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April 19, 2004 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
As baseball rivalries go, the Angels and Oakland Athletics probably will never match the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants for sheer intensity on the field and loathing among fans off it. But Angel Manager Mike Scio- scia may have unwittingly spiced things up a bit when he got into an animated discussion with Oakland Manager Ken Macha and umpire Tim Welke while exchanging lineup cards before Saturday night's game.
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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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December 16, 2009 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Mike Scioscia will have ample opportunity in the coming months to enact change in baseball's postseason schedule, a format the Angels manager criticized heavily in October, as his team played nine playoff games in 21 days. Scioscia, along with Dodgers Manager Joe Torre, was named by Commissioner Bud Selig on Tuesday to a 14-member special committee that will address on-field issues in the game. In addition to playoff scheduling, Selig said on a conference call that the group will examine issues such as pace of game, instant replay, umpiring, the strike zone and interleague play.
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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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May 26, 2011 | Mike DiGiovanna
Fans see a left-field platoon of light-hitting Alexi Amarista and even lighter-hitting Reggie Willits, and it's no wonder they're clamoring for the Angels to call up their top prospect, double-A outfielder Mike Trout. But Manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday that despite Trout's hot start in Arkansas and the miniscule production of those filling in for the injured Vernon Wells and Howie Kendrick, the Angels will not call up the 19-year-old Trout right now. "I think that's a huge risk to take with a player with his upside," Scioscia said.
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September 23, 2000 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
By the time the Angels start a season-closing week of games against Oakland and Seattle Monday, it's very possible they'll have gone from fringe contenders to potential spoilers. But Manager Mike Scioscia's lineups will not reflect the fact the Angels are out of the race.
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September 27, 1992 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orel Hershiser and Mike Scioscia do not want it to end like this. They do not want their last memory of working together at Dodger Stadium to be dominated by empty seats and emptier hopes. They do not want it to end with Hershiser in the clubhouse, Scioscia behind the plate and members of the bullpen again torching the Dodgers' chances of winning. That is what happened Saturday in a 5-4 loss to the Houston Astros that probably represented Scioscia's last start here.
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September 22, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
The Angels are like the pregnant woman who doesn't want to show anything yet. They are a team in waiting, trying their best to be a team in denial. When they beat the Rangers in Texas on Sunday, in a 10-5 offensive outburst that was encouraging to fans who have worried as the bats went lukewarm in September, their lead in the American League West went to 7 1/2 games. They had 13 left, 10 at home. Sure, it's not a lock. The late Gene Mauch lived that with the '64 Phillies. So did the '51 Dodgers.
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May 4, 1985
What if Oliver, Landreaux, Anderson and Brock do not contribute? Could you imagine? Maldonado, Reynolds, and Marshall in the outfield; Guerrero, Duncan, Sax and Bream in the infield with Scioscia catching. Yes, that's correct. Los Angeles' own . . . Albuquerque Dukes. PAUL R. RYCUS Woodland Hills
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April 26, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times
SEATTLE - Ernesto Frieri had two save opportunities in the first 21 games, and at one point he went a week between appearances. Then this week, the right-hander entered in the ninth inning of tie games at home for three straight days. The workload of ninth-inning specialists is arbitrary - they can go long stretches without a save opportunity, then be needed in four straight games. But statistics suggest that, if possible, Angels Manager Mike Scioscia might want to avoid using Frieri too often on consecutive days.
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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 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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March 1, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
TEMPE, Ariz. - The keepers of the gate for the Angels, the catching crew, play for the ultimate keeper of the gate. All it takes to establish Manager Mike Scioscia is just that are Internet replays of his home-plate blocking when he was a catcher for the Dodgers. His collisions are legendary. So are his survivals. In one, Scioscia holds onto the ball for the out despite a huge hit. No less than Vin Scully intones, "I have never in my life seen a catcher block the plate like Mike Scioscia.
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March 4, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. -- Most eyes will be on slugger Albert Pujols as the Angels open exhibition play against the Oakland Athletics on Monday. How the $240-million man performs in his early days with a new club will be the focus of many following the team. Not so for the Angels coaching staff. Pujols, who had a very structured and detailed spring regimen in 11 years with the St. Louis Cardinals, is probably the least of Manager Mike Scioscia's Cactus League concerns. The first baseman knows just how many game at-bats, innings in the field and swings in the cage he needs to get before the season, and Scioscia is not about to mess with a program that obviously works.
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April 25, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Not only are the Angels not hitting, they're not stealing bases, bunting, executing hit-and-run plays and pushing the envelope offensively, all trademarks of Mike Scioscia-managed teams. They're not scratching and clawing or sacrificing themselves enough for the team, and those deficiencies, as well as an inability to hit in the clutch, were evident again Wednesday night in a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field. Albert Pujols extended his hitless streak to 19 at-bats over five games, his average falling to .222, and his homerless string to 72 at-bats over 18 games, as the Angels dropped to 6-12 and fell 81/2 games behind Texas in the American League West.
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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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February 25, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. -- On paper, the new rules intended to protect catchers from collisions at home plate appear reasonable. How well those rules work might depend on how effectively those rules translate from printed words into real-time baseball. "The game is pretty fast out there," Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday. The rules do not prevent a catcher from blocking the plate and do not force a runner to slide, so collisions  will happen. The rules do require a catcher to have possession of the ball before he can block the plate, and they do forbid a runner from lowering his shoulder or throwing a block into the catcher.
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