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  1. Stock watch: A-Gon heating up

    Mark Saxon

    Rising Adrian's power: Adrian Gonzalez is the most consistent hitter in baseball. He has the same season over and over ... with one exception. His power hasn't been the same since shoulder surgery four years ago, and pitchers haven't been as careful...

    Blog | April 14, 2014
  2. Angels 2014: Could this be the year?

    Mark Saxon

    The other day, a reporter asked Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto to assign blame for the acquisition of pitcher Joe Blanton, the occasion being the Angels' unconditional release of the, ahem, struggling right-hander. Dipoto's answer was refreshing...

    Blog | March 31, 2014
  3. Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers locked in a fight for ...

    Mark Saxon

    Angels owner Arte Moreno moves to counter the Dodgers' big offseason gains.

    Story | Conversation | December 13, 2012
  4. Dodgers add two, subtract one

    Mark Saxon

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Rule 5 draft, otherwise known as the final bell for the winter meetings, is typically a low-impact affair. Every once in a while, a team finds a hidden gem. Josh Hamilton, Johan Santana and Joakim Soria all were Rule 5 picks e...

    Blog | December 06, 2012
  5. The case for Josh Hamilton

    Mark Saxon

    Lately, it's as if all these general managers are waking up and thinking, "Hey, wait a minute! I might be able to afford the most powerful left-handed hitter in baseball." In recent days, the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Phill...

    Blog | November 09, 2012
  6. Dodgers and Torii Hunter look like a perfect fit

    Mark Saxon

    His career in the United States has just begun, so take it for what it is, but Yasiel Puig is playing like a man who doesn't plan on spending his early 20s in the minor leagues. The Dodgers' $42 million Cuban prospect is batting .394 with four hom...

    Blog | August 17, 2012
  7. Inside Mark Trumbo's process

    Mark Saxon

    According to, Mark Trumbo leads the American League in OPS+, a useful statistic that combines on-base percentage and slugging percentage, then corrects for the ballpark where those numbers were produced. You could argue it's...

    Blog | June 27, 2012
  8. Hunter, Trout share POW honors

    Mark Saxon

    Torii Hunter and Mike Trout shared AL player of the week honors, the first time teammates have split the distinction since Josh Hamilton and Colby Lewis of the Texas Rangers did it in June 2010. Hunter went 11-for-22 with four home runs and 10 RBIs; ...

    Blog | June 11, 2012
  9. 3 Up, 3 Down: Rangers 7, Angels 3

    Mark Saxon

    ANAHEIM -- The Texas Rangers fought back to avoid the sweep, beating the Angels 7-3 at Angel Stadium Sunday afternoon to pad their AL West lead to 4 1/2 games. The big blow, literally, was Nelson Cruz's two-run home run in the seventh inning that ...

    Blog | June 03, 2012
  10. How many bases could Mike Trout steal?

    Mark Saxon

    ANAHEIM -- One of the knocks on Mike Trout in the minor leagues -- and there weren't many -- was that he could be overly cautious on the bases. The coaches at Double-A Arkansas wanted him to be a bit more reckless, to use his blazing speed to test ca...

    Blog | June 02, 2012
  11. 3 up, 3 down: Angels 4, Rangers 2

    Mark Saxon

    ANAHEIM -- The Angels took another step toward restoring what was supposed to be a heated rivalry with the Texas Rangers. They rallied for a 4-2 win Friday night behind two key hits from phenom Mike Trout. Baseball fans have been anticipating a go...

    Blog | June 01, 2012
  12. It's a big series, again

    Mark Saxon

    When the Angels were in Texas three weekends ago, the Rangers drew more than 142,000 fans for a three-game series at the Ballpark in Arlington. "I remember going to Texas and they barely had fans in that nice stadium," Torii Hunter said. "They're ...

    Blog | May 31, 2012
  13. Can the Angels atone in Arlington?

    Mark Saxon

    The Angels are tired of talking about Yu Darvish already and they haven't even faced him yet. Torii Hunter told the Orange County Register he's not exactly quaking in his cleats at the thought of facing the Texas Rangers' right-hander for the firs...

    Blog | May 10, 2012
  14. Breaking down Pujols vs. Hamilton

    Mark Saxon

    Three-and-a-half months ago, this blog asked the question: Who would you rather have, Albert Pujols or Josh Hamilton? The response here: Pujols. Better production, better durability, longer track record. OK, stop laughing now. Please stop laughing...

    Blog | May 09, 2012
  15. In search of early clues to Yu Darvish

    Mark Saxon

    TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels won't get their first look at the Texas Rangers' new $111 million pitcher, Yu Darvish, this weekend because the Rangers are using him in a minor-league game rather than bringing him with them to Tempe. Their pitching coach,...

    Blog | March 21, 2012
  16. Angels vs. Rangers: Meat of the order

    Mark Saxon

    AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps Of all the moves this offseason, Prince Fielder not signing with Texas ranks as one of the biggest for the Angels. This is part of an occasional series comparing the rosters of the two-time defending AL champion Texas Ranger...

    Blog | January 25, 2012