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Francisco Rodriguez Joins Rare Club With 400th Save

May 25, 2016 7:48 AM

Francisco Rodriguez joined an elite group Tuesday night when he recorded the 400th save of his Major League career, becoming only the sixth pitcher to accomplish such a feat.

Rodriguez broke into the big leagues with the Los Angeles Angels in 2002.

"When I came here to the States to the big leagues, I was just a kid with a lot of dreams, but [it] never, not even crossed my mind," Rodriguez said of reaching the milestone. "One thing I want to make clear: I don't play for numbers. I play this game because I love it. I've got it in my veins, and that's the only thing that, honestly, I know how to do well. It had nothing to do with records or anything like that."

Rodriguez has 14 saves for the Detroit Tigers this season.

He joined Mariano Rivera (652), Trevor Hoffman (601), Lee Smith (478), Billy Wagner (422) and John Franco (424) as the only pitchers with 400 saves.

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Tags: Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, Stats

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Tim Lincecum Signs One-Year Deal With Angels

May 21, 2016 1:32 AM

Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum has signed a one-year deal with the Angels, the team announced Friday.

According to ESPN's Buster Olney and media reports, Lincecum's base salary will be just short of $2 million -- a prorated portion of a $2.5 million salary. He also has the ability to earn additional incentives in his contract.

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Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Garrett Richards Forgoes Tommy John, Has Stem-Cell Injection

May 17, 2016 6:27 AM

Garrett Richards had a stem-cell injection in his right elbow on Monday in the hopes that he can avoid Tommy John surgery.

The Los Angeles Angels placed Richards on the disabled list earlier this month. The right-hander decided on the injection as a way to avoid surgery for the torn ligament in his arm, although it will be weeks before he knows whether it worked.

"Hopefully it's going to be the course of action he needs to heal and get back to action," Mike Scioscia said. "Really he doesn't have many symptoms at all, so I know that he's confident that he'll heal with this course of action."

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Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Injury

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Angels Agree To Deal With Tim Lincecum

May 16, 2016 7:01 PM

Tim Lincecum has agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Angels, according to a report.

The deal is pending a physical.

Lincecum recently auditioned for teams to show he is healthy. He hasn't pitched in the Major Leagues since last June.

ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Report: Tim Lincecum Down To Angels, Giants, White Sox

May 12, 2016 6:24 PM

Tim Lincecum hasn't signed with a Major League club, but he has reportedly narrowed his list of potential destinations to three.

The Los Angeles Angels, San Francisco Giants and Chicago White Sox are most interested in Lincecum, but the right-hander has yet to make a decision.

David Adler/MLB

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Free Agent Rumor

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Braves Trade Jhoulys Chacin To Angels

May 11, 2016 6:30 PM

The Atlanta Braves have traded Jhoulys Chacin to the Los Angeles Angels for minor league left-hander Adam McCreery.

Chacin, 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in five starts this season, had been scheduled to start for the Braves on Wednesday.

The Braves have recalled right-hander Williams Perez, 24, from Triple-A Gwinnett to make the start.

"The thing I'm excited about with the trade is we get to put Williams Perez in the rotation," Fredi Gonzalez said. "... We're excited to add him to our rotation and get younger. That's what we wanted to do."

Associated Press

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Official Trade

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Andrelton Simmons Needs Surgery On His Left Thumb

May 10, 2016 8:29 AM

Andrelton Simmons will require surgery for what the Los Angeles Angels described Monday as a full thickness tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb.

Simmons, 26, was hurt when he landed awkwardly on his glove hand while diving to stop a grounder hit by Evan Longoria in the third inning of Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

He was placed on the disabled list and his status will be updated following the surgery.

ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Injury

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Angels Don't Plan To Move Mike Trout

May 7, 2016 2:21 AM

Angels general manager Billy Eppler adamantly shut down speculation that the team should consider trading outfielder Mike Trout, saying the Angels have "no intent or desire to consider moving" him.

"He's not moving," Eppler told Fox Sports on Friday. "He's an impact player, a huge piece in a championship core."

