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Report: SP Garrett Richards Agrees to One-Year Contract with Angels

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The Los Angeles Angels agreed to a one-year, $3.2 million deal with starting pitcher Garrett Richards on Saturday, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.

The Angels avoid salary arbitration with the 26-year-old Richards by coming to a compromise. Richards asked for $3.8 million while the Angels offered $2.4 million before settling on a deal.

Richards was having a career season last year before tearing his patellar tendon in his left knee, ending his season at the end of August. Richards had surgery on the knee and is expected to be ready for opening day.

Richards was in the race for the American League Cy Young award last season, before the injury. He pitched 168 2/3 innings, compiling a 13-4 record, 2.61 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 164 strikeouts.

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Angels Top Red Sox in 19 Innings

Rob Carr/Getty Images(ANAHEIM) -- In the longest game of the season to date, Albert Pujols sent the home crowd home happy with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 19th as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim defeated Boston 5-4 early Sunday morning.

The game took a total of 6-hours and 31-minutes with 558 pitches being thrown by nine different arms. The Angels (68-48) had stranded 16 batters through the first 18 innings before the solo shot from Pujols. 

"I had the opportunity twice to give the team the lead and I didn't come through, but you just need to stay positive all the time and look for a pitch to hit," said Pujols. "I did, and I put my best swing of the second half on it."

Pujols originally gave his team the lead with a two-run double in the bottom of the first before the Red Sox (51-65) scored three runs in the seventh to take the lead. Los Angeles knotted the score in the bottom of the eighth on Mike Trout's solo homer.

Boston plated the go-ahead run in the top of the 14th on a David Ortiz sacrifice fly but the Angels loaded the bases with nobody out in the home half of the inning. Trout again provided the tying run with a fielder's choice, helping to set up Pujols' heroics.

"A game like this can hopefully turn things around for us. And if that's the case, it's worth it to play 19 innings," Pujols said.

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Angels Walk-Off for 30th Comeback Win

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- The Los Angeles Angels scored two runs off former teammate Fernando Rodney to walk-off against Seattle (52-46) for the second time in three days.

The 6-5 victory was the 30th time this season that the Angels (59-38) have come from behind to get a win.

What made the win a little more intriguing was the back-and-forth between the Angels and their old closer. Rodney, who entered the game with one out in the eighth, used his trademark "bow-and-arrow" celebration after Kole Calhoun flew out to end the inning.

That stirred up the LA dugout as Albert Pujols doubled to score Mike Trout and tie the game off of Rodney. The two then traded arrows before Grant Green singled home the winning run, handing Rodney the loss.

"That's his thing," Pujols said of the celebration. "I've known Rodney for 15 years, so we go way back. And every time I see him, I tell him I'm going to do that to him if I get a big hit against him."

Rodney said after the game that he was directing the arrow towards the Angels fans who booed up him upon entering the game. The 12-year veteran spent two seasons with Los Angeles and was just 17-for-28 in save opportunities. 

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Swisher Slams Cleveland Past Angels in Extras

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Ohio) -- Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the top of the tenth that put Los Angeles ahead 3-1. Nick Swisher answered with a walk-off grand slam in the bottom half of the inning to give Cleveland a 5-3 victory on Thursday afternoon.

"When I first hit it, I said, all right, that's a double," said Swisher. "The next thing you know, it went out. I flipped my bat. I was going crazy."

The two-out hit was Swisher's only one of the day, striking out each time in his previous three at-bats. It was also the second time that the Indians (37-36) came from behind in the game. With a runner on third in the second, Cleveland starter Justin Masterson delivered a wild pitch that allowed Howie Kendrick to score and give the Angels (38-33) a 1-0 advantage. 

Cleveland answered back in the third on a groundout from Michael Bourn in the third, the last run scored in the first nine innings. Both Masterson and Los Angeles starter, C.J. Wilson went seven innings before turning things over to the bullpen.

Pujols' two-RBI hit came off reliever Scott Atchison with two outs, seemingly giving the Angels the victory. However, Bourn walked to lead off before Jason Kipnis doubled two batters later. After Carlos Santana walked to load the bases, Ernesto Frieri came on to try and finish off the game. Frieri induced a fly out from Daniel Murphy for the second out before Swisher's slam gave the Indians a 5-3 win.

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Albert Pujols Hits 500th Career Home Run

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  Albert Pujols hit his 500th career home run in thrilling fashion.

Pujols became the first major leaguer to hit his 499th and 500th homers in the same game, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 7-2 win over the Washington Nationals Tuesday night.  He also drove in five runs.

"It tastes better with a win," Pujols said after becoming the 26th player in big league history to reach the milestone.  "I knew this year, it was going to happen, whether it was tonight, tomorrow, two months from now. So my goal was just to prepare myself every day to try to help this organization win."

