Dipoto resigns; Stoneman named Angels' GM

Dipoto resigns; Stoneman named Angels' GM

ANAHEIM -- Jerry Dipoto ultimately felt he'd had enough.

After more than three years of persistent discord with long-time manager Mike Scioscia, Dipoto abruptly resigned as general manager on Wednesday, five days after what sources described as a heated meeting that proved to be the final straw.

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Dipoto leaves Angels with no ill will

Dipoto leaves Angels with no ill will

ANAHEIM -- Jerry Dipoto insisted that he isn't bitter or upset, even though the circumstances of his resignation on Wednesday seemed to point toward those sentiments.

"I am not leaving a disgruntled employee throwing stones on the way out the door," Dipoto said in a phone conversation late Wednesday night. "I love the group; I really do. And I hope that the guys can continue to make as much progress as I feel we've made in the last three and a half years. This is simply about me believing that I was no longer in a position to be that person."

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Angels' players ready to move forward

Angels' players ready to move forward

ANAHEIM -- At a point of significant organizational change, the Angels' players anticipate they'll be able to move forward unchanged.

General manager Jerry Dipoto resigned on Wednesday, following reported tension between him and manager Mike Scioscia. Senior advisor Bill Stoneman was named interim GM for the rest of 2015. But after the Angels' series finale with the Yankees -- a 3-1 loss that snapped a four-game winning streak -- the players in the clubhouse had a common mindset: They can't control the front-office situation, and on their day-to-day level, the change won't trickle down.

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Trout's 21st homer isn't enough vs. Yankees

Trout's 21st homer isn't enough vs. Yankees

ANAHEIM -- Nathan Eovaldi tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings, and Garrett Jones smacked a long solo home run off Matt Shoemaker, helping the Yankees avoid a sweep by the Angels with a 3-1 win Wednesday at Angel Stadium. The Yankees stayed within a half-game of the first-place Orioles in the American League East.

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Angels focused heading into reunion with Hamilton

Angels focused heading into reunion with Hamilton

ANAHEIM -- After the Angels wrap up their homestand against the Yankees Wednesday, they'll head to Arlington, where Josh Hamilton and the Rangers will be waiting.

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Angels set to face Hamilton, Rangers

Angels set to face Hamilton, Rangers

Josh Hamilton will face his former Angels teammates for the first time since he was traded back to the Rangers when the clubs open a weekend series at Globe Life Park on Friday.

After two seasons with the Angels, Hamilton was traded on April 27 in a deal that provided Los Angeles with about $20 million of salary relief and reunited Texas with its 2010 American League MVP.

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Robichaux extends scoreless streak to 24 2/3 innings

Angels No. 25 prospect strikes out 6 in 7 shutout frames; has not lost since May 5

Robichaux extends scoreless streak to 24 2/3 innings

With another dominant performance on Wednesday night, Angels No. 25 prospect Austin Robichaux extended his scoreless innings streak to 24 2/3.

The 6-foot-5 right-hander has been very consistent all year -- he has not lost since May 5 -- but his current run is something else. Class A Burlington fell, 1-0, to Kane County on Wednesday, with the game's lone run coming in the ninth -- after Robichaux finished his night.

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Angels' players staying focused

Dipoto's exit as GM unlikely to have a negative impact on performance

ANAHEIM -- Four Major League managers -- Ron Roenicke, Mike Redmond, Bud Black and Ryne Sandberg -- already have been replaced this season. The impact on each of the teams involved has been negligible.

The Brewers, Marlins, Padres and Phillies, respectively, are right about where they were when the changes were made.

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Pujols, Aybar power Heaney's gem vs. Yanks

Pujols, Aybar power Heaney's gem vs. Yanks

ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols and Erick Aybar hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning Tuesday night to lead the Angels to a 2-1 win over the Yankees at Angel Stadium, clinching a series victory over New York prior to Wednesday's finale.

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Pujols ties Angels record with 13th HR in June

Pujols ties Angels record with 13th HR in June

ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols tied the Angels' record for most home runs in a month with his 13th long ball in June Tuesday night. The home run was the front end of back-to-back jacks by Pujols and Erick Aybar leading off the sixth inning of the Angels' 2-1 victory over the Yankees at Angel Stadium.

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Heaney gets first big league win

Heaney gets first big league win

ANAHEIM -- This is the Andrew Heaney the Angels were hoping for in Spring Training.

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Angels want to keep issues in-house

ANAHEIM -- The prevailing sentiment in the Angels' clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon, less than 24 hours after a FOXSports.com report detailed friction between the front office and coaching staff, wasn't anger at what took place. It was disappointment in the fact that it was made public.

"Whoever leaked that story, it's really embarrassing," Angels first baseman Albert Pujols said. "We're supposed to be a family here."

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A-Rod brings game to another level vs. Angels

A-Rod brings game to another level vs. Angels

ANAHEIM -- Alex Rodriguez has had a nice career against the Angels alone: 70 homers, 165 RBIs, 173 runs scored and 251 hits with a .322 batting average and .654 slugging percentage in 201 games.

