AT THE PLATE:
ON THE MOUND: Richards may have secured his All-Star selection with a 7 1/3-inning, two-run, four-hit, five-strikeout, five-walk effort that improved the right-hander to 4-0 with a 1.05 earned-run average in five June starts and 8-2 with a 2.76 ERA overall. Arcia's home run in the second, which ended an 0-for-31 skid, was only the third home run Richards has given up in 101 innings.
EXTRA BASES: The Angels extended their winning streak to five games and improved to 43-33, a 10-game improvement over last season, when they were 33-43 after 76 games. …
FUTURES FILL-IN: Venezuelan shortstop Jose Rondon, who is batting .333 for Class-A Inland Empire, was selected for the Futures Game on July 13 as an injury replacement for Houston prospect