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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's control, ability to get ahead of hitters in the count and sharp changeup have him "where he should be," Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said.
"I had good rhythm," Wilson said. "Each time, I have a goal, and I'm accomplishing those goals every time."
On Tuesday, he even turned two outs. He knocked down with his glove a hard grounder by Jeff Francoeur that went between Wilson's legs. Later he cleanly fielded a high chopper that he briefly lost in the sun.
THE MORALES WATCH
Kendrys Morales' long wait to play in a major league game is due to end at 1:05 p.m. Thursday. The designated hitter reported some right calf tightness Tuesday from wearing a shin guard in a minor league game Monday, and the Angels opted to scratch him until Thursday's home date against the Kansas City Royals.
Morales, 28, has been out since fracturing his left ankle May 29, 2010, while celebrating a walk-off homer by jumping onto home plate. In 2009, he hit 34 home runs and drove in 108 runs.
"The pain from Monday is a little bit better, Wednesday's an off day, and after that we'll play a game," Morales said. "The only thing left for me is to get healthy. Everything else is something I'm already used to."
The Angels have 14 spring games left, and Morales, with an 0-for-3 session in Monday's
action, has accumulated 12 at-bats in minor league games.
"His ankle's great, it's just a matter of getting his legs in shape," Scioscia said. "There's plenty of time for him to play opening day. We just have to see how durable he is. His bat speed is great.
"He'll search for his timing now. To hit major league pitching, you need to face major league pitching."
Walden hit hard Closer Jordan Walden gave up four runs and five hits in the sixth inning, recording just one out and forcing Scioscia to pull him en route to a 6-4 loss to the Royals.
"Just command of everything my fastball, hung a changeup, an 0-2 curveball got up," Walden said. "I've still got some work to do this spring."
Walden blew 10 saves last season. He maintained confidence he can fix this ineffective bout "throw the ball down, throw it where I want it," he said.
Scioscia said his closer "didn't look in sync and was missing spots. "He's just working into his stuff. These are the things you go through in spring training."
Outfielder Mike Trout was the Angels' designated hitter Tuesday, marking the major league spring debut for the team's No. 1 prospect. Trout, 20, flied to center, reached on an error, walked and was caught stealing, and struck out swinging. He missed more than the first two weeks of spring games because of flu symptoms that caused him to lose 10 pounds, then experienced leg tightness and shoulder tendinitis.
Trout's speed and ability to play all three outfield spots are compelling, but a likely triple-A assignment would give him the chance to play everyday.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer
On December 10, 2011, Angels fans got their first chance to meet the newest member of their starting rotation: C. J. Wilson. While Angels fans had come to know of him from his days in Texas, they really didn’t know what kind of pitcher they were getting.
Since then, Angels fans have come to know Wilson as a bit of a prankster and...
TEMPE, Az. For the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this spring, the hype has been about Albert Pujols.
The hope, for the Angels, has been for Kendrys Morales.
So far, so good.
And it got even better on Thursday afternoon.
Morales, out since fracturing his lower left leg in a home late celebration of a May 29, 2010 walk-off grand slam against Seattle, faced big-league pitching...
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- 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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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The March 21st, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels ...
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Kendrys Morales made his first appearance in an Angels' lineup since May 2010 and had two hits in Los Angeles' 7-4 win over the Royals on Thursday.
Hitting right-handed, the switch-hitting Morales bounced a seeing-eye single off Royals left-hander Danny Duffy in the second inning. He then ran hard and slid safely into third on Bobby Abreu's double...
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...
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...
Kendrys Morales made his first appearance in an Angels' lineup since May 2010 and had two hits in Los Angeles' 7-4 win over the Royals on Thursday.
Hitting right-handed, the switch-hitting Morales bounced a seeing-eye single off Royals left-hander Danny Duffy in the second inning. He then ran hard and slid safely into third on Bobby Abreu's double to left.
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...
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.
The March 20th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels ...