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February 18, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
Vladimir Guerrero won't predict a return to his explosive days of yore, when he hit 34 home runs and stole 37 bases in 2001 and had 39 homers and 40 stolen bases in 2002 for the Montreal Expos. But the Angels slugger, who arrived in camp and took batting practice Tuesday, is clearly excited about playing this season on a healthy right knee, which bothered him for years and forced him to undergo surgery in November to clean out scar tissue and debris.
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April 7, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
HOUSTON - Don Baylor has no desire to watch a replay of the freak mishap in which he broke his right thigh bone while catching the ceremonial first pitch before the season opener in Angel Stadium on March 31. But the Angels hitting coach has replayed the gruesome scene in his mind dozens of times, from lunging for Vladimir Guerrero's low-and-away pitch, to twisting his right ankle and knee, and to having his leg buckle, bend and collapse underneath him...
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April 13, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
As upset as the Angels were at Boston's Josh Beckett on Sunday, they still had some ire left for the umpiring crew, which ejected four Angels yet only gave the Red Sox a warning. "I don't think it was handled very well," Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said. "Both dugouts emptied and yet our side [got] the wrath of the umpires." Crew chief Joe West said the Angels got the wrath because they deserved it. "The Angels were the aggressors.
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September 6, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanni
Mark Trumbo's long swing makes him prone to lengthy slumps, and the Angels slugger was in a doozy before Friday, hitting .140 (seven for 50) with no homers, one run batted in, 20 strikeouts and no walks in 13 games. But with that swing - and the strength and leverage he generates from his 6-foot-4, 235-pound frame - comes the kind of prodigious power Trumbo unleashed on the Texas Rangers Friday night. Trumbo turned viciously on a Matt Garza slider in the fourth inning, lining it far over the left-center field wall for a three-run homer that capped a five-run rally in a 6-5 come-from-behind victory in Angel Stadium.
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July 9, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
Torii Hunter and Vladimir Guerrero played the outfield together Tuesday night. They were together again Wednesday undergoing MRI tests at the Orange Imaging Center, not exactly the place the Angels want their Nos. 3 and 4 hitters to be hanging out. Guerrero's visit was expected. The right fielder was pulled from Tuesday night's game in the eighth inning because of a muscle strain in the back of his left knee.
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April 18, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
An offense that was already struggling to score runs received a major body blow Friday when Vladimir Guerrero was diagnosed with a torn pectoral muscle, an injury that sent the Angels slugger to the disabled list and will sideline him for at least a month and probably longer. "Obviously, short of Vlad needing surgery, this is a big blow," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "We'll see how he progresses. Some of the windows we've been given [for how long he'll be out] are optimistic; some are longer.
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April 29, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
There has been speculation that the torn chest muscle that sent Vladimir Guerrero to the disabled list April 18 will sideline him for much more than a month, with one Internet report claiming the injury can knock out NFL offensive linemen for entire seasons. "We're fortunate Vlad doesn't have to block 325-pound defensive linemen," General Manager Tony Reagins said, dismissing such speculation. "The reports on Vlad have been positive. He's gaining more strength and flexibility in the area.
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June 6, 2009 | Bill Shaikin
The Angels fired international scouting director Clay Daniel upon receiving information from baseball's investigative arm that connected him with improprieties in the signing of prospects in Venezuela, a source familiar with the probe said Friday. The source was granted anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss the issue publicly. The investigators appear focused on Daniel.
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October 1, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from Arlington, Texas You can see it in the vicious cuts he takes and in the way he pumps his fist after delivering a big hit. No matter what Vladimir Guerrero has said publicly about his departure from the Angels last winter, it's obvious to his old teammates that the slugger's pride was a little wounded. Guerrero hit a run-scoring double in the fourth inning Thursday night and a game-winning RBI single in the eighth to lift the Texas Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Angels at the Ballpark in Arlington.
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January 10, 2010 | Wire Reports
Vladimir Guerrero is switching sides in the American League West. Guerrero has agreed to a one-year deal with the Texas Rangers, opting to stay in the same division where he helped the Angels to five titles in the last six years. A person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press about the agreement on Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the contract hasn't been finalized and is pending a physical. Guerrero batted .295 with 15 home runs and 50 RBIs in 100 games last season with the Angels, who lost to the New York Yankees in the AL Championship Series.
