Angels staying focused, playing good ball

Angels staying focused, playing good ball

ARLINGTON -- The first 81 games of the Angels' season was filled with offensive struggles, and more recently, front-office change.

But the Angels (43-38) hit the halfway mark Saturday having won six of their past seven to pull within four games of the Astros for first place in the American League West. The club's starting pitching has been top-notch, and manager Mike Scioscia said his team has done an admirable job of not letting internal problems influence on-field play.

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Cron's career night backs Santiago's gem

Cron's career night backs Santiago's gem

ARLINGTON -- Angels left-hander Hector Santiago continued his dominance of the Rangers in their own ballpark with seven scoreless innings in a 13-0 victory before a sellout crowd on Saturday night.

Designated hitter C.J. Cron led the offense, going 3-for-4 with a home run and six RBIs. The Angels have won two straight over the Rangers, outscoring them 21-2 in the first two of a three-game series.

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Santiago brings the heat in Texas again

Angels starter moves to 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA at Globe Life Park

Santiago brings the heat in Texas again

ARLINGTON -- Globe Life Park is typically considered a hitter's park, but Angels left-hander Hector Santiago seems to have missed that memo.

Santiago threw seven shutout innings in Saturday's 13-0 win against the Rangers, moving him to a career 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA at Globe Life.

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Cron has career night as offense piles on

Angels follow Friday's outburst with even more impressive encore

Cron has career night as offense piles on

ARLINGTON -- Maybe Friday night wasn't a fluke.

A day after scoring eight runs -- including six in one inning -- in a win against the Rangers, the Angels gave an offensive encore even better than the first performance on the way to an 13-0 win over Texas on Saturday at Globe Life Park.

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Weaver feels fine after third bullpen session

Angels starter has been on DL with hip inflammation since June 21

Weaver feels fine after third bullpen session

ARLINGTON -- Angels right-hander Jered Weaver threw his third bullpen session Saturday since going on the disabled list with left-hip inflammation. All signs still point to him returning after the All-Star break.

"He won't be ready before the break," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Should be ready after."

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Aybar sparks Halos' breakout with 5 hits

Aybar sparks Halos' breakout with 5 hits

ARLINGTON -- Angels shortstop Erick Aybar did something he had never done before in the Angels' 8-2 win against the Rangers on Friday night.

For the first time in 1,141 career games, Aybar went 5-for-5. He had a double, four singles and two RBIs -- and it helped shape a good night for more than just him.

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Halos plate 6 in 2nd to back Richards' effort

Halos plate 6 in 2nd to back Richards' effort

ARLINGTON -- The Angels drove Rangers starter Chi Chi Gonzalez out of the game with six runs in the second inning on their way to an 8-2 win on Friday night.

Five of the six runs came across after two were out, on a three-run double by Kole Calhoun and a two-run single by Erick Aybar. Calhoun also had a run-scoring double in the third to give him four RBIs, tying his season high. Aybar went 5-for-5, the first five-hit game of his career.

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Richards rolls to sixth straight win over Texas

Backed by early support, Halos righty keeps ball on ground

Richards rolls to sixth straight win over Texas

ARLINGTON -- There are three pitches Angels right-hander Garrett Richards said he wants back, but it's not like he had a regrettable outing.

Richards went 7 2/3 innings, allowing only one run Friday in an 8-2 win against the Rangers.

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Hamilton downplays first matchup with Halos

Rangers slugger not seeking any closure, while Angels have also moved on since trade

Hamilton downplays first matchup with Halos

ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton said he saw "nothing significant" about Friday's 8-2 loss to the Angels, other than it was his third start since coming off the disabled list.

For others, the significance is this is the first time that Hamilton has faced the Angels since they traded him to the Rangers on April 27. Any closure, Hamilton said, came when the trade went down two months ago.

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Rasmus activated, optioned to Triple-A

Angels move Cowgill to 60-day disabled list

Rasmus activated, optioned to Triple-A

ARLINGTON -- Right-hander Cory Rasmus is no longer on the disabled list, but that doesn't mean he's returning to the Angels right away.

The Angels activated Rasmus and optioned him to Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday before their 8-2 win over the Rangers. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the club moved outfielder Collin Cowgill to the 60-day DL. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Cowgill suffered a setback in his recovery from a sprained right wrist.

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Angels acquire catcher Lopez from Cubs

Anaheim sends Rondon, international free-agent pool money to Chicago

Angels acquire catcher Lopez from Cubs

ARLINGTON -- The Angels used the remainder of their international free-agent slot money Friday, sending $149,700 and left-handed pitcher Manuel Rondon to the Cubs in exchange for catcher Rafael Lopez.

