San Diego Padres (68-81, fourth in the NL West) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (80-69, third in the NL Central)
Milwaukee; Monday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Padres: Garrett Richards (0-0,...
Reliever Aaron Loup, Padres agree to $1.4M, 1-year deal
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Left-hander Aaron Loup and the San Diego Padres have agreed to a one-year contract that guarantees $1.4 million, a deal that includes a team option for 2020.
Loup gets a $1.2 million salary this year under the agreement announced Sunday. San Diego's option is for $2 million with a $200,000 buyout.
He can earn an additional $800,000 annually in performance bonuses based on appearances.
Garret Richards, Padres finalize $15.5M, 2-year contract
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Free agent pitcher Garrett Richards and the San Diego Padres have finalized a $15.5 million, two-year contract.
Richards will earn $7 million next year and $8.5 million in 2020 as part of the deal announced Friday. He can earn an additional $2.5 million annually in performance bonuses: $250,000 for each start from 21 through 30.
Coming off elbow surgery, Richards says he’s joining Padres
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Free agent pitcher Garrett Richards says on Twitter that he's joining the rebuilding San Diego Padres.
Multiple reports indicate the right-hander has agreed to a two-year contract worth about $15 million. Richards had reconstructive elbow surgery in July while with the Los Angeles Angels.
Neither the Padres nor Richards' agency would confirm the deal Thursday night.
The move apparently is with an eye toward 2020, when the Padres expect to be competitive.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels placed pitcher Garrett Richards on the 10-day disabled list due to ulnar collateral ligament damage in his right elbow.
General manager Billy Eppler said before Wednesday's game against Seattle that options to treat the injury will be decided on at a later date. Eppler said Richards would decide on "conservative care" or season-ending Tommy John surgery.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — After a big game with the bats, the Los Angeles Angels went home worried about one of their most important arms.
Kole Calhoun and Andrelton Simmons each had three of Los Angeles' 15 hits Tuesday night, but starting pitcher Garrett Richards left in the third inning of a 9-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners because of irritation in his right forearm.
SEATTLE (AP) — Kole Calhoun has come a long way since getting a needed break on the disabled list last month, and Garrett Richards looked pretty sharp after his own DL stint.
Calhoun hit a two-run homer, Richards pitched effectively into the sixth inning and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Mariners 7-4 on Wednesday to snap Seattle's eight-game winning streak.
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels lost four more players to the disabled list Friday, putting the club's total at a franchise-record 15 players on the DL at one time.
Infielder Zack Cozart went on the DL with a partially dislocated left shoulder, while right-hander Jim Johnson has a lower back strain; right-hander Garrett Richards is nursing a strained left hamstring; and right-hander Nick Tropeano has inflammation in his pitching shoulder.
Tanaka pitches Yankees past Angels 3-1
NEW YORK (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka pitched six sharp innings and struck out Japanese countryman Shohei Ohtani twice as the New York Yankees defeated the Los Angeles Angels 3-1 Sunday.
Brett Gardner had three hits for New York, which won five of six against the Angels this season.
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Mike Trout tries to homer in his fourth straight game when the Los Angeles Angels play their series finale at Yankee Stadium. The two-time MVP is coming off his first career game with four extra-base hits — and first five-hit performance — on Saturday night. He will face New York righty Masahiro Tanaka (5-2, 4.95 ERA), who has a 1.60 ERA in five lifetime starts against the Angels.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — It took a milestone hit by Albert Pujols to give the Los Angeles Angels their first lead of the week.
Pujols drove a go-ahead, two-run homer into the seats in right-center in the sixth inning for career hit No. 2,992 and the Angels beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Saturday night to snap an ugly four-game losing streak.
Ohtani homers as Angels pound Indians 13-2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit his first major league home run in his first Angel Stadium at-bat, helping the Los Angeles Angels beat the Cleveland Indians 13-2 on Tuesday night.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Sure, Garrett Richards realizes his luck has been pretty bad the past couple of seasons when it comes to injuries.
He's not interested in dwelling on all the time he missed, all the countless hours of rehab that seemed as if they'd never end, rather turning his attention to what he can do to help the Los Angeles Angels now that he's healthy at last.
Angels reach deal with Richards, other arbitration eligibles
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pitchers Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs and Matt Shoemaker agreed to one-year deals with the Los Angeles Angels along with the team's other seven arbitration-eligible players.
Angels re-sign Andrew Heaney to $800K, 1-year deal
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Left-hander Andrew Heaney has agreed to an $800,000, one-year deal to return to the Los Angeles Angels.
The parties avoided arbitration with Tuesday's deal. Heaney gets a raise from the $543,000 he made last year.
Gallo blast helps Rangers to win over Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Joey Gallo wasn't sure how far he'd hit his monster home run Sunday, but he knew he hit it good.
All 490 feet of it, according to Statcast. Gallo's second inning solo home run —- his 38th of the season, combined with a solid effort from Miguel Gonzalez led the Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Angels on Sunday.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — JC Ramirez intrigued the Los Angeles Angels as a possible starter if the need ever arose.
