Wednesday, March 31, 2010



Los Angeles Angels News Today
March 31st, 2010


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More from the AngelsWin.com Eddie Bane chat
23-year-old utility man PJ Phillips will miss most of the season with a collarbone injury caused by a collision in the outfield. Bane: “A shame because this great young man was really making strides in center.”

Kazmir’s shoulder passes the test, etc.
Left-hander Scott Kazmir threw 71 pitches over five innings and allowed one run on four hits as the Angels and Brewers played to a 1-1 tie Tuesday.

AL West roundtable preview set for today
Before we all leave Arizona behind and head to our various homes to start the season, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News has organized another live chat to preview the AL West in roundtable fashion. You should be able to follow this link to Evan’s blog to join on Wednesday morning at 11:30 (PT).

Local charity growing thanks to MLB support
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – "You're going to make me cry." Christine Shively sat on the couch in her office, thinking about how things have changed for her in the last year.


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Angels face changes at the top
Who's No. 1? Everything in due time. Heading into a 2010 season holding more question marks than most in recent seasons, the three-time reigning American League West champion Angels must find ways to replace No. 1 starter John Lackey and the No. 1 man in their batting order, Chone Figgins.

Angels' 2010 organization preview
Busy '09 Draft leaves club with good mix of arms, bats

Angels' 10 prospects to watch in 2010
Halos balance seasoned prospects with youth movement

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Bobby Wilson hopes to catch on
Angels catcher has performed well in spring training, but he might not make the roster and could end up with another club because he is...

Angels tie Brewers, 1-1, in spring game
Brandon Wood dropped a sacrifice bunt to advance two runners in the seventh inning, setting up a tying sacrifice fly by Michael Ryan. Scott Kazmir allowed one run and four hits in five innings.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010


By David Saltzer - AngelsWin.com Senior Writer


Since October 2009, the staff at AngelsWin.com has been putting in a lot of work behind the scenes.

See, in the past six months AngelsWin.com has been contacted by ESPN, FoxSports.com/Scout.com, The Japan Times, The Mainichi Daily News (a Japanese Newspaper), NBC News (local),  the MLB Network, the Orange County Register and USA Today to either directly provide Angels’ baseball content or to form a strategic partnership to cover the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

During our 2010 Spring Training Fanfest in Tempe, a group from AngelsWin.com gathered to discuss why so many professional news and media outlets were interested in getting our content and/or willing to partner up with us to be a part of their network. In our discussion, we concluded this interest primarily centered around three key aspects of AngelsWin.com: Our content, our community and our passion.

Without a doubt, AngelsWin.com provides unique and relevant content for Angels fans. We cover the Angels’ Major League team and the Angels’ minor league system. We cover the stars on the field and the stars in development. We provide in-depth interviews with players, coaches and key organizational personnel who are often overlooked or not covered by mainstream media outlets. We give a unique take on all that happens within the world of Angels baseball by focusing on the fans’ perspective. We are all baseball fans, but more importantly, we are all Angels fans.

As for our community, with thousands of registered members, Facebook friends and regular readers we could not ask for a better group of people to be a part of our site. Over the years, we have seen strong friendships form; we have seen people help total strangers because of their connection on AngelsWin.com; we have seen people sharing tickets and promotional items all because of their connection on Angelswin.com; we have seen people connect on a multitude of levels. In short, we have seen a true online community form through AngelsWin.com.

But our community is about much more than isolated events. Over the years, we have held our annual Spring Training Fanfests, where we have had more than 50 members attend games and meet special guests at Hail Mary's in Tempe. At our annual Midsummer Fanfests, we’ve had more than 100 members gather at the Big A to play softball, barbecue and tailgate before a game. What started off as mere casual get togethers have turned into formal and organized events, with our community constantly finding ways to improve and outdo the previous year’s events. For more on our 2010 Spring Training Fanfest, please click here. And to see what some of our members say about what the AngelsWin.com community means to them, please click here.

