| Jun 6, 2009
Reporting from Detroit The Angels were bloody good on Friday.
Ervin Santana could hardly breathe because of a bloody nose, and he very nearly threw a shutout. Chone Figgins gave up his body for the team, saved the game and had a bloody lip to show...
| Jun 8, 2009
The expletive could be heard loud and clear. The clubhouse doors still were closed, but the four-letter frustration pierced the doors and echoed into the adjacent hallway.
The Angels' bullpen collapsed again Sunday, this time in particularly horrifying...
| Jun 18, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO -- Neither Torii Hunter nor Vladimir Guerrero were in the lineup against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, but both were available, which raised an interesting question for Mike Scioscia.
Whom would the Angels manager turn to with...
| Jun 20, 2009
ANAHEIM -- Juan Rivera is about as unassuming a guy as there is in baseball, a player who walks and talks softly and carries an occasionally big stick.
So it seemed out of character for the Angels' left fielder to stand at the plate and admire his...
| Jun 24, 2009
ANAHEIM -- For all their struggles, their injuries and the emotional trauma they have endured, the Angels find themselves in a somewhat surprising position, one they have not held since opening day: first place in the American League West.
| Jun 30, 2009
ARLINGTON, Tex. -- A year ago, Sean O'Sullivan was pitching for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, the Angels' California League affiliate whose biggest rival was the Dodgers' Inland Empire club.
"Every time we played those guys," O'Sullivan said, "we stepped...
| Jul 5, 2009
| 3:09 PM
Albert Pujols will be in a familiar spot when St. Louis hosts the 80th All-Star game. Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield is headed for a brand new situation.
Pujols was the leading vote-getter in balloting for the Midsummer Classic announced Sunday by...
| Jul 6, 2009
ANAHEIM -- It used to take the Angels three or four hits to score a run, their aversion to walks and working counts forcing them to generate most of their offense from the batter's box.
Sunday, these new princes of patience cobbled together three runs on...
| Jul 13, 2009
ANAHEIM -- Now, if the Angels can just figure out a way to play the New York Yankees instead of the Boston Red Sox in the first round of the playoffs, they might really be onto something.
The Angels haven't found a way to get past Boston in three...
| Jul 14, 2009
ST. LOUIS -- Prince Fielder beat the hometown sluggers on their own turf.
With Cardinals star Albert Pujols and St. Louis native Ryan Howard eliminated early, Fielder won baseball's Home Run Derby on Monday night with a steady power display that included...
| Jul 17, 2009
OAKLAND -- Don't worry about the radar gun. Don't look to the scoreboard for your velocity. Just throw strikes.
Easier said than done.
Ervin Santana is back, but his fastball is not. He admits to peeking over his shoulder for that radar reading.
| Jul 20, 2009
OAKLAND -- Gary Matthews Jr. wandered over to offer some encouragement to John Lackey: Keep battling, big guy. Hang in there.
"No problem," Lackey told Matthews. "I only need one today."
That was an expression of extreme confidence, considering the game...