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  1. Mike Trout is in the Angels’ starting lineup this afternoon

    Apr 28, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Mike Trout Getty

    The Angels have dropped five straight games and currently sit in last place in the American League West with a 6-14 record, so they are hoping the newly-promoted Mike Trout can provide a much-needed spark for their lineup. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, Trout will bat leadoff and play left field this afternoon…

  2. Angels release Bobby Abreu, call up Mike Trout

    Apr 27, 2012, 11:10 PM EDT

    Bobby Abreu Getty

    Bryce Harper isn’t the only top prospect making his way to the major leagues Saturday. The Angels announced that they have released Bobby Abreu and will call up Mike Trout from Triple-A Salt Lake. As for Abreu, the move appeared inevitable. After a trade with the Indians fell through at the end of spring training,…

  3. Angels strip Jordan Walden of closing duties, give job to Scott Downs

    Apr 27, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

    Jordan Walden

    One blown save was all it took for Jordan Walden to lose the Angels’ closer job. After saving 32 games as a rookie last season Walden didn’t get his first save opportunity until April 20 this year. He converted it, but then coughed up two runs yesterday to blow his second save chance. And today…

  4. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 27, 2012, 5:50 AM EDT

    Brandon Allen

    Rays 4, Angels 3: Pinch hit walkoff bomb from Brandon Allen to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Albert Pujols got a hit but he was thrown out at second trying to stretch it into a double. I think that’s what the fancy commentators on those evening baseball television programs call “pressing.” The Angels…

  5. There were three ninth inning rallies today

    Apr 26, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

    Brandon Allen

    Sure, the Giants’ win over the Reds had an assist from a bad call by an ump, but it still counts as a ninth inning rally.  As does the Heath Bell meltdown Aaron described earlier. But those weren’t the only two. The Rays turned their caps inside out or whatever the hell passes for a…

  6. Albert Pujols got a hit!

    Apr 26, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    And there was much rejoicing: #Angels 1B Albert Pujols snaps 0-for-21 skid with ground-ball 1B to CF but is thrown out trying to stretch it to a 2B. — Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) April 26, 2012   Oh, well, some anyway. Better than an 0-fer, yes?

  7. Mike Trout is hitting .419 with a 1.132 OPS at Triple-A

    Apr 26, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    One player certainly isn’t going to solve all of the Angels’ problems in the midst of a 6-12 start, particularly with veterans calling out manager Mike Scioscia in the media, but it’s tough to ignore the fact that stud prospect Mike Trout is hitting .419 at Triple-A. As a 20-year-old, no less. Trout is 31-for-74…

  8. Torii Hunter called out manager Mike Scioscia after loss

    Apr 26, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    How frustrated are the Angels after starting the season 6-12? After last night’s 3-2 loss Torii Hunter talked to reporters about how everyone on the roster has “to dig deep” and then seemingly called out manager Mike Scioscia for his lack of in-game strategy. Hunter specifically seemed upset about Scioscia’s failure to call a bunt…

  9. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Apr 26, 2012, 9:59 AM EDT

    The Question

    Q: What would you do if you joined the BBWAA for 10 years? Vote for Jay Bell and Bill Mueller for the Hall of Fame? Act petulantly and intellectually dishonest while appealing to authority if and when I was called out for my irrationality?  Anything I wanted to, really. Q: Should sports reporters/analysts be able to…

  10. Albert Pujols: still struggling

    Apr 26, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    This can’t last. Of that much I’m certain. But dudes: Albert Pujols just went hitless in his fifth straight game. He’s 0 for 19 in that stretch. I’m thinking of moving to Defcon 4 here. He at least walked last night — viva reaching base! — but he struck out twice, and he finds himself…

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

    Apr 26, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Royals celebration

    Royals 8, Indians 2: I keep hitting refresh on the scoreboard but nothing changes so, apparently, this is correct and the Royals actually won a game.  Billy Butler hit two homers as Kansas City beat up on Ubaldo Jimenez. Mets 5, Marlins 1: David Wright hit a two-run homer, giving him 735 RBI in his…

  12. Ervin Santana is making homerific history

    Apr 25, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Ervin Santana

    Ervin Santana got knocked around by the Rays last night, coughing up four homers in five innings while falling to 0-4 with a 7.23 ERA on the season. Santana has now allowed at least two home runs in each of his first four starts and a total of 10 long balls in those four outings.…

