Los Angeles Angels

Weaver would be OK with not starting opener
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Angels manager Mike Scioscia never reveals the identity of his Opening Day starter until right before the season begins, but there’s a strong chance that this time — for the first time in a very long time — it won’t be Jered Weaver.

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Trout excels in first game action of spring
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Mike Trout didn’t waste any time. The Angels’ superstar center fielder made a sprawling catch to start Thursday’s game and finished his Cactus League debut 3-for-3, setting an early tone in the Angels’ 8-2 victory over the division-rival A’s at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

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Wash expects improved 'D' out of Giavotella
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November came quickly, and by the time Johnny Giavotella met Ron Washington on the field for an entire offseason of defensive work, the rumors were already swirling. The Angels were said to be scouring the market for help at second base, and Giavotella was hurt by that. He thought he had a good year, felt […]

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Richards getting 2-seamer back to 2014 form
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The challenge of facing Angels right-hander Garrett Richards didn’t merely boil down to catching up to a blistering fastball or adjusting to a devastating breaking ball. It was reacting to two upper-90s fastballs that moved in two completely different directions — a four-seam fastball that cut away from righties and a two-seam fastball that sunk […]

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Halos give big bats a helping hand
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With Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, the Angels have two of the best run producers in baseball. The challenge is creating enough situations for Trout and Pujols to produce runs.

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Working the angles, Mahle gives hitters fits
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Greg Mahle, ranked 12th in the Angels’ system by MLBPipeline.com, could conceivably help the Major League team this year. He’s 22 years old, is slated to begin the season in Triple-A and profiles as the left-on-left specialist this Angels bullpen has basically spent the last four years searching for. Throwing from two arm slots should […]

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Santiago crisp in two-inning spring debut
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Christian Arroyo’s RBI double capped a three-run uprising that snapped a sixth-inning tie Wednesday and led the San Francisco Giants to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in a Cactus League opener.

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Shoemaker looks to regain splitter dominance
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For the majority of his adult life, the split-finger fastball was the pitch Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker could rely on most. Last year, in the midst of a down season, that’s the pitch that betrayed him.

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Cron confident he'll produce with playing time
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C.J. Cron is the guy everyone keeps looking at, for obvious reasons. He projects to play a lot of first base for the Angels, with Albert Pujols still early enough in his recovery from foot surgery. He will be counted on to drive in a lot of runs, because the offense is generally lacking in […]

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Pujols could see game action this weekend
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Albert Pujols lightly ran the bases for the first time and took part in more intensive defensive work on Tuesday. Angels manager Mike Scioscia expects Pujols to play in his first Cactus League game on Saturday or Sunday, barring a setback.

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Fast friends: Richards, Heaney build hometown bond
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Angels pitchers Andrew Heaney and Garrett Richards and former first-round picks were strangers in the Angels’ clubhouse at this time last year, until realizing that they live 20 minutes apart in Oklahoma City and that it would be senseless to do anything but spend an entire winter training together, learning from each other.

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Angels confident Yunel will excel at 3rd base
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Yunel Escobar transitioned from shortstop to third base for the first time in 2015, his ninth season in the big leagues, and the metrics were quite unkind. Angels manager Mike Scioscia isn’t buying it.

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