Angels confident in ability to replicate offensive success

Angels confident in ability to replicate offensive success

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Here's a number that went overlooked for the Angels last season: Eight. That's the amount of hitters who finished with an above-average adjusted OPS. It encompassed every starting position player, making the Angels one of 40 teams in history to have eight guys with an OPS-plus over 100. In short, their lineup was deep. Plenty more than just Mike Trout.

And that brings us to perhaps the biggest question they face this season: Is the offense still elite?

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Scioscia expects 'big year' from Wilson after rough '14

Manager says lefty's issues have been resolved

Scioscia expects 'big year' from Wilson after rough '14

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday he's expecting a bounce-back season from left-hander C.J. Wilson.

Wilson has pitched well in Spring Training, posting a 2.31 ERA over three Cactus League starts. That's a good sign for the Angels heading into the season. Wilson is coming off his worst year as a Major League starter, going 13-10 with a 4.51 ERA in 2014.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Alvarez appears to have landed long-man role

Primarily a starter, Angels lefty may be used in variety of 'pen roles

Alvarez appears to have landed long-man role

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels left-hander Jose Alvarez was willing to do whatever it took to make the Angels' Opening Day roster, and it appears he's earned a spot as a long reliever.

Alvarez had primarily been a starter, but has made an adjustment to the bullpen in Spring Training.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Quantifying Trout's importance to Halos no easy task

Quantifying Trout's importance to Halos no easy task

TEMPE, Ariz. -- It's a simple question, without a simple answer: What does Mike Trout mean to the Angels?

Jerry Dipoto, the club's general manager, laughed at the thought.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Eyeing extension, Street focused on winning

Status of Hamilton could impact potential deal

Eyeing extension, Street focused on winning

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Opening Day is only a week away, and veteran closer Huston Street is still hopeful of getting an extension done with the Angels.

The feeling is apparently mutual, but the Angels could be in a holding pattern while awaiting word from Major League Baseball on a potential suspension for Josh Hamilton. Players aren't paid while suspended, and a suspension for Hamilton -- slated to make $23 million in 2015 -- could greatly impact the Angels' financial situation.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Joyce goes yard, but Tropeano's bad inning too much

Angels pitching prospect has three-run fourth inning

Joyce goes yard, but Tropeano's bad inning too much

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Young right-hander Taijuan Walker continued his dominant spring for the Mariners by allowing just one run over seven innings and catcher Mike Zunino hit his seventh home run as Seattle beat the Angels, 5-3, on Monday at Peoria Stadium.

Walker, 22, allowed his first run in six Cactus League starts on a second-inning blast by Angels left fielder Matt Joyce, but closed out his day by recording 18 straight outs. He gave up three hits with no walks and five strikeouts, putting his spring ERA at 0.36 with nine hits, four walks and 24 strikeouts in 25 innings. Angels right-hander Nick Tropeano allowed four runs on seven hits in six-plus innings to put his Cactus League ERA at 4.41.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

In second-base race, signs point to Giavotella

Angels could open season with eight-man bullpen

In second-base race, signs point to Giavotella

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia won't say so definitely, but chances are that Monday's Spring Training lineup against the Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex is the same one he'll roll out for Opening Day against the Mariners at Safeco Field in seven days.

Yes, that includes Johnny Giavotella, who seems to have locked down the job as the everyday second baseman -- even though he doesn't want to get ahead of himself.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Heaney once again felled by bad inning

Angels top prospect disappointed by spring performances

Heaney once again felled by bad inning

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Andrew Heaney doesn't consider his first Spring Training with the Angels a success.

The left-hander and club's top prospect, according to MLB.com, struggled again in Sunday's 8-6 loss to the Reds at Tempe Diablo Stadium. He allowed six runs on eight hits in five-plus innings.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cron goes deep but Heaney struggles in loss

Angels top prospect felled by rough third inning

Cron goes deep but Heaney struggles in loss

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Chris Dominguez hit a three-run home run and Brennan Boesch went 2-for-5 as the Reds beat the Angels, 8-6, on Sunday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Cincinnati's Jason Marquis continued his solid spring, working six innings with three earned runs and three strikeouts. Angels starter Andrew Heaney, the club's  No. 1 prospect per MLB.com, was once again burned by a big inning.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Scioscia: Angels 'likely' to begin year with four starters

Pitching prospects Heaney, Tropeano could start in Minors

Scioscia: Angels 'likely' to begin year with four starters

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Manager Mike Scioscia said Sunday the Angels "most likely" will begin the season with 12 pitchers and four starters.

