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May 6, 2009 | KEVIN BAXTER, ON THE ANGELS
In less than four seasons as a big league pitching coach Mike Butcher has already made a name for himself, having helped the Angels win consecutive division crowns, a league strikeout title and guiding Francisco Rodriguez to a single-season saves record. But he has done his finest work through the first month of this season. The Angels, after all, started the year with three starters on the disabled list, then lost two more in the first 11 games.
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May 6, 2009 | KEVIN BAXTER, ON THE ANGELS
In less than four seasons as a big league pitching coach Mike Butcher has already made a name for himself, having helped the Angels win consecutive division crowns, a league strikeout title and guiding Francisco Rodriguez to a single-season saves record. But he has done his finest work through the first month of this season. The Angels, after all, started the year with three starters on the disabled list, then lost two more in the first 11 games.
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March 6, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
If brutal honesty was a pitch, Shane Loux might have the kind of dominating stuff that would have enabled the 29-year-old right-hander to spend the bulk of his 10-year career in the big leagues instead of the minor leagues. Loux, one of three pitchers battling for the Angels' fifth rotation spot, gave up one unearned run, one hit and walked two in two innings of a 4-2 exhibition win over Seattle on Thursday. It didn't seem all that bad . . . until Loux assessed it.
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April 25, 2009 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, ON THE ANGELS
Rotation reinforcements aren't around the corner, but they are on the horizon. Ervin Santana threw two innings in an extended spring training game in Arizona on Friday, and John Lackey is scheduled to do the same today, the first steps toward a projected mid-May return for the Angels' top two pitchers. That was of little consolation to the Angels and Shane Loux on Friday night.
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April 2, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
Manager Mike Scioscia all but confirmed to reporters this week that he would open the season with a rotation of Joe Saunders, Dustin Moseley, Shane Loux, Jered Weaver and Nick Adenhart. And those five will apparently be the last to know. "Everyone seems to have an idea, but no one seems to know," said Loux, who gave up three runs -- two earned -- and six hits in five innings of a 5-4 exhibition loss to Texas on Wednesday.
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April 19, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels planned to call up a position player to replace Vladimir Guerrero, who was put on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of a torn right pectoral muscle. But when starter Dustin Moseley lasted only three innings Friday night -- forcing the Angels to exhaust much of their bullpen -- and went on the disabled list Saturday because of elbow tightness, the team had little choice but to reinforce its relief corps.
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August 23, 2008 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said Friday afternoon that the prognosis for his offense was much better than it was in May, when injuries and ineptitude conspired to sap the team of its usual punch. By the end of the Angels' 9-0 loss to Minnesota at Angel Stadium a few hours later -- their seventh defeat in nine games -- it seemed as if a second opinion was in order. And Scioscia willingly obliged during a closed-door meeting with his players after the game. "The last eight, nine, 10 games, this team is playing probably the worst baseball we have all year long," said Scioscia, who also singled out his team's pitching and defense and noted that certain unspecified distractions were affecting players.
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April 24, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels closed ranks to honor one of their own Thursday morning, holding a private memorial service in Angel Stadium for Nick Adenhart, the 22-year-old pitcher who was killed in an April 9 traffic crash. Jack Grogger, the team's chapel leader, presided over the 45-minute service, which was held around home plate. In attendance were Angels players, coaches, front-office employees and the team's broadcasters.
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April 5, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
The Angels made their final cuts of the spring after Saturday's 4-3 exhibition win over the San Diego Padres, and there were no surprises. Infielders Sean Rodriguez, Brandon Wood and Matt Brown will all start the season in triple-A Salt Lake, with Brown's demotion coming only hours after Manager Mike Scioscia presented him with the Fred Haney Award as the team's outstanding player in spring training. Brown hit .468 and led the team with 19 runs batted in.
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April 4, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
Kelvim Escobar faced a major league lineup for the first time in 18 months in the Angels' 6-5 exhibition win over the San Diego Padres on Friday. And though he looked impressive, touching 95 mph with his fastball while holding the Padres hitless over his final 2 2/3 innings, not everything went according to plan. Take his fourth-inning at-bat, for instance, when Escobar drove in a run with a line-drive single to center. "They didn't want me to swing the bat," Escobar said with a smile.
