9/29/2014 | Shoemaker, Hamilton progressing
Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton (right chest/ribcage) and right-handed pitcher Matt Shoemaker (left oblique) continued to progress during optional workouts from Angel Stadium on Monday, according to the club public-relations department.
9/28/2014 | Constructing a winner: Angels
At the 2011 Winter Meetings, little more than a month after becoming the Angels' general manager, Jerry Dipoto shocked the baseball world, closing out the Meetings by signing Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson in one day. At the time, the Angels had missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons, leading to Dipoto's hiring. Suddenly, they seemed ready to take the American League by storm. The Angels' rise atop the standings this season didn't quite happen that way, however.
9/28/2014 | Kendrick cleaning up at cleanup
Howie Kendrick has taken off since taking over for Josh Hamilton in the vaunted No. 4 spot behind Mike Trout and Albert Pujols on Sept. 5.
9/28/2014 | Angels wrap up regular season, focus on ALDS
Though the Angels dropped Sunday's regular-season finale at Safeco Field, 4-1, it was merely the conclusion of a season they finished with baseball's best record, and a pause before a postseason in which they'll have home-field advantage throughout.
9/28/2014 | Scioscia not ready to reveal ALDS rotation
Mike Scioscia's pitching order for the American League Division Series is still up in the air following Jered Weaver, who will take the ball for Game 1 at Angel Stadium on Thursday.
9/28/2014 | Much of Angels' playoff history written this century
The Angels missed the playoffs in their first 18 seasons of existence and appeared in just 16 playoff games in the 39 years before Mike Scioscia became manager prior to the 2000 season. But in Scioscia's 15 seasons (counting this one), he has led the Angels to the postseason seven times, including six American League West crowns.
9/28/2014 | Shoemaker confident about ALDS; Hamilton less so
Matt Shoemaker threw a 30- to 40-pitch bullpen session at Safeco Field on Sunday morning and feels "very" confident he can start in the American League Division Series, barring an unforeseen setback.
9/28/2014 | What a difference a year makes for Angels' Dipoto
At this time last year, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto didn't even know if he'd still have a job. Now, Dipoto presides over an Angels team that finished with baseball's best record and locked up home-field advantage throughout the postseason. Before the American League Division Series kicks off from Angel Stadium on Thursday, Dipoto sat down with MLB.com for some questions.
9/28/2014 | It all comes down to Game 162 for Mariners
The Mariners enter the final day of the regular season trailing the Athletics by one game for the second American League Wild Card spot. With a win over the Angels at Safeco Field and an Oakland loss to Texas on Sunday, Seattle forces an AL Wild Card play-in game vs. the A's on Monday at home. They'll have their ace, Felix Hernandez, on the hill. The Angels counter with Cory Rasmus.
9/28/2014 | Angels denied chance to finish '14 with 100 wins
Austin Jackson beat out a potential inning-ending double play, and the Mariners beat the Angels, 2-1, in 11 innings at Safeco Field on Saturday night. The Angels' second straight loss put them at 98-63, denying them a chance to finish the season with 100 wins.
9/28/2014 | Grilli's Houdini act delays Mariners' celebration
A packed Safeco Field was going nuts, and the Mariners were on the verge of keeping their postseason hopes alive through the final day of the regular season, but reliever Jason Grilli worked a Houdini act in the bottom of the ninth, forcing extras and delaying Seattle's celebration.
9/27/2014 | Replay turns safe call into double play for Angels
Replay helped the Angels turn an inning-ending double play on Saturday, when umpires overturned an initial safe call at second base after Mike Scioscia's challenge.
9/27/2014 | Thatcher making his case for playoff roster
Joe Thatcher's spot on the postseason roster is very much in question, and that's why his performance in the seventh inning on Friday -- when he retired three straight Mariners lefties -- was so important.
9/27/2014 | Encouraging news for Shoemaker on his birthday
Matt Shoemaker, who turned 28 on Saturday, had an unrestricted long-toss session on Saturday, then did some one-hop drills to simulate throwing on a downhill angle. If he feels good upon arriving at Safeco Field on Sunday morning, he'll throw his first bullpen session.
9/27/2014 | Pain-free swings a goal for Hamilton
Josh Hamilton's availability for the American League Division Series could be determined by some Sunday-morning swings off a tee at Safeco Field.
9/27/2014 | No pressure, kid: Mariners turn to rookie Paxton
After their 4-3 win over the Angels on Friday, the Mariners remain two games behind the A's for the second American League Wild Card spot. Each team has two games remaining, and one A's win or Mariners loss would eliminate Seattle. Thus a victory over C.J. Wilson and the Angels on Saturday is essential, and with their season on the line, the Mariners turn to rookie James Paxton.
9/27/2014 | Trout stuns ex-Angel Morales with sick catch
Trout misjudged a ball hit by Kendrys Morales on Friday but his athleticism made up it. He leaped, reached to the other side of his body and hauled in the ball, leaving Morales in shock.
9/26/2014 | Trout thrilled to see heroics of childhood hero Jeter
On Thursday, Mike Trout's eyes were glued to his smart phone, which was tuned into Derek Jeter's final game at Yankee Stadium. Trout, deemed by many to be the next proverbial "face of baseball" after Jeter retires, wasn't going to miss his childhood hero's eventual walk-off single.
9/26/2014 | Pitching in ALDS a real possibility for Shoemaker
Pitching coach Mike Butcher feels "very confident" that Matt Shoemaker can be available for the ALDS, though he'll have to throw an aggressive bullpen session before then.
9/26/2014 | Angels homer twice in loss after securing top seed
Jered Weaver served up three homers and the Angels lost to the Mariners, 4-3, at Safeco Field on Friday night, hours after learning that they locked up home-field advantage throughout the postseason with the Orioles' loss to the Blue Jays.
9/26/2014 | Angels walk away from stadium deal with Anaheim
The Angels, frustrated at a lack of progress over the last 12 months, informed the city of Anaheim in a letter on Friday that it is ending negotiations regarding a new lease for their 48-year-old ballpark.
9/26/2014 | Angels move Wilson's start up to Saturday
C.J. Wilson's final regular-season start has been moved from Sunday to Saturday, an indication that the 33-year-old left-hander will be the Angels' Game 2 starter for the American League Division Series.
9/26/2014 | Tickets for potential ALCS games go on sale Oct. 1
Tickets for a potential American League Championship Series at Angel Stadium will go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 1, beginning at 10 a.m. PT, the team announced Friday.
9/25/2014 | As playoffs near, Trout not changing his game
Some would argue that this has been Mike Trout's worst season, but few would say he isn't the AL MVP -- and that's about as indicative of his success as there is.
9/25/2014 | Angels, Orioles looking great for different reasons
It seems utterly foolish, if not stupid, to pick against the Angels as baseball's postseason is poised for its unpredictable October run. But the Orioles have been playing like a team of destiny.
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