Angels' offensive onslaught continues

Angels' offensive onslaught continues

DENVER -- OK, seriously, what has gotten into this Angels' offense?

"Who knows," Chris Iannetta said after a 10-2 win over the Rockies at Coors Field on Tuesday, which gave the Angels 43 runs over the course of a four-game winning streak.

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Pujols, Trout lead Angels' home run barrage vs. Rox

Pujols, Trout lead Angels' home run barrage vs. Rox

DENVER -- The Angels knocked around Chad Bettis early with four home runs in the first three frames, propelling Los Angeles to its third straight double-digit showing and a 10-2 win over the Rockies in Tuesday's series opener at Coors Field.

Albert Pujols set the tone in the first with a three-run shot for his 54th career Interleague homer -- the most in Major League history. Mike Trout and Matt Joyce followed suit by going deep in the second, and former Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta knocked Bettis (4-4) out with a two-run homer in third, which gave the Angels a 10-0 advantage.

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Pujols says he's in for Home Run Derby

Trout uncertain if he'll participate, may decide Wednesday

Pujols says he's in for Home Run Derby

DENVER -- Albert Pujols, the starting first baseman for the American League, is ready to take his hacks at the Derby.

Major League Baseball has yet to make an official announcement for the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders, but Pujols said from Coors Field on Tuesday that he'll be participating in the event for the fourth time this year.

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Sharp again, Heaney gives Angels a nice dilemma

Sharp again, Heaney gives Angels a nice dilemma

DENVER -- The Angels are running into the kind of problem they love to have: Too many starting pitchers.

It's a byproduct of Jered Weaver nearing his return from the disabled list and Andrew Heaney continuing to pitch well in his place, the latest example coming amid a 10-2 Angels victory Tuesday night in the notoriously hitter-friendly Coors Field.

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Minor role changes on staff won't alter much

Minor role changes on staff won't alter much

DENVER -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia insists that the way the organization communicates information to its players "hasn't changed a bit," even in the wake of Jerry Dipoto's sudden resignation as general manager last week.

"We have our pitchers' meeting before every series, our hitters' meetings every day, the meeting format is the same, the information is the same," Scioscia said prior to Tuesday's game against the Rockies at Coors Field. "Nothing has really changed."

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Chance, Witt, Salmon to be inducted into Angels HOF

Chance, Witt, Salmon to be inducted into Angels HOF

DENVER -- Dean Chance, Mike Witt and Tim Salmon will soon be inducted into the Angels Hall of Fame, the club announced Tuesday.

The ceremony will take place Saturday, Aug. 22, before a home game against the Blue Jays.

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Shoemaker aims to continue his Interleague success

Shoemaker aims to continue his Interleague success

DENVER -- The Rockies and Angels conclude their brief two-game series on Wednesday at Coors Field -- with Colorado sending left-hander Chris Rusin (3-3, 4.27 ERA) to the hill opposite Los Angeles' Matt Shoemaker (4-7, 4.91).

Although he's taken the loss in his last two starts, Shoemaker has produced well in both outings. He gave up two runs over six frames against the Mariners on June 26 and followed that up with 5 2/3 effective innings versus the Yankees on July 1. Shoemaker, though, will be searching for his first win since June 9.

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Pujols gets start at 1B on AL All-Star team

Veteran will replace injured Miggy in starting lineup

Pujols gets start at 1B on AL All-Star team

DENVER -- Albert Pujols has officially surged back into the collective conscience.

On the heels of a dominant run reminiscent of his heyday in St. Louis, Pujols was chosen for his 10th All-Star Game on Monday, ending a four-year hiatus. The Angels' cleanup hitter was selected as a reserve but will start at first base, replacing the injured Miguel Cabrera and joining teammate Mike Trout in the American League starting lineup.

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Trout elected to AL All-Stars' starting outfield

Trout elected to AL All-Stars' starting outfield

Mike Trout is headed back to the All-Star Game.

It's basically assumed at the start of every year, and it was deemed official, again, on Sunday, when Trout was named to the American League's 2015 starting lineup by virtue of the fan votes. The final tally showed the Angels' superstar center fielder with 14,013,021 votes, tops among AL outfielders and second only to Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson for the overall lead.

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Lyle Spencer

Calhoun back to punishing opposing pitchers

Calhoun back to punishing opposing pitchers

Kole Calhoun was not a happy camper last Wednesday as the Angels right fielder packed for a road trip. He'd gone 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in a loss to the Yankees that afternoon, and he was scuffling, his slash line having slipped to .258/.314/.375.

"I'm going to go out and hit," said Calhoun, a leadoff catalyst in 2014 when the Angels led the Majors with 98 wins. "I've got to get on base more in front of [Mike] Trout and [Albert] Pujols. I'm an aggressive hitter, but I've got to be smart. I've got to start clicking, doing my part."

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Angels score early, often in Texas sweep

Angels score early, often in Texas sweep

ARLINGTON -- The Angels once again struck early and completed a three-game sweep of the Rangers with a 12-6 victory on Sunday night. The Angels, who led, 12-1, after five innings, outscored the Rangers, 33-8, during the series, including a combined 22-1 over the first four innings of the three games.

Angels starter C.J. Wilson out-pitched former teammate Colby Lewis, holding the Rangers to three runs in six innings. He allowed six hits and two walks while striking out four. The Angels have won seven of their last eight and are now six games over .500 for the first time this season.

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Cron's big weekend keys Angels' win streak

Cron's big weekend keys Angels' win streak

ARLINGTON -- C.J. Cron doesn't have any grand explanation for why he is 7-for-9 with a home run and seven RBIs in his past two games, and he also can't explain why he is hitting .529 in 34 at-bats against the Rangers this season.

After a 12-6 Angels win to complete a three-game sweep in Texas on Sunday, sometimes it's better to not worry about explanations and take things as they are.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lyle Spencer

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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