Finally, AngelsWin.com would not exist without our passion. All of our members do what we do because we are passionate about Angels baseball and because we are passionate about AngelsWin.com. While there are other sites that cover the Angels, only AngelsWin.com brings together so many diverse fans, all of whom are committed to watching one team. And with such a diverse, talented and wide ranging staff, AngelsWin.com is truly passionate about providing the best content on the Internet for the Angels.

So, where is AngelsWin.com going in 2010?

As we look forward to and plan for the upcoming season, AngelsWin.com has already formed some new partnerships. On Jan. 26, AngelsWin.com and the Orange County Register announced they have agreed upon a strategic partnership in which all the articles published on AngelsWin.com would appear simultaneously on the Orange County Register’s Website and vice versa.

AngelsWin.com maintains its strong relationship with AM 830 (KLAA) by providing content for the station's Website and publishing clips from Jeff Biggs’ show, The Drive. Additionally, Chuck Richter, founder of AngelsWin.com, will continue to do his segment called “The Richter Scale,” which was heard all season long on AM 830 in 2009, as Chuck will recap the Angels’ top-10 hot prospects for the week, this season via a podcast for all to stream or download.

Beyond that, though, AngelsWin.com is continuing to grow and evolve, but as we do so, we will not sacrifice our three core values: Our content, our community and our passion.

When AngelsWin.com claims to be the No. 1 fan site for the Angels on the Internet, we mean it. Over the coming season, we will be welcoming more writers and providing more content. We will be adding regular feature stories, fantasy baseball features, more interviews and more Angels coverage. Fans will see new writers and new guest columns. Yet, we will still maintain our regular features such as the Eddie Bane chats, the weekly Prospect Hotlist, our game summaries, etc.

We want to continue to provide unique, topical, relevant and interesting content that fans from all ages and all backgrounds will enjoy. We want to provide the kind of content for which hardcore fans clamor. We want to go beyond the “who” and the “what” of a story and provide the “how” and the “why.” In short, we want to continue to fill in the details that other media outlets do not address.

Additionally, we want to maintain our community of fans. Besides our annual fanfests, we will be providing more in-person gatherings and more group events. Already we have a group gathering for games at Chicago's Wrigley Field to attend the Angels’ first visit to that historic ballpark. We want to welcome fans — whether they just finished watching their first game or just finished watching their 1,000th — onto our forums to read, post and engage in dialogue. We want experts and novices to feel welcome on AngelsWin.com. When we say that AngelsWin.com is “of the fans, by the fans and for the fans,” we mean it.

Finally, we want to maintain our passion for Angels baseball and for AngelsWin.com. We truly seek to represent the "voice of the fans." We want fans to share their joy and love of the Angels and of baseball by talking about it on our site. We want fans who are unable to attend a game in person to join us in our Gameday chats and share in the joys and frustrations of the game. AngelsWin.com is a labor of love for many of us and we want you to love it as much as we do.

Over the course of 2010 you will notice some changes to our Website. We believe that in the long run these changes will improve the overall site without sacrificing our core values. We encourage you to participate in AngelsWin.com as much as you can and give feedback as you see fit. If you have a talent or expertise you can share, your contribution is welcomed. And always, if you have an opinion, voice it.

Most importantly, though, we want to encourage you to continue to be the awesome community that we know and love — the community that is AngelsWin.com.

Here's some AngelsWin.com members with their take on the website taken in Tempe, Arizona during the 2010 Spring Fanfest held at Hail Marys on March 6th.




Los Angeles Angels News Today
March 30th, 2010



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After the waiting, Wood's time has finally come
TEMPE, Ariz. - The waiting was the hardest part – maybe less so for Brandon Wood  than for the fans who saw him as the next great thing for so long they began to question it.

How does Angels' lineup compare to past opening days?
Angels' fans have waited to see Brandon Wood (above) in one of these. The fact that he will probably start the season as the team's No. 9 hitter speaks to the offensive depth Scioscia boasted off this spring.

Angels Mailbag: What do you want to know?
As the Angels wrap up spring training this week, it’s time for a final preseason edition of Angels Mailbag. Send your questions to my email — bplunkett@ocregister.com — and put ‘Angels Mailbag’ in the subject line.


