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Jered Weaver gives up four home runs in the Angels' 7-0 loss to the Yankees

latimes.com — Mike Scioscia walked to the mound in the fifth inning Friday night, clapped his hands once and took the ball from Jered Weaver, who trudged to the dugout after yielding four homers and 10 hits in a 7-0 loss to the New York Yankees in Angel Stadium .

MLB eyes 20-second pitch clock and other measures to speed up games

latimes.com — Commissioner Rob Manfred is considering radical changes to speed up the pace of play and infuse more offense into games, including limiting the number of pitching changes and defensive shifts, but if installing a 20-second pitch clock is one of them, it could be met with some resistance.

Angels GM says Manager Mike Scioscia 'has done a great job'

latimes.com — The Angels' poor record - 51-70 entering Friday night's game against the New York Yankees - has thrust Mike Scioscia's name into recent stories speculating on what managers might be fired, but the temperature under the seat of baseball's longest-tenured manager might not be as hot as some think.

Angels end losing streak with a little help from an old friend

latimes.com — The Rally Human showed up in the Angels dugout 2 1/2 hours before game time Tuesday night, former hitting coach Mickey Hatcher bringing his exuberance and, he hoped, some spell-breaking powers to his struggling old club, which is led by his friend and former field boss, Manager Mike Scioscia .

Felix Hernandez may have Los Angeles Angels figured out, but Mike Trout has his number

latimes.com — As reporters approached Felix Hernandez after Monday night's game, the Seattle ace said in a mocking tone, "I don't want to answer any questions about Mike Trout." The right-hander was as effective in sticking to his proclamation as he has been in avoiding the barrel of the Angels slugger's bat.

Angels' futility reaches record-tying 11 losses in a row after 3-2 loss to Mariners

latimes.com — The Angels have used "Calling All Angels" as the sound track to their pregame video montage since 2004, but it might be time to sub out the Train song for a Green Day hit that more appropriately captures the mood for this season: "Wake Me Up When September Ends."

Angels get good news on Garrett Richards, who calls his recovery from elbow injury 'pretty amazing'

latimes.com — The Angels returned home from a brutal 0-9 trip, the latest indignity in a lost season in which so much has gone wrong, to a rare treat: some good news. Garrett Richards, who suffered a season-ending tear of his ulnar collateral ligament in early May, was cleared to throw on Monday after imaging tests and an examination showed "significant improvement" in his elbow since his last evaluation in late-June.


latimes.com — Mikaela Mayer has toured with a rock band and worked as a model so there aren't many career options off the table for her. Still Mark Mayer was stumped when asked what his daughter might be doing if she hadn't become an Olympic boxer. "It's changed her life completely.

Rams cornerback Coty Sensabaugh has a mission to help the less fortunate

latimes.com — Rams cornerback Coty Sensabaugh came away from a five-day mission trip to the Dominican Republic in late-June with some lifelong memories. The primary objective of the trip was for Sensabaugh, his wife and more than a dozen family members and friends to distribute 542 pairs of new shoes to needy...

Plans for Rich Hill's debut with Dodgers change again

latimes.com — The debut of left-hander Rich Hill , acquired in an Aug. 1 deal from Oakland, was delayed for a third time because of blisters on the middle finger of his pitching hand. Hill was originally scheduled to start Aug. 7 against Boston, but a second blister pushed him back to Friday against Pittsburgh.
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Aug 25, 2016

RT @BrettAnderson35: Couldn't ask for a better teammate or person in general than @AJEllis17. I'm genuinely happy to have had the opportunity to play with him.

Aug 25, 2016

RT @Awood45: Thank you @AJEllis17 ! One of the best teammates I've ever had & one of the best baseball minds I've gotten to be around!

Aug 25, 2016

RT @McCulloughTimes: Ellis described Kershaw as "shocked" by the trade. The two men wept together, he said.

Aug 25, 2016

RT @McCulloughTimes: AJ Ellis met with Clayton Kershaw in the dugout. He said was "absolutely devastated" to know he would never catch Kershaw again.

Aug 25, 2016

RT @McCulloughTimes: AJ Ellis: "It's a really sad day for me," and added the trade "rips your heart out." He looks crushed. Absolutely crushed.

Aug 25, 2016

#Dodgers also sending minor league P Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later or cash considerations to #Phillies in Ellis/Ruiz deal.

Aug 25, 2016

In a bit of a shocker, #Dodgers trade C A.J. Ellis, a favorite of LHP Clayton Kershaw, to #Phillies for C Carlos Ruiz.

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