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April 24, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels closed ranks to honor one of their own Thursday morning, holding a private memorial service in Angel Stadium for Nick Adenhart, the 22-year-old pitcher who was killed in an April 9 traffic crash. Jack Grogger, the team's chapel leader, presided over the 45-minute service, which was held around home plate. In attendance were Angels players, coaches, front-office employees and the team's broadcasters.
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April 19, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels planned to call up a position player to replace Vladimir Guerrero, who was put on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of a torn right pectoral muscle. But when starter Dustin Moseley lasted only three innings Friday night -- forcing the Angels to exhaust much of their bullpen -- and went on the disabled list Saturday because of elbow tightness, the team had little choice but to reinforce its relief corps.
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April 14, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna and Kevin Baxter
A year ago, Ervin Santana and Joe Saunders came to spring training battling for the final spot in the Angels' rotation. But when injuries felled two of the team's top starters, both made the staff -- and five months later they were both pitching in the All-Star game. That's a lesson that isn't lost on Shane Loux and Dustin Moseley. "Moseley and I talked about that. We could be this year's Saunders and Santana," Loux said. "Absolutely," agreed Moseley. "Why can't we? We had good camps.
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April 7, 2009 | MIKE DIGIOVANNA
There was the food poisoning that knocked him out for a weekend in late March, and a bout with spring-training "dead arm" that slowed him the last week of camp. Joe Saunders seemed a little wobbly entering the season, which was actually an upgrade from the rest of the Angels' rotation, three-fifths of which -- John Lackey, Ervin Santana and Kelvim Escobar -- is on the disabled list.
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April 5, 2009 | MIKE DIGIOVANNA
That big bat the Angels craved for years finally materialized last July 29, when the team that always seemed reluctant to pull the trigger on a trade deadline deal acquired slugger Mark Teixeira from the Atlanta Braves. And what do the Angels have to show for it? Nothing, really. They led the major leagues with 100 wins and had a nice middle-of-the-order threat to pair with Vladimir Guerrero, but the Angels lost to the Boston Red Sox -- again -- in the first round of the playoffs.
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April 5, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
The Angels made their final cuts of the spring after Saturday's 4-3 exhibition win over the San Diego Padres, and there were no surprises. Infielders Sean Rodriguez, Brandon Wood and Matt Brown will all start the season in triple-A Salt Lake, with Brown's demotion coming only hours after Manager Mike Scioscia presented him with the Fred Haney Award as the team's outstanding player in spring training. Brown hit .468 and led the team with 19 runs batted in.
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April 7, 2009 | MIKE DIGIOVANNA
There was the food poisoning that knocked him out for a weekend in late March, and a bout with spring-training "dead arm" that slowed him the last week of camp. Joe Saunders seemed a little wobbly entering the season, which was actually an upgrade from the rest of the Angels' rotation, three-fifths of which -- John Lackey, Ervin Santana and Kelvim Escobar -- is on the disabled list.
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September 7, 2008 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
CHICAGO -- There is nothing more to accomplish at the triple-A level for Jason Bulger, who was 4-0 with an 0.63 earned-run average and 16 saves in 37 games for Salt Lake, the fourth year the right-hander has spent the bulk of the season at triple A. But if Bulger can bring the kind of confidence and stuff he had at Salt Lake to the Angels this month after being recalled to the big leagues Saturday, he could make a quantum leap, from pitcher with...
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April 4, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
Kelvim Escobar faced a major league lineup for the first time in 18 months in the Angels' 6-5 exhibition win over the San Diego Padres on Friday. And though he looked impressive, touching 95 mph with his fastball while holding the Padres hitless over his final 2 2/3 innings, not everything went according to plan. Take his fourth-inning at-bat, for instance, when Escobar drove in a run with a line-drive single to center. "They didn't want me to swing the bat," Escobar said with a smile.
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April 2, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
Manager Mike Scioscia all but confirmed to reporters this week that he would open the season with a rotation of Joe Saunders, Dustin Moseley, Shane Loux, Jered Weaver and Nick Adenhart. And those five will apparently be the last to know. "Everyone seems to have an idea, but no one seems to know," said Loux, who gave up three runs -- two earned -- and six hits in five innings of a 5-4 exhibition loss to Texas on Wednesday.
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