| Mar 6, 2014
| 6:15 PM
TEMPE, Ariz. — Four batters into an expected two-inning stint, Angels reliever Dane De La Rosa gave up a walk, a hit batsman, a single and a grand slam to Dodgers left fielder Scott Van Slyke. And that wasn't even the worst part of his afternoon...
| Mar 9, 2014
| 5:24 PM
Angels 3, Cincinnati Reds 1
AT THE PLATE: Veteran first baseman Carlos Pena continued to make his case for a bench spot, stroking a two-out, pinch-hit, run-scoring single to right field in the bottom of the sixth inning. Pena has hits in each of his...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 7:23 AM
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Closer Ernesto Frieri led the major leagues last season with seven saves of at least four outs, including one in which he recorded six outs and two in which he got five outs. If all goes according to plan, the right-hander will not lead...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 5:54 PM
Angels 12, Brewers 2
Angels 12, Rangers 1
AT THE PLATE: David Freese, who had one hit in his first 14 spring at-bats (.071), had three singles and two runs batted in against the Brewers. Albert Pujols, Kole Calhoun and Erick Aybar each had two hits,...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 7:15 PM
Middle relievers are the offensive linemen of baseball, guys who toil in relative anonymity until something goes wrong, like a holding penalty on a key fourth-quarter play or a seventh-inning meltdown that turns a one-run game into a blowout loss.
| Jun 24, 2014
| 11:10 PM
KEY MOMENT: With the Angels leading, 7-6, Kevin Jepsen allowed a leadoff double to Danny Santana and walked Brian Dozier to open the seventh. But Howie Kendrick turned a nifty double play when he backhanded Joe Mauer's grounder, stepped on second,...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 12:34 AM
The natural instinct for a pitcher on a grounder up the middle is to lunge for the ball with your glove, stop it with your foot, do anything to knock it down. Angels reliever Kevin Jepsen fought that urge in the seventh inning Tuesday night, and it led to...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 8:10 PM
KEY MOMENT: A five-run cushion in the ninth was almost not enough for deposed closer Ernesto Frieri. The Twins loaded the bases with two outs on a single and two walks. Joe Smith gave up a three-run double to Joe Mauer to make it 6-4 and raise Frieri's...
| 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...
| 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....