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Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Garrett Richards Needs Tommy John Surgery

May 6, 2016 4:05 PM

Garrett Richards has a torn ligament in his pitching elbow and is expected to need Tommy John surgery, according to multiple reports.

The Los Angeles Angels had already scratched the right-hander from his scheduled start Friday with arm fatigue.

ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Injury

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Fatigued Garrett Richards May Miss Next Start

May 5, 2016 8:03 AM

Garrett Richards says he will be re-evaluated on Thursday to determine whether he can make his next start for the Los Angeles Angels after dealing with fatigue.

Richards pitched only four innings on Sunday against the Texas Rangers because of dehydration and cramping.

He is 1-3 with a 2.34 ERA this season.

Associated Press

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Injury

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Brewers Trading Ryan Braun 'Becoming More Realistic' Possibility
Ryan Braun can veto a trade to all teams except the Dodgers, Angels, Marlins, Rays and Nationals.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports (via MLBTradeRumors)

C.J. Wilson Targeting Mid-June Return To Angels
C.J. Wilson has been dealing with shoulder tendinitis since the start of spring training.

Jeff Fletcher/Orange County Register

Albert Pujols Passes Reggie Jackson On Home Run List
Albert Pujols hit two home runs on Monday, passing Reggie Jackson for sole possession of 13th place on the all-time list with 565 career long balls.

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Angels Place Daniel Nava On DL
Daniel Nava was hitting .286 through 14 at-bats in eight games with the Angels this season.

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Angels Finalizing Deal With Kyle Kendrick
The Angels are finalizing a contract agreement with Kyle Kendrick, according to multiple reports.

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Jake Arrieta Will Start Cubs' Opener
Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta had left his last spring outing with a blister on his right thumb.

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Chone Figgins To Retire With Angels
Chone Figgins has signed a one-day contract with the Angles and will retire on Monday.

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Mike Trout: Flipping Bat Shows Up Pitcher
Mike Trout is part of baseball's young generation, but he doesn't seem to want any part of a new era that includes bat flipping as a showcase for personality.

ESPN

Jered Weaver To See Spine Specialist
Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver will miss at least Monday's spring training start.

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David Freese Agrees To One-Year, $3M Deal With Pirates
David Freese hit .257, with 14 homers and 56 RBIs with the Angels last season.

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Jered Weaver Has Precautionary MRI On Neck
Jered Weaver arrived to camp on Thursday morning with tightness in his neck and was sent for a precautionary MRI exam, according to the Los Angeles Angels.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Albert Pujols On Pace To Play On Opening Day
Albert Pujols started at designated hitter in his first Spring Training game on Sunday and is on pace to be in the lineup for the Angels on Opening Day.

A.J. Cassavell/MLB.com

Austin Jackson Rejected Offer From Angels
The Angels recently offered Austin Jackson a one-year deal worth between $5 million and $6 million, but it was rejected.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Mike Trout Wants To Steal More Bases
As Mike Trout has become more and more of a power hitter, his stolen bases have decreased.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Medical Snag Delays Three-Team Trade Involving Jay Bruce
A three-team trade between the Reds, Blue Jays and Angels centered around Jay Bruce hit a snag on Monday night during the review of medical reports, according to sources.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Angels Won't Rush Albert Pujols Back For Opener
Albert Pujols had surgery in November after foot pain limited him to a designated-hitter role during the final month of last season.

Associated Press

Albert Pujols Cleared To Hit Off Tee
Albert Pujols has been cleared to hit off a tee as he continues to recover from November surgery to repair the plantar plate in his right foot.

ESPN

Angels, Calhoun Avoid Arbitration With $3.4M Deal
Kole Calhoun asked for $3.9 million when the sides exchanged proposed salaries Jan. 15, while the Angels offered $2.35 million. The agreement is $275,000 above the midpoint.

Associated Press

Angels, Garrett Richards Agree To $6.4M Deal
The Angels have avoided arbitration with Garrett Richards by agreeing to a one-year, $6.4 million deal.

Associated Press

Mike Trout Monitoring Eastern Snow Storm
Angels outfielder Mike Trout appeared on The Weather Channel on Saturday to deliver a report on the massive storm in his hometown.

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