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Pineiro outstanding as Halos romp
Joel Pineiro, coming off five scoreless innings in his previous start, didn't allow a hit until Podsednik and Ankiel produced a run with doubles in the sixth, ending his stretch of 10 straight scoreless rounds.

Pitching stability returns to Angels
At this time last spring, Angels manager Mike Scioscia was all but asking for volunteers from the stands as he tried to patch together a pitching staff.

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Joel Pineiro impresses with execution in Angels’ win
His sinking fastball is almost flawless as he gives up no hits in five innings against Kansas City. ‘He accomplished everything he wanted to accomplish,’ Manager Mike Scioscia says.


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Angels observations with a week to go
A week from today is Opening Night. A week from tomorrow is the best game of the year.


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Monday, March 29, 2010

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The LIVE Chat will begin at 3:00 p.m. PST today. Your questions will be queued up and answered accordingly. Make sure you read the other questions and answers so you don't ask the same question. They won't get posted to Eddie in the chat.

The focus will be on anything Angels prospects related as they head into the 2010 minor league season. Spring Training & minor league camp news, or any question about Eddie's job as a scouting director.


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 Los Angeles Angels News Today
March 29th, 2010


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Is Aybar ready to be Angels' new leading man?
TEMPE, Ariz. — Erick Aybar had never seen the prototype. The Angels' young infielder was standing on the field with teammates Chone Figgins, Howie Kendrick and Maicer Izturis one day early last season when Figgins started talking about great basestealers – including the all-time best, Rickey Henderson, arguably the best leadoff hitter in modern baseball history.

The Squeeze: Indians 15, Angels 5
The Indians had back-to-back six-run innings (fifth and sixth) on their way to a 15-5 victory over the Angels Sunday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Angels Mailbag: What do you want to know?
As the Angels wrap up spring training this week, it’s time for a final preseason edition of Angels Mailbag.


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Santana `right on time'
TEMPE, Ariz. -- After missing a rotation turn banging his elbow against a couch, inflaming the bursa sac, Angels right-hander Ervin Santana made up for lost time on Sunday.

Izturis, Kazmir see improvement Sunday
Angels infielder Maicer Izturis was feeling "much better, no problem" on Sunday after experiencing mid-back stiffness on Saturday swinging the bat and leaving the game against the Giants in the third inning. Scott Kazmir reported no stiffness - "all good, ready to go" - after unleashing a full-tilt power bullpen on Saturday.

Can Angels carry three catchers?
Decision day is fast approaching. Catcher Bobby Wilson and outfielder Terry Evans are out of Minor League options and can't be returned to Triple-A Salt Lake without the risk of losing them through waivers. Both almost certainly would be claimed.

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Angels have quite a setup
Scot Shields, Kevin Jepsen and Fernando Rodney all could be called upon to pitch in the eighth inning, depending on the situation.

Jered Weaver in line for Angels' opening-day start
Right-hander appears to be on schedule for the assignment, but Mike Scioscia is not tipping his hand yet.


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Sunday, March 28, 2010

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By David Saltzer - AngelsWin.com Senior Writer

How much would you pay to see the Angels play their Triple-A team from Salt Lake? $5? $10 at most? How often would you go to see the Angels beat up their Triple-A team? Once? Twice in a year? How much would the fans for Salt Lake pay to see their team lose consistently to the Angels?

Saturday, March 27, 2010




Los Angeles Angels News Today
March 27th, 2010


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The Squeeze: Giants 5, Angels 3
The Angels lost another spring game in the late innings The Giants scored three times in the eighth off Francisco Rodriguez (flashback, anyone?) and beat the Angels, 5-3, Friday at Scottsdale Stadium.

Weaver touched up in Triple-A game
Angels right-hander Jered Weaver went six innings and threw 82 pitches in a Triple-A game against Oakland A’s minor-leaguers this afternoon. But he also gave up three home runs in that time.

