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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Angels to take time on naming first baseman

Angels to take time on naming first baseman

PHOENIX -- General manager Billy Eppler knows there will be tough roster decisions to make before Opening Day, particularly when it comes to first base.

After signing Luis Valbuena to a two-year, $15 million deal over the winter, the Angels have a surplus of corner infielders at their disposal. The resulting logjam means that there will be competition this spring between Valbuena and incumbent first baseman C.J. Cron for at-bats and playing time.

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Glove at first sight for Bailey and his mitts

Glove at first sight for Bailey and his mitts

TEMPE, Ariz. -- It was an exciting day at Angels camp for right-hander Andrew Bailey, who received his new gloves for the season on Glove Day from Wilson Sporting Goods representatives on Monday morning at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

"I got my new whips!" Bailey said.

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Maybin up for challenge as LF, tablesetter

Maybin up for challenge as LF, tablesetter

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Cameron Maybin will be adjusting to more than just a new team this spring.

Maybin, who was acquired from the Tigers in exchange for Minor League right-hander Victor Alcantara over the offseason, has spent most of his career as a center fielder but will now be charged with filling the Angels' void in left field.

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Carpino touts upgrades, on and off the field

Carpino touts upgrades, on and off the field

TEMPE, Ariz. -- It's Presidents Day and the Angels are less than a week away from starting Cactus League play, so what better time to check in with club president John Carpino?

Carpino has been the Angels' president since 2009 and oversees all aspects of business, sales, marketing and communications. To commemorate Presidents Day, MLB.com asked Carpino to share three messages to Angels fans for the upcoming season.

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Pujols happy with progression, ready to run

Angels veteran has had no setbacks in recovery from foot surgery

Pujols happy with progression, ready to run

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Albert Pujols said Sunday that he's pleased with the progress he's made since reporting to Angels camp last week.

"It's been really good," Pujols said. "No soreness at all afterwards. That's a good sign anytime you get to start hitting and being in the cage and then moving around and doing agility. I expect myself to probably get a little sore when I get on the field because it's a different movement than being on carpet or whatever. I don't think I'll have any setbacks."

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Meyer makes adjustment to avoid injury

Angels prospect will compete for rotation spot

Meyer makes adjustment to avoid injury

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Manager Mike Scioscia was asked Sunday if any pitcher had stood out to him during the previous week's bullpen sessions at Tempe Diablo Stadium. It didn't take him long to produce a name.

"I think Alex Meyer is a guy that worked very hard with [Minor League pitching coach] Matty Wise on some performance-based exercises that he's brought in," Scioscia said. "He looked really good, and we obviously want him to maintain it."

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Trout lands with personal, team goals in mind

Trout lands with personal, team goals in mind

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Trout may be a two-time American League Most Valuable Player Award winner and a five-time All-Star, but he's still looking for ways to improve his game.

The Angels' star center fielder arrived to Tempe Diablo Stadium on Saturday ahead of the club's first full-squad workout and said that one of his goals this season is to steal 40 bases. It's a threshold he hasn't reached since stealing 49 as a rookie in 2012.

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Moreno: Halos will stay at Angel Stadium through '29

Moreno: Halos will stay at Angel Stadium through '29

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Owner Arte Moreno said Saturday that the Angels will play out their current lease in Anaheim, a move that will keep the team at Angel Stadium through at least 2029.

The Angels could have opted out of their current lease in 2019, but attempts to secure a new ballpark elsewhere have so far proved unsuccessful. Moreno also believes it takes a minimum of three years to acquire another site due to environmental regulations in California.

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