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.

Robertson, Cron lead seventh-inning rally to down Tribe

Tropeano endures rough fourth inning, but minimizes damage

Robertson, Cron lead seventh-inning rally to down Tribe

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Daniel Robertson hit an RBI double and scored on C.J. Cron's sacrifice fly in the seventh, giving the Angels a one-run lead and paving the way for a 4-3 win over the Indians at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Wednesday.

The Angels have won five of their last six games.

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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. Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pujols goes deep again, but Heaney, bullpen roughed up

Angels slugger has three homers in five games; lefty allows four runs, eight hits in 4 2/3

Pujols goes deep again, but Heaney, bullpen roughed up

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Adam Rosales had a two-run double and Thomas Field had a three-run home run in a 10-run seventh inning that lifted the Rangers to a 15-8 win over the Angels on Tuesday afternoon at Surprise Stadium. Ed Lucas had a single and a double in the inning as well.

Rangers starter Nick Tepesch -- who is adding a slow curve to his arsenal -- went five innings and allowed three runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out one while throwing 67 pitches. Reigning American League MVP Mike Trout had a triple off him that led to two runs in the first and Albert Pujols had a long solo home run in the fourth.

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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. T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Consensus top pick Trout talks fantasy baseball

Consensus top pick Trout talks fantasy baseball

Mike Trout doesn't play fantasy baseball, but he certainly hears about it a lot. How could he not, as the consensus No. 1 pick in fantasy leagues throughout the country for three years running? Trout is a fantasy owner's dream. He racks up singles (321 from 2012-14), doubles (105), triples (26), homers (93), RBIs (291), runs (353) and stolen bases (98), all in one 23-year-old package that is widely considered the best all-around talent in the game.

An avid fantasy football player, Trout understands the passion and competition that fantasy leagues inspire. In advance of Opening Day, MLB sat down with the Angels' superstar center fielder to discuss the allure of fantasy sports and his critical place in the midst of it all.
 
MLB.com: The Angels have a pretty competitive fantasy football league every year. What's the draw of playing in a fantasy league?

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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.

Six years after crash, Wilhite happy to be around baseball

Lone survivor of car accident that killed Adenhart, two others is a testament to perseverance

Six years after crash, Wilhite happy to be around baseball

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The last out was made and a grueling, three-and-a-half-hour Spring Training game reached its bitter end late Tuesday afternoon. The Angels lost to the Rangers, 15-8, and now it was time to board the bus for a 40-mile drive back home through heavy rush-hour traffic.

Jon Wilhite was one of the first to burst out of the visiting dugout at Surprise Stadium, smiling ear to ear.

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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.

Ex-sporting goods salesman Rucinski may make Angels

Undrafted former independent ball pitcher impressing Scioscia this spring

Ex-sporting goods salesman Rucinski may make Angels

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Four years ago, Drew Rucinski went undrafted out of Ohio State University.

Three years ago, he was making $600 a month pitching in independent ball.

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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 broadcaster Mota talks upcoming season

Angels broadcaster Mota talks upcoming season

Jose Mota is paid to be an English and Spanish broadcaster for the Angels on Fox Sports West, but he's much more than that. Over the last 14 years, he's become an important link between the organization and its Latin American players.

When Vladimir Guerrero won the American League Most Valuable Player Award in 2004, he flew Mota to New York to help facilitate the language barrier at the Baseball Writers' Association of America banquet. When Bartolo Colon claimed the AL Cy Young Award the following season, Mota did the very same thing.

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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.

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Jim Callis

MLB Pipeline checks in from Angels camp

Versatile Featherston impresses; Green talks return from back injury

MLB Pipeline checks in from Angels camp

Every Spring Training, prospects get a chance to show what they can do as they prepare for the season ahead. Some are competing for jobs in big league camp, others are prepping for the season as they vie for spots at Minor League affiliates up and down a team's system. MLBPipeline.com will be visiting all 30 camps this spring. Today, we check in on the Los Angeles Angels.

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels pulled off a difficult feat in 2014. They won at the big league level, topping all teams with 98 victories, while also starting to rebuild their farm system.

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