Re­port: Ten­sion be­hind scenes

Emo­tions are said to have sim­mered in meet­ings in­volv­ing GM, who in past has dif­fered with Scios­cia.

Los Angeles Times - - BASEBALL - By Mike DiGiovanna

All seemed well with the An­gels on Mon­day night. Mike Trout did his usual Mike Trout things, smack­ing a solo home run in the third in­ning and mak­ing three su­perb catches in cen­ter field to high­light a 4- 1 vic­tory over the New York Yan­kees in An­gel Sta­dium.

C. J. Wil­son re­bounded from a shoddy start last week to throw six in­nings of one- run, five- hit ball, es­cap­ing a bases- loaded, two- out jam by strik­ing out Car­los Bel­tran to end the third.

Trevor Gott, Joe Smith and Hus­ton Street com­bined for three score­less in­nings of re­lief, right fielder Kole Cal­houn made a div­ing catch of John Ryan Mur­phy’s liner in the sixth, and the in­field turned two dou­ble plays to help the An­gels, who have hov­ered around .500 all sea­son, im­prove to 40- 37.

There was even some history. Trout’s homer was his 20th of the sea­son, mak­ing him only the sixth player in Amer­i­can League history to have four 20- homer sea­sons be­fore their age- 24 sea­son. The oth­ers: Alex Ro­driguez, Ken Grif­fey Jr., Tony Conigliaro, Mickey Man­tle and Ted Wil­liams.

And Al­bert Pu­jols’ dou­ble in the first gave him 1,131 ex­tra- base hits, ty­ing him with Tris Speaker for 13th on base­ball’s all- time list. But all was not well. Ac­cord­ing to an In­ter­net re­port posted dur­ing the game, ten­sions be­tween Man­ager Mike Scios­cia and Gen­eral Man­ager Jerry Dipoto, which f lared to­ward the end of the 2012 and 2013 sea­sons but eased in 2014, re­turned over the week­end.

Foxs­ports. com, cit­ing uniden­tif ied ma­jor league sources, said emo­tions sim­mered in a se­ries of meet­ings Fri­day and Sun­day in which Dipoto ex­pressed frus­tra­tion with the coaches’ fail­ure to con­vey scout­ing and sta­tis­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion to the play­ers.

The data, pro­vided by the front of­fice, is most of­ten used to po­si­tion de­fend­ers in shifts and guide pitch­ers on how to pitch to hit­ters in cer­tain counts and lo­ca­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, Dipoto met with play­ers, coaches and Scios­cia be­fore Sun­day’s game and told play­ers they would now be given the in­for­ma­tion di­rectly by the front of­fice and that they could de­cide whether to use it.

The re­port went on to say that “at least one coach re­sponded heat­edly to Dipoto” and that Pu- jols “chal­lenged Dipoto in the meet­ing, say­ing that the coaches are work­ing as hard to pre­pare the play­ers as they did last sea­son, but that the ros­ter is not nearly as strong as it was a year ago,” when the An­gels went 98- 64.

Dipoto, through a team spokesman, de­clined to com­ment on the re­port, but a per­son fa­mil­iar with the meet­ings but not au­tho­rized to speak pub­licly about them con­firmed the re­port’s gist is ac­cu­rate.

Scios­cia said Sun­day’s pregame team meet­ing “was just scout­ing in­for­ma­tion, scout­ing re­ports … we’re just get­ting re­ports to guys a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ently than we had be­fore.”

He de­clined to ad­dress specifics of the re­port af­ter Mon­day’s game.

“There’s re­ally noth­ing to say about any­thing that might or might not have hap­pened,” Scios­cia said. “Jerry and I work to­gether the same way we’ve worked the last cou­ple of years, and that’s where we are.”

There was heavy spec­u­la­tion late in 2012 that Dipoto, Scios­cia or both could be f ired. An­gels owner Arte Moreno re­tained both, es­sen­tially forc­ing them to re­solve their dif­fer­ences and work to­gether.

Scios­cia, 56, is in the sev­enth year of a 10- year, $ 50- mil­lion con­tract, but he has the right to opt out of the deal af­ter this sea­son.

And with man­age­rial open­ings in Philadelphia — Scios­cia grew up in a sub­urb of that city — San Diego, Mil­wau­kee and Mi­ami, there is al­ready spec­u­la­tion that, if his sit­u­a­tion in Ana­heim sours, the long­est- tenured man­ager in base­ball could leave af­ter this sea­son. mike. digiovanna@ latimes. com Twit­ter: @ MikeDi­Gio­vanna

Stephen Dunn Getty I mages

MIKE TROUT makes a leap­ing catch of a drive by the Yan­kees’ Chris Young — just one of the out­fielder’s de­fen­sive gems.

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