KISS fumbles chance to improve playoff hopes

KISS fumbles chance to improve playoff hopes

By Daniel Gallen
Contributing writer
Orange County Register

ANAHEIM – If the LA KISS wants to secure one of the National Conference’s two wild-card playoff berths, it has some work to do.

A sputtering offense and a ragged defense led to a 64-46 loss to the Spokane Shock at Honda Center on Saturday night, dropping the KISS one game behind Portland for the last playoff spot with four games remaining.

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KISS gets second chance at Shock

KISS gets second chance at Shock

By Daniel Gallen
Contributing writer
Orange County Register

In a season in which little has gone right, the LA KISS will attempt to build some semblance of momentum when it plays host to the Spokane Shock at the Honda Center on Saturday night.

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On deck: Angels at Royals, Friday, 5 p.m.

On deck: Angels at Royals, Friday, 5 p.m.

By Daniel Gallen
Contributing writer
Orange County Register

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Angels Afterthoughts: Weaver turns in seven strong

Angels Afterthoughts: Weaver turns in seven strong

By Daniel Gallen
Orange County Register

ANAHEIM — When Jered Weaver struck out the side on 12 pitches in the first inning of the Angels’ 6-4 win over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, the right-hander set the tone for another strong outing.

He baffled center fielder Sam Fuld and designated hitter Joe Mauer on 86-mph and 90-mph fastballs, respectively, and in between, blew a 90-mph fastball past second baseman Brian Dozier. For the first time in his career, he started a home game by striking out the side in order.

While Weaver’s early efficiency didn’t carry through his entire seven-inning outing, it took until the sixth inning for the Twins to break through, and the veteran ended his outing by working through a first-and-third jam in the seventh.

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Santa hat wearers shatter Guinness Record

Santa hat wearers shatter Guinness Record

By Daniel Gallen
Contributing writer
Orange County Register

ANAHEIM – When fans approached Angel Stadium for Wednesday night’s matchup between the Angels and Minnesota Twins, they experienced a much different scene than what accompanies the typical early summer game.

An inflatable Santa Claus sat among the gigantic helmets out front. Live reindeer were inside the home plate gate where snow fell on the concourse. And the rock fixture in center field had fake snow on it.

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Santa Anita, Del Mar land Breeders’ Cups in 2016, ’17

Santa Anita, Del Mar land Breeders’ Cups in 2016, ’17

By Daniel Gallen
Orange County Register

The Breeders’ Cup announced its next three host sites Tuesday, continuing a strong presence in Southern California, while also expanding one of horse racing’s biggest events to a new location.

After Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., plays host to the event in 2015, the Breeders’ Cup returns to Santa Anita Park in 2016 before heading south to Del Mar in 2017 for the first time.

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Angels release struggling Ibanez

Angels release struggling Ibanez

By Daniel Gallen and Michael Peterson
Orange County Register

ANAHEIM – The Angels released struggling designated hitter Raul Ibañez, 42, on Saturday, ending his three-month tenure with the club, in which he failed to recapture his form of recent years.

Ibañez, who also played first base and left field for the Angels, was batting .157 with three home runs and 21 RBI in 57 games. He had hits in the team’s three games at Cleveland, but couldn’t seem to replicate his 2013 season with Seattle when he hit 29 home runs and drove in 65 runs.

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