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

    May 14, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

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    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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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…

  5. Will Jered Weaver’s no-hitter help Angels turn things around?

    May 3, 2012, 2:35 AM EDT

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    Jered Weaver couldn’t hold back the tears in the aftermath of his first career no-hitter on Wednesday night against the Minnesota Twins. After an emotional celebration with his Angels teammates, he hugged his parents and his wife before taking the microphone to address the crowd. “My mom, my dad, my wife, I mean this is…

  6. Jered Weaver stymies Twins for first career no-hitter

    May 3, 2012, 12:27 AM EDT

    weaver getty

    We’ve got a big no-no alert tonight out in Anaheim. Angels starter Jered Weaver is just three outs away from completing a no-hitter against the Twins. He’s fanned eight batters and walked just one in a dominant showing against a punchless Minnesota lineup, and is sitting on 111 pitches as the game moves to the…

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

    May 1, 2012, 5:56 AM EDT

    Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish gestures to fans during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Rangers 4, Blue Jays 1: I think it’s safe to say that, after a couple of rocky starts to begin the year, Yu Darvish is starting to get comfortable. He struck out nine Blue Jays while giving up a single run in seven innings. The homer was by the incredibly hot Edwin Encarnacion, who has…

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

    Apr 30, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v San Francisco Giants

    Giants 4, Padres 1: Madison Bumgarner keeps rolling (7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 6K). After the game he explained his recent success by saying “I’m just trying to make pitches.”  I’ve heard that for 30 years and I’m still not quite sure what it means but I always like hearing it for some reason.…

  9. Mike Trout goes 0-for-4 with a strikeout in 2012 debut

    Apr 28, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

    mike trout getty

    Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper isn’t the only youngster drawing attention this weekend. Mike Trout, who was brought up by the Angels in 2011 but appeared in only 40 games, made his 2012 major league debut in the Angels’ 2-1 win over the Indians on Saturday afternoon in Cleveland. Trout finished 0-for-4 with a strikeout, but…

  10. 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…

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

    Apr 8, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

    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…

  12. The percentage of foreign-born players rises

    Apr 5, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    UN Logo

    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…

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

    Apr 4, 2012, 7:56 PM EDT

    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…

  14. Farewell, Arizona

    Mar 12, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 8, 2012, 7:54 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 7, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    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.…

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

    Mar 6, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

    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…

  18. Bobby Abreu thinks he can pitch

    Mar 6, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    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…

  19. Scenes from Spring Training: The Angels are loose

    Mar 6, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    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…

  20. Greetings from Tempe, Arizona

    Mar 6, 2012, 7:36 AM EDT

    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…

  21. Shane Victorino softens stance on demand for five-year deal

    Mar 2, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    One day after saying he wanted a five-year contract extension from the Phillies free agent-to-be Shane Victorino backtracked a bit, telling Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer: “I made it seem like I want a five-year deal, but I’d love to stay.” Most of all, Victorino said, he’d like to get a new contract figured…

  22. Angels’ logjam means Mike Trout is likely bound for minors

    Feb 29, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Mike Trout

    One way for the Angels to lessen their first base/corner outfield/designated hitter logjam would be to have stud prospect Mike Trout begin the season in the minors and it sure sounds like manager Mike Scioscia thinks that would be a smart idea. Vernon Wells, Peter Bourjos, and Torii Hunter are cemented as the Angels’ starting…

  23. Mike Cameron well entrenched in the Hall of Very Good

    Feb 19, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT

    Mike Cameron

    A Hall of Famer he obviously wasn’t, but Mike Cameron, who announced his retirement Sunday at age 39, might be the game’s most underrated player of the last 20 years. Cameron nails just about all of the factors that makes a player underrated. He hit for low averages, he struck out a lot, he spent…

  24. Running down the rosters: Los Angeles Angels

    Feb 8, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be projecting 25-man rosters for each of the 30 teams. I’m starting today with the Angels. The winter’s biggest spenders, the Angels are now again poised to threaten a Rangers team that appeared to be in pretty good position to set up its own little mini-dynasty in the…

  25. Russell Branyan joins Yankees on minor-league contract

    Feb 8, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Russell Branyan has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Yankees, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post. He’ll compete for a bench spot in spring training after hitting just .197 in 68 games for the Diamondbacks and Angels last season. Branyan’s low batting averages and high strikeout totals have often masked otherwise…

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