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Daily Pitcher Duels: Aug. 29

It's a much more low-key slate today in the major leagues, but there's still plenty of intrigue to be had. Check 'em out: Garrett Richards (LAA) vs. Corey Kluber (CLE) 7:10 p.m. ET The Angels find themselves on the outside looking in—just barely, but bear with me—of the final Wild Card spot by 1.5 games thanks in large part to a rotation that hasn't exactly lived up to...
Via The Sports Post
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Do the Angels care? The Monkey investigates…

Ladies and gentlemen, I am here to investigate some very grievous charges that have been levied against the 2015 Angels. During their recent losing spree, very serious accusations of playing with no heart, aggravated gutlessness, premeditated lack of urgency and, worst of all, conspiracy to not care have been made by fans and players alike. We here at Monkey with a Halo take these...
Via Monkey with a Halo
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Is it safe to say Justin Verlander is officially back?

Anyone who watched the Detroit Tigers game Wednesday night was likely having flashbacks of the seasons from 2006-2012 as right hander Justin Verlander dominated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, losing a no-hitter in the 9th inning. Verlander was a perennial All Star, MVP candidate, and Cy Young candidate for over half a decade until injuries hampered him for a majority of the last...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Angels Catcher Chris Iannetta Breaks Up Justin Verlander's No-Hit Bid In The Ninth

It was looking pretty good for Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander once again. Heading in to the ninth inning he had a no-hit bid working. He just needed to get past the next three batters to notch his third career no-no. That is until Angels Chris Iannetta stepped up to the plate.With a nice double effectively told Verlander no no-no for you today. Chris Iannetta breaks up Justin...
Via FatManWriting
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How the Angels offense lost its balance

The Angels have a lot of problems right now, but one problem that has plagued them most of the season is that the Angels offense, well, it sucks. It is one of the most bizarre developments of the 2015 season considering that the Angels offense was one of the best in all of baseball last year. How did things go so wrong so fast? Simple. The Angels offense lost its balance. It seems...
Via Monkey with a Halo
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels Catching Prospect Taylor Ward Interviews with

Interview conducted by David Saltzer, Senior Writer When the Angels drafted catcher Taylor Ward with their first round draft pick in June, 2015, the reaction from the front office was one of jubilation. A big cheer erupted in the draft room, as if they had won the lottery. However, many of the national pundits had a different reaction—confusion. A big question...
Via Angelswin
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Giavotella placed on DL, Weaver yells at teammates after defensive miscues

The August 26th, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news including Giavotella placed on DL, Weaver yells at teammates after defensive miscues and much more… The Story: Johnny Giavotella has been placed on the disabled list with a “personal medical condition.”The Monkey Says: He’s apparently still going to be out for a few more days and the Angels just couldn’t wait...
Via Monkey with a Halo
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Angels pitcher Jered Weaver talks about 'getting guys fired up'

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Via Fox Sports West
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WATCH: Albert Pujols Leads Angels To Victory With Three-Run Blast In The First

To beat the Detroit Tigers Tuesday night the Los Angeles Angels needed much more than the three-run shot Albert Pujols starting the team off with in the first inning, but it sure was a great way for the scoring to get started.In the end they needed an infield single by David DeJesus, a double by Erick Aybar, and a couple of wild pitches by the Tigers staff to beat Detroit 8-7.Read more »
Via FatManWriting
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FALLEN ANGELS - How the Los Angeles Angels lost their organizational luster

By Jonathan Northrop, Columnist -  After last night's loss the Blue Jays, completing a three-game blow-out sweep in which the Angels were outscored 10-36 and saw them drop from 2.5 games behind to 5.5 games behind the first place Astros, and out of 2nd place into 3rd. After the Josh Hamilton debacle earlier in the year and the “Dipoto drama” of a couple months...
Via Angelswin
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Q & A with 2015 Los Angeles Angels Hall of Fame Inductee Dean Chance by Rob Goldman

Goldman: What are your feelings about going into the Angels Hall of Fame this weekend? Chance: I feel great about it. I’ll be there with Eli Grba, Bobby Knoop, equipment man Bob Case, batboy Scotty Keene, and a few more who were there in the old days reliving all the memories of the Angels and the early 60’s.  Goldman: What are some of your favorite memories of those...
Via Angelswin
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Los Angeles Angels keep grinding

It’s not breaking news that the Los Angeles Angels’ offense has struggled this season. They’re offensive deficiencies seemed to have hit their pinnacle of ineffectiveness within the last few weeks beginning at the end of July and into now mid-to-late August. A large portion of Halo fans, and even writers, have begun to panic on the team after they failed to bring in a big name...
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A year later, Angels' Richards looks back on 2014 knee injury

It has now been one year since Los Angeles Angels right-hander Garrett Richards tore his left patellar tendon in a freak injury covering first base at Fenway Park on August 20, 2015. He's returned to form nicely for the Halos, essentially picking up where he left off en route to a 12-9 record and 3.50 ERA in 23 starts this season. Speaking with's David Adler about his season...
Via Fox Sports
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Angels’ Chris Iannetta says Twitter haters tell him he should kill himself

Los Angeles Angels catcher Chris Iannetta became the latest athlete to speak out about the amount of vitriolic hate that can be spewed on social media, especially when a player is going through struggles. Iannetta is in the throes of an awful slump, notching only four hits in his previous 47 at-bats before Thursday’s game, which makes him an easy target for anonymous trolls and...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels’ Mike Trout Might Work For The Weather Channel This Offseason

Mike Trout makes a living chasing fly balls, but he also has a passion for chasing something else: storms. It turns out the Los Angeles Angels superstar is a huge weather geek, and his love for meteorology could translate into his very own cameo on the Weather Channel, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan. Trout’s love for all things weather apparently started when he was...
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Mike Trout apparently is something of a meteorology buff

If fellow AL MVP candidate Josh Donaldson is known as ‘The Bringer of Rain’, perhaps it’s time to call Mike Trout ‘The Follower of Storms’. In a great story on Yahoo! Sports, Jeff Passan documents Trout’s growing off-field weather obsession, discussing how Trout is a weather geek who is very keen to absorb all information regarding the weather. He’s become the go...
Via The Outside Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels being careful to preserve Pujols down the stretch

Outisde of Mike Trout, there's probably no member of the Los Angeles Angels more crucial to their success than Albert Pujols. With the Halos hot on the heels of the first-place Houston Astros, it's important to have Albert in the lineup as frequently as possible. That's why he received the night off on Wednesday against the visiting Chicago White Sox. Missing just his fifth game...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Mike Trout lays out to make great game-saving catch

This catch on the warning track by Mike Trout was ridiculous, even though it only prolonged Sunday’s Angels-Royals game by one more inning. Trout catch — The Outside Corner (@Outside_Corner) August 17, 2015   With men on the corners and two outs in the ninth, Trout’s diving grab of a Paulo Orlando sinking liner ended the inning for Kansas...
Via The Outside Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Sox closer: Mike Scioscia was ‘bush league’ to stand in way

    Chicago White Sox closer David Robertson blew a save against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night, and he felt that some “bush league” antics from Mike Scioscia led to the misfortune. Angels shortstop Erick Aybar struck out to lead off the ninth with the White Sox leading 2-1. The pitch was in the dirt, so Chicago catcher Tyler Flowers reached out and tagged Aybar...
Via Larry Brown Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

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