Long Beach approaches Angels about new stadium

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As we recently noted, the Los Angeles Angels opted out of their long-term lease with the City of Anaheim for Angels Stadium recently, extended the short term agreement with the city through 2020, and are in the process of trying to come up with, well, some sort of plan to either renovate the old place or to build a new stadium for the team in Anaheim.

We learned overnight, however, that the Angels aren’t putting all of their eggs in one basket. They’re listening to a competing pitch from a city a few miles away. The Long Beach Post reports that that city is, well, Long Beach:

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are in talks with the city about the possibility of moving the team to Long Beach and building a new stadium on a Downtown waterfront lot, several sources familiar with the discussions told the Post . . . Significant details are not yet clear, such as the cost of the proposed stadium and who would pay for it. Many layers of approval would also be required.

The talks are said to be preliminary, as is evidenced by that vagueness regarding who would pay for what.

As Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times notes, the Angels once considered Long Beach back in the early 60s before moving from Dodger Stadium to Anaheim. The tripping point then was that the city wanted the team to be renamed the Long Beach Angels, and Gene Autry wasn’t going for that. My guess is that Long Beach would be more flexible about that now.

My guess is, also, that the Angels would still much to prefer to stay in Orange County, but are quite happy to have someplace to use as potential leverage in negotiations with Anaheim. I suppose we’ll see.

Alvarez’s bases-clearing double sends Astros past White Sox

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HOUSTON – Yordan Alvarez hit a go-ahead three-run double in the seventh inning, and the Houston Astros rallied past the Chicago White Sox 6-3 on Friday night for their first win of the season.

Kyle Tucker hit a two-run homer in the sixth and made a spectacular catch at the wall in the seventh to rob Andrew Benintendi of extra bases and keep the World Series champion Astros within one run.

Eloy Jimenez hit two RBI doubles for the White Sox, both off Astros starter Cristian Javier.

Jimenez’s first double scored Tim Anderson in the first inning. In the sixth, Javier gave up three straight doubles to Benintendi, Jimenez and Joan Moncada to make it 3-0 and end his night.

White Sox reliever Kendall Graveman (0-1) loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh on two walks and a single. Jake Diekman came on and gave up Alvarez’s double to deep left-center, a drive that just eluded Luis Robert Jr. and bounced off the wall, clearing the bases.

Four Astros relievers each worked one scoreless inning. Seth Martinez (1-0) got the win and Rafael Montero handled the ninth for his first save.

Chicago starter Lance Lynn allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings.


White Sox INF Andrew Vaughn, who hit a go-ahead two-run double in Thursday’s season-opening win, did not play. Vaughn experienced lower back issues during spring training. Gavin Sheets started at first base.


Astros outfielder Corey Yulks, a Houston-area native, singled in his first at-bat and finished 1-for-4 in his major league debut.


Astros owner Jim Crane and his wife, Whitney, presented the team and staff with their 2022 World Series rings in a pregame ceremony.


Astros: LHP Blake Taylor, who is on the 15-day injured list with a left elbow strain, began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sugar Land.


The four-game season-opening series continues Saturday when Houston’s Jose Urquidy faces Chicago’s Lucas Giolito.