Former broadcast partner honoring Markas
Angels broadcaster Terry Smith has been quietly honoring his former partner, Rory Markas, this spring by wearing a small pin with Markas’ initials alongside his press credential each day.


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Reckling impressive in duel with Lincecum
Here was Trevor Reckling, 20 years old, just three years removed from a New Jersey high school campus, facing the San Francisco Giants and the great Tim Lincecum.

Abreu imparts wisdom to Angels hitters
Angels shortstop Erick Aybar, his spring interrupted by a right elbow strain that sidelined him for two weeks, has been searching for his timing and rhythm in the batter's box.

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Brandon Wood in no position to relax, Scioscia says
The manager says the young infielder will get ‘first crack’ at third base but bristles at the suggestion that the job is already clinched.

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Twins unveil their pitching plans
The Angels haven't made their rotation plans official, but there's not a whole lot of doubt at this point. The Minnesota Twins just made their plans known to the Angels.




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Friday, March 26, 2010


Los Angeles Angels News Today
March 26th, 2010

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The Squeeze: Angels 9, Rangers 6
The Angels have won two in a row for just the second time this spring after taking down the Texas Rangers  9-6 at Tempe Diablo Stadium Thursday.

Lunch and Lineups: Weaver sent to minors
…. but only for the day. Rather than take his regular turn against the Giants at Scottsdale Stadium today (with no DH), Jered Weaver will pitch for the Angels’ minor-leaguers against a group of A’s minor-leaguers instead. Mike Napoli will catch him and Scot Shields is also scheduled to pitch in that game.

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Angels collect 15 hits in win vs. Rangers
Kendry Morales and Howard Kendrick each singled and doubled and had two RBIs. Maicer Izturis stroked a two-run double, walked and stole a base. Hideki Matsui also doubled and singled.

Angels offense beginning to click
With Opening Day drawing nearer, manager Mike Scioscia, for the second day in a row, drew up a lineup on Thursday that could surface more than occasionally this season.

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Scott Kazmir is scratched from his start
Angels are taking no chances with the left-hander, who has tightness in his throwing shoulder but says it's not a cause for concern.

L.A. Times / FSW Angels spring training report
L.A. Times staff writer Mike DiGiovanna and Fox Sports' Jill Arrington report on the latest from Arizona.

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Aldridge's quest
Professional baseball players are hesitant to admit they're motivated by money, because people tend to label them as greedy. But aren't we all -- to a certain extent -- trying to carve out a comfortable living for ourselves and our families.



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ANGELS ANNOUNCE U.S. BANK “ANGELS KIDS GO BEYOND” PROGRAM

*For Immediate Release*

Anaheim, CA – The Angels along with U.S. Bank announced today an inaugural program that will honor local youth who have made a positive influence within their communities.  U.S. Bank Angels Kids Go Beyond winners will be invited to an Angels Sunday home game to be honored during a pre-game ceremony and will take the field with the Angels.

“This is a great opportunity for our organization to honor the tremendous young people in our community” team chairman Dennis Kuhl said. “It is inspiring to see our leaders of tomorrow making a significant impact today.”

To participate, children ages 5-18 must be nominated by their friends, family, teachers, parents or guardian at angelsbaseball.com in the Fan Forum section. All entries will be judged and scored based on creativity, achievements and goals of their efforts. U.S. Bank Angels Kids Go Beyond will honor select children throughout the season on select Sunday home games (April 25, June 27, August 1 & 15). 

For more information, log on to angelsbaseball.com or visit a local U.S. Bank branch.

--ANGELS--

Ryan Cavinder
Media Relations Representative


Wednesday, March 24, 2010



Have lunch with Mike Scioscia, Manager of the Angels, at a special “ESPN Lunch with a Legend” event at Morton’s The Steakhouse in Anaheim on Friday, April 9. ESPN 710 AM radio hosts - Andrew Siciliano and Mychal Thompson – will be broadcasting live from the event. Those who attend will be treated to legendary lunch, in addition to being a member of the live audience.

