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Thursday
May142015

Huston Street Signs 2-Year Extension with Angels

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- Los Angeles Angels signed closer Huston Street to a two-year, $18 million extension that will keep the 31-year-old in Anaheim through the 2017 season.

The deal also includes a $10 million club option for the 2018 season with a $1 million buyout and a limited no-trade clause.

Street was traded to the Angels from the San Diego Padres last July. The former first-round pick of the Oakland Athletics has since converted 28 saves with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.

During his 11 year career, Street has converted 286 of his 332 save chances to go along with a 2.83 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP.

Street will earn $7 million this season.


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Sunday
Feb012015

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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Thursday
Nov132014

Angels' Mike Trout Named AL MVP, Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw Wins NL MVP

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Two of the best players in Major League Baseball earned their due on Thursday. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout won the American League MVP, while Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw won the National League MVP.

The 22-year-old Trout finished second in the MVP voting the past two years, but has finally won the award in just his third full season, and in unanimous fashion. He's the third youngest A.L. player ever to win the award.

Trout batted .287 with 36 home runs, 111 RBIs, and 115 runs scored in 2014.

Kershaw had won his third National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday. He becomes the first player to win the N.L. Cy Young and MVP awards in the same season since Bob Gibson for the St. Louis Cardinals back in 1968.

Despite missing all of April, the 26-year-old Kershaw went 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP, and 239 strikeouts in 198.1 innings pitched.

The Dodgers went 21-4 in Kershaw's 27 starts, and were only three games over .500 when anyone else pitched.


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Monday
Oct062014

Royals Sweep Angels, Meet Orioles in ALCS

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY) -- In their first playoff appearance since 1985, the Kansas City Royals swept the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, reaching the American League Championship Series (ALCS). The 8-3 margin was the largest in the best-of-five series after Kansas City won two games in Los Angeles in extra innings.

"I've never seen this group of kids so confident on the big stage," said manager Ned Yost. "It's really fun to see their development and watch them come into the postseason and just really take their game to the next level."

The Angels, who earned homefield advantage by having the leagues best regular-season record, took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Mike Trout homered off James Shields for his first-ever postseason hit. That lead quickly evaporated in the bottom half of the inning when the Royals' Alex Gordon drove in three runs with a double off C.J. Wilson, chasing the Los Angeles starter.

Kansas City added to the lead in the third inning on Eric Hosmer's second homer of the playoffs, a two-run shot to center. Albert Pujols tried to spark a rally for the Angels with a solo shot of his own, but that was all Los Angeles could muster off Shields.

"Big Game" James went six strong innings, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out six, while the offense added two runs in the fourth and another in the sixth. Wade Davis gave up a run in the eighth but the bullpen shut down an otherwise punchless Angels offense.

The Royals will now meet the Baltimore Orioles, who swept Detroit earlier in the day, in the best-of-seven ALCS. Game One is Friday night in Baltimore.


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Monday
Aug252014

Angels Power Past Oakland, Regain MLB's Best Record

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The two days off for Josh Hamilton have proven to be a perfect remedy for the former slumping slugger. Hamilton drove in three runs, including his 10th home run of the year, on Sunday night as the Los Angeles Angels defeated Oakland 9-4 to regain the best record in baseball.

The Angels (77-52) also took back the top spot in the American League West division with the victory. Los Angeles also got a sixth inning homer from Mike Trout, which opened up a 9-0 lead on the Athletics (76-53). That proved to be more than enough offense for starting pitcher Jered Weaver (14-7) as the righty struck out eight in six and two-thirds innings.

"It's nice to end the series on top of the AL West division," Weaver said. "This was obviously a huge game. We didn't want to get swept, and the offense was the story of the game."

Los Angeles opened the scoring in the second, plating three runs off Scott Kazmir (14-6) before Hamilton's two-run blast in the third made it a 5-0 lead. Hamilton brought home another run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly, effectively ending Kazmir's night. 

Oakland did attempt a comeback late, getting home runs from Alberto Callaspo and Andy Parrino in the seventh to make it a 9-3 deficit. The Athletics added another in the ninth, but Jason Grilli struck out the final two batters of the night.


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Sunday
Aug102014

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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Monday
Jul212014

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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Wednesday
Jul162014

AL Wins in Jeter's Last All-Star Game Hurrah

Elsa/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Derek Jeter went 2-for-2 in his final All-Star game, and Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run home run to help the American League down the National League 5-3 Tuesday.

Jeter was the highlight of the game. The 14-time All-Star doubled to leadoff the bottom half of the first inning and proceeded to score on Mike Trout's triple. Jeter then led off the bottom of the third with a single.

Jeter took the field in the top of the fourth but Alexei Ramirez ran out onto the field to replace him. That sparked almost everyone at Target Field to give No. 2 a standing ovation while the song "New York, New York" played in the background. Jeter then went into the AL dugout where he received hugs from his teammates before coming back on the field for a curtain call.

After the celebration ended the NL tied the game 3-3 when Jonathan Lucroy doubled in pinch-runner Dee Gordon. But Mike Trout, who was named the game's MVP, gave the AL the lead for good in the fifth when he laced an RBI double down the left field line.

The game ended with some excitement for the home crowd as Twins pitcher Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth to earn the save for the AL.


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Saturday
Jul122014

Angels Win Seventh Straight, Beat Rangers

Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Mike Trout's 22nd home run of the year proved to be more than enough on Friday as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim beat Texas 3-0. It was the seventh straight win for the Angles (55-37) who have also won eight of their last nine.

Garrett Richards was masterful on the hill, scattering five hits in his seven innings of work for Los Angeles. The righty is now unbeaten in his last eight starts, winning seven in a row, with a 1.27 earned run average. Richards (11-2) has not lost since a May 30 defeat at Oakland.

Trout's homer was the first hit of the night for the Angels as Nick Tepesch had retired the first 10 batters he faced for the Rangers (38-55). Tepesch (3-5) then gave up two more runs in the top of the seventh inning before ultimately being pulled in favor of Neftali Feliz. Texas has lost 12 of its last 13 and currently sits with the worst record in the bigs.

Adrian Beltre did extend his hitting streak to 15 games for Texas but the team was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.


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Sunday
Jun082014

Trout Hits Grand Slam as Angels Rally in 8th

Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- The Los Angeles Angels trailed 5-0 when they came to bat in the bottom of the eighth inning. When the final out of the inning was recorded, Mike Trout had hit a game-tying grand slam and Erik Aybar drove in the go-ahead run in a 6-5 win over the Chicago White Sox.

"I was just [using a] two-strike approach," said Trout. "I wasn't trying to hit a home run, but it went out."

It was the 12th homer of the year for Trout and chased White Sox (31-32) starting pitcher Chris Sale, who had shutout the Angels (33-28) through seven innings, from the game. Aybar, who led off the eighth with a double, singled home Josh Hamilton a few batters later to give Los Angeles the lead.

Ernesto Frieri came on in the top of the ninth and picked up his ninth save of the year by setting down Chicago in order. Hamilton finished the day with three hits while Aybar added a pair for the Angles.

"We needed a victory like this," Trout said. "We never stopped fighting, had great at-bats, put some things together and we came out and got the W."


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