3/12/2014 | Angels rout Garza as Santiago displays K's
David Freese went 3-for-3 to break out of his spring slump; Kole Calhoun, Albert Pujols, Erick Aybar and Matt Long each notched a couple of hits; and Mike Trout scored two runs and drove in two as the Angels beat the Brewers, 12-2, and the starters had their most impressive offensive showing since the Cactus League opener nearly two weeks ago.
3/12/2014 | Blanton's complete 180 backed by relentless bats
Joe Blanton had a much better day than Rangers starter Alexi Ogando, and it showed in a 12-1 Angels victory on Wednesday at Surprise Stadium.
3/12/2014 | Santiago over Garza? Angels wouldn't trade it
There was a fascinating convergence of what might have been and what actually is Wednesday at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Fortunately for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, this meeting was won by what actually is. In fact, the result was a landslide.
3/12/2014 | Calhoun resisting temptation of aggression
In case there was ever any doubt, Kole Calhoun is the Angels' leadoff hitter. He's started in nine of the days the Angels have had a Spring Training game, and he's led off in all of them. And every single time he has, he's taken the very first pitch of the game. That's by design.
3/12/2014 | Umpires to be tighter with transfer rule
Tuesday's overturned call -- the first ever under the expanded-replay rules -- introduced Angels manager Mike Scioscia to a new wrinkle, one in which umpires will be more strict than ever on the transfer call.
3/12/2014 | Aybar making effort to practice patience, take walks
Erick Aybar drew seven walks in his first eight Spring Training games, which is pretty good for a guy who has averaged one walk every five and a half games throughout his career -- and no fluke, if you ask the Angels' speedy shortstop.
3/11/2014 | Mulder, released by Halos, not giving up yet
The Angels released Mark Mulder on Tuesday, a transactional formality given his season-ending Achilles injury that, if nothing else, officially ended the 36-year-old left-hander's 2014 campaign. Mulder's comeback hopes, however, are still alive and well.
3/11/2014 | After McClendon inquires, call overturned
The first chance Lloyd McClendon had to use the new replay system worked out well for the Mariners, with a call being overturned during an eighth-inning rally on Tuesday against the Angels.
3/11/2014 | Long trying to be this spring's Shuck
Last spring, there was a short, scrappy, left-handed-hitting outfielder who wasn't on anybody's prospects lists, looked like a career Minor Leaguer, and then came out of nowhere to win a job off the Angels' bench with a blistering spring.
3/11/2014 | Former hurler Abbott shares message with Halos
Jim Abbott, the one-handed pitcher who shined with the Angels, threw a no-hitter with the Yankees and became an inspiration for all, makes his living as a motivational speaker these days. His most memorable talk came Monday morning, when Mike Scioscia asked him to address the team prior to its workout at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
3/11/2014 | Count Pujols among those happy to see Bonds back
Barry Bonds was making a grand, albeit controversial, exit, and Albert Pujols was emerging as one of the game's newest superstars. And for a four-year stretch in the early 2000s, the peaks of two of baseball's greatest hitters intertwined, with Bonds rewriting the record books and Pujols heading toward unprecedented consistency.
3/11/2014 | Wilson sharp, backed by bats before Angels fall
C.J. Wilson gave up one unearned run in five innings, and Mike Trout and Albert Pujols each knocked in runs, but the Angels fell to the Mariners, 10-6, at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Tuesday.
3/10/2014 | Weaver has some hiccups, but isn't worried
It wasn't an easy third spring start for Angels ace Jered Weaver. He faced six batters each in the first and third innings, expended over 60 pitches by the time he completed four and wound up giving up three runs on five hits and two walks while on his way to recording 13 outs against the Indians on Monday.
3/10/2014 | New offseason routine has Romine ready to compete
Andrew Romine had just completed the 2013 season, was headed into the offseason of his first out-of-options year and knew he needed to bulk up. He and his wife, a trainer and nutritionist, mapped out a workout regimen and diet that would ultimately add 20 pounds of lean body mass to Romine's frame, putting the 6-foot-1 infielder at 200 pounds by the time he arrived for Spring Training.
3/10/2014 | Weaver tosses four as Long, Angels tee off on Tribe
Matt Long came close to a cycle, Collin Cowgill went yard, and the Angels scored runs in four consecutive innings to beat the Indians, 8-3, on Monday at Goodyear Ballpark. Jered Weaver gave up three runs in 4 1/3 innings, his longest spring start this year.
3/10/2014 | Hamilton progressing toward return with agility drills
Josh Hamilton did agility drills on the field Sunday, planned to do straight-ahead sprints on Monday and could make his spring debut as early as Thursday, though the Angels' outfielder doesn't want to put a precise time frame on his recovery.
3/10/2014 | Recovering lefty Burnett throws off mound
Sean Burnett, recovering from left forearm surgery, stood on a bullpen mound on Sunday and fired 30 fastballs to a catcher in a crouched position. It was the latest positive step in his rehabilitation process.
3/10/2014 | Sidearmer Smith set to play key 'pen role
The Angels identified sidearmer Joe Smith early in the offseason and went above and beyond to sign him, giving him a three-year, $15.75 million contract few teams, if any, were willing to match.
3/9/2014 | Skaggs strengthening case for rotation spot
When the Angels acquired Tyler Skaggs in the offseason trade that sent Mark Trumbo to Arizona, they did so with the left-hander in mind for the starting rotation. Through two spring starts, Skaggs has made that decision look promising.
3/9/2014 | Offense going slow through early March
The Angels started Cactus League play with a promising 15-hit, 15-run performance against the Cubs on Feb. 28. But they've been unable to repeat that output in 10 games this month.
3/9/2014 | Richards fades after strong start to second outing
Garrett Richards' second spring start Saturday didn't go as planned -- he gave up five runs in four innings to the D-backs -- but there were positives to take away from the appearance.
3/9/2014 | Freese rests foot blister; De La Rosa sidelined
Angels third baseman David Freese was held out Sunday with a blood blister on the bottom of his foot, though manager Mike Scioscia said he should be good to go Monday. Scioscia also said there is no timetable for Dane De La Rosa to return from a forearm strain.
3/9/2014 | Pitching shines behind Skaggs' strong start
Behind four solid innings from left-hander Tyler Skaggs, the Angels posted a 3-1 victory over the Reds, limiting Cincinnati to five hits against seven pitchers.
3/8/2014 | Richards gives up five runs against D-backs
The Angels' Garrett Richards gave up five runs on eight hits in four innings in the D-backs' 5-2 win at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Saturday.
3/8/2014 | Green working on proficiency at third base
Grant Green enjoyed a successful debut with the Angels late last season but, barring an injury, knows a utility role is his only way to crack the Angels' Opening Day roster. There is plenty of competition for that spot, and Green must show he has the desired versatility.
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