Bases-loaded RBIs from Cron, Pujols secure series win

Bases-loaded RBIs from Cron, Pujols secure series win

ANAHEIM -- C.J. Cron lined a two-run single with two out in the sixth inning that lifted the Angels to a 4-1 victory over the Rangers on Saturday night at Angel Stadium.

Rangers starter Colby Lewis had a two-hit shutout and a 1-0 lead going into the sixth but the Angels loaded the bases on singles by Grant Green and Kole Calhoun and a walk to Mike Trout. Roman Mendez took over but couldn't keep the lead as the Angels scored three runs.

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Angels gather franchise's MVPs to honor 2014 winner Trout

Hitting coach Baylor, Guerrero join slugger for on-field ceremony

Angels gather franchise's MVPs to honor 2014 winner Trout

ANAHEIM -- The Angels had their three American League Most Valuable Players together on the field for Saturday's ceremony to honor the 2014 winner, center fielder Mike Trout.

He was joined, before the Angels played the Rangers at Angel Stadium, by 1979 MVP Don Baylor (the Angels' hitting instructor) and 2004 MVP Vladimir Guerrero.

Angels skipper Mike Scioscia, who managed Trout and Guerrero and has Baylor on his coaching staff, was asked if the three have a common denominator, besides being great players.

"There is, although it might manifest in different ways, as far as the individuals," Scioscia said. "To play at that level, you have to have a confidence that's second to none. All of them had that.

"They all had the ability to bring it every day, which is hard to do, and have that much success. Young players should be inspired by being able to watch how Mike Trout plays the game."

Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, a three-time NL MVP with the Cardinals, said he didn't meet Guerrero until they played against each other in the Major Leagues. They're both from the Dominican Republic, but Guerrero, 40, is five years older than Pujols, who moved to Kansas City when he was 16.

"A nice man, from a nice family," Pujols said of his first on-field encounter with Guerrero, when Pujols was a rookie playing left field. "His mother used to cook for us in Montreal. And his brother, Wilton, played with us in St. Louis."

Pujols was 25 when he won his first MVP. Baylor was 30 when he won MVP for leading the Angels to their first division title and postseason appearance. Guerrero was 29 when he became the Angels' second MVP. Trout was in his age-22 season (he turned 23 in August).

Asked what it's like to be regarded as the game's best player at a young age, Pujols said: "You have ask Mike that question," but added: "For me, it was not like that to me. I didn't think of myself that way. I was blessed with the opportunity to play baseball, and my goal has always been to help 25 guys accomplish one thing, to win a World Series. I had a lot of great players with me in St. Louis [who were older] and helped me.

"They kept me grounded. Mike has a way about him, that he does the same thing."

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Statcast top speed: Gordon vs. Hamilton vs. Trout

Reds' center fielder eclipses competition in analysis of recent stolen bases

Statcast top speed: Gordon vs. Hamilton vs. Trout

If you're in Miami, Cincinnati or the greater Los Angeles area, the fastest man in baseball is likely playing in a stadium near you.

Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton, Miami second baseman Dee Gordon and Angels center fielder Mike Trout are widely considered three of the main contenders for this unofficial crown, and with the advent of Statcast technology, it's easier than ever to determine who is the fleetest of foot.

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Wilson says he may cut back on throwing program

Angels pitcher feels strong after extra rest and proper treatment

Wilson says he may cut back on throwing program

ANAHEIM -- Even as a starting pitcher, Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson said he likes to throw every day, even if it's just playing catch.

At 34, though, Wilson said, it might be time to switch to program with less throwing, like the one he was forced into this week by elbow stiffness.

Pitching with two extra days' rest against the Rangers, Wilson battled through 5 2/3 innings Saturday night in a 4-1 victory at Angel Stadium, the Angels' third win in a row, and got them back to .500 at 9-9.

"I felt good enough," said Wilson, who scattered seven hits and three walks on a cold night, and allowed just one run, on a fourth-inning wild pitch. "The medical staff has been working hard to get me ready. I was able to pitch to the weaknesses of their hitters and to my strengths. It was obviously a good decision to push me back."

He was originally scheduled to pitch Thursday against the A's, but right-hander Nick Tropeano was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake and started the Angels' winning streak with six shutout innings.

"I probably would've tried to pitch Thursday [if it was just up to me]," Wilson said. "It worked out great this way. Tropeano pitched great Thursday."

Wilson threw 103 pitches, 58 for strikes, before reliever Vinnie Pestano (1-0) came on to get him out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth -- facing only one batter, Robinson Chirinos, and earning the victory when the Angels rallied for three runs in the bottom of the inning.