The cost is $50 per person (inclusive of tax and gratuity), but alcoholic beverages are extra. The menu is below. Doors open at 11:30am. For more information, visit www.mortons.com/anaheim, and to make reservations call the restaurant at: 714-621-0101

LUNCH MENU

Choice of Salad:
Caesar Salad, Classic Dressing
Morton's Salad, Chopped Egg and Anchovies with Morton's Blue Cheese Dressing

Choice of Entree:
Single Cut Filet Mignon served with Mashed Potatoes
Broiled Salmon Fillet served with Garlic Green Beans
Chicken Christopher served with Mashed Potatoes

Dessert:
Double Chocolate Mousse

Beverages:
Iced Tea, Soda, Coffee & Tea Service


Morton's The Steakhouse
1895 South Harbor Blvd. Anaheim, CA 92802
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Monday, March 22, 2010









WEEK FIVE -- 
March 22nd, 2010

My last journal entry of spring training and as it winds down, there is still lots of time to get at-bats and work in behind the plate. This week, several players got sent down to minor league camp, including myself, as we continue to get our work in. We also had the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes booster club come out and cook a fantastic barbecue for us on Saturday.

Some people don't know what the host family and booster club actually do throughout the year for the players to help accommodate them. When i was at Rancho Cucamonga in 2008, we would have road trips early in the morning and they would be out there just as early, providing us with breakfast and snacks and drinks for the trip. They also helped make my family and friends who attended games feel comfortable watching the games. Playing in Cedar Rapids and Rancho, I really do appreciate all the host families that welcomed us players into their homes as treated us as one of theirs for the year.

During spring training, players start to ponder with what team they might end up with. From my past experiences, the best way to handle spring training's conclusion is to just keep playing and practicing hard and try not to worry about where you might end up. Right now, my goals are to keep improving everyday, stay healthy and to be ready for the upcoming season.

With this being my last journal, I would like to thank Chuck and the AngelsWin.com family for allowing me to write a blog throughout spring training. I would also like to thank everyone who took the time to read the blog, as well. Good luck to everyone and here's hoping for a healthy and great season!

Hank Conger


Five Questions for Hank Conger from AngelsWin.com members

Q: AngelsWin.com — Thank you for the journals, Hank. Do you and the two Korean pitchers communicate in English, Korean or a combination of both? What is your recipe for Kalbi?

A: Hank Conger — We communicate both in English and Korean. I usually like to talk to them in Korean, so that i can brush up on my Korean. And as far as the recipe for Kalbi, you'll have to ask my mom for that. LOL.

Q: AngelsWin.com — Hank, thanks a bunch for your journals; we've really enjoyed them. What is the downright funniest line, comment or joke told in camp by Mike Scioscia or any of the other players that you feel comfortable sharing? Names can be changed to protect the guilty, if necessary.

A: Hank Conger —
My first camp, I got called out on my YouTube video, "Hank 4 Prez." It was a high school government project. One of the my buddies put it out and someone somehow found it.

Q: AngelsWin.com — From a fellow Huntington Beach High School alumnus (Sean Dodds). How important to you was the coaching at HBHS? How did it help prepare you for a pro career?

A: Hank Conger — The coaching at Huntington was huge for me. My coach, Benji Medure, taught me so much, both on and off the field. He always brought great energy to the field and helped me in every aspect of my game. For me, not only was he a great coach, he's a great friend and he knew how to separate them both. 

Q: AngelsWin.com — Do you ever look at the guys ahead of you (Jeff Mathis and Mike Napoli) and wonder if or when you will displace one of them? Taking the personalities and your relationship with both aside, when do you see yourself graduating to the (or a) Major League team; and do you ever think of the possibility of being traded?

A: Hank Conger — I never look at it that way. I try to always go into it worrying about improving myself and trying to find out what I need to do in order to make myself better. I feel that you should focus on things to make yourself better, instead of things that you cannot control, i.e. moving up, trades, etc.

Q: AngelsWin.com — What do you like to do for fun while you're in Tempe or on the road during the minor league season or at home?

