March 12, 2013 |
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Even a rural festival celebrating the harvest of Georgia's famous sweet onions isn't safe from the federal budget battle 600 miles away, as automatic cuts are threatening to take away the star attraction for the Vidalia Onion Festival's popular air show: the Navy's daredevil fighter pilots, the Blue Angels. The $85 billion in automatic budget cuts that took effect March 1 have thrown planning for the festival's air show into a tailspin, just weeks before the April 20 event that officials agreed to hold a week earlier than usual so they could book the vaunted group.
March 5, 2013 |
Mike Magee had a hat trick as the Los Angeles Galaxy began their post-David Beckham era Sunday with a season-opening 4-0 rout of the Chicago Fire in Carson, Calif. The two-time defending Major League Soccer champions also got a late goal from Robbie Keane. In Portland, Ore., an own goal by New York defender Jamison Olave gave the host Timbers a 3-3 tie with the Red Bulls. In Saturday's late games, the visiting Montreal Impact beat the Seattle Sounders on a goal by Davy Arnaud, while the Columbus Crew got goals from Federico Higuain, Josh Williams, and Dominic Oduro in a 3-0 pasting of Chivas USA in Carson.
March 5, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - Los Angeles Angels slugger Mike Trout figures that if he continues to produce the way he did during his historic rookie season, he will be in line for a handsome raise soon enough. The Angels renewed the contract of the American League rookie of the year for $510,000 on Saturday, just $20,000 above the major-league minimum, prompting an angry response from Trout's agent. While Craig Landis said the renewal fell "well short of a 'fair' contract," Trout took the high road before a morning workout Sunday at the Angels' spring-training complex.
March 4, 2013 |
Last season, Angels outfielder Mike Trout hit .326 with 30 homers and 83 RBIs, led the majors with 129 runs and 49 steals, was named the American League rookie of the year, and finished second in the AL MVP voting, bested only by Detroit's Miguel Cabrera (you know, the guy with baseball's first triple crown since 1967). What's that worth to Los Angeles? A cool $27,500. (Gee, imagine the extra zero they might have given him for a triple crown!) The Halos, who paid Trout $482,500 in 2012, renewed the Millville Marvel's contract for $510,000 on Saturday.
February 28, 2013
Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Mike Trout, the 2012 American League rookie of the year and runner-up to Miguel Cabrera in the MVP race, weighed a reported 241 pounds upon arrival at spring training - about 10 to 15 pounds heavier than last season. According to a report on ESPN.com, the increased bulk has earned the star from Millville, N.J., some jibes on Twitter and sparked some concern among fantasy owners that his speed game might suffer as a result. It has also been a topic of discussion among bloggers and sports talk radio callers in Southern California.
February 27, 2013
Hours before Mike Trout singled in his first at-bat this spring, the Los Angeles Angels outfielder was a big hit with some children. Trout, a native of Millville, N.J., and teammates David Carpenter, Michael Kohn, and Travis Witherspoon took $5,000 worth of school supplies and toys Monday morning to Children First Academy, a Tempe, Ariz., charter school for underprivileged and homeless children. "After it was all over the kids ran up and gave us a big hug," the 20-year-old Trout said.
February 2, 2013
Omar Vizquel has been hired by the Los Angeles Angels as a roving infield instructor. The 45-year-old Vizquel played for Toronto as a reserve infielder last season, finishing up his 24-year major-league career with 2,877 hits. The three-time all-star won 11 Gold Gloves. Former Arizona Diamondbacks television analyst Mark Grace has been sentenced to four months in jail under a work-release program. The 48-year-old former first baseman with the Diamondbacks and the Chicago Cubs pleaded guilty Thursday to felony endangerment and misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol.
January 19, 2013 |
Lots of teenagers have big dreams. Few get to fulfill them as quickly as Angel Suarez. The dream came to him - from where no one is yet certain - in 2010. Suarez was a high school junior in Puerto Rico, one whose grades were so good that his mother dreamed too, imagining her son as a doctor. Instead, Suarez, who had never been on a horse and whose only exposure to them had come on a tiny farm his father operated, wanted to quit school and become a jockey. Reluctantly, his mother consented.
January 15, 2013
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout , the reigning AL rookie of the year and MVP runner-up, will skip the World Baseball Classic to focus on spring training, his agent told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday. Last spring, the Millville native battled an illness that caused him to lose 20 pounds and he had to start the season in triple A. Albert Pujols of the Angels plans to play for the Dominican Republic at the WBC if his surgically repaired knee is healthy, his agent told MLB.com.
December 20, 2012 |
THE LOS ANGELES Angels traded power hitter Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners for lefthander Jason Vargas. The 29-year-old Morales became expendable after the Angels agreed to a deal last week with free-agent slugger Josh Hamilton. The Angels had been looking for a pitcher after losing Zack Greinke and Dan Haren to free agency and trading Ervin Santana. Morales hit .273 with 22 home runs and 73 RBI last season. Vargas led Seattle in wins last season, going 14-11 with a 3.85 ERA. Noteworthy * The New York Yankees and Ichiro Suzuki finalized a $13 million, 2-year contract that keeps the 10-time All-Star in the Bronx.