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September 3, 2008 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
DETROIT -- Start one untested rookie middle infielder in a playoff series, and you're taking your chances. Start two, and many would say you're doomed. This could be the challenge facing the Angels if the strained left hamstrings of shortstop Erick Aybar and second baseman Howie Kendrick don't heal by October, or if the players suffer setbacks trying to prepare for the postseason. Brandon Wood and Sean Rodriguez are nowhere near the offensive threats Kendrick and Aybar are, so about all the Angels can hope from the pair is proficient defense.
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August 20, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels dusted off the turntable Sunday and gave their broken record another spin, Zack Greinke serving as disc jockey for the latest in a string of shoddy starts by baseball's most underachieving rotation. Greinke, considered the piece that would elevate the Angels to World Series contenders when he was acquired from Milwaukee on July 27, was roughed up for six runs and seven hits in six innings of an 8-3 loss to Tampa Bay, the Rays completing a four-game sweep in Angel Stadium.
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September 5, 2008 | Mike DiGiovanna
DETROIT -- Sean Rodriguez is capable of working deep counts, but the rookie second baseman isn't much of a four-ball hitter. In the fourth inning Thursday, Rodriguez struck out on what the scoreboard said was a full-count pitch. But a pitch-by-pitch replay of the at-bat confirmed that Rodriguez actually struck out on a 4-and-2 pitch. Neither plate umpire Tim Welke nor Angels Manager Mike Scioscia noticed the mistake. At 2-2, Rodriguez said Welke asked Tigers catcher Brandon Inge what the count was. "He said he thought it was 1-2, and I said I thought it was 1-2 also," Rodriguez said.
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August 19, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels continued to redefine rock bottom in a season filled with new lows, their 8-3 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday completing the Rays' four-game sweep in Angel Stadium and dropping the Angels a season-high nine games behind the Texas Rangers in the American League West. Zack Greinke, thought to be the crucial piece  to push the Angels into World Series contention when he was acquired from Milwaukee for three double-A prospects on July 27, was roughed up for six runs and seven hits in six innings, as the Angels lost for the 13th time in 18 games.
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September 9, 2008 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
The New York Yankees -- the fourth-place New York Yankees -- might have to watch the Angels celebrate another American League West championship tonight. The Angels beating up on the Yankees, that's nothing new. This part of their 12-1 victory Monday night at Angel Stadium rubbed it in a little bit, though: An infielder named Rodriguez hit a home run -- not $300-million man Alex Rodriguez for the Yankees, but rookie Sean Rodriguez for the Angels. Brandon Wood, another rookie infielder, hit two home runs.
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April 30, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Not the retiring type When Johnny Damon became a free agent last winter, there were few suitors for his services. "The Yankees were trying to get me back," he said Saturday. "I heard the Angels were talking. I don't think I got an offer from them, but I knew they were interested. " But it was the Tampa Bay Rays who showed the most love, offering a one-year, $5.25-million deal and the prospect of ample playing time. So far that decision has proven to be one of the best acquisitions of the season, with Damon hitting .266 and leading the majors with six game-winning hits and leading all designated hitters with 20 runs batted in. Passing up two contenders for a team that looked to be rebuilding was a curious move for a 37-year-old in the twilight of his career.
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October 12, 2010 | By Phil Rogers
Cliff Lee always keeps hitters off balance. He throws hard, he throws soft. He throws in, he throws out. Nothing new about that. But what about a team that takes the same approach on the bases? Two-legged changeups? That's a novel approach. In the biggest game in the 50-year history of their franchise, the Texas Rangers combined Lee's brilliance with the unexpected, aggressive baserunning you might see at a youth league game. Hey, look at that, the wide-load truck of a catcher is trying to steal a base.
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August 19, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels continued to redefine rock bottom in a season filled with new lows, their 8-3 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday completing the Rays' four-game sweep in Angel Stadium and dropping the Angels a season-high nine games behind the Texas Rangers in the American League West. Zack Greinke, thought to be the crucial piece  to push the Angels into World Series contention when he was acquired from Milwaukee for three double-A prospects on July 27, was roughed up for six runs and seven hits in six innings, as the Angels lost for the 13th time in 18 games.
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September 2, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
Kendry Morales , American League most valuable player? It's not as far-fetched as it might seem, Manager Mike Scioscia said. Morales entered Tuesday ranked 10th in the AL in average (.314), fifth in home runs (30), fourth in runs batted in (94), second in slugging percentage (.598), extra-base hits (68) and total bases (274), seventh in average with runners in scoring position (.336) and eighth in doubles (36). Scioscia said there is "no doubt" Morales, a switch-hitting first baseman in his first full big league season, belongs on the list of leading MVP candidates with New York's Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter , Minnesota's Joe Mauer and Detroit's Miguel Cabrera . But will Morales gain enough support among those east of the Mississippi River to have a chance at the award?
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April 5, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from St. Petersburg, Fla.— Jordan Walden pitched in relief for the first time less than a year ago. Now he's the Angels' closer. Which says a lot about the state of the Angels' bullpen and the depth of Walden's talent. Both were on display Tuesday at Tropicana Field, with Walden pitching a perfect ninth inning to stave off another bullpen implosion and save the Angels' 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Angels losing patience with Scott Kazmir All that came just hours after Manager Mike Scioscia said he was taking the closer's job away from veteran Fernando Rodney and giving it to Walden.
