OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — All eyes will be watching Mike Trout as the Angels star takes his first million-dollar swings since signing that monster new contract earlier this month.
Ausmus era begins when Trout, Pujols lead Angels into spring
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — For the first time since 2000, a new manager will be in the home clubhouse at Tempe Diablo Stadium when the Los Angeles Angels report to spring training.
Mike Scioscia spent 19 years in charge of the Halos, and Brad Ausmus is aware of the enormity of the shoes he is about to fill.
New LA Angels manager Brad Ausmus finalizes coaching staff
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels manager Brad Ausmus has finalized his first coaching staff, including a hitting coach and a pitching coach in their first major-league seasons in their jobs.
Angels general manager Billy Eppler announced the staff Monday.
The Angels' hitting coach is Jeremy Reed, the club's minor-league hitting coordinator for the past two seasons. The Halos' pitching coach is Doug White, who spent the past six years in the Houston Astros organization.
Numbers game: Ausmus vows to be modern manager for Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — During 18 major league seasons as a catcher and four more as a manager, Brad Ausmus developed a strong gut instinct about nearly everything that happens on a baseball field.
While spending the past year out of a dugout, Ausmus developed a deeper understanding of how traditional beliefs aren't always correct.
Brad Ausmus named manager of Los Angeles Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Brad Ausmus was named the Los Angeles Angels' manager on Sunday, moving from the front office to the dugout to replace longtime skipper Mike Scioscia.
General manager Billy Eppler announced the hiring of Ausmus, who served as Eppler's special assistant last season after four years as the Detroit Tigers' manager.
Ausmus got a three-year contract with the Angels. He will be introduced at Angel Stadium on Monday.
Angels’ Eppler seeking new manager to lead playoff return
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — For the first time in the 21st century, the Los Angeles Angels are looking for a manager.
The person who lands the job will play a major role in determining whether the Angels keep Mike Trout, get the most out of Shohei Ohtani — and finally end a nine-year postseason victory drought for this big-budget underachiever of a baseball club.
Weekend Sports in Brief
Triple Crown contender Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. Nolan Arenado and the big-hitting Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium.
October baseball is about to begin with Game No. 163 on Monday.
Two tiebreakers on the same day for the first time in major league history. Both to divvy up divisions, too.
A’s head to AL wild-card game off 5-4 loss to Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics are headed to the AL wild-card game off a late-inning loss that did nothing to shake their confidence.
Taylor Ward hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth to help the Angels rally past the A's 5-4 on Sunday in Mike Scioscia's finale after 19 seasons as Los Angeles manager.
Mike Scioscia bids farewell as Angels manager after 19 years
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Scioscia started out smiling in front of the crowded room. It wasn't long, though, before tears glistened in his hazel eyes.
He stepped down as manager of the Los Angeles Angels after 19 seasons on Sunday, ending the longest current tenure in the majors with a come-from-behind victory.
"It's been second to none. It's been incredible," he said of his time in Anaheim.
Trout slugs 39th HR, Ohtani 3 for 3 as Angels beat A’s 8-5
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Angels are playing out the string, although it's tough to tell by watching Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani.
The team's two biggest stars both shined Friday night in an 8-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Trout hit a two-run homer and has reached base safely in nine of his last 10 games while batting .313 with six homers, 11 RBIs and eight walks in that span.
Ohtani went 3 for 3 — his fourth three-hit game this season — and is batting .289.
Angels’ Shohei Ohtani to have Tommy John surgery in October
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels two-way rookie Shohei Ohtani will have Tommy John surgery next week.
The Angels confirmed Ohtani's long-expected decision on elbow ligament replacement Tuesday. Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the surgery in Los Angeles.
"I think it was the proper decision Shohei made to have surgery, and the sooner the better," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said before his club faced the Texas Rangers, with Ohtani batting cleanup as the designated hitter.
Angels’ Mike Scioscia says he wants to keep managing
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Scioscia says he would like to keep managing next year.
The longtime skipper of the Los Angeles Angels has been widely expected to step down after the regular season concludes this week. His comments to KLAA-AM radio Monday night suggested he is open to returning for a 20th season in the Angels' dugout, or perhaps a managing job elsewhere in baseball.
When asked directly if he wanted to keep managing, Scioscia said: "I'd like to."
Calhoun, Upton homers lead Angels past Mariners 4-3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Kole Calhoun and Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia were surprised to find out just how long the right fielder's hitless streak really was, considering how good a second half of the season he's had.
On Sunday, Calhoun broke out of his 0-for-25 slump in a big way.
Calhoun hit a tiebreaking home run and Justin Upton homered in his third straight game as the Angels avoided a four-game sweep with a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
Trout homers twice, leads Angels past White Sox 12-3
CHICAGO (AP) — The wind blowing in posed a challenge to some hitters. Not Mike Trout.
Trout homered twice and drove in five runs, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Chicago White Sox 12-3 on Saturday night.
Trout's 5-for-5 performance matched his career high for hits in a game and raised his batting average to .314.
"The two balls he hit were killed," manager Mike Scioscia said. "The wind was pushing them back. It shows you how strong Mike is. Great at-bats."
After arm surgery recommended, Ohtani has big night at plate
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The only thing Shohei Ohtani couldn't do Wednesday night was pitch.
Ohtani homered twice during a huge night at the plate after getting bad news about his injured elbow, and the Los Angeles Angels cruised to a 9-3 victory over the Texas Rangers.
Angels’ Ohtani facing Tommy John surgery after new damage
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani has new damage in his pitching elbow and the team says Tommy John surgery has been recommended.
A couple of hours before Ohtani hit two home runs against Texas on Wednesday, the Angels said he had an MRI earlier in the day that revealed the problem in his right ulnar collateral ligament.
Shoemaker returns with 5 scoreless, Angels beat Rangers 3-1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Matt Shoemaker was excited to be back on the mound for the Los Angeles Angels, and the right-hander was rather effective in his return.
Ohtani’s elbow ‘great,’ Angels hope he’ll start next Sunday
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Shohei Ohtani has been evaluated after coming out of his pitching return early, and Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia is hopeful the right-hander will be good to make his next scheduled start Sunday.
Springer, Astros beat Angels 4-2 in Ohtani’s pitching return
HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer knew something was different about Shohei Ohtani in his second at-bat against the Angels' pitcher him in the third inning on Sunday night.
"The velocity drop was probably the obvious," Springer said. "He was throwing 98-99 and then came out throwing 88-92. When it's that obvious I hope he's OK."
Springer hit a two-run homer and finished a triple shy of the cycle to lead the Houston Astros to a 4-2 win over Los Angeles in Ohtani's return to the mound.
Simmons’ 2-run HR helps Angels beat Astros 3-0
HOUSTON (AP) — After the Los Angeles Angels won their second straight game against the Houston Astros with a shutout on Friday night, manager Mike Scioscia took a minute to rave about his pitching staff.
The Sho goes on! Ohtani set for pitching return Sunday night
HOUSTON (AP) — Shohei Ohtani is a two-way player again.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced Thursday the Japanese rookie sensation will start for Los Angeles on Sunday night for the first time since spraining the ulnar collateral ligament in his right pitching elbow nearly three months ago.
Angels’ Ohtani thinks he can pitch again this season
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani believes he can pitch for the Los Angeles Angels again this season after a simulated game went well.
Ohtani threw 50 pitches in three innings at Angel Stadium on Monday in the latest step in his gradual comeback from a sprained elbow ligament.
The two-way star hasn't pitched in a game since June 6 but would like to get back on the mound during the Angels' final 30 games.
Angels put Upton on DL, expect Trout back by end of week
PHOENIX (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have placed Justin Upton on the 10-day disabled list with a cut on his left index finger, but they expect Mike Trout will rejoin the team by the end of the week.
The Angels announced Upton's move Tuesday prior to a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, retroactive to Sunday. The Angels called up outfielder Jabari Blash from Triple-A Salt Lake to take Upton's place on the active roster.
Odor HR sends Rangers past Angels 4-2 to cap soggy weekend
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rougned Odor didn't let a little rain get in the way of his torrid August.
The Texas second baseman connected on a go-ahead, three-run homer with rain falling in the seventh inning, and the Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 on Sunday to wrap up a soggy weekend.
Pujols has season-high 4 RBIs, Angels beat Rangers 11-7
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Albert Pujols keeps climbing up the career hits list and hurting the Texas Rangers in their home park.
Pujols drove in a season-high four runs, Shohei Ohtani hit a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Angels beat Texas 11-7 on a rainy Saturday night.
Pujols went 3 for 4 to tie 19th-century star Cap Anson for 23rd with 3,081 hits. His 633rd homer was his 16th in 59 games in Arlington.
Upton homers, drives in 3 to lift Angels past Padres 7-3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Taylor Ward acted like it was his first day in the majors everywhere but in the batter's box.
Ward went with a pitch and hit an opposite-field RBI double in his first major league at-bat, and had two hits and reached safely three times as the Los Angeles Angels beat the San Diego Padres 7-3 on Tuesday night.
Angels score 4 runs in 10th inning, beat Padres 6-3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Justin Upton caught one home run ball, just missed snatching another. And then he hit one of his own.
"Two for three on home run balls? I'll take that," Upton said after his two-run shot capped a four-run, 10th-inning rally that carried the Los Angeles Angels past the San Diego Padres 6-3 on Monday night.
Upton robbed pinch-hitter Eric Hosmer in the eighth when he went above the left-field wall to turn a go-ahead, three-run homer into a tying sacrifice fly.
Angels’ Ohtani throws in bullpen, return to mound uncertain
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels rookie Shohei Ohtani took his next step in a possible return to pitching by throwing a light bullpen session on Saturday.
The 24-year-old Japanese star threw 23 pitches, mixing in fastballs, sliders and curveballs. It was the first time he had thrown off a mound since he last pitched in a game, on June 6.
Trout goes on 10-day disabled list with inflamed right wrist
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Star outfielder Mike Trout was put on the 10-day disabled list Friday because of an inflamed right wrist, a move that Los Angeles Angels had hoped to avoid.
Manager Mike Scioscia sounded confident that Trout's stay on the DL would not be extended beyond the minimum time. The Angels head out on a road trip to San Diego and Texas after the weekend.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani is making progress more quickly than expected in his quest to return to the mound for the Los Angeles Angels.
The two-way rookie sensation has incurred no setbacks while throwing regularly in the outfield in recent days, manager Mike Scioscia said Monday. He is currently throwing from 120 feet.
Scioscia says Ohtani is "probably closer to getting on the mound than we thought last week."
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout received a cortisone injection in his sore right wrist Monday, and the Los Angeles Angels are hopeful their superstar center fielder can return to their lineup on the weekend.
The two-time AL MVP wasn't in the Angels' starting lineup for the fifth consecutive game when they opened a six-game homestand against Detroit.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia reached deep into his vocabulary to describe a report saying he'll step down after this season.
"Poppycock," Sciocsia said Sunday, using a dated term for "nonsense."
A day after The Athletic reported that Scioscia is expected to end his 19-year run with the Angels in October, the manager strongly dismissed the report and insisted that he still loves what he's doing.
Angels star Trout out 4th straight game with sore wrist
CLEVELAND (AP) — Los Angeles Angels All-Star outfielder Mike Trout is missing his fourth straight game with a nagging right wrist injury.
Trout hasn't played since injuring his wrist while sliding on a steal attempt Wednesday in Tampa. The 26-year-old said Saturday night that he still has soreness in his wrist when he swings and throws.
After he was evaluated Sunday, manager Mike Scioscia chose to keep him out of the series finale against the Indians.
A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday:
Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia might address a report that he plans to step down at the end of the season. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the 59-year-old is expected to leave.
The 59-year-old Scioscia has managed the Angels since 2000 and is the longest-tenured manager in the majors. The Angels are 55-57 as their series wraps up in Cleveland.
Report: Angels manager Scioscia expected to step down
CLEVELAND (AP) — Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia is expected to step down at the end of this season, according to a report by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Scioscia has managed the Angels since 2000 and is the longest-tenured manager in the majors. Only four managers in baseball history have managed one team for more consecutive seasons than these 19 by Scioscia.
The 59-year-old Scioscia led the Angels to a World Series title in 2002.
Trout out again as Angels star deals with wrist injury
CLEVELAND (AP) — Mike Trout's right wrist is still sore and the Los Angeles Angels won't risk him making it any worse.
The superstar outfielder was not in the starting lineup for the third straight game on Saturday as the Angeles continued their three-game series against the Cleveland Indians.
Trout injured his wrist on Wednesday while sliding into second base at Tampa Bay. The 26-year-old had been optimistic that he would be able to return Saturday, but he's still having some issues.
Beeks gets 1st win, Rays sweep Angels with 4-2 win
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jalen Beeks had quite a turnaround.
Beeks got his first major league win after a disastrous performance in his Tampa Bay debut, C.J. Cron had a two-run single and the Rays completed a three-game sweep by beating the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 on Thursday.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout is out of the lineup against the Tampa Bay Rays because of a sore right wrist.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia says the center fielder "tweaked" the wrist while sliding during a stolen base attempt of third base during the first inning in Wednesday night's 7-2 loss to the Rays.
Scioscia says Trout's status off the bench for Thursday's game was still being evaluated.
Angels: Ohtani’s sprained elbow will be healed by spring
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels knew Shohei Ohtani was recovering from a sprained elbow before they agreed to a minor league contract with the Japanese right-hander and outfielder.
"I think that's past him, and our understanding is there is no restrictions at all going into spring training, and he'll get down there in plenty of time and be ready to go," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday at the winter meetings.
Angels welcome Ohtani, plot course for 2-way Japanese star
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — General manager Billy Eppler rose from his seat in rapturous joy when he got the phone call telling him Shohei Ohtani wanted to join the Los Angeles Angels.
When Eppler attempted to sit back down, he missed his chair completely, sprawling onto the floor.
Ohtani has inspired strong reactions ever since the world became aware of the Japanese star's formidable talent as both a pitcher and a hitter.
Josh Paul is Angels’ new bench coach; Dino Ebel back to 3B
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Josh Paul has been named the Los Angeles Angels' bench coach.
Angels general manager Billy Eppler announced the move Tuesday.
Paul spent the past three seasons as the New York Yankees' catching coordinator. Before that, he was a scout and a minor-league manager for the Yankees, where Eppler spent over a decade in the front office.
Los Angeles Angels hitting coach Dave Hansen will not return
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels hitting coach Dave Hansen will not return next season.
The Angels announced the move Wednesday, three days after finishing 80-82 and missing the postseason for the third straight year.
Hansen had been Los Angeles' hitting coach for two seasons following two seasons as their assistant hitting coach.
- After back-to-back ALCS appearances, Blue Jays stumble
- Reds' big shortcoming sets up 3rd straight 90-loss season
- Rebuilding White Sox see foundation starting to take shape
- Royals likely bidding fond farewell to championship core
- Phillies have reason to be optimistic about future
- Braves' meager progress leaves Snitker's status uncertain
- McCutchen's future again offseason focus for Pirates
- Marlins are in transition, their direction uncertain
- Injuries derail Mariners' hopes of ending playoff drought
- Rebuilding begins in earnest for 98-loss Tigers
- Cardinals: Cupboard isn't bare after missing playoffs again
- Angels miss postseason again, yet optimism reigns in Anaheim
- Rebuilding Padres have work to do to catch up in NL West
Bridwell, Paxton duel before Angels breakout, beat Mariners
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Angels and Mariners closed out the season with a pitchers' duel.
Parker Bridwell pitched seven scoreless innings in a showdown with James Paxton, Eric Young Jr. hit a three-run homer and Los Angeles beat Seattle 6-2 in the teams' season finale Sunday.
Paxton shut out Los Angeles for six innings, but Young homered off James Pazos during a six-run seventh inning.
"It always feels good to win," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia.
Delmonico’s homer in 10th lifts White Sox over Angels
CHICAGO (AP) — After hitting his first walk-off homer since high school, Nicky Delmonico was beaming in the White Sox clubhouse.
The Minnesota Twins had to be smiling too.
Delmonico lofted a two-run shot in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Chicago a 6-4 victory Wednesday night that eliminated the Los Angeles Angels from playoff contention. Minnesota, which lost 4-2 at Cleveland, got the second AL wild card berth.
Angels’ wild-card hopes fading after 4-2 loss to White Sox
CHICAGO (AP) — With seven losses in eight games, the Angels have let their playoff chances slide away in the last week of the season.
James Shields tossed seven strong innings, Nicky Delmonico drove in a pair of runs and the Chicago White Sox beat Los Angeles 4-2 on Monday night.
With six games remaining, the Angels trail Minnesota by five games for the second AL wild card. They would be eliminated with a loss Tuesday, or a win by the Twins.
Gattis, Morton help Astros win 6-2, Angels lose 6th in row
HOUSTON (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels were left searching for answers on Saturday after they matched a season worst with their sixth straight loss to further dampen their AL wild-card hopes.
Evan Gattis hit a three-run homer to back a solid start by Charlie Morton and lead the Houston Astros to the 6-2 win.
Angels crush Astros 9-1 with 8 extra-base hits
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A team looking to set the tone early could not have done much better than the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
Powered by five extra-base hits, they scored five runs in the first inning, and left-hander Tyler Skaggs started putting up zeros on the mound.
And when it was over, the Angels had romped their way to a 9-1 victory over the Houston Astros to remain two games back of Minnesota for the second AL wild card with 14 to play.
Angels beat A’s 8-7 in 10th, take over 2nd AL wild-card spot
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — On a night when Mike Trout twice got thrown out at the plate, the Los Angeles Angels still found a way to score big in the standings.
Pinch-hitter Ben Revere lined a go-ahead single in the 10th inning that diving left fielder Matt Joyce just missed, and the Angels took over the second AL wild-card spot by beating the Oakland Athletics 8-7 on Tuesday night.