  13. Rich Thompson designated for assignment by A’s

    Apr 25, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Thompson_Rich

    UPDATE: That was quick. Less than a week after claiming him off waivers the A’s designated Thompson for assignment, putting him back on the waiver wire following one appearance. ========== Designated for assignment by the Angels last week, Rich Thompson will stay in the AL West after being claimed off waivers by the A’s. Thompson…

  14. Angels starting Mark Trumbo everywhere but third base

    Apr 25, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    Plans to give Mark Trumbo regular playing time at third base have gone by the wayside after he predictably struggled there defensively, so the Angels have used him at the hot corner just once in the past two weeks. They have, however, used him just about everywhere else. Trumbo started at designated hitter on April…

  15. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 25, 2012, 6:03 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish pitches against the New York Yankees in Arlington, Texas

    Rangers 2, Yankees 0: Yu Darvish finally arrives. Eight and a third innings, ten strikeouts and a big goose egg in the runs column against the best offense in baseball. Rays 5, Angels 0: David Price: five-hit shutout. Albert Pujols: 0 for 4. He has the lowest slugging percentage of anyone in last night’s Angels…

  16. Albert Pujols matches career longest hitless streak

    Apr 25, 2012, 12:46 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Albert Pujols went 0-for-4 as the Angels were shut out by the Rays 5-0 on Tuesday. He’s gone hitless in four straight games, matching a career high. Pujols had five previous streaks of going hitless in four games, the last taking place from Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 2010. Pujols has also gone eight straight games without…

  17. Mark Trumbo is starting in left field tonight

    Apr 20, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo Getty

    Mark Trumbo has been nothing short of a mess at third base, so the Angels have decided to try something new. According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Trumbo will start in left field tonight against the Orioles. This is actually his first major league start in left field, though he played two…

  18. Union, league to no longer allow milestone bonuses in player contracts

    Apr 20, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels Photo Day

    Jayson Stark reports that a fairly significant change is afoot in big-time contracts: Major League Baseball and the players’ association have informed teams and agents that they no longer will approve personal-service deals and special “milestone” bonus clauses similar to those contained in Albert Pujols‘ contract with the Los Angeles Angels, officials of both agencies told ESPN.com.…

  19. Bill Plaschke is waiting for Albert

    Apr 20, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    We know this, because that’s the refrain he uses to turn what should be a one sentence thing in a notes column — Albert Pujols has yet to hit a home run this year — into a full-blown column about a 54 at bat homerless stretch: Waiting for Albert … At 8:20 p.m., he steps…

  20. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 20, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees

    Yankees 7, Twins 6: Curtis Granderson hit three bombs and went 5 for 5. If you just followed this game on Twitter, though, you’d think the storyline of the game was Phil Hughes stinking. The Yankees fans I follow are a surprisingly neurotic bunch despite following the most dominant team in American sports history. But…

  21. Erick Aybar settled way too cheap

    Apr 19, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

    Erick Aybar

    More power to him if Erick Aybar loves Southern California and didn’t want to play anywhere else. He still should have done better than $35 million for four years in his new extension with the Angels. $8.75 million per year is less than Julio Lugo got in his four-year deal with the Red Sox six…

  22. Angels announce four-year, $35 million contract extension with Erick Aybar

    Apr 19, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    erick aybar ap

    Today the Angels and Erick Aybar made official what was all but finalized last week, announcing a four-year, $35 million contract extension for the switch-hitting shortstop. Aybar, who’s making $5.075 million this season, gets $1.5 million more than double-play partner Howie Kendrick received in his four-year deal signed in January. Both players would have been…

  23. Angels bench Mark Trumbo rather than play him at third base

    Apr 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    Here’s how bad Mark Trumbo‘s defense has been at third base: He’s hitting .375 with a 1.224 OPS so far this season and yet the Angels have left him on the bench for the past two games. That they have a logjam at first base, designated hitter, and the corner outfield spots is nothing new…

  24. The Angels, Erick Aybar close to an extension

    Apr 18, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    aybar getty

    Jerry Crasnick reports that the Angels and Erick Aybar are close to an agreement on a multi-year extension that could be announced as soon as tomorrow. We don’t know the terms, but earlier this week it was reported that he was looking for five years and $50 million.  While that seems high, ask yourself how many…

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

    Apr 17, 2012, 6:06 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Chicago White Sox

    Orioles 10, White Sox 4: Matt Wieters homered twice. The first one coming in the eighth, which kicked off the O’s comeback after finding themselves down 4-1, the second one: a 10th inning grand slam which put the game out of reach. Twins 7, Yankees 3: Joe Mauer had three hits and Justin Morneau played in…

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