Los Angeles Angels cheated by employee, YouTube TV, split-squad action: Your Friday Briefing

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Los Angeles Angels fire clubhouse attendant for helping opponents, YouTube TV drops the Angels, split-squad action, Pujols at 40: Your Friday Briefing

Good Morning, Angels fans!

We are 20 days away from Opening Day!

Yesterday was the Angels first day off from their Cactus League schedule. They get back to action on Friday with a split squad match-up against the Kansas City Royals.

  • Who’s pitching? Jose Suarez looks to build off his strong first start of the spring in a match-up against Daniel Lynch. Suarez is hoping to find a spot in the back of the Angels’ rotation. Julio Teheran starts in the second split-squad game against Brady Singer. Teheran looked healthy in throwing two perfect innings against the Cubs on Monday. He was scratched from an earlier start due to tightness in his left hamstring.

You can watch Julio Teheran make his second spring start at 12:05 PM PST on Fox Sports West; that is, if you aren’t a YouTube TV subscriber. Sinclair Group (which owns Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket) announced a deal yesterday with Google’s YouTube TV that allows them to carry 19 regional sports networks, the only two excluded from the agreement… you guessed it, Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket.

YouTube TV drops Angels games. More

Long-tenured visiting clubhouse attendant Brian “Bubba” Harkins was fired yesterday for allegedly providing illegal substances to visiting pitchers, as first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

More. Angels fire clubhouse attendant for helping opponents

MLB Pipeline named Kyle Tyler as the Los Angeles Angels 31st best prospect:

"Tyler was a 20th-round pick of the Angels out of Oklahoma in 2018 and began his career completely off the radar. He jumped on by pitching his way from the Midwest League to the California League, finishing with a 2.59 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and .196 batting average against over 121 2/3 innings."

You can find MLB Pipeline’s full list of top Angels prospects here.

What can we expect from Albert Pujols in his age-40 season?

Eric Stephen of Halos Heaven takes a look at Angels players who have played into their 40s and gives an idea of what the projection systems expect from Pujols in 2020.

Anthony Rendon the kind of guy you want your kid to marry

Jeff Fletcher of the OC Register takes a deep dive into what makes Anthony Rendon a special player who is well-respected by his peers.

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