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Angels host Texas and Oakland in 6-game homestand

The Angels face divisional foes for final homestand of 2018

The Angels return for their 12th and final homestand after facing the Athletics and Astros. The homestand begins Monday at 7:07 p.m. vs. the Rangers (Monday, September 24 - Wednesday, September 26). Following the three game series and an off day, the homestand will conclude with the Athletics (Friday, September 28 - Sunday, September 30). Below is a look at the notable events and ceremonies taking place at Angel Stadium during the homestand:

TEAM AWARDS

• The 2018 Team MVP Award winner, Mike Trout, will be honored in a pre-game ceremony prior to Friday's game.

The Angels return for their 12th and final homestand after facing the Athletics and Astros. The homestand begins Monday at 7:07 p.m. vs. the Rangers (Monday, September 24 - Wednesday, September 26). Following the three game series and an off day, the homestand will conclude with the Athletics (Friday, September 28 - Sunday, September 30). Below is a look at the notable events and ceremonies taking place at Angel Stadium during the homestand:

TEAM AWARDS

• The 2018 Team MVP Award winner, Mike Trout, will be honored in a pre-game ceremony prior to Friday's game.

• The 2018 Nick Adenhart Award winner, Andrew Heaney, will be honored in a pre-game ceremony prior to Friday's game.

• Both awards are voted on by fellow player and coaches.

FAN APPRECIATION DAY

• The Angels will recognize their fans by hosting festivities throughout Angel Stadium on Saturday.

• There will be pre- and in-game opportunities to win prizes for fans. These promotions will be featured on Angels' social channels for a chance to win.

• Fans in attendance will receive a Mike Scioscia Bobblehead courtesy of Angels Radio AM830 while supplies last.

BOY SCOUTS NIGHT

• Boy Scouts from the southern California area will be recognized at Angel Stadium on Thursday.

• Scouts from Troop 295, 660 and 525 will respectively be the Bat Kid, throw out the First Pitch, and announce the ceremonial "play ball."

JAPAN DAY

The Angels will host Japan Day presented by Japan Airlines from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Complimentary pre-game celebrations will take place in the parking lot of Angel Stadium near the Home Plate Gate and big hats.

Event highlights will include:

• A scheduled appearance by Shohei Ohtani & Junichi Tazawa for a special onstage interview (player appearances are subject to change and based on availability)

• Promotional giveaways by Angels Radio AM830

• Angels Sponsor booths and giveaways

• Cultural activities, including: taiko drumming, traditional dances, origami, ikebana (Japanese flower arrangements), tea ceremony, and a kimono fashion show

• 2018 Nisei Week Queen Alice Amano will emcee the event

• Complimentary food sampling

• Discounted Angels and game used merchandise

• There will be a pre-game on-field Ninja performance and additional Fan Appreciation giveaways during the game vs. Oakland.

• In addition, one lucky fan will be selected to win a pair of economy class roundtrip tickets on Japan Airlines, from Los Angeles (LAX) to Japan.

OKTOBERFEST BEER FESTIVAL

• The Angels will host an Oktoberfest Beer Festival on Friday.

• Fans have a unique opportunity to purchase vouchers outside of Gate 1 for beer flights to be sampled in the Music Garden.

• The Music Garden will feature free Oktoberfest-themed festivities.

FIRST PITCH

• Angels alumni and All-Star, Shigetoshi Hasegaway, will throw out the first pitch prior to Saturday's game.

CEREMONIES

• St. Joseph's will be recognized in a ceremony prior to Monday's game.

• We Care Hero will be honored in a pre-game ceremony on Tuesday.

• There will be a pre-game ceremony honoring the R.B.I. League Equipment Drive on Wednesday.

• Perricone will be honored on Wednesday and present their total donation to the Angels Baseball Foundation. For every Angels home run this season, Perricone will donate $250 to the foundation.

• Angel Stadium's Employees of the Year (approx. 31 staff members) will be honored on-field prior to Friday's game.

• Fans in attendance of Saturday night's game will be treated to a postgame fireworks show presented by Wells Fargo.

• The Bud Good Sport program, signing up designated drivers at Angel Stadium, will be honored before Sunday's game.

GIVEAWAYS (while supplies last)

• Fans in attendance on Saturday will receive a Mike Scioscia Bobblehead presented by Angels Radio AM830 and a Team Photo while supplies last.

