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March 5, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Kendrys Morales was scheduled to run on the infield dirt without touching any bases Monday, the first test in what is expected to be an important week for the Angels slugger who is recovering from a broken left ankle. If Morales, who has missed the past year and a half, passes Monday's test, he will start running the bases by the middle of the week. The next step after that would be sliding drills, which will probably be first performed on the outfield grass with Morales wearing only socks, no spikes.
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April 24, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
One of the greatest gifts for a teenager is when a grandfather is able to live long enough to offer life lessons that can be cherished forever. Grant Hockin, a standout senior pitcher at La Verne Damien, was the recipient of such influential advice from the man he called "grandpa," Harmon Killebrew, a baseball Hall of Famer from the Minnesota Twins who hit 573 home runs in 22 major-league seasons. "He always told me to treat everyone with respect and don't take anything for granted," Hockin said.
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June 15, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Angel slugger Albert Pujols is beginning to break out of his season-long slump, and Manager Mike Scioscia attributes some of that to Pujols learning how to deal with the painful plantar fasciitis in his left foot. “There's a lot of physical things he's dealing with that he's managing,” Scioscia said. “He feels he can go out and still swing, and he's shown he can.” Pujols started Saturday hitting a season-best .298  in June, with half of his hits going for extra bases.
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April 23, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
The number that matters most is not 500. The number that matters most is 0. That is the number of major league players that have hit more home runs this season than Albert Pujols. He got a mighty sweet serenade in the visiting clubhouse in Washington on Tuesday night after he hit his 500th home run. But the Angels are not paying him a quarter-billion dollars for reminders of how great he was when he played for the St. Louis Cardinals. INTERACTIVE: Compare salaries on Angels, Nationals If that really is the classic Pujols back at-bat, that would be a big swing toward an October different from the last two, when he and the Angels stayed home and the Pujols-less Cardinals advanced deep into the playoffs.
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March 5, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Albert Pujols will make his exhibition debut today about a week ahead of schedule. The Angels slugger who is recovering from October's right knee surgery will bat third as designated hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in Tempe Diablo Stadium. Pujols had been limited to batting practice, ground balls hit right at him and light jogging for the first few weeks of camp, and he was not expected to play in a game until mid-March. But after running sprints on Friday and Saturday, he was deemed fit enough to play, though it won't be at 100%.
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April 12, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
There have been far more ground balls to the left side than line drives into the gaps, but Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, who took a .222 average into Thursday's series finale against the Minnesota Twins, is not overly concerned about his slow start. “Not to be cocky, but I know I can hit, it's not going to go away like that,” Pujols said, snapping his fingers. “I'm trying to stay inside the ball and not think too much. But I think that's what's been going on the last few days, I'm thinking too much.” Eight games into his 2003 season with the St. Louis Cardinals, Pujols was hitting .241.
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July 13, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SEATTLE -- Those seeking to delve into Albert Pujols' innermost thoughts and feelings as he closes in on his 500th career home run -- a milestone only 25 other major league players have reached -- will probably come away disappointed. After hitting his 490th homer Wednesday night against the Chicago Cubs, the Angels slugger, who ranks 28th on the all-time home run list, was asked how he felt about moving to within 10 homers of 500. “Hopefully, that's the last time you bring that up,” Pujols said.
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January 20, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
At 23, Giancarlo Stanton has 34- and 37-home-run seasons in his rearview mirror, and the promise of becoming the face of a franchise in front of him. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Miami Marlins slugger last week enjoyed one of the perks of stardom by being summoned to participate in promotional filming at Occidental College for 2K Sports' new Major League Baseball 2K13 video game, which will be on shelves for Xbox 360 on March 5. Stanton, a product of...
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October 23, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN FRANCISCO - Adrian Gonzalez or Prince Fielder? The Dodgers cast their long-term lot with Gonzalez in August, acquiring him in a trade with the Boston Red Sox. They first tried to solve their first-base troubles last winter, reaching out to Fielder when the free-agent slugger appeared to have no good place to go. "I definitely knew I was going to be able to play again," Fielder said Tuesday. "I just didn't know which team. I thought I was headed a lot of places. " Fielder, 28, is headed to his first World Series after hitting .313 with 30 home runs for the Detroit Tigers.
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April 23, 2014
WASHINGTON — Albert Pujols didn't hit his 500th home run in front of a hometown crowd, but at least he was able to hit it to an Angels fan. Tom Sherrill, a 29-year-old Air Force staff sergeant from Pomona who is in town for computer training, retrieved the ball Pujols hit for his milestone homer into the left-center field seats in Nationals Park and presented it to the Angels slugger after the game. "I've been an Angels fan for 20 years, and I had no intentions other than to give the ball to Albert," Sherrill said.
