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

    Apr 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    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…

  2. The Angels, Erick Aybar close to an extension

    Apr 18, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 17, 2012, 6:06 AM EST

    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…

  4. Erick Aybar wants “at least five years and $50 million” in extension from Angels

    Apr 16, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

    erick aybar ap

    General manager Jerry Dipoto has repeatedly indicated that the Angels are close to a long-term contract extension with Erick Aybar, which is something the two sides have been working on since December. What’s not known are the specifics of the deal. Second baseman Howie Kendrick‘s five-year, $33.5 million extension seemed like a reasonable starting point…

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

    Apr 16, 2012, 5:45 AM EST

    Houston Astros v Miami Marlins

    Marlins 5, Astros 4: Omar Infante and Hanley Ramirez hit home runs, finally putting that crazy home run sculpture into action. Somehow we all survived, though I’m not ruling out the possibility that we all got thrown into an alternate timeline or something and won’t truly realize it until all the crazy occult stuff starts…

  6. Phil Hughes chased early against Angels

    Apr 14, 2012, 2:43 PM EST

    Phil Hughes Getty

    Hiroki Kuroda was masterful in the Yankees’ home opener yesterday, but Phil Hughes wasn’t anywhere near as efficient this afternoon. Hughes was chased early after the Angels touched him up for six runs on eight hits over just 3 1/3 innings. The big blows came courtesy of a two-run homer by Chris Iannetta in the…

  7. Alex Rodriguez ties Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth place on all-time homer list with 630

    Apr 13, 2012, 2:44 PM EST

    rodriguez and griffey mariners

    Alex Rodriguez hit his first homer of the season off Angels right-hander Ervin Santana, moving into a tie with former teammate Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth place on the all-time list with 630 career homers. The homer also snapped a career-long RBI drought for Rodriguez, who failed to drive in a run in any of…

  8. GM: Angels “making progress” on Erick Aybar extension

    Apr 13, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

    Erick Aybar

    During spring training the Angels signed second baseman Howie Hendick to a four-year, $33.5 million contract, but they couldn’t come to an agreement on a similar long-term deal with shortstop Erick Aybar. However, the two sides didn’t stop talking when Opening Day arrived and general manager Jerry Dipoto told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that they’re…

  9. Scott Downs to undergo MRI on right ankle

    Apr 12, 2012, 7:08 PM EST

    Scott Downs Getty

    Scott Downs left this afternoon’s game against the Twins after having his foot stepped on by Denard Span while covering first base in the seventh inning. If you want to be thoroughly grossed out, watch a GIF of the play over at Getting Blanked. Hope you aren’t eating dinner right now. The initial diagnosis from…

  10. Jeff Gray and the absurdity of pitcher “wins”

    Apr 12, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

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    Twins reliever Jeff Gray is a 30-year-old journeyman who, as of yesterday afternoon, had one career victory as a big leaguer. Now he has three career victories and how he got there is hilarious. Last night Gray entered the game with two outs in the seventh inning and the Twins down 5-3. He retired Peter…

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

    Apr 11, 2012, 6:02 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Houston Astros

    Braves 6, Astros 4: Chipper Jones came off the disabled list, singled in his first at bat and hit a home run in his second. Dude is on death’s door and he hasn’t had functional knees since Bush’s first term yet he’s still the best hitter on this team.  Tyler Pastornicky hit his first MLB…

  12. Mike Trout off to 10-for-20 start in Triple-A

    Apr 10, 2012, 2:20 PM EST

    Mike Trout

    Top prospect Mike Trout maintained his .500 average for Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday, going 2-for-4 and hitting his first homer. He’s 10-for-20 in five games for the Bees. There will certainly be call in Anaheim for Trout to replace Vernon Wells in the Angels outfield if this keeps up. Wells is off to a 2-for-14 start…

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

    Apr 10, 2012, 5:56 AM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Rangers 11, Mariners 5: According to Google Translate, a literal translation of “run support” in Japanese is サポートを実行する.  I have no idea if that covers the actual concept of run support, but I bet after last night Yu Darvish knows. He started out his major league debut by giving up four runs in the first inning…

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

    Apr 9, 2012, 5:50 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers

    There were only 14 games yesterday. On a Sunday. Because the A’s and Mariners didn’t play thanks to the Japan Series. Look, I don’t care if you want to start the season in Japan, but there should be a federal law against anything less than a full slate of games on a Sunday.  Anyway: Tigers…