The four expected starters are right-handers Jered Weaver and Matt Shoemaker and lefties C.J. Wilson and Hector Santiago, while righty Garrett Richards continues to recover from knee surgery.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Despite encouraging results, Angels won't rush Richards

Scioscia sticking with starter's initial timetable even after strong outing

Despite encouraging results, Angels won't rush Richards

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Garrett Richards' outing Saturday made the young right-hander giddy, raising the question if his 2015 debut could come sooner than planned.

The answer is no, as far as Angels manager Mike Scioscia is concerned.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Bernie Pleskoff

Featherston brings solid bat, versatility to Angels

Featherston brings solid bat, versatility to Angels

When the Los Angeles Angels traded second baseman Howie Kendrick to the Dodgers, it opened up a position that Kendrick had played since he appeared in 86 games in 2007. When I watched the Angels in Spring Training, the infield looked totally different without Kendrick playing second base.

At 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, right-handed-hitting Taylor Featherston is one of the candidates to replace Kendrick. While it's a huge order, Featherston has a nice mix of tools that could bode well for his new club.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trout puts on a show with glove and bat vs. Dodgers

Angels center fielder homers and Aybar tacks on with long ball of his own

Trout puts on a show with glove and bat vs. Dodgers

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Joc Pederson and Alex Guerrero each homered as the Dodgers beat the Angels, 5-4, on Saturday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Erick Aybar and Mike Trout homered for the Angels, who out-hit their Los Angeles counterparts, 11-9, but couldn't sustain a rally.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lindstrom can't secure a spot in Angels bullpen, gets released

Veteran hopes to catch on with another club before Opening Day

Lindstrom can't secure a spot in Angels bullpen, gets released

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Matt Lindstrom experienced a not-so-pleasant milestone Saturday morning when the veteran right-hander was released by the Angels.

Lindstrom, 35, signed a Minor League contract that included an opt-out deadline of Tuesday, March 31, if he wasn't on the active roster. It was the first time Lindstrom, who has a 3.68 ERA in 469 career starts, has been released.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Richards enthused after successful Minor League start

Angels pitcher gains confidence as rehab takes major step forward

Richards enthused after successful Minor League start

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Garrett Richards stood outside the Angels' clubhouse beaming.

The right-hander had just finished throwing his second Minor League game of the spring, and the line looked good: five innings, one hit, no runs and five strikeouts, with 47 strikes out of 69 pitches.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cuban Baldoquin brings plenty of promise to Angels

Shortstop prospect has impressed with work ethic, attitude since defecting last year

Cuban Baldoquin brings plenty of promise to Angels

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Maybe one day, when enough time has passed and the wound isn't so fresh, Roberto Baldoquin will share his escape story, because every Cuban defector has one. Thursday just wasn't that day. He was still settling in, to life as an Angels prospect, to baseball in the United States and to the logistics that come with it all.

Baldoquin was still trying to create some distance.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wilson battles through early rough spot vs. D-backs

Wilson battles through early rough spot vs. D-backs

TEMPE, Ariz. -- C.J. Wilson pitched through a nightmarish second inning and Mark Trumbo went 1-for-3 in his first game against his former team as the D-backs beat the Angels, 7-2, at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Friday.

The D-backs sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the second inning. Seven of them reached based and five of them scored, but only two -- Trumbo and A.J. Pollock -- actually hit the ball hard against Wilson. There was a walk, an infield single, errors by shortstop Erick Aybar and third baseman Kyle Kubitza and a fly ball that fell between Efren Navarro and Josh Rutledge in shallow right field.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Healthy Pujols is in vintage form this spring

Healthy Pujols is in vintage form this spring

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Albert Pujols has never really had a bad Spring Training. He's hit at least .286 and as high as .407 over the last 10 springs, because he always shows up in shape and it never takes him long to find his timing.

