Angels break even, but expect more

Struggles on offense keep club from sustained success

Angels break even, but expect more

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."

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Angels go quietly in series finale at Fenway

Angels go quietly in series finale at Fenway

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.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bedrosian serves up big hit in return to Angels

Prospect allows two-run double to Napoli during series finale

Bedrosian serves up big hit in return to Angels

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.

Not necessarily ideal.

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Weaver aims to keep cruising vs. Ross, Padres

Weaver aims to keep cruising vs. Ross, Padres

The Padres head down I-5 after a series at Dodger Stadium for a three-game series starting Monday against the Angels. This will be the team's first trip to Anaheim since 2009 when they were swept in three games.

Tyson Ross makes his first start against the Angels since 2012 when he was with the A's. Ross has allowed three or fewer runs in eight of his first nine starts of the season.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cowgill scratched due to right hand injury

Cowgill scratched due to right hand injury

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."

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Two homers by Napoli sink Wilson at Fenway

Two homers by Napoli sink Wilson at Fenway

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.

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Morin placed on DL with oblique strain

Angels reliever injured while delivering pitch at Fenway Park

Morin placed on DL with oblique strain

BOSTON -- Mike Morin strained his left oblique at Fenway Park on Saturday night, an injury that will send the young reliever to the disabled list.

The Angels will make a corresponding move to add another arm for Sunday's series finale.

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Napoli remains a thorn in Angels' side

Slugger, who played for club from 2006-10, hits two homers off Wilson

Napoli remains a thorn in Angels' side

BOSTON -- Mike Napoli, perpetual Angels nuisance, has done it again.

This time it was two home runs on Saturday night at Fenway Park. This time it came against C.J. Wilson, the one-time teammate he briefly clashed with on social media.

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Working out of bullpen agrees with Alvarez

Angels left-hander has adjusted to pitching as a reliever

Working out of bullpen agrees with Alvarez

BOSTON -- It was May 8, 2014, while struggling through a start for the Angels' Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City, Utah, when Angels reliever Jose Alvarez felt his left elbow pop.

"I thought I'd be having Tommy John surgery," Alvarez said.

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Statcast: Trout shows off all his tools

Defending AL MVP shines with bat, arm, and feet

Statcast: Trout shows off all his tools

Mike Trout is the best player in baseball, and that shouldn't be a controversial statement. Trout is the defending AL MVP, and there are more than a few people who think he should be on a streak of three in a row. In the entire history of the game, only three players -- inner-circle legends in Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, and Mel Ott -- have compiled more WAR through their age-23 season, and remember that Trout still has more than four months of that season to go. By the end of the year, he could conceivably be No. 1 on that list.

It's difficult to overstate just how impressive Trout is, but it doesn't mean we can't try. In Friday night's 12-5 Angels victory in Boston, we saw all of the tools that make Trout the best player on earth.

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Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels post 9-run 5th in rout of Red Sox

Angels post 9-run 5th in rout of Red Sox

BOSTON -- The Angels, who have struggled to score runs as much as the team they faced on Friday night, put a 12-5 thumping on the Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park.

Most of the damage was done during a nine-run top of the fifth that lasted 39 minutes and included two errors by Boston.

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Can one inning jump-start Angels' offense?

Club hopes nine-run fifth vs. Red Sox is a sign of things to come

Can one inning jump-start Angels' offense?

BOSTON -- A three-run homer from a catcher who was hitting below .100 two weeks ago, a two-run shot from a shortstop who hadn't gone deep all year, six total bases from a No. 3 hitter who could've easily gone on the disabled list, two opposite-field hits from a newcomer still trying to fit in and one nine-run inning from an offense that had statistically been among the worst in baseball.

It may have only been one game -- one inning, really -- but the Angels will gladly take it.

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Watch Trout pull off one of the best slides this year

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Watch Trout pull off one of the best slides this year

Mike Trout has a lot of tools. He hits home runs, he makes unbelievable catches, he gives really nice Mother's Day presents ...

And during Friday's Angels-Red Sox game, he showed off another outstanding skillset: Sliding.

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The best of Statcast from Saturday's FOX games

Data tracks Royals' key inning-ending double play, second of Napoli's two homers

The best of Statcast from Saturday's FOX games

FOX's primetime games on Saturday took on an entirely new look as the network incorporated Statcast™ into its broadcast for the first time.

The Statcast™ technology was available during the Royals' rain-shortened 3-2 win over the Cardinals in 5 1/2 innings, as well as the Red Sox's 8-3 win over the Angels.

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Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pujols productive despite bruised left hand

Angels first baseman homers, doubles in return to lineup

Pujols productive despite bruised left hand

BOSTON -- Albert Pujols homered and doubled in his return to the lineup during the Angels' 12-5 win against the Red Sox on Friday, two days after taking a fastball to his left hand/wrist.

"It still bothered me a little bit," Pujols said, "but it'll go away in a couple days."

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Richards leaves Fenway injury behind in win

Richards leaves Fenway injury behind in win

BOSTON -- Angels right-hander Garrett Richards came into Friday night's game against the Red Sox telling himself that it would be like any other start.

Richards suffered a season-ending left knee injury the last time he took the hill at Fenway Park on Aug. 20, 2014, tearing his patellar tendon while trying to cover first base.

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Impressive spring a distant memory for Cron

Impressive spring a distant memory for Cron

BOSTON -- C.J. Cron had a stellar Spring Training for the Angels, batting .413 with a 1.165 OPS and consistently driving the ball to the opposite field. More than 40 games into the season, though, the 25-year-old designated hitter/first baseman isn't hitting and is hardly playing.

Is it time to send him to the Minor Leagues? Doesn't sound like it.

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Homers continue to plague Shoemaker

Right-hander allows 2 more to add to league-leading total

Homers continue to plague Shoemaker

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson's seventh-inning line drive bounced off the very top of Rogers Centre's left-center-field fence on Thursday night, putting a sour end on another rough outing for Angels starter Matt Shoemaker. Had it traveled about six inches higher, it would've marked the 14th home run Shoemaker had given up this season, which meant he would've matched last year's mark in 91 2/3 fewer innings.

Shoemaker's actual total, an American League-leading 13 homers allowed, is still way too high.

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Angels unable to pick up shaky Shoemaker

Angels unable to pick up shaky Shoemaker

TORONTO -- R.A. Dickey picked up his first complete game of the year while Edwin Encarnacion and Danny Valencia each homered in the Blue Jays' 8-4 victory over the Angels on Thursday night at Rogers Centre.

Dickey allowed a first-inning homer to Marc Krauss, but he settled down after that and enjoyed one of his best starts of the season. He limited the Angels to five hits and two walks and, along the way, recorded a season-high seven strikeouts. The pitching line is somewhat misleading because Los Angeles added a pair of runs with two outs in the ninth when the game was well in hand.

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Gregor Chisholm and Alden Gonzalez are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trout develops aptitude for hitting high pitches

All-Star outfielder puts in offseason work to improve at plate

Trout develops aptitude for hitting high pitches

TORONTO -- In Wednesday's fifth inning, Mike Trout took a chest-high, 94-mph fastball from Drew Hutchison and blasted it way over the center-field fence for his 11th home run of the season. It wasn't necessarily the result that was so impressive -- thought it traveled 412 feet and carried an exit velocity of 107 mph, according to Statcast™ -- but what it represented.

It was further proof that Trout's greatest weakness from last season is seemingly no longer a weakness at all.

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#TBT: Celebrating Trout, greatest cycles in history

#TBT: Celebrating Trout, greatest cycles in history

It was two years ago Thursday that Angels phenom Mike Trout became the youngest player in American League history to hit for the cycle.

Certainly no stranger to historic accomplishments, Trout pulled off the rare feat of hitting for the cycle at just 21 years, 287 days old. No player has ever hit for the cycle at a younger age in the AL, while Mel Ott, who was only 20 years (and 75 days) old when he hit for the cycle, holds the all-time record.

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Angels continue to ride nail-biters to victory

Team notches 13th win by two runs or less

Angels continue to ride nail-biters to victory

TORONTO -- The Angels have now won 21 games, and 14 of them -- or two-thirds -- have finished with Huston Street recording a save. They're only one game off their pace from 2014, which finished with a Major League-leading 98 wins. But through 40 games last season, the Angels' run-differential was an impressive plus-32. This year, they've combined to outscore their opponents by only three runs.

The reason is simple: They're pitching well, but not hitting much.

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Trout triggers offense, Weaver outduels Hutchison

Trout triggers offense, Weaver outduels Hutchison

TORONTO -- Marc Krauss hit the go-ahead double in the seventh inning to back a quality start by right-hander Jered Weaver in the Angels' 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.

Krauss didn't even enter the game until the fifth inning when first baseman Albert Pujols was lifted because of a contusion on his left wrist after he was struck by a Drew Hutchison pitch in the fourth inning. During his second at-bat, Krauss drove home a pair with a double to the gap in left-center field off Blue Jays right-hander Steve Delabar.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Leadoff role won't change Aybar's aggressive approach

Angels shuffle lineup in effort to spark offense

Leadoff role won't change Aybar's aggressive approach

TORONTO -- Slap-hitting shortstop Erick Aybar has transitioned from hitting in an RBI spot of the Angels' lineup to batting leadoff, a situation that typically warrants more patience and a higher walk rate. But Aybar vows not to change his approach just because he's batting directly in front of Mike Trout and Albert Pujols.

He's learned his lesson.

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Joyce apologizes for tardiness on Monday

'It's a terrible feeling,' Angels outfielder says of late arrival

Joyce apologizes for tardiness on Monday

TORONTO -- Angels outfielder Matt Joyce took to his Twitter account Wednesday to make light of Monday's scheduling confusion, which prompted him to arrive late to the ballpark, get scratched from the lineup, pay a fine and draw the ire of his manager.

But to Joyce, it's still no laughing matter.

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Santiago has earned Angels' trust as starter

Lefty impresses again with seven strong innings against Blue Jays

Santiago has earned Angels' trust as starter

TORONTO -- The Angels acquired two young, Major League-ready starting pitchers over the offseason, and so Hector Santiago's return to the bullpen seemed like a foregone conclusion. He'd done it before, and if Andrew Heaney or Nick Tropeano proved themselves, the Angels were hopeful that Santiago could evolve as the lefty specialist they haven't had in quite a while.

But Santiago grew stubborn over the offseason. He worked only as a starting pitcher, which meant his intense offseason throwing regimen would occur only on a five-day schedule. And he went into camp eyeing his first full season in a Major League rotation.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.