Pujols' homer backs Santiago in win over Tigers

Pujols' homer backs Santiago in win over Tigers

ANAHEIM -- Left-hander Hector Santiago kept a potent Tigers lineup scoreless over 7 1/3 innings in leading the Angels to a 2-0 win over the Tigers on Friday night.

The win also gave the Angels a 2-0 lead in the four-game set.

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Santiago, defense Angels' keys for success

Santiago, defense Angels' keys for success

ANAHEIM -- There was no repeat 12-run outburst on Friday night, but the Angels didn't need that, anyway. Mostly thanks to Hector Santiago and the eight men behind him on defense.

The Angels scored a 2-0 win over the Tigers in winning for the second straight time in the four-game series, and they did it with pitching and defense in a duel between Santiago and Anibal Sanchez.

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Street notches four-out save with Smith out

Street notches four-out save with Smith out

ANAHEIM -- With the Angels trying to hold onto a two-run lead in the eighth inning of Friday night's 2-0 win over the Tigers, Joe Smith was, unexpectedly, nowhere to be seen.

It turned out the setup man was unavailable after feeling a twinge in his neck on Thursday. After the game, Smith said he had experienced the same issue once before, and it was minor.

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Scioscia can opt out of contract following '15

Scioscia can opt out of contract following '15

ANAHEIM -- Could baseball's longest-tenured manager be in the midst of his final season with the Angels?

It's all up to Mike Scioscia himself.

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Weaver aims to keep things rolling vs. Tigers

Weaver aims to keep things rolling vs. Tigers

Right-hander Jered Weaver will try to keep things rolling when the Angels square off against righty Shane Greene and the Tigers in the third of a four-game set on Saturday night at Angel Stadium.

After a poor start to the season, Weaver started working on coming straight on the follow through in his delivery, and the bullpen sessions have been paying dividends. Beginning with a shutout of the Astros on May 8, the veteran right-hander has been on his game for four starts in a row.

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Aybar day to day with left hamstring issue

Aybar day to day with left hamstring issue

ANAHEIM -- Angels shortstop Erick Aybar was out of the starting lineup, as expected, on Friday against the Tigers, one day after tweaking his left hamstring while running up the first-base line.

Aybar felt just "a pinch" in his leg, and he hopes to return as early as Saturday.

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Iannetta, Joyce finding pop after slow starts

Duo combines for two homers, six RBIs in series-opening win over Detroit

Iannetta, Joyce finding pop after slow starts

ANAHEIM -- There was an expectation, even as the slumps prolonged and the season endured, that at some point, Matt Joyce and Chris Iannetta would get going. They were healthy and in their prime, their track records for getting on base too extensive and too recent for them to fall off so drastically.

"You're going back maybe 10 months when these guys were really performing well," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It's in there."

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Angels crush three homers in rout of Tigers

Angels crush three homers in rout of Tigers

ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols and Matt Joyce hit early home runs, and Chris Iannetta came through with a late grand slam, to lead the Angels to a 12-2 win over the Tigers in Thursday's series opener at Angel Stadium.

Tigers right-hander Buck Farmer, starting in place of an injured Kyle Lobstein, was greeted by Pujols' line-drive two-run homer in the first inning and Joyce's long solo shot to right to open the second. Miguel Cabrera produced the Tigers' first run -- but with his foot, not his bat -- when he was hit by a C.J. Wilson pitch with the bases loaded in the top of the third. Jose Iglesias tacked on the other with a double in the ninth.

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Newly-acquired Nieuwenhuis joins Angels

Outfielder gives Halos new option against right-handed pitching

Newly-acquired Nieuwenhuis joins Angels

ANAHEIM -- If you, like baseball writers across the country, are having a hard time with Kirk Nieuwenhuis' last name, don't feel so bad. Nieuwenhuis was once given a professional jersey that was missing that pesky little first "u," and he's never met anyone who could spell it right on the first try.

