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Mike Scioscia Meets With Josh Hamilton

Apr 18, 2015 2:09 AM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia met with Josh Hamilton this week for the first time in months, and he said he isn't sure when the star will return to the team.

Scioscia said he had dinner with Hamilton on Wednesday night when the Angels arrived in Houston for a series that began Friday night. It was the first time Scioscia had seen Hamilton since the slugger self-reported a relapse into substance abuse.

Scioscia said the former American League MVP is making progress in his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery.


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

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Angels May Seek To Terminate Josh Hamilton's Contract

Apr 15, 2015 7:16 AM

Josh Hamilton's contract with the Los Angeles Angels contains language that would allow them to terminate or reduce the deal if he is physically/mentally incapacitated due to substance abuse, according to a report.

However, the Joint Drug Agreement still supersedes contractual clauses of this nature, so it remains unclear if the Angels would be able to take any form of action.

Hamilton has salaries of $23 million this season and a total of $60 million over the next two campaigns.

The Major League Baseball Players Association has already issued a statement rejecting the idea that the Angels have the ability to do so.

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Pujols In Sole Possession Of 18th On Home Run List

Apr 13, 2015 7:32 AM

Albert Pujols hit the 522nd home run of his career on Sunday, moving him into sole possession of 18th place on the all-time home run list.

Pujols moved ahead of Ted Williams, Willie McCovey and Frank Thomas.

"Obviously, it's a great accomplishment, but it's disappointing we got swept by a great ballclub," he said. "It's an honor and a blessing to be in the same name category as those guys. But, at the same time, I've got to stay humble, and do my best to help my team win, and I wasn't able to do that today."

Next on the career list is Jimmie Foxx (534).

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C.J. Wilson Supports Josh Hamilton

Apr 12, 2015 1:41 PM

In the ongoing saga between Josh Hamilton and the Angels, one teammate has publicly come out in support of the outfielder.

Pitcher C.J. Wilson says he believes the team would show more support to Hamilton if he had been playing better.

"If Josh was hitting .300 with 35 home runs a year, what's the situation?" Wilson told the Orange County Register on Saturday. "Obviously, that's the player that they want. That's the player they paid for."


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Moreno: Not Sure If Hamilton Will Play For Angels Again

Apr 10, 2015 10:41 PM

Angels owner Arte Moreno isn't certain Josh Hamilton will play for the team again after his latest relapse into substance abuse.

Moreno also says the outfielder's contract contains language protecting the team against a relapse by Hamilton, apparently contradicting his previous statements.


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Garrett Richards Feels Ready To Go

Apr 10, 2015 10:17 PM

Angels right-hander Garrett Richards thinks he is ready to get the new season started eight months after knee surgery, according to an ESPN.com report.

The Angels believe Richards needs just a bit more work before his comeback.

Richards will start for Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday before the Angels decide when he'll return to their rotation, manager Mike Scioscia says.


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Pujols Hits HR No. 521, Moves Into Tie For 18th All-Time

Apr 9, 2015 8:13 AM

Albert Pujols slugged a two-run home run in the first inning on Wednesday, giving him 521 for his career.

That ties him with Ted Williams, Willie McCovey and Frank Thomas for 18th on the all-time list.

"The ball actually slipped out of my hand," Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma said of the 1-0, chest-high pitch. "I knew right when I released it that the ball was going to be up, and he didn't miss it."

If Pujols hits 30 homers in 2015 -- a number he reached in his first 12 years, but not since 2012 -- he'll reach 550, which is 15th all-time. Next on the list is Jimmie Foxx at 534, followed by Mickey Mantle at 536 and Mike Schmidt at 548.

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots

Apr 8, 2015 4:53 PM

Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who have the first overall pick, will have more than $8.6 million to spend on all selections.

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Angels Still Open To Extension With Huston Street

Apr 6, 2015 4:41 PM

The Los Angeles Angels are still open to a contract extension with Huston Street, according to Jerry Dipoto.

Negotiations have remained "friendly," Dipoto added, noting that "Opening Day was never a deadline."

The 31-year-old has been a reliable reliever and is eligible for free agency after this season.

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Angels Disagree With MLB's Decision Not To Discipline Josh Hamilton

Apr 4, 2015 1:57 PM

Josh Hamilton won't be disciplined by the MLB for his latest problems involving cocaine and alcohol. 

Team officials responded by saying they were surprised and disappointed.

Jerry Dipoto, general manager of the Los Angeles Angels, said he disagrees with the ruling by an arbitrator appointed under MLB's joint drug program with the players' association. MLB said earlier Friday that it disagreed with the ruling.

Hamilton has played poorly during the first two years of his five-year, $125 million contract with the Angels, who still owe him $83 million in salary over the next three years.

The Angels' public stance supporting punishment of Hamilton is the most visible evidence yet of the club's disenchantment with him.

"Do I agree with the decision that was made by the treatment board? Absolutely not,'' Dipoto said. "But that's not my decision to make."

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Decision On Hamilton Likely To Come After Opening Day
Rob Manfred had been hoping for a decision before the Angels start play Monday at Seattle.

Associated Press

Angels Will Open Season With Four Pitchers
The Angels will open the season with four starting pitchers, meaning Andrew Heaney and Nick Tropeano will likely begin the year with Triple-A Salt Lake.

Mike DiGiovanna/Los Angeles Times

M's To Start King Felix In Season Opener
Felix Hernandez is 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA in previous season openers.


Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Cory Rasmus To Miss Six To Eight Weeks
Cory Rasmus has a core injury that will require surgery.


MLB To Rule On Hamilton By Opening Day
Rob Manfred says a decision on possible discipline against Josh Hamilton should be made by Opening Day.


Manfred: Hamilton's Shoulder Reduces Urgency For Suspension
Josh Hamilton suffered a relapse in his battle with substance abuse.

Mike DiGiovanna/Los Angeles Times

Angels Will Pass On Jake Locker
Jake Locker, 26, announced his retirement from an injury-plagued career as an NFL quarterback on Tuesday.

Aiden Gonzalez/MLB

Jim Harbaugh Coaches First Base For The A's
Jim Harbaugh was in full uniform, wearing No. 4, his old number as a quarterback.


MLBPA Backs Hamilton, Calls Leaks 'Cowardly'
The MLBPA has come to the defense of Josh Hamilton, issuing a statement critical of news leaks that it calls "cowardly" and intended to hurt Hamilton "personally and professionally."

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Source: Arbitrator To Decide On Hamilton's Rehab
Josh Hamilton suffered a drug relapse involving the use of cocaine and alcohol in the offseason, according to multiple reports.


Garrett Richards Won't Pitch On Opening Day
The Angels remain hopeful Garrett Richards could be pitching in games two to three weeks into the regular season.


Josh Hamilton Suffered Drug Relapse
Josh Hamilton suffered a drug relapse involving the use of cocaine and alcohol in the offseason, according to a report by the New York Daily News.


Josh Hamilton Faces Discipline From MLB
Josh Hamilton was scheduled to meet Wednesday with MLB officials in New York about a disciplinary issue.


Trout Wants To Reduce Strikeouts, Increase Steals
Mike Trout is hoping to reduce his strikeouts, run more and avoid another playoff exit.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Angels Sign Lindstrom To Minors Deal
Matt Lindstrom will earn $1 million if he makes the Major League roster.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Garrett Richards Hopes To Be Cleared For Bullpen Sessions
Garrett Richards ran this week without restriction for the first time since rupturing his left patellar tendon back in August.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Angels, Matt Joyce Agree To Deal
The Angels have agreed to a one-year, $4.75 million contract with Matt Joyce.

Associated Press

Josh Hamilton To Have Shoulder Surgery
Josh Hamilton will undergo shoulder surgery on Wednesday and is expected to resume baseball activities in three to eight weeks.