Posted March 20, 2012 on AP on Fox
Pittsburgh-pirates-louis
Albert Pujols is getting to work early and staying late at spring training. He's honing his famed swing and getting to know his new teammates, fastidiously preparing to give a full return on the biggest investment the Los Angeles Angels have ever made. The Angels can't wait to reap the dividends during the most anticipated season in franchise history. The three-time NL MVP doesn't appear to be missing a beat in his transition to the AL this spring, sliding into the heart of the Angels' order with the same work ethic and power that enticed Los Angeles owner Arte Moreno to commit $240 million to the Dominican slugger over the next 10 years. ''Everybody here knows what I can do and, if I'm healthy, I'm going to try to do that,'' Pujols said. ''I don't know what kind of numbers I can put up this year because I don't get caught up in numbers, but I can tell you I'm going to give 110 percent for sure every day to help this org...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Jerome Williams Interview with AngelsWin.com

Interview Conducted by David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer On March 10th, 2012 at the Tempe Fiesta Resorts Conference Center, AngelsWin.com hosted several guests such as Angels' owner Arte Moreno, John Carpino, Tim Mead, OCR reporters, Rob Goldman, Halos prospects such as Matt Shoemaker, Frazier Hall, Mike Piazza and Angels 5th starter hopeful Jerome Williams and family...

Angels' C.J. Wilson is heating up early

Reporting from Surprise, Ariz. C.J. Wilson ran more than a mile before his Tuesday start, produced five shutout innings with five strikeouts and no walks, then ran again in the outfield for about 15 minutes. "I'm looking forward to building up to nine innings," Wilson said afterward. "I'm trying to simulate pitching on a hot day in Texas." Wilson...

Six Angels that could be traded before Opening Day

Outside of the fifth starter spot, the Angels Opening Day roster is set.  This is the kind of thing that happens after you spend half of a gajillion dollars in the off-season to add free agents and lock up other players to extensions.  It makes for great roster certainty, but not so much for spring training position battle intrigue.  Sigh. But wait!  There is always the possibility...

Angels, FOX Sports West announce 50-game Spanish schedule

Anaheim,CA FOX Sports West,in partnership with the Los Angeles Angels, today announced a 50-gameSpanish-language schedule which will be made available to all Los Angelesmarket video providers. Thisline-up follows FOX Sports Networks (FSN) announcement earlier today to launchan expansive effort to serve Hispanic fans in Southern California. The50 high-definition Angels broadcasts...

Larry Bowa Interviews with AngelsWin.com

Interview Conducted by Brian Waller, AngelsWin.com Feature WriterIntensity is something you can’t teach. It’s not a pitch you can practice in the bullpen; it’s not a flaw in your swing you can fix in the batting cages. It’s an intangible that doesn’t show in stat lines on the back of baseball cards. It’s a personality trait that is found in winners and leaders throughout...

Arte Moreno belongs in some type of Scarface Sequel (GQ Interviews Moreno)

Arte Moreno has enough money to buy you, make you dance a jig for his amusement, sell you for thirty cents on the dollar, buy you back, have you killed, and then have you made into some amusing little tinker-toy. And GQ got a rare interview with the Angels owner today: GQ: Is there concern about paying him $30 million when he’s 41 years old? Arte Moreno: Someone else asked me this...

Tweeting Napoli's number just one of Wilson's miscues

The budding rivalry between the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels took an odd twist Sunday. Former Rangers ace C.J. Wilson took to Twitter and sent out an old phone number of current Texas catcher Mike Napoli. Later he apologized to Napoli on Twitter and said the he did the prank because Napoli said he couldn't wait to hit a homer off Wilson. Smart move by Wilson? Wilson...

Kendrick homers for Angels in loss to Rockies

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Howie Kendrick launched his third homer of the spring and Ervin Santana threw four scoreless innings, but the Los Angeles Angels lost to the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Monday. Santana, removed from his previous start Wednesday after taking a line drive off the right shoulder against the White Sox, showed no ill effects in his 61-pitch outing. He allowed just...

MLB 2012 Preview: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

It has been 10 years since the (then) Anaheim Angles won the World Series on the backs of rookies John Lackey and Francisco Rodriguez, and older folks like Bengie Molina and Garret Anderson (not to mention the Rally Monkey). Post 2002, the Angles went on a tear, winning the AL West five times between 2004 and 2009. Since then, though, the Texas Rangers have taken over ownership of...

Napoli can't figure out why Wilson tweeted number

Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli can't quite figure out why Los Angeles Angels pitcher and former teammate C.J. Wilson felt the need to send his phone number out on Twitter. Wilson sent a tweet acting as if he was giving his former teammate his number, but instead posted an old phone number of Napoli's. Wilson then deleted the tweet and called it a prank. Later Wilson...

Royals 6, Angels 4

C.J. Wilson continued his strong spring start against the Kansas City Royals. Wilson, who signed a five-year $77.5 million contract in December, allowed three hits in five scoreless innings, but the Angels bullpen faltered and the Royals rallied for a 6-4 victory Tuesday. Wilson struck out five, including the side in the first inning, and walked none. In four exhibition starts...

Halo Headlines: Napoli upset with Wilson's prank, Morales dealing with soreness, Abreu wants to play three more years

The March 20th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels ...

10 Bold Predictions for 2012: The Arrival of David Freese helps Cardinals forget Albert Pujols

As part of our preview for the upcoming 2012 season, we’ll be doing a ’10 Bold Predictions for 2012′ series that will be featured between now and Opening Day. Our second prediction is that the arrival of David Freese as a superstar. This will help in providing a soft landing spot in the transition of the Cardinals and their fans into the post-Pujols era. Those 21 postseason...

Do Cardinals have life after Pujols?

On Sept. 5, the Cardinals lost to the Brewers to fall to 74-67. The leaders for the wild card, the Braves, were 82-58 and had a magic number of 14 with just 22 games to go. A week later, thanks in part to a sweep of the Braves, the Cardinals had shaved four games off the lead. They finished the year winning 16 of their final 21, earning a playoff berth on the last day of the season...
All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.