Angels’ path to playoffs grows darker with loss to Diamondbacks

Angels manager Joe Maddon has seen too many final-month miracles — the 1964 Cardinals erasing a 6 ½-game Sept. 20 deficit to overtake the Phillies for the National League pennant, the 1995 Mariners overcoming a six-game Sept. 12 deficit to tie the Angels and win a one-game playoff for the American League West title — […]

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Angels’ experiment at second is a mixed bag in loss to Rangers

Joe Maddon saw corner infielders such as Mike Moustakas and Travis Shaw make successful moves to second base, and the Angels manager thought Matt Thaiss could do the same. His middle infield thinned by injuries to David Fletcher, Franklin Barreto and Luis Rengifo, his lineup in need of another left-handed bat against Texas ace Lance […]

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Angels’ Jo Adell hits first two homers of career to highlight 16-3 rout of Mariners

Joe Maddon had his head turned away from home plate when he heard the crack of the bat in the second inning Saturday night. “I was talking to [assistant hitting coach] John Mallee, so I wasn’t quite focused, and then it was the loudest sound,” the Angels’ manager said. “That is the sound of a […]

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Too late for Billy Eppler? Woeful pitching, rough tenure has Angels GM on thin ice

Right in the middle of another lost season, Angels manager Joe Maddon asked Mike Trout to lead off the second game of a doubleheader. Trout had just extended a slump to 0-for-15. The Angels, fresh off their 22nd defeat in this 60-game season, stood to lose nothing from a shakeup. “I just thought the rearranging […]

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Angels send struggling starting pitcher Julio Teheran to the bullpen

Pitcher Julio Teheran will not start for the Angels for the time being. Manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday the veteran right-hander, who will earn a prorated portion of the one-year, $9-million contract he signed in December, will pitch out of the bullpen until he is “rocking and rolling” enough to return to the rotation. “Right […]

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Tommy La Stella continues to thrive, hits walk-off homer in Angels’ win over Giants

Before this summer, the last time Joe Maddon managed Tommy La Stella in a regular-season game the infielder didn’t play regularly. La Stella had carved out a niche for himself as a pinch-hitting specialist for Maddon’s Chicago Cubs. He thrived off the bench, batting .278 with a .394 OBP from 2014 to 2018. In his […]

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Dodgers’ sweep of Angels shows the wide gulf between the two teams

New Angels manager Joe Maddon was hardly fazed by a pandemic-shortened 60-game schedule that included six games — one-tenth of the season — against the seven-time National League West-champion Dodgers, who were coming off a franchise-record 106-win season. “I actually love that our schedule is considered tough — that’s how you get better,” Maddon said […]

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Angels closer Hansel Robles is alarmingly ineffective, and Joe Maddon is concerned

Angels manager Joe Maddon said closer Hansel Robles would not be available Sunday after pitching in two of the previous three games, including Saturday night’s blown save when he allowed a solo homer to Josh Reddick and a two-run shot to George Springer in the ninth inning of a 5-4, 10-inning Angels win over the […]

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Joe Maddon on Angels’ David Fletcher: ‘It was love at first double’

The first time Joe Maddon saw the Angels’ emerging fan favorite play was 15 months ago in Chicago. David Fletcher was making his Wrigley Field debut on a blustery afternoon. It was his only 93rd appearance in the majors, but he was already a star in the eyes of Angels followers. Maddon, then manager of […]

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At age 66, Angels manager Joe Maddon gets serious about preparing for the season

Angels manager Joe Maddon became comfortable with being inconvenienced during the coronavirus pandemic. He took advantage of his newfound freedom to pedal his bike around, reset his sleep schedule and overhaul his health habits. Maddon is 66 years old — “The new 46, by the way,” he joked — but he has bolstered his defenses. […]

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The Angels will not throw at the Astros in season opener – Joe Maddon | Pardon the Interruption

Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon speaks on his fresh start with the Angels and their 2020 Major League Baseball season opener against the Houston Astros. Maddon also shares his feelings on the use of analytics in baseball and doesn’t hesitate to give high praise to Mike Trout. #LosAngelesAngels ✔ Subscribe to ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/ ✔ […]

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