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  1. Joe Smith is now the Angels closer

    Jun 25, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

    Joe Smith Angels

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

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

    Jun 25, 2014, 6:57 AM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw

    The fella with the beard? The one who pitches for Los Angeles? Yeah, he’s pretty good.

  3. Albert Pujols is injured and struggling again with seven seasons and $189 million left on his contract

    Jun 23, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Early on this season Albert Pujols was healthy and looked pretty close to his old, MVP-winning self, playing every day for the Angels and hitting .302 with 10 homers and a .965 OPS through 32 games.

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

    Jun 23, 2014, 6:42 AM EDT

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    Mike Napoli stole home. Though, really, we should call what he did something else. Also: are we at “Peak Brandon” in Major League Baseball?

  5. Angels release Raul Ibanez

    Jun 21, 2014, 5:06 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Toronto Blue Jays

    It’s been a tough year for Raul Ibanez, and he’s now a free agent after being released by the Angels.

  6. Angels recall Grant Green from Triple-A

    Jun 20, 2014, 5:50 PM EDT

    Grant Green Getty

    Two weeks ago the Angels demoted Grant Green to Triple-A despite his .359 batting average in 22 games, but now he’s back in the majors.

  7. 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.

  8. Video: Cool walkoff, bro: Nick Swisher hits a grand slam to win it in the 10th

    Jun 19, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Cleveland Indians

    Swisher did the damage, but Mike Scioscia and his shaky bullpen laid the groundwork.

  9. Raul Ibanez is 42 years old and hitting .153, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia is sticking with him

    Jun 19, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

    Raul Ibanez Angels

    Angels manager Mike Scioscia is taking a lot of heat locally for continuing to play struggling 42-year-old Raul Ibanez, especially after the team called up first base prospect C.J. Cron to provide an alternative at designated hitter.

  10. Michael Brantley could return from concussion Saturday

    Jun 18, 2014, 10:17 PM EDT

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    Indians outfielder Michael Brantley suffered a mild concussion on Monday evening when he banged his head and neck on the knee of Angels infielder John McDonald while trying to break up a doubleplay. But he is expected to avoid the disabled list.

  11. Back to the Future

    Jun 18, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox

    For a minute, it’s 1985, and the Royals are in first place. Savor this moment.

  12. Mike Trout is, once again, the best player in baseball

    Jun 18, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Mike Trout AP

    It took a little while because he got off to what was for him at least a slow start to the season, but for the third straight year Angels center fielder Mike Trout leads all of baseball in Wins Above Replacement.

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

    Jun 18, 2014, 6:41 AM EDT

    Mike Moustakas

    Nine wins in a row and the shelling of a Tigers ace for the second straight night. And with that, the Royals are in first place.

  14. Blue Jays send strikeout machine Steve Delabar to Triple-A

    Jun 17, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT

    Munenori Kawasaki; Esmil Rogers; Steve Delabar

    Toronto has called up utility man Munenori Kawasaki from the minors for some infield depth and in a surprising move they demoted right-hander Steve Delabar to Triple-A to make room for him on the roster.

  15. The Orioles sign Clay Rapada

    Jun 17, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

    Clay Rapada

    The O’s take a chance on an extreme lefty specialist.

  16. AL All-Star voting update: Derek Jeter still has a battle on his hands at shortstop

    Jun 16, 2014, 9:49 PM EDT

    2014 All-Star Game logo

    There aren’t any significant changes in the American League All-Star balloting from last week, but tonight’s update shows that there are still quite a few positions up for grabs. Shortstop is one of them.

  17. Mike Scioscia gives Ernesto Frieri a vote of confidence

    Jun 15, 2014, 7:45 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Ernesto Frieri continues to struggle out of the bullpen for the Angels, but Mike Scioscia isn’t ready to take him out of the closer’s role for a second time… yet.

  18. Troy Tulowitzki returns to Rockies’ lineup after missing one game with a sprained right toe

    Jun 15, 2014, 2:58 PM EDT

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    Troy Tulowitzki sent a scare through the Rockies organization when he left Friday’s series opener against the Giants with a sprained right toe. But he underwent X-rays Saturday which turned up negative and is back in Colorado’s starting lineup for Sunday’s series finale — hitting third and playing shortstop.

  19. Topps makes short-printed sabermetrics cards

    Jun 12, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT

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    Baseball cards and stat-heads, together at last.

  20. Cubs sign Yorvit Torrealba

    Jun 12, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

    Yorvit Torrealba

    Chicago currently has John Baker and Eli Whiteside splitting time behind the plate because starting catcher Welington Castillo is on the disabled list with a rib cage injury.

  21. Yoenis Cespedes made another incredible throw last night

    Jun 12, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes A's

    It wasn’t quite as impressive as his laser to throw out Howie Kendrick at the plate Tuesday night, but A’s left fielder Yoenis Cespedes made another great throw last night to nail Albert Pujols at third base.

  22. VIDEO: Mike Trout, Coco Crisp exchange wall grabs

    Jun 11, 2014, 11:23 PM EDT

    angel stadium

    Angels center fielder Mike Trout and A’s center fielder Coco Crisp exchanged spectacular wall-straddling catches in the early innings of Wednesday night’s game in Anaheim.

  23. Jonathan Papelbon on 300th save: “It means a lot to me”

    Jun 11, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon AP

    “It means a lot to me, more than what most people would probably think,” Papelbon said after escaping with his 14th save of the season.

  24. Yoenis Cespedes made perhaps the best throw you will ever see in your life

    Jun 11, 2014, 8:10 AM EDT

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    Cespedes’ throw had both the trajectory and the devastating effect of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

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

    Jun 11, 2014, 6:01 AM EDT

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    Collin Cowgill’s walkoff homer in the 14th was something. Yoenis Cespedes’ throw in the eighth was even more something.

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