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  1. Have your cake and eat it too! If you need a festive cake without gluten, dairy, or eggs, this is THE cake to make. It's tender, soft, and tastes great with chocolate frosting. (And sprinkles!) Continue reading "Gluten-Free Vanilla Birthday Cake" » View the full article
  2. Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (5) puts out Texas Rangers’ Rougned Odor (12), who bunted during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter) ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 16: Taylor Cole #67 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 16, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on double by Francisco Arcia during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter) Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani follows through on an RBI single off Texas Rangers starting pitcher Ariel Jurado during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter) ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 16: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a rbi single in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 16, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun rounds third base on his way to scoring on a single by Justin Upton off Texas Rangers starting pitcher Ariel Jurado during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter) Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, left, is congratulated by Albert Pujols (5) after scoring on a single by Justin Upton off Texas Rangers starting pitcher Ariel Jurado during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter) ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 16: Taylor Cole #67 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 16, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Texas Rangers’ Joey Gallo reacts after striking out against Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Williams Jerez to end the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter) Texas Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar runs to tag out Los Angeles Angels’ Taylor Ward (3) for one out of a triple play on a ground ball by David Fletcher off of Texas Rangers starting pitcher Ariel Jurado during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. Fletcher and Eric Young Jr. were also out on the play. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter) Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor, unaware there were already three outs, chases the Angels’ Kole Calhoun out of the baseline after a bizarre triple play on a ground ball hit by David Fletcher (not pictured) during the fourth inning of Thursday’s game in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 8-6. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter) ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 16: (L-R) Jurickson Profar #19 and Rougned Odor #12 of the Texas Rangers celebrate a triple play against the Los Angeles Angels in the fourth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 16, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Taylor Cole fields a bunt by Texas Rangers’ Rougned Odor during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. Odor was out on the play. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter) Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols stands ready as Texas Rangers’ Jurickson Profar leads off of first base during the third inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter) ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 16: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a rbi single in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 16, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 16: David Fletcher #6 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates a run with Albert Pujols #5 in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 16, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 16: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels hits celebrates a run in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 16, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 16: Jose Alvarez #48 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the third inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 16, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 16: Jose Alvarez #48 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the third inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 16, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 16: Jose Alvarez #48 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the third inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 16, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 16: Noe Ramirez #25 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the ttxt in the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 16, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 16: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers is caught trying to steal second against Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels in the third inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 16, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 16: Jim Johnson #33 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 16, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 16: Jurickson Profar #19 of the Texas Rangers celebrates a homerun with Joey Gallo #13 against the Los Angeles Angels in the sixth innng at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 16, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Ty Buttrey pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the Angels in his major-league debut on Thursday night against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Buttrey allowed a double but got three ground-ball outs. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) The Rangers’ Robinson Chirinos scores ahead of the tag of Angels relief pitcher Osmer Morales on a wild pitch by Morales during the eighth inning of Thursday’s game in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 8-6. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter) Show Caption of Expand ARLINGTON, Texas — The Angels saw some unforgettable baseball Thursday night in the series opener with the Rangers: an exceptionally rare type of triple play, Major League debuts by two of their eight pitchers and five consecutive Halo hits to start the game. If only that was all they saw. Instead, the Angels were left gawking at a tragicomic bottom of the eighth inning that led to an 8-6 loss in a game they thought they had in the bag. Reliever Justin Anderson – the Angels’ seventh pitcher in a planned bullpen game – entered with a two-run lead and promptly allowed a single, a hit-by-pitch, a double and a four-pitch walk as the Rangers pulled within one run with the bases loaded. Anderson almost eked out of trouble, getting back-to-back strikeouts, but then walked Shin-Soo Choo to tie the score at 6 and bring in Osmer Morales in his first big-league appearance. Morales got Rougned Odor to hit a grounder that was ruled an out at first, but a brief umpires’ review determined Odor beat the throw from second base and thus drove in the go-ahead run. Late-game hijinks aside, in a mid-August game between non-contending teams, the play that will be remembered will be the bases-loaded grounder Angels second baseman David Fletcher hit to Rangers third baseman Jurickson Profar in the fifth inning. Profar stepped on third base for a forceout, tagged Taylor Ward as he stumbled off third base and then threw to second to force out the runner from first. Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here. The Rangers’ triple play marked the first time that the batter was not retired on a triple play since June 3, 1912, in a game between Brooklyn and Cincinnati. It was the second triple play in the majors this season. The Mariners did it in Seattle against the Astros on April 19. The Angels had the game in hand for the first two-and-a-half hours. Just five pitches into the game, leadoff man Kole Calhoun was the first of five batters in a row to reach base on singles. Two runs scored on Francisco Aria’s double to give the Angels a 5-0 lead before they threw a pitch. Starter Taylor Cole allowed a two-run home run in the first and a leadoff homer and back-to-back walks to start the second before Manager Mike Scioscia went to Jose Alvarez. Williams Jerez, Noé Ramirez, Jim Johnson and Ty Buttrey all pitched serviceably before things went awry for the Halos. Buttrey tossed a scoreless seventh in his MLB debut. More to come on this story. Related Articles Angels eager to see where hard-throwing Ty Buttrey fits in Fresh off the DL, Rene Rivera hits go-ahead homer in Angels’ victory Angels’ Shohei Ohtani takes a trip back to Anaheim for a high-intensity bullpen session Baseball broadcasting in the age of social media: ‘It’s much harder to take chances now.’ Aaron Cox, former Angels prospect and Mike Trout’s brother-in-law, dies at age 24 View the full article
  3. ARLINGTON, Texas — Barely more than two weeks after the Angels acquired right-hander Ty Buttrey in a trade deadline deal, the Angels recalled the hard-throwing prospect Thursday before their series opener against the Rangers. Buttrey, a physically stout 25-year-old at 6-foot-6 and 246 pounds, came to the Angels organization from the Red Sox along with fellow Boston prospect Williams Jerez, who has already appeared in five games for the Angels. “He’s big and strong, got a power arm,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’re going to take a look at him and see where he fits in.” In four appearances for Salt Lake over the past week, Buttrey allowed one earned run on two hits in four innings (seven strikeouts, one walk). He posted a 2.25 ERA in 44 innings over 32 relief appearances for Red Sox Triple-A affiliate Pawtucket and has a career 3.95 ERA in 168 minor-league games, including 67 starts before switching to the bullpen in 2016. “I’m trying to make the most of this moment, trying to stay as calm and collected as I can, but obviously this is a dream come true,” Buttrey said. “I’ve been thinking about this day for a long time. Coming from getting traded and shortly (pitching for) Salt Lake City and getting called up within a week, it was really special.” Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here. Buttrey has a high-90s fastball and an above-average changeup, and he has made progress lowering his strikeouts-to-walks ratio this season. He has 74 strikeouts and 15 walks this season in the minors; he also fanned 74 last season but walked 33. In 2015, he walked 52 batters in 79 innings. He said adjustments to his delivery, as well as his mentality, this season, have been consequential. “Honestly, I think finally I had this confidence that I’ve been searching for a while and just being a high school (draftee), being a tall guy, it took a long time for me to get my mechanics and get everything sound,” he said. “It’s hard moving all these moving parts sometimes. Being a bigger guy, one little thing, it throws (you) off and you’re missing. So I kind of simplified some things mechanically. I was able to cut down on my walks and able to throw more strikes, challenging guys.” Buttrey replaced righty Hansel Robles, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with right shoulder impingement, retroactive to Aug. 15. DESPAIGNE TO START FRIDAY Scioscia said right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne will make his Angels debut Friday, starting against the Rangers three days after being acquired for cash in a trade with the Marlins. Despaigne is a veteran of 98 MLB games, including 43 starts, and has posted a 4.76 ERA in his five big-league seasons. He was 2-0 with a 5.31 ERA in 10 relief outings and one start for Miami this year. “He’s got a good cutter, breaking ball, change, good movement on his fastball, he kind of pitches off of that and he works off of soft contact,” Scioscia said. OHTANI TO THROW ANOTHER BULLPEN As he endeavors to pitch again for the first time since June 6, Angels two-way rookie Shohei Ohtani will throw a gentle bullpen session on Friday before a more taxing workout in Arizona when the Angels play the Diamondbacks next week. Ohtani threw 33 pitches in a high-intensity bullpen session on Wednesday. His sprained right elbow has kept him from pitching, but he remained in the lineup at designated hitter Thursday. “His last workout was an up-down, he did pitches up, sat down, then did pitches up – he felt good enough to do that so he’ll have a light ’pen tomorrow and then we’ll see for the next workout,” Scioscia said. “We’ll know the touch and feel tomorrow. Arizona will be more aggressive.” SANDOVAL PROMOTED Left-hander Patrick Sandoval was promoted to the Double-A Mobile (Ala.) BayBears from Class-A Inland Empire and was scheduled to start Thursday night on the road against the Biloxi (Miss.) Shuckers. The 21-year-old came to the Angels organization on July 26 in a trade with the Houston Astros for catcher Martin Maldonado. In three starts with Inland Empire, Sandoval threw 14-2/3 scoreless innings and struck out 21 batters. Sandoval had a 33-inning scoreless streak earlier in the season from June 9 to July 16. UP NEXT Angels (RHP Odrisamer Despaigne, 2-0, 5.31 ERA with Miami) at Rangers (LHP Mike Minor, 9-6, 4.61), Friday, 5 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM) Related Articles Fresh off the DL, Rene Rivera hits go-ahead homer in Angels’ victory Angels’ Shohei Ohtani takes a trip back to Anaheim for a high-intensity bullpen session Baseball broadcasting in the age of social media: ‘It’s much harder to take chances now.’ Aaron Cox, former Angels prospect and Mike Trout’s brother-in-law, dies at age 24 Taylor Ward collects 2 hits in his big league debut, helping Angels beat Padres View the full article
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  5. Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 15: Robbie Erlin #41 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at PETCO Park on August 15, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 15: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a sacrifice fly during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 15, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 15: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels runs as he scores during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 15, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Los Angeles Angels shortstop David Fletcher, center, reaches for the throw as San Diego Padres’ Wil Myers, right, steals second base during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges, left, and third baseman Wil Myers collide as Myers makes the catch for the out on Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) San Diego Padres third baseman Wil Myers, right, overthrows first base as Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher, left, arrives with a single at first during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons hits an RBI-single during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 15: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels hits an RBI single during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 15, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 15: David Fletcher #6 of the Los Angeles Angels is congratulated by Taylor Ward #3 after scoring during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 15, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, greets shortstop Andrelton Simmons (2) from the dugout at the end of the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 15: Cory Spangenberg #15 of the San Diego Padres hits a solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at PETCO Park on August 15, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 15: Justin Upton #8 of the Los Angeles Angels climbs the wall but can’t make the catch on a home run hit by Cory Spangenberg #15 of the San Diego Padres during the seventh inning of a baseball game at PETCO Park on August 15, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 15: Cory Spangenberg #15 of the San Diego Padres is congratulated after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at PETCO Park on August 15, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) The Angels’ Rene Rivera hits a home run during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres in a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) The Angels’ Rene Rivera hits a solo home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 15, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) The Angels’ Rene Rivera, right, is greeted by third base coach Dino Ebel after hitting a go-ahead home run during the ninth inning of Wednesday’s 3-2 victory over the Padres in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 15: Rene Rivera #44 of the Los Angeles Angels is congratulated after hitting a solo home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 15, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) Show Caption of Expand SAN DIEGO — René Rivera had been waiting three months to play again, and when he finally got the chance, he made it count. The Angels catcher, who had been out rehabbing from knee surgery, hit a second-deck homer in the ninth inning to a snap a tie in the Angels’ 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night. The Angels completed a three-game sweep of the Padres. They have won seven of their past nine games. In the ninth, the Padres summoned closer Kirby Yates, who brought a 1.55 ERA to the mound. With one out, Yates threw Rivera a first-pitch fastball over the inner half, and Rivera blasted it 408 feet. It came too late to get a victory for Felix Peña, who had not allowed an earned run in six innings. His 2-1 lead vanished when Cam Bedrosian gave up a homer to Cory Spangeberg in the seventh. Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here. Peña has a 4.02 ERA in his 10 starts, but that figure is inflated by one game in which he allowed seven runs and recorded one out. In the other nine games, he has a 2.70 ERA. Manager Mike Scioscia also allowed him to throw 90 pitches, the most in his career. It was a somewhat surprising decision. Peña began the sixth inning with 81 pitches, and he was about to face left-handed hitting Eric Hosmer, who had doubled against him, for the third time. Considering that Peña was nearing his previous high of 86 pitches and the batter he was about to face, it would have been perfectly defensible for Scioscia to turn the game over to his bullpen. Facing a bullpen game on Thursday in Texas, though, Scioscia gave Peña one more inning, and he rewarded his confidence with a nine-pitch, perfect inning against the middle of the San Diego order. So far, Peña has shown that he settles into games after some initial trouble. He gave up a double to the first batter of the game and then he issued a walk, leading to an unearned run after a passed ball. “Once he gets his feet on the ground, it seems he repeats his delivery,” Scioscia said before the game. “He repeats his pitches. He’s doing a good job.” The Angels had gotten him a run in the first inning on an Albert Pujols sacrifice fly. In the sixth, David Fletcher led off with an infield hit and went to third when Pujols yanked a ground ball through the shift on the left side of the infield. Andrelton Simmons singled into left to drive in Fletcher, putting the Angels up 2-1. More to come on this story. Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani takes a trip back to Anaheim for a high-intensity bullpen session Baseball broadcasting in the age of social media: ‘It’s much harder to take chances now.’ Aaron Cox, former Angels prospect and Mike Trout’s brother-in-law, dies at age 24 Taylor Ward collects 2 hits in his big league debut, helping Angels beat Padres As Rene Rivera prepares to return to Angels, rookie catcher duo will be broken up View the full article
  6. SAN DIEGO — Shohei Ohtani commuted from San Diego to Anaheim and back on Wednesday, allowing him to throw his bullpen session at Angel Stadium instead of Petco Park before returning to be available to hit in the game. Manager Mike Scioscia said the Angels had access to more precise data on his throwing session at home than from the bullpen in San Diego. Scioscia said Ohtani threw at near maximum effort. “He aired it out,” Scioscia said. “Everything looks good.” Ohtani threw 35 pitches in the bullpen to warm up and then he threw 15 pitches and 18 pitches on the game mound, taking a break in between to simulate multiple innings. He had hitters stand in, but not swing, just for the perspective. It’s unclear exactly what’s next for Ohtani, who is rehabbing a damaged ulnar collateral ligament, but he’ll soon need to face hitters in some kind of simulated game. Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here. The Angels have said Ohtani will not pitch in the minors on his way back, because then they’d lose his bat for the major league games. He can build up his pitch count in simulated games. Also, if Ohtani returns in September, he could pitch in games even with a limited pitch count because they’d have the depth of expanded rosters to back him up in the bullpen. RIVERA IN, BRICEÑO OUT Catcher José Briceño was optioned on Wednesday to make room for René Rivera, who was activated after missing nearly three months rehabbing from knee surgery. The Angels rookie catching duo of Briceño and Francisco Arcia had performed well in the three weeks since Martín Maldonado was traded, but Scioscia said Briceño still had some things to work on in the minors. “José definitely needs to work on a couple things on the offensive and defensive end,” Scioscia said. “This gives him a chance to do that. It’s tough to continue to work on things at the major league level. Frankie (Arcia) is playing at a real high level.” Scioscia said the Angels were eager to get Rivera back because of his work with the pitchers. “His experience will help, not only with the game plan but adjustments between innings,” Scioscia said. “He does a really good job with the pitchers. Not that the other guys weren’t. The other guys were doing a terrific job. I think René will be a settling effect for these guys, for sure.” ALSO Odrisamer Despaigne is expected to join the team in Texas, and Scioscia said “there’s a probability he’s going to start sometime in Texas.” It will not be Thursday, a game the Angels plan to use a corps of relievers. Despaigne, who was acquired from the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, can throw 75 to 80 pitches, Scioscia said. … Matt Shoemaker (forearm nerve surgery) has thrown an “up-down” bullpen session, Scioscia said Wednesday. Shoemaker is working toward a return to the Angels, sometime in the next few weeks. … The Angels designated reliever Akeel Morris for assignment, which opened a 40-man roster spot for Rivera to be activated from the 60-day disabled list. UP NEXT Angels (TBA) at Rangers (RHP Ariel Jurado, 2-2, 5.66), Thursday, 5 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM) Related Articles Baseball broadcasting in the age of social media: ‘It’s much harder to take chances now.’ Aaron Cox, former Angels prospect and Mike Trout’s brother-in-law, dies at age 24 Taylor Ward collects 2 hits in his big league debut, helping Angels beat Padres As Rene Rivera prepares to return to Angels, rookie catcher duo will be broken up Andrew Heaney’s strong outing and a late offensive outburst lead Angels to 10-inning victory over Padres View the full article
  7. In October 1968, Sports Illustrated profiled the flamboyant radio broadcaster Harry Caray, whose St. Louis Cardinals were in the World Series. “In the past decade,” wrote Myron Cope, “the trend of play-by-play broadcasting has been decidedly in the direction of mellow, impassive reporting, a technique that strikes Harry Caray as being about as appropriate as having Walter Cronkite broadcast a heavyweight championship fight.” Caray lamented that his style would inevitably cause him to get fired. He held a baseball broadcasting job every year until his death in 1998. These days, Caray’s style might not get him fired either. He would merely be taken to task on Twitter. The last month has seen the mob of social media sweep over the baseball broadcasting landscape like a haboob. On July 28, Atlanta Braves television analyst Joe Simpson chided several Dodgers players for their batting practice attire. He specifically called Chase Utley’s look “unprofessional” and an “embarrassment.” In the 24 hours that followed, Twitter responded to Simpson with its own color commentary. Some were quick to point out that Utley’s “unprofessional” attire included a “K Cancer” shirt, which is sold to benefit charitable causes such as cancer research. Chip Caray, Simpson’s partner in the booth (and Harry Caray’s grandson), punched back on his own Twitter account: “I’m not the guy taking BP in Capri-mimicking pants, no socks, and no ‘uniform.’ My partner merely pointed it out. … Why not wear MLB-issued BP jerseys with names on road so paying customers know who’s who? Lighten up.” Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here. But the Twitter mob had spoken. Soon it included Braves pitcher Brandon McCarthy, a former teammate of Utley’s on the Dodgers. “Chip, it was Chase Utley,” McCarthy wrote. “The near universal choice for how to conduct yourself as a professional baseball player.” Caray did not merely delete his tweet; he deleted his entire account. Simpson later visited Utley in the Dodgers’ clubhouse to apologize. Days later, Alex Rodriguez suggested on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast that the Cubs were mishandling Yu Darvish’s injury rehab and that Darvish was losing respect in his own clubhouse. That led to a meeting with Cubs manager Joe Maddon, which reportedly got “heated.” By the time Rodriguez got around to clarifying his comments on the air, the social media news cycle had moved on. At least Simpson managed to keep his name in the news. Last Tuesday, in the first game of a doubleheader between the Braves and Washington Nationals, he questioned the age of 19-year-old Nationals outfielder Juan Soto. “If he’s 19, he certainly got his man-growth,” Simpson said. The Nationals’ general manager, Mike Rizzo, does not monitor social media, but the team’s public relations staff does. When he got wind of Simpson’s comment, Rizzo visited Simpson in person before the second game of the doubleheader. During the broadcast of Game 2, Simpson backpedaled. “He’s a bona fide 19,” Simpson said of Soto. What’s going on here? Are the boundaries for a baseball broadcast changing, or is social media merely enforcing existing boundaries by tossing any dubious comment to the mob? “I just think that it’s much harder to take chances now and really just cut loose and have fun,” said Joe Davis, the Dodgers’ television play-by-play broadcaster. “I’m always thinking, how is this going to come off? I think you have to as a survival tactic.” Davis is 30. He is too young to remember the days when Haray Caray – in the words of Sports Illustrated – “in reply to a critical letter from a woman listener, exploded on the air, denouncing the woman in terms that judges save for those who molest old ladies.” He is also too young to remember Caray’s son, Skip, offer this comment about a female cheerleader on top of the Atlanta Braves’ dugout in 1988: “You know what’s wrong with that blonde? Nothing!” San Francisco Giants play-by-play broadcaster Jon Miller is 66, eight years removed from receiving the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award. He is no less concerned than Davis about how his words might be perceived. “We’re all trying to talk to people who are not just our age, we’re trying to talk to people who are much younger,” Miller said. At the urging of his children, Miller started an Instagram account. He has more than 53,000 followers as of this writing. Miller said he has a Twitter account too, but he only uses it to read others’ tweets. If he is at the center of a social media consternation, Miller won’t hear about it from the Giants’ PR staff first. When he learned of Simpson’s comment about Soto, Miller thought it sounded a generation behind how Major League Baseball scrutinizes birth certificates in 2018. “To me, he didn’t really know what he was talking about,” Miller said. “It makes him look bad, number one, because (Soto) is a Hispanic guy and it’s some tired old stereotype or cliché. Even if you go back 20 years, it was a cliché then.” Miller recalled meeting with a producer of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball in 2007 in preparation for a Red Sox-Yankees game at Fenway Park. That Tuesday, the New York Post reported that Rodriguez, then a third baseman for the Yankees, was seen with a “mysterious” woman in Toronto while he was still married. Miller said the producer wanted him to address the story on the air during the game. “They wanted to just rehash the New York Post,” Miller said. “I don’t get that. Is there something in the clubhouse, is this a distraction, are there team leaders who are unhappy with A-Rod right now because this is affecting them? The answer sounded like no. “You want to talk about that? Well I have something I could ask Joe (Morgan): ‘When you played, let’s say Johnny Bench had a woman that was not his wife in a certain road city, would Johnny be careful not to be seen in public with her, or would he just go into a hotel lobby where anybody could see him with her?’ They were all ticked off that I was making fun.” The larger lesson, Miller said, was something he learned as a journalism student in high school and college: “You have to actually know what you’re talking about before you put something on the air.” It isn’t exactly Walter Cronkite broadcasting a heavyweight fight, but it’s a lesson baseball broadcasters are taking seriously in 2018. Sometimes they are learning the hard way, one deleted tweet at a time. View the full article
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  9. Try this Dukkah-Crusted Grilled Chicken! A new spice blend can really be a game changer when dinner time gets boring. Dukkah is a blend of coriander, cumin, and fennel seeds and nuts, and it pairs beautifully with grilled chicken. Continue reading "Grilled Dukkah-Crusted Chicken with Lemon Hummus" » View the full article
  10. Aaron Cox, the brother-in-law of Mike Trout and a former Angels pitching prospect, died on Wednesday morning, according to a statement released by the Angels. Cox was 24. The cause of death was not announced. “The Angels Organization is saddened to hear of the passing of Aaron Cox, a member of the Angels family since 2015,” read an Angels statement. “We are deeply heartbroken and shocked by this tragic loss. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences to his family and friends. Aaron will always have a special place in the hearts of those within the organization.” Trout had left the Angels recently to attend to what the team called “a personal family matter.” Cox is the younger brother of Trout’s wife. Cox attended Millville High in New Jersey, just like Trout, and played baseball. The Angels drafted him 2015. He was out in 2017 after being hit in the head by a line drive during spring training. He retired last week, having not pitched at a level above Class-A. Trout is currently on the disabled list with right wrist inflammation. He is eligible to be activated on Thursday, but the Angels have given no timeline for when he will return. Related Articles Taylor Ward collects 2 hits in his big league debut, helping Angels beat Padres As Rene Rivera prepares to return to Angels, rookie catcher duo will be broken up Andrew Heaney’s strong outing and a late offensive outburst lead Angels to 10-inning victory over Padres Prospect Taylor Ward set for major league debut with Angels Angels’ Shohei Ohtani increases bullpen workload as he moves to return “Early this morning our families lost a phenomenal human being,” read the statement from Trout and his wife. “Aaron Cox was a tremendous son, brother, and brother-in-law. He had a deep love for his family, and a passionate dedication and commitment to his friends. As our families grieve together, we will also celebrate the memories, the laughter, and the love we each shared with Aaron in the short time we had him. He will forever be at the forefront in the hearts and minds of the Cox and Trout families. We will rely on the love and strength of God first and foremost during this difficult and challenging time, as well as our dear family and friends. We thank you for your thoughts and prayers, and our Lord and Savior for His precious gift of Aaron Joseph.” View the full article
