Angels run into tough arms, drop 5th straight

Offense has struggled against Kazmir, Greinke and Kershaw on road trip

Angels run into tough arms, drop 5th straight

LOS ANGELES -- In three days, the Angels have faced the no-doubt American League Pitcher of the Month for July, the sure-fire National League Pitcher of the Month for July and a man not far removed from the fourth-longest scoreless-innings streak in modern history.

It doesn't get much more challenging than that.

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Angels shut down as Heaney takes first loss

Angels shut down as Heaney takes first loss

LOS ANGELES -- Scratched twice due to a sore hip, Clayton Kershaw returned to the mound Saturday at Dodger Stadium and still dominated, extending his scoreless innings streak to 37 with a two-hitter over eight innings in a 3-1 Dodgers win over the Angels.

Kershaw struck out seven with one walk, the first he's issued since July 3. He has four consecutive wins for a 9-6 overall record and 2.37 ERA.

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Wilson may opt for season-ending surgery

Loose bodies in Angels lefty's elbow have restricted range of motion

Wilson may opt for season-ending surgery

LOS ANGELES -- Angels starter C.J. Wilson has basically decided he can no longer pitch this season.

The veteran left-hander revealed Saturday morning that he has loose bodies in his elbow that have restricted his range of motion to the point where he can no longer be an effective pitcher. Wilson has been managing the issue all season, getting fluid drained from his left elbow four separate times, and he will now likely opt for surgery to remove bone spurs, a procedure that is expected to rule him out for the rest of the 2015 season.

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Lyle Spencer

Kershaw silences Trout in 'extraordinary' matchup

Freeway Series marks 1st regular season faceoff between reigning league MVPs

Kershaw silences Trout in 'extraordinary' matchup

LOS ANGELES - From the moment Mike Trout stepped into the batter's box and tapped Yasmani Grandal's shin guards in his customary first-inning greeting, the Dodgers' catcher knew he was in the middle of something really good, something extraordinary.

"It's not often you get to see one of the best players face one of the best pitchers," said Grandal, whose two-run homer proved the difference in a 3-1 victory that has the Angels in danger of being swept at the hands of their geographical rivals on Sunday.

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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.

Trout bests Greinke on outer-half pitches

Angels star capitalizes on Dodgers ace's bread-and-butter location

Trout bests Greinke on outer-half pitches

LOS ANGELES -- Zack Greinke, arguably the best pitcher in baseball in 2015, has rolled through the Major Leagues by relentlessly attacking the outer third of the strike zone. But Mike Trout, well, he's in a league of his own.

After his leadoff homer off Greinke in the 2015 All-Star Game -- notably, on a fastball off the outside corner -- Trout got his first regular-season at-bats of the year against Greinke in Friday's Freeway Series opener, a 5-3 Dodgers win at Dodger Stadium. Trout got the better of the matchup, going 2-for-3 off Greinke with an RBI triple smoked into the right-center-field gap and an RBI single lined cleanly into left-center.

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Angels call on Rasmus to fill in for Wilson in finale

Angels call on Rasmus to fill in for Wilson in finale

In the finale of the Freeway Series on Sunday at Dodger Stadium, Dodgers non-waiver Trade Deadline acquisition Mat Latos will square off against the Angels' Cory Rasmus.

Latos will be making his first start in Dodger blue. He was acquired from the Marlins, along with Michael Morse, in exchange for three Minor Leaguers and cash in a three-team trade.

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Angels fall despite Trout's big night at plate

Angels fall despite Trout's big night at plate

LOS ANGELES -- Howie Kendrick launched a solo home run in the first inning and Zack Greinke was strong for eight innings as the Dodgers beat the Angels, 5-3, at Dodger Stadium on Friday night.

Greinke (10-2) was consistent as ever, firing eight innings and allowing only two runs while striking out eight; this is his fifth win in his last six outings. It was the bottom of the order that provided the offensive punch for the Dodgers. Alex Guerrero hit a two-run homer and Kiké Hernandez reached base three times, as the Nos. seven and eight hitters, respectively.

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Santiago off his game for second straight start

Angels' All-Star pitcher has trouble executing game plan

Santiago off his game for second straight start

LOS ANGELES -- This is two starts in a row that the Angels' All-Star pitcher hasn't exactly pitched like one.

Hector Santiago gave up five runs on nine hits -- both tying season highs -- in five-plus innings Friday night as the Angels lost, 5-3, to the Dodgers in the Freeway Series opener at Dodger Stadium. It was the Angels' sixth loss in seven games following a 17-3 run.

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Angels stand pat in final days of Deadline

Interim GM Stoneman did not feel pressure for last-minute deal

Angels stand pat in final days of Deadline

LOS ANGELES -- The Angels fielded calls right up until the 1 p.m. PT Trade Deadline on Friday, open to the possibility of adding another bat and looking mostly for an experienced, controllable bullpen arm. They were hopeful that the asking prices would fall on the final day and were surprised by the fact that they actually rose, so they stood back, satisfied with the platoon outfielders they already acquired and unwilling to part with the few premium prospects they still have.

It was very Bill Stoneman-like.

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Top prospect Newcomb promoted to Double-A

Angels pitcher advancing quickly in Minors

Top prospect Newcomb promoted to Double-A

LOS ANGELES -- The Angels have promoted top pitching prospect Sean Newcomb to Double-A, making that the third level the 22-year-old left-hander will pitch at in his first full season in professional baseball.

Newcomb, drafted 15th overall last summer, has posted a 2.25 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP in 100 innings at both of the Angels' Class A levels, striking out 11.6 batters and walking 4.7 per nine innings. Newcomb has risen fast -- but not fast enough to compete for a spot in the Major League rotation at the start of next season.

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Angels after sweep: Still a lot of season left

Angels after sweep: Still a lot of season left

HOUSTON -- It all seems so grim for the Angels now, not long after it all seemed so pleasant. They were swept in a three-game series at Minute Maid Park on Thursday night, Jason Castro's two-out, three-run walk-off homer serving as the final blow in a 3-0 loss. Now the Angels trail the Astros by two games in the American League West, a division the Angels led by two games as recently as eight days ago.

And now they fly back to Southern California, to face Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke in Los Angeles.

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Wilson lands on DL; Rucinski called up

Wilson lands on DL; Rucinski called up

LOS ANGELES -- The Angels placed left-hander C.J. Wilson on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation on Friday.

Wilson pitched Tuesday and was knocked around by the Astros, allowing six runs in four innings -- but manager Mike Scioscia said Friday, before the Angels' series opener against the Dodgers, that there weren't any obvious injury indications.

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Shoemaker gets no support in loss to Astros

Shoemaker gets no support in loss to Astros

HOUSTON -- Jason Castro, who came into his ninth-inning at-bat with six hits with runners in scoring position this season, blasted a three-run walk-off home run to complete the Astros' sweep of the Angels with a 3-0 win Thursday night, giving Houston a two-game lead in the American League West.

Castro turned on Fernando Salas' 1-2 pitch to dispatch it into the right-field seats for the Astros' second walk-off home run of the season. Salas entered the game with two outs in relief of Jose Alvarez and surrendered a single to Marwin Gonzalez before Castro ended the game.

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Shoemaker showing signs of 2014 form

Shoemaker showing signs of 2014 form

HOUSTON -- Matt Shoemaker continued his dominance amid the Angels' 3-0 walk-off loss to the Astros on Thursday night, pitching seven scoreless innings to put his ERA at 2.01 since June 26.

Shoemaker still looks like the odd man out in the rotation once Jered Weaver returns, a development that could happen as early as the beginning of next week. But Shoemaker continues to say it isn't weighing on his mind, nor is he motivated by it -- even though the numbers suggest otherwise.

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Trout returns to lineup after resting wrist

Trout returns to lineup after resting wrist

HOUSTON -- Angels center fielder Mike Trout returned to the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Astros at Minute Maid Park after missing the last two games with soreness in his left wrist.

Trout took some swings off a tee, then hit some soft toss and "didn't really feel anything" in his ailing wrist, so the Angels started him in center field and in his customary No. 3 spot in the batting order.

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Weaver throws 63 pitches in rehab start

Weaver throws 63 pitches in rehab start

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- Jered Weaver judged Thursday night's rehab appearance with the Inland Empire 66ers as successful, and said he felt very good physically. Weaver allowed only one unearned run for the Angels' Class A Advanced affiliate in the California League, who played against the Bakersfield Blaze, affiliate of the Mariners.

"My timing was a little bit off at the start, but the timing came together later in the game," Weaver said. "I was able to get my fastball down and away, and I could get out over my right side."

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Rejuvenated Pujols gets no love in Houston

Rejuvenated Pujols gets no love in Houston

HOUSTON -- The uniforms have changed and the dynamics are completely different, but one constant remains: Astros fans still can't stand Albert Pujols.

The former Cardinal and current Angel gets booed every time he steps into the batter's box at Minute Maid Park, no matter how much time has passed since his prodigious, soul-crushing, game-winning home run against Brad Lidge in 2005. Now that the Astros are a contender, and the Angels are right on their heels, and the locals are filling up the ballpark, those Pujols jeers are even more pronounced.

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Richards starts strong, but fades vs. Astros

Richards starts strong, but fades vs. Astros

HOUSTON -- Garrett Richards could tell he wasn't right, even as he navigated through the first four innings without giving up a single hit to the Astros' potent lineup on Wednesday night. He threw first-pitch strikes to only three of 13 hitters, his slider was hanging out over the middle of the plate -- and soon, it all came back to haunt him.

What started off as a potential no-hitter for Richards ended with his first two-homer game in 22 months and a 6-3 loss for his Angels, now a game back of the Astros in the American League West after dropping the first two of a three-game series.

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Angels back in second place after loss to Astros

Angels back in second place after loss to Astros

HOUSTON -- The Astros moved into sole possession of first place in the American League West for the first time since before the All-Star break, beating the Angels, 6-3, on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park, behind a terrific outing from rookie Lance McCullers.