Pestano escapes jam


Jose Alvarez, Mike Morin and Fernando Salas combined to pitch the seventh and eighth innings for the Angels, and Huston Street, pitching for the third night in a row, closed for his seventh save.

"His stuff looked really good," manager Mike Scioscia said of Wilson, "and, more important, C.J. felt great, felt normal. He pitched a really good ballgame."

The cold evening -- rain wiped out batting practice on the field -- didn't bother Wilson, who noted he "rocked the sleeves" and, "The wind was blowing, so the two-seamer was dipping."

He also said that he "didn't think it was so much the extra days, but the proper amount of treatment. We've got so much stuff we can use. ... We've got lasers. Any time you have lasers involved, you've got to use the lasers."

Wilson said his arm gradually felt better on the days he didn't throw, though, and that might be the key for him going forward.

"Push come to shove, he [Wilson] probably could've pitched Thursday," Scioscia said, but added the Angels chose to err on the side of caution, pitch Tropeano against Oakland and move Wilson to the Saturday spot that belonged to right-hander Matt Shoemaker, who's on the bereavement list.

"C.J. had no problem at all with the cold temperatures," Scioscia added.

The Angels backed their pitching staff with some excellent defense, including some tough running catches that reigning AL MVP and center fielder Mike Trout made look easy, and a pair of wicked, short-hop throws that first baseman Albert Pujols picked out of the dirt.

"That's why he's a Gold Glove first baseman and why we're a better team with him out there," Scioscia said. "And Mike, in center field showed great range."

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Santiago hopes to improve home success vs. Rangers

Santiago hopes to improve home success vs. Rangers

Usually the home starting pitcher has an advantage in the average Major League game. That may not be the case on Sunday afternoon when Rangers right-hander Nick Martinez pitches against left-hander Hector Santiago for the Angels, who are looking to complete the sweep.

Santiago is making his ninth career start against the Rangers. He is 0-2 with an 8.78 ERA in three starts in Anaheim and 4-0 with a 2.15 ERA in five starts against them in Arlington. He allowed one run in seven innings in a 10-2 victory over them on April 15 in Arlington.

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Freese's two-run shot seals Richards' first win

Freese's two-run shot seals Richards' first win

ANAHEIM -- David Freese hit a two-run home run off reliever Keone Kela in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Angels held on for a 3-2 victory over the Rangers on Friday night.

The Angels were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position before Freese hit a 3-2 fastball deep over the left-center-field fence. Angels starter Garrett Richards earned the victory by holding the Rangers to two runs in seven innings. Richards, who started the season on the disabled list while still recovering from knee surgery, was making his first start at Angel Stadium since Aug. 9.

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Source: Rangers to trade for Halos' Hamilton

Source: Rangers to trade for Halos' Hamilton

ANAHEIM -- Josh Hamilton's tumultuous stint in Southern California is nearing a resolution, one that would save the Angels some money and send the embattled outfielder back to the place he once thrived.

The Rangers are closing in on a deal to acquire Hamilton from the Angels, sources told MLB.com on Friday. Neither club has confirmed the trade, which still needs to clear several logistical hurdles before it's completed. But a source said the Angels would be receiving about $15 million in cash considerations, and no players, for a contract that will pay Hamilton about $90 million through the 2017 season.

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Richards declares himself to be '100 percent' after arduous rehab

Angels pitcher feels like his old self after strong start, first win

Richards declares himself to be '100 percent' after arduous rehab

ANAHEIM -- David Freese turned on a full-count, inside-corner fastball from Rangers reliever Keone Kela, lifted it deep into the left-center-field gap, watched it sail just beyond the Angel Stadium fence and immediately thought about Garrett Richards.

OK, almost immediately.

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Scioscia says Hamilton's needs were met with Angels

Manager doesn't believe clubhouse environment was lacking

Scioscia says Hamilton's needs were met with Angels

ANAHEIM -- The Angels and Rangers are working on a trade that would send Josh Hamilton back to the environment where he thrived, sources told MLB.com on Friday, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia doesn't believe there was anything wrong with the clubhouse environment the Angels provided for Hamilton the last two years.

"The process of supporting Josh obviously was magnified because of his history, and those needs were met," said Scioscia, who was speaking in generalities and would not comment on a potential trade sending Hamilton to the Rangers. "Those needs were met from both Josh's side and the organization's side. I feel very confident about that."

