Source: Rangers to trade for Halos' Hamilton

Source: Rangers to trade for Halos' Hamilton

ANAHEIM -- The Rangers are close to a deal that would send Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton back to Texas, a source told MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan on Friday. Neither club has confirmed the trade, which still needs to clear several logistical hurdles before it's completed.

The Angels aren't expected to get any players from the Rangers, only cash considerations, a source said. Yahoo! Sports reported that the Rangers would pay about $15 million of the roughly $90 million that's owed to Hamilton through the 2017 season.

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Scioscia says Hamilton's needs were met with Angels

Manager doesn't believe clubhouse environment was lacking

Scioscia says Hamilton's needs were met with Angels

ANAHEIM -- The Angels and Rangers are working on a trade that would send Josh Hamilton back to the environment where he thrived, sources told MLB.com on Friday, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia doesn't believe there was anything wrong with the clubhouse environment the Angels provided for Hamilton the last two years.

"The process of supporting Josh obviously was magnified because of his history, and those needs were met," said Scioscia, who was speaking in generalities and would not comment on a potential trade sending Hamilton to the Rangers. "Those needs were met from both Josh's side and the organization's side. I feel very confident about that."

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Statcast top speed: Gordon vs. Hamilton vs. Trout

Reds' center fielder eclipses competition in analysis of recent stolen bases

Statcast top speed: Gordon vs. Hamilton vs. Trout

If you're in Miami, Cincinnati or the greater Los Angeles area, the fastest man in baseball is likely playing in a stadium near you.

Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton, Miami second baseman Dee Gordon and Angels center fielder Mike Trout are widely considered three of the main contenders for this unofficial crown, and with the advent of Statcast technology, it's easier than ever to determine who is the fleetest of foot.

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One hit enough for Angels in shutout of A's

One hit enough for Angels in shutout of A's

ANAHEIM -- Kole Calhoun blasted a two-run homer off Jesse Chavez and Nick Tropeano pitched six scoreless innings in his season debut on Thursday afternoon, setting the tone in the Angels' 2-0 victory over the A's in Southern California.

Calhoun's homer was the only hit for the Angels' offense, which plated fewer than four runs for the 11th time in 16 games this season. It came off Chavez in the bottom of the third, two batters after Drew Butera reached first on a throwing error by A's third baseman Brett Lawrie. Calhoun got a 1-1 cutter out over the plate and lined it over the scoreboard in right-center to give him three home runs on the season and eventually help split the four-game series.

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Tropeano makes mighty impression as fill-in starter

Tropeano makes mighty impression as fill-in starter

ANAHEIM -- Nick Tropeano's first chance with the Angels was a lot more happenstance than foresight. With Matt Shoemaker headed for the bereavement list and C.J. Wilson nursing soreness in his left elbow, the Angels suddenly needed someone to start Thursday's series finale against the A's. Andrew Heaney had pitched for Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday, but Tropeano's most recent start came three days earlier.

So Tropeano was basically just lucky -- and, as it turns out, so were the Angels.

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'Frustrated' Joyce trying to find his way at the plate

'Frustrated' Joyce trying to find his way at the plate

ANAHEIM -- Matt Joyce saw a reporter approaching on Thursday afternoon and all of a sudden got a little leery.

"What do you want to talk about, football?" Joyce said, somewhat playfully. "I think the Bucs are going to draft Jameis Winston."

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Weaver eager to earn a longer leash

Weaver eager to earn a longer leash

ANAHEIM -- Jered Weaver walked off the mound to end the top of the sixth and saw his manager, Mike Scioscia, waiting for him at the top step of the dugout on Wednesday night. "One more," Weaver said, because he had only allowed one run and had only thrown 93 pitches. But Scioscia didn't budge. He shook his head, letting Weaver know the Angels were going to the bullpen, instead.

Weaver slumped his shoulders, rolled his eyes and walked toward the clubhouse, keeping his head down and wanting no part of the high-fives being offered to him. Then he watched the Angels' bullpen give up five runs on nine hits over the next two innings, sending the Angels to a 9-2 loss to the A's and a 6-9 record on the season.

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Bullpen knocked around after Weaver contains A's

Bullpen knocked around after Weaver contains A's

ANAHEIM -- Sonny Gray continued to dominate, and the A's rallied against the Angels' bullpen, scoring a combined eight runs on nine hits in the seventh and eighth innings to capture a 9-2 victory at Angel Stadium on Wednesday night.

