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June 15, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
(Statistics through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses): "MASTERS, SPREAD YOURSELVES" 1. ST. LOUIS I am feared in field: Cardinals lead the league in fielding. (1) 2. OAKLAND I have had a more rare vision: Moneyball still paying off for first-place A's. (2) 3. BOSTON Though [he] be but little, [he] is fierce! 5-foot-9 Pedroia leads team in hits, runs. (4) 4. DETROIT How can it be said I am alone? Tigers hitting .270 without Cabrera's stats.
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June 15, 2013 | By Tim Hubbard
One of the toughest jobs for a fantasy owner is deciding how long to stick with a struggling pitcher. Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at four usually reliable starters whose problems on the mound are making life miserable for their owners. Cole Hamels Philadelphia Along with Roy Halladay, another of the Phillies' Big Three who has been uncharacteristically pedestrian in 2013. The left-hander went 0-6 in May and has a 5.32 ERA at home. On the plus side, he did strike out 11 Marlins last week … of course, they are the Marlins.
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June 15, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
SEATTLE - When cyclist Lance Armstrong was found to have used performance-enhancing drugs last fall, he was publicly disgraced, stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from the sport for life. When outfielder Melky Cabrera tested positive for PEDs last summer, he was suspended 50 games. Then two months later he was rewarded with a two-year $16-million contract, by far the richest of his career. It's a loophole that has undermined baseball's get-tough approach to drugs and weakened the strongest drug-testing program in U.S. professional team sports.
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June 11, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
BALTIMORE - The news was bad for reliever Sean Burnett on Tuesday, but it could have been much worse. The Angels left-hander came away from a second visit to orthopedic surgeon James Andrews in five weeks not needing elbow surgery, but he was ordered not to pick up a ball for a month, which will push his return to August at the earliest. "I was crushed, man," Burnett said. "I came here to help this team, and it's been disappointing. I haven't been able to do much, if anything.
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June 5, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The Angels had the proverbial golden opportunity to get back into the race in the American League West. They blew it. The Angels' 8-6 loss to the Chicago Cubs in 10 innings Wednesday capped a string of 29 consecutive games against teams with losing records. All of those teams occupy fourth or fifth place in their division. BOX SCORE: Chicago Cubs 8, Angels 6 (10 innings) And how did the Angels do during this time? They were 15-14, even including an eight-game winning streak.
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June 2, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
Just the facts: The Angels lost three consecutive games to the Houston Astros. And the diagnosis, from Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson: "We've played like trash against them. " The Angels' season took another dreary step toward the dumper Sunday, with a 5-4 loss to the Astros. In the first three games of the series - the Astros go for the sweep Monday - the Angels have scored seven runs. The Astros are the only team in the majors with an earned-run average above 5.00.
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June 2, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times
DENVER - Andre Ethier is not having the kind of year he envisioned, hitting just .240 with four homers and 15 runs batted in a third of the way through the season. That leaves him on pace for career lows in virtually every significant offensive category. But he does lead the team in games played, having missed just two. And with Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford both dealing with strained hamstrings, he's the only opening-day outfielder still in the lineup.
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May 29, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Peter Bourjos' rehabilitation from a left hamstring strain moved into high gear Wednesday when the Angels center fielder ran from home to first, first to third and first to home at near full speed for the first time since suffering his injury April 29. "He's made some big strides this week," Manager Mike Scioscia said of Bourjos, who was batting .313 when he was injured in the Angels' 19-inning loss to Oakland on April 29. "No doubt,...
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May 26, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It took a month and a half for the Angels to find a formula for success, one that was clearly evident Sunday in a 5-2 come-from-behind victory over the Kansas City Royals that extended their win streak to eight. "We're feeding off each other, getting hits at the right time," said Josh Hamilton, whose solo home run in the seventh inning sparked a three-run rally that erased a 2-0 deficit and pushed the Angels toward their second four-game sweep of the Royals in franchise history.
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May 25, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A week ago, the Angels had no idea who was going to pitch for them Saturday. The way they're playing now, does it really matter? Billy Buckner, making his first major league appearance in three years, allowed two hits in five shutout innings, and Hank Conger and Josh Hamilton hit home runs in a 7-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals that extended the Angels' win streak to seven games. Mark Trumbo keyed a four-run eighth with a two-run single, and relievers Dane De La Rosa, Scott Downs, Robert Coello and Michael Kohn each threw a scoreless inning.
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