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Angels scratch Jered Weaver from a start to use ace in playoff opener

With the American League West title secured Wednesday night, the Angels scratched Jered Weaver from Thursday night’s start against Seattle to give the ace some extra rest before his final two regular-season starts and line him up for Game 1 of the AL division series on Oct. 2.

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Angels can't hold back Mariners in 13-2 loss
Angels can't hold back Mariners in 13-2 loss

KEY MOMENT: The Angels went to their bullpen relay team again to fill the rotation spot vacated by the injured Garrett Richards, but this time, the relievers dropped the baton. Jason Grilli replaced starter Cory Rasmus in the fifth and was tagged for four runs and two hits, including Mike...

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  • Hector Santiago exits early in Angels' 6-1 loss to Astros
    Hector Santiago exits early in Angels' 6-1 loss to Astros

    KEY MOMENT: Angels starter Hector Santiago had gotten lucky with a pickoff, but still, he had two runners on with two outs in the second inning. He had plodded through the first five outs, and already, his pitch count was high. Facing Houston's Gregorio Petit, Santiago made what he...

  • Angels avoid going hitless in 6-1 loss to Astros
    Angels avoid going hitless in 6-1 loss to Astros

    The Angels were due for a day like Sunday. After a torrid 10-game winning streak, when seemingly every part of the team was playing near its peak, the Angels put up a dud. The pitchers labored, the hitters went quiet, and Astros starter Dallas Keuchel took a no-hitter into the seventh inning...

  • Jered Weaver wins 17th game as Angels top Astros, 5-2
    Jered Weaver wins 17th game as Angels top Astros, 5-2

    The Angels' lineup has been the story of their winning streak, which has now reached double digits.

  • Jered Weaver gets season-high 12 strikeouts as Angels beat Astros, 5-2
    Jered Weaver gets season-high 12 strikeouts as Angels beat Astros, 5-2

    KEY MOMENT: Jered Weaver allowed a leadoff single in the seventh inning, and the next batter moved the runner to second base. The Angels led by just one run. Weaver, though, worked out of trouble and punctuated his night with two strikeouts. With the crisis averted, the Angels would score...

  • Angels rally from two-run deficit to rout Astros, 11-3
    Angels rally from two-run deficit to rout Astros, 11-3

    KEY MOMENT: The Angels entered the fifth inning trailing 3-2, but a dropped fly ball by Astros right fielder Jake Marisnick on a ball hit by Collin Cowgill opened the flood gates. Erick Aybar scored to tie the game, and the next batter, Kole Calhoun, drove in two runs. The Angels would end...

  • Rolling Angels crush Astros, 11-3
    Rolling Angels crush Astros, 11-3

    The Angels were in a playful mood before yet another win Friday, 11-3 against the Houston Astros, and why not?

  • Angels hot on playoff trail after winning again in Texas
    Angels hot on playoff trail after winning again in Texas

    What a long, strange — and wildly successful — trip it's been for the Angels, who closed a grueling 10-game swing through Houston, Minnesota, Cleveland and Texas with eight straight wins, including Thursday night's 7-3 victory over the Rangers at Globe Life Park.

  • Angels beat Texas Rangers, 7-3, for eighth win in a row
    Angels beat Texas Rangers, 7-3, for eighth win in a row

    KEY MOMENT: Mike Morin entered with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth inning and got Elvis Andrus to ground back to the mound on his first pitch, preserving a 4-1 Angels lead.

  • Huge AL West lead allows Angels to rest Huston Street, Josh Hamilton
    Huge AL West lead allows Angels to rest Huston Street, Josh Hamilton

    The Angels enter Thursday night’s series finale against the Texas Rangers with a 9 1/2-game lead over Oakland in the American League West, and that cushion has allowed them to play it safe with closer Huston Street, who will not be available for a fifth straight game because of a...

  • Angels, Dodgers making playoff plans
    Angels, Dodgers making playoff plans

    Barring a major collapse by either team, the Dodgers and Angels will open the playoffs in their respective league divisional series, with the Angels beginning play Thursday, Oct. 2, and the Dodgers beginning their postseason the next day.

  • Albert Pujols keeps Angels rolling in 8-1 win over Rangers
    Albert Pujols keeps Angels rolling in 8-1 win over Rangers

    AT THE PLATE: Mike Trout scored twice, giving him 101 runs and 103 runs batted in. He is one of six players with three 100-run seasons before his age-23 season, joining Ted Williams, Mel Ott, Alex Rodriguez, Vada Pinson and Buddy Lewis. David Freese had three hits and is 11 for 25 (.440) in...

  • Angels' Albert Pujols falls homer short of cycle in 8-1 win over Texas
    Angels' Albert Pujols falls homer short of cycle in 8-1 win over Texas

    Albert Pujols is a nine-time All-Star who has won three most valuable player awards and two World Series championships, and last weekend he became the 16th player in major league history to amass 2,500 hits, 1,500 runs batted in and 500 homers.

  • Angels reliever Mike Morin sees room for improvement
    Angels reliever Mike Morin sees room for improvement

    Mike Morin seemed agitated and upset after Tuesday night’s 9-3 win over the Texas Rangers, but the Angels reliever said it had nothing to do with a ninth-inning mound visit from Mike Scioscia, who appeared to have some stern words for the rookie right-hander.

  • Angels' Josh Hamilton sidelined indefinitely, but Huston Street is OK
    Angels' Josh Hamilton sidelined indefinitely, but Huston Street is OK

    Angels closer Huston Street said he will be available to pitch Wednesday night after missing three games because of a sore right hamstring. But left fielder Josh Hamilton will miss his sixth straight game because of a right-shoulder injury, and he’s in so much pain there is no...

  • Angels' slugging doesn't stop in 9-3 victory over Rangers
    Angels' slugging doesn't stop in 9-3 victory over Rangers

    The Angels were playing their third game in three days in three cities, a somewhat dizzying array of flights, bus rides and hotels that prompted Manager Mike Scioscia to quip before Tuesday night's game against the Texas Rangers: "Where are we?"

  • Angels hit power switch late in 9-3 victory over Rangers
    Angels hit power switch late in 9-3 victory over Rangers

    KEY MOMENT: Collin Cowgill led off the eighth inning with an infield single and stole second, a call that was confirmed by instant replay. Kole Calhoun struck out, but Mike Trout ripped an 0-and-2 Roman Mendez fastball to right-center for an RBI triple that gave the Angels a 3-1 lead and...

  • MLB slightly adjusts home plate collision rule
    MLB slightly adjusts home plate collision rule

    After all the angst, all the confusion, all the outrage over the new rule designed to make collisions at home plate extinct, baseball officials responded Tuesday with one little change.

  • Angels express growing concern over Josh Hamilton's shoulder injury
    Angels express growing concern over Josh Hamilton's shoulder injury

    Josh Hamilton will sit out a fifth straight game because of tightness and discomfort in the back of his right shoulder, and Manager Mike Scioscia acknowledged he is getting “concerned” about his left fielder’s lack of improvement.

  • Jered Weaver and Angels cruise to 12-3 win over Indians
    Jered Weaver and Angels cruise to 12-3 win over Indians

    AT THE PLATE: Howie Kendrick is batting .565 (13 for 23) with two homers, two doubles, two triples and 10 runs batted in over his last five games. Kole Calhoun, in a 3-for-29 slump before Friday, is eight for 18 (.444) with a homer and four RBIs in his last four games. David Freese entered...

  • Angels make a enjoyable stopover in Cleveland
    Angels make a enjoyable stopover in Cleveland

    For the second consecutive afternoon, the Angels packed their bags and headed to the airport after a lopsided victory, this one a 12-3 shellacking of the Cleveland Indians in Progressive Field on Monday.

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