"I feel like this team smells blood really well, and when we get one hit," said A's catcher Stephen Vogt, "they start to keep going and keep going."

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Tropeano called up as Angels shuffle rotation

Tropeano called up as Angels shuffle rotation

ANAHEIM -- Angels No. 5 prospect Nick Tropeano was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake and will start Thursday's series finale against the A's at Angel Stadium, with C.J. Wilson getting pushed back to Saturday against the Rangers. Wilson came out of his last start with stiffness in his left elbow, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia said it's nothing serious and the southpaw could've taken his normal turn if needed.

Pushing Wilson back also buys extra time for Matt Shoemaker, who was placed on the bereavement list Wednesday following the death of his grandfather. Shoemaker was slated to start Saturday, but is now tentatively scheduled to return for next Wednesday's game in Oakland, putting him on extended rest for a second straight time.

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Baseball 'exciting and fun again' for Pestano

Baseball 'exciting and fun again' for Pestano

ANAHEIM -- Vinnie Pestano isn't all the way back to his old self just yet. The 30-year-old sidearm reliever has carved out a niche as a righty specialist in the Angels' bullpen, but he's still searching for that full-inning guy he was with the Indians, the one who compiled a 2.45 ERA in 137 games from 2011-12 and succeeded against righties and lefties.

"He's there," Pestano said. "I feel him. I feel him trying to get out."

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Nolan out in front in Angels Franchise Four voting

Nolan out in front in Angels Franchise Four voting

Nolan Ryan is the early leader in Angels voting for the Franchise Four campaign, which allows fans to elect the four most impactful players who best represent the history of each Major League franchise out of eight choices from its lineage.

Mike Trout is second in voting for the Angels, followed by Tim Salmon and Vladimir Guerrero. Other candidates include: Garret Anderson, Brian Downing, Chuck Finley and Jim Fregosi. An additional write-in option is available to fans on the ballot.

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Angels claim Brown off waivers from Cardinals

Center fielder optioned to Triple-A after being selected for second time this month

Angels claim Brown off waivers from Cardinals

ANAHEIM -- The Angels claimed center fielder Gary Brown off waivers from the Cardinals on Wednesday, then subsequently optioned him to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Brown was born and raised in Diamond Bar, Calif. -- about 15 miles away from Angel Stadium -- attended Cal State Fullerton and was the 24th overall pick by the Giants in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. The 26-year-old right-handed hitter has posted a .276/.340/.412 slash line in 559 career games in the Minors, adding 44 homers and 141 steals.

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Santiago's resurgence is just what Angels need

Santiago's resurgence is just what Angels need

ANAHEIM -- Left-hander Hector Santiago set the tone for the Angels on Tuesday night, striking out the side in the first and working through six sharp innings that an overworked bullpen needed.

His offense delivered 15 hits, scoring four runs in the second inning, six in the sixth and four in the seventh to power a 14-1 victory over the Athletics at Angel Stadium, the Angels' first win at home in five tries this season.

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Giavotella, Calhoun lead Angels' rout of A's

Giavotella, Calhoun lead Angels' rout of A's

ANAHEIM -- Johnny Giavotella and Kole Calhoun each hit a three-run home run, and Giavotella added an RBI single in a six-run sixth inning as the Angels routed the A's, 14-1, on Tuesday night to even this four-game series at Angel Stadium at a game apiece.

Los Angeles left-hander Hector Santiago limited the A's to just three hits, including a solo home run from Billy Butler in the third, over six innings, walking three and striking out eight. A's starter Drew Pomeranz was on the hook for five runs (four earned) in five-plus innings.

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Scioscia: Hamilton needs 'a lot of evaluation'

Scioscia: Hamilton needs 'a lot of evaluation'

ANAHEIM -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday that outfielder Josh Hamilton (right shoulder surgery) will report to the club's training facility in Arizona in the near future to begin baseball activities.

"We'll see where Josh is," the manager said. "A lot of evaluating needs to take place, both on and off the field. I know Josh is itching to get going.

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Hamilton to begin extended spring shortly

Halos outfielder to start rehab program in 'not-too-distant future,' per Dipoto

Hamilton to begin extended spring shortly

ANAHEIM -- Josh Hamilton was recently cleared for baseball activities, and the Angels are putting together a plan that would involve him working out in their Arizona-based extended spring program "in the not-too-distant future," general manager Jerry Dipoto said.