It's more than intrigue now.
Ramirez got his first win as a starter on the right-hander's fourth try after 111 career relief appearances, and Jefry Marte homered and hit a tiebreaking, two-run single to help the Angels beat the Texas Rangers 5-2 on Sunday.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have moved right-hander Garrett Richards to the 60-day disabled list with a strained right biceps.
Richards missed most of last season with a partially torn elbow ligament, but chose rest and stem-cell injections over Tommy John surgery. He made it through spring training solidly, but left his season-opening start at Oakland in the fifth inning with pain in his arm.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels placed right-hander Garrett Richards on the 10-day disabled list Friday with a strained right biceps.
Richards and the Angels are cautiously confident the injury isn't a sign of something bigger.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have placed right-hander Garrett Richards on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right biceps.
The Angels also recalled reliever Mike Morin on Friday before their home opener.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia is cautiously confident Richards' injury isn't a sign of something bigger. Richards missed most of last season with a partially torn elbow ligament, but unusually chose rest and stem-cell injections over Tommy John surgery.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Garrett Richards felt some cramping in his biceps, as if someone had punched him in his pitching arm.
The Los Angeles Angels are taking no chances after going without him most of last season, yet manager Mike Scioscia still hopes the right-hander can make his next start.
Projected record: 80-82Projected run differential: -5The projection systems don't like the Angels' chances at taking advantage of Mike Trout's prime with a return to the postseason. The team added low-cost pieces in Cameron Maybin, Danny Espinosa and Martin Maldonado, all of whom should be upgrades over last year's cast. Still, only Trout, Kole Calhoun and Andrelton Simmons project to be above-average everyday players, meaning the team has little margin for error offensively.The biggest reason the Angels struggled so much in 2016, though, was pitching. Full seasons from Garrett Richards, Matt Shoemaker and Tyler Skaggs would go a long way in improving Los Angeles' chances, and Ricky Nolasco should be a serviceable No. 4 starter. But the team's bullpen projects to be among the league's worst. Put it all together, and nearly everything would have to break right for the Angels to make a run at the division title.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Tommy John surgery might not need to be the answer for pitchers who blow out their elbows. That's what Garrett Richards is hoping.
The righty who might be the Los Angeles Angels' top starter made his first start this spring on Sunday, earning high-fives from his teammates after sailing through a scoreless first inning against Cincinnati. The Reds touched him up for four singles and three runs in the second.
Angels’ Richards confident in comeback without Tommy John
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — When doctors found a partial tear in Garrett Richards' elbow ligament early last season, the Los Angeles Angels' ace immediately assumed he had lost two years of his pitching career.
Richards grimly figured Tommy John surgery was inevitable.
"When I came in that Monday, I walked into the training room and (said), 'Hey, let's schedule this thing as soon as possible, and that way I can get back as soon as possible,'" Richards recalled Thursday.
Angels avoid arbitration, reach deals with 5 players
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have avoided salary arbitration this year, reaching deals new second baseman Danny Espinosa and four other players Friday.
The Angels also settled on one-year contracts with right fielder Kole Calhoun, catcher Martin Maldonado and right-handed starters Garrett Richards and Matt Shoemaker.
RHP Chavez can earn $2.5M in starts bonuses with Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Right-hander Jesse Chavez can earn up to $2.5 million in bonuses based on starts in his deal with the Los Angeles Angels.
Chavez has a $5.75 million salary under the agreement announced Friday. He would earn $100,000 each for 10, 12 and 14 starts, $150,000 apiece for 16 and 18, $200,000 for 20, $250,000 apiece for 22 and 24, $300,000 for 26, $400,000 for 28, and $500,000 for 30.
Angels sign RHP Jesse Chavez to $5.75 million, 1-year deal
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have signed right-hander Jesse Chavez to a $5.75 million, one-year contract.
The Angels also designated outfielder Rafael Ortega for assignment Friday night.
Chavez went 2-2 with a 4.43 ERA in 62 games last season for the Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Dodgers. He pitched exclusively as a reliever at the start of his career and again last season, but also started 47 games over the 2014 and 2015 seasons for Oakland.
Angels’ ace Richards hopes to be cleared to throw Monday
CHICAGO (AP) — Los Angeles Angels ace Garrett Richards hopes to be cleared to throw next week as he seeks to avoid Tommy John surgery.
Richards last pitched on May 1 and was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament five days later. He won't pitch again this season, but he's been undergoing stem-cell treatments in hopes of avoiding surgery that would sideline him through the 2017 season.
Richards was optimistic after a workout at Wrigley Field on Wednesday...
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels ace Garrett Richards won't pitch again this season because of a tear in his right elbow.
Richards last pitched on May 1 and was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral five days later. Manager Mike Scioscia said Friday that Richards was done for the year.
Richards is hoping stem-cell treatments can help him avoid Tommy John surgery and be ready for 2017.
"The calendar keeps turning and we're absolutely not going to...