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One hit enough for Angels in shutout of A's

One hit enough for Angels in shutout of A's

ANAHEIM -- Kole Calhoun blasted a two-run homer off Jesse Chavez and Nick Tropeano pitched six scoreless innings in his season debut on Thursday afternoon, setting the tone in the Angels' 2-0 victory over the A's in Southern California.

Calhoun's homer was the only hit for the Angels' offense, which plated fewer than four runs for the 11th time in 16 games this season. It came off Chavez in the bottom of the third, two batters after Drew Butera reached first on a throwing error by A's third baseman Brett Lawrie. Calhoun got a 1-1 cutter out over the plate and lined it over the scoreboard in right-center to give him three home runs on the season and eventually help split the four-game series.

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Tropeano makes mighty impression as fill-in starter

Tropeano makes mighty impression as fill-in starter

ANAHEIM -- Nick Tropeano's first chance with the Angels was a lot more happenstance than foresight. With Matt Shoemaker headed for the bereavement list and C.J. Wilson nursing soreness in his left elbow, the Angels suddenly needed someone to start Thursday's series finale against the A's. Andrew Heaney had pitched for Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday, but Tropeano's most recent start came three days earlier.

So Tropeano was basically just lucky -- and, as it turns out, so were the Angels.

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'Frustrated' Joyce trying to find his way at the plate

'Frustrated' Joyce trying to find his way at the plate

ANAHEIM -- Matt Joyce saw a reporter approaching on Thursday afternoon and all of a sudden got a little leery.

"What do you want to talk about, football?" Joyce said, somewhat playfully. "I think the Bucs are going to draft Jameis Winston."

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Weaver eager to earn a longer leash

Weaver eager to earn a longer leash

ANAHEIM -- Jered Weaver walked off the mound to end the top of the sixth and saw his manager, Mike Scioscia, waiting for him at the top step of the dugout on Wednesday night. "One more," Weaver said, because he had only allowed one run and had only thrown 93 pitches. But Scioscia didn't budge. He shook his head, letting Weaver know the Angels were going to the bullpen, instead.

Weaver slumped his shoulders, rolled his eyes and walked toward the clubhouse, keeping his head down and wanting no part of the high-fives being offered to him. Then he watched the Angels' bullpen give up five runs on nine hits over the next two innings, sending the Angels to a 9-2 loss to the A's and a 6-9 record on the season.

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Bullpen knocked around after Weaver contains A's

Bullpen knocked around after Weaver contains A's

ANAHEIM -- Sonny Gray continued to dominate, and the A's rallied against the Angels' bullpen, scoring a combined eight runs on nine hits in the seventh and eighth innings to capture a 9-2 victory at Angel Stadium on Wednesday night.

"I feel like this team smells blood really well, and when we get one hit," said A's catcher Stephen Vogt, "they start to keep going and keep going."

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Tropeano called up as Angels shuffle rotation

Tropeano called up as Angels shuffle rotation

ANAHEIM -- Angels No. 5 prospect Nick Tropeano was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake and will start Thursday's series finale against the A's at Angel Stadium, with C.J. Wilson getting pushed back to Saturday against the Rangers. Wilson came out of his last start with stiffness in his left elbow, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia said it's nothing serious and the southpaw could've taken his normal turn if needed.

Pushing Wilson back also buys extra time for Matt Shoemaker, who was placed on the bereavement list Wednesday following the death of his grandfather. Shoemaker was slated to start Saturday, but is now tentatively scheduled to return for next Wednesday's game in Oakland, putting him on extended rest for a second straight time.

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Baseball 'exciting and fun again' for Pestano

Baseball 'exciting and fun again' for Pestano

ANAHEIM -- Vinnie Pestano isn't all the way back to his old self just yet. The 30-year-old sidearm reliever has carved out a niche as a righty specialist in the Angels' bullpen, but he's still searching for that full-inning guy he was with the Indians, the one who compiled a 2.45 ERA in 137 games from 2011-12 and succeeded against righties and lefties.

"He's there," Pestano said. "I feel him. I feel him trying to get out."

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Nolan out in front in Angels Franchise Four voting

Nolan out in front in Angels Franchise Four voting

Nolan Ryan is the early leader in Angels voting for the Franchise Four campaign, which allows fans to elect the four most impactful players who best represent the history of each Major League franchise out of eight choices from its lineage.

Mike Trout is second in voting for the Angels, followed by Tim Salmon and Vladimir Guerrero. Other candidates include: Garret Anderson, Brian Downing, Chuck Finley and Jim Fregosi. An additional write-in option is available to fans on the ballot.

