Featherston's single in 13th lifts Angels over Astros

  Taylor Featherston's first game-ending hit in the majors came against his hometown team in the heat of a pennant race. The rookie third baseman poked an RBI single over first base with two outs in the 13th inning to give the Los Angeles Angels a 2-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday. It was his first hit in 22 career at-bats at Angel Stadium. "You see it all the time...
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June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

McCullers and 4 Astros relievers combine on 2-hitter

HOUSTON (AP) Rookie Lance McCullers and four relievers combined for a two-hitter and Evan Gattis tied a career high with four hits, helping the Houston Astros cruise to a 13-0 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. McCullers (3-1) struck out four and didn't allow a hit through five, but he needed 90 pitches to get through those innings because of four walks. He was replaced by...
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June 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Reliever Thatcher agrees to minor league deal with Astros

HOUSTON (AP) Reliever Joe Thatcher has agreed to a minor league contract with the Houston Astros and will report to big league spring training. The 33-year-old left-hander was 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 53 games for Arizona and the Los Angeles Angels, who acquired him in a trade on July 5. He walked four in 30 1-3 innings and struck out 27. Thatcher was sidelined for six weeks in August...
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February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Phil Coke holding out for major league deal

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images North America Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Phil Coke is hoping to land a major league deal this offseason. Coke, 32, finished last season with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP during 58 innings of work. The left hander continues to look for a big league deal even as comparable relievers in Joe Thatcher and Matt Albers have accepted minor league deals with...
February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

White Sox sign Matt Albers, Joe Thatcher lands with Astros

getty images The White Sox have been very active this offseason. On Friday they added veteran reliever Matt Albers on a minor league deal. Abers can earn $1.5 million this season if he makes the White Sox out of spring training. He made just eight big league appearances ast year while dealing with a shoulder injury. The right hander is said to be in good heath and was seen reaching...
February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets Interested In LH Reliever Joe Thatcher

According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Mets are among 10 teams that have expressed interest in lefthanded reliever Joe Thatcher. Thatcher, 33, had a 3.86 ERA in 53 appearances for the D-Backs and Angels in 2014 and he’s held left-handed batters to a .230 batting average over an eight-year career. Sandy Alderson is hoping to have another lefty reliever to go with Josh...
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February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Market for second tier relievers still developing

While many of the big names have come off the market, the names of second tier relievers are starting to be talked about as Spring Training rapidly approaches. Joe Thatcher, Peter Moylan and Joe Beimel are three relievers who have been in talks with teams recently though no deals have come for any. Thatcher is said to have fie or more teams seeking his services accordin gto Chris...
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

The Angels unveiled their ALDS

After keeping us waiting for much longer than was probably necessary, the Halos finally got around to setting their roster for the ALDS and OH MY GOD it is… totally what everyone expected. #Angels ALDS roster, no Thatcher, Green, McDonald or Boesch — Taylor Blake Ward (@TaylorBlakeWard) October 2, 2014 Efren Navarro got the final bench spot over...
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October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Hamilton goes through full workout, ALDS game times and umpire crews announced

The September 30th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Hamilton goes through full workout, ALDS game times and umpire crews announced and much more… The Story: Josh Hamilton was able to go through a full workout yesterday.The Monkey Says: He says he felt good, which is a stark change from the reports of previous days. Someone is probably blowing...
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September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #162: Next – Mariners 4, Angels 1

It’s all over, folks. The regular season is done and the Angels are moving on to the next challenge. Sure, they ended the regular season with a bit of a whimper after getting swept by the Mariners, but that isn’t really irrelevant. Get worked up about momentum if you want, but the Halos now have three days to rest up, get everyone healthy, line up their roster and get to a confident...
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September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Thatcher uncertain to make postseason roster, Trout won’t change game for postseason

The September 26th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Thatcher uncertain to make postseason roster, Trout won’t change game for postseason and much more… The Story: Mike Scioscia speaks on Joe Thatcher’s status regarding the postseason roster.The Monkey Says: Scioscia failed to endorse Thatcher, but he didn’t bury him either. He should get...
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September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #155: Weaver Believer – Angels 8, Rangers 5

Weaver went and did it again. He pitched well and did so with that little extra notch of velocity. After his previous start, I thought it might’ve been a fluke, but he was able to repeat and sustain the change in this one. After the game, he claimed it came from his shoulder feeling healthy and returning to more of a three-quarters arm slot. This isn’t the first time he’s alluded...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #153: Salt Lake Bees of Anaheim – Mariners 3, Angels 1

There’s nothing like some crucial September baseball games with playoff implications. That is unless you’ve already clinched your playoff spot and don’t care anymore. In that case, you run out the lineup and starting pitcher for your Triple-A team. It wasn’t exactly high drama and I suspect a lot of Angels fans took the night off as well, but we almost got ourselves a nice...
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September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Hamilton making progress with shoulder, Thatcher activated from DL

The September 15th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Hamilton making progress with shoulder, Thatcher activated from DL and much more… The Story: Josh Hamilton finally showed some progress with his shoulder. The Monkey Says: There is still no planned return date, but this is the first bit of good news they’ve had with Hamilton in days. Earlier...
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September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels Injury Update: Joe Thatcher activated

The Los Angeles Angels improved to a Major League best 92-55 on the season following a 11-3 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night. The Angels remain on top of the league in runs scored and are a respectable 11th in ERA. The staff got a boost with the return of reliever Joe Thatcher, who has been activated from the disabled list. #451916564 / gettyimages.comI reported on September...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Angels ‘concerned’ about Josh Hamilton, Thatcher to be activated this weekend

The September 10th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels ‘concerned’ about Josh Hamilton, Thatcher to be activated this weekend and much more… The Story: The Angels have expressed growing concern over Josh Hamilton’s shoulder injury. The Monkey Says: He has missed more games than expected and doesn’t seem to be progressing. He still...
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September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels Injury Update: Joe Thatcher expected back soom

The Los Angeles Angels entered a four-game series against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday with a record of 83-55, first in the American League West. With 24 games remaining in the season, the Angels are in good position to secure a playoff berth last this month. There is good news on the injury front, as reliever Joe Thatcher is expected back soon after being out since August 2...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Five tool players

I admit it. I brought you here under false pretenses. Here you thought you were going to read about players or prospects that had the proverbial five tools like running, throwing, power, high batting average and character. But that is not what this post is about. I'll leave such tool worship to the scouts and prospect writers who are good at what they do. Instead this post is about...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Green nearing rehab assignment, Thatcher still not throwing, support system not the problem for Hamilton

The August 20th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Green nearing rehab assignment, Thatcher still not throwing, support system not the problem for Hamilton and much more… The Story: Grant Green is nearing a rehab assignment, but Joe Thatcher still isn’t throwing off a mound. The Monkey Says: Green would be nice to have in the DH mix and as flexibility...
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August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Skaggs and Thatcher placed on DL, Cowgill ready to return

The August 4th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Skaggs and Thatcher placed on DL, Cowgill ready to return and much more… The Story: Tyler Skaggs was placed on the disabled list with a flexor tendon strain. The Monkey Says: The good news is that his UCL is intact. What we don’t know is when he will be back other than “at some point this year...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels Remain Quiet at Trade Deadline

The final seven hours before the July 31st Trade Deadline blew up the American League West, but not for the Angels.The Oakland Athletics made another huge move, acquiring Jon Lester and Johnny Gomes for Yoenis Cespedes. The A’s then traded Tommy Milone to the Twins for Sam Fuld.The Mariners then responded at the end of the deadline in a three team deal involving David Price with...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Bad news for the Bad News Bears

Things just seem to be getting worse for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Right hand pitcher Bronson Arroyo announced Monday that he will need Tommy John surgery effectively ending his season. The Diamondbacks currently have the second worst record in all of baseball (37-53) just above the Astros and this injury is coming at the point in every Major league teams bad season when they begin...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

D-backs look to make more moves as deadline approaches

PHOENIX -- It is appropriate Florida is in town this week. The Marlins invented the fire sale. The Diamondbacks may be headed that way. It is a stretch to believe the D-backs will unload most of their veteran talent as the July 31 trade deadline approaches. At the same time, it seems certain they will continue to be active in the trade market the next few weeks. General manager Kevin...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Yes Way - Bo Way tops this week's Prospect Hotlist (June 30 - July 6th, 2014)‏

By Adrian Noche, Staff Reporter - 1. Bo Way, Outfielder, Orem OwlzPast 10 games: .450 AVG  18 H  5 Doubles  1 Triple  2 HR  3 SBOverall: .353/.400/.559Bo Way was drafted by the Angels in the 7th round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Kennesaw State. One has to assume the Angels got a long look at Way from scouting his college teammate, Max Pentecost...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels week in review: The hunt for first

The week ahead With one week left before the four-day All-Star break, the Angels play three against the Toronto Blue Jays at home before hitting the road for four games at the Texas Rangers. The Halos won three of four at Toronto in May and are 4-2 against Texas, sweeping a three-game series at Angel Stadium last month. The week behind Really, do things get much better than this...
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July 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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