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June 15, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from Seattle — The Scott Kazmir error came to an end Wednesday when the Angels released the struggling left-hander and ate the remainder of his $14.5-million contract for this season, closing the book on one of the worst trades in franchise history. "I don't have any regrets," General Manager Tony Reagins said of the deal that sent infielder Sean Rodriguez and top pitching prospect Alex Torres to Tampa Bay for Kazmir on Aug. 28, 2009. "At the time of the deal, we were in position to go to the postseason, and Kaz pitched pretty well for us down the stretch.
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April 30, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Not the retiring type When Johnny Damon became a free agent last winter, there were few suitors for his services. "The Yankees were trying to get me back," he said Saturday. "I heard the Angels were talking. I don't think I got an offer from them, but I knew they were interested. " But it was the Tampa Bay Rays who showed the most love, offering a one-year, $5.25-million deal and the prospect of ample playing time. So far that decision has proven to be one of the best acquisitions of the season, with Damon hitting .266 and leading the majors with six game-winning hits and leading all designated hitters with 20 runs batted in. Passing up two contenders for a team that looked to be rebuilding was a curious move for a 37-year-old in the twilight of his career.
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April 5, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from St. Petersburg, Fla.— Jordan Walden pitched in relief for the first time less than a year ago. Now he's the Angels' closer. Which says a lot about the state of the Angels' bullpen and the depth of Walden's talent. Both were on display Tuesday at Tropicana Field, with Walden pitching a perfect ninth inning to stave off another bullpen implosion and save the Angels' 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Angels losing patience with Scott Kazmir All that came just hours after Manager Mike Scioscia said he was taking the closer's job away from veteran Fernando Rodney and giving it to Walden.
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March 25, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from Phoenix Scott Kazmir has done little to warrant a rotation spot, but Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said Friday morning that the struggling left-hander, who has a 7.79 earned-run average, 23 hits allowed, 12 walks and 10 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings, will open the season in the rotation. Then another option emerged Friday afternoon. Matt Palmer , slowed this month by bronchitis, had his best outing of the spring, allowing one run and four hits in six innings of the Angels' 10-3 exhibition victory over the Oakland Athletics.
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October 12, 2010 | By Phil Rogers
Cliff Lee always keeps hitters off balance. He throws hard, he throws soft. He throws in, he throws out. Nothing new about that. But what about a team that takes the same approach on the bases? Two-legged changeups? That's a novel approach. In the biggest game in the 50-year history of their franchise, the Texas Rangers combined Lee's brilliance with the unexpected, aggressive baserunning you might see at a youth league game. Hey, look at that, the wide-load truck of a catcher is trying to steal a base.
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September 2, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
Kendry Morales , American League most valuable player? It's not as far-fetched as it might seem, Manager Mike Scioscia said. Morales entered Tuesday ranked 10th in the AL in average (.314), fifth in home runs (30), fourth in runs batted in (94), second in slugging percentage (.598), extra-base hits (68) and total bases (274), seventh in average with runners in scoring position (.336) and eighth in doubles (36). Scioscia said there is "no doubt" Morales, a switch-hitting first baseman in his first full big league season, belongs on the list of leading MVP candidates with New York's Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter , Minnesota's Joe Mauer and Detroit's Miguel Cabrera . But will Morales gain enough support among those east of the Mississippi River to have a chance at the award?
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March 25, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from Phoenix Scott Kazmir has done little to warrant a rotation spot, but Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said Friday morning that the struggling left-hander, who has a 7.79 earned-run average, 23 hits allowed, 12 walks and 10 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings, will open the season in the rotation. Then another option emerged Friday afternoon. Matt Palmer , slowed this month by bronchitis, had his best outing of the spring, allowing one run and four hits in six innings of the Angels' 10-3 exhibition victory over the Oakland Athletics.
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August 20, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels dusted off the turntable Sunday and gave their broken record another spin, Zack Greinke serving as disc jockey for the latest in a string of shoddy starts by baseball's most underachieving rotation. Greinke, considered the piece that would elevate the Angels to World Series contenders when he was acquired from Milwaukee on July 27, was roughed up for six runs and seven hits in six innings of an 8-3 loss to Tampa Bay, the Rays completing a four-game sweep in Angel Stadium.
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May 31, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
Imagine the uproar among Angels fans and bloggers if second baseman Howie Kendrick continues to struggle at the plate, the team makes a move to replace him, and it isn't to call up slugging prospect Brandon Wood. It could happen. Wood, who is batting .289 with 10 home runs and 21 runs batted in for triple-A Salt Lake, is the player most prominently mentioned when talk turns to in-house options to bolster the offense.
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September 9, 2008 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
The New York Yankees -- the fourth-place New York Yankees -- might have to watch the Angels celebrate another American League West championship tonight. The Angels beating up on the Yankees, that's nothing new. This part of their 12-1 victory Monday night at Angel Stadium rubbed it in a little bit, though: An infielder named Rodriguez hit a home run -- not $300-million man Alex Rodriguez for the Yankees, but rookie Sean Rodriguez for the Angels. Brandon Wood, another rookie infielder, hit two home runs.
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