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According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Angels special assistant Eric Chavez has emerged as the favorite to replace Mike Scioscia as the team's manager.

Scioscia said in a recent interview with Terry Smith of KLAA that he'd like to continue managing beyond 2018, but his future with the Angels remains unclear. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported last month that Scioscia intends to step down at the end of the season, but the manager later refuted that report. His 10-year, $50 million deal with the Angels expires at the end of the season. As for Chavez, he has served as a special assistant to general manager Billy Eppler since October of 2015. He took over as the manager with Triple-A Salt Lake for the final couple of weeks in August. There should be some clarity on the Angels' situation following the season.
Sep 25 - 11:37 AM

Jose Fernandez (hand) went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his return to action Monday against the Rangers.

Fernandez missed Sunday's game after he was hit in the right hand by a pitch on Saturday, but it didn't keep him sidelined for long. He should be fine to finish out the regular season.
Sep 25 - 8:53 AM

Nick Delmonico (neck) went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles in his return to the starting lineup Monday against the Indians.

Delmonico missed five straight games with neck stiffness. He should be available as the White Sox play out the string.
Sep 25 - 8:42 AM

Willy Adames (illness) drew a walk in a pinch hit appearance on Monday against the Yankees.

Adames has missed back-to-back starts due to illness, but he's starting to feel better. He should return to the lineup soon.
Sep 25 - 8:39 AM

Jurickson Profar went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer in a loss to the Angels on Monday.

Profar took Felix Pena deep with a runner on, and it gives the 25-year-old 19 homers in his 140 games. Profar is hitting just .246 in the month of September, but he's slugging .493 in his 69 at-bats. The improvements he's made in 2018 are very promising, and it's fair to call this a breakout season for the talented switch-hitter.
Sep 25 - 2:02 AM

Shohei Ohtani went 1-for-5 with a solo homer in an extra-innings win over the Rangers on Monday.

Ohtani hit his 21st homer of the year off of Adrian Sampson in the first inning to give the Halos a 1-0 lead. The 24-year-old has scuffled slightly over the last two weeks, but it's hard to complain too much about a line of .280/.361/.564 with the 21 homers and 56 RBI. Despite the UCL issues, he's lived up to the hype with the bat and then some.
Sep 25 - 1:58 AM

Ty Buttrey allowed a run on two hits in the ninth inning and blew a save against the Rangers on Monday.

Buttrey has really struggled in his last two appearances, allowing five runs on Saturday against the Astros, and blowing the save tonight with Elvis Andrus singling with two outs with a runner on second to tie the game at 4-4. The two poor outings have raised the right-hander's ERA from 0.59 to 3.31 in 16 1/3 innings. There's been way more good than bad in his limited time, but right now, Buttrey is clearly struggling.
Sep 25 - 1:54 AM

Jose Briceno hit a pinch-hit, walk-off homer in the 11th inning to give the Angels a 5-4 victory over the Rangers on Monday.

Briceno came in to hit for Francisco Arcia in the bottom of the 11th inning, and he deposited a Matt Moore pitch into the stands to give the Angels the victory and Briceno his fifth homer in 44 games. His season line improves to .237/.287/.386, and he should serve as a backup for the Angels or another MLB team in 2019.
Sep 25 - 1:50 AM

Felix Pena struck out six over seven innings while allowing three runs in a no-decision against the Rangers on Monday.

Pena gave up a pair of homers, but outside of the long balls the rookie right-hander pitched well. In a season that can only be classified as disappointing, Pena and Jaime Barria represent two of the pleasant surprises for the Angels, and while Barria did it for longer, Pena may have the higher upside of the two. His 4.18 ERA is misleading, as seven of the 43 runs came in a start where he couldn’t get out of the first inning. Pena’s final start is scheduled for Sunday against the A’s.
Sep 25 - 1:46 AM

Adrian Sampson allowed four runs over 5 ⅓ innings in a no-decision against the Angels on Monday.

Three of the runs came on solo homers, and Sampson has allowed six home runs in his 16 1/3 innings with the Rangers in 2018. He had quality results in his previous two starts, but this was the version we’ve seen in the minors and his limited big-league time as well. Sampson might have a chance to earn a spot in the back of the rotation for the Rangers in a rebuilding year in 2019, but he won’t offer much value if he does. His last start of the season comes Saturday versus the Mariners.
Sep 25 - 1:45 AM

Dee Gordon went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer in a loss to the Athletics on Monday.

Not only did Gordon homer for just the fourth time this year in 548 at-bats, he also drew a walk; which was just the ninth time he's been given a free pass this year. The homer is actually gives Gordon blasts in back-to-back games, but it unfortunately "ups" his slugging percentage to .349 and his OPS to .639. He was also thrown out stealing for the 12th time in 42 attempts. It's been a very disappointing season for the 30-year-old, and this type of skill set doesn't tend to age very well.
Sep 25 - 1:28 AM

Robinson Cano went 1-for-4 with a homer in a loss to the Athletics on Monday.

Cano's homer is the 10th of the season, and it gave Seattle a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The 35-year-old has been scorching hot with the bat lately, and this broke a streak of five-straight games where the All-Star had picked up multiple hits. The year was dampened by his 80-game suspension for a masking agent, but his .303/.378/.481 line tells you that there's still plenty left in his left-handed bat.
Sep 25 - 1:25 AM

Khris Davis went 1-for-5 with a solo homer in a 7-3 victory over the Mariners on Monday.

The solo homer is the 46th of the season, and it came off of Adam Warren to give the A's a 3-1 lead on a shot to center field. It's also the 120th RBI on the season for the slugger, who is having a remarkable season that is one of the key reasons that the A's are going to be playing into October.
Sep 25 - 1:23 AM

Blake Treinen pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Mariners on Monday.

Treinen didn't get the save since it was a 7-3 game, but it was still an impressive outing that saw him throw just 10 pitches -- seven of them for strikes. The scoreless inning lowers his ERA to a preposterously low 0.80 over 78 1/3 innings, and his WHIP is just a tick above that at 0.82. He hasn't gotten many save chances as of late, but this is still a sensational season for Treinen.
Sep 25 - 1:19 AM

James Paxton allowed two runs over four innings while striking out five in a no-decision against the Athletics on Monday.

Paxton was making his first start since September 7 because of his illnesses, so it wasn’t surprising that he was on a limited pitch count. The left-hander gave up two solo homers, but outside of that pitched effectively without walking any hitters. Paxton is never going to be the type of hurler that is among the league leaders in innings, but the 29-year-old misses plenty of bats -- 199 in 154 2/3 innings -- and when he has his best command, he's tough to score on. Paxton's scheduled to make one more start in 2018 on Saturday against the Rangers.
Sep 25 - 1:17 AM



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