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3/5/2015 | Cron, Rutledge in lineup; preview of Opening Day?

Was the Angels' starting lineup for Thursday's Cactus League opener the same one they'll trot out for Opening Day 32 days from now? It sure is possible.


3/5/2015 | Trout talks being aggressive at plate, backs it up right away

Mike Trout has talked previously about his desire to take advantage of pitchers' early mistakes and not fall into too many two-strike counts, which tend to lend themselves to a high strikeout total. In his first Cactus League at-bat on Thursday, he swung at a first-pitch fastball from Brewers veteran Kyle Lohse and skied it to right-center field, a towering fly ball that was knocked down by the wind.


3/5/2015 | Amped up Santiago, Trout contribute in Angels' first game

Hector Santiago spent the offseason trying to slow everything down on the mound. Then he started the Angels' Cactus League opener Thursday, and that new between-innings clock started and hitters weren't stepping out of the box as frequently, and everything started to move really fast again. Santiago got through his two-inning outing without any damage, giving up a hit, a walk and a strikeout while throwing 33 pitches in the Angels' 3-2 win over the Brewers.


3/5/2015 | Arbitrator reportedly to decide if Hamilton goes to rehab

An arbitrator will decide whether Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton should enter a substance-abuse rehabilitation program after a four-member advisory board deadlocked on a decision, the Los Angeles Times reported late Wednesday.


3/5/2015 | Trout exemplifies leadership for Angels

In the Angels' camp, Albert Pujols, Jered Weaver and Huston Street fill the roles of leaders nicely. But there is another leader here, and there is nothing ordinary about him. Mike Trout, at 23, doesn't have to say a word. But make no mistake, he already is a formidable presence as a leader by example.


3/4/2015 | MLBPA's Clark preaches support for Hamilton

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark visited the Angels' complex for the final stop of his Cactus League tour on Wednesday morning. During an hour-long meeting with 62 players in camp, Clark provided some clarity on the new pace-of-play initiatives, and he spoke about a recently proposed law that would ban smokeless tobacco products at baseball games throughout California. One thing that didn't come up was Josh Hamilton's pending situation.


3/4/2015 | Street handles business on and off the field

There's an old saying that Huston Street frequently references, especially lately: He who represents himself has a fool for a client. The Angels' closer laughs at the thought, the irony inescapable.


3/4/2015 | Knee not an issue as Richards does PFP

Garrett Richards took part in monitored pitchers' fielding practice Wednesday afternoon, breaking off a mound for the first time and basically simulating the play that led to his ruptured left patellar tendon on Aug. 20. Richards hardly gave it any thought.


3/4/2015 | Rotation order in focus as Angels set first spring week

Hector Santiago will start the Angels' Cactus League opener against the Brewers on Thursday, Mike Scioscia announced. Following him will be Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and Matt Shoemaker, which means that in all likelihood, Weaver-Wilson-Shoemaker will be the rotation order for the season-opening three-game series in Seattle on April 6-8.


3/3/2015 | Cowgill not taking spot on Angels for granted

He's a 28-year-old who played on four different teams before even attaining two years of Major League service time, so don't even begin to tell Collin Cowgill his spot on the 2015 Angels is "secure."


3/3/2015 | Focused on improving location, Bedrosian eyes big year

Maybe it all happened way too fast for Cam Bedrosian last year. It's easy to say, considering he started the 2014 season as a 22-year-old at the Class A level, then shot up to Double-A and the Major Leagues, where he gave up 17 runs (14 earned) in 19 1/3 innings.


3/3/2015 | Street offers reliever's perspective on pace-of-play rules

Sitting atop the Pepsi advertisement of Tempe Diablo Stadium on Tuesday morning, to the immediate left of the batter's eye in center field, was a giant digital clock that already read "2:45," the official countdown for play to resume during nationally televised games this season.


3/3/2015 | Scioscia starts sorting through options at second

Second base is as wide open a Spring Training competition as the Angels have had for an everyday role in quite a while, with Josh Rutledge, Johnny Giavotella, Grant Green and Taylor Featherston all having a legitimate opportunity to act as Howie Kendrick's replacement.


3/3/2015 | Johnson, 1970 AL batting champion, dies

Alex Johnson, the 1970 American League batting champion, died Saturday at age 72, reportedly due to complications from cancer.


3/2/2015 | Calhoun more than a tone-setter for Halos

Part of Kole Calhoun's role is to set the table for the Angels' offense, but line drives in the gaps aren't the only way he jump-starts the team. Calhoun's enthusiasm is constantly on display and that infectious energy is part of what makes him such a valuable piece atop the Angels' lineup.


3/2/2015 | Scioscia ready to roll out regulars in spring games

Nothing has been officially written on the lineup card, but one near certainty is that Thursday's game, when the Angels begin their Cactus League schedule against the Brewers, will feature a number of regulars.


3/1/2015 | Angels looking to be equipped for 2015 season

Heading into Spring Training, the Angels spent $81,000 on two pieces of equipment that were designed for rehabbing athletes, but can be beneficial to everyone.


3/1/2015 | Scioscia isn't banking on Richards for Opening Day

Garrett Richards' recovery from knee surgery continues to progress steadily, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia admitted on Sunday morning that Richards will not be ready by Opening Day.