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March 14, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. Right-hander Rich Thompson is making a strong case that he deserves one of the final two spots available in the Angels bullpen this season. In his latest outing, Monday in a "B" squad game with the Colorado Rockies, Thompson set the side down in order on three ground balls and has yet to give up a run in five spring appearances. "We see what he's done. We see the progress from where he was even two years ago to where he is now," said Manager Mike Scioscia , who will make the call on whether Thompson stays or goes.
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April 20, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Outfielder Mike Trout is hitting .406 for triple-A Salt Lake and had a 14-game hitting streak snapped Thursday, but Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto said he doesn't want the 20-year-old prospect's inevitable promotion "to be on a matter of need. " "I want it to be when Mike is ready to take an everyday position on our club," Dipoto said. "Whether that's sooner rather than later, I can't tell you. … He's off to a great start. I think that's what we all expected. " The Angels' slow offensive start has heightened the search for a spark, but the Angels' outfield is crowded with Vernon Wells , Peter Bourjos , Torii Hunter , Bobby Abreu and Mark Trumbo . Trout's spring was shortened by a flu-like virus and shoulder tightness, but he's now performing like the phenom who was thought to have a shot at making the opening day roster.
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April 14, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NEW YORK - There was a flurry of activity in the Angels bullpen Saturday, with Rich Thompson getting designated for assignment, Brad Mills getting called up from triple A before the game and sent back to Salt Lake afterward, and setup man Scott Downs taking significant strides in his return from a bruised right ankle. Closer Jordan Walden , meanwhile, is looking for meaningful work. Through eight games, Walden still hasn't entered in a save situation, throwing one inning at the end of a lopsided loss to Kansas City last Sunday and another in Saturday's 7-1 win over the New York Yankees.
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April 14, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NEW YORK - There was a flurry of activity in the Angels bullpen Saturday, with Rich Thompson getting designated for assignment, Brad Mills getting called up from triple A before the game and sent back to Salt Lake afterward, and setup man Scott Downs taking significant strides in his return from a bruised right ankle. Closer Jordan Walden , meanwhile, is looking for meaningful work. Through eight games, Walden still hasn't entered in a save situation, throwing one inning at the end of a lopsided loss to Kansas City last Sunday and another in Saturday's 7-1 win over the New York Yankees.
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March 21, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Chicago Cubs 7, Angels 4 (rained out in fourth inning) AT THE PLATE: Manager Mike Scioscia, not wanting to risk injuries on a soggy field, pulled every starter except Hank Conger by the third inning. Bobby Abreu doubled, and Torii Hunter hit a two-run single in the first. Mark Trumbo returned after missing four games because of right groin tightness and singled in his only at-bat. ON THE MOUND: Reliever Francisco Rodriguez started and gave up a walk, a single and Carlos Pena's three-run home run in the first.
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March 27, 2011
Angels 9, San Diego 2 AT THE PLATE: Mark Trumbo's four runs batted in increased his team-leading spring total to 20. Leadoff batter Maicer Izturis singled twice and scored a run, Jeff Mathis had two hits and two runs to boost his spring average to .395, and Alberto Callaspo had two hits and two runs to increase his spring average to .368. Angels youngsters are coming of age ON THE MOUND: Dan Haren had little trouble pitching to a lineup that included only one regular, limiting the Padres to one run and three hits in five innings.
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September 26, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Rich Thompson jogged in from the bullpen for the ninth inning Monday night to his usual entry song, Midnight Oil filling the Angel Stadium sound system with, "Your dream world is just about to end!" Only this time, it seemed more fitting. The Angels' seemingly impossible dream of making the playoffs was just about to end. Adrian Beltre, a free-agent third baseman the Angels pursued last winter but not aggressively enough, hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning, and the Texas Rangers officially eliminated the Angels from playoff contention with a 4-3 victory.
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August 31, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
The Angels will make some moves to address their shallow bullpen Thursday morning. Not in the form of a trade; they have tried and failed at that. Instead, the Angels are calling up reserves from the minor leagues. But the cavalry — such as it is — might be arriving too late. That's because the bullpen gave up another late lead Wednesday, with Mike Carp's two-run, two-out double against Scott Downs lifting the Seattle Mariners to a 2-1 win that cost the Angels a chance to gain ground on the Texas Rangers in the American League West race.
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April 4, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from St. Petersburg, Fla. The Angels appear to be growing short of patience with Scott Kazmir . But whether they're frustrated enough to eat the $14.5 million it would cost them to release the left-hander remains to be seen. Kazmir had the worst start of his major league career in Sunday's loss to Kansas City, with the Royals collecting as many runs and hits — five — as Kazmir got outs. Throw in two walks, two hit batters and a balk, and it was a meltdown of epic proportions.
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March 29, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels don't need Scott Kazmir to lead the league in strikeouts, like he did when he whiffed 239 batters for Tampa Bay in 2007. They don't need him to win 20 games or compile a sub-3.50 earned-run average. As the fifth starter on a team with four very good ones — Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, Ervin Santana and Joel Pineiro — Kazmir needs to pitch well enough to give the Angels a chance to win and long enough to prevent the bullpen from being overworked every fifth game. The left-hander didn't go deep into Tuesday night's 5-1 exhibition victory by the Angels over the Dodgers in Angel Stadium, throwing only 49 pitches in 41/3 innings, though that was by design.