Lopez, a 2011 16th-round pick out of Florida State, will be assigned to Triple-A Salt Lake. He hit .276 with a .333 on-base percentage and 17 RBIs in 46 games this season for Triple-A Iowa. Lopez had two hits in 11 Major League at-bats for the Cubs last season as a September call-up.

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Stoneman can't believe he's back as Angels GM

Stoneman can't believe he's back as Angels GM

ANAHEIM -- Bill Stoneman, 71 years old and nearly eight years removed from an active role in a Major League organization, sat down with owner Arte Moreno and president John Carpino while the Angels hosted the Yankees on Tuesday afternoon. Jerry Dipoto had all but decided he was stepping down as general manager, and suddenly, Moreno and Carpino were scrambling for a replacement.

They met with Stoneman, the man who hired Mike Scioscia, to see if he'd be willing to do the job again on an interim basis.

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Pujols crowned AL Player of the Month

Pujols crowned AL Player of the Month

Albert Pujols took home the American League Player of the Month Award for June on Thursday -- further proof that he's re-established himself as one of the game's most formidable sluggers.

For Pujols, it's his seventh Player of the Month Award, and his first with the Angels. He last took home the honor in August 2010 with the Cardinals.

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Dipoto resigns; Stoneman named Angels' GM

Dipoto resigns; Stoneman named Angels' GM

ANAHEIM -- Jerry Dipoto ultimately felt he'd had enough.

After more than three years of persistent discord with long-time manager Mike Scioscia, Dipoto abruptly resigned as general manager on Wednesday, five days after what sources described as a heated meeting that proved to be the final straw.

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Stoneman the calming presence Angels need

Seamless transition can be expected for interim GM after Dipoto's departure

Stoneman the calming presence Angels need

ANAHEIM -- At his peak, Bill Stoneman was an explosive right-hander for the Montreal Expos, throwing a pair of no-hitters and winning 17 games with 251 strikeouts in 1971 while also leading the National League in walks. He threw bullets, just wildly enough to get the attention of hitters.

As an Angels executive -- taking over as general manager in November 1999 -- a calm, resourceful Stoneman continued to deal, laying the foundation for the 2002 World Series champions. He was never known to make a rash move.

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels acquire pitching prospects from Rangers, Mets

Halos pick up right-handers in exchange for international slot money

ANAHEIM -- The Angels used their international slot money to acquire a couple of right-handed-pitching prospects Thursday, the first day of the 2015-16 international signing period.

The Angels sent $879,500 in pool money (the value of the Nos. 30 and 60 slots) to the Rangers for Jason Hoppe and $239,400 (the No. 90 slot) to the Mets for Gaither Bumgardner, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.

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Dipoto leaves Angels with no ill will

Dipoto leaves Angels with no ill will

ANAHEIM -- Jerry Dipoto insisted that he isn't bitter or upset, even though the circumstances of his resignation on Wednesday seemed to point toward those sentiments.

"I am not leaving a disgruntled employee throwing stones on the way out the door," Dipoto said in a phone conversation late Wednesday night. "I love the group; I really do. And I hope that the guys can continue to make as much progress as I feel we've made in the last three and a half years. This is simply about me believing that I was no longer in a position to be that person."

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Angels' players ready to move forward

Angels' players ready to move forward

ANAHEIM -- At a point of significant organizational change, the Angels' players anticipate they'll be able to move forward unchanged.

General manager Jerry Dipoto resigned on Wednesday, following reported tension between him and manager Mike Scioscia. Senior advisor Bill Stoneman was named interim GM for the rest of 2015. But after the Angels' series finale with the Yankees -- a 3-1 loss that snapped a four-game winning streak -- the players in the clubhouse had a common mindset: They can't control the front-office situation, and on their day-to-day level, the change won't trickle down.

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Angels focused heading into reunion with Hamilton

Angels focused heading into reunion with Hamilton

ANAHEIM -- After the Angels wrap up their homestand against the Yankees Wednesday, they'll head to Arlington, where Josh Hamilton and the Rangers will be waiting.

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Trout's 21st homer isn't enough vs. Yankees

Trout's 21st homer isn't enough vs. Yankees

ANAHEIM -- Nathan Eovaldi tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings, and Garrett Jones smacked a long solo home run off Matt Shoemaker, helping the Yankees avoid a sweep by the Angels with a 3-1 win Wednesday at Angel Stadium. The Yankees stayed within a half-game of the first-place Orioles in the American League East.

