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June 25, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
DETROIT - Torii Hunter is baffled as to how the Angels, picked by many to contend for a championship, can be nine games under .500 and 10 games out in the American League West in the last week of June. "Nobody in this world predicted that," said Hunter, the Detroit Tigers right fielder and former Angels star. "I have no explanation. " But don't count the Angels out, Hunter said. If Toronto can reel off 11 consecutive victories to get back into the AL East race, so can the Angels.
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June 21, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN DIEGO - Yasiel Puig might have captured the imagination of baseball fans from coast to coast, but the blossoming movement to get the Dodgers phenom into the All-Star game has not won unconditional support within the Dodgers' clubhouse. "You should have to earn it," Manager Don Mattingly said. In his first 15 games in the major leagues, Puig hit .474 with five home runs and 11 runs batted in. Is he an All-Star? "Right now, no," Mattingly said. "Are his numbers better than anybody else's?
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June 21, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN DIEGO - When the Dodgers called up Yasiel Puig and installed him in right field, the phenom unveiled one of the strongest arms of any outfielder in the major leagues. However, with Matt Kemp expected to return to center field next week, the Dodgers tentatively plan to move Andre Ethier back to right field and move Puig to left. Kemp is scheduled to start a rehabilitation assignment with triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday. The Dodgers hope he can play three or four games there - the first as designated hitter, the rest in center - and then rejoin the major league team.
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June 17, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It began in Camden Yards on Wednesday with a six-run seventh inning that led to a come-from-behind win over the Baltimore Orioles, it carried through a weekend series against the New York Yankees, and it resumed Monday night against the Seattle Mariners. The Angels hitters are on a roll, much as they were during an eight-game win streak from May 18-26, and they went on a rampage Monday night in Angel Stadium. Offensive underachievers for most of the season, the Angels pounded starter Aaron Harang and three relievers for a season-high 21 hits in an 11-3 victory that provided a loud reminder of just how lethal they can be when their bats are clicking.
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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 9, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
The two large video screens at Dodger Stadium turned out to be a portent of Sunday's game. Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully was giving his usual pregame comments on the screens when they suddenly lost their feed, flickered chaotically and went dark. The same thing more or less happened to Dodgers starting pitcher Matt Magill once he faced the Atlanta Braves. BOX SCORE: Atlanta 8, Dodgers 1 It was the second time in a week that Magill was called up from the minor leagues to make a spot start for the injury-plagued Dodgers, and for the second time it was rough sledding for the right-hander from Simi Valley.
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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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