| Jun 27, 2014
| 4:16 PM
The Angels swapped their demoted closer for another on Friday, acquiring Jason Grilli from the Pittsburgh Pirates for Ernesto Frieri.
Grilli, 38, was a first-time All-Star last season, but he has a 4.87 earned-run average this season. He has blown...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 9:29 PM
The Angels need help for their bullpen. On Friday, they acquired a guy who was an All-Star closer last season.
Whether the Angels actually got any help for their bullpen remains to be seen.
The Angels swapped one demoted closer for another, sending...
| Jun 29, 2014
KEY MOMENT: The Angels nursed a 2-0 lead through a four-hour rain delay, but David Freese gave them two more runs in the sixth inning. He had three hits — tying his high with the Angels — and drove in three runs. His batting average rose to...
| Jun 28, 2014
| 8:34 PM
Jason Grilli awoke at 4 a.m. He had slept two hours.
He was in Pittsburgh. The Angels were in Kansas City. They needed him for a day game, so he caught a cab at 5 a.m., took a 7 a.m. flight through Chicago, and got to the ballpark here at about noon....
| Jul 1, 2014
| 9:52 PM
The Angels were four batters into a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday when Garrett Richards put them in a three-run hole by walking two and giving up a three-run home run to Jose Abreu.
The Richards of 2012 or 2013 may have...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 6:33 AM
Sidearm-throwing Joe Smith is not your prototypical closer, a guy “who comes in throwing 97 miles per hour with a nasty breaking ball,” as Manager Mike Scioscia said.
The Angels don’t care as long as Smith continues to do what he did...
| Jun 15, 2014
Dino Ebel was looking forward to filling in for Manager Mike Scioscia on Saturday night, a rare opportunity for the Angels bench coach to call the shots in a game against the Atlanta Braves in Turner Field.
"It's fun when you get a chance to have the...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 10:21 PM
There are long stretches of a season when a manager feels like that little Dutch boy who puts his finger in the dike. Just when you think one leak is sealed, another springs up.
Despite a 7-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves in Turner Field on Sunday night,...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 6:30 AM
Matt Shoemaker was robbed of a chance to pitch his first complete game in the big leagues Tuesday night, but it was Mother Nature, not Manager Mike Scioscia, who gave the Angels right-hander the hook.
Shoemaker threw 94 pitches over eight innings,...
| Jun 20, 2014
KEY MOMENT: Ernesto Frieri tried to "stay down and away" with a 1-and-2 fastball to Nick Swisher in the 10th inning, but the Angels reliever "left the ball up." Swisher lined it over the right-field wall for a grand slam, turning a 3-1 Indians deficit...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 5:12 PM
If it was Mike Scioscia's intent to move the Raul Ibanez vs. C.J. Cron debate to the back burner, the Angels manager did a fabulous job of it Thursday.
Otherwise, it was a disastrous afternoon for Scioscia, whose head-scratching bullpen moves in the...