| 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...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 11:37 PM
After discussing his bullpen with the media for several minutes, Angels Manager Mike Scioscia grinned at the next question.
"Has there been too much made of the bullpen issue?" one reporter asked before Friday's game. "No," Scioscia replied...