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The September 4th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Hamilton out with sinus infection, Gutierrez batting bicep soreness and much more...
The Story: Josh Hamilton says his shoulder is better but now he has a sinus infection that caused him to miss Tuesday's game.
The Monkey Says: Apparently the sinus thing is something that happens to him a lot. It might also be a creative reason that Scioscia can use to bench Hamilton against a tough lefty.
The Story: J.C. Gutierrez has been out for the last week with inflammation in his bicep.
The Monkey Says: I'm sure this has nothing to do with Scioscia pitching him five games in six days last month. Surely that is a coincidence.
The Story: Previewing the mst interesting Arizona Fall League prospects, including Taylor Lindsey.
The Monkey Says: It seems Lindsey is starting to win even the most ardent detractors over with his stellar 2013 campaign.
The Story: Yet another story on Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout competing for the AL MVP.
The Monkey Says: Trout is well ahead of Miggy in terms of WAR now, but we all know that doesn't count for much. The fact that the Angels stink is going to kill Trout's candidacy in the minds of most BBWAA voters, whether you personally agree with that logic or not. What I will find interesting is if Cabrera's recent injury woes end up costing him a few weeks of action, if that won't get Trout back in the conversation a bit. After all, one of the legitimate big knocks on Trout last season was he was in the minors for a month. Surely if Trout ends up with over 100 more plate appearances than Cabrera then it would help close the gap, no? I mean, it would be so unlike BBWAA voters to invalidate their own historical reasoning in favor of driving forward a narrative that they already have a bias for. No, that would never happen. Ever.
The Story: The Albert Pujols era in St. Louis is a distant memory.
The Monkey Says: The last two years have sullied his legacy a tiny bit, but the two World Series banners at Busch Stadium will make sure that the Pujols era is not forgotten for a long time. We focus a lot on recent play, but when his career is over we will all look back on what an amazing player Pujols was. Then we will all make fun of the contract the Angels gave him.
The Story: Mark Sappington is thriving since his promotion to Double-A last month.
The Monkey Says: Well, sort of. Sappington has walked 20 batters in2 25.2 innings for Arkansas. That is a small sample size, but it is a troubling development. There are still many the believe Sappington is destined for relief due to his mechanics despite his strong statistical season.
BEST OF MAXIM
Interview conducted by David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer
One pitcher who really opened some eyes during Spring Training this year was Victor Alcatara. Pronounced "all-KAWN-truh", he lit up the radar guns, hitting triple digits several times. This was partially how in only his second season of professional baseball, and at age 20, the Angels brought him straight...
Anaheim officials have extended the stay of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the city by at least three years and hope to use the time to strike new deals to keep the team in place even longer.
The City Council voted Tuesday 4-1 to delay the Angels' option to leave the city from 2016 to 2019, allowing time for negotiations that city officials hope could keep the team in...
The September 3rd, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels could drop Anaheim from name, what happened to Josh Hamilton and much more...
The Story: The Angels are working on a stadium renovation deal that would keep the team in Anaheim, but drop the "of Anaheim from the team name.
The Monkey Says: Good riddance. I've always preferred...
By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
SEPT. 4, 2002
GAME 138 - ANGELS AT DEVIL RAYS
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The first thing Adam Kennedy will do this afternoon when he walks into the Angels clubhouse at Tropicana Field is check the lineup. After all, a left-handed pitcher is starting for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and that usually has meant a seat on the bench for...
The Los Angeles Angels held outfielder Josh Hamilton out of
yesterday’s weekend finale against the Milwaukee Brewers, but he is expected to
return to the team’s starting lineup as the Halos begin a seven-game homestand
today, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com.
Hamilton has been dealing with discomfort in his left
shoulder as well as migraine headaches. The soreness...
By Jessica Melendez, AngelsWin.com Feature Writer -
What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title
- Juliet, Romeo & Juliet
Naming things is hard; whether it’s babies, or pets, or baseball teams. This is because...
The Angels are on a roll. A fun, enjoyable but ultimately meaningless roll. The bats stayed hot as the Angels got key contributions from different sources once again. This time it was Erick Aybar producing runs and making me forget what a terrible idea it is for him to be batting second. Even Peter Bourjos overcame his wrist problems enough to reach base three times.
By Tom Anderson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
Like a visit from your Uncle Charley, scheduled for a couple of weeks, now turned into months. The refrigerator cleaned of beer, the TV clicker worn to black, your car without gas, and cigarette butts now littering your lawn. This season has stayed too long.
A ship’s visible manager and crew now turned into human dart boards...
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Garrett Richards worked around a career-high seven walks over five innings and Erick Aybar drove in four runs, helping the Los Angeles Angels beat the Tampa Bay Rays 11-2 on Monday night.
Richards (5-6) gave up a run and two hits while striking out six in the opener of a four-game series. The seven walks matched Richards' total from his previous five...
Jered Weaver only made two unfixable mistakes against the Tampa Bay Rays, and rookie Wil Myers hit them far enough to send the Los Angeles Angels' longtime ace to another defeat.
Myers hit two homers off Weaver, and the Rays kept pace in the AL wild-card race with a 3-1 victory over Los Angeles on Wednesday night.
Weaver (9-8) yielded six hits over seven innings, but gave up...
Last night, the Ray's Chris Archer fell apart against an Angels team that he absolutely dominated the week before. Tonight, it was Jason Vargas' turn to do the ol' switcheroo. A week after holding the Rays to just two hits in 7 innings, the Angels lefty struggle mightily with command, surrendering 10 hits and five runs before mercifully being yanked for a bullpen...
Jered Weaver has rounded back into form as the season has worn on, but tonight, he didn't quite have his sharpest command. The ace surrendered two long home runs to Rays rookie Will Myers, and just didn't seem to ever get his fastball control quite where it needed to be. Still, the pitcher didn't really ever give in and battled the whole night through.
Eric Young has quickly developed himself as a fan favorite in New York and it has become clear that fans love a speedster on the bases, so why not the fastest baserunner on the planet? Billy Hamilton set a MLB record for most steals in a season with 155 in 2012 and has stolen over 70 bases this season. He also bats from both sides and can play shortstop as well as any outfield...