| 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...
| 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 14, 2014
| 9:56 PM
White Sox: Parity helps White Sox remain contender despite 28th-ranked fielding, 26th-ranked pitching entering weekend.
Indians: Lonnie Chisenhall hits three homers, drives in nine runs and goes 5-for-5 vs. Rangers....
| 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...