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Josh Hamilton Isn't Preparing Differently For Series With Angels

Jul 3, 2015 10:25 AM

Josh Hamilton will get his first chance for revenge this weekend when the Texas Rangers face off against the Los Angeles Angels.

Hamilton says he won't do anything special to get ready despite an acrimonious split with the Angels.

"I don't do anything more different than I usually do before the game," Hamilton told USA TODAY Sports.

"Maybe the focus is a little more there, but nothing to get back at a team for any reason, just like when I left [Texas for the Angels after the 2012 season]," Hamilton said. "When I came back, I was like, 'Just treat it like any old road game.' I'm going to treat this like any other home game."


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Mike Scioscia Denies 'Power Struggle' With Jerry Dipoto

Jul 2, 2015 6:31 AM

After Jerry Dipoto stepped down on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Angels and Mike Scioscia denied that the long-time manager had a role in the general manager's departure.

The Angels did not publicly give a reason for the split beyond vague allusions by president John Carpino to a recent team meeting that didn't go well for Dipoto. Scioscia and Carpino flatly denied reports of renewed tension between the two, insisting Scioscia would have been glad to keep working with Dipoto.

"I can only speak for myself, [but] there's never been a power struggle," Scioscia said. "I understand what the role of manager is in the organization. I'm hard-headed. I have opinions. ... I understand that a manager gets the word 'no' more than he gets 'yes.' I understand that, and it happens here. There was no ego, no power struggle."

Dipoto refused to cast blame Wednesday night in addressing his resignation with beat reporters.

"I am not leaving a disgruntled employee, throwing stones on my way out the door," Dipoto said. "I love the group. I really do. I hope the guys can continue to make as much progress as I feel we made the last 3½ years. This is simply about me believing that I was no longer in a position to be that person."


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Angels Name Bill Stoneman Interim GM

Jul 2, 2015 6:26 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have officially announced that Jerry Dipoto has resigned as the club's general manager.

Bill Stoneman will serve as general manager for the remainder of the season.

The Angels also confirmed that assistant general manager Matt Klentak and fellow assistant Scott Servais will remain with the team in their previous roles while assisting Stoneman.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

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Dipoto Decides To Step Down As Angels GM

Jul 1, 2015 5:14 PM

Jerry Dipoto decided to step down from his position as general manager of the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, according to a source.

The Angels have not confirmed or commented on the matter and Dipoto has not responded to several requests seeking comment.

FOX Sports reported on Monday that there is friction between the front office and coaching staff.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

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Source: Dipoto Could Step Down As Angels GM

Jul 1, 2015 7:21 AM

Jerry Dipoto could step down as general manager of the Los Angeles Angels, according to sources.

FOX Sports reported on Tuesday that there is once again friction between the front office and coaching staff.

"It's possible," said the source, who couldn't speak on the matter publicly.

Dipoto packed up his office and left early Tuesday, according to sources.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

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Tensions Return Between Scioscia, Angels Front Office

Jun 30, 2015 7:56 AM

Tensions between the Los Angeles Angels front office and Mike Scioscia have returned and far more pervasive, according to Major League sources.

Arte Moreno resolved the tension between Jerry Dipoto and Scioscia at the conclusion of the 2012 season, seemingly successfully.

"Emotions simmered in a series of meetings over the weekend when Dipoto expressed frustration with the coaches’ failure to convey scouting information to the players, sources said. At least one coach responded heatedly to Dipoto and first baseman Albert Pujols issued a pointed rebuttal to his GM, sources said," writes Ken Rosenthal.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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Report: Pujols Open To Final Home Run Dery Appearance

Jun 30, 2015 7:50 AM

Albert Pujols would welcome the opportunity to participate in this year's Gillette Home Run Derby if voted into the All-Star Game, according to a report.

"I think it would be the last one," the nine-time All-Star said.

Pujols, who leads the American League with 23 home runs, has participated in the event on three occasions, most recently in 2009.


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Angels Looking To Trade For Hitting

Jun 29, 2015 8:21 AM

The Los Angeles Angels are in the market for a hitter and have inquired about several players with other teams, according to a report.

