Lyle Spencer has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2005, covering the Padres and Angels. He has covered Major League Baseball as a reporter and columnist since 1971.
|Fixtures with the Angels since 2008 when they encamped in the middle of the infield and made it their own, Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar have been a team within the team through thick and thin. In the wake of four lean seasons, they're back in the thick of things again.
More» Angels walk off in 10 on Kendrick's sac fly|
|Nobody ever made a commercial about singles hitters. Fans dig the long ball. The bombs make the highlight shows, not the bingles. Singles can add up to something if you string a few together, but they're no better than walks, right? Wrong. there are many reasons why singles are underrated and deserve their just due.
More» Ichiro ties Aaron on all-time singles list|
|The next time your team's hurler throws a game-turning bomb and you get down on him, consider a fascinating fact: Seven of the 10 leaders in most homers allowed, and 10 of the top 20, have Hall of Fame plaques.
More» Wells' homer is 506th all-time off Moyer|
|If the Angels need any proof that they can survive the loss of ace Garrett Richards, they need to look no further than their 2002 squad.
More» Richards gets carted off field after injury|
|It was Rickey Henderson's view that runs scored was the most overlooked of all statistics. The "Man of Steal" talked about how home runs and runs batted in drew the attention of fans and media, but it just made common sense that runs scored was the most important number.
More» No. 24, Rickey Henderson|
|Carlos Gomez has put in the hours under the Spring Training sun, working on his stroke, his baserunning, his routes in center field, his throwing accuracy. But if you ask him the source of his transformation into one of the game's most exciting and productive players, he nods toward the office of Brewers manager Ron Roenicke.
More» Roenicke talks about Gallardo's strong start|
|Carlos Gomez, an unabashed first-pitch hitter, tagged Clayton Kershaw for a double on the lefty's first offering in the fourth inning Saturday, then homered in the sixth, again without waiting for a second pitch.
More» Gomez hits a solo blast to left off Kershaw|
|Mark Fidrych would have been 60 today. "The Bird" created a national sensation in his 1976 rookie year for the Tigers, and his playful, unique personality have left a lasting legacy.
More»MLBN reflects on the life and career of Mark Fidrych|
|Nobody runs quite like Rickey Henderson or his 1980s peers Vince Coleman, Tim Raines and Willie Wilson anymore. But base thieves are more successful, on a percentage basis, than ever. In fact, the seven most efficient basestealers in history with at least 80 career attempts are active players.
More» Gordon swipes his 50th base of the season|
|Welcome to baseball's golden age of strikeouts. We can only imagine the numbers Nolan Ryan, Sandy Koufax, Tom Seaver and Bob Feller would be racking up today. Gone are the days when hitters choked up and tried somehow to keep it in play to avoid the embarrassment of a K. They're swinging from the heels now from first pitch to last.
More» Darvish strikes out eight over seven innings|
|The Dodgers took three of four vs. the Angels in an Interleague match-up many Southern Californians hope to see again in the World Series.
More» Kershaw and Trout square off|
|The active career leader in getting hit by pitches is Jason Giambi, with 180. Next is the technically active Alex Rodriguez with 169. Among the truly active, Derek Jeter (167) holds a slight edge over Chase Utley (164).
More»McCutchen on being plunked in the 9th inning|
|As different as they are in personality, Yasiel Puig and Mike Trout are more similar than most fans might realize.
More» Puig collects four hits, sparks two rallies|
|The biggest problem with WAR (Wins Above Replacement) in the view of managers, coaches and players is that advanced analytics can't do justice to defense. Nonetheless, a look at the data we have reveals a list of gloved wonders that in many cases is remarkably compatible with the eye tests and assessments of those inside the game.
More»The Wizard was known for his defensive brilliance|
|Seattle is in dire need of offense to release some of the pressure from that superb pitching staff and quality defense. Walk right in, Kendrys Morales, and make yourself at home in a clubhouse that will welcome you like a cool breeze on a late July afternoon.
More» Mariners go up 6-1 on Morales' second homer|
|When the Cardinals' Peter Bourjos launched his game-tying two-run homer Sunday night in St. Louis in front of a national television audience, it came against a pitcher who is not just great for his time, but for all time: Mr. Clayton Kershaw.
More» Kershaw fans eight in solid outing vs. Cards|
|The Angels established once again that they're good to the last out. For the Mariners, fighting to prove they're in the same weight class as the two American League West heavyweights from California, there was validation of another kind over a long, challenging weekend at Angel Stadium.
More» Rodney's early 'arrow' rallies Angels|
|Neither Felix Hernandez nor Garrett Richards were around when the Mariners beat the Angels, 3-2, in 12 inning Saturday night. But, says MLB.com's Lyle Spencer, both starters put on a show of excellence.
More» Hernandez allows just two hits over seven|
|Angels right-hander Garrett Richards is 11-2 and sits among the American League leaders in several categories, but he has a message for those anointing him the Angels' new ace: Not so fast.
More» Richards fans eight over seven scoreless|
|With their 10-7 victory completing a four-game sweep of the reeling Rangers on Sunday, the high-flying Angels come to the break having won 26 of their past 35 games, closing to within 1 1/2 games of the A's in the American League West.
More» Trout clears the bases with a double|