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Trout's latest star turn evokes legendary Hall of Famer

Huge game vs. Yanks from reigning AL MVP continues Mantle comparisons

Trout's latest star turn evokes legendary Hall of Famer

ANAHEIM -- The Mickey Mantle comparisons persist and won't be going away any time soon. Mike Trout is the image of No. 7 in pinstripes, chiseled from the neck to the ankles, and he plays like the Yankees legend, crushing baseballs and running them down with blinding speed in center field.

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Trout puts Angels on his back vs. Yankees

Trout puts Angels on his back vs. Yankees

ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout did it all on Monday night, turning in a couple of run-saving, highlight-reel catches and clubbing another home run while leading the Angels to a 4-1 win over the Yankees in Southern California.

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Trout of sight: Star robs 2 hits, slugs 20th HR

Trout of sight: Star robs 2 hits, slugs 20th HR

ANAHEIM -- The challenge came from bench coach Dino Ebel in the early stages of Spring Training. He told the Angels' outfielders to get used to playing shallow, because he felt they had the speed to get back on balls and because he wanted to continually take away the bloop singles. Ebel was talking to every outfielder on the 40-man roster, but really, he was talking to Mike Trout.

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Pujols up for one last Home Run Derby

Pujols up for one last Home Run Derby

ANAHEIM -- If Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is chosen for the All-Star Game, a growing possibility given his scorching hot month of June, he'd like to take part in the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders.

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Keep Trout in lead before All-Star voting ends

With balloting over Thursday, Angels OF tops position; Pujols fifth at 1B

Keep Trout in lead before All-Star voting ends

ANAHEIM -- You can pretty much pencil Mike Trout's name into the American League's All-Star Game starting lineup, again -- via the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

The Angels' superstar center fielder maintained his standing as the leading vote-getter among AL outfielders when the last ballot update was unveiled Monday, six days before All-Star Game starters are announced. Trout had 11,461,212 votes, more than a million more than Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain and nearly three million more than Royals left fielder Alex Gordon, who remains in third place.

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Angels stun Mariners on wild pitch in 10th

Angels stun Mariners on wild pitch in 10th

ANAHEIM -- With the Mariners on the verge of getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the 10th inning on Sunday, reliever Tom Wilhelmsen threw a wild pitch that let Kole Calhoun race home with the winning run, giving the Angels a 3-2 walk-off win in the rubber game at Angel Stadium.

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Santiago adds to All-Star resume

Santiago adds to All-Star resume

ANAHEIM -- Hector Santiago, same as a start ago, said he's still looking forward to four days off over the All-Star break. Maybe he should start thinking about making alternate plans.

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Street vehemently opposed to using closers early

Street vehemently opposed to using closers early

ANAHEIM -- Huston Street is a closer. With the Angels ahead of the Mariners, 4-2, in the ninth inning Saturday, he finished the game. Carson Smith is a closer; with the Mariners ahead of the Angels, 3-1, in the ninth inning on Friday, he had already pitched.

The Mariners used Smith in the eighth because it was the highest-leverage situation -- Mike Trout and Albert Pujols were due up. The Angels used Street for the final outs, because that's his job. Street likes it that way -- if his team tried implementing a season-long, leverage-based philosophy, he'd be gone.

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Angels send Kubitza back to Triple-A

Angels send Kubitza back to Triple-A

ANAHEIM -- The Angels optioned third baseman Kyle Kubitza to Triple-A Salt Lake following Sunday's 3-2 win against the Mariners at Angel Stadium, with a corresponding move to come prior to Monday's series opener against the Yankees.

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Richards leads way as Angels edge Mariners

Richards leads way as Angels edge Mariners

ANAHEIM -- Garrett Richards allowed just two runs over 7 2/3 innings on Saturday as the Angels topped the Mariners, 4-2, with help from Kole Calhoun's two-run homer at Angel Stadium.

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Calhoun's homer sets tone for Richards

Calhoun's homer sets tone for Richards

ANAHEIM -- A two-run lead isn't much, but with the way the Angels' offense has struggled this season, early breathing room for a starting pitcher can feel bigger than it looks on the scoreboard.

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For Pujols and Trout, class is always in session

For Pujols and Trout, class is always in session

ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols was the first to spring off his perch on the Angels' dugout steps, just ahead of Mike Trout, who was just ahead of the rest of his teammates.

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Shoemaker gaining velocity as timing improves

Shoemaker gaining velocity as timing improves

ANAHEIM -- The timing of Matt Shoemaker's delivery was back in sync on Friday night, his work in the extra two days he had before his start paying off. The Angels' still-middling offense just couldn't back him up.

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Shoemaker takes hard-luck loss vs. Mariners

Shoemaker takes hard-luck loss vs. Mariners

ANAHEIM -- Taijuan Walker pitched seven innings of one-run ball and the Mariners' scuffling offense did just enough against the Angels' Matt Shoemaker to capture a 3-1 win at Angel Stadium on Friday night.

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