Covering baseball on and off the field for the Los Angeles Times.

Baseball quotes of the week: A's Brett Lawrie calls out K.C. fans

latimes.com — "I got a first-pitch missed curveball up in my head, and everyone leaps up in their seat like Bruce Buffer is about to come out." -Brett Lawrie, Oakland Athletics infielder, blaming Kansas City fans for "antagonizing everything" during a chippy series in which six Royals, including Manager Ned Yost, were ejected.

A-Rod still hitting homers, even if Yankees don't want to pay for them

latimes.com — Josh Hamilton could help the Angels win this year. No doubt about it, certainly not from Angels Manager Mike Scioscia or the players. Owner Arte Moreno banished Hamilton anyway. The New York Yankees decided to let Alex Rodriguez hit home runs for them, even if they threaten not to pay him as promised for the milestone home runs.

Angels reach agreement to trade Josh Hamilton to Rangers

baltimoresun.com — In the end, there was no fight. Josh Hamilton could get to go home, and Angels owner Arte Moreno could get to rid his team of the troubled outfielder and save himself a few bucks in the process.

Angels reportedly agree to trade Josh Hamilton to Rangers

latimes.com — In the end, there was no fight. Josh Hamilton could get to go home, and Angels owner Arte Moreno could get to rid his team of the troubled outfielder and save himself a few bucks in the process.

Rangers fans relentless in blasting Josh Hamilton in homecoming

articles.latimes.com — During Friday's Texas-Angels game, the boos are loud and hostile. Punishment follows former Ranger's comments that it's not a baseball town. But he has a point. ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers should have been selling red herrings at the souvenir stand.

Josh Hamilton could be a former Angel soon

latimes.com — The Angels are in talks with Josh Hamilton that could result in the troubled outfielder leaving the team within 72 hours, according to a person familiar with the matter who is not authorized to discuss it publicly. Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto was in negotiations with Hamilton's representatives Friday.

Angels draw smallest crowd since changing name to L.A.

latimes.com — The Angels played a rare 4 p.m. game Thursday, and they had their smallest crowd in 12 years. The Angels sold 24,304 tickets to Thursday's 2-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics. The Angels still wore Anaheim on their jerseys when they last had a smaller gathering -- 24,000, on May 21, 2003, when the opposing starters were Sidney Ponson and Aaron Sele.

Collapse of Comcast-TWC merger could extend Dodgers' TV blackout

latimes.com — Dodgers fans should brace for a second full season without the home team on television throughout Southern California. That was the word Thursday from sports business analysts, as the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable teetered near collapse. "That creates uncertainty for a while," said Ed Desser, president of Desser Sports Media.

Johnny Giavotella, Kole Calhoun give Angels edge against Athletics

latimes.com — Johnny Giavotella hit a three-run shot for his first homer with the Angels after the inning was extended by a replay and the defending AL West champions so thoroughly roughed up the Athletics that Oakland first baseman Ike Davis pitched in Los Angeles' 14-1 victory Tuesday night.

Mike Scioscia addresses Angels bosses' comments on Josh Hamilton

latimes.com — As the Angels prepared to open their Arizona training facility to Josh Hamilton , Manager Mike Scioscia tried Tuesday to explain that his bosses had criticized baseball's drug policy, and not the troubled outfielder himself, when they expressed outrage at an arbitrator's ruling that Hamilton could not be suspended after a substance-abuse relapse.
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Apr 25, 2015

Manfred wants #Athletics to stay in Oakland, but he wants public money too: lat.ms/1PBZf96

Apr 25, 2015

#Yankees might not want to pay A-Rod bonuses for home runs, but at least they put him on All-Star ballot: lat.ms/1PBZf96

Apr 25, 2015

Baseball column: #Yankees vs A-Rod, Ventura vs world, Ike Davis vs batters, Manfred vs Oakland: lat.ms/1PBZf96

Apr 25, 2015

RT @MikeDiGiovanna: Source: #Angels, #Rangers in agreement on all terms of Josh Hamilton trade. Deal is in union's hands for review. Must be approved by MLB.

Apr 25, 2015

"It's not a victimless crime," MLB digital chief on #Dodgers fans subverting TV blackout: fw.to/GN9u7mi via @dhpierson

Apr 25, 2015

As Moreno dumps Hamilton, #Angels trade the 2 players who batted cleanup most often in '14 for no major league help: fw.to/UQLjXl

Apr 25, 2015

Josh Hamilton, Vernon Wells, Gary Matthews: Three of a kind for Moreno's #Angels: fw.to/UQLjXl

Apr 24, 2015

Hamilton trade: where it stands, what it means, what they're saying: fw.to/UQLjXl #Angels

Apr 24, 2015

That was quick. MT @DavidLaurilaQA I've been watching baseball for over 4 decades. Hanley is the worst defensive outfielder I've ever seen.

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