"You can't pitch like that, and not field your position, and expect to win," the Angels' young fireballer said. "These guys battled, played a great game, and I gave it away. It's a terrible feeling and something I'm going to have to eat."
ANAHEIM -- Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto made it clear from the start.
"We're not looking for him to be a savior," he said of left-handed-hitting outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, acquired from the Mets for cash considerations on Wednesday morning. "We're looking for him to be a piece of a club."
ANAHEIM -- Justin Upton and Matt Kemp came up big late, leading the Padres to a 5-4 win on Wednesday night to take two of three at Angel Stadium.
With two on and two outs in the top of the seventh -- and the score knotted at 3 -- Upton snuck a grounder through the left side and Kemp dumped a base hit into shallow right field against Garrett Richards, giving San Diego a two-run lead.
ANAHEIM -- There was no official announcement from the team, but it appears the Angels will option designated hitter Marc Krauss to Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday before their series opener against the Tigers. There is also a good chance outfielder Collin Cowgill will be placed on the disabled list with a right-hand injury.
After Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Padres at Angel Stadium, Krauss was packing up his things in the Angels' locker room.
ANAHEIM - Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is in the midst of an impressive breakout season, but he still defers to Mike Trout, recently telling ESPN.com that the Angels' center fielder is "the best player in baseball, and I don't think anybody can argue with that."
Trout saw Harper's comments on Twitter. He smiled when asked about it before Wednesday's game.
Giavotella will continue to receive regular ABs at second
By David Adler
ANAHEIM -- Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella, who was out of the starting lineup for the third time in the last eight games on Wednesday, will continue to receive regular playing time at second, manager Mike Scioscia said before the Angels' series finale against the Padres.
Giavotella had two hits in Monday's 4-3, walk-off win, and has hit safely in three straight games, but he was just 3 for his previous 31.
ANAHEIM -- Somewhat lost in the shuffle after another poor display by the Angels' offense and a rough outing for normally reliable Joe Smith, was the bounceback performance by the man who started the game -- Matt Shoemaker.
David Adler is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @_dadler This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player
By Mark Newman
Today's schedule starts with a White Sox-Orioles doubleheader that makes up the games that were postponed last month in Baltimore, and then a Corey Kluber-vs.-Nelson Cruz matchup that headlines six more games to follow. Along the way, you are about to have another one of those MLB.TV moments that make you realize how far we have come since the first live video broadcast stream by a major sports league in 2002.
Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.
ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout ranked second among American League outfielders in All-Star Game voting when the first ballot update was revealed on Tuesday, putting the superstar center fielder on track to start his third consecutive Midsummer Classic.
ANAHEIM -- Matt Kemp, struggling through a nightmarish month of May, came up big Tuesday night, lining a two-out, bases-clearing double in the 10th inning to lead the Padres to a 4-0 win at Angel Stadium.
Both clubs were held scoreless through the first nine frames -- thanks in large part to Will Venable's sensational over-the-wall grab in the third inning, which robbed Mike Trout of a two-run homer.
ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols calls this "the hardest .230 I've ever hit in my life."
Problem is, it's still .230 -- or .228, to be exact. That was his batting average heading into Tuesday's game against the Padres, hours after his walk-off single against Craig Kimbrel on Monday night. The .228 average is 87 points below his career mark and the second-lowest clip of Pujols' career through his team's first 45 games.
ANAHEIM -- The Angels recalled utility man Grant Green from Triple-A Salt Lake Tuesday afternoon, after optioning struggling designated hitter C.J. Cron to Triple-A following Monday's 4-3 win against the Padres.
The 27-year-old Green -- who plays all four infield positions as well as left field -- can provide the Angels with some versatility. Cron, who was expected to play significant time at DH this season, was batting just .204 in 98 at-bats.
ANAHEIM -- As the Padres kept stringing together hits, and a fourth consecutive victory began to evaporate, all Jered Weaver could do was sit there.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia had removed Weaver with one on and two outs in the top of the seventh, even though his pitch count was at 104 and his stuff had not regressed. And Weaver watched lefty reliever Jose Alvarez give up three runs against three batters, allowing the Padres to tie the game before Albert Pujols won it for the Angels in the ninth.
ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols lined a broken-bat single through the left side against Padres closer Craig Kimbrel with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, sending the Angels to a thrilling 4-3 walk-off win in Southern California on Memorial Day.
With the score tied at 3 and Kevin Quackenbush on the mound in the bottom of the ninth, Marc Krauss drew a one-out walk and Johnny Giavotella followed with a single up the middle, putting runners on the corners. Kimbrel entered the game, struck out Erick Aybar and intentionally walked Mike Trout to load the bases. Shortly after that, Pujols came through with his eighth career walk-off hit or RBI.
ANAHEIM -- There comes a point late in the career of a great player when he must take advantage of any opportunity that's presented. And that point came around for Albert Pujols in the ninth inning on Monday night at Angel Stadium.
Padres manager Bud Black decided to intentionally walk the wondrous Mike Trout and load the bases with two out to pitch to the great Pujols. It may come as no surprise that Pujols stroked a ground single to left field off Padres closer Craig Kimbrel to win the game, 4-3.
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
ANAHEIM -- The Angels optioned struggling, seldom-playing young power hitter C.J. Cron to Triple-A Salt Lake after Friday's 4-3 walk-off win, and a source said utilityman Grant Green would be taking his place on the active roster.
Cron scorched through Spring Training, batting .413 with a 1.165 OPS. But the 25-year-old first baseman carried a .204/.225/.276 slash line through his first 102 plate appearances and had started only three of the Angels' last 13 games, essentially only playing against left-handed starters.
BOSTON -- The Angels believe they're a great team, and they proved as much throughout the regular season last year. But seven weeks into 2015, they're average. That's no assessment; it's fact. They split their 10-game road trip on the East Coast and are now 22-22.
"We're playing at .500," Angels catcher Chris Iannetta said, "and we haven't played anywhere near our potential."
BOSTON -- The Red Sox finished a disjointed homestand in sound fashion, riding a strong performance by Wade Miley and yet another big game by Mike Napoli to a 6-1 victory over the Angels in Sunday afternoon's rubber match of a three-game series.
Miley pitched 4 2/3 no-hit innings until a single by C.J. Cron.
BOSTON -- Cam Bedrosian boarded a red-eye flight from Salt Lake City to Boston on Saturday night, arrived at Fenway Park a couple of hours before first pitch on Sunday, then had to face the red-hot Mike Napoli during a tight situation in the eighth inning.
BOSTON -- Angels outfielder Collin Cowgill had just gotten over some lower-back issues that had troubled him for a couple of days when his right hand started to hurt during batting practice on Sunday morning. Told he'd be scratched from the series finale at Fenway Park, Cowgill flung his glove into the dugout, slammed some bats on his way down the hall and headed for the visitors' clubhouse.
"It's frustrating," Cowgill said after the Angels' 6-1 loss to the Red Sox. "Extremely frustrating."
BOSTON -- Coming off perhaps their ugliest loss of the season, the Red Sox responded with their most well-rounded game in weeks en route to an 8-3 victory over the Angels on Saturday at Fenway Park.
A two-homer effort by Mike Napoli led the offense, while knuckleballer Steven Wright notched his first career win as a starter. This was the best scoring output for the Red Sox since April 28, when they scored eight times in a loss to the Blue Jays.