L.A. Daily News "It used to be that when young athletes said they wanted to be like Mike, they were referring to Michael Jordan. You can bet your bottom dollar that there are plenty of young baseball players who these days want to be like Mike — as in Angels center fielder Mike Trout. Trout on Monday night..." June 30
MLB.com "While you continue to vote in these final and frenetic days of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, Major League Baseball announced today that the starting position players will be unveiled in a new manner at 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN,..." June 30
Morin expects to be activated Tuesday or Wednesday. #Angels
Jered Weaver threw a 20-pitch bullpen today, all fastballs. Felt good. Will throw another in a couple days, but with all his pitches.
L.A. Daily News "Winning a baseball game on a wild pitch is nothing like catching a small fish. You don’t throw it back. That was the attitude of Angels manager Mike Scioscia, whose team defeated the Seattle Mariners 3-2 in the bottom of the 10th inning Sunday when Seattle relief pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen uncorked..." June 29
Boston Globe "It’s a rule casually broken hundreds of times a day by players on every team in baseball. Umpires will not enforce it unless asked to, and even then they would rather leave well enough alone. “The pitcher shall not apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball.” That is what Rule 8.02(a)(4)..." June 29
Orange County Register "The Seattle Mariners worked Garrett Richards to a three-ball count only twice in 30 plate appearances Saturday at Angel Stadium. That was his goal. On an evening the Angels right-hander threw into the bottom half of the strike zone time after time, he got grounder after grounder, and the..." June 28
Angels SS Erick Aybar left the game with left hamstring tightness.
Seattle Times "Another start, another example of Taijuan Walker’s growing poise and consistency at the big-league level. Over the course of his last six starts, there have been plenty of examples to highlight how much Walker has changed as a pitcher in the span of two months. In Friday night’s 3-1 win over..." June 27
L.A. Daily News "Taylor Featherston was surrounded by reporters about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. It was something new to him. As was his first game-winning hit in the major leagues. Featherston took a pitch delivered by Chad Qualls and sent a soft line drive into right field, knocking in Erick Aybar with two outs in..." June 25
Surprise! Andrew Heaney starting for Angels today (and likely for Weaver next week). Matt Shoemaker pushed to Friday.
It looks like Andrew Heaney is the most likely to replace Jered Weaver. #Angels need a fifth starter June 30 and July 11.
L.A. Daily News "The first-place Houston Astros as recently as 2013 went 51-111. They were 70-92 in 2014. When they got off to a quick start this season, the baseball world was probably waiting for them to crumble. It hasn’t happened. “On the offensive side they really have driven the ball well, hitting a..." June 23
Fox Sports West "Jered Weaver has no structural damage in the left hip, according to Angels manager Mike Scioscia. The injury - determined to be left hip inflammation - caused the Angels to place him on the 15-day disabled list with hip on Sunday. Test results Monday revealed a measure of good news for the..." June 23
Collin Cowgill (right wrist) will start hitting again Wednesday, but will have to go through the entire progression all over again. #Angels
San Francisco Chronicle "Putting it nicely, Scott Kazmir is usually not at his best against the Angels. So much so, in fact, that the A’s have skipped Kazmir or pushed back his start whenever possible against his former team, including twice this year. Heck, the season-opening rotation was scheduled to keep Kazmir away..." June 22
#Angels place RHP Jered Weaver on DL because of left hip irritation.
San Francisco Chronicle "The seventh inning has proved troublesome all season for the A’s. So on Saturday, they made sure to add a bit of a cushion in the sixth, using three doubles to take a three-run lead en route to a 4-1 win over the Angels. A’s starter Jesse Hahn threw 72/3 innings of one-run ball against a Los..." June 21
Orange County Register "It’s not that unusual to use two pitchers to mop up in a blowout game. It’s unusual to bring one in when trailing and another when ahead, though. The Angels played their most surprising game of the season Friday night, when Fernando Salas took the ball with a five-run deficit in the sixth..." June 20
Hardball Talk "Last night, Alex Rodriguez became the 29th player in MLB history to join the 3,000-hit club. He’s the first player to reach the milestone since former teammate Derek Jeter on July 9, 2011. After Jeter reached 3,000, I attempted to make a guess about who would be next. I went with Rodriguez, but..." June 20
Halos Heaven "C.J. Wilson was superb and economical today, throwing nine punchies (three courtesy of Paul freakin' Goldscmidt), yet keeping the pitch count manageable with some groundouts, some fly outs and some well-timed double plays. The offense followed C.J.'s lead, scoring with the long ball, the RBI..." June 19
Larry Brown Sports "Los Angeles Angels vice president of marketing and ticket sales Robert Alvarado resigned on Wednesday after 14-plus seasons with the team. He basically forced himself out by making some idiotic comments about not being able to accommodate fans who don’t make much money. In a story that was..." June 18
Arizona Republic "1B Paul Goldschmidt drilled a first-inning home run and RHP Chase Anderson turned in another quality start as the Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 on Wednesday night at Chase Field. Anderson allowed two runs in six innings and the Diamondbacks bullpen pitched out of a pair of tight..." June 18
Halos Heaven ""It's my belief that history is a wheel.' Inconstancy is my very essence,' says the wheel. Rise up on my spokes if you like but don't complain when you're cast back down into the depths. Good times pass away, but then so do the bad. Mutability is our tragedy, but it's also our hope. The worst of..." June 17
Arizona Republic "When most pitchers say they didn't realize they had a no-hitter in the works, they're lying. Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Robbie Ray may be the exception. Ray tossed 5 2/3 hitless innings to lead the Diamondbacks to a 7-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday at Angels Stadium, but he..." June 16
Oakland Tribune "Some of the best starting pitchers of the last half century have called Oakland home -- Catfish Hunter, Vida Blue, Dave Stewart, Bob Welch, Tim Hudson, Barry Zito -- and it seems Sonny Gray is destined to join them. Gray threw 72/3 impeccable innings in an 8-1 win over the Angels on Sunday,..." June 15
CBSSports.com "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred appeared on Monday's episode of Boomer & Carton, and among the topics he addressed were the DH issue and possible expansion into other other markets. Regarding the current designated hitter rule -- DH in AL games, no DH in NL games, Manfred seems disinclined to..." June 15
#Angels OF Collin Cowgill has "hit a plateau" in recovery from R wrist sprain, Scioscia said. Going to AZ to see specialist on Monday.
