• Longtime Yankees executive Billy Eppler, right, is greeted by Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia during a news conference announcing Eppler as the new general manager for the Angels in Anaheim, Calif. on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. The 40-year-old Eppler replaces interim GM Bill Stoneman, who took over after Jerry Dipoto quit his job at midseason following his latest disagreement with Scioscia, the longest-serving manager in baseball.  (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    Billy Eppler welcomes high expectations as Angels’ new GM

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Billy Eppler knows his new job as the Los Angeles Angels’ general manager looks particularly tough. He knows all about the organizational power wielded by manager Mike Scioscia and the high expectations of owner Arte Moreno.

  • Angels hire Yankees’ Billy Eppler as new general manager

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have hired longtime Yankees executive Billy Eppler as general manager.

  • Arizona State quarterback Mike Bercovici gestures to fans after they scored a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Arizona State holds on late, upsets No. 7 UCLA 38-23

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Kalen Ballage ran the ball into the teeth of UCLA’s defense in the final minute and refused to go down. One after another, his Arizona State teammates pushed and shoved him away from the Bruins and in for the clinching touchdown.

  • This April 26, 2014 file photo Lucas Matthysse, right, of Argentina, fights with John Molina Jr. during their 140-pound boxing match in Carson, Calif. Matthysse is an Argentine knockout artist who became a favorite fighter of smart boxing fans over the past decade. He could win a world title belt for the first time Saturday, Oct. 3, when he meets Ukraine's unbeaten Viktor Postol in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)

    Lucas Matthysse looks for his next KO in showcase vs Postol

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lucas Matthysse fought his way out of Argentine club shows and into North America’s biggest rings over the past decade, building a reputation among smart boxing fans as an unmissable brawler with a dramatic flair.

  • Perkins hopes to run wild when No. 7 UCLA hosts Arizona St

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — UCLA tailback Paul Perkins is a Phoenix-area native whose father and younger brother have both suited up for Arizona State.

  • Los Angeles Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun catches a ball hit by Oakland Athletics' Stephen Vogt during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Angels slowed with 8-7 loss to Athletics

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Collin Cowgill’s soft groundout to third wasn’t a terribly appropriate way to end a seven-game winning streak and a rollicking homestand that propelled the Los Angeles Angels back into playoff position.

  • Oakland Athletics' Josh Reddick walks off the field after striking out during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    A’s lose 4th straight, 8-1 to streaking Angels

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A year and a day after the Oakland Athletics clinched a postseason berth, the AL’s 15th-place team didn’t put up much of a fight while the Los Angeles Angels beat them to move into playoff position.

  • Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols, left, celebrates after he scored on a single hit by David Murphy as Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt looks away during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Pujols, Aybar send Angels to 7th straight win, 8-1 over A’s

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols had an RBI double among his three hits, Erick Aybar drove in three runs and the Los Angeles Angels took over the lead for the second AL wild-card playoff spot with their seventh consecutive victory, 8-1 over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.