"My wife had a hard enough time with it," Nieuwenhuis said.

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Angels place Cowgill on DL with wrist injury

Angels place Cowgill on DL with wrist injury

ANAHEIM -- What had seemed like a minor injury as recently as Monday has now landed Collin Cowgill on the disabled list. The Angels' outfielder was placed on the 15-day DL with a sprained right wrist, retroactive to May 26, before Thursday's series opener against the Tigers at Angel Stadium.

"It's obviously significant enough to put him on the disabled list and know that it's going to take at least a couple weeks," manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think the important thing is to calm it down. It's been evaluated, and I think the medical staff and doctors have an idea of how to treat it. But it's going to take a little bit of time. I know he's not going to do much this week, as far as picking up a bat. Hopefully, this thing will get healthy enough where he can start the progression."

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Richards on loss to Padres: 'I gave it away'

Richards on loss to Padres: 'I gave it away'

ANAHEIM - Garrett Richards put Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Padres squarely on his shoulders.

"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."

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Joyce's HR not enough as Angels drop finale

Joyce's HR not enough as Angels drop finale

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.

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Krauss appears headed for Minors, Cowgill to DL

Krauss appears headed for Minors, Cowgill to DL

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.

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Trout enjoying Harper's success from afar

Trout enjoying Harper's success from afar

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.

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Giavotella will continue to receive regular ABs at second

Giavotella will continue to receive regular ABs at second

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.

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Close calls taking their toll on Halos

Close calls taking their toll on Halos

ANAHEIM -- The David Freese line drive that landed in the glove of first baseman Yangervis Solarte, the potential Mike Trout home run that was robbed by center fielder Will Venable, the Albert Pujols blast that somehow didn't sail over the left-field fence and, of course, the Joe Smith sinker that Matt Kemp turned on to plate three 10th-inning runs and send the Padres to a 4-0 win.

These were the events the Angels lamented late Tuesday night.

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Shoemaker 'much better' in bounceback effort

Shoemaker 'much better' in bounceback effort

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.

The Angels dropped Tuesday night's game to the Padres, 4-0, in 10 innings, but Shoemaker kept San Diego off the scoreboard for the first seven frames -- a key turnaround effort from the 28-year-old right-hander.

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MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

Along with the new Web-based media player (version 5.0) that was introduced this week by Major League Baseball Advanced Media, there is another new reason to sign up now to watch live out-of-market games. The cost of a yearly subscription was lowered on Friday to $99.99 for MLB.TV Premium and $79.99 for MLB.TV.

This is the final weekend of May, and the price drop for MLB.TV reflects the fact that nearly a third of the regular season is in the books. The new HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download, and the new game scoreboard will make it easier to track games.

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Trout 2nd among outfielders in All-Star ballot update

Trout 2nd among outfielders in All-Star ballot update

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.

Trout, the reigning AL Most Valuable Player, had 1,297,085 votes on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, second only to Lorenzo Cain (1,376,217). Cain was among five Royals players on track to be in the AL starting lineup, along with third baseman Mike Moustakas, shortstop Alcides Escobar, catcher Salvador Perez and fellow outfielder Alex Gordon.

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Shoemaker shines, but Angels fall in extras

Shoemaker shines, but Angels fall in extras

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.

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Pujols still searching for his swing

Angels slugger senses a turnaround on the horizon

Pujols still searching for his swing

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.

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Green gets callup, as Cron heads to Triple-A

Green gets callup, as Cron heads to Triple-A

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.

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'Warrior' Weaver continues striking turnaround

Angels ace fans season-high 7 in another strong outing

'Warrior' Weaver continues striking turnaround

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.

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Albert answers Padres' rally with walk-off winner

Albert answers Padres' rally with walk-off winner

 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.

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Pujols has never shied away from the big moment

Angels veteran delivers game-winner after Padres intentionally walk Trout

Pujols has never shied away from the big moment

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.

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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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