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  1. The lawsuits are settled, but the money ain’t flowing for the Mets just yet

    Mar 21, 2012, 8:20 AM EST

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    When Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz settled their Madoff lawsuit the other day, the first thought among most was “hey, it’s not as bad as we thought it would be.” The next thought was “hey, now maybe the Mets can spend some money.”  The next thought: “when?” Not too soon, says Sandy Alderson. This doesn’t…

  2. Photographers beware: Mark Trumbo is playing third base

    Mar 20, 2012, 5:45 PM EST

    Trumbo_Mark

    Mark Trumbo‘s attempted transition to third base began with him taking a one-hopper to the face early in Angels camp and today this happened: Mark Trumbo just sailed throw to Albert Pujols, nailing a photographer by the Angels dugout in the back of the neck. 3rd E for Trumbo at 3B — Mark Saxon (@markasaxon)…

  3. Springtime Storylines: Did the Angels buy themselves the A.L. West?

    Mar 20, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's first baseman Pujols watches the field during their spring training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Arizona

    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 2012 season. Up next: the Los Angeles Angels of Pujols. The Big Question:  Did the Angels buy themselves the A.L. West this winter? The…

  4. Kendrys Morales “a little sore” after third game in four days

    Mar 20, 2012, 11:49 AM EST

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    Kendrys Morales is finally making significant progress in his now two-year-long recovery from a broken ankle. Morales played in a minor-league game yesterday for the third time in four days, afterward telling Marcia Smith of the Orange County Register that his twice-repaired ankle “is a little sore, but I’m fine and will hit again tomorrow.”…

  5. Mike Trout lost 12 pounds due to flu, had two hits yesterday

    Mar 20, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    Mike Trout

    Described last week as being “weak and feverish with no appetite” because of the flu, Mike Trout saw just his second game action of spring training yesterday in a minor-league game and went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, and a walk. Marcia Smith of the Orange County Register reports that Trout lost 12 pounds…

  6. C.J. Wilson probably violated the MLB Social media policy

    Mar 19, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    This morning we saw that C.J. Wilson tweeted Mike Napoli‘s phone number for all of his followers to see.  Last week we learned about MLB’s new social media policy.  These two things go together. Paragraph 4 of the social media policy, under the heading “Prohibited Conduct,” lists the following as, well, prohibited conduct: 4. Displaying…

  7. Mike Napoli on C.J. Wilson tweeting his phone number: “I am not taking it as a prank”

    Mar 19, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    World Series Cardinals Rangers Baseball

    Over the weekend when C.J. Wilson posted Mike Napoli‘s phone number to his 100,000-plus Twitter followers I just assumed it was a prank–albeit a pretty extreme one–but today Napoli made it very clear that he didn’t think it was funny. At all: I don’t even know why he did it. You don’t do that. I…

  8. Miguel Cabrera takes one-hopper to face, leaves “bleeding as much as I’ve seen a player bleed”

    Mar 19, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera throws the ball during their MLB spring training workout in Lakeland, Florida

    Mark Trumbo‘s attempted transition to third base began with him taking a ground ball off the face early in Angels camp and now Miguel Cabrera has suffered the same fate today against the Phillies. Hunter Pence‘s one-hopper struck Cabrera in the face and the first baseman-turned-third baseman left the field a bloody mess, although he…

  9. Not cool: C.J. Wilson tweets Mike Napoli’s cell phone number

    Mar 19, 2012, 9:12 AM EST

    Cell Phone

    C.J. Wilson and Mike Napoli are former teammates and now play for division rivals.  Mike Napoli recently taunted Wilson, saying that he can’t wait to hit home runs off Wilson.  So, naturally, Wilson gets him back in proportional style: by tweeting Napoli’s cell phone to his 100,000+ Twitter followers. Dave Brown of Big League Stew…

  10. Kendrys Morales to make Cactus League debut Tuesday

    Mar 18, 2012, 3:35 PM EST

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    Good news out of Halos camp in Tempe, Arizona. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that Angels slugger Kendrys Morales is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut Tuesday vs. the Rockies, after he plays one final minor league game Monday. Morales has been in recovery mode from an ankle injury for nearly 22 months. He…

  11. Kendrys Morales takes five at-bats against minor leaguers in return to game action

    Mar 16, 2012, 7:32 PM EST

    morales getty

    It wasn’t all that glamorous and we have no video or photo evidence to share, but Kendrys Morales returned to game action this afternoon for the first time since infamously shattering his lower left leg while jumping onto home plate following a game-winning grand slam on May 29, 2010. According to Bill Shaikin of the…

  12. How close was Carlos Beltran to signing with the Red Sox?

    Mar 16, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran was linked to the Red Sox prior to signing with the Cardinals, but today the veteran outfielder explained to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal why he didn’t end up in Boston: I did feel that it was going to be a good fit for me. We talked a little bit, and they…

