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April 11, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
In 2010, when Mike Trout was a relatively anonymous minor league outfielder, Tyler Skaggs was his roommate. Trout watched with delight from center field as Skaggs fired fastball after incredible fastball. The way Trout remembered it, Skaggs could hit 96 mph, and 97, and even 98. The Angels sent Skaggs to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Dan Haren trade. As the two players arrived in the major leagues, Trout kept up with his old roomie on television. He turned on one game last year and could not believe his eyes: Skaggs was throwing 89 mph. "I was wondering what was going on," Trout said.
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April 22, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
AT THE PLATE: J.B. Shuck led off the game with a double to left field and Mike Trout reached on an error ahead of Albert Pujols' three-run home run. Howie Kendrick, who had two hits, doubled to right-center field in the first and scored on Chris Iannetta's two-out single to left for a 4-0 lead. Trout singled ahead of Pujols' 500th home run, in the fifth, and Erick Aybar, who had three hits Monday night, doubled to left for his second hit, stole second and scored on David Freese's sacrifice fly in the eighth.
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April 5, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
HOUSTON - There are probably a bunch of crumpled-up scouting reports on Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs in trash cans across America this weekend. The 22-year-old left-hander made six exhibition starts this spring, featuring a 94-mph, four-seam fastball, curve and changeup. But it was a sinking two-seam fastball that was most responsible for the eight-inning gem he threw in a 5-1 victory over the Houston Astros in Minute Maid Park on Saturday night. “That's what you have to do - you have to keep your secret weapon in your back pocket,” Skaggs said after giving up one run and four hits, striking out five and walking one in a masterful 95-pitch performance.
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April 11, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
In 2010, when Mike Trout was a relatively anonymous minor league outfielder, Tyler Skaggs was his roommate. Trout watched with delight from center field as Skaggs fired fastball after incredible fastball. The way Trout remembered it, Skaggs could hit 96 mph, and 97, and even 98. The Angels sent Skaggs to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Dan Haren trade. As the two players arrived in the major leagues, Trout kept up with his old roomie on television. He turned on one game last year and could not believe his eyes: Skaggs was throwing 89 mph. "I was wondering what was going on," Trout said.
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March 14, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Padres 4, Angels 2 AT THE PLATE: J.B. Shuck, who is competing with Collin Cowgill and Matt Long for a reserve outfield spot, tripled and scored in the first inning and singled in the third and eighth innings. Grant Green hit a sacrifice fly in the first and singled in the sixth. An apparent bunt single by Long in the fifth was overturned by an instant replay process that Manager Mike Scioscia said was "much cleaner" than what he had experienced during previous games. ON THE MOUND: Tyler Skaggs, the 22-year-old left-hander who is expected to be the team's fifth starter, allowed three runs and eight hits, including Nick Hundley's solo homer, in four innings.
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April 22, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
AT THE PLATE: J.B. Shuck led off the game with a double to left field and Mike Trout reached on an error ahead of Albert Pujols' three-run home run. Howie Kendrick, who had two hits, doubled to right-center field in the first and scored on Chris Iannetta's two-out single to left for a 4-0 lead. Trout singled ahead of Pujols' 500th home run, in the fifth, and Erick Aybar, who had three hits Monday night, doubled to left for his second hit, stole second and scored on David Freese's sacrifice fly in the eighth.
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December 10, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Angels filled out their starting rotation on Tuesday, trading Mark Trumbo to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-way deal. The Angels got Hector Santiago from the Chicago White Sox and Tyler Skaggs from the Diamondbacks, fulfilling an off-season goal of using the power-hitting Trumbo to acquire young and cost-effective pitching. Trumbo, who played first base for the Angels last season, is expected to play left field for Arizona. The Diamondbacks sent center fielder Adam Eaton to Chicago and got two players to be named -- one from the Angels, one from the White Sox. The deal is expected to be announced later Tuesday.
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December 12, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Angels acquired another pitcher on the final day of baseball's winter meetings, but not the veteran starter they would like to add to their rotation. Matt Garza remains high on their shopping list, but General Manager Jerry Dipoto said the Angels did not have an offer on the table to any free agent. That also would apply to Raul Ibanez, with whom the Angels have had discussions about filling their vacancy at designated hitter. The Angels added left-handed reliever Brian Moran.
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December 10, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Angels could fill both vacancies in their starting rotation in one trade. They are in talks to acquire Tyler Skaggs from the Arizona Diamondbacks and Hector Santiago from the Chicago White Sox in a three-way trade that would send Mark Trumbo to Arizona and outfielder Adam Eaton to Chicago. The Angels had tried to get Santiago from the White Sox for infielder Howie Kendrick, but Chicago said no. Trumbo would play the outfield for the Diamondbacks.
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January 1, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
The Angels fortified their pitching depth Wednesday by agreeing to terms on a minor league contract with left-hander Mark Mulder . Mulder, 36, has not won a major league game since 2006. He retired in 2009, after two shoulder operations, and decided this off-season to pursue a comeback. The agent for Mulder, Brian Charles of Big League Management Co., said the deal included an invitation to spring training. "One of the reasons he went with the Angels was the opportunity to compete for a spot in the starting rotation," Charles said.
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April 5, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
HOUSTON - There are probably a bunch of crumpled-up scouting reports on Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs in trash cans across America this weekend. The 22-year-old left-hander made six exhibition starts this spring, featuring a 94-mph, four-seam fastball, curve and changeup. But it was a sinking two-seam fastball that was most responsible for the eight-inning gem he threw in a 5-1 victory over the Houston Astros in Minute Maid Park on Saturday night. “That's what you have to do - you have to keep your secret weapon in your back pocket,” Skaggs said after giving up one run and four hits, striking out five and walking one in a masterful 95-pitch performance.
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March 19, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
PHOENIX -- The Angels' first-team offense played together for the first time this spring. It was quite a first impression: The varsity lineup played six innings and scored in every one of them. Mike Trout homered, Albert Pujols doubled twice and Howie Kendrick singled three times, sparking the Angels to a 14-10 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. The Angels ranked sixth in the American League in runs last season. They expect to do better this season, if they can keep Trout, Pujols and Josh Hamilton out of the training room.
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March 16, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. - Chris Iannetta looked over to the dugout for the sign. The Angels catcher could see a hand with wiggling fingers, but he struggled to count the number of fingers. "I couldn't tell between two and three," he said. That is worrisome enough for anyone and quite the occupational hazard when your job involves catching and hitting baseballs at speeds approaching 100 mph. Iannetta struggled last summer to keep his batting average above the Mendoza Line. "I felt out of shape," he said.
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March 14, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Padres 4, Angels 2 AT THE PLATE: J.B. Shuck, who is competing with Collin Cowgill and Matt Long for a reserve outfield spot, tripled and scored in the first inning and singled in the third and eighth innings. Grant Green hit a sacrifice fly in the first and singled in the sixth. An apparent bunt single by Long in the fifth was overturned by an instant replay process that Manager Mike Scioscia said was "much cleaner" than what he had experienced during previous games. ON THE MOUND: Tyler Skaggs, the 22-year-old left-hander who is expected to be the team's fifth starter, allowed three runs and eight hits, including Nick Hundley's solo homer, in four innings.
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March 13, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Could a little move make a big difference for pitcher Joe Blanton, who confounded the Angels and their fans by going 2-14 with a 6.04 earned run average and allowing 29 home runs last season? Manager Mike Scioscia hopes so. Blanton moved from the first-base side of the rubber to the third-base side Wednesday and threw five scoreless innings against the Texas Rangers, allowing one hit, striking out five and walking none. He gave up seven runs and eight hits in his previous start against Colorado.
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March 9, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - The new instant-replay and home-plate collision rules were the primary topics of the Angels' annual spring-training Players' Assn. meeting Sunday morning. There has been some confusion about the rules and how they've been implemented in exhibition games, and new union chief Tony Clark acknowledged a growing concern among players about whether the rules will enhance or detract from the game. Then, a few hours later, a fifth-inning play in the Angels' 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds did nothing to ease the debate.
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March 13, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Could a little move make a big difference for pitcher Joe Blanton, who confounded the Angels and their fans by going 2-14 with a 6.04 earned run average and allowing 29 home runs last season? Manager Mike Scioscia hopes so. Blanton moved from the first-base side of the rubber to the third-base side Wednesday and threw five scoreless innings against the Texas Rangers, allowing one hit, striking out five and walking none. He gave up seven runs and eight hits in his previous start against Colorado.
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March 19, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
PHOENIX -- The Angels' first-team offense played together for the first time this spring. It was quite a first impression: The varsity lineup played six innings and scored in every one of them. Mike Trout homered, Albert Pujols doubled twice and Howie Kendrick singled three times, sparking the Angels to a 14-10 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. The Angels ranked sixth in the American League in runs last season. They expect to do better this season, if they can keep Trout, Pujols and Josh Hamilton out of the training room.
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March 5, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - There was a Nike photo shoot, the filming of a commercial for Major League Baseball, appearances on ESPN, MTV, Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports West, and interviews with newspapers, websites and radio stations. Still to come is a Sports Illustrated cover photo shoot. Mike Trout has been busy this spring, the demands of stardom pulling the Angels center fielder in many directions, and negotiations with the team for a possible nine-figure contract extension provide yet another potential distraction.
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March 5, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday that the Angels could open the season with eight relief pitchers, an acknowledgement that a youth-filled rotation may not be able to pitch as deep into games as the team would like. Jered Weaver, who has thrown 200 innings or more in three of the past five seasons, is an established ace, and C.J. Wilson, who surpassed the 200-inning mark in each of the past four seasons, is a solid No. 2 starter. But none of the other three projected starters - Garrett Richards, 25, Hector Santiago, 26, and Tyler Skaggs, 22 - has thrown more than 158 innings in any of the past three seasons.
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