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  1. Angels fire hitting coach Mickey Hatcher

    May 15, 2012, 11:06 PM EDT

    hatcher getty

    From beat writer Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com comes word that the Angels fired longtime hitting coach Mickey Hatcher late Tuesday night. Triple-A Salt Lake hitting instructor Jim Eppard has been promoted to serve as Hatcher’s replacement. The news comes with odd timing considering the Halos beat the A’s 4-0 on Tuesday in Anaheim, but this decision runs…

  2. Torii Hunter placed on restricted list following son’s arrest

    May 14, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Torii Hunter Getty 2

    According to Tim Mead, the Angels’ vice president of communications, the club has placed outfielder Torii Hunter on the restricted list due to a “personal matter.” While the club has offered no further comment at this time, an NBC affiliate in Dallas is reporting that Hunter’s 17-year-old son, Darius McClinton-Hunter, was one of five Prosper…

  3. Matt Kemp aggravates hammy, Andre Ethier gets ejected

    May 13, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    The Dodgers’ big guns left it to Bobby Abreu and A.J. Ellis to do the damage in an 11-5 win over the Rockies on Sunday. Matt Kemp left prior to the fourth inning after tweaking his sore left hamstring, and Andre Ethier was ejected in the fifth inning for arguing a called strike three. Kemp…

  4. Josh Hamilton at it again, slugs home run No. 18

    May 12, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    Another day, another home run for Josh Hamilton. After striking out in his first two at-bats against former teammate C.J. Wilson this afternoon, Hamilton just slugged a solo home run to right in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the Angels at 2-2. He is reaching new levels of ridiculousness. Hamilton now has…

  5. Juan Rivera could miss two months with hamstring injury

    May 12, 2012, 10:49 AM EDT

    Juan Rivera Getty

    Get used to seeing Bobby Abreu in left field for the Dodgers. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Juan Rivera has a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring and could be sidelined for up to two months. The current plan calls for Rivera to be re-evaluated in two weeks, but surgery hasn’t…

  6. C.J. Wilson will start back-to-back games for Angels

    May 12, 2012, 1:46 AM EDT

    C.J, Wilson

    Cole Hamels isn’t old school. C.J. Wilson is old school. After throwing 22 pitches before a rain delay halted his start Friday, Wilson will get the ball  again Saturday against his former team, the Rangers. Wilson was charged with four runs in one-third of an inning and the loss after coming out tonight. Just one…

  7. Josh Hamilton third ever with 17 homers in 33 games

    May 12, 2012, 12:55 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton hits a home run against the Los Angeles Angels in Arlington, Texas

    Josh Hamilton stole the show from the Yu Darvish–C.J. Wilson matchup on Friday, hitting two more homers as part of the Rangers’ 10-3 win over the Angels. He now has 17 homers on the season. Thanks in part to a lengthy rain delay in the first, the much anticipated pitching showdown was largely a dud.…

  8. Kendrys Morales sidelined with sore left Achilles’ tendon

    May 11, 2012, 8:33 PM EDT

    Kendrys Morales Getty

    According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Kendrys Morales is not in Angels’ starting lineup tonight due to soreness in his left Achilles’ tendon. Morales, who missed a year and a half with a broken left ankle, said his Achilles has bothered him for the past three or four days. He was concerned…

  9. Angels and Nationals should consider a smaller trade

    May 11, 2012, 6:41 PM EDT

    Alberto Callaspo

    Many are trying to set the Nationals up with Peter Bourjos after they lost another starting outfielder to injury in Jayson Werth over the weekend. That’d be nice and all, but the artillery is lacking to pull it off. Instead, I’m thinking about a smaller deal here, if the two teams have in fact talked:…

  10. Twins prospect Miguel Sano started near-brawl by ‘pimping’ his game-winning homer

    May 11, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    pimpin aint easy

    Happy birthday to Twins top prospect Miguel Sano, who turned 19 years old today and is hitting .303 with 10 homers, 20 walks, and a 1.072 OPS in 33 games at low Single-A. One of those homers was a game-winner last week against the Angels’ affiliate in the Midwest League and the benches cleared because,…

  11. C.J. Wilson ready for boos in showdown with Yu Darvish

    May 11, 2012, 2:08 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    C.J. Wilson didn’t leave the Texas Rangers on the best of terms last winter. The then-free agent left-hander was perturbed about the lack of interest from the Rangers, left to sign with their AL West rival Los Angeles Angels, then watched his former team dump $107 million on highly-touted Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish. Then Wilson…

  12. Angels, Nationals reportedly discussing Peter Bourjos trade

    May 11, 2012, 1:29 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    We detailed earlier today that Peter Bourjos seems to have gone missing. Now tonight we find that multiple teams are looking for him. The Los Angeles Angels center fielder hasn’t played much since the Angels called up uber-prospect Mike Trout from the minors, losing ground in a crowded outfield race that also includes Vernon Wells,…