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April 22, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
WASHINGTON - Albert Pujols didn't hit his 500th home run in front of a hometown crowd, but at least he was able to hit it to an Angels fan. Tom Sherrill, a 29-year-old Air Force staff sergeant from Pomona who is in town for computer training, retrieved the ball Pujols hit for his milestone homer into the left-center field seats in Nationals Park and presented it to the Angels slugger after the game. “I've been an Angels fan for 20 years, and I had no intentions other than to give the ball to Albert,” Sherrill said.
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April 20, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
DETROIT - Mark McGwire was in the twilight of his career in 2001, willing his broken-down body through one final season with the St. Louis Cardinals, when a strapping young buck named Albert Pujols, just two years removed from being the 402nd overall pick in the draft, started tearing it up in spring training. Bobby Bonilla was slated to be the Cardinals' left fielder, but when Bonilla was hurt that spring, McGwire practically commandeered the lineup card from Manager Tony La Russa.
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April 13, 2014 | BILL SHAIKIN
The newest addition to Angel Stadium is a dark green sign, behind the last row of the bleachers closest to center field. In white letters and numbers, the sign reads "PUJOLS 494. " The number will change with every home run Albert Pujols hits. At Angel Stadium, the countdown to 500 home runs is on. The celebrated club is one of the most exclusive in baseball history. Home runs represent the most glamorous statistic in the game, and Pujols would be the 26th man to join the club.
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March 16, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Mike Schmidt, perhaps the greatest third baseman in baseball history and a harsh critic of players using performance-enhancing drugs, sat down with reporters Saturday to discuss his recovery from skin cancer. "I'm a very lucky man," said the former Philadelphia Phillies slugger and Hall of Famer about his battle with stage 3 melanoma. “I've done just about everything I can to destroy the cancer cells in my body.” The 64-year-old had two operations and went through the usual rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
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February 21, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - It's far too early to determine how Albert Pujols will rebound from a subpar season that was cut short by a left-foot injury, but early returns on the slugger are encouraging. "I feel awesome," said Pujols, who had right-knee surgery after 2012 and suffered a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his left foot last July. "To be able to do things with no pain or discomfort, to have my legs underneath me, to move around and have the load I want in my swing … that's the biggest difference.
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February 7, 2014 | Mike DiGiovanna
  Mike Trout did not make it past the first round in this winter's “Face of the Franchise” tournament on MLB Network, losing to Arizona slugger Paul Goldschmidt in the first round. But the Angels star is not lacking for name recognition in the nation's highest political office. In a speech at Michigan State University on Friday, President Obama invoked Trout's name while discussing the farm bill that Congress just passed. The dynamic Trout, a 22-year-old two-way star, was the American League rookie of the year in 2012 and runnerup to Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera in most valuable player voting in both 2012 and 2013.
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September 4, 1986 | From United Press International
Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg, who hit 58 home runs in 1938, died in his Beverly Hills home today following a 13-month bout with cancer. He was 75. Greenberg, one of the game's greatest sluggers, starred with the Detroit Tigers in the 1930s and 1940s. He was the American League Most Valuable Player in 1935 and 1940 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1956. He finished his career with 331 homers and a .313 lifetime average.
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February 7, 2014 | Mike DiGiovanna
  Mike Trout did not make it past the first round in this winter's “Face of the Franchise” tournament on MLB Network, losing to Arizona slugger Paul Goldschmidt in the first round. But the Angels star is not lacking for name recognition in the nation's highest political office. In a speech at Michigan State University on Friday, President Obama invoked Trout's name while discussing the farm bill that Congress just passed. The dynamic Trout, a 22-year-old two-way star, was the American League rookie of the year in 2012 and runnerup to Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera in most valuable player voting in both 2012 and 2013.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | By Mike Kupper, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Ralph Kiner, who spent 10 seasons hitting towering home runs in the major leagues, then spent most of the rest of his life joyfully calling baseball games on radio and TV, died Thursday at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 91. The Baseball Hall of Fame announced his death, citing natural causes. An outfielder, Kiner played for three clubs - he was a shining star for the otherwise dreary Pittsburgh Pirates in the late 1940s and early '50s - but New York fans knew him as the funny guy who broadcast Mets games for more than 40 years, mixing up the players' names and goofing up the language.
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