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The Victory Formation:
Boston Red Sox
Los Angeles Angels
Toronto Blue Jays
Tampa Bay Rays
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 the AL West. Last year, the Angels finished 86-76, 10 games behind the Rangers, and 5 games behind the wild card winning Boston Red Sox Tampa Bay Rays. To remedy this problem, the Angels went out and gave C.J Wilson a 5-year, $77.5 million deal. This, as everyone knows, came just after the team broke the bank on a 10-year, $254 million deal to one Albert Pujols. That deal fired up the Los Angeles fanbase, and decimated the Cardinals.Other than those two signings, they filled in other positions with LaTroy Hawkins, Jeff Mathis and Chris Innetta. Are these moves going to help the Angels out? I’d bet so. The Rangers have been on a very impressive run over the last two years, but El Hombre will be able to bring the Angles at least 5 more wins and give them a fighting chance for the AL West (and a fighting chance for the wild card in case Texas goes on an impressive tear).
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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...
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."
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...
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...
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...
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...
The March 21st, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
The March 20th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels ...