Nolasco, Rzepczynski agree to deals with the Diamondbacks
PHOENIX (AP) — Right-hander Ricky Nolasco and lefty Marc Rzepczynski have agreed to minor league contracts with the Arizona Diamondbacks and will report to big league spring training.
Nolasco, 36, has not pitched in the major leagues since 2017 with the Los Angeles Angels. He was released by Kansas City in spring training last year after allowing eight runs, five hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings in one start and one relief appearance.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals agreed to a minor league contract with right-hander Ricky Nolasco on Wednesday that includes an invitation to their major league camp.
He would get a $1.5 million, one-year contract if added to the 40-man roster and would have the chance to make $250,000 in performance bonuses: $25,000 for his 10th start and each additional start through 19.
Royals sign veteran Nolasco to minor league contract
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals signed veteran right-hander Ricky Nolasco to a minor league contract on Wednesday with an invitation to spring training.
He will get $1.5 million if he makes the major league roster and could earn another $250,000 in performances bonuses. He also can opt out of the contract on March 24 if he's not added to the 25-man big league roster.
Angels decline 2018 options on Huston Street, Ricky Nolasco
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have declined their contract options for next season on former closer Huston Street and right-hander Ricky Nolasco.
The Angels also announced Friday that outfielders Eric Young Jr. and Shane Robinson and reliever Deolis Guerra have elected to become free agents.
Street spent the past 3 1/2 seasons of his 13-year career with the Angels, who held a $10 million club option for 2018. Instead, the two-time All-Star gets a $1 million buyout.
Mariners Pregame: Last gasp at postseason chances, lineups and starters against the Angels
Game 141: Seattle Mariners (69-71) vs. Los Angeles Angels (72-68) at 7:10 p.m. in the first of a three-game series at Safeco Field.
The Mariners try to rebound this weekend after losing to Houston 5-3 on Thursday courtesy of Cameron Maybin’s two-run home run home run in the ninth inning off Edwin Diaz, to complete a three-game sweep.
Valbuena, Calhoun homer to lift Angels past Nationals 3-2
WASHINGTON (AP) — A humid day ended Ricky Nolasco's outing a batter earlier than he would have liked. He still did enough to help the Los Angeles Angels stymie the Washington Nationals.
Nolasco bounced back from a rocky first inning to pitch into the sixth inning Wednesday before departing with cramps, and Luis Valbuena and Kole Calhoun homered in the Angels' 3-2 victory that secured a split of the teams' two-game series. Los Angeles won for the seventh time in eight games.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Bradley Zimmer isn't playing like someone who wasn't called up from the minors until May 16.
In fact, the rookie center fielder is a big reason why the Cleveland Indians are playing their best baseball of the season.
Zimmer hit a home run on the game's second pitch and drove in the go-ahead run with a seventh-inning double and Cleveland matched a season high with their sixth straight win, 10-4 over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
Game 83: The Seattle Mariners (40-42) face the Los Angeles Angels (43-42) in the finale of a three-game series at 12:37 p.m. at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.
The M’s were shut out by Ricky Nolasco’s three-hitter on Saturday night, one night after pounding four homers and 17 hits against the Angels.
After opening the season going 7-18 in the team’s first 25 road games, the Mariners are 8-7 in last 15 road games, dating back to May 25.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — There wasn't much indication that Angels right-hander Ricky Nolasco had straightened himself out, not while he still led the American League in homers allowed.
Yet there he was Saturday night, his command sharp, hitters swinging wildly, with quick outs coming inning after inning.
Nolasco finished a three-hitter for his second straight scoreless outing, and Los Angeles beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0.
Game 82: The Seattle Mariners (40-41) face the Los Angeles Angels (42-42) in the second of a three-game series at 7:07 p.m. at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.
The Mariners crushed four home runs and pounded out 17 hits, while Ariel Miranda tossed seven innings of two-hit ball, in a 10-0 win over the Angels on Friday night.
The M’s are 5-2 in seven career starts (1-1 in 2017) against Angels starter Ricky Nolasco in his career, while averaging 5.42 runs per game in these starts.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ricky Nolasco was pitching well while holding the big-hitting Dodgers scoreless. The only thing that stopped him was a liner that hit him in the shin and ended his night.
A look at what's happening all around the majors today:
The Los Angeles Dodgers try for their 11th straight win, which would match the team's best string since 2006. Rich Hill pitches for the NL West leaders when the Los Angeles Angels visit Dodger Stadium — Angels starter Ricky Nolasco has lost seven decisions in a row.
A look at what's happening all around the majors today:
A look at what's happening all around the majors Wednesday:
Nolasco, Norris lead Angels to 2-1 win over Athletics
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ricky Nolasco had extra days between starts to work on mechanical issues and it paid off.
He led the Los Angeles Angels to a 2-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday night to earn the series sweep.
Nolasco didn't go into details of the adjustments, but they sure worked for him, keeping the Athletics off balance.
"They were good," Nolasco said of the time to make mechanical adjustments. "They were much-needed to get back on schedule. Go get them in Seattle."
Mike Trout owns a robust .558 batting average against Seattle Mariners starter Felix Hernandez, who starts Saturday night against the Halos.
Hernandez is 16-16 with a 3.34 ERA in 50 career starts against the Angels, including 5-6 with a 2.93 ERA in 25 starts at Angel Stadium.
King Felix faces Angels opening day starter Ricky Nolasco, who is 1-4 with a 4.60 ERA in five career starts against the Mariners.
Mariners Pregame: Birthday boy King Felix faces Angels hoping bats finally break out
Seattle Mariners birthday boy Felix Hernandez (31) makes his 51st career start against the Los Angeles Angels tonight, tying Catfish Hunter (also born this day, 71 years ago) for the second-most career starts against the Angels.
It’s not the pitching, though, that has the Mariners off to an MLB-worst 1-4 start. the M’s are batting .093 (4 for 43) with runners in scoring position in five games this season.
Mariners Pregame: M’s out to catch Trout; lineups and starters matchup
The Seattle Mariners open up a three-game weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (of Orange County of the State of California in the United States of America).
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bob Melvin emphatically made his point. Twice.
What decisions did the Oakland Athletics still have ahead before opening day?
How about any tough roster choices?
Year after year, that's always a tough task for his injury-prone A's. The Los Angeles Angels understand, as they're already down key reliever Huston Street.
Nolasco gets opening day nod for Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ricky Nolasco has pitched nearly 300 major league games, and he's had a good spring. That resume earned the right-hander a prime spot in the Angels rotation.
Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia named Nolasco the Angels' opening day starter after a 3-2 win over the Dodgers in the Freeway Series opener Thursday night.
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.
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.
Astros lose ground in wild card with 2-0 loss to Angels
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros don't have enough time for their bats to go quiet like they did Thursday night.
Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Ricky Nolasco pitched seven solid innings, helping the Los Angeles Angels hinder the Astros' wild-card hopes with a 2-0 victory.
The Angels ended an 11-game skid and pushed Houston 1 1/2 game behind the Tigers for the second AL wild card.
Pujols hits 30th HR, Angels drop Toronto into wild-card tie
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Even in a lost season for the Los Angeles Angels, Albert Pujols has still managed to grow his legacy.
Pujols hit his 590th career home run and the Angels beat Toronto 6-1 Saturday night, dropping the Blue Jays into a tie for the top two AL wild-card spots.
The Blue Jays and Baltimore are even in the playoff race. Seattle, Detroit and Houston are all three games behind in the wild-card chase.
Nolasco, Angels unravel in seventh as Mariners win 8-1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ricky Nolasco fought himself much the way Leonys Martin fought his off-speed pitches on Monday night.
Martin went 4 for 4 with three doubles and three runs, and Robinson Cano homered to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-1 for their sixth straight victory.
Cano went 3 for 5 with his 33rd home run. Ben Gamel added his first major league homer, a two-run shot to left-center in the eighth inning to close the scoring.
Ricky Nolasco throws 4-hit gem as Angels sweep Reds, 3-0
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Although the shutout pleased Ricky Nolasco, he would have preferred to pitch this superbly a whole lot earlier in the season.
The rest of his fellow Los Angeles Angels realize they also waited far too long to get rolling this year.
Even if this season is lost, the right-hander and his new team both enjoyed a victory requiring no help from Mike Trout and Albert Pujols.
ANAHEIM - Ricky Nolasco happily reported to the Angels on Tuesday. But it was the pitcher acquired from the Minnesota Twins who didn't join the major league club who Manager Mike Scioscia was raving about.
Alex Meyer, 26, a 2011 first-round draft pick, is the reason Scioscia said he believes trading away steady starting pitcher Hector Santiago was worth it.
"This pitcher absolutely has as much upside as any pitcher in the game today," Scioscia said of Meyer. "He...
Twins send Nolasco, Meyer to Angels in swap for Santiago
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have acquired starting pitcher Hector Santiago a minor leaguer from the Los Angeles Angels for right-handers Ricky Nolasco and Alex Meyer and cash.
The deal was done Monday before the non-waiver deadline. Santiago, an All-Star last season, is 10-4 with a 4.25 ERA in 22 starts while making $5 million this year and eligible for free agency after the 2017 season. The Angels also sent Double-A reliever Alan Busenitz to the...
BOSTON (AP) — Miguel Sano homered and Eduardo Nunez drove in three runs, including two in a five-run seventh inning, as the Minnesota Twins rallied for an 11-9 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night.
Eddie Rosario had four singles for Minnesota, which won its second straight over Boston after losing the series opener Thursday.
Hanley Ramirez belted a three-run homer and Xander Bogaerts had four hits for the Red Sox, who lost for just the third time in 12...
DETROIT (AP) — Minnesota manager Paul Molitor shrugged off any attempt to connect Terry Ryan's firing with the team's punchless performance against Detroit.
"I'm not going to put those two things together," Molitor said. "It is a tough day, and I suppose you could ask every individual, but I don't think it had an impact. Once you get on the field, you just have to play."
Ricky Nolasco pitched six strong innings for the Twins, but he allowed Justin Upton's homer in...