  11. SAN DIEGO — As Taylor Ward continued putting up big numbers at Triple-A, he couldn’t help but think about the next step. “You definitely get a little nervous,” Ward said. “Falling asleep at night and thinking about it. Absolutely you start to think about it. You just hope for this day.” The day finally came on Tuesday, when the Angels’ third base prospect made his major league debut. Making the day even better, Ward had two hits and a walk in the Angels’ 7-3 victory over the San Diego Padres. Ward, a 24-year-old former first-round pick, said he had 10 friends and family members in the stands at Petco Park, just a three-hour drive from his high school in Indio. The Angels hung a No. 3 jersey in his locker, an improvement from the No. 99 he had sported during spring training. Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here. Back then, Ward was a catcher who hadn’t quite panned out in his first three professional seasons. Shortly after he was sent down from big league camp in March, the Angels moved him to third base, and everything began to change. Ward hit .349 with a .977 OPS between Double-A and Triple-A this season, a change that’s often been attributed to him being free of the mental and physical demands of catching. While Ward didn’t deny that helped, he said he actually began retooling his swing last winter. “I did a lot of things this past offseason to really refine my swing and get into positions I can easily repeat,” Ward said before Tuesday’s game. “That’s what I’ve done so far this year.” He stepped to the plate for the first time on Tuesday with runners at first and second and no outs, facing right-hander Brett Kennedy, who was ahead of Ward by just one game in major league experience. Kennedy, who had spent most of the year in Triple-A, threw him a fastball over the outer half and Ward punched it past the first baseman into right field, good for an RBI double. In the fourth, Ward drew a walk and scored on an Eric Young Jr. triple, putting the Angels up 3-0. Ward led off the sixth with another single into right field. In the field, he handled a foul popup and an easy bouncer, so it remains to be seen how he’ll do on defense. He said before the game that he typically went out for extra defensive work four or five times a week in the minors, and he made a breakthrough in his comfort at the position just recently. “I feel good,” he said. “Of course there’s a lot of tweaking that’s been going on. Now I believe in the last three or four games at Salt Lake I found a routine before each pitch that gets me in the right position to make the best decision as quickly as I can.” Ward was able to enjoy a relatively stress-free big league debut thanks largely to another big night from Justin Upton, whose two-run homer put the Angels up 5-1 in the fifth. Upton’s fifth homer in his last seven games was one of three hits on the night. He is 13 for 29 (.448) in the last seven games. Starter Jaime Barría gave up one run in five innings, working around six hits and a walk. The Angels have won Barría’s last four starts. More to come on this story. Related Articles As Rene Rivera prepares to return to Angels, rookie catcher duo will be broken up Andrew Heaney’s strong outing and a late offensive outburst lead Angels to 10-inning victory over Padres Prospect Taylor Ward set for major league debut with Angels Angels’ Shohei Ohtani increases bullpen workload as he moves to return Angels exhaust their bullpen again in second consecutive loss to Oakland A’s View the full article
  12. SAN DIEGO — The time for the Angels to rely on a pair of rookie catchers is coming to an end. Veteran René Rivera, who has been out for three months after undergoing knee surgery, was back in the clubhouse on Tuesday and proclaimed himself ready to return. If Rivera is activated on Wednesday, either Francisco Arcia or José Briceño will be going down to Triple-A for a couple weeks before rosters expand in September. In the three weeks the two shared the catching duties, after the trade of Martín Maldonado, they combined to hit .368 with four homers and a 1.042 OPS. “They’ve done a great job,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “There are some growing pains you would expect with any catcher, especially coming in and trying to fill Martín’s shoes on the game plan and working with pitchers. They’ve made a quick study and they’re doing a good job with that.” There is no obvious choice when it comes down to which catcher should go down. Briceño has more big-league experience, but Arcia is the left-handed hitter, which might make him a better complement to the right-handed hitting Rivera. Rivera said he’s also been impressed with the way the rookies have handled themselves, but he’s ready to get back on the field. “I’m excited,” he said. “I want to play. I want to be back and be part of the team. I just want to play baseball.” Rivera was hitting .259 with an .804 OPS in just 54 at-bats before he got hurt. ROTATION UPDATE Since Nick Tropeano still has not thrown a baseball since he went on the disabled list with a shoulder problem, the Angels will have two bullpen games on Thursday and Friday in Texas. “We’re going to mix and match and use our whole staff, for sure,” said Scioscia, who had 10 relievers on his lineup card on Tuesday. There are no obvious candidates from Triple-A who could join the rotation and be able to provide a full 90- or 100-pitch start, so the Angels are likely going to have to continue with bullpen days until Tropeano or Tyler Skaggs can return. The Angels have two off days next week, so they could use