- or with whom -- to close them. For the second time in six days Manager Mike Scioscia pulled closer Brian Fuentes in the middle of an inning Saturday, this time with one out in the 10th inning with the score tied. Fuentes gave up a double and a single, then got an out before he left the game.
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March 17, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. -- It had been a calf injury that delayed Josh Hamilton's Cactus League debut until Monday. He singled for his first hit, then took off for second base. For the Angels, that was as good a sign as any. The swing might not be there yet, but the legs are back. "It felt good," Hamilton said. "I did all the things you're supposed to be able to do on the field. " On Monday he did, since the Angels limited him to designated hitter in a game against the San Francisco Giants.
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March 6, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels' Sean Burnett has not suffered a setback in his return from the elbow surgery that ended his season last August. The left- hander progressed from long-toss to throwing off the slope of a mound this week, and he expects to throw a bullpen session in the next four or five days, though Manager Mike Scioscia said the team's timetable is for Burnett to throw off a mound “within a week to 10 days.” Either...
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March 3, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.  - The Angels put baseball's new instant-replay system or, to be more precise, a crude facsimile of what will be used in the regular season, to the test for the first time Monday at Salt River Fields. It did not go well, with Manager Mike Scioscia losing his challenge to overturn a call at second base in the second inning of the Angels' 3-2 exhibition victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The process delayed the game for 2 minutes 31 seconds. But in defense of Scioscia and Nick Francona , the coordinator of major league information who will man the video-replay monitor for the Angels this season, the decision to challenge was based on a replay from one camera.
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March 3, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The first instant-replay challenge of the spring did not go well for the Angels and Manager Mike Scioscia at Salt River Fields on Monday. Angels third baseman Luis Jimenez was called out at second on a stolen-base attempt in the top of the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks. As Scioscia was arguing with umpire Bill Miller, bench coach Dino Ebel received word via walkie-talkie that the play should be challenged. Umpires huddled near the first-base dugout with headsets to communicate with a replay official in a television truck.
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February 26, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels open the season March 31. Will Josh Hamilton be ready? We're optimistic he will be," Manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday. Hamilton strained his left calf Tuesday. Scioscia confirmed the expected, that the left fielder would sit out "a minimum of a couple of weeks. " Hamilton had an MRI examination and the Angels have been told that the injury should heal on its own, ruling out the kind of severe strain that would require surgery. "This thing has to heal on its own terms," Scioscia said.
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October 17, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
One of Don Baylor's biggest challenges as the Angels' new hitting coach will be to help Josh Hamilton regain the swing that made him the American League's most valuable player in 2010 but deserted him for the first four months of 2013. “One thing about my style is that we try something for a while, and if that doesn't work, we don't keep pounding our head against something that doesn't work,” Baylor, 64, said in a conference call on Thursday. “I think he's a real key to the offense.
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August 22, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Manager Mike Scioscia said Jordan Walden's promotion to the big leagues Sunday had plenty to do with the 22-year-old reliever's 98-mph fastball and nothing to do with the Angels giving up on this season and building for the future. Walden, who spent the first four months of 2009 at double-A Arkansas and three weeks at triple-A Salt Lake, joined the Angels at Target Field after infielder Maicer Izturis (inflamed right shoulder) was placed on the 15-day disabled list for the third time this season.
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August 5, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Reporting from Baltimore — The Angels' fall from three consecutive division titles to a team that entered play Thursday with a sub-.500 record has involved plenty of culprits. Third baseman Brandon Wood never hit .200 before being relegated to the bench. Outfielder Juan Rivera has only 40 runs batted in and it's August. The list of underachievers goes on. Designated hitter Hideki Matsui is on pace for one of the worst seasons of his career. Pitcher Scott Kazmir is among the American League leaders … in earned runs allowed.
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September 27, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The Toronto Blue Jays are baseball's most disappointing team. Their general manager will return next season. The Philadelphia Phillies doubled down on expensive contracts for older players, then produced their worst season in 13 years. Their general manager will return. The Seattle Mariners will finish fourth in the American League West for the fourth consecutive year. Their general manager will return. The Angels? Owner Arte Moreno put General Manager Jerry Dipoto and Manager Mike Scioscia on notice last month, but he has not said a word since then.
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September 16, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
OAKLAND - Tommy Hanson returned to the Angels Monday after a humbling one-month stint at triple-A Salt Lake, where the right-hander “simplified” his delivery but hardly solidified his future with the team. “The one game he came back from the disabled list, his stuff was eye-opening, and he hasn't repeated it,” Manager Mike Scioscia said, referring to Hanson's 5 1/3-inning, one-run, four-hit, eight-strikeout effort against Minnesota on July 23, when his fastball hit 94 mph. “So to say he's fixed everything?
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