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March 12, 2000 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first incident was in New Orleans in mid-July, when a botched relay infuriated two Albuquerque Duke players. They were ready to duke it out in the clubhouse after the game. Mike Scioscia, Albuquerque's manager last season, ordered the feuding players into his office and, within minutes, had mediated a reconciliation. The second incident occurred in Edmonton in late July, when bantering during batting practice turned into heated words in the outfield. Two Dukes dropped their gloves and were about to make like De La Hoya versus Trinidad when Scioscia, who was hitting fungoes in the infield, took notice.
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April 25, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NEW YORK - The Angels did not require the services of a closer Friday night. An offense that administered a rare beatdown of starter Hiroki Kuroda and pounded reliever Bruce Billings into submission in a 13-1 shellacking of the New York Yankees - the largest-ever margin of victory for the Angels in Yankee Stadium - made sure of that. The Angels crushed four home runs - a two-run shot to center field by Ian Stewart, a solo shot to left by Albert Pujols, a three-run shot to right-center by Erick Aybar and a solo shot to left by Collin Cowgill - to increase their major league-leading total to 35. With five more games this month, the Angels have broken the franchise record of 34 homers in April, set in 2000.
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February 22, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels open Cactus League play Saturday with split-squad games, to the displeasure of Manager Mike Scioscia. "A split-squad the first day is absurd," Scioscia said. "It just makes no sense. " With 15 teams in the Cactus League, at least one split-squad game must be scheduled each day in order for every team to play. That is imperative on weekends, when games attract the largest crowds. From an on-field standpoint, Scioscia said he would prefer a day off, even if the Angels had to open their schedule one day earlier.
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April 17, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
A win is a win. And Mike Scioscia figures his Angels need at least 90 of them to have a shot at returning to the postseason for the first time since 2009. But as Wednesday night stretched into Thursday morning, the giddy Angels were talking as if their last victory - a 5-4 win over the Oakland Athletics on Chris Iannetta's 12th-inning walk-off homer - might just be worth a little bit more. "It's character building, it's team-identity building, it's chemistry building," Iannetta said.
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April 19, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels right fielder Torii Hunter had a lengthy closed-door meeting with Manager Mike Scioscia before Thursday night's game against the Oakland Athletics, and among the subjects discussed was mixing in a few starts at designated hitter and an occasional day off to keep the 36-year-old's legs fresh. Hunter, who is batting .279 with a team-leading 13 strikeouts, no home runs and three doubles, said he requested the meeting, but he would not discuss anything else he spoke to Scioscia about.
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March 8, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Torii Hunter is 36 and entering the final year of a five-year, $90-million contract, and with cheaper, younger and talented players (Mike Trout, Mark Trumbo) capable of pushing their way into the Angels outfield next season, there is a chance the team's right fielder and most popular player won't be back in 2013. But that clearly is not a subject Mike Scioscia wants to discuss right now. In fact, the Angels manager got a little testy Thursday morning with a reporter who prefaced a question about Hunter by saying this could be the manager's last spring with the nine-time Gold Glove Award winner.
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May 31, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
You read the paper some mornings and shake your head. It happened Friday with the Page C4 headline on the Angels notebook titled “Trout will move back to left when Peter Bourjos returns.” Forget C4, Mike Scioscia needs a shot of B-12. Scioscia has been a fine big-league manager for years, but he has what I call a “Moon River” stubborn streak: It's wider than a mile. Scioscia fell in love with catcher Jeff Mathis and let Mike Napoli walk and ticked off closer Fernando Rodney in favor of Jordan Walden.
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March 9, 2013 | Kevin Baxter
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels will play their Cactus League game against Colorado on Saturday without Manager Mike Scioscia, who flew to Philadelphia on Friday to attend a family funeral, a team spokesman said. Bench Coach Rob Picciolo will manage the team in his place. Scioscia is expected to be back in Tempe on Sunday. The lineup Picciolo inherited was the best the Angels have used this spring, with nine regulars expected to play. Only shortstop Erick Aybar was missing from the batting order.