The best fit would be a left-handed hitter with a good on-base percentage and who has the ability to play left field or designated hitter.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

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Robinson Cano Hit In Head By Stray Ball

Jun 28, 2015 2:08 AM

Mariners star Robinson Cano was hit in the head by a stray ball while the Angels were warming up in between innings Saturday and left the game because of dizziness.

Cano was taken to the clubhouse after being struck by rookie shortstop Taylor Featherston's high throw over first baseman Albert Pujols as the Angels' infield loosened up before the seventh inning.

Cano had a sizable welt near his left temple, and the Mariners' medical staff checked the second baseman for a concussion. No signs of one were found.


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Pujols' Revival A Result Of Swing Adjustments

Jun 23, 2015 6:52 AM

Albert Pujols will never again be the hitter he was in his prime, but a series of adjustments have allowed him to be a productive force for the Los Angeles Angels this season.

Pujols was hitting 177/.261/.355 in 69 plate appearances after an 0-for-4 performance on April 24, but in 210 plate appearances since he is hitting .301/.352/.622.

The 35-year-old "has dropped his hands and moved his left elbow closer to the pitcher with his bat much further from parallel than in previous years. He is also utilizing more of a leg kick than he did last year," writes Craig Edwards of FanGraphs.

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Angels Place Jered Weaver On DL
The Angels have decided to give pitcher Jered Weaver time for his sore hip to rest.


Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players
The University of Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

RealGM Staff Report

Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks
Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

RealGM Staff Report

Pujols Hits HR No. 536, Ties Mickey Mantle
Albert Pujols has tied Mickey Mantle for 16th place on the all-time home run list.


Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft
The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but position players were a hot commodity overall.

RealGM Staff Report

First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players
Of the 36 first-round selections, 19 were out of college and 17 were from high school.

RealGM Staff Report

2015 MLB Draft Slot Values
Major League Baseball informed teams of the slot values assigned to the first 315 picks of the 2015 draft back in April.

Baseball America

First-Round 2015 MLB Draft Results
We are reporting live from the 2015 MLB Draft in New Jersey. Follow along for news, rumors and selections. Arizona selected Dansby Swanson first overall.

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A-Rod Moves Into Second Place On RBIs List
Hank Aaron is baseball's all-time RBI leader with 2,297.


Angels Will Continue To Look For Offensive Help
The Angels led the American League in runs scored last season, but they currently rank next to last.

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

Angels Acquire Kirk Nieuwenhuis From Mets
The Mets will receive cash in the transaction.

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

Draft Prospect Ties Mike Trout's Home Run Record
Ashton Bardzell, a senior at New Jersey's Ramsey High School, has tied Mike Trout's state record for home runs in a season with 18.

Matt Monagan/MLB

Angels, Phillies Have Discussed Revere Trade
Ben Revere may become the odd man out in the outfield for the Phillies and a trade seems likely.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Matt Joyce Scratched From Lineup After Late Arrival
Matt Joyce wasn't in the lineup for the Angels on Tuesday afternoon because he arrived late to the park.

Associated Press

Hamilton Says Angels Wouldn't Let Him Speak To Moreno
The Angels traded Josh Hamilton to the Rangers in April for cash considerations.


Ben Revere Aware Of Rumors, Angels Could Be Destination
Ben Revere, who has already been part of one trade in his career, has been aware of recent rumors since the Phillies began the season.

Ryan Lawrence/Philadelphia Daily News

Angels Sign Huston Street To Two-Year Extension
The Angels have agreed to a two-year, $18 million deal with Huston Street.

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

Mike Trout Is Hitting High Fastballs Better
The one knock on Mike Trout in his first few seasons was his tendency to swing and miss at high fastballs.

Jeff Sullivan/FanGraphs

Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect
Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

Keith Law/ESPN

Royals Acquire Drew Butera From Angels
The Royals have acquired catcher Drew Butera from Angels for minor league infielder Ryan Jackson.

Associated Press

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