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The August 29th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Downs out due to family reasons, Pujols returns from his injury, the AL Cy Young race is completely crazy and much more...
(EDITOR'S NOTE: I will be on vacation until September 8th, so the daily Halo Headlines are going to be posted sporadically if at all. Try your best to carry on without me.)
The Story: Scott Downs has been placed on the family emergency leave list due to an undisclosed family matter.
The Monkey Says: He has to miss at least three days, so he'll miss the entire Boston series. He can only stay on the list for seven days, so he'll be activated soon, however if this is a serious matter, he could be out indefinitely since the Angels can activate him and never use him without being short a player since rosters expand in a few days. Needless to say, this is a serious blow to the already beleaguered Angel bullpen. Downs hasn't been pitching well since return from the DL, granted, but perhaps this family matter was the reason behind it or if it is physical, it will allow him to get some additional rest for the stretch run.
The Story: Albert Pujols returned from his calf injury as the DH in last night's game.
The Monkey Says: How long he will remain at DH is not yet known, but at least he is playing again.
The Story: The nutso AL Cy Young race.
The Monkey Says: Yeah, this whole race is just stupid. Weaver was the frontrunner until he had one bad start. Then David Price started to move into the lead position but then he had a bad start. Now Felix is listed as the leader because of his recent dominant stretch, but just wait until he gets lit up in a start and the rankings will shake up all over again. Really, I think all five listed players have strong cases and it is going to come down to who can finish the season without having a bad start, which is kind of stupid really.
The Story: The Angels recalled Kole Calhoun to take Scott Downs' spot on the roster.
The Monkey Says: He was going to be a September call up anyway. He is unlikely to be more than a pinch-hitter.
The Story: Torii Hunter knows the Angels aren't living up to expectation but doesn't think that the pressure is getting to them.
The Monkey Says: He's right, the only thing "getting to them" is a poorly constructed bullpen.
The Story: Mike Trout became the youngest player, and first rookie, ever to have at least 25 homers and 40 stolen bases in a season.
The Monkey Says: You know, I think this kid might turn out alright.
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Albert Pujols returned to the Los Angeles Angels' lineup Tuesday night with the understanding that he would not push his injured calf too much. Pujols certainly complied in the sixth inning when he hit his 29th home run of the season and trotted around the bases. "He can (ease up) and not be at risk running the bases," manager Mike Scioscia said before the game...
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- There is still life in the Angels.
Not a lot mind you, but enough to keep them pushing forward, watching the standings, looking for an edge. Stranger things have happened.
"I saw St. Louis do it," Torii Hunter said Tuesday night. "They were 11 games back last year (and won the World Series). And in 2006 when I was with the Twins, we were 8 games...
The August 28th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Trout far and away the top seller in Angels team stores, Bourjos starts a rehab assignment, The Onion takes a shot at Vernon Wells and much more...
The Story: Mike Trout merchandise is far and away the biggest seller in the Angels team store.
The Monkey Says: Yeah, but just watch...
It is almost that time of year, time for the Angels to dip down into the ranks of their minor league system for some reinforcements in September when rosters expand. Depending on how you feel about the current state of the Angels farm system, especially the high levels, that is either a midly exciting statement or your are still snickering at the idea that any Halo fan would...
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are going state-of-the-art on their player evaluations.
The Angels have partnered Bloomberg Sports, specialists in the area of sports analytic technology, to create a player evaluation system for the Angels' Operations department. The system is expected to "go live" in time for the 2013 season.
The Angels new custom-designed system...
I, along with many other Halo fans, have been openly griping over the lost season of Peter Bourjos during this rollercoaster of a year. Seriously, what in the world did Peter Bourjos do to deserve a year round pass to ride the pine all season long? This is a guy who was a top 5 leaders in UZR out of all CF in baseball, not just the AL, but in the entirety of baseball. I understand...
Kendrys Morales and Chris Iannetta hit early two-run homers, C.J. Wilson snapped his 11-start winless skid and the Los Angeles Angels jumped all over new Boston starter Zach Stewart in a 10-3 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday night.
Torii Hunter, Alberto Callaspo and Erick Aybar all contributed run-scoring doubles during the three innings pitched by Stewart (0-1), who yielded...
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Kendrys Morales and Chris Iannetta hit early two-run homers, C.J. Wilson snapped his 11-start winless skid and the Los Angeles Angels jumped all over new Boston starter Zach Stewart in a 10-3 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday night.
Torii Hunter, Alberto Callaspo and Erick Aybar all contributed run-scoring doubles during the three innings pitched by Stewart...
Torii Hunter Jr. discusses Prosper's preseason preparations, and recent interest from Texas.
As much as the Angels need every win from here on out, tonight was about getting that win for C.J. Wilson.
Prior to tonight's game, Wilson had gone 11 consecutive starts without earning a win (last on June 26.) It seemed the power of PMA was losing its luster.
Tonight, Wilson was able to walk into the dugout after six innings with a seven run lead, leaving his...
For a while, it looked like Jered Weaver was well on his way to his third loss in a row at home. That would have been the first occurrence of its kind in Weaver's career.
Don't fret. I won't dwell on what could have been a disaster.
Tonight's walk-off victory was exactly what the Angels needed to begin this short, 3-game homestand against the Red Sox...
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Torii Hunter hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the ninth inning against embattled Boston closer Alfredo Aceves to give the Los Angeles Angels a 6-5 win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. The Angels, who swept three games from the Red Sox at Fenway Park last week, snapped a two-game losing streak to stay within 4 1/2 games of the Oakland Athletics and Baltimore...
Note: Pitching matchups are subject to change
Tuesday, August 28 @ 10:05 PM
Clay Buchholz, RHP (11-4, 4.47) vs Jered Weaver, RHP (16-3, 2.74)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday Audio
Wednesday, August 29 @ 10:05 PM
TBA vs C.J. Wilson, LHP (9-9, 3.83)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday Audio
Thursday, August 30 @ 10:05...
An injury hasn't slowed down Albert Pujols.
The Seattle Mariners, however, will try to do it again.
Pujols looks to continue his torrid hitting as the Los Angeles Angels go for an eighth win in 10 tries Friday night when they open this three-game set with the surging Mariners.
Pujols sat out last weekend's series at Detroit with tightness in his right calf, and Los Angeles...
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Zack Greinke yielded five hits over seven strong innings, Albert Pujols hit an early two-run double and the Los Angeles Angels swept their season series with Boston for the first time with a 5-2 victory over the Red Sox on Thursday night.
Mark Trumbo and pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo drove in runs in the third inning for the Angels, who stayed in the AL wild...