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June 15, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Rocket fuel Roger Clemens would have smiled at the highlights from last week's fight night at Dodger Stadium. Not at the punching and shoving, mind you, but at the first bean ball - the one that hit Yasiel Puig in the face. Puig had hit .500 in his first eight games in the major leagues, with four home runs and 10 runs batted in. The Dodgers' phenom might have been a little too comfortable for Clemens, who probably would have welcomed him to the majors by buzzing him with a fastball, high and tight.
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June 4, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
The Angels held Josh Hamilton out of their starting lineup Monday, the second time in 16 days they have given the struggling outfielder what Manager Mike Scioscia calls "a recharge day. " Hamilton is batting .216, the lowest average of any regular in the American League West. The Houston Astros started left-hander Erik Bedard on Monday; Hamilton is batting .169 against left-handers, with no home runs and 24 strikeouts in 59 at-bats. "This is a half-step back that maybe gets him to take two steps forward," Scioscia said.
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May 23, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
We recently asked you to list your choices for the 10 greatest Angels of all time. We received 993 ballots. Each weekday morning, a new person will be listed as we count down all 10. Remember, any Angel was eligible, including managers, owners, announcers, etc. Points were assigned based on where you listed the person on the ballot. Your first choice received 12 points, second choice 10, third place eight, all the way down to one point for 10th place. So without further ado, here is No. 7: No. 7: Rod Carew (0 first-place votes, 2,977 points)
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May 16, 2013 | By Chris Foster
The Arte of the deal. The Angels dipped into owner Arte Moreno's thick wallet during the off-season. Outfielder Josh Hamilton is on the books for five years, $125 million. So far, the Angels are in the red, going 15-25 through 40 games. It tracks with the team's previous big-check-writing forays. 2012: Albert Pujols signed a 10-year, $240-million contract. The Angels get off to a 18-22 start even with pitcher Jered Weaver going 6-1. They missed the playoffs. 1999: Mo Vaughn eats well on a six-year, $80-million deal.
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December 14, 2012 | BILL PLASCHKE
Josh Hamilton? Are you kidding me? Nobody makes a surprise splash like the Angels, but this was a flying cannonball into the middle of a Southern California pool that had been awash in Dodger blue. Nobody breaks down the door in the middle of the night like the Angels, but this was a bullhorn-toting, helicopter-descending invasion into the consciousness of a local baseball population that has been resting peacefully atop those Magic millions. Josh Hamilton? Are you serious?
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September 29, 2012 | Bill Shaikin
The odds are against the Angels, and now Mother Nature might be too. If the Angels can force a one-game tiebreaker for the second and final American League wild-card spot, they could be forced to use a starting pitcher on short rest. The Angels trail the Oakland Athletics for the second AL wild-card spot by two games, with five to play. Rain is forecast here all day Saturday, with Ervin Santana the scheduled starter for the Angels. If the game is rained out and the Angels play a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers on Sunday, the choices in a tiebreaker would appear to be Santana or Zack Greinke, each on three days' rest.
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October 6, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
Vladimir Guerrero has worn a Superman T-shirt under his jersey for years, and considering how many leap-tall-buildings-in-a-single-bound moments he's had during a probable Hall-of-Fame career, he's the one Angels player who can get away with it. Come October, though, the Angels would prefer Guerrero be more like Clark Kent. No super-human feats required. Just hit something close to your .321 career average. Drive in a few runs. Hit some balls into the gaps. Knock an occasional ball over the wall.
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April 1, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Albert Pujols can be intimidating enough in the on-deck circle, from where the chiseled 6-foot-3, 230-pound slugger, standing erect with a bat on his shoulder, stares menacingly at pitchers, sizing them up like a lion stalking prey. But in the batter's box, with the ball about to be delivered, it's an almost unnoticeable gesture, one akin to a rattlesnake coiling to strike, that can most unnerve a pitcher. "The dude sticks his tongue out and bites it like he wants to hurt you," said Angels right fielder Torii Hunter, who has hit behind Pujols all spring.
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January 4, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Mickey Hatcher still has his job with the Angels, much to the dismay of fans who call for his dismissal every time the offense slumps. And the hitting coach clearly still has his sense of humor. Asked how he will handle Albert Pujols, the Hall-of-Fame-caliber slugger who signed a 10-year, $250-million deal with the Angels in December, Hatcher joked, "I'm definitely not going to try to confuse him — you've seen me do that already with [Vernon] Wells. " Wells hit a career-low .218 with 66 runs batted in last season after being traded from Toronto to the Angels.
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