A: Hank Conger — During spring training, the schedule is pretty rough, so whenever I have a chance I like to rest as much as possible. LOL. I like to catch up on movies, preferably comedies, and sitcoms. Some of the favorite ones are "Modern Family," "How I Met Your Mother" and "The Office." I also like to try and grab dinner with some of the teammates and talk about whatever.


Read Hank's WEEK ONE Journal here
Read Hank's WEEK TWO Journal here
Read Hank's WEEK THREE Journal here 
Read Hank's WEEK FOUR Journal here
 
This concludes Hank Conger's spring training journals


Interview conducted by David Saltzer, Angelswin.com Senior Columnist

On March 3, 2010, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim announced that Victor Rojas would be their new play-by-play announcer for all their games, Mark Gubicza’s partner for the TV broadcasts. Victor Rojas, formerly with the Major League Baseball Network and Texas Rangers radio broadcasts, is the son of Cookie Rojas, a former scout and manager for the Angels. AngelsWin.com recently had the opportunity to talk with and get to know Victor Rojas—the man whom fans will be seeing a lot of over the course of the 2010 season. After spending more than 45 minutes with Victor Rojas, we came away with two distinct impressions. First, Victor Rojas is a very approachable, humble man. He’s the kind of guy with whom we could imagine sitting down, watching a game, and talking baseball. Second, Angels’ fans everywhere are going to be in for something special this year in the broadcast booth.


Saturday, March 20, 2010



Click on the link below to watch Mike aka PercySquint give a shout out to AngelsWin.com and some of its members.

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Los Angeles Angels News Today
March 20th, 2010

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*Napoli’s throwing issues: Tag time? Glove to Glove? http://tinyurl.com/ydw3xj7

*Mariners’ Lee likely to miss start of season: http://tinyurl.com/ybud23f

*Former Angel Edmonds didn't plan on comeback: http://tinyurl.com/yagou6k

*The Squeeze: Angels 10, Brewers 5: http://tinyurl.com/yccvdpd


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*Pineiro feeling fine following scary collision: http://tinyurl.com/yds2qhk

*Willits given go-ahead to resume swinging: http://tinyurl.com/ycvzwdw

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*Bobby Wilson, Terry Evans are out of options and on the bubble: http://tinyurl.com/yjo34db

* VIDEO: L.A. Times / FSW Angels spring training report: http://tinyurl.com/yzdtylo

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*Offense starting to get healthy: http://tinyurl.com/yf8uq3o

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Los Angeles Angels News Today
March 19th, 2010
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*Analysis: A new look at every Angel: http://tinyurl.com/y93u7l4


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*Santana rounding into form for Halos: http://tinyurl.com/yzz3j5b

*Angels' title team leads All-Decade squad: http://tinyurl.com/yjxvvqv

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*Angels' Brian Fuentes wants his speed back: http://tinyurl.com/ya5uvn7

* Angels’ Ervin Santana feels good despite bad results: http://tinyurl.com/ylae4j6


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*Napoli and (far from) fine art of throwing: http://tinyurl.com/y9c2dx6

*Trevor Reckling makes his mark: http://tinyurl.com/y9wqg4j

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Los Angeles Angels News Today
March 18th, 2010


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*Bill Plunkett has a new mailbag. Send the Angels' beat writer a question: http://tinyurl.com/y92n9zd

*Angel lineup could have more power: http://tinyurl.com/yauwn56


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*Angels break ground on All-Star fields: http://tinyurl.com/yergzn8

*Izturis has more than utility value: http://tinyurl.com/yc34ueb

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*Angels pitcher Jered Weaver works on his two-seam fastball: http://tinyurl.com/yh4y25d

*Scot Shields takes ‘another positive step’ in return from knee surgery (video): http://tinyurl.com/ye3lmyd


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*Is Hideki Matsui an outfielder?: http://tinyurl.com/yl9swhv

*Angels trim seven more:  http://tinyurl.com/yb3r6tu

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010



Author Rob Goldman on behalf of AngelsWin.com interviews Angels announcer Terry Smith and Angels' beat writer Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.


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