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Angels transactions

Today the Angels have made the following transactions:

• IF Sherman Johnson - Selected to ML Roster
• RHP Nick Tropeano - Transferred to 60-day DL
• LHP Tyler Skaggs - Reinstated from the DL

Today the Angels have made the following transactions:

• IF Sherman Johnson - Selected to ML Roster
• RHP Nick Tropeano - Transferred to 60-day DL
• LHP Tyler Skaggs - Reinstated from the DL

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Angels reach 3 million in home attendance

Club hits the milestone for 16th consecutive season

ANAHEIM, CA - The Angels announced today the Club has reached the 3 Million mark in tickets sold for the 16th consecutive season, an achievement only the Halos and Yankees have accomplished every year since 2003.

The Angels open play tonight with the second-highest average home attendance in the American League (37,298) and the sixth-best in Major League Baseball.              

ANAHEIM, CA - The Angels announced today the Club has reached the 3 Million mark in tickets sold for the 16th consecutive season, an achievement only the Halos and Yankees have accomplished every year since 2003.

The Angels open play tonight with the second-highest average home attendance in the American League (37,298) and the sixth-best in Major League Baseball.              

Since joining the American League in 1961, the Angels have seen over 123 million fans attend their home games.

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Angels to host Japan Day presented by Japan Airlines

The pre-game cultural celebration will take place on September 29

The Angels will host Japan Day Presented by Japan Airlines at Angel Stadium from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, prior to their game against the Oakland Athletics. Pre-game cultural celebrations will take place in the parking lot of Angel Stadium (see attached map), and include a taiko drum performance, Japanese cultural dances, food, giveaways, and a special guest appearance by Angels RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani. Event highlights include: 

•   Scheduled appearance by Shohei Ohtani for a special onstage interview (Player appearances are subject to change and based on availability)
•   Promotional giveaways by Angels Radio AM830
•   Angels Sponsor booths and giveaways
•   Cultural activities, including: taiko drumming, traditional dances, origami, ikebana (Japanese flower arrangements), tea ceremony, and a kimono fashion show
•   2018 Nisei Week Queen Alice Amano will emcee the event
•   Complimentary food sampling
•   Discounted Angels and game used merchandise
•   Angels sales representatives on hand to discuss ticketing options for the 2019 season
  
This is a complimentary event and fans are encouraged to attend the game vs. Oakland that evening for a pre-game on-field Ninja performance, and additional Fan Appreciation giveaways. During the game, one randomly selected Lucky Fan will be selected to win a pair of economy class roundtrip tickets on Japan Airlines, from Los Angeles (LAX) to Japan. 

The Angels will host Japan Day Presented by Japan Airlines at Angel Stadium from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, prior to their game against the Oakland Athletics. Pre-game cultural celebrations will take place in the parking lot of Angel Stadium (see attached map), and include a taiko drum performance, Japanese cultural dances, food, giveaways, and a special guest appearance by Angels RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani. Event highlights include: 

•   Scheduled appearance by Shohei Ohtani for a special onstage interview (Player appearances are subject to change and based on availability)
•   Promotional giveaways by Angels Radio AM830
•   Angels Sponsor booths and giveaways
•   Cultural activities, including: taiko drumming, traditional dances, origami, ikebana (Japanese flower arrangements), tea ceremony, and a kimono fashion show
•   2018 Nisei Week Queen Alice Amano will emcee the event
•   Complimentary food sampling
•   Discounted Angels and game used merchandise
•   Angels sales representatives on hand to discuss ticketing options for the 2019 season
  
This is a complimentary event and fans are encouraged to attend the game vs. Oakland that evening for a pre-game on-field Ninja performance, and additional Fan Appreciation giveaways. During the game, one randomly selected Lucky Fan will be selected to win a pair of economy class roundtrip tickets on Japan Airlines, from Los Angeles (LAX) to Japan. 

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Angels host Texas and Seattle in 7-game homestand

The Angels return for their eleventh homestand after facing the Astros, Rangers and White Sox on the road. The homestand begins Monday at 7:07 p.m. vs. the Rangers (Monday, September 10 - Wednesday, September 12). Following the three game series, the homestand will conclude with the Mariners (Thursday, September 13 - Sunday, September 16). Below is a look at the notable events and ceremonies taking place at Angel Stadium during the homestand:

DUCKS NIGHT
· The Angels will host friendly neighbors, the Anaheim Ducks, for Ducks Night at Angel Stadium on Friday.
· Current players will partake in batting practice, hit in the cages and throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Friday's contest.
· There will be exclusive Anaheim Duck-themed in-game entertainment shown on the videoboards.
· The Ducks' Power Players will join the Strike Force for festivities throughout the stadium.
· Fans in attendance will receive a Duck Call while supplies last. In addition, there will be an opportunity to set a stadium record for duck calling during the game.

The Angels return for their eleventh homestand after facing the Astros, Rangers and White Sox on the road. The homestand begins Monday at 7:07 p.m. vs. the Rangers (Monday, September 10 - Wednesday, September 12). Following the three game series, the homestand will conclude with the Mariners (Thursday, September 13 - Sunday, September 16). Below is a look at the notable events and ceremonies taking place at Angel Stadium during the homestand:

DUCKS NIGHT
· The Angels will host friendly neighbors, the Anaheim Ducks, for Ducks Night at Angel Stadium on Friday.
· Current players will partake in batting practice, hit in the cages and throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Friday's contest.
· There will be exclusive Anaheim Duck-themed in-game entertainment shown on the videoboards.
· The Ducks' Power Players will join the Strike Force for festivities throughout the stadium.
· Fans in attendance will receive a Duck Call while supplies last. In addition, there will be an opportunity to set a stadium record for duck calling during the game.

STRIKE OUT SLAVERY
· Strike Out Slavery, an organization dedicated to the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking, will be honored on Saturday. The organization was founded by Albert and Deidre Pujols.
· There will be a pre-game ceremony highlighting the organization's work and dedication.
· Grammy-nominated artist, Nick Jonas, returns for the second year to perform an exclusive post-game concert to raise awareness for the cause.

HAILEY DAWSON
· The Angels will welcome Hailey Dawson to Angel Stadium and invite her to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Sunday's game.
· Hailey was born with Poland syndrome and without three fingers on her throwing hand. She has been living her dream of throwing out the first pitch using 3D-printed hand at Major League parks across the country. She will hit all 30 parks with her final first pitch this Sunday at Angel Stadium.
· Hailey will be joined by her family, as well as surprise guests on the day of the game.

9/11 REMEMBERANCE
· On Tuesday, the Angels will have a pre-game ceremony remembering the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001. There will also be a video from Major League Baseball shown, titled "We Shall Not Forget."
· The Color Guard from the Orange County Fire Department will display the flags of this country during the national anthem.

2018 ROBERTO CLEMENTE AWARD
· Andrew Heaney will be honored in a pre-game ceremony on Monday for being selected as the nominee for the Angels for the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award.
· This award is the "annual recognition of a player who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field."
· The League Winner will be selected by a Blue Ribbon Panel, including a Fan Vote, open until September 18th at mlb.com/clemente21.

FIRST PITCHES
· American hip-hop artist, Schoolboy Q, will throw out the first pitch prior to Monday's game.
· Brendan Steele, an American professional golfer, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Thursday.
· Hailey Dawson, with help from her 3D-printed hand, will throw out the first pitch prior to Sunday's game.

CEREMONIES
· We Care Hero will be honored in a pre-game ceremony on Monday.
· CHOC will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony on Thursday.
· Fans will be treated to a post-game fireworks show on Saturday presented by Wells Fargo. Immediately following the fireworks, Nick Jonas will perform an exclusive post-game concert benefitting Strike Out Slavery.

GIVEAWAYS (while supplies last)
· Fans in attendance on Friday will receive a Duck Call while supplies last.

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Shohei Ohtani medical update

RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani underwent an MRI on his right elbow earlier today. The imaging revealed new damage to his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). Based on these findings, UCL reconstruction surgery is the recommended plan of care. Additional information will be provided when appropriate.
 

RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani underwent an MRI on his right elbow earlier today. The imaging revealed new damage to his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). Based on these findings, UCL reconstruction surgery is the recommended plan of care. Additional information will be provided when appropriate.
 

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René Rivera awarded to Braves on waiver claim

The Angels announced Wednesday that catcher René Rivera was awarded to the Atlanta Braves on a waiver claim. The announcement was made by General Manager Billy Eppler.

Rivera, 35, signed with the Angels as a free agent last January 9. In 30 games with the Halos, he recorded a .244 batting average (20/82) with four doubles, four home runs and 11 RBI. Rivera was recently activated from the disabled list Aug. 15th after missing 76 games with right knee inflammation. He appeared in six rehab games with Single-A Inland Empire before his return.

The Angels announced Wednesday that catcher René Rivera was awarded to the Atlanta Braves on a waiver claim. The announcement was made by General Manager Billy Eppler.

Rivera, 35, signed with the Angels as a free agent last January 9. In 30 games with the Halos, he recorded a .244 batting average (20/82) with four doubles, four home runs and 11 RBI. Rivera was recently activated from the disabled list Aug. 15th after missing 76 games with right knee inflammation. He appeared in six rehab games with Single-A Inland Empire before his return.

A native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Rivera has played in all or parts of 10 Major League seasons since making his debut with Seattle in September, 2004. In 503 career games, he owns a lifetime .221 average (309/1398) with 62 doubles, two triples, 40 home runs and 164 RBI. A solid defensive catcher, Rivera has thrown out 37 percent of would-be base stealers (126 of 217) during his career, including 43.8% this season (7 of 16).

Drafted by Seattle in the second round of the 2001 MLB Amateur June Draft, Rivera has played for the Mariners, Minnesota, San Diego, Tampa Bay, New York Mets, Chicago Cubs and Angels.

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Angels activate Robles, option McGuire

Today the Angels have made the following roster moves:

•   RHP Deck McGuire - Optioned to Salt Lake
•   RHP Hansel Robles - Reinstated from the Disabled List

Today the Angels have made the following roster moves:

•   RHP Deck McGuire - Optioned to Salt Lake
•   RHP Hansel Robles - Reinstated from the Disabled List

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Angels reinstate Mike Trout from disabled list

The Angels made the following transactions Friday afternoon:

·         OF Jabari Blash - Optioned to Salt Lake

The Angels made the following transactions Friday afternoon:

·         OF Jabari Blash - Optioned to Salt Lake

·         CF Mike Trout - Reinstated from the Disabled List

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BallCorps, Angels sign four-year player development contract through 2022

Contract will remain in effect when BayBears move to North Alabama

The Mobile BayBears and Los Angeles Angels have signed a four-year Player Development Contract (PDC), which will continue the affiliation between the two clubs through the 2022 season. The contract will remain in effect the when the BayBears move to Madison, Ala., following the 2019 season.

"We look forward to continuing our affiliation with the Los Angeles Angels over the next four years, with the final season at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile and our future home in North Alabama," said Ralph Nelson, the Managing Partner & CEO of BallCorps. "The Angels ownership, front office, coaches, medical staff, and players are all quality individuals who have made this partnership successful over the past two years. We have seen continued success from the Angels organization, which will bring a high quality of baseball to North Alabama beginning in 2020."

The Mobile BayBears and Los Angeles Angels have signed a four-year Player Development Contract (PDC), which will continue the affiliation between the two clubs through the 2022 season. The contract will remain in effect the when the BayBears move to Madison, Ala., following the 2019 season.

"We look forward to continuing our affiliation with the Los Angeles Angels over the next four years, with the final season at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile and our future home in North Alabama," said Ralph Nelson, the Managing Partner & CEO of BallCorps. "The Angels ownership, front office, coaches, medical staff, and players are all quality individuals who have made this partnership successful over the past two years. We have seen continued success from the Angels organization, which will bring a high quality of baseball to North Alabama beginning in 2020."

In an 18-month span, the Angels farm system has improved from No. 30 to No. 10 in all of baseball, jumping 20 spots in Baseball America's team-by-team rankings. 19-year-old outfielder Jo Adell, the top prospect in the organization and No. 10 overall selection in the 2017 MLB Draft, was recently promoted to Mobile and represented the Angels in this year's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

"We are very excited to continue our relationship with the BayBears franchise, as well as with the fans all throughout the state of Alabama," said Angels General Manager Billy Eppler. "We would like to thank Ralph Nelson, Roger Wexelberg, and their staff for their efforts throughout this process. The community and front office in Mobile have been great assets for our organization's player development process over the last two years and we look forward to continuing our partnership for many years to come in the great community of North Alabama."

Over the past two seasons in Mobile, 11 former BayBears have appeared with the Angels. Additionally, four members of the 2018 team spent time with the Major League club this year. Six of the Angels Top 10 prospects, according to MLB Pipeline, were members of the BayBears in 2018. This season, Mobile finished with the best first-half record by an Angels Double-A affiliate since the 2011 Arkansas Travelers, led by future Major League All-Star Mike Trout.

The BayBears will host 70 home games at Hank Aaron Stadium in 2019 through Labor Day, September 2. A full 2019 schedule can be found by clicking here. Game times and promotions will be announced at a later date. Season tickets and group and hospitality offerings for the 2019 season can be reserved by calling (251) 479-BEAR (2327).

The team will relocate to Madison, Ala., following the 2019 season and begin play in North Alabama in 2020. After receiving thousands of votes in the "Name The Team" sweepstakes, the list has been narrowed down to the top five names. Voting will continue through Labor Day, September 3. For more information, visit NorthAlabamaBaseball.com.

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Angels announce 2019 season schedule

59th Major League Season Includes a Two-Game Set in Monterrey, Mexico

The Angels today announced their schedule for the 2019 regular season which, for the third consecutive year begins in Oakland, with a four-game set against the A's March 28-March 31. After concluding their opening road trip with a brief two-game trip to Seattle, the Halos home opener will take place against the Texas Rangers on Thursday, April 4th. A finalized 2019 schedule, complete with game times, will be released later this year.

The initial homestand for the Halos will feature four games against the Rangers and then the Angels will welcome the Milwaukee Brewers to Angel Stadium (April 8-10) for the first time since 2013. The club will then depart for a six-game road trip, beginning at Wrigley Field vs. the Cubs (April 12-14) before wrapping up in Texas (April 15-17).  

The Angels today announced their schedule for the 2019 regular season which, for the third consecutive year begins in Oakland, with a four-game set against the A's March 28-March 31. After concluding their opening road trip with a brief two-game trip to Seattle, the Halos home opener will take place against the Texas Rangers on Thursday, April 4th. A finalized 2019 schedule, complete with game times, will be released later this year.

The initial homestand for the Halos will feature four games against the Rangers and then the Angels will welcome the Milwaukee Brewers to Angel Stadium (April 8-10) for the first time since 2013. The club will then depart for a six-game road trip, beginning at Wrigley Field vs. the Cubs (April 12-14) before wrapping up in Texas (April 15-17).  

The 2019 season will also see the Angels play two games against the Houston Astros at the Edsatio de Béisbol in Monterrey, MX, home to the Sultanes de Monterrey of the Mexican League. The two-game series will feature the Angels as the home team. The Halos will travel to play internationally (other than Canada) for the first time since 2003 when they squared off against the Montreal Expos in Puerto Rico.

The Angels 2019 schedule features 12 homestands, including a season-long nine games May 17-26 when the Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers visit Angel Stadium. The Halos' home slate includes a four-game series with the New York Yankees (April 22-25), a two-game set with the cross-town rival Dodgers (June 10-11) and three games against the current A.L. East division leading Boston Red Sox (Aug. 30-Sept. 1). For the third consecutive year, the Angels will conclude the season at home.  

Additionally, the club will make 12 road trips in 2019. Among those treks will be an 11-game effort, spanning from June 13-23 where the Angels will travel to Tampa Bay, Toronto and end with Albert Pujols' first trip back to St. Louis (June 21-23) since signing with the Angels in 2012.

The 2019 Interleague schedule calls for the Angels to play 20 games against the National League, including 16 against the N.L. Central and four against the Dodgers. The Angels will play host to the Milwaukee Brewers (April 8-10), Dodgers (June 10-11), the Cincinnati Reds (June 25-26) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (Aug. 12-14) while making Interleague stops in Chicago (April 12-14), St. Louis (June 21-23), Los Angeles (July 23-24) and Cincinnati (Aug. 5-6).

View 2019 schedule.

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Angels place Justin Upton on 10-day disabled list, recall Jabari Blash from Triple-A

The Angels have made the following transactions:
·         OF Justin Upton - Placed on 10-day DL with left index finger laceration (retro to 8/19)
·         OF Jabari Blash - Recalled from Salt Lake

The Angels have made the following transactions:
·         OF Justin Upton - Placed on 10-day DL with left index finger laceration (retro to 8/19)
·         OF Jabari Blash - Recalled from Salt Lake
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Angels statement on passing of Aaron Cox

"The Angels Organization is saddened to hear of the passing of Aaron Cox, a member of the Angels family since 2015. We are deeply heartbroken and shocked by this tragic loss. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences to his family and friends. Aaron will always have a special place in the hearts of those within the organization."

"The Angels Organization is saddened to hear of the passing of Aaron Cox, a member of the Angels family since 2015. We are deeply heartbroken and shocked by this tragic loss. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences to his family and friends. Aaron will always have a special place in the hearts of those within the organization."

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Statement from Mike & Jessica Trout and their families

"Early this morning our families lost a phenomenal human being. Aaron Cox was a tremendous son, brother, and brother-in-law. He had a deep love for his family, and a passionate dedication and commitment to his friends. As our families grieve together, we will also celebrate the memories, the laughter, and the love we each shared with Aaron in the short time we had him. He will forever be at the forefront in the hearts and minds of the Cox and Trout families. We will rely on the love and strength of God first and foremost during this difficult and challenging time, as well as our dear family and friends. We thank you for your thoughts and prayers, and our Lord and Savior for His precious gift of Aaron Joseph."

"Early this morning our families lost a phenomenal human being. Aaron Cox was a tremendous son, brother, and brother-in-law. He had a deep love for his family, and a passionate dedication and commitment to his friends. As our families grieve together, we will also celebrate the memories, the laughter, and the love we each shared with Aaron in the short time we had him. He will forever be at the forefront in the hearts and minds of the Cox and Trout families. We will rely on the love and strength of God first and foremost during this difficult and challenging time, as well as our dear family and friends. We thank you for your thoughts and prayers, and our Lord and Savior for His precious gift of Aaron Joseph."

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Angels acquire RHP Odrisamer Despaigne from Miami

Halos send cash considerations to Marlins

The Angels acquired RHP Odrisamer Despaigne from Miami in exchange for cash considerations Tuesday. In a corresponding move, RHP Dayan Diaz has been designated for assignment. The announcement was made by Angels General Manager Billy Eppler.

Despaigne, 31, (pronounced: oh-DREE-sah-mer deh-SPAWN-yay) appeared in 11 games (one start) for the Marlins this season and went 2-0 with a 5.31 ERA (20.1 IP - 12 ER). He opened the season in the Marlins starting rotation, but made his first appearance of the year in relief in the 17th inning on March 30 vs. Cubs and was the winning pitcher. Despaigne would make his lone start of the year the following day before being moved to the bullpen. He missed one month (April 20-May 21) this season on the disabled list with a right forearm strain and was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on June 7. In 13 games (four starts) for the Baby Cakes, he went 2-3 with a 4.36 ERA (43.1 IP - 21 ER) and 40 strikeouts. He was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for June 25-July 1 after working 10.1 shutout innings across two appearances.

The Angels acquired RHP Odrisamer Despaigne from Miami in exchange for cash considerations Tuesday. In a corresponding move, RHP Dayan Diaz has been designated for assignment. The announcement was made by Angels General Manager Billy Eppler.

Despaigne, 31, (pronounced: oh-DREE-sah-mer deh-SPAWN-yay) appeared in 11 games (one start) for the Marlins this season and went 2-0 with a 5.31 ERA (20.1 IP - 12 ER). He opened the season in the Marlins starting rotation, but made his first appearance of the year in relief in the 17th inning on March 30 vs. Cubs and was the winning pitcher. Despaigne would make his lone start of the year the following day before being moved to the bullpen. He missed one month (April 20-May 21) this season on the disabled list with a right forearm strain and was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on June 7. In 13 games (four starts) for the Baby Cakes, he went 2-3 with a 4.36 ERA (43.1 IP - 21 ER) and 40 strikeouts. He was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for June 25-July 1 after working 10.1 shutout innings across two appearances.

A native of La Habana, Cuba, Despaigne made his Major League debut with the Padres on June 23, 2014 after making just seven minor league appearances between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A El Paso. He played professionally for Havana Industriales of Cuba's Serie Nacional for eight seasons before signing with San Diego as an international free agent on May 2, 2014. In 98 career Major League games (43 starts) he has gone 13-21 with one save and a 4.76 ERA (331 IP - 175 ER) and 200 strikeouts across parts of five seasons with the Padres (2014-15), Orioles (2016) and Marlins (2017-18).

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