  13. Ervin Santana plays catch after being struck by line drive

    Mar 16, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Ervin Santana

    Ervin Santana played catch yesterday after being hit on the shoulder by an Alexi Ramirez line drive Wednesday, telling Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times that “it’s better than I thought” and “I can move it and anything.” For now the Angels are leaving open the possibility that Santana won’t even miss a turn…

  14. Albert Pujols hits first two homers in Angels uniform

    Mar 14, 2012, 7:03 PM EST

    Albert Pujols

    Already off to a 6-for-14 start this spring, Albert Pujols made some more noise Wednesday, homering in both of his official at-bats against the White Sox. Pujols delivered a three-run homer off Chris Sale in the first. He was then plunked by Sale next time up, though there was nothing deliberate about it. In the…

  15. Erick Aybar’s agent to talk contract extension with Angels

    Mar 13, 2012, 3:48 PM EST

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    Back in January the Angels were said to be interested in long-term contract extensions with impending free agent middle infielders Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar. They got a deal done with Kendrick, signing the second baseman for $33.5 million over four years, but talks with Aybar have stalled. Until now perhaps, as Mark Saxon of…

  16. Kendrys Morales runs the bases, finally nears game action

    Mar 12, 2012, 11:47 AM EST

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    Kendrys Morales is finally making major progress in his now two-year-long recovery from a broken ankle and could make his spring training debut later this week. Morales ran the bases in cleats yesterday and afterward manager Mike Scioscia replied “absolutely” when asked if he could be ready by Opening Day, which is the most optimism…

  17. Farewell, Arizona

    Mar 12, 2012, 8:00 AM EST

    Sunrise Cactus

    It is with a heavy heart that I get on a plane this morning and leave Arizona. No, it’s not a paradise. But for a few weeks in late February and on through March it is pretty damn close to it. The weather is perfect. The baseball is plentiful. Hope is ubiquitous. Friends — at…

  18. Kendrys Morales close to making Cactus League debut

    Mar 10, 2012, 1:47 PM EST

    morales getty

    We’ve heard nothing but good things about Kendrys Morales so far this spring. That’s quite a contrast from this time last year, which Craig can vouch for first-hand. And while Morales has yet to make his Cactus League debut, he’s certainly moving in the right direction. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times,…

  19. Mike Trout is “feeling weak and feverish with no appetite” and has lost 10 pounds

    Mar 9, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    Mike Trout

    Last month manager Mike Scioscia indicated that Mike Trout is likely bound for Triple-A, but the 20-year-old outfielder hasn’t even been able to fight for an Opening Day job because of a flu virus. Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that Trout has lost 10 pounds from “feeling weak and feverish with no…

  20. Scenes from Spring Training: We hate your favorite team

    Mar 8, 2012, 7:54 AM EST

    Chilaquiles

    I ate that thing pictured to the right last night. It’s a chilaquiles verde, and yeah it has a fried egg on top. Between that and the In-N-Out the other night I realize I’m going to die soon, but it’s worth it. I’ve lived a good life. Dinner last night was with Keith Law of…

  21. NBC SportsTalk: Torii Hunter wouldn’t take the bait

    Mar 7, 2012, 8:40 AM EST

    Torii Hunter

    I interviewed Torii Hunter at Angels camp yesterday. He wouldn’t take the bait when I asked him if L.A. is truly an Angels town now. That’s probably because he’s a pro and knows how not to step in it when some jerk member of the media asks a question designed to create controversy. Oh well.…

  22. Scenes from Spring Training: It finally feels like baseball

    Mar 6, 2012, 4:33 PM EST

    Angels Equipment Bag

    Maybe you don’t have to be at a ballpark on a 75 degree day in March in order for it to feel like baseball season, but it sure does help.  Because I gotta tell ya, I’m feeling baseball today. My last actual working duty of the day happened a few minutes ago. I interviewed Torii…

  23. Bobby Abreu thinks he can pitch

    Mar 6, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

    Bobby Abreu

    I was walking around morning workouts when I encountered Bobby Abreu throwing the ball with Torii Hunter in the outfield. Torii Hunter has nine gold gloves, by the way, so this exchange was a lot of fun. Abreu: Don’t think about it. Just get the ball … [throws] … and release. Hunter: Uh-huh. Abreu: Perfect…

  24. Scenes from Spring Training: The Angels are loose

    Mar 6, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

    Tempe Diablo

    The past two years of spring training trips have followed the same pattern: early in the trip I get to the ballpark early, acting all professional and reportery with my notepad and the desire to tell stories.  By the end of the trip I’m just grooving on it all, realizing that most ballplayers don’t have…

  25. Greetings from Tempe, Arizona

    Mar 6, 2012, 7:36 AM EST

    Angels logo

    I’d have a nice picture of an Arizona sunrise here for you, but as I am typing this it is 5AM local time and it’s still dark. Stupid body, thinking it’s still on Eastern Standard Time.  I’m guessing the sun will be up soon anyway. It’s the desert. The sun tends to shine here. I…

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