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September 26, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Rich Thompson jogged in from the bullpen for the ninth inning Monday night to his usual entry song, Midnight Oil filling the Angel Stadium sound system with, "Your dream world is just about to end!" Only this time, it seemed more fitting. The Angels' seemingly impossible dream of making the playoffs was just about to end. Adrian Beltre, a free-agent third baseman the Angels pursued last winter but not aggressively enough, hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning, and the Texas Rangers officially eliminated the Angels from playoff contention with a 4-3 victory.
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August 31, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
The Angels will make some moves to address their shallow bullpen Thursday morning. Not in the form of a trade; they have tried and failed at that. Instead, the Angels are calling up reserves from the minor leagues. But the cavalry — such as it is — might be arriving too late. That's because the bullpen gave up another late lead Wednesday, with Mike Carp's two-run, two-out double against Scott Downs lifting the Seattle Mariners to a 2-1 win that cost the Angels a chance to gain ground on the Texas Rangers in the American League West race.
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August 16, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The end of the season was not near Monday night, though it sure seemed a lot closer for the Angels, who were thoroughly outplayed in an 8-4 loss to Texas that pushed them five games behind the Rangers in the American League West. An already thin Angels rotation took another hit when Garrett Richards, making his second big league start, was removed because of a right groin strain with two out in the first inning. An already suspect middle relief corps took another body blow in the fifth, when Hisanori Takahashi and Rich Thompson combined to give up six runs and five hits, including consecutive home runs by Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli.
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July 10, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
The Angels go into the All-Star break a game out of first place and on the move, having won 20 of their last 27 games. Grading on a curve, or maybe it's a hard slider, against the rest of baseball, the team passed some crucial tests in the first half but still has some makeup assignments to complete in the second half. Overall grade: B Starting rotation: B+ With All-Star Jered Weaver (11-4, 1.86) and Dan Haren (10-5, 2.61), the Angels are the only team in the league to have two starters in the top six in earned-run average and wins.
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July 6, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The starters have been so effective and pitched so deep into games, and closer Jordan Walden and setup man Scott Downs have been so reliable that a glaring Angels weakness — middle relief — has rarely been exposed the last three weeks. It was Wednesday. Hisanori Takahashi issued a leadoff walk to Austin Jackson and a run-scoring single to Andy Dirks, and Michael Kohn gave up a two-run home run to Miguel Cabrera as the Detroit Tigers rallied for three runs in the seventh inning of a 5-4 victory in Angel Stadium.
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June 21, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Crowds in Sun Life Stadium are so small, so laid-back and so dwarfed by 75,192 mostly empty seats that baseball games in the multipurpose facility can have an American Legion feel, the atmosphere so tranquil it can lull you to sleep. Maybe that's why the Angels' bats were so sluggish at the key moments of Tuesday night's 5-2 loss to the Florida Marlins, who ended an 11-game losing streak and won for only the third time in 23 games. Then again, the Angels have been just as feeble before packed houses in Fenway Park, Rangers Ballpark and their own stadium, so maybe it doesn't matter who they're playing or where they're playing when it comes to their inability to hit in the clutch.
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July 10, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
The Angels go into the All-Star break a game out of first place and on the move, having won 20 of their last 27 games. Grading on a curve, or maybe it's a hard slider, against the rest of baseball, the team passed some crucial tests in the first half but still has some makeup assignments to complete in the second half. Overall grade: B Starting rotation: B+ With All-Star Jered Weaver (11-4, 1.86) and Dan Haren (10-5, 2.61), the Angels are the only team in the league to have two starters in the top six in earned-run average and wins.
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April 20, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Outfielder Mike Trout is hitting .406 for triple-A Salt Lake and had a 14-game hitting streak snapped Thursday, but Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto said he doesn't want the 20-year-old prospect's inevitable promotion "to be on a matter of need. " "I want it to be when Mike is ready to take an everyday position on our club," Dipoto said. "Whether that's sooner rather than later, I can't tell you. … He's off to a great start. I think that's what we all expected. " The Angels' slow offensive start has heightened the search for a spark, but the Angels' outfield is crowded with Vernon Wells , Peter Bourjos , Torii Hunter , Bobby Abreu and Mark Trumbo . Trout's spring was shortened by a flu-like virus and shoulder tightness, but he's now performing like the phenom who was thought to have a shot at making the opening day roster.
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June 13, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from Seattle The Angels, who had lost nine of 11 games as they embarked on a 12-game trip in which they will touch all four corners of the country and travel 6,822 miles, needed this. General Manager Tony Reagins, who is feeling heat for his January trade that brought Vernon Wells and the four years and $81 million left on his contract to Anaheim, needed this. Hitting instructor Mickey Hatcher, the object of harsh criticism from fans calling for his firing amid the drought-like conditions surrounding the team's offense, needed this.
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May 15, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Arlington, Texas Only one American League rotation has a better earned-run average than the Angels' quintet. And no American League rookie has more saves than the Angels' Jordan Walden. But the bridge linking one to the other remains under construction, as Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Texas Rangers proved once again. The Angels have tried half of their bullpen in the eighth-inning role this season, with the result being a league-high eight blown saves and seven losses.
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