Angels' TV schedule announced

The 2008 Angels TV schedule was just finalized and the team announced that all 162 games will air live. FSN West will air 100 games, 75 of those in HD. KCOP/13 will air 50 Angels games. There will also be 12 national broadcasts split between FOX and ESPN. In other changes, whenever Rex Hudler and Steve Physioc are not doing TV broadcasts, they can be heard on the radio (830-AM) alongside Terry Smith. Here is the 2008 TV schedule (with spring games that are slated to begin Friday):

PRE 3/21 Fri. @ Rangers 6:00 PM KCOP
PRE 3/23 Sun. vs Mariners 1:00 PM PRIME
PRE 3/24 Mon. vs Padres 1:00 PM WEST
PRE 3/26 Wed. vs Cubs 1:00 PM WEST
PRE 3/27 Thur. vs Dodgers 7:00 PM WEST
PRE 3/28 Fri. @ Padres 7:00 PM KCOP
PRE 3/29 Sat. vs Padres 6:00 PM WEST

1 3/31 Mon. @ Twins 4:00 PM WEST
2 4/1 Tues. @ Twins 5:00 PM WEST
3 4/2 Wed. @ Twins 5:00 PM KCOP
4 4/3 Thurs. @ Twins 10:00 AM WEST
5 4/4 Fri. vs Rangers 7:00 PM PRIME
6 4/5 Sat. vs Rangers 6:00 PM WEST
7 4/6 Sun. vs Rangers 12:30 PM KCOP
8 4/7 Mon. vs Indians 7:00 PM WEST
9 4/8 Tues. vs Indians 7:00 PM KCOP
10 4/9 Wed. vs Indians 12:30 PM WEST
11 4/11 Fri. @ Mariners 7:00 PM KCOP
12 4/12 Sat. @ Mariners 6:00 PM WEST
13 4/13 Sun. @ Mariners 1:00 PM WEST
14 4/14 Mon. @ Rangers 5:00 PM WEST
15 4/15 Tues. @ Rangers 11:00 AM WEST
16 4/16 Wed. vs Royals 7:00 PM KCOP
17 4/17 Thurs. vs Royals 7:00 PM WEST
18 4/18 Fri. vs Mariners 7:00 PM WEST
19 4/19 Sat. vs Mariners 6:00 PM KCOP
20 4/20 Sun. vs Mariners 12:30 PM KCOP
21 4/22 Tues. @ Red Sox 4:00 PM KCOP
22 4/23 Wed. @ Red Sox 4:00 PM WEST
23 4/24 Thurs. @ Red Sox 10:30 AM WEST
24 4/25 Fri. @ Tigers 4:00 PM WEST
25 4/26 Sat. @ Tigers 12:55 PM FOX
26 4/27 Sun. @ Tigers 5:00 PM ESPN
27 4/28 Mon. vs A’s 7:00 PM WEST
28 4/29 Tues. vs A’s 7:00 PM WEST
29 4/30 Wed. vs A’s 7:00 PM WEST
30 5/1 Thurs. vs A’s 7:00 PM WEST
31 5/2 Fri. vs Orioles 7:00 PM KCOP
32 5/3 Sat. vs Orioles 12:45 PM FOX
33 5/4 Sun. vs Orioles 12:30 PM KCOP
34 5/5 Mon. @ Royals 5:00 PM WEST
35 5/6 Tues. @ Royals 5:00 PM WEST
36 5/7 Wed. @ Royals 5:00 PM WEST
37 5/9 Fri. @ Devil Rays 4:00 PM KCOP
38 5/10 Sat. @ Devil Rays 4:00 PM KCOP
39 5/11 Sun. @ Devil Rays 10:30 AM WEST
40 5/12 Mon. vs White Sox 7:00 PM KCOP
41 5/13 Tues. vs White Sox 7:00 PM WEST
42 5/14 Wed. vs White Sox 7:00 PM WEST
43 5/15 Thurs. vs White Sox 7:00 PM WEST
44 5/16 Fri. vs Dodgers 7:00 PM WEST
45 5/17 Sat. vs Dodgers 12:55 PM FOX
46 5/18 Sun. vs Dodgers 12:30 PM WEST
47 5/20 Tues. @ Blue Jays 4:00 PM KCOP
48 5/21 Wed. @ Blue Jays 4:00 PM KCOP
49 5/22 Thurs. @ Blue Jays 4:00 PM WEST
50 5/23 Fri. @ White Sox 5:00 PM WEST
51 5/24 Sat. @ White Sox 12:55 PM FOX
52 5/25 Sun. @ White Sox 5:00 PM ESPN
53 5/26 Mon. vs Tigers 6:00 PM WEST
54 5/27 Tues. vs Tigers 7:00 PM WEST
55 5/28 Wed. vs Tigers 7:00 PM WEST
56 5/30 Fri. vs Blue Jays 7:00 PM WEST
57 5/31 Sat. vs Blue Jays 6:00 PM KCOP
59 6/1 Sun. vs Blue Jays 12:30 PM KCOP
59 6/2 Mon. @ Mariners 7:00 PM WEST
60 6/3 Tues. @ Mariners 7:00 PM WEST
61 6/4 Wed. @ Mariners 1:30 PM WEST
62 6/6 Fri. @ A’s 7:00 PM WEST
63 6/7 Sat. @ A’s 6:00 PM KCOP
64 6/8 Sun. @ A’s 1:00 PM KCOP
65 6/9 Mon. vs Devil Rays 7:00 PM WEST
66 6/10 Tues. vs Devil Rays 7:00 PM WEST
67 6/11 Wed. vs Devil Rays 12:30 PM WEST
68 6/13 Fri. vs Braves 7:00 PM WEST
69 6/14 Sat. vs Braves 6:00 PM WEST
70 6/15 Sun. vs Braves 12:30 PM KCOP or ESPN
71 6/16 Mon. vs Mets 7:00 PM KCOP
72 6/17 Tues. vs Mets 7:00 PM WEST
73 6/18 Wed. vs Mets 7:00 PM WEST
74 6/20 Fri. @ Phillies 4:00 PM WEST
75 6/21 Sat. @ Phillies 4:00 PM WEST
76 6/22 Sun. @ Phillies 10:30 AM KCOP
77 6/23 Mon. @ Nationals 4:00 PM WEST
78 6/24 Tues. @ Nationals 4:00 PM WEST
79 6/25 Wed. @ Nationals 4:00 PM WEST
80 6/27 Fri. @ Dodgers 7:30 PM KCOP
81 6/28 Sat. @ Dodgers 7:00 PM KCOP
82 6/29 Sun. @ Dodgers 1:00 PM KCOP or ESPN
83 6/30 Mon. vs A’s 7:00 PM WEST
84 7/1 Tues. vs A’s 7:00 PM WEST
85 7/2 Wed. vs A’s 12:30 PM WEST
86 7/4 Fri. vs Blue Jays 6:00 PM WEST
87 7/5 Sat. vs Blue Jays 6:00 PM KCOP
88 7/6 Sun. vs Blue Jays 12:30 PM KCOP
89 7/7 Mon. @ Rangers 5:00 PM WEST
90 7/8 Tues. @ Rangers 5:00 PM WEST
91 7/9 Wed. @ Rangers 5:00 PM WEST
92 7/10 Thurs. @ Rangers 5:00 PM WEST
93 7/11 Fri. @ A’s 7:00 PM WEST
94 7/12 Sat. @ A’s 6:00 PM KCOP
95 7/13 Sun. @ A’s 1:00 PM KCOP
96 7/18 Fri. vs Red Sox 7:00 PM WEST
97 7/19 Sat. vs Red Sox 12:55 PM FOX
98 7/20 Sun. vs Red Sox 3:00 PM ESPN
99 7/21 Mon. vs Indians 7:00 PM WEST
100 7/22 Tues. vs Indians 7:00 PM WEST
101 7/23 Wed. vs Indians 12:30 PM WEST
102 7/25 Fri. @ Orioles 4:00 PM KCOP
103 7/26 Sat. @ Orioles 4:00 PM KCOP
104 7/27 Sun. @ Orioles 10:30 AM KCOP
105 7/28 Mon. @ Red Sox 4:00 PM WEST
106 7/29 Tues. @ Red Sox 4:00 PM WEST
107 7/30 Wed. @ Red Sox 4:00 PM WEST
108 7/31 Thurs. @ Yankees 4:00 PM WEST
109 8/1 Fri. @ Yankees 4:00 PM WEST
110 8/2 Sat. @ Yankees 12:55 PM FOX
111 8/3 Sun. @ Yankees 10:00 AM KCOP
112 8/4 Mon. vs Orioles 7:00 PM KCOP
113 8/5 Tues. vs Orioles 7:00 PM WEST
114 8/6 Wed. vs Orioles 12:30 PM WEST
115 8/8 Fri. vs Yankees 7:00 PM WEST
116 8/9 Sat. vs Yankees 12:55 PM FOX
117 8/10 Sun. vs Yankees 12:30 PM KCOP
118 8/12 Tues. vs Mariners 7:00 PM WEST
119 8/13 Wed. vs Mariners 7:00 PM WEST
120 8/15 Fri. @ Indians 4:00 PM WEST
121 8/16 Sat. @ Indians 12:55 PM FOX
122 8/17 Sun. @ Indians 10:00 AM KCOP or ESPN
123 8/18 Mon. @ Devil Rays 4:00 PM KCOP
124 8/19 Tues. @ Devil Rays 4:00 PM KCOP
125 8/20 Wed. @ Devil Rays 4:00 PM WEST
126 8/21 Thurs. vs Twins 7:00 PM WEST
127 8/22 Fri. vs Twins 7:00 PM WEST
128 8/23 Sat. vs Twins 6:00 PM KCOP
129 8/24 Sun. vs Twins 12:30 PM KCOP
130 8/25 Mon. vs A’s 7:00 PM WEST
131 8/26 Tues. vs A’s 7:00 PM WEST
132 8/27 Wed. vs A’s 7:00 PM WEST
133 8/28 Thurs. vs Rangers 7:00 PM WEST
134 8/29 Fri. vs Rangers 7:00 PM WEST
135 8/30 Sat. vs Rangers 6:00 PM KCOP
136 8/31 Sun. vs Rangers 12:30 PM KCOP
137 9/2 Tues. @ Tigers 4:00 PM WEST
138 9/3 Wed. @ Tigers 4:00 PM WEST
139 9/4 Thurs. @ Tigers 10:00 AM WEST
140 9/5 Fri. @ White Sox 5:00 PM WEST
141 9/6 Sat. @ White Sox 4:00 PM KCOP
142 9/7 Sun. @ White Sox 11:00 AM KCOP or ESPN
143 9/8 Mon. vs Yankees 7:00 PM WEST
144 9/9 Tues. vs Yankees 7:00 PM WEST
145 9/10 Wed. vs Yankees 12:30 PM WEST
146 9/11 Thurs. vs Mariners 7:00 PM WEST
147 9/12 Fri. vs Mariners 7:00 PM WEST
148 9/13 Sat. vs Mariners 12:55 PM FOX
149 9/14 Sun. vs Mariners 12:30 PM KCOP or ESPN
150 9/16 Tues. @ A’s 7:00 PM KCOP
151 9/17 Wed. @ A’s 7:00 PM WEST
152 9/18 Thurs. @ A’s 12:30 PM WEST
153 9/19 Fri. @ Rangers 5:00 PM WEST
154 9/20 Sat. @ Rangers 5:00 PM KCOP
155 9/21 Sun. @ Rangers 12:00 PM KCOP
156 9/22 Mon. @ Mariners 7:00 PM KCOP
157 9/23 Tues. @ Mariners 7:00 PM WEST
158 9/24 Wed. @ Mariners 7:00 PM WEST
159 9/25 Thurs. @ Mariners 7:00 PM WEST
160 9/26 Fri. vs Rangers 7:00 PM WEST
161 9/27 Sat. vs Rangers 6:00 PM KCOP
162 9/28 Sun. vs Rangers 12:30 PM WEST

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Kendrick gets an SI profile

The cover photo screams NCAA Tournament, but the next edition of Sports Illustrated, scheduled to hit newsstands this week, gives a decent shout out to the Angels’ Howie Kendrick as well. An inside feature details how Kendrick went from an unknown who couldn’t make a junior college team, into one of the best pure hitters in baseball. It’s no wonder the guy was so desired on the trade market this offseason. And it’s no wonder the Angels were reluctant to let him go.

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Anderson hurt, and other Angels tidbits

Garret Anderson was a late scratch for the Angels in their split-squad game against the Chicago Cubs. It seems that the veteran has right knee irritation. Anderson has struggled with injuries in recent years and his sore foot that cropped up last spring was one reason Anderson had a slow first half. For now, the knee doesn’t look like it will be a long-term problem. If it is, Gary Matthews Jr. better get comfortable with playing in left.

As for the game against the Cubs, Sean Rodriguez had to break up a Cubs no-hitter with a triple in the sixth inning. The Cubs won 4-1. In the other split-squad game, the Angels rolled to a 5-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants behind the pitching of Jered Weaver. The right-hander gave up two hits in five innings as the Angels’ five-run first inning was more than enough. If Weaver stays on schedule, he is lined up to be the Angels’ Opening Day starter March 31 at Minnesota.

The Angels have an off day on Monday but Jon Garland will stay on schedule by pitching in a minor-league game. The Angels play next on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Dustin Moseley will not start but is expected to throw upward of 60 pitches. Moseley might be used in the rotation at the start of the season (in the No. 5 spot) now that John Lackey is on the shelf for about a month with a strained triceps.

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Adenhart's time has come

We don’t run the Angels obviously, but we like to pretend we do at times. So if this was our team, it would be time to let Nick Adenhart, the 21-year-old pitching-stud-to-be, to get a crack at life in the major leagues. With John Lackey expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a strained right triceps, and even more time than that as he gets into pitching shape, there is a spot to be had in the Angels rotation. Dustin Moseley would be a fine option, but remember, he is coming off surgery to repair his right ulnar nerve.

Assuming Adenhart doesn’t fall apart during the remainder of Cactus League play, it would be the perfect time to give him his first real major-league test. He has a 4.26 ERA in four spring training starts which isn’t brilliant but we can only assume he will get better once the season starts and he has more innings under his belt. Hey, he’s going to have to get a chance sometime. That sometime should be now.

“Personally, I understand what that means, Adenhart said today. “It opens up a spot. From the beginning of camp I felt like I was coming in to compete for a job and that was still my mind-set going out there today.

Adenhart pitched four innings Saturday against Arizona, giving up three runs on four hits with four strikeouts. In other words, he knew how big his start was and he still kept his team in the game. Let the Adenhart era begin.

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Lackey out 3-4 weeks

An MRI revealed that John Lackey has a strained right triceps and will be out of action for up to a month, the Angels announced today. Dr. Lewis Yocum had evaluated Lackey Friday and diagnosed the right-hander with the strain. The MRI, done in Scottsdale, Ariz., confirmed that diagnosis. Lackey already has started his rehab therapy and will be reevaluated in 3-4 weeks.

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Time for a new Angels ballpark?

It was Angels owner Arte Moreno himself who reminded us of this little tidbit: when the Yankees and Mets open their new stadiums in 2009, Angel Stadium will be the fourth oldest in the major leagues. Really. We just did the research so we can confirm it is true.

Moreno wasn’t even being asked about a new ballpark. He was actually being asked if there is anything new at the ballpark awaiting fans this year.

They’re working on all the maintenance stuff; it’s an old stadium, Moreno said. A lot of people forget that. When the new stadiums open next year, I think we’ll be the fourth oldest stadium. Let’s figure it out. You have Boston and the Cubs. And then the Dodgers and ourselves. The Dodgers were in ’62 and I think ours was ’66. Think about it.

It sounded as if Moreno was taking his first breath in a strategy to get a new stadium built. So Arte, is there a plan to make a push for a new yard?

I don’t know if we’re there, he said. But if you look at the new facilities, there’s always efficiency. The older the facility the more maintenance. Just like here when we remodeled this (spring training complex in Tempe, Ariz.), there are just some things structurally that you can do. But our decision was to obviously build a minor league complex. That was our largest investment here was the minor league complex and the fields.

Here are all the major league stadiums and the dates they opened (some dates are exhibition games):

NATIONAL LEAGUE
AT&T Park, San Francisco (opened 3/31/2000)
New Busch Stadium, St. Louis (4/4/06)
Chase Field, Phoenix (3/31/98)
Citizens Bank Ballpark, Philadelphia (4/09/04)
Coors Field, Denver (4/26/95)
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles (4/10/62)
Dolphin Stadium, Miami (opened 8/16/87; first Marlins game 4/5/93)
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati (3/28/03)
Miller Park, Milwaukee (3/30/01)
Minute Maid Park, Houston (3/30/00)
PETCO Park, San Diego (April 2004)
PNC Park, Pittsburgh (3/31/01)
Nationals Park, Washington D.C. (opens 3/29/08)
Shea Stadium, New York (4/17/64); Citi Field opens April 2009
Turner Field, Atlanta (3/29/97)
Wrigley Field, Chicago (4/23/14)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Angel Stadium, Anaheim (4/19/66)
Comerica Park, Detroit (4/11/00)
Fenway Park, Boston (4/20/12)
Jacobs Field, Cleveland (4/4/94)
Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (4/10/73)
McAfee Coliseum, Oakland (1966; first A’s game 4/17/68); Cisco Field opens April 2011
Metrodome, Minneapolis (4/3/82); Minnesota Ballpark opens April 2010
Orioles Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore (4/6/92)
Rangers Ballpark at Arlington, Arlington, Texas (4/1/94)
Rogers Centre, Toronto (6/5/89)
Safeco Field, Seattle (7/15/99)
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla. (3/3/90; first D-Rays game 3/31/98)
U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago (4/18/91)
Yankee Stadium, New York (4/18/23); New Yankee Stadium opens April 2009

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Napoli speaks his mind

Young catcher Mike Napoli will be the latest guest on Angels Tonight, the weekly radio show devoted to everything Angels. Jose Mota and Terry Smith are the hosts for the show which will air live tonight (Monday) on 830-AM from 6-8 p.m. Also on the show will be USA Today baseball writer Mel Antonen. The show will air from Tempe Diablo Stadium, the spring home of the Angels in Tempe, Ariz.

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Angels dump Rangers 6-4

The Angels received plenty of production from the DH spot as Vladimir Guerrero and Juan Rivera supplied the offense in a 6-4 Cactus League victory over the Texas Rangers. Rivera, who suddenly finds himself as the fifth outfielder, had a key two-run single to spark the victory. Kendry Morales added a mammoth home run. Ervin Santana started but gave up a disappointing four runs in four innings and has an 8.31 ERA this spring. With three weeks left in spring training, the Angels reassigned 12 players to minor-league camp.

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Angels thump White Sox 11-1

Five runs in the second and five more in the eighth was more than enough as the Angels pounded the Chicago White Sox 11-1 on Friday. Jon Garland, pitching against his old team, gave up just one hit in three innings. Could Garland wind up as the Opening Day starter for his new team? It’s early but with John Lackey behind schedule, it’s a good possibility.

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First Angels cuts of spring

OK, they’re not really cuts like a guy is sent packing, they are actually reassignments. The Angels sent three players from big-league camp to the minor-league side, including catchers Hank Conger and Anel De Los Santos and infielder Ryan Mount. Conger, out of Huntington Beach, was a first-round pick in 2005 and batted .290 in 84 games at Single-A Cedar Rapids last season with 11 home runs and 48 RBI.

Catchers are typically in the first group of players being reassigned since many of the lower-level catchers are invited to big-league camp to help pitchers get in their early spring work. The Angels now have 61 players in big-league camp, including 23 non-roster invitees.

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