Tyler Skaggs (2-0) gave up two runs in seven innings for the win.  Pujols now has eight home runs this season, all in the past 13 games.  His 19 RBIs lead the team.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 4/22/14

Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) -- NBA First Round: Indiana Pacers 101 – Atlanta Hawks 85 (Series tied at 1-1)

Toronto Raptors 100 – Brooklyn Nets 95 (Series tied at 1-1)

Washington Wizards 101 - Chicago Bulls 99 OT (Wizards lead series, 2-0)

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – First Round:  Montreal Canadiens 4 – Tampa Bay Lightning 3 (Canadiens win series, 4-0)

Boston Bruins 3 – Detroit Red Wings 0 (Bruins lead series, 2-1)

New York Rangers 4 – Philadelphia Flyers 1 (Rangers lead series, 2-1)

San Jose Sharks 4 - Los Angeles Kings 3 OT (Sharks lead series, 3-0)

MLB: Los Angeles Angels 7 (10-10) – Washington Nationals 2 (11-10) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols hits 499th and 500th career home run.

Kansas City Royals 8 (10-9) – Cleveland Indians 2 (9-11)

Cincinnati Reds 4 (9-11) – Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (9-12)

Miami Marlins 1 (10-11) – Atlanta Braves 0 (13-7)

Detroit Tigers 8 (10-7) – Chicago White Sox 6 (10-11)

Toronto Blue Jays 9 (11-9) – Baltimore Orioles 3 (9-10)

Tampa Bay Rays 8 (10-10) – Minnesota Twins 3 (9-10)

New York Yankees 9 (12-8) – Boston Red Sox 3 (9-12)

St. Louis Cardinals 3 (12-9) – New York Mets 0 (10-10)

Colorado Rockies 2 (12-10) - San Francisco Giants 1 (11-10)

Chicago Cubs 9 (7-12) - Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (5-18)

San Diego Padres 2 (10-11) - Milwaukee Brewers 1 (15-6) 12 Innings

Texas Rangers 5 (13-8) - Oakland Athletics 4 (13-7)

Houston Astros 5 (7-14) - Seattle Mariners 2 (7-13)

Philadelphia Phillies 3 (10-10) - Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (12-9) 10 Innings

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Angels' Albert Pujols Expects Bounceback Season

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Coming off the worst season of his career, Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols expects to regain his old form and live up to his lucrative contract.

"I want to stay healthy and play every day," Pujols said. "The numbers are going to be there at the end, because I know how to hit."

Following the 2011 season, Pujos signed a 10-year, $240 million contract. After 11 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Pujols has yet to live up to expectations with the Angels.

In 2013, Pujols appeared in a career-low 99 games as he dealt with a partly torn plantar fascia in his left foot. He batted .258, hit 17 home runs, and drove in 64 runs. All were career-lows for the 34-year-old Pujols.

"He's moving as well as he has in four or five years," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Pujols is just eight home runs away from 500 for his career.

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Angels' Albert Pujols Confident He'll Return to Old Form

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the St. Louis Cardinals, Albert Pujols put up historic offensive numbers. But with the Los Angeles Angels, he hasn't been as good as people are used to seeing. Still, Pujols has no doubt that he can regain his old form once he gets healthy.

"If I stay healthy, I'll keep on hitting," Pujols told ESPN 104.5 FM in the Dominican Republic. "God has blessed me with strength and hitting talent."

On Monday, the Angels announced that Pujols would be shut down for the rest of the season with a foot injury, ending his second straight disappointing season with the team.

"As you get older, you start worrying about bat speed," he said. "My speed has been the same since 2001 up until now. This year, my bat speed was around 88 mph."

Prior to the 2012 offseason, Pujols signed a 10-year contract worth $240 million, but hasn't lived up to the contract. In 11 seasons with the Cardinals, Pujols averaged a .328 batting average, 40 home runs, and 121 RBIs per season. But with the Angels he's struggled, as he hit just .258 this season.

Pujols is an eight-time All Star, has won three MVP Awards, two Gold Gloves, and two World Series titles.

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Pujols Out for the Season

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images (ANAHEIM) -- The Los Angeles Angels officially announced Monday that star slugger Albert Pujols' season is over.

Pujols hasn't played since July 26, when he suffered a partial tear of the left plantar fascia after hitting a two-run single off Oakland's Grant Balfour.

After the injury, Pujols and the team had hopes that the he could return before season's end. But with the Angels 15 games out of a playoff berth, there is probably no reason to rush him back.

Pujols had played with the injury for most of the year before the tear forced him to the disabled list. The three-time NL MVP played in 99 games this season, hitting a career-low .258 with 17 home runs and 64 RBIs.

The 33-year-old Pujols is in the second season of a $240 million, 10-year contract.

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Angels Place Albert Pujols on Disabled List 

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images (OAKLAND, Calif.) --  The Los Angeles Angels have placed Albert Pujols on the disabled list with a nagging foot injury.

Even though he was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list, Angels manager Mike Scioscia says that the first baseman could miss "a significant amount of time."

The issue with Pujols is that he has a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot which has hampered him for most of this season.  It was aggravated Friday night while running to first base in the ninth inning of a 6-4 loss to the Oakland Athletics.

If rehab doesn't go well, Pujols could wind up missing the rest of the season.  The 33-year-old is hitting .258 with 17 home runs and 64 RBIs.

Outfielder Kole Calhoun was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake to take his place on the active roster.

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