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  1. The Pirates could be interested in Huston Street

    Jul 12, 2014, 2:01 PM EDT

    Huston Street Getty

    The Pirates are focused on adding pitching in advance of the July non-waiver trade deadline.

  2. Pirates, Angels swap closers Jason Grilli, Ernesto Frieri

    Jun 27, 2014, 6:26 PM EDT

    Jason Grilli

    The Pirates and Angels have exchanged their troubled closers. Jason Grilli will head west to the Angels. Ernesto Frieri will head east to the Pirates.

  3. Joe Smith is now the Angels closer

    Jun 25, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

    Joe Smith Angels

    This week it’s Smith. Next week it’s probably Frieri again.

  4. Angels manager Mike Scioscia says he doesn’t have a set closer

    Jun 19, 2014, 9:01 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Angels manager Mike Scioscia gave Ernesto Frieri a vote of confidence over the weekend, but he made it clear today that he’s looking at other options to close games.

  5. Video: Cool walkoff, bro: Nick Swisher hits a grand slam to win it in the 10th

    Jun 19, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Cleveland Indians

    Swisher did the damage, but Mike Scioscia and his shaky bullpen laid the groundwork.

  6. Blue Jays send strikeout machine Steve Delabar to Triple-A

    Jun 17, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT

    Munenori Kawasaki; Esmil Rogers; Steve Delabar

    Toronto has called up utility man Munenori Kawasaki from the minors for some infield depth and in a surprising move they demoted right-hander Steve Delabar to Triple-A to make room for him on the roster.

  7. Mike Scioscia gives Ernesto Frieri a vote of confidence

    Jun 15, 2014, 7:45 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Ernesto Frieri continues to struggle out of the bullpen for the Angels, but Mike Scioscia isn’t ready to take him out of the closer’s role for a second time… yet.

  8. Angels closer Joe Smith didn’t get a save last night because he was throwing up

    May 6, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Joe Smith Angels

    Joe Smith had a very good reason for not getting a save last night.

  9. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 6, 2014, 6:40 AM EDT

    Twins Celebrate

    Four shutouts headlined Monday night’s action

  10. Ernesto Frieri is out as the Angels’ closer, Joe Smith is in

    Apr 25, 2014, 5:32 PM EDT

    Ernesto Frieri AP

    After blowing a three-run lead on Wedneday, Frieri is going to be seeing work in lower-leverage situations.

  11. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 15, 2014, 6:34 AM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    The Braves-Phillies game was GONZO with a capital X. In no small part because Dan Uggla was the hero.

  12. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  13. Ernesto Frieri and the Angels avoid arbitration with a one-year deal

    Jan 17, 2014, 6:10 PM EDT

    Ernesto Frieri AP

    The Angels and reliever Ernesto Frieri have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $3.8 million deal, reports Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. Frieri, 28, was eligible for arbitration for the first time in his career and can become a free agent after the 2016 season. Frieri’s 3.80 ERA in 2013 was a career-high, but it is also…

  14. Report: Angels sign Joe Smith to three-year, $15.75 million deal

    Nov 23, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

    Joe Smith Getty

    The setup market is all set up: Joe Smith and the Angels have come to terms on a three-year contract, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown reports that it’s worth $15.75 million. Obviously, it’s a big price for a pretty anonymous guy, but Smith has a 2.97 ERA since entering the…

  15. Angels GM Jerry Dipoto says Ernesto Frieri will be the closer next season

    Nov 23, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

    Ernesto Frieri AP

    The Angels have been mentioned as a potential landing spot for free agent closers this winter, but the team isn’t planning on making any changes. Or at least that’s what they are saying right now. Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto was on MLB Network Radio on Sirius-XM yesterday and told host Mel Antonen that Ernesto…

  16. The Uehara Phenomenon

    Oct 18, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    So, you probably know that this year Boston’s Koji Uehara proved to be harder to reach base against than any pitcher in the history of baseball. That’s a pretty good thing. Here’s the list of the Top 10 WHIPs in baseball history, pitching at least 50 innings: 1. Koji Uehara, 2013, 0.565 2. Dennis Eckersley,…

  17. Raul Ibanez hits 300th career home run, ties a Ted Williams record

    Sep 22, 2013, 1:01 AM EDT

    Raul Ibanez

    In the top of the ninth inning against the Angels, Mariners outfielder Raul Ibanez hit a solo home run to right field off of closer Ernesto Frieri. The blast was the 300th of Ibanez’s 18-year career, becoming the 137th player in Major League Baseball history to join the 300-homer club. The home run was also…

  18. Red Sox beat Blue Jays to clinch AL East

    Sep 20, 2013, 10:57 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    Jon Lester struck out eight in seven innings and Koji Uehara picked up a five-out save Friday as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 6-3 on Friday and clinched the AL East title. Lester allowed just one run in seven innings to improve to 5-1 in his last seven starts. He’s turned in nine…

  19. Isn’t this why we have an infield-fly rule?

    Jul 24, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

    Ernesto Frieri

    With the Twins down 1-0 to the Angels, runners on first and second and none out in the ninth today, Justin Morneau hit a little popup to the right of the mound. Angels closer Ernesto Frieri, employing some quick thinking, let the ball drop and turned it into a 1-3-6-3 double play. He followed that…

  20. Ryan Madson had another setback

    May 23, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    madson angels getty

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Angels reliever Ryan Madson was finally making some progress in his rehab from last season’s elbow surgery, but he’s suffered yet another setback. Madson felt soreness in his elbow after a one-inning rehab appearance at Single-A last week and hasn’t pitched since. As you’d expect Madson sounds…

  21. Angels plan to keep rehabbing reliever Ryan Madson in the minor leagues for “several weeks”

    May 15, 2013, 8:28 PM EDT

    madson angels getty

    Ryan Madson was hoping to finally join the Angels’ bullpen this weekend. But that will not be happening. According to beat writer Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the right-hander is going to spend “several weeks” on a minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Salt Lake before being cleared to pitch in the major…

  22. Ryan Madson makes first rehab appearance

    May 14, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ryan Madson AP

    After numerous setbacks Ryan Madson finally got back on the mound in a game yesterday, making his first minor-league rehab appearance with a scoreless inning at Single-A. Madson pitched the ninth inning and picked up the save by retiring all three batters he faced, with William Boor of MLB.com reporting that he was clocked at…

  23. Ryan Madson throws off mound for first time since cleanup procedure on troublesome elbow

    May 5, 2013, 11:18 AM EDT

    ryan madson getty

    Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times reports that rehabbing Angels reliever Ryan Madson tossed a bullpen session Saturday for the first time since undergoing a procedure last week to remove scar tissue from his surgically-repaired right elbow. Madson felt fine during the mound workout, but there is still no timetable for his 2013 debut. He…

  24. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 23, 2013, 6:46 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Boston Red Sox

    Red Sox 9, Athletics 6: Just yesterday Mike Napoli was named player of the week for last week. He’s making a bid for a repeat now, hitting a grand slam and driving in five runs here. Overall he has 25 RBI in 19 games. Orioles 2, Blue Jays 1: Chris Tillman had a one hitter…

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