  13. Angels lose Chris Iannetta for 6-8 weeks

    May 10, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver, Chris Iannetta

    Bad news for the Halos: catcher Chris Iannetta needs wrist surgery and will miss 6-8 weeks, Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times reports. Iannetta was injured while catching Jered Weaver in the no-hitter against the Twins on May 2 and didn’t start for three days afterwards. Since returning to the lineup, he’d gone 0-for-7 with…

  14. Missing persons alert: Peter Bourjos

    May 10, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Peter Bourjos

    Peter Bourjos is a reigning gold glove winner. Probably the best defensive center fielder in the game.  But the dude has been riding pine like crazy lately: Peter Bourjos’ game-changing speed and Gold Glove-caliber defense don’t do the Angels any good on the bench, but that’s where those tools were again Wednesday night. The center fielder was…

  15. Dodgers turn to Bobby Abreu with Juan Rivera injured

    May 10, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Bobby Abreu was signed as a bench bat, but he may be in line for regular starts as the Dodgers left fielder thanks to Juan Rivera‘s hamstring injury. Rivera, who’s been splitting time between first base and left field, was placed on the disabled list after hitting just .247 with a .634 OPS in 25…

  16. Dan Haren blames shortest start since 2005 on stiff back

    May 10, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Minnesota Twins

    Dan Haren didn’t make it out of the fourth inning Tuesday night against the punchless Twins lineup, coughing up five runs on eight hits in his shortest start since 2005. Afterward he revealed the lower back stiffness that came on during his pregame bullpen session made it tough to finish pitches, which helps explain how…

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

    May 10, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Mets 10, Phillies 5: Cliff Lee was OK in his return, but he was on a pitch count and the bullpen — including reverted-to-longman-work Kyle Kendrick — got shellacked. Again. Ike Davis drove in three.  The Mets so thoroughly own Citizens Bank Park this year that the Phillies are gonna have to launch some awkward…

  18. Don Mattingly willingly takes the bat out of Matt Kemp’s hands

    May 9, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Atlanta Braves

    Look, I’m not saying I would be a better manager than Don Mattingly. I know I wouldn’t be. I’d screw up every single double switch, I’d forget to warm up guys in the bullpen, I’d drop F-bombs on my local radio show and the first time my clubhouse got a little out of control I’d…

  19. LaTroy Hawkins out 4-6 weeks with broken finger

    May 8, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Mike Butcher, LaTroy Hawkins, Chris Iannetta

    Just when the Angels’ bullpen was showing some signs of getting its act together LaTroy Hawkins suffered a broken right pinkie finger closing out Sunday’s win. Hawkins, who was only in the game because closer Scott Downs tweaked his knee earlier in the ninth inning, is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. To take his spot…

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

    May 8, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT

    Justin Turner, Jordany Valdespin

    Mets 5, Phillies 2: I had been agitating for Jonathan Papelbon to pitch more. Specifically in tie games.  Well, he did here and gave up a game-losing three-run homer to Jordany Valdespin. I suppose we’ll let Cholly run the team from here on out. Marlins 4, Astros 0: Carlos Zambrano with the three-hit shutout pushes his ERA…

  21. Jered Weaver gives up three hits, settles for fifth win

    May 8, 2012, 12:03 AM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    Jered Weaver‘s bid for back-to-back no-hitters lasted into the third inning Monday night, when, after a leadoff walk, Minnesota’s Erik Komatsu singled on the 10th pitch of his at-bat. Weaver ended up allowing one run and three hits over six innings in the Angels’ 8-3 victory. Komatsu had two of the hits, his first two…

  22. Looking at MLB’s least productive positions to date

    May 7, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

    Xavier Nady

    Nationals left fielders, “led” by Xavier Nady, have amassed an MLB-low .406 OPS in 101 at-bats to date, hitting just .119 with no homers and six RBI. Here’s the list of the worst OPSs by team and position so far, along with the player most responsible for the poor showing. LF Nationals – .406 (.119/.237/.168)…

  23. Why not another no-hitter for Jered Weaver?

    May 7, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    So, yeah, it’s probably still a thousand-to-one shot, but in his rematch with the Twins tonight, Jered Weaver would seem to be better set up for back-to-back no-hitters than any pitcher in memory. Here’s how tonight’s Twins lineup has hit right-handers this season: CF Denard Span – .321 SS Brian Dozier – MLB debut (.316…

  24. Angels lose Scott Downs and LaTroy Hawkins to injuries in the same inning

    May 7, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Downs remains on the active roster for now, but the Angels put Hawkins on the DL and replaced him with Triple-A reliever David Pauley. ========== Just days after the Angels tried to address their struggling bullpen by acquiring hard-throwing right-hander Ernesto Frieri from the Padres they lost closer Scott Downs and setup man LaTroy…

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

    May 7, 2012, 5:44 AM EDT

    Chris Davis

    Orioles 9, Red Sox 6: Just your standard seventeen inning affair in which a first baseman is the winning pitcher, after throwing two shutout innings and and outfielder is the losing pitcher after giving up a three-run homer . Chris Davis shut out the Red Sox for the 16th and 17th innings, striking out two.…

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