  15. The Angels are hurting themselves with Mark Trumbo at third base

    Apr 8, 2012, 7:32 PM EST

    Mark Trumbo

    What’s getting lost in the mess that is Mark Trumbo at third base for the Angels is the fact that Trumbo just isn’t much of an offensive upgrade. Trumbo, who committed his third error in two games in the Angels’ 7-3 loss to the Royals on Sunday, hit .254/.291/.477 as a rookie last season, giving…

  16. Mark Trumbo had a rough go of things at third base last night

    Apr 7, 2012, 9:07 AM EST

    Mark Trumbo Getty

    Yeah, this Mark Trumbo-to-third base thing? Might not work out. Bold statement I know, but Trumbo had a pretty rough go of things in the Angels’ season opener last night against the Royals, committing two fielding errors in his new stomping grounds. The first was on a throw which pulled Albert Pujols off the bag…

  17. The percentage of foreign-born players rises

    Apr 5, 2012, 2:31 PM EST

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    I don’t even know why I’m posting this because, based the majority of the comments in the Torii Hunter post, race and ethnicity is meaningless, but hey, why not? The percentage of Major League Baseball players born outside the United States rose to its third-highest level. The commissioner’s office said Thursday that among the 856 players on…

  18. And now, the top 20 jerseys sold

    Apr 5, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals' Freese watches his game winning home run with Texas Rangers relief pitcher Lowe during the 11th inning in Game 6 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    MLB and the MLBPA just released the list of the top 20 jerseys sold in the past year. The list contains the usual gang you’d expect. Except I was somewhat surprised at David Freese at number 20, but I guess that World Series homer was quite the moment for Cards fans. Anyway: 1.    Derek Jeter, New…

  19. Police pull their guns on Torii Hunter … while he’s in his own home

    Apr 4, 2012, 7:56 PM EST

    Torii Hunter

    Torii Hunter‘s Twitter feed got interesting in the past hour: My alarm went off in my house while I was in it. 20mins later I saw cops checking out the scene. Went outside and they drew there guns on me — Torii Hunter (@toriihunter48) April 4, 2012 They didn’t believe I lived here in Newport…

  20. Albert Pujols would be fine if the Cardinals gave his number away

    Apr 4, 2012, 6:41 PM EST

    Albert Pujols

    No matter the way the relationship ended, Albert Pujols‘ No. 5 seems destined to be retired by the Cardinals someday after his career is over. Pujols, though, told USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale he wouldn’t mind if they choose to give it away. “It’s just a number, so if someone else wants to wear it, that…

  21. The top storylines of the 2012 season

    Apr 4, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Rays' Evan Longoria runs to home plate as his teammates crowd around after his 12th inning home run to defeat the Yankees during their American League MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg, Florida

    We have used the word “storylines” around here a whole lot lately. Sorry about that. Until the games start later, it’s all about the narrative.  We can get back to our more natural state — reacting to cool stuff that happens rather than speculating about what will — not long after the Cardinals and Marlins…

  22. Your inaugural Power Rankings

    Apr 4, 2012, 9:55 AM EST

    Joe Girardi

    The only thing sillier than predictions about who wins each division several months before the season ends is judging which team is the best before any games are played.  But hey, that’s never stopped me before, so let’s have a Power Ranking, shall we? And yeah, there is that big of a gap between the…

  23. Albert Pujols wants to prove people wrong? About what?

    Apr 4, 2012, 9:10 AM EST

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

    It takes a special kind of person to play the “no one believes in me” card after getting a ten-year, $240 million contract, but Albert Pujols is apparently that special.  From Bob Nightengale at USA Today: “I always have that chip on my shoulder, no matter what kind of success I’ve had,” Pujols says forcefully.…

  24. Springtime Storylines: Will the St. Louis Cardinals survive the loss of three legends?

    Apr 3, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    Adam Wainwright

    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 New-Look Redbirds. The Big Question: Will St. Louis be able to defend its World Series title this year in…

  25. Springtime Storylines: Have Toronto Blue Jays brought in enough help for Jose Bautista?

    Apr 3, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Toronto Blue Jays

    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 Toronto Blue Jays. The Big Question: Have the Jays brought in enough help for Jose Bautista? Several times this…

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