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  1. Video: Yoenis Cespedes hits his first Red Sox home run

    Aug 10, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes

    Yoenis Cespedes went yard in a big spot to notch his first home run as a member of the Red Sox.

  2. Padres get terrific return from Angels for Huston Street

    Jul 19, 2014, 12:29 AM EDT

    Taylor Lindsey

    Breaking down the six-player Angels-Padres trade.

  3. Angels acquire All-Star closer Huston Street from Padres

    Jul 18, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

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    Padres closer Huston Street has been linked to the Angels for a while now and Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports that the two sides are “close to finalizing a deal” for the All-Star right-hander.

  4. The Angels end the Rich Hill experiment after four batters

    Jul 5, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

    Rich Hill

    Rich Hill walked three batters and allowed a single to the only four batters he faced as a member of the Angels. He was designated for assignment on Saturday.

  5. Joe Smith is now the Angels closer

    Jun 25, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

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

  6. 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.

  7. Rays designate reliever Josh Lueke for assignment, recall Kirby Yates

    Jun 7, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT

    Josh Lueke

    The Rays designated the troublesome Josh Lueke for assignment on Saturday and recalled Kirby Yates from Triple-A Durham.

  8. David Ortiz rips David Price, calls him “a little girl” and “a little b-tch”

    May 31, 2014, 9:52 AM EDT

    David Ortiz David Price AP

    David Ortiz ripped David Price after he was hit by a pitch during Friday’s game.

  9. Jose Fernandez threw up in the dugout before his start

    May 12, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Jose Fernandez had a good excuse for struggling in his last start.

  10. Heath Bell granted release by the Rays, becomes free agent

    May 11, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Heath Bell and his 4.91 ERA since the start of 2012 are back on the market.

  11. 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.

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

    Apr 29, 2014, 6:36 AM EDT

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    Sonny Gray, sweeping the clouds away.

  13. 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.

  14. 2014 Preview: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Mar 25, 2014, 9:46 AM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Big Question: After two years of disappointments, do the Angels have a shot? There…

  15. Rays give Jake Odorizzi the fifth spot in the rotation

    Mar 22, 2014, 6:10 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Rays manager Joe Maddon has named Jake Odorizzi the team’s fifth starter, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. As a result, Cesar Ramos will contribute out of the bullpen. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish also reports that Erik Bedard also opted out of his contract with the Rays, who hoped the left-hander…

  16. Juan Carlos Oviedo reports to Rays camp

    Mar 16, 2014, 9:02 AM EDT

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    Beat writer Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports that right-handed reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo — formerly known as Leo Nunez — finally reported to Rays camp this weekend. Oviedo was held up by work visa issues in the Dominican Republic — his native country. “I’m happy to be here. I was waiting for it,…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey “wouldn’t be surprised” if Fernando Rodney returns

    Jan 4, 2014, 11:34 PM EDT

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    The Rays addressed their need for a closer by acquiring Heath Bell in a three-team trade at the beginning of December. Fernando Rodney, who had been their closer for the past two seasons, became a free agent at the conclusion of the 2013 regular season, but the right-hander has yet to sign with a new…

  20. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  21. Padres and Indians both in hot pursuit of Joaquin Benoit

    Dec 13, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Both the Padres and the Indians have offered two-year deals and at least $14 million in total to free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Passan’s source close to the Padres suggests the team’s deal could also include a third-year option. Should Benoit reach such an agreement with either club, he…

  22. Report: Rockies nearing a multi-year deal with Boone Logan

    Dec 12, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post is reporting that the Rockies are close to signing left-handed reliever Boone Logan on a deal believed to be three years in length and around $15 million. The deal will not be finalized until Logan passes a physical. Logan, 29, is an eight-year veteran having spent time with the…

  23. With little payroll maneuverability, Angels may have to trade to bolster rotation

    Nov 24, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

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    The Angels signed reliever Joe Smith to a three-year, $15.75 million deal on Saturday, just a day after adding third baseman David Freese and reliever Fernando Salas in a trade for Peter Bourjos and prospect Randal Grichuk. As a result, the Angels have about $8 million left before hitting the $189 million luxury tax threshold,…

  24. Angels interested in Bronson Arroyo, Bartolo Colon

    Nov 24, 2013, 3:08 PM EDT

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    The Angels acquired third baseman David Freese from the Cardinals last week and inked reliever Joe Smith to a three-year, $15.75 million free agent contract on Saturday. Now Anaheim is zeroing in on its biggest offseason need — starting pitching. According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, the Halos have expressed interest in free…

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

    Nov 23, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

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    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…

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