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August 21, 2010
Reporting from Minneapolis It was hard to tell who was tougher on Dan Haren on Friday night, the Minnesota Twins or Haren. After giving up seven runs and 11 hits, including Jason Kubel's three-run homer, in seven innings of a 7-2 loss, Haren said he was "embarrassed with the way I threw the ball," calling his performance since his July 25 trade from Arizona "unacceptable. " Mike Scioscia thought Haren, who is 1-4 with a 4.39 earned-run average in six starts with the Angels, was too hard on himself, a topic that came up in the manager's closed-door meeting with Haren before Saturday's game.
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March 4, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Scott Kazmir admits there was a wide gap between his expectations and his performance last season. The two-time All-Star, who averaged nearly 12 wins with a 3.52 earned-run average in his last four full seasons with Tampa Bay, posted career highs for losses (15) and ERA (5.94) in his first full year with the Angels. On Friday, though, he took another step on what he hopes will be the road back to form, holding the Chicago White Sox to two hits and no runs over three innings in the Angels' 3-1 Cactus League win. "One step at a time," said Kazmir, who showed a good slider and an effective changeup, throwing 24 of his 41 pitches for strikes.
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April 13, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
The hallmark of a Mike Scioscia team has always been small ball. Steal, hit and run, take the extra base. The long ball? That was fine for batting practice but it wasn't something the Angels looked for after the national anthem. Times and tactics have apparently changed though, because after slugging five home runs Sunday in a 14-2 victory over the New York Mets, the Angels lead the majors with 20 home runs. And they haven't even had a sacrifice bunt yet. BOX SCORE: Angels 14, Mets 2 "It's not just coincidence.
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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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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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March 20, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Angels have traded the son of Manager Mike Scioscia to the Chicago Cubs -- for the son of hockey's greatest player, Wayne Gretzky. Neither Matt Scioscia nor Trevor Gretzky has advanced past the Class A level. Matt Scioscia, 25, was the Angels' 45th-round draft pick in 2011. He batted .194 with no home runs in 40 games last season, split among three of the Angels' minor league teams. Trevor Gretzky, 21, was the Cubs' seventh-round pick in 2011, from Oaks Christian High School.
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March 20, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
SURPRISE, Ariz. - For Mike Scioscia , one question was enough. The Angels had just traded his son, in a headline-grabbing deal. They sent Matt Scioscia to the Chicago Cubs for Trevor Gretzky , son of Wayne Gretzky, the greatest player in hockey history. Scioscia offered a brief reaction to the trade on Thursday, after the Angels' 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals. "It's part of baseball," Scioscia said. "It's a good opportunity for Matt. " Scioscia cut off a follow-up question, about whether General Manager Jerry Dipoto had discussed the trade with the manager or simply informed him after its completion.
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March 5, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - There was a Nike photo shoot, the filming of a commercial for Major League Baseball, appearances on ESPN, MTV, Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports West, and interviews with newspapers, websites and radio stations. Still to come is a Sports Illustrated cover photo shoot. Mike Trout has been busy this spring, the demands of stardom pulling the Angels center fielder in many directions, and negotiations with the team for a possible nine-figure contract extension provide yet another potential distraction.
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April 1, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times
CINCINNATI - Mike Scioscia has managed enough games in National League ballparks to have pulled off dozens of double switches and even a few triple switches, but this was the first time the Angels skipper could remember a quadruple shift. It came in the 11th inning of the Angels' 3-1, 13-inning, season-opening win over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, a game in which Scioscia exhausted his bench and used six of his seven relievers. First baseman and No. 3 hitter Albert Pujols, who is recovering from knee surgery and has been slowed by a sore left foot, led off the 11th inning with a walk and was replaced by pinch-runner Andrew Romine.
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April 28, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
CLEVELAND -- The Angels and Bobby Abreu parted ways Friday night when the 38-year-old outfielder was released following a 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians, but Manager Mike Scioscia doesn't think the game has seen the last of the 17-year veteran. “I don't believe it's the end for Bobby,” Scioscia said Saturday. “One thing he really has is a passion for the game. If he gets in a situation where he can get some playing time and perform at a little higher level, by the time it's said and done, this guy is going to get Hall of Fame consideration.” Abreu, a native of Venezuela, is one of four players with at least 500 doubles, 250 home runs and 350 stolen bases.
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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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