The team is still sorting through details and has yet to communicate them to Hamilton, who has been rehabbing from shoulder surgery in Houston since early February. An announcement is expected by the end of the week.

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Angels call up Bedrosian to give bullpen a fresh arm

Angels call up Bedrosian to give bullpen a fresh arm

ANAHEIM -- The Angels recalled right-handed reliever Cam Bedrosian from Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday afternoon and optioned first baseman/outfielder Efren Navarro to the same club.

"Some of the guys in our 'pen are throwing well, but they have also been throwing a lot, so we needed a little depth," manager Mike Scioscia said before the Halos' game against the Athletics at Angel Stadium.

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Shoemaker's wild night costs Angels

Shoemaker's wild night costs Angels

ANAHEIM -- Matt Shoemaker had one of those nights that he almost never has.

The Angels right-hander struggled to throw strikes from the start Monday, and when he did, the Athletics launched some of them over the fence en route to a 6-3 Oakland victory at Angel Stadium in the opener of a four-game series.

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Angels stumble out of gate against A's

Angels stumble out of gate against A's

ANAHEIM -- The A's got home runs from Stephen Vogt and Marcus Semien and relied on a dominant six-inning performance from their bullpen to hold off the Angels, 6-3, on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at Angel Stadium.

A's right-hander Dan Otero put together four scoreless innings in relief of starter Kendall Graveman, who lasted just three-plus innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts. David Freese singled in two runs off him in the first, and Albert Pujols added an RBI single in the third.

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Skaggs might follow Havey's rehab schedule

Angels lefty considering an 18-month layoff, returning next spring

Skaggs might follow Havey's rehab schedule

ANAHEIM -- Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs, coming back from Aug. 13 Tommy John surgery, is rethinking his original goal of pitching in Minor League games late this summer or in the fall.

Skaggs said Monday his target return date might move, in part because of Mets right-hander Matt Harvey's impressive comeback. Harvey was hurt in August 2013, had Tommy John surgery in October that year and then rehabbed until this spring. The prolonged recovery has led to strong results for the Mets in the opening weeks of this season.

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Richards encouraged by season debut

Right-hander allows three earned over five in first start since serious knee injury

Richards encouraged by season debut

HOUSTON -- Garrett Richards got the sign, exhaled, came set, reared back and gave it all he got. Tailing fastball, chest-high, right past Chris Carter's bat. It was his 100th pitch, the third out of the fifth and the end of Richards' highly-anticipated return to the Angels' rotation.

He got the loss, gave up four runs, walked four batters and didn't pitch into the sixth inning, something Richards failed to do only twice amid a breakout season last year. But one of the runs was unearned, three of the five hits didn't leave the infield, two errors were committed behind him and several of his pitches in the zone weren't called strikes.

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Angels fall short in Richards' return to mound

Angels fall short in Richards' return to mound

HOUSTON -- Scott Feldman bounced back from a rough start six days earlier and the Astros did just enough offensively to sneak past the Angels, 4-3, at Minute Maid Park on Sunday afternoon.

With that, the Astros won their second of four series to start the season and improved to 6-6.

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Angels shake off early-season offensive struggles

Six regulars hitting below .200 through 12 games this season

Angels shake off early-season offensive struggles

HOUSTON -- It's dangerous to put weight on any numbers so early in the season, so take this for what it's worth: The Angels, Major League leaders in runs scored a year ago, are tied for 25th in batting average, 27th in on-base percentage, 20th in slugging and 19th in runs through the first two weeks of the 2015 season.

That last part is of most significance to Albert Pujols.

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Featherston enjoys whirlwind weekend back in hometown

Angels' Rule 5 selection grew up in Houston

Featherston enjoys whirlwind weekend back in hometown

HOUSTON -- Angels infielder Taylor Featherston was doing an interview in the visitors' dugout of Minute Maid Park on Sunday morning when one of the stadium's security guards interjected.

"Tell him who your favorite chemistry teacher was."

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Morin still looking to carve out set bullpen role

Reliever allows three-run homer in 4-0 loss to Astros on Saturday

Morin still looking to carve out set bullpen role

HOUSTON -- Mike Scioscia called it "a 307-foot fly ball," but Mike Morin didn't want to hear it.

"We know the dimensions of the ballpark," Morin said of the three-run homer he served up to Astros left fielder Robbie Grossman, the death nail in the Angels' 4-0 loss on Saturday night. "I didn't execute the pