Angels News: Hanson Demoted, Trout Speaks Out Against PEDs

By Saxon Baird

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Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Albert Pujols, that suit would fit sport’s needsLA Times

“The Angel, who recently denied an accusation he used performance-enhancing drugs, should make good on his threat of legal action. He might provide baseball with a victory it needs.”

Mike Trout: Players should be out of the game if caught using PEDs LA Times

“For as many headlines as Mike Trout generates on the field, the Angels center fielder hasn’t been much of an off-the-field attention-grabber. The humble 22-year-old, in his second big league season, has not inserted himself into controversy the way more outspoken and opinionated players do.

But that changed Monday when Trout, at the Empire State Building with his former New Jersey high school team to dedicate a field that will be named in his honor, told a New York radio station that first-time offenders of baseball’s performance-enhancing drug program should be banned for life.

“To me, personally, I think you should be out of the game if you get caught,” Trout told WFAN. “It takes away from the guys that are working hard every day and doing it all-natural.”

Angels Demote Tommy Hanson to Triple-A Salt LakeNBC Sports’ Hardball Talk

“The Angels will welcome left-hander Jason Vargas back from the disabled list tomorrow. And now Tommy Hanson is the odd man out.”

Richards Shows Promise in LossESPN LA

The “Baseball Tonight” crew discusses the impressive performance by Angels pitcher Garrett Richards in a 2-1 loss to the Yankees.

Los Angeles Angels Must Turn to Trades to ImproveYahoo Sports

“As the mess known as the 2013 Los Angeles Angels continue to limp to the finish line, one has to wonder where the reinforcements will come for 2014.”