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OF Brennan Boesch has returned to where he started his career for the second time. Boesch, who signed with the Los Angeles Angels as an offseason free agent, was brought up Wednesday to cover for an injured outfielder. Boesch began his pro career with the Tigers and returned there while a member of the New York Yankees. "It's funny how things turn out," Boesch said. "I'm back where I started again. It didn't bother me starting out the season in Triple-A.

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1B C.J. Cron was optioned to minor league camp and will begin the 2014 season at Triple-A Salt Lake, but he impressed the Angels' coaching staff by hitting .400 with six RBIs this spring. "If I look at his growth from the middle part of last year through the Fall League and what he showed this spring, there's no doubt that he's starting to develop into the hitter everyone projected," manager Mike Scioscia said.

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CF Mike Trout signed a $1 million contract for the 2014 season, a record amount for a pre-arbitration player. Ryan Howard and Albert Pujols shared the previous record of $900K contracts in the position that Trout is in now. The Angels continue to negotiate with him and his agent, Craig Landis, about a long-term deal and could come to an agreement over the next month.

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INF Luis Jimenez reported to camp several days after the position players' reporting day, as his arrival from the Dominican Republic delayed by visa issues. Jimenez will get repetitions at first base and in the middle infield this spring as he battles for a bench spot, manager Mike Scioscia said. "We're gonna see if versatility is something that can work in his favor," Scioscia said.

Los Angeles Angels - PlayerWatch

INF Luis Jimenez reported to camp several days after the position players' reporting day, as his arrival from the Dominican Republic delayed by visa issues. Jimenez will get repetitions at first base and in the middle infield this spring as he battles for a bench spot, manager Mike Scioscia said. "We're gonna see if versatility is something that can work in his favor," Scioscia said.

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CF Mike Trout started out his first interview of the 2014 season at Los Angeles Angels camp by declaring he wouldn't talk about negotiations with the club on a long-term contract. 3B Luis Jimenez had not arrived at spring training as of Feb. 19 due to visa issues traveling from his native Dominican Republic, according to a team spokesman. Jimenez played 34 games for the Angels last season but spent most of the year in Triple-A. He will compete for a bench spot this spring.

Los Angeles Angels - PlayerWatch

CF Mike Trout started out his first interview of the 2014 season at Los Angeles Angels camp by declaring he wouldn't talk about negotiations with the club on a long-term contract. 3B Luis Jimenez had not arrived at spring training as of Feb. 19 due to visa issues traveling from his native Dominican Republic, according to a team spokesman. Jimenez played 34 games for the Angels last season but spent most of the year in Triple-A. He will compete for a bench spot this spring.

Rangers ground Angels, force playoff for wild card

Rangers ground Angels, force playoff for wild card ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers came into a season-ending homestand facing what felt like seven must-wins. Their 6-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday completed the club's first four-game sweep of Los Angeles since 1978 and meant the Rangers will host the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday in a tiebreaker to decide the final wild-card berth in the American League.

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RHP Garrett Richards is making his 47th appearance and 17th start. It's his fifth game and third start against Texas. He matched a season high with seven runs allowed Monday against Oakland. The loss snapped a career-best three-game winning streak. OF J.B. Shuck didn't start Friday, the day after leaving the game with a sprained right ankle. Manager Mike Scioscia said his ankle was a "little tender," but Shuck could return to the field before the series is over Sunday. He did pinch hit Friday.

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OF Mike Trout was not in the starting lineup Wednesday against the A's. It was just a day off for Trout, who manager Mike Scioscia said might be getting tired. Trout, who has played in 153 games, has one hit in his last 15 at-bats with eight strikeouts. RHP Jerome Williams will start Thursday's game against the Rangers. Williams, who is 1-1 with a 5.98 ERA in 13 career games (three starts) against the Rangers, is 4-0 in September.
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