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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Aybar exits early with left hamstring tightness

Aybar exits early with left hamstring tightness

ANAHEIM -- Angels shortstop Erick Aybar exited Thursday's game early with left hamstring tightness after running down the first-base line.

Aybar drove in Johnny Giavotella with a squeeze bunt in the fifth inning, giving the Angels a 4-1 lead, but grabbed his left hamstring before he touched first base and jogged gingerly back to the dugout. Taylor Featherston replaced him in the top of the sixth.

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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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Santiago hopes to keep Tigers reeling

Santiago hopes to keep Tigers reeling

Angels left-hander Hector Santiago and Tigers righty Anibal Sanchez will match up on Friday night in the second of four games at Angel Stadium, where the Angels took three of four a year ago. The Angels made a statement in the series opener, crushing three homers in a 12-2 victory.

Santiago pitched in one of those 2014 wins, throwing 5 1/3 innings of three-hit, one-run ball in a no-decision. Earlier in 2014, he lost to the Tigers in Detroit despite allowing just two unearned runs on two hits in 5 2/3 innings.

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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 Web-based media player

MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

Today's schedule starts with a White Sox-Orioles doubleheader that makes up the games that were postponed last month in Baltimore, and then a Corey Kluber-vs.-Nelson Cruz matchup that headlines six more games to follow. Along the way, you are about to have another one of those MLB.TV moments that make you realize how far we have come since the first live video broadcast stream by a major sports league in 2002.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.

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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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Cron optioned to Triple-A; Green to get call-up

Cron optioned to Triple-A; Green to get call-up

ANAHEIM -- The Angels optioned struggling, seldom-playing young power hitter C.J. Cron to Triple-A Salt Lake after Friday's 4-3 walk-off win, and a source said utilityman Grant Green would be taking his place on the active roster.

Cron scorched through Spring Training, batting .413 with a 1.165 OPS. But the 25-year-old first baseman carried a .204/.225/.276 slash line through his first 102 plate appearances and had started only three of the Angels' last 13 games, essentially only playing against left-handed starters.

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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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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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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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