Marte clutch for Angels; Cron homers early

Marte clutch for Angels; Cron homers early

MESA, Ariz. -- C.J. Cron and Michael Hermosillo each hit solo homers, while Jefry Marte drove in a pair with a go-ahead two-out single in a four-run sixth inning to lift the Angels to a 7-5 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday at Sloan Park.

Addison Russell is on a roll. The Cubs shortstop hit his second homer in two games, launching a three-run shot to center in the third inning.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.



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Thaiss learning ropes in Major League camp

Angels prospect making switch from catcher to first base

Thaiss learning ropes in Major League camp

TEMPE, Ariz. -- It's been less than a year since the Angels selected Matt Thaiss in the first round of the 2016 Draft. Over that time frame, Thaiss has already experienced his first professional season, a position switch and Angels instructional league. Now, he is soaking in his first Major League camp.

"It's definitely a cool experience, getting to learn from guys this year," said Thaiss, who picked up his first hit of the spring on Tuesday when he singled in the ninth inning of the Angels' 7-5 win over the Cubs.

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Banuelos focused on good health with Angels

Banuelos focused on good health with Angels

MESA, Ariz. -- Left-hander Manny Banuelos returned to the mound for the first time in seven months on Tuesday when he started the Angels' 7-5 win over the Cubs at Sloan Park.

Banuelos, who walked three over two hitless innings, signed a Minor League deal in August, but he did not pitch for the rest of the 2016 season while recovering from bone spurs in his elbow. While Banuelos acknowledged that his command needs to be sharper, he said he was simply grateful to finally be healthy after dealing with various arm injuries over the last few years.

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trout happy for live game action on Monday

Reigning AL MVP sets 40-steal goal for upcoming regular season

Trout happy for live game action on Monday

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Trout made his spring debut for the Angels on Monday, drawing a pair of walks in the Halos' 5-3 win over the Padres at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

"It was good," said Trout, who also played five innings in center field and batted third. "Finally, it's good to be out there, seeing live pitching and just being out there with your guys. It was obviously a long offseason. I come into spring ready to play."

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Angels have two No. 97s, may be cloning players

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Angels have two No. 97s, may be cloning players

What do you do if you have a solid, up-and-coming prospect in your farm system? Do you trade him away for an experienced veteran? Do you play him every day, hoping that he alone can bring your franchise a World Series championship? 

No, that's silly. Any forward-thinking GM would just keep cloning the player and build an army of young, tireless talent that takes them through the postseason.

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Trout walks twice; Calhoun, Maybin get RBIs

Trout walks twice; Calhoun, Maybin get RBIs

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Infielder Kaleb Cowart's go-ahead RBI double in the seventh inning lifted the Angels to a 5-3 win over the Padres on Monday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Angels newcomers Danny Espinosa and Cameron Maybin -- acquired in offseason trades to fill holes at second base and left field, respectively -- both chipped in to help Los Angeles improve to 3-0 this spring. Espinosa contributed an RBI single in the fourth, while Maybin drew a walk and scored in the same inning.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Scioscia gets preview of everyday lineup

Scioscia gets preview of everyday lineup

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels played nearly all their regulars for the first time this spring in Monday's 5-3 win over the Padres, offering an initial glimpse at manager Mike Scioscia's preferred starting lineup this season.

Here's the batting order the Angels debuted: Third baseman Yunel Escobar, right fielder Kole Calhoun, center fielder Mike Trout, first baseman Luis Valbuena, designated hitter C.J. Cron, left fielder Cameron Maybin, second baseman Danny Espinosa, catcher Carlos Perez and shortstop Andrelton Simmons.

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Revere, Valbuena make impact against A's

Revere, Valbuena make impact against A's

MESA, Ariz. -- Outfielder Ryan LaMarre's tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh inning propelled the Angels to a 5-3 Cactus League victory over the A's at Hohokam Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Outfielder Ben Revere and third baseman Luis Valbuena -- who signed with the Angels this offseason -- chipped in with RBI doubles to help Los Angeles secure its second win in as many tries.

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Norris tests new windup in first spring start

Norris tests new windup in first spring start

MESA, Ariz. -- Right-hander Bud Norris debuted a new delivery Sunday while making his first start of the spring in the Angels' 5-3 win over the A's at Hohokam Stadium.

Norris, who is in the running for the fifth spot in the Angels' rotation, needed 40 pitches to get through 1 2/3 innings, but he said he was more focused on working on his mechanics. The 31-year-old veteran said his windup now features an anchored right foot, which he hopes will help with his consistency and direction to home plate. Norris said he used to rock back before planting his foot and initiating his delivery.

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Middleton on the rise since switch to relief

Hard-throwing prospect could join Halos' bullpen this year

Middleton on the rise since switch to relief

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Keynan Middleton didn't think he could do it. His fastball velocity had been creeping up into the upper 90s, but as hard as he tried, he could never seem to crack triple digits.

"I was telling all the guys in Double-A, I can't do it," Middleton said Sunday. "I'm throwing every pitch as hard as I can, and I can't do it."

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Petit sharp in 2-inning start for Angels

Roster hopeful also preparing to join Venezuela in Classic

Petit sharp in 2-inning start for Angels

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Right-hander Yusmeiro Petit took the mound Saturday at Tempe Diablo Stadium with two key objectives in mind: Make a strong initial case for a spot on the Angels' pitching staff and continue his preparation for the World Baseball Classic.

Petit accomplished both by breezing through two innings in the Angels' 2-0 win over the Brewers in their Cactus League opener. The 32-year-old veteran gave up one hit and struck out two, jumpstarting a combined four-hit shutout of Milwaukee.

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Valbuena works walk as DH in Angels debut

Valbuena works walk as DH in Angels debut

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Infielder Luis Valbuena made his Angels debut Saturday, going 0-for-2 with a walk as the Halos blanked the Brewers, 2-0, in their Cactus League opener at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Valbuena, who signed a two-year, $15 million deal over the offseason, served as the designated hitter before being replaced by pinch-hitter Taylor Ward in the eighth.

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Pitching sets tone as Angels blank Brewers

Pitching sets tone as Angels blank Brewers

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Yusmeiro Petit pitched two innings and Ben Revere produced an RBI single to help lead the Angels to a 2-0 win over the Brewers on Saturday afternoon at Tempe Diablo Stadium in the Cactus League opener for both teams.

Revere opened the scoring by legging out an infield single off Brewers bullpen hopeful Joba Chamberlain to score Kaleb Cowart from third in the bottom of the third inning.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Barry M. Bloom

Trout considers suiting up for '21 Classic

Angels star will watch this year's event, excited for Team USA's chances

Trout considers suiting up for '21 Classic

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Trout said Friday morning that though he's not playing for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic because of personal reasons, he very well could participate the next time around in the 2021 tournament.

Trout will be 29 by then and a 10-year veteran.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Opening spring slate, Angels resting regulars

Pujols, Trout and rotation candidates won't see action

Opening spring slate, Angels resting regulars

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels open their Cactus League season Saturday against the Brewers at Tempe Diablo Stadium with this theme elucidated by veteran manager Mike Scioscia:

"We have a lot of work to do," he said as his team took the field to work out after a lengthy clubhouse meeting Friday morning.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Breaking down the Angels' Top 30 list

More than half of the Halos' prospects could hit the bigs by 2018

Breaking down the Angels' Top 30 list

Since Billy Eppler took over as Angels general manager in October 2015, it's been clear he will try to acquire talent in any way, shape or form. This year's Top 30 Prospects list is reflective of those efforts.

While the Draft is still by far the organization's No. 1 avenue for talent acquisition, there are members of this year's Top 30 who came to the Angels via Minor League trades, waiver claims and even Minor League free agents. Most of those have been arms, with the Angels picking up pitchers with good, often raw, stuff, who could turn into intriguing pieces after some polish.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ackley working to be ready by Opening Day

Angels' non-roster invitee rehabbing right shoulder

Ackley working to be ready by Opening Day

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Dustin Ackley is in Angels camp as a non-roster invitee, still rehabbing the right shoulder he had surgically repaired after injuring it last season with the Yankees.

