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Astros knock Jered Weaver around in victory over Angels, 7-2

Eleven times, the Angels have played Houston this season. Not since the first game have they won. The Astros have secured 10 consecutive victories, for reasons of randomness and also for the fact that they are, definitively, a better team than the Angels. “Well,” Jered Weaver said when asked for...

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  • Pujols and Angels get a scare in win over Rangers

    Pujols and Angels get a scare in win over Rangers

    The batting average, on-base and slugging percentages are nowhere near what he posted during his 11-year career in St. Louis, but Albert Pujols left no doubt Tuesday night that he is still capable of driving the ball out of the park. Pujols crushed a pair of three-run home runs in an 8-6 victory...

  • Angels right-hander Nick Tropeano has a torn elbow ligament

    Angels right-hander Nick Tropeano has a torn elbow ligament

    The Angels on Tuesday lost their third starting pitcher to a major elbow injury in 3 1/2 months when Nick Tropeano was diagnosed with a medium- to high-grade tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, an injury that will sideline the promising young right-hander for the rest of this season and, most...

  • Mike Scioscia and the Angels will keep grinding

    Mike Scioscia and the Angels will keep grinding

    Mike Scioscia is in his 17th season as the manager of the Angels and he isn’t about to change now. His pregame conversation with reporters Wednesday included a customary series of Sciosciasms, from the importance of taking the same approach into every game to how he hasn’t thought about his future...

  • Angels keep rolling in 9-5 win over Rangers

    Angels keep rolling in 9-5 win over Rangers

    The Angels were soon going to need to clear a spot in their starting rotation when Tyler  Skaggs returned after almost two years of toiling to recover from Tommy John surgery. They could have chosen to trade Hector Santiago or Matt Shoemaker. They could have demoted Tim Lincecum to the bullpen....

  • Angels' Geovany Soto back on disabled list because of knee discomfort

    Angels' Geovany Soto back on disabled list because of knee discomfort

    Geovany Soto lasted seven major league plate appearances before landing back on the disabled list. Left knee discomfort forced the Angels catcher back onto the 15-day DL on Monday. Soto had been sidelined for seven weeks because of a torn meniscus in his right knee. The team indicated this injury...

  • Pujols' two-run homers power Angels past White Sox, 8-1, for sweep

    Pujols' two-run homers power Angels past White Sox, 8-1, for sweep

    Chicago White Sox Manager Robin Ventura watched Jered Weaver with a unique mix of amazement, bewilderment, and resentment Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium. “You sit there,” Ventura said, “and you marvel at the fact that it’s not going very hard.” Sunday was the second time Ventura has scrutinized...

  • Angels' focus is on scoring runs, not hitting home runs

    Angels' focus is on scoring runs, not hitting home runs

    The Angels entered Sunday’s game having hit only 84 home runs in 2016, the fifth-fewest in Major League Baseball and the second-fewest in the American League. They had not launched one for seven games until Albert Pujols did so in Sunday’s first inning at Angel Stadium against the Chicago White...

  • Angels closer Huston Street isn't panicking about subpar performance

    Angels closer Huston Street isn't panicking about subpar performance

    Closer Huston Street’s earned-run average stood at an unsightly 5.09 entering Saturday, more than two runs higher than his career ERA of 2.91. His walk rate (5.6 per nine innings) was up, and his strikeout rate (5.6) was down from his career 2.4-walk and 8.8-strikeout rates. He gave up 10 earned...

  • Matt Shoemaker throws a shutout in his first complete game, a 1-0 victory over the White Sox

    Matt Shoemaker throws a shutout in his first complete game, a 1-0 victory over the White Sox

    The decision to send Matt Shoemaker to the mound for the ninth inning with a one-run lead and a pitch count of 99 did not look so wise when Adam Eaton smacked the Angels right-hander’s first pitch of the frame into left-center field for a double Saturday night. Jose Abreu grounded out to shortstop...

  • Hector Santiago is sharp again in 7-0 shutout

    Hector Santiago is sharp again in 7-0 shutout

    Nine hundred feet from Angel Stadium’s home plate, a building has been under construction since the winter. It will be called “The George,” after Anaheim founder George Hanson, and it’ll join an array of newly forged apartment complexes across the Platinum Triangle that encompasses the ballpark....

  • Angels' Tyler Skaggs and Carlos Perez are impressive in triple-A performance

    Angels' Tyler Skaggs and Carlos Perez are impressive in triple-A performance

    Tyler Skaggs impressed the Angels’ organization with his 14-strikeout, no-walk performance Thursday with triple-A Salt Lake, convincing the team his return from August 2014 elbow surgery is, at last, imminent. And, according to Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, Skaggs’ catcher, Carlos Perez, did the...

  • Angels are looking forward to being a better team in the second half

    Angels are looking forward to being a better team in the second half

    Mike Scioscia has managed the Angels for an unthinkably lengthy period: 17 seasons. The New England Patriots hired Bill Belichick two months after the Angels hired Scioscia. Only one active American professional sports coach, the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich, has been in charge longer.  In...

  • Dodgers All-Stars don't get warm reception in San Diego

    Dodgers All-Stars don't get warm reception in San Diego

    The San Diego crowd did not exactly treat the representatives of the Dodgers, their National League West rivals, with kindness. Corey Seager heard fans chanting “Beat L.A.” as he rode into the park. Clayton Kershaw beamed and waved when the fans jeered him during introductions. Kenley Jansen received...

  • Angels' Mike Trout, the star of stars in July, yearns to shine in October

    Angels' Mike Trout, the star of stars in July, yearns to shine in October

    These are baseball’s best of the best, and yet Mike Trout has been one step better than best. This is not so much the All-Star game as the Mike Trout Invitational. This is the 87th All-Star game. Trout last year became the first man named most valuable player in back-to-back years. If he is so...

  • Angels' C.J. Cron to have surgery Tuesday to repair broken bone in left hand

    Angels' C.J. Cron to have surgery Tuesday to repair broken bone in left hand

    Angels first baseman C.J. Cron will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a broken bone in his left hand. He suffered the injury when he was hit by a fastball Friday in Baltimore. He was placed on the disabled list that night, but stayed with the team until Sunday. The Angels announced they expect...

  • Angels fall to Orioles, 4-2, as first half of the season comes to a close

    Angels fall to Orioles, 4-2, as first half of the season comes to a close

    The man making his 42nd professional start in the outfield did not know the protocol. When a pop fly and shortstop Andrelton Simmons both aimed his way in Sunday’s sixth inning at Camden Yards, the Angels’ Ji-Man Choi yelled the only thing that made sense to him in the moment: “You got it!” Simmons...

  • Angels closer Huston Street leaves game reluctantly

    Angels closer Huston Street leaves game reluctantly

    Huston Street twice waved Mike Scioscia off from the Camden Yards mound Sunday afternoon. Eventually, the closer could not relent to his manager’s concerns. His left hamstring was cramping, and when the first three batters he faced in the eighth inning reached base, Scioscia pulled him. “If you...

  • Angels' door opens for Ji-Man Choi

    Angels' door opens for Ji-Man Choi

    Ji-Man Choi was on his way to rejoin the Angels before he knew why. His manager with the Angels’ triple-A Salt Lake affiliate, Keith Johnson, pulled him from the Bees’ game Friday night with one instruction: Pack your bags. On his way to the airport, he heard C.J. Cron broke his hand, and then...

  • Balk helps Orioles rally past Angels, 3-2

    Balk helps Orioles rally past Angels, 3-2

    The 2016 Angels are bound to approach 100 losses, and it stands to reason that certain centenary defeats will come in unusual fashion. The laws of randomness insist as much. But the way they succumbed Saturday at Camden Yards seemed like more than baseball adhering to order. Joe Smith had his foot...

  • Angels lose hot-hitting C.J. Cron in win over Orioles

    Angels lose hot-hitting C.J. Cron in win over Orioles

    As he stepped to a secondary lead off first base Friday night at Camden Yards, Mike Trout heard a crack from home plate. At first, he thought C.J. Cron had fouled off a sixth-inning fastball from Mike Wright.  Then he saw Cron hopping in pain, and he gathered that the baseball struck both Cron’s...

  • Mike Trout knows how to dig himself out of a hole

    Mike Trout knows how to dig himself out of a hole

    Mike Trout swung at the first pitch Baltimore right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez threw him Friday night at Camden Yards, a fastball in the upper corner of the strike zone. He missed. He swung at the second pitch Jimenez threw him, and missed again. Down in an 0-2 hole, Trout tracked the next pitch for...

  • Hector Santiago looks like trade bait in shutting down Rays

    Hector Santiago looks like trade bait in shutting down Rays

    During every start Hector Santiago makes before the Aug. 1 trade deadline, the eyes of scouts from major league teams across the country will be fixated on him.  Those watching Thursday afternoon at Tropicana Field found a familiar sight. Santiago nibbled around the edges of home plate, as he is...

  • Angels enjoy a slight rebound, but still have their work cut out for them

    Angels enjoy a slight rebound, but still have their work cut out for them

    Along one wall within the visiting manager’s office at Tropicana Field, the Tampa Bay Rays have put up photos of every major league manager amid an argument with an umpire.  It makes for quite the motif, setting a decidedly negative, even confrontational, mood in the room. But Angels Manager Mike...

  • Jered Weaver shines in the Angels' 7-2 win over Rays

    Jered Weaver shines in the Angels' 7-2 win over Rays

    The velocity he predicted has not materialized, but Jered Weaver’s competitiveness has remained the same as ever. The seasoned right-hander finished the season’s first half with one of his better performances Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. He struck out five Tampa Bay Rays, walked one, and...

  • Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons could get the ball more

    Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons could get the ball more

    When he watched Houston play the Angels six times in a short span late last month, longtime Angels assistant coach Dino Ebel noted an unusual tactic the Astros employ with their middle infield. Shortstop Carlos Correa serves as the cutoff man in all relay situations, no matter where the throw is...

  • Mike Trout to sit out home run derby again

    Mike Trout to sit out home run derby again

    Mike Trout made the All-Star game for the fifth consecutive year, but the Angels center fielder again opted not to take part in the home run derby. Monday’s derby, at San Diego’s Petco Park, would have been Trout’s first. In recent days, he left open the possibility he would participate. Tuesday,...

  • All-Star selections of Corey Seager, Kenley Jansen and Clayton Kershaw show Dodgers' system is bearing fruit

    All-Star selections of Corey Seager, Kenley Jansen and Clayton Kershaw show Dodgers' system is bearing fruit

    The Dodgers have paid handsomely, and at times extravagantly, in their efforts to revive the first-class pedigree of the franchise. For the first four full seasons of Guggenheim Baseball ownership, the luxury tax has been treated as the cost of doing business. They’ll spend another quarter-billion...

  • C.J. Cron powers Angels past Rays, 13-5

    C.J. Cron powers Angels past Rays, 13-5

    Tim Lincecum’s debut as an Angel yielded positive results. His subsequent starts have not. For the third consecutive outing, Lincecum could not finish five innings Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.  The Angels amassed a bevy of baserunners and secured a 13-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, but...

  • C.J. Wilson to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery

    C.J. Wilson to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery

    Left-hander C.J. Wilson will soon undergo season-ending surgery to repair fraying within his labrum and rotator cuff. The 35-year-old visited Dr. Neal ElAttrache for a second opinion on his problematic left shoulder last week and has since been gathering information from various surgeons, he said...

  • Mike Trout, Corey Seager, Kenley Jansen, Clayton Kershaw selected to All-Star game

    Mike Trout, Corey Seager, Kenley Jansen, Clayton Kershaw selected to All-Star game

    Angels star Mike Trout and a trio of Dodgers were selected Tuesday to the All-Star game. Closer Kenley Jansen, shortstop Corey Seager and injured pitcher Clayton Kershaw were chosen to represent the Dodgers. Trout, the Angels’ center fielder, was voted by fans as a starter for the fourth consecutive...

  • Fernando Salas falters in relief and Angels fall to Rays, 4-2

    Fernando Salas falters in relief and Angels fall to Rays, 4-2

    Six weeks ago in Texas, the Angels asked reliever Fernando Salas to preserve a two-run eighth-inning lead against the Rangers. They were only four games under .500 then, not the 17 they fell behind after Monday’s latest loss, 4-2 to the Tampa Bay Rays. That day, Salas did as requested, but barely....

  • Geovany Soto might rejoin Angels this week

    Geovany Soto might rejoin Angels this week

    Thursday will mark seven weeks since Geovany Soto underwent surgery for torn cartilage in his right knee. The stated prognosis was four to six weeks, and before four had elapsed the veteran catcher was pronouncing himself ready to resume playing. But the start of his rehab assignment was delayed...

  • Matt Shoemaker and Angels get roughed up by Red Sox, 10-5

    Matt Shoemaker and Angels get roughed up by Red Sox, 10-5

    Matt Shoemaker’s run as the Angels’ unexpected ace tumbled to an unceremonious end Sunday afternoon, just as the Angels’ improbable stay atop Boston and the baseball world did the same. A day after rattling the Red Sox for 21 runs, the Angels were routed, 10-5, at Fenway Park. Shoemaker, the 29-year-old...

  • Mike Trout is back to stealing bases

    Mike Trout is back to stealing bases

    As promised, Mike Trout has started stealing again. He procured his 13th base in 14 tries in Sunday’s first inning, after trying 18 times all of last season and succeeding on only 11 occasions.  In his first full season, 2012, Trout stole a remarkable 49 bases in 54 attempts, one of the most efficient...

  • C.J. Cron helps power Angels to 21-2 victory over Red Sox

    C.J. Cron helps power Angels to 21-2 victory over Red Sox

    And when the skies opened, the Angels could not be stopped.  For one night, everything that has plagued them this season became their strength. They amassed 22 hits and 21 runs in one of the biggest, most one-sided victories in franchise history. They toppled the Boston Red Sox by a 19-run margin,...

  • Nick Tropeano is close to rejoining Angels, and Tyler Skaggs could be back soon too

    Nick Tropeano is close to rejoining Angels, and Tyler Skaggs could be back soon too

    Nick Tropeano should rejoin the Angels this week, Tyler Skaggs could be close behind, and Nate Smith remains in reserve. The team’s starting rotation soon could look far different. The Angels have not committed to giving struggling journeyman Jhoulys Chacin another turn in the rotation, and the...

  • Angels will not 'rebuild' but look to 'invest' in future

    Angels will not 'rebuild' but look to 'invest' in future

    The Angels are rapidly sinking into local irrelevance for the summer. The Rams open training camp at the end of the month, the Dodgers are pushing toward a fourth consecutive postseason appearance, and USC and UCLA will hit the football practice field before long. The Angels, founded in 1961, are...

  • Fan has a hand in another Angels loss

    Fan has a hand in another Angels loss

    The ball boomed off Daniel Nava’s bat into the right-field corner. Surely, it would allow Mike Trout to gallop home from first base to tie the score in the Angels’ Friday night matchup with the Boston Red Sox that had bled into Saturday morning.  Then, ever so slightly, a fan reached over Fenway...

  • Angels' Mike Trout still undecided about participating in home run derby

    Angels' Mike Trout still undecided about participating in home run derby

    Mike Trout has not heard from Major League Baseball about this month’s home run derby, and neither has he made a decision about whether he will participate if invited. If he is to take part, the choice must be made in the next few days. In 2014, Trout declined the opportunity, Angels citing Manager...

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