Orange County Register "Albert Pujols provided all the offense the Angels needed on Saturday night with one early swing. Oakland sinker-baller Kendall Graveman threw him sinker after sinker in the first inning at Angel Stadium, and Pujols timed the fourth one perfectly, powering it past the left-field wall for a solo..." June 14
Collin Cowgill (right wrist) recently felt some stiffness taking BP and will stay away from hitting for a couple days. #Angels
Orange County Register "Like most teams, the Angels’ second, third and fourth hitters are the strength of their lineup. Theirs is probably a little more concentrated than most, though: The threesome of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun has pulled double weight this season, combining to hit two-thirds of the..." June 13
Hardball Talk "MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports that the Angels exercised GM Jerry DiPoto’s option for the 2016 season two or three months ago. As Gonzalez details, DiPoto’s contract was for three years and included options for the 2015 and ’16 seasons. There have not been any discussions yet about extending him..." June 13
CBSSports.com "Trade season semi-officially began after the three-day First-Year Player Draft, and the trade market may include some pretty big names (see the list of 40 below). But it may take some extra time to get going in a season where there so far appears to be only one truly great team (the Cardinals)..." June 13
Los Angeles Times "At THE PLATE: The Angels closed out a rough 2-4 trip to New York and Tampa Bay on a high note, amassing 14 hits, 10 of them — and five runs — coming off a Rays bullpen that entered with a 3.35 earned-run average. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols homered in the same game for the 24th time. Trout,..." June 12
Tampa Tribune "Wednesday’s win had that familiar feel to it for the Rays. There was Evan Longoria, who returned to third base and made an impact with his glove and bat. There was Jake McGee, who returned to the ninth-inning role he dominated last season and closed out the game. The bullpen was solid...." June 11
Halos Heaven "The Angels stopped the losing streak with a dominating win in St. Petersburg, featuring a career high four RBI for Kole Calhoun, a Mickey Mantle-tying blast from Pujols and a great start from Matt Shoemaker. Yesterday there was no baseball, but there was the draft. With the draft, came some..." June 10
Hardball Talk "In the mid-to-late rounds of the MLB draft there are always tons of picks who’re related to players, coaches, managers, and front officer staffers, but here’s a little twist on that. In the 19th round the Angels just picked Gannon University pitcher/infielder Aaron Cox, who happens to be the..." June 10
Orange County Register "David Freese, who came out of the Angels' game in the seventh inning on Tuesday with a tight right hamstring, said doesn't think it will require a trip to the disabled list. "My hamstring has been grabbing a little bit lately," Freese said. "Something I’m managing. We’ll see how it is tomorrow...." June 10
Sporting News "Two hits, two milestones for Albert Pujols on Tuesday. The Angels first baseman tied Mickey Mantle on the all-time home run list with No. 536, a fifth-inning shot against the Rays' Nathan Karns. Albert and The Mick are now together in 16th place. Next up: Mike Schmidt, who hit 548 home runs." June 10
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New York Post "Only Caitlyn Jenner has undergone more change than the Yankees have experienced this season. While Jenner transitioned from male to female the Yankees have been bad, good, ugly and now are playing extremely well. So well in fact that Sunday at Yankee Stadium the Yankees were able to brush..." June 08
The Outside Corner "Following the horrific injury suffered by a Red Sox fan, now identified as 44-year old Tonya Carpenter, on Friday night at Fenway Park, the cries to extend the netting behind home plate at all 30 MLB ballpark are growing louder. But what we didn’t know is that inside the game, the cries had..." June 08
Sporting News "Albert Pujols passed Jimmie Foxx for 17th all-time on the home run list with a first inning blast off of C.C. Sabathia. It's his 535th career home run, and he's now only one behind Mickey Mantle for 16th all-time." June 08
Grant Green has been optioned to AAA.
New York Post "Just minutes after a handful of Yankees watched American Pharoah’s wire-to-wire victory at the Belmont Stakes on the Yankee Stadium scoreboard, the lineup erupted for six first-inning runs and coasted to a 8-2 win over the Angels. It was their season-high fifth straight win and helped the..." June 07
Orange County Register "On Tuesday night, the Angels gave away a Kole Calhoun-themed visor to every fan who bought a ticket to their game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Giveaway games are typically a boon for ticket sales, and the promotional item was advertised heavily via the Angels’ television partner, Fox Sports..." June 07
Another change in #Angels rotation: Matt Shoemaker will now pitch Tuesday vs. TB; Hector Santiago will start next Friday vs. OAK.
New York Post "After eight straight Angels reached base to start the ninth inning Friday, Joe Girardi had one thought: “Just get an out.” Finally, Dellin Betances struck out Kirk Nieuwenhuis and then Didi Gregorius made a terrific stop on a ground ball to his right to get a forceout before Betances whiffed..." June 06
Tampa Tribune "Chris Archer’s stuff was nasty. That’s what Chris Iannetta of the Los Angeles Angels told Rays catcher Rene Rivera during one of his at-bats Tuesday night. Those Angels who reached first base on singles told Tampa Bay first baseman Jake Elmore they were there only because they closed their eyes..." June 03