He just seems, well, different this spring.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels' new photography intern is C.J. Wilson

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Angels' new photography intern is C.J. Wilson

Angels team photographer Matt Brown had a new intern on Thursday.

His name was Chris -- "Chris Wilson" -- and he brought his own gear.

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Wilson takes Angel Stadium banner removal in stride

Wilson takes Angel Stadium banner removal in stride

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Six players make up the giant photos that grace the Home Plate Gate of Angel Stadium every year, presumably an indication of the players considered faces of the franchise.

Since the end of last season, three players have been removed. One of them, Howie Kendrick, now plays for the Dodgers. Another, Josh Hamilton, is facing a potential suspension from Major League Baseball.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pujols, Cron flex muscle behind Weaver

Right-hander strikes out eight batters in 5 1/3 innings of penultimate start

Pujols, Cron flex muscle behind Weaver

MESA, Ariz. -- Albert Pujols belted a three-run homer and an RBI double and C.J. Cron added a two-run triple to back Jered Weaver and lift the Angels to a 8-4 victory on Thursday over the Cubs. Weaver, expected to be the Angels' Opening Day starter, struck out eight over 5 1/3 innings.

Mike Olt belted a two-run homer in the fourth and pinch-hitter Travis Wood smacked a solo shot in the fifth for the Cubs, who rank second in the Majors with 32 home runs this spring.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Richards' progress can dictate shape of rotation

Angels may go with extra bullpen arm while waiting on right-hander's return

Richards' progress can dictate shape of rotation

MESA, Ariz. -- The competition for the fifth spot in the Angels' rotation could have very little to do with how the candidates perform and everything to do with how Garrett Richards' rehab progresses.

The key date here is April 14.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Calhoun leaves game with bruised right triceps

Outfielder hit by pitch early, exit likely a precautionary move

Calhoun leaves game with bruised right triceps

MESA, Ariz. -- Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun exited Thursday's game early with a bruised right triceps muscle, a product of a first-inning hit by pitch and seemingly a precautionary move.

Calhoun took a fastball to the area by Cubs lefty Eric Jokisch while leading off the game at Sloan Park. He then slid hard into second base while trying to break up a double play, played a half-inning in the outfield and left the facility, with a trainer by his side, in the middle of the second inning.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Time running out for Lindstrom to make club

Veteran reliever would become free agent if he does not make roster

Time running out for Lindstrom to make club

MESA, Ariz. -- Decision time on Matt Lindstrom is five days away, at most.

By Tuesday, Lindstrom will either be a part of the Angels' bullpen or join the free-agent market all over again. The 35-year-old right-hander was signed to a Minor League contract and can opt out if he isn't placed on the active roster five days before Opening Day.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fantastic Four: Competition at 2B wages on

Giavotella, Featherston, Green and Rutledge all making solid cases for Angels job

Fantastic Four: Competition at 2B wages on

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Position battles are as intertwined into the fabric of Spring Training as much as the fun-loving, laid-back atmosphere that descends on Arizona and Florida each March. Usually, a frontrunner emerges in the race for the right to take the field in the first inning on Opening Day.

Not the case for the Angels, where the four-way battle for the starting spot at second base is still as murky as the day Spring Training began.

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Nick Krueger is a junior majoring in journalism at Arizona State University. This story is part of a Cactus League partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

Jump for Joyce: New face helping Angels fill void

Opportunity knocks for offseason addition in face of Hamilton's uncertain status

Jump for Joyce: New face helping Angels fill void

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Here's the thing about the Angels.

They aren't preparing for life after Josh Hamilton. They're merely preparing to do the best they can until he gets back, whenever that is.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels may start season without a fifth starter

Candidates for final rotation spot have made decision a tough one

Angels may start season without a fifth starter

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels' fifth starter to begin the season could be Andrew Heaney, Nick Tropeano, one of the less-heralded players remaining in camp, or nobody.

Opening Day is less than two weeks away and several options remain on the table, at least publicly.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.