Los Angeles Angels: spring training 2012

Mike Scioscia talks talented Angels

March, 12, 2012
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Tim Kurkjian catches up with Angels manager Mike Scioscia and looks ahead to season with new additions Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson.
Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles and guests Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times and Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com discuss a variety of topics surrounding the Angels this season.

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said he had not heard from a scout who was ejected by Giants manager Bruce Bochy from watching his team work out.

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According to CSNBayArea.com, Angels scout Jeff Schugel was kicked out of San Francisco’s workout Wednesday morning while watching the team’s pitchers. Schugel is one of the Angels' pro scouts whose normal coverage includes the National League West.

“I'm sitting there grading arms,” Schugel told the web site. “In 25 years, I’ve never had that happen to me.”

The scout called Hal Morris, the Angels’ new director of scouting, who told him he should leave and let the teams work out the issue. But the episode was news to Dipoto, a former scout. He said Angels workouts are open to the public and other team’s talent evaluators.

“We’ve not had that. Fans can come in, scouts can come in, unless it’s a closed workout,” Dipoto said. “They may have another policy.”

The Giants said Wednesday it was a misunderstanding and that Angels scouts are welcome to watch their workouts.

Bobby Abreu plans to play most spring games

March, 1, 2012
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ORLANDO -- Now that he doesn’t have a guaranteed spot in the Angels' every day lineup, Bobby Abreu plans to play in almost every game of his team’s Cactus League schedule, trying to show he still has something in his baseball tank.

Abreu, who reluctantly accepted a limited role with the Angels in 2012, said during a conference call to Latin American media that he is ready to do so and the team agrees with his intentions.

"Before I prepared not to play too much during (spring) training and now I’m getting ready to play six days a week," said Abreu. "It is my call, to play most of the exhibition games. It was my decision, I informed the team and they have no problem (with it)."

"I think I will play in at least 25 of the 30 preseason games. It's a way to get at-bats and show I still have it," said Abreu from Tempe, Ariz.

The Angels will play 34 games, including four split-squad games, starting March 5 against Oakland in Phoenix.

"I think I can still play and produce," said Abreu, 37. "We have to wait what happens during the rest of the season. Retirement hasn't crossed my mind."

Abreu told ESPNDeportesLosAngeles.com two weeks ago that he would rather be traded than ride the bench, but after meeting with GM Jerry DiPoto and manager Mike Scioscia, he reluctantly accepted a lesser role. He said he is still uncomfortable with his new role but will try to show that of what he’s capable of during the Cactus League exhibition games.

"It is not easy to get to spring training and not know what will happen. I'm going to play in these games, show what I have, and I know what I must do. Let them know there’s still material," Abreu said. "It is not easy to come in and know that I will not be playing every day."

5 Questions with Peter Bourjos

March, 1, 2012
3/01/12
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Mark Saxon talks with outfielder Peter Bourjos about his offseason work and expectations for this season.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels have agreed to terms with former Minnesota Twins setup man Juan Rincon to a minor league deal with no invitation to spring training.

Rincon, 33, has been with three teams since the Twins released him midway through the 2008 season and has appeared in just two major-league games since 2009. In 2005, he served a 10-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

Rincon pitched against the Angels shortly before serving his suspension, prompting Angels manager Mike Scioscia to use his case to criticize the testing protocol at the time. It has since been stiffened, with the first failed test now triggering a 50-game suspension.

“When Juan Rincon pitches 11 days from now, are the effects from steroids deteriorated to the point where he’ll pitch at the level of his God-given talents? No,” Scioscia said at the time. “He’ll still have the benefits of whatever steroids he was taking.”

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jered Weaver
WINS ERA SO IP
18 3.59 169 213
OTHER LEADERS
BAH. Kendrick .293
HRM. Trout 36
RBIM. Trout 111
RM. Trout 115
OPSM. Trout .939
ERAG. Richards 2.61
SOJ. Weaver 169