McCullers (5-3) gave up a run in the second inning before getting into a groove and setting down 15 of the final 17 batters he faced. In the meantime, the Astros chipped away, taking a 2-1 lead in the fifth on RBIs by Colby Rasmus and Jose Altuve. Preston Tucker would then homer in the sixth, and Jon Singleton blasted his first of the year in the seventh to make it 4-1.

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Reliever Morin to optioned Triple-A

Corresponding move will be announced Thursday

Reliever Morin to optioned Triple-A

HOUSTON -- Mike Morin broke out as a rookie last year and entered the 2015 season with hopes of solidifying himself as the Angels' seventh-inning reliever. But he struggled early on, landed on the disabled list with a strain in his left oblique and gave up four runs in his second inning Tuesday night.

When they sent him down to Triple-A late Wednesday night, he wasn't surprised.

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DeJesus to take the role of former teammate Joyce

DeJesus to take the role of former teammate Joyce

HOUSTON -- David DeJesus spent a year and a half teaming with Matt Joyce on the Rays. Now, DeJesus' presence on the Angels is a big reason why Joyce no longer has a role.

"It's weird," DeJesus said. "But that's part of the game. I had a good relationship with him. We had a friendship off the field. When it comes to, this is a tough situation. I hope he can get healthy and get back to himself, because I've seen him as a really good player."

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Angels add trio of veteran outfielders via trades

Victorino goes 1-for-4 with a bunt single in Halos debut

Angels add trio of veteran outfielders via trades

HOUSTON -- The Angels acquired left-handed-hitting outfielders David Murphy and David DeJesus on Tuesday, one day after trading for right-handed-hitting outfielder Shane Victorino. The moves -- made without parting with any premium starting-pitching prospects -- give Angels manager Mike Scioscia the ability to platoon in left field and designated hitter, the two most troubled spots of his lineup.

Rather than splurge on a premium bat in what continued to be a tough buyers' market for offense, the Angels opted for volume.

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Richard Justice

3 minor deals may prove major for Angels

3 minor deals may prove major for Angels

HOUSTON -- Sometimes, the best moves are the small ones. Really good teams make them all the time. Taken one by one, they don't raise eyebrows. Seen as part of a larger picture, they can significantly position a team for a stretch run.

That's the best way to look at what the Angels have done the past couple of days in making three separate trades to acquire outfielders Shane Victorino, David Murphy and David DeJesus.

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Iannetta homers, but Angels drop opener

Iannetta homers, but Angels drop opener

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve drove in a career-high five runs, and Carlos Correa and Chris Carter went deep as the Astros rallied from an early three-run deficit to beat the Angels, 10-5. The two clubs now sit tied atop the AL West.

Houston broke open the back-and-forth affair in the sixth, padding its tenuous 6-5 lead with four extra-base hits and four runs -- highlighted by Altuve's two-run double and Evan Gattis' seventh triple of the season. Eight of the nine Astros starters had hits, including four with multi-hit games.

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Anthony Castrovince

Trout part of 25-and-unders dominating

Trout part of 25-and-unders dominating

If we had to pinpoint the one theme of this 2015 season that stands out above all others, it's unquestionably the dominating impact and the infusion of youth on the Major League scene. Never was this more evident than on Monday night when 23-year-old Cubs rookie Kris Bryant cracked his first career walk-off homer into the Wrigley Field bleachers to give the Cubs a dramatic 9-8 win against the Rockies.

And just an hour or so before Bryant's blast landed, the mere suggestion that the Dodgers might consider trading 24-year-old Yasiel Puig turned social media upside down.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wilson's struggles vs. Astros continue

Wilson's struggles vs. Astros continue

HOUSTON -- The way C.J. Wilson was pitching on Tuesday, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said, "It wasn't going to work anywhere."

Perhaps that's true, but this was Minute Maid Park, home of an Astros team that is once again tied with the Angels for first place in the American League West -- and Wilson just can't figure them out.

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Angels land veteran Victorino from Red Sox

Boston to cover most of remaining salary for outfielder; search continues for lefty bat

Angels land veteran Victorino from Red Sox

The Angels acquired veteran outfielder Shane Victorino from the Red Sox on Monday.

In exchange, Triple-A shortstop Josh Rutledge was sent to Boston, which will pay the majority of the prorated portion remaining on Victorino's contract. The 34-year-old Victorino is making $13 million in his final season before free agency, but the Angels will only be responsible for a little more than $1 million -- with the Sox covering $3.8 million of the remaining $4.9 million -- a source told MLB.com.

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Trout day to day, MRI on wrist comes back negative

Trout day to day, MRI on wrist comes back negative

HOUSTON -- MRI results on Mike Trout's left wrist came back negative, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said after his team's 10-5 loss to the Astros on Tuesday night. Trout doesn't have any structural damage on the wrist, which he hurt attempting to make a diving catch in Sunday's game. The 23-year-old center fielder is day to day and may play as early as Wednesday.

Trout woke up Tuesday feeling sore, and he felt pain while taking some swings in the batting cage early in the afternoon.

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