He's not close to being ready to play in games and has opt-out clauses in his Minor League deal if he doesn't make the team.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

With down season in past, Revere hopes to rebound

Veteran will serve as fourth outfielder, provide speed

With down season in past, Revere hopes to rebound

TEMPE, Ariz. -- On his first swing of Opening Day last year, Ben Revere swung hard at a slider from Braves ace Julio Teheran and felt something on his right side. Revere initially dismissed the discomfort as a cramp, but it continued to bother him. The pain only intensified after he fouled off a fastball in his next at-bat, forcing him to exit the game early.

An MRI revealed that Revere, then with the Nationals, had torn his right oblique, which caused some internal bleeding and landed the veteran outfielder on the disabled list. Revere received a platelet-rich plasma injection, and rested for 14 days before returning to action.

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Simmons to see game action before leaving for Classic

Shortstop leaves camp Tuesday to represent the Netherlands

Simmons to see game action before leaving for Classic

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Shortstop Andrelton Simmons will play in the first game of the Cactus League season on Saturday when the Angels host the Brewers at Tempe Diablo Stadium in their spring opener.

Simmons will see game action earlier than most Angels regulars because he is slated to leave camp on Tuesday to represent the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

No concerns following Shoemaker's live BP

Righty faces hitters for first time since being struck in head by liner

No concerns following Shoemaker's live BP

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker reached a key personal milestone Wednesday, facing live hitters for the first time since being struck on the head by a line drive in September.

Shoemaker, who opted to throw without a screen, faced five batters during live batting practice on the back fields near Tempe Diablo Stadium and said afterward that the session was "awesome."

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Phil Rogers

AL-inclusive: Everyone has eyes on West title

AL-inclusive: Everyone has eyes on West title

PHOENIX -- Jerry Dipoto knows that the Astros are favored to win the American League West, and if baseball analysts aren't talking about Jose Altuve's budding powerhouse, they're focused on the Rangers. Why not? They've won the AL West two years in a row.

Dipoto hides his confidence with a sheepish grin.

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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.

Bedrosian out a few days after groin tweak

Bedrosian out a few days after groin tweak

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels reliever Cam Bedrosian is dealing with lower-body stiffness and is expected to refrain from throwing the next couple days.

Bedrosian said he tweaked his groin during pitchers fielding practice Tuesday, but he doesn't believe the injury is anything serious.

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Chavez sees plus, minus to IBB change

Veteran pitcher offers his thoughts on time-saving measure

Chavez sees plus, minus to IBB change

TEMPE, Ariz. -- As part of its ongoing efforts to quicken the pace of play, Major League Baseball has implemented a rule change this season that will eliminate the four-pitch intentional walk and replace it with a dugout signal.

The new rule has been met with mixed feelings across Major League Baseball, including within the Angels' clubhouse.

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Simmons gearing up for 2017 Classic

Simmons gearing up for 2017 Classic

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Four years ago, Angels infielder Andrelton Simmons played a pivotal role in helping the Netherlands reach the semifinals of the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Simmons, a native of Curacao, started at shortstop and hit .333 with two home runs, three doubles and six RBIs in eight games, an effort that helped the Netherlands secure its best finish in the tournament.

Next week, Simmons will depart for Seoul to represent the Netherlands in his second career World Baseball Classic. He'll join a loaded infield that will also feature the Yankees' Didi Gregorius, the Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts, the Orioles' Jonathan Schoop and the Rangers' Jurickson Profar, many of whom are childhood friends of Simmons.

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Enjoy two World Series HRs from GCU's Tim Salmon

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Enjoy two World Series HRs from GCU's Tim Salmon

At 3:10 p.m. ET, the first pitch of 2017 will be thrown when the D-backs take on Grand Canyon University. Sure, it won't count in the standings, and there's only one Major League team taking part, but there will be pitchers, batters, and a bevy of relievers (it is still February, after all) getting their very first game action of the year. 

GCU may not be the largest exporter of Major League talent, but the school has produced 24 Major Leaguers. Most notable is the Angels' all-time home run leader: Tim Salmon. 

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