those to shuffle the rotation so the bullpen days aren’t consecutive. Bullpen days will be more manageable in September when rosters expand. ALSO Shohei Ohtani (damaged ulnar collateral ligament) came through Monday’s bullpen session well, Scioscia said. He is scheduled for another, more intense, mound session on Wednesday, according to Scioscia. … The Angels have no further information about when they are expecting center fielder Mike Trout to return to the active roster. Trout (right wrist inflammation) is eligible to play on Thursday, but he’s currently away from the team dealing with a personal family matter, the Angels said. … When Taylor Ward was packing after his promotion from Double-A to Triple-A in May, he cut his finger on his luggage and had to have the promotion delayed by about a week. When he got the call to the majors a couple days ago? “I made sure that nothing was clipped or anything like that,” Ward said. “That was such a freak thing. I will try to avoid that as much as I can.” UP NEXT Angels (RHP Felix Peña, 1-3, 4.95) at Padres (LHP Robbie Erlin, 2-3, 3.36), Wednesday, 6 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM) Related Articles Andrew Heaney’s strong outing and a late offensive outburst lead Angels to 10-inning victory over Padres Prospect Taylor Ward set for major league debut with Angels Angels’ Shohei Ohtani increases bullpen workload as he moves to return Angels exhaust their bullpen again in second consecutive loss to Oakland A’s Tyler Skaggs returns to Angels disabled list as Eduardo Paredes returns to the majors View the full article
  13. There was a great television ad for soup a while back that I think pretty much every parent could relate to. The ad showed a mother walking down the aisle of the supermarket, pushing a cart with a toddler, and another little one racing around near the cart. The voice coming over the supermarket loudspeaker warned about an impending storm, with road closings, and school cancellations. Continue reading "How to Grocery Shop with Kids Without Losing Your Mind" » View the full article
  14. The Angels’ Justin Upton hits a two-run home run during the 10th inning of Monday’s 6-3 victory over the Padres in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 13: Eric Young Jr. #9 of the Los Angeles Angels scores on a wild pitch ahead of the tag by Clayton Richard #3 of the San Diego Padres during the third inning of a baseball game at PETCO Park on August 13, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Los Angeles Angels’ Eric Young Jr. (9) slides home ahead of the throw on a wild pitch during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez) Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez) SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 13: Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 13, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney, left, reacts on the mound after giving up a home run to San Diego Padres’ Freddy Galvis during the third inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez) San Diego Padres’ Eric Hosmer is greeted in the dugout after hitting a sacrifice fly during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez) SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 13: Clayton Richard #3 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at PETCO Park on August 13, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 13: Jose Briceno #10 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 13, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 13: Clayton Richard #3 of the San Diego Padres stands on the mound after giving up a solo home run to Jose Briceno #10 of the Los Angeles Angels during the third inning of a baseball game at PETCO Park on August 13, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 13: Jose Briceno #10 of the Los Angeles Angels looks skyward next to Austin Hedges #18 of the San Diego Padres after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game at PETCO Park on August 13, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) Los Angeles Angels’ Jose Briceno (10) is greeted at the dugout by Andrew Heaney after Briceno hit a home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez) SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 13: Manuel Margot #7 of the San Diego Padres makes a diving catch on a ball hit by Jefry Marte #19 of the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning of a baseball game at PETCO Park on August 13, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 13: Freddy Galvis #13 of the San Diego Padres is congratulated by Jose Pirela #2 after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at PETCO Park on August 13, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 13: Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 13, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 13: Jose Pirela #2 of the San Diego Padres throws over Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels as he tries to turn a double play during the sixth inning of a baseball game at PETCO Park on August 13, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 13: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a single during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 13, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 13: Freddy Galvis #13 of the San Diego Padres hits a single during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at PETCO Park on August 13, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 13: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels hits an RBI double during the tenth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 13, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 13: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels hits an RBI double during the tenth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 13, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 13: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels hits an RBI double during the tenth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 13, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 13: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels scores during the tenth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 13, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 13: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels scores in front of Austin Hedges #18 of the San Diego Padres during the tenth inning of a baseball game at PETCO Park on August 13, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Deis Poroy/Getty Images) SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 13: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates after scoring during the tenth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 13, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 13: Justin Upton #8 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a two-run home run during the tenth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 13, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) Show Caption of Expand SAN DIEGO — After a rough weekend in which the Angels lost twice and emptied out their bullpen, they needed a victory and a deep outing from their starter. A string of big hits and a perfect suicide squeeze provided the former, while Andrew Heaney supplied the latter. Kole Calhoun’s ground-rule double and Justin Upton’s two-run home run, sandwiched around a perfectly executed suicide from David Fletcher, gave the Angels a 6-3, 10-inning victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday night. Although the offense came too late for Heaney to get credit for the victory, he nonetheless did just what the Angels needed, pitching 7-1/3 innings and allowing just two runs. Heaney was dominant for most of the game, and when he began to falter, Justin Upton picked him up. After back-to-back singles to start the eighth, Heaney gave up a deep drive to pinch-hitter Eric Hosmer. Upton leaped at the left-field fence and robbed Hosmer of a three-run homer, although the sacrifice fly still tied the score. Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here. With the score still 2-2 in the 10th, Calhoun blasted a double into left-center, driving in Eric Young Jr. with the go-ahead run. Fletcher then pushed a perfect bunt to the right side as Shohei Ohtani streaked home. Upton punctuated the victory with a two-run homer, his 25th of the season. The Angels needed Heaney to give them some innings because starter Tyler Skaggs had been knocked out in the fourth on Saturday and they used all relievers to replace injured Nick Tropeano on Sunday. Heaney could have pitched on Sunday on four days rest, but the Angels opted to give him an extra day after he’d allowed five runs in five innings, with a slight dip in velocity, in his last outing. He looked sharp this time. He came out throwing his normal 92 mph, and he was pounding the strike zone and getting the Padres hitters to make quick outs. Related Articles Prospect Taylor Ward set for major league debut with Angels Angels’ Shohei Ohtani increases bullpen workload as he moves to return Angels exhaust their bullpen again in second consecutive loss to Oakland A’s Tyler Skaggs returns to Angels disabled list as Eduardo Paredes returns to the majors Tyler Skaggs puts Angels in a hole that leaves Mike Scioscia trying something new He retired the first six hitters of the game on 29 pitches. Freddy Galvis tagged Heaney for a homer leading off the third, but Heaney then responded by retiring the next 12 hitters. After six innings, he’d still thrown only 73 pitches. He worked around a two-on, one-out jam with a couple strikeouts in the seventh, and Upton helped him avoid more serious trouble with his home-run saving catch in the eighth. The Angels had not given him much margin for error, because their offense in support of him was limited to the third inning. After the Angels’ first six hitters were retired by Clayton Richard, José Briceño led off the third by belting a homer into the upper deck in left field, a 423-foot shot. It was Briceño’s third homer of the season, and first since he’d homered in his first two major-league starts, back in May. Young followed with a dribbler about 15 feet in front of the plate. Catcher Austin Hedges and Richard each gave way to the other, and Young had an infield hit. Young came around on a ground ball and a wild pitch. More to come on this story. View the full article
  15. SAN DIEGO — Taylor Ward dressed in a corner of the Angels clubhouse on Monday, in front of a locker with no name plate. Ward was at the doorstep, but not yet through the door, to fulfill his dream – and the dream of Angels fans starved to see the touted prospect play in the majors. The Angels brought the third baseman up from Triple-A on Monday, in order to activate him for his big-league debut on Tuesday. The extra day allows him to get his bearings in the new surroundings before he needs to play. Starting Tuesday, expect him to get regular starts at third base, although Manager Mike Scioscia wouldn’t commit to just how regularly. “He’s going to get a good chance to play,” Scioscia said. “It’s tough to project how much playing time a guy will get because you’re still looking for production and performance. We don’t want to give him too much where a young kid is swallowed by the experience, but we think he’s ready for it and he’ll get a chance to meet the challenge.” Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here. Ward, 24, was the Angels’ first-round pick in 2015, as a catcher. His stock dropped as he struggled in his first years in the farm system, with neither his offense nor his defensive living up to expectations. However, this season the Angels moved him from behind the plate to third, and he blossomed. He hit .345 with a .973 OPS at Double-A, and then .352 with a .979 OPS at Triple-A, earning the call to the majors. Keith Johnson, his manager at Triple-A, said he thinks being freed of the responsibility of catching helped his bat come to life. “Playing third base is still a mental position, but not so much as a catcher,” said Johnson, who is now up as a coach with the major league staff. “I think it freed his mind up a little. He’s also probably fresher.” As for his defense at third, Johnson said Ward has also “come a lot further in a short period of time than I thought he would. … He’s taken to it pretty good so far.” Related Articles Angels exhaust their bullpen again in second consecutive loss to Oakland A’s Tyler Skaggs returns to Angels disabled list as Eduardo Paredes returns to the majors Tyler Skaggs puts Angels in a hole that leaves Mike Scioscia trying something new Angels’ Shohei Ohtani passes another test on way back from arm injury Angels edge A’s in a battle of changed teams View the full article