Shoemaker pitched a solid game for the Angels, allowing two runs in 5 2/3 innings, on Chase Headley's RBI single in the third and Jones' homer in the sixth. The Angels had some early opportunities to put runs on the board but couldn't come up with a breakthrough hit -- struggling with runners in scoring position as they had all series -- as they had a four-game winning streak come to an end.

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Robichaux extends scoreless streak to 24 2/3 innings

Angels No. 25 prospect strikes out 6 in 7 shutout frames; has not lost since May 5

Robichaux extends scoreless streak to 24 2/3 innings

With another dominant performance on Wednesday night, Angels No. 25 prospect Austin Robichaux extended his scoreless innings streak to 24 2/3.

The 6-foot-5 right-hander has been very consistent all year -- he has not lost since May 5 -- but his current run is something else. Class A Burlington fell, 1-0, to Kane County on Wednesday, with the game's lone run coming in the ninth -- after Robichaux finished his night.

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Lyle Spencer

Angels' players staying focused

Dipoto's exit as GM unlikely to have a negative impact on performance

ANAHEIM -- Four Major League managers -- Ron Roenicke, Mike Redmond, Bud Black and Ryne Sandberg -- already have been replaced this season. The impact on each of the teams involved has been negligible.

The Brewers, Marlins, Padres and Phillies, respectively, are right about where they were when the changes were made.

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Pujols, Aybar power Heaney's gem vs. Yanks

Pujols, Aybar power Heaney's gem vs. Yanks

ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols and Erick Aybar hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning Tuesday night to lead the Angels to a 2-1 win over the Yankees at Angel Stadium, clinching a series victory over New York prior to Wednesday's finale.

Mark Teixeira hit a long home run to center field off Angels rookie starter Andrew Heaney, as the Angels struck first in the second inning. But that was all the offense New York could muster against the left-hander, who allowed only one other hit in seven innings en route to his first big league win.

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Pujols ties Angels record with 13th HR in June

Pujols ties Angels record with 13th HR in June

ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols tied the Angels' record for most home runs in a month with his 13th long ball in June Tuesday night. The home run was the front end of back-to-back jacks by Pujols and Erick Aybar leading off the sixth inning of the Angels' 2-1 victory over the Yankees at Angel Stadium.

Pujols' shot to center field off New York right-hander Ivan Nova tied the Angels' slugger with Mo Vaughn, who hit 13 in May 2000, and Tim Salmon, who did it in June 1996. Pujols' home run Tuesday capped a brilliant month in which he hit .303 with the 13 homers, 26 RBIs, 13 walks and just eight strikeouts in 27 games and 114 plate appearances.

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Heaney gets first big league win

Heaney gets first big league win

ANAHEIM -- This is the Andrew Heaney the Angels were hoping for in Spring Training.

They'll settle for him being roughly three months late.

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Angels want to keep issues in-house

ANAHEIM -- The prevailing sentiment in the Angels' clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon, less than 24 hours after a FOXSports.com report detailed friction between the front office and coaching staff, wasn't anger at what took place. It was disappointment in the fact that it was made public.

"Whoever leaked that story, it's really embarrassing," Angels first baseman Albert Pujols said. "We're supposed to be a family here."

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A-Rod brings game to another level vs. Angels

A-Rod brings game to another level vs. Angels

ANAHEIM -- Alex Rodriguez has had a nice career against the Angels alone: 70 homers, 165 RBIs, 173 runs scored and 251 hits with a .322 batting average and .654 slugging percentage in 201 games.

That doesn't include his three homers, six RBIs and .429 average in a 2009 American League Championship Series that served as the Yankees' springboard to a World Series title -- and devastated the Angels faithful.

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Trout's latest star turn evokes legendary Hall of Famer

Huge game vs. Yanks from reigning AL MVP continues Mantle comparisons

Trout's latest star turn evokes legendary Hall of Famer

ANAHEIM -- The Mickey Mantle comparisons persist and won't be going away any time soon. Mike Trout is the image of No. 7 in pinstripes, chiseled from the neck to the ankles, and he plays like the Yankees legend, crushing baseballs and running them down with blinding speed in center field.

There is one more link between Mantle and Trout. Each had the good fortune at an impressionable age to study at the feet of one of the best to play his position. For Mantle, it was Joe DiMaggio. For Trout, it was Torii Hunter.

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.