Halo Headlines: Angels might not use a fifth starter, Pujols feels like himself again

The March 27th, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news including Angels might not use a fifth starter, Pujols feels like himself again and much more… The Story: The Angels may start the season without a fifth starter.The Monkey Says: The schedule allows them to get through the first week or two with just four starters, but this is mostly about Heaney and Tropeano failing to...
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Why Rodon belongs in majors, service-time clock and all

In Chicago, at least, all spring phenom service-time dilemmas are not created equal. The Cubs have faced scrutiny for what would be an undeserved demotion for slugger Kris Bryant. I trust you’ve heard about that. The White Sox are in a very different position with left-handed starter Carlos Rodon, the No. 3 overall pick in last year’s draft. Rodon has pitched brilliantly this...
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15-Team NFBC Sloooooow (6 O’s) Draft Recap

This draft was so slow that I lost half my starting rotation before the draft ended. This draft was so slow that when it started Minnie Minoso was still alive. This draft was so slow when it started Tupac was still dead. I didn't enjoy my time last year in the 15-team NFBC slow draft. I drafted Mark Trumbo, Prince Fielder, Cliff Lee, Anibal Sanchez and Patrick Corbin and my only...
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Brady Aiken: Former No. 1 pick undergoes Tommy John surgery

Last summer, prep left-hander Brady Aiken was the consensus top player in Major League Baseball’s June draft. The San Diego product had a big arm, three plus pitches and uncommon poise and polish for a prep hurler. He was selected No. 1 overall by the Houston Astros and everything seemed great. One crazy year later and that has all changed. Aiken and the Astros couldn’t work...
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Fact-checking David Ortiz's PED-denial column in the Players' Tribune

David Ortiz in his younger, smaller days.Speak of the devil! I was just talking about David (Sherlock) Ortiz with my friend Staci on Facebook yesterday, We brought up his name because of ESPN New York noting that Alex Rodriguez now faces additional steroid tests. And just after we made the inevitable Ortiz "searching for why he tested positive" joke that many Yankee fans do, Sherlock...
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Rangers officially tab Gallardo as the opening day starter

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Yovani Gallardo has been tabbed to start the Texas Rangers' season opener. New manager Jeff Banister on Thursday officially named Gallardo the starter for the April 6 opener at Oakland. The move had been expected with Yu Darvish out for the season after ligament-replacement elbow surgery, and left-hander Derek Holland likely starting the April 10 home opener...
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Lincecum goes 5 innings but Giants lose 6-4 to Athletics

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Tim Lincecum pitched five shaky innings for the San Francisco Giants, and Billy Butler hit a two-run double that helped the Oakland Athletics to a 6-4 victory Thursday night. Giants catcher Hector Sanchez drove in two runs and then left the game after getting hit in the throat area with a foul ball in the seventh. A's starter Jesse Chavez completed 3 2-3 innings...
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2015 Chicago White Sox Team Preview

The Chicago White Sox went 73-89 in 2014. It could be viewed as an improvement, as the team was 63-99 a year earlier. In manager Robin Ventura‘s first season as the team’s manager, 2012, the White Sox went 85-77, giving Ventura the AL Manager of the Year in his first season behind the bench. The White Sox knew they needed to get better if they wanted to compete with the likes...
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Oakland Athletics Top San Francisco Giants 6-4

It was a big week for Jesse Chavez, as the right-hander’s wife gave birth to the couple’s third daughter on Tuesday. It was a big night for Chavez on Thursday, as the 31-year-old continues to make his pitch for the final rotation spot. The results were mixed for Chavez, as the Oakland Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 6-4 in Cactus-League edition of Bay Bridge baseball...
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Ortiz: 'Nobody in MLB history' tested for PEDs more than me

By Gordon DixonDavid Ortiz is no stranger to having his name linked to performance enhancing drugs. In 2003, Ortiz’s name appeared on a list of 104 Major League Baseball players who reportedly tested positive for performance enhancing drugs.Since then, Ortiz has been tested more than his fair share of times for banned substances. In fact, Ortiz thinks he has been subject to testing...
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Martinez throws 6 shutout innings, Rangers beat Rockies 6-3

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Nick Martinez threw six scoreless innings, Leonys Martin homered and the Texas Rangers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3 on Thursday night. Martinez, competing for the final vacancy in the Rangers' rotation, allowed five hits and walked one. He struck out four, throwing 54 strikes in 74 pitches, and lowered his ERA to 0.84 in three spring appearances. He has allowed...
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Dodgers Pass Three Million Tickets Sold — on March 25

After leading Major League Baseball in attendance in 2014 at 3,782,337, the Los Angeles Dodgers are off to a quick start in 2015’s attendance race. On Wednesday, the team announced that they have passed three million in ticket sales for 2015, the earliest date in franchise history. Last season was the 28th time the Dodgers have drawn more than three million fans to Dodger Stadium...
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Ortiz: 'Nobody in MLB history' tested for PEDs more than me

David Ortiz is no stranger to having his name linked to performance enhancing drugs. In 2003, Ortiz’s name appeared on a list of 104 Major League Baseball players who reportedly tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. Since then, Ortiz has been tested more than his fair share of times for banned substances. In fact, Ortiz...Read More
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First Pitch: Major League Day at the Minor League Park

You’re a minor league player, stepping into the on deck circle to get ready for your next at-bat. You’re getting the timing down while watching a few pitches of the at-bat taking place in front of you. Then suddenly, you get a tap on the shoulder. You turn and see it’s Gregory Polanco. He just grounded out in the other game, and now he’s here to take your spot. You quickly...
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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 644: 2015 Season Preview Series: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

Ben and Sam preview the Angels` season with Dan Volmar, and Sahadev talks to OC Register Angels beat writer Pedro Moura (at 20:16).
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David Ortiz writes first-person essay on steroids and Hall of Fame

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz wrote in a first-person essay on The Players’ Tribune website that he never has “knowingly used steroids” and said “hell yes” he belongs in the Hall of Fame. In some people’s minds, I will always be considered a cheater. And that’s ********. Mark my words: Nobody in MLB history has been tested...
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No. 1 pick who said no to Astros, passed up millions blows out elbow

Brady Aiken, the hard-throwing lefty who didn't sign after being last year's No. 1 draft pick by the Houston Astros, announced Thursday he had Tommy John elbow surgery. The 18-year-old Aiken was pitching for the IMG Academy, a private training institute in Florida, to prepare for this year's draft after a contract dispute with the Astros left him unsigned. In an essay published Thursday...
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Red Sox Notes: Koji Uehara Takes Sizable Step Forward In Injury Battle

This embed is invalid" /> The Boston Red Sox really want that Chairman’s Cup, apparently. OK, the annual award given to the winner of the spring training series between the Red Sox and Minnesota Twins probably wasn’t on Boston’s mind as Thursday’s Grapefruit League game progressed at JetBlue Park. But the Red Sox still pulled out a dramatic...
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Pujols hits 3-run homer, Angels beat Cubs 8-4

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer and Jered Weaver struck out eight as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Chicago Cubs 8-4 Thursday. Cubs left-hander Travis Wood homered off Weaver leading off the fifth as a pinch hitter. Wood hit three homers last season. He pitched Wednesday. Weaver gave up four runs - three earned - and six hits in 5 1-3 innings. Mike Olt hit...
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Blue Jays counting on pair of young pitchers to fly high

TORONTO (AP) The upcoming season for the Toronto Blue Jays seems destined to be defined by the one young pitcher who'll miss it and the two even younger guys who'll try to replace him. Toronto's plans for ending baseball's longest active playoff drought took a serious hit when Marcus Stroman suffered a season-ending knee injury in spring training. The second-year right-hander tore...
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Indians' ace may have one up his sleeve when it comes to next contract

The conventional wisdom is that the Cleveland Indians hold all of the leverage in their long-term contract talks with right-hander Corey Kluber, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner. The conventional wisdom is wrong. Yes, Kluber turns 29 on April 10, and is still a year away from arbitration. Yes, his signing bonus out of the draft was $200,000, and his major-league...
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Peeved Papi defends past, says he’s HOFer

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, in a first-person essay that appears under his name as "editor at large" on,reiterated in strong terms that he has never "knowingly used steroids" and said "hell, yes," he belongs in the Hall of Fame.
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Long a contender, Braves turn to rebuilding after 2014 flop

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves usually start the season touted as playoff contenders. Not this time. For one of the few times in the last two-plus decades, not much is expected of a team that collapsed late last season, fired general manager Frank Wren and underwent a massive overhaul during the offseason. The Braves dealt away sluggers Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and Evan Gattis...
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Brady Aiken Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

Brady Aiken, the 1st overall pick in last summer’s amateur draft underwent Tommy John surgery yesterday to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament on his throwing arm. The hurler was selected by the Houston Astros however their respective camps were unable to come to terms on an agreement due to the Astros concerns with the medical reports. The Astros medical staff were concerned...
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Hoping to stay on the move, Astros look to take next step

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros moved out of the major league basement last season. Now the question is whether Jose Altuve and his teammates are ready to contend this year or if they still need a couple of seasons to complete their rebuild and get back to the postseason. Owner Jim Crane is confident the time is now. ''This is our year,'' he said, adding that their goal is to make...
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