| Feb 24, 2015
| 4:59 PM
They're slingshot-wielding relievers in a game of flame throwers, two stick-and-move artists among punch-out specialists.
Angels closer Huston Street and setup man Joe Smith won't wow you with stuff. Street mixes a 90-mph fastball with a slider and...
| Sep 1, 2014
| 4:19 PM
It was a look, and a feeling, that Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto came to dread, not only last season, but at times in April and May this year. The bullpen gate would open in the late innings of a close game and a sense of uncertainty would trot in...
| Sep 17, 2014
| 11:40 PM
When the Angels were in Boston in August, several players asked veteran infielder John McDonald to bring the World Series ring he won with the Red Sox last season from his home in Scituate, Mass., to Fenway Park.
They wanted to see it, to touch it, to...
| Sep 7, 2014
| 4:41 PM
The criticism of Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher last season was every bit as fierce as that of former hitting coach Mickey Hatcher in the weeks and months leading up to Hatcher's firing in May 2012.
The 2013 rotation, which included two of the worst...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 4:31 PM
NEW YORK — The alarming rate with which he was giving up home runs was not a huge concern for Angels closer Ernesto Frieri earlier this week.
"It's going to sound stupid, but if I save 60 games, and every time, I give up a run, I'd take it,...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 3:19 PM
NEW YORK -- Ernesto Frieri is out as the Angels' closer for now. Manager Mike Scioscia, as expected, said veteran right-hander Joe Smith will assume the ninth-inning relief role beginning with Friday night’s game against the New York Yankees, and...
| Apr 26, 2014
| 6:27 PM
NEW YORK — "No. Moral. Victories." Kevin Jepsen made his point perfectly clear Saturday after the Angels lost a 4-3 thriller to the New York Yankees in which managers Mike Scioscia of the Angels and Joe Girardi of the Yankees matched wits like Bobby...
| Apr 27, 2014
| 11:08 PM
NEW YORK — A potential make-or-break trip to Detroit, Washington and New York did not make or break the Angels, whose slip-through-the-fingers 3-2 loss in Yankee Stadium on Sunday night left them with a 4-5 record on the challenging nine-game swing....
| Apr 28, 2014
| 10:39 PM
KEY MOMENT: The revival of Albert Pujols made this "pick your poison" moment possible. With the score tied, 3-3, and one out in the eighth inning, J.B. Shuck was on second base, with first base open and Mike Trout at bat. Last year, with Pujols hampered...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 10:27 PM
In a corner of the Angels' clubhouse, Josh Hamilton was talking about the thumb injury that has kept him out of the lineup for three weeks and could keep him out for another three. In the center of the clubhouse, the television flashed news that Bryce...
| May 1, 2014
| 5:45 PM
In his first game as the Angels' new closer, Joe Smith pitched the ninth inning with a three-run lead. In his second game, he pitched the ninth with a two-run lead.
Pressure? He laughed at the thought. In five years as the setup man for the Cleveland...