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Angels claim Brown off waivers from Cardinals

Center fielder optioned to Triple-A after being selected for second time this month

Angels claim Brown off waivers from Cardinals

ANAHEIM -- The Angels claimed center fielder Gary Brown off waivers from the Cardinals on Wednesday, then subsequently optioned him to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Brown was born and raised in Diamond Bar, Calif. -- about 15 miles away from Angel Stadium -- attended Cal State Fullerton and was the 24th overall pick by the Giants in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. The 26-year-old right-handed hitter has posted a .276/.340/.412 slash line in 559 career games in the Minors, adding 44 homers and 141 steals.

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Santiago's resurgence is just what Angels need

Santiago's resurgence is just what Angels need

ANAHEIM -- Left-hander Hector Santiago set the tone for the Angels on Tuesday night, striking out the side in the first and working through six sharp innings that an overworked bullpen needed.

His offense delivered 15 hits, scoring four runs in the second inning, six in the sixth and four in the seventh to power a 14-1 victory over the Athletics at Angel Stadium, the Angels' first win at home in five tries this season.

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Giavotella, Calhoun lead Angels' rout of A's

Giavotella, Calhoun lead Angels' rout of A's

ANAHEIM -- Johnny Giavotella and Kole Calhoun each hit a three-run home run, and Giavotella added an RBI single in a six-run sixth inning as the Angels routed the A's, 14-1, on Tuesday night to even this four-game series at Angel Stadium at a game apiece.

Los Angeles left-hander Hector Santiago limited the A's to just three hits, including a solo home run from Billy Butler in the third, over six innings, walking three and striking out eight. A's starter Drew Pomeranz was on the hook for five runs (four earned) in five-plus innings.

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Scioscia: Hamilton needs 'a lot of evaluation'

Scioscia: Hamilton needs 'a lot of evaluation'

ANAHEIM -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday that outfielder Josh Hamilton (right shoulder surgery) will report to the club's training facility in Arizona in the near future to begin baseball activities.

"We'll see where Josh is," the manager said. "A lot of evaluating needs to take place, both on and off the field. I know Josh is itching to get going.

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Hamilton to begin extended spring shortly

Halos outfielder to start rehab program in 'not-too-distant future,' per Dipoto

Hamilton to begin extended spring shortly

ANAHEIM -- Josh Hamilton was recently cleared for baseball activities, and the Angels are putting together a plan that would involve him working out in their Arizona-based extended spring program "in the not-too-distant future," general manager Jerry Dipoto said.

The team is still sorting through details and has yet to communicate them to Hamilton, who has been rehabbing from shoulder surgery in Houston since early February. An announcement is expected by the end of the week.

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Angels call up Bedrosian to give bullpen a fresh arm

Angels call up Bedrosian to give bullpen a fresh arm

ANAHEIM -- The Angels recalled right-handed reliever Cam Bedrosian from Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday afternoon and optioned first baseman/outfielder Efren Navarro to the same club.

"Some of the guys in our 'pen are throwing well, but they have also been throwing a lot, so we needed a little depth," manager Mike Scioscia said before the Halos' game against the Athletics at Angel Stadium.

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Shoemaker's wild night costs Angels

Shoemaker's wild night costs Angels

ANAHEIM -- Matt Shoemaker had one of those nights that he almost never has.

The Angels right-hander struggled to throw strikes from the start Monday, and when he did, the Athletics launched some of them over the fence en route to a 6-3 Oakland victory at Angel Stadium in the opener of a four-game series.

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Angels stumble out of gate against A's

Angels stumble out of gate against A's

ANAHEIM -- The A's got home runs from Stephen Vogt and Marcus Semien and relied on a dominant six-inning performance from their bullpen to hold off the Angels, 6-3, on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at Angel Stadium.

A's right-hander Dan Otero put together four scoreless innings in relief of starter Kendall Graveman, who lasted just three-plus innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts. David Freese singled in two runs off him in the first, and Albert Pujols added an RBI single in the third.

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Skaggs might follow Havey's rehab schedule

Angels lefty considering an 18-month layoff, returning next spring

Skaggs might follow Havey's rehab schedule

ANAHEIM -- Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs, coming back from Aug. 13 Tommy John surgery, is rethinking his original goal of pitching in Minor League games late this summer or in the fall.

Skaggs said Monday his target return date might move, in part because of Mets right-hander Matt Harvey's impressive comeback. Harvey was hurt in August 2013, had Tommy John surgery in October that year and then rehabbed until this spring. The prolonged recovery has led to strong results for the Mets in the opening weeks of this season.

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