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September 1, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SEATTLE -- Scott Downs declined to discuss the family medical emergency that caused him to miss four games this last week, but the left-handed reliever said the issue involved one of his three children and is "resolved for the most part. " The veteran pitcher, who is 1-1 with a 3.08 earned-run average in 44 games this season, traveled Friday from his Kentucky home to Seattle and was activated for Saturday's game against the Mariners. "It was something I needed to take care of, something I needed to be there for, and I was," Downs said.
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July 29, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
ARLINGTON, Texas - Scott Downs signed with the Angels before 2011 because he thought they offered a great shot at pitching in the playoffs for the first time. The Angels pushed Downs a lot closer to that goal on Monday - by trading the 37-year-old left-hander to the Atlanta Braves for triple-A reliever Cory Rasmus , a move that will save $1.7 million in payroll and is an indication the team has little hope of contending this season. Downs, who went 2-3 with a 1.84 earned-run average in 43 games and is in the final year of a three-year, $15-million contract, goes from a highly disappointing club that trailed Oakland by 13 games entering Monday to a club that led the National League East by 81/2 games.
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May 2, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The Angels' bullpen has been bruised and battered this season. And there's a chance things could get worse before they get better. Two of the four relievers on the disabled list - right-handers Ryan Madson (Tommy John surgery) and Kevin Jepsen (shoulder strain) - threw lightly on flat ground Thursday, the first time either of them has thrown in two weeks. But because neither has a timetable for getting back on a mound, it's likely both pitchers are weeks away from being reactivated.
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July 29, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Scott Servais knew what he was getting himself into when he took over the Angels scouting and player development departments two years ago. The farm system he inherited was ranked as the worst in Major League Baseball by Baseball America. Two years of ill-advised trades had left the team with no minor league depth and two winters of big free-agent signings had left it void of a first-round draft pick for two years. The Angels also had virtually no presence in Latin America, a hotbed for talent.
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July 29, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
ARLINGTON, Texas - Scott Downs signed with the Angels before 2011 because he thought they offered a great shot at pitching in the playoffs for the first time. The Angels pushed Downs a lot closer to that goal on Monday - by trading the 37-year-old left-hander to the Atlanta Braves for triple-A reliever Cory Rasmus , a move that will save $1.7 million in payroll and is an indication the team has little hope of contending this season. Downs, who went 2-3 with a 1.84 earned-run average in 43 games and is in the final year of a three-year, $15-million contract, goes from a highly disappointing club that trailed Oakland by 13 games entering Monday to a club that led the National League East by 81/2 games.
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July 27, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
OAKLAND -- A successful return to the rotation by Angels right-hander Garrett Richards on Saturday was marred by a rare meltdown by reliever Scott Downs, who gave up a pinch-hit, two-run home run to Derek Norris in the seventh inning of a 3-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum. Richards gave up three hits in five scoreless innings and left with a 1-0 lead, but a bullpen that suffered its second blown save in five games couldn't hold on, and the Angels fell 12 games behind the American League West Division-leading A's, matching their largest deficit of the season.
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May 7, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
MINNEAPOLIS -- There was bad news and some not-so-bad news for the bullpen Monday, a day after the team lost its two best relievers to injury within a three-pitch span of the ninth inning. Set-up man LaTroy Hawkins , who has a 1.08 earned-run average in 10 appearances, will be out four to six weeks because of a broken pinky finger on his right (throwing) hand. He was injured when he fielded Omar Vizquel's game-ending line drive in a 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
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March 24, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Earlier in the week, the Angels rotation was getting cuffed around. Now, it's the bullpen. Neither left-hander Scott Downs nor right-hander Ernesto Frieri , back-of-the-bullpen pitchers the Angels will be counting heavily on this season, could complete their innings in Sunday's 5-4 exhibition loss to the San Francisco Giants in Tempe Diablo Stadium. Downs was tagged for three runs and three hits, walked two, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch during an eighth inning in which he recorded only one out. Had right fielder Kole Calhoun not started a perfect relay play that nailed Andres Torres at the plate, the damage would have been worse for Downs, who has a 7.94 earned-run average in six spring appearances.
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July 26, 2009 | Associated Press
Jason Bartlett hit a run-scoring double in the 12th inning, capping the biggest comeback in Tampa Bay history, and the Rays erased an eight-run deficit to beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 10-9, on Saturday. "That was a great game for us," slugger Carlos Pena said. "It's an incredible boost to our confidence." Down 8-0 after four innings, Tampa Bay cut its deficit to 9-7 heading into the ninth against closer Scott Downs.
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March 14, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Angels 12, Chicago White Sox 4 AT THE PLATE: Mike Trout hit his first home run of the spring and scored three times, and Howie Kendrick and Albert Pujols each had two hits. Kendrick extended his spring hitting streak to 11 starts and raised his average to .485. For Trout, who also had a double and is batting .407, the three runs gave him 11 in as many games. ON THE MOUND: Jason Vargas had his best outing of the spring, setting down the first seven batters in order and allowing only three runners to reach base in 4 2/3 innings.
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July 27, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
OAKLAND -- A successful return to the rotation by Angels right-hander Garrett Richards on Saturday was marred by a rare meltdown by reliever Scott Downs, who gave up a pinch-hit, two-run home run to Derek Norris in the seventh inning of a 3-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum. Richards gave up three hits in five scoreless innings and left with a 1-0 lead, but a bullpen that suffered its second blown save in five games couldn't hold on, and the Angels fell 12 games behind the American League West Division-leading A's, matching their largest deficit of the season.
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July 27, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
OAKLAND -- Angels Manager Mike Scioscia could not remember the last time Scott Downs gave up a home run. Neither could Downs, the veteran left-hander who has been one of the team's most reliable relievers this season. It had been that long. Downs had also made 29 consecutive appearances without giving up a run, one shy of Francisco Rodriguez's franchise record of 30 set in 2006, but that streak came to a quick and painful end Saturday when Downs' first pitch of the seventh inning was hit for a pinch-hit, two-run home run by Derek Norris.
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May 15, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
There are issues in the starting rotation, in the bullpen, on the bench. For the Angels, those are minor issues. These Angels are built to outslug the opposition. If they don't hit, the rest doesn't matter. Those Angels showed up on Tuesday. For the first time this season, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton hit home runs in the same game. "If those two guys get going, that's a lot of damage that can be done," second baseman Howie Kendrick said. Kendrick and Mike Trout each hit a home run too, in a 6-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
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May 11, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times
CHICAGO - What's that thing called when you score more runs than the other team for a few days in a row? Oh yeah, a winning streak. The Angels reacquainted themselves with the concept Saturday night with a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox in U.S. Cellular Field to extend their winning streak to three, matching a season high. Jerome Williams survived a five-hit second inning to throw 6 2/3 strong innings, giving up two runs and seven hits; Mike Trout hit a two-run home run in the first, and the bullpen combined for 21/3 innings, as the Angels won their first road series of the year.
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May 2, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The Angels' bullpen has been bruised and battered this season. And there's a chance things could get worse before they get better. Two of the four relievers on the disabled list - right-handers Ryan Madson (Tommy John surgery) and Kevin Jepsen (shoulder strain) - threw lightly on flat ground Thursday, the first time either of them has thrown in two weeks. But because neither has a timetable for getting back on a mound, it's likely both pitchers are weeks away from being reactivated.
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May 1, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
OAKLAND -- A strong scent of desperation was in the air Wednesday in the Oakland Coliseum, where Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, his bullpen options limited by injury and ineffectiveness, went to extreme lengths to win a game Scioscia left starter C.J. Wilson in long enough to throw 123 pitches, a decision the left-hander rewarded by rebounding from a 36-pitch first inning to give up two runs and six hits in 61/3 innings and escape...
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March 21, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
AT THE PLATE: Howie Kendrick hit an opposite-field home run in the fourth and singled and scored in the sixth to raise his spring average to .521 (25 for 48) with four home runs and nine runs batted in. Hank Conger hit a two-run home run to right-center in the fourth and a go-ahead two-run triple to right in the sixth. ON THE MOUND: Jerome Williams was tagged for eight straight hits and six runs in the second, part of a 11/3-inning, 11-hit, seven-run start. "That's unacceptable," said Williams, a long reliever.
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March 5, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels 6, Reds 4 AT THE PLATE: Howie Kendrick turned one of Aroldis Chapman's fastballs around, lining it over the wall in left field in the fourth inning for his second homer of the spring. Josh Hamilton had two singles and is batting .500 (five for 10) this spring. The Angels, who improved to 2-8-2, won with a five-run seventh that was highlighted by Peter Bourjos' triple and Luis Rodriguez's two-run single. ON THE MOUND: Tommy Hanson, making his first start in an Angels uniform after last winter's trade from Atlanta, gave up one run and three hits, including Jay Bruce's solo home run, in two innings.
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April 26, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SEATTLE - If C.J. Wilson's intent was to add a little drama to the proceedings at Safeco Field on Friday night, the Angels left-hander did a bang-up job of it. Staked to a five-run lead in the third inning, Wilson allowed a weak-hitting Seattle club to load the bases with no outs in the fourth and one out in the fifth and to put runners on second and third with no outs in the sixth. But as Wilson's pitch count soared, so did his strikeouts, and those bursts of dominance allowed him to minimize damage in the middle innings and the Angels, despite some nail-biting moments in the later innings, to claim a 6-3 victory over the Mariners.
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April 23, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
A frustration-filled game ended in jubilation for the Angels on Tuesday night when Howie Kendrick hit the team's second walk-off home run in three days, a solo shot to center that gave the Angels a 5-4, 11-inning victory over the Texas Rangers. "It's a great feeling to know you can leave the other team on the field, but to get the victory is the most important thing," Kendrick said after his fourth career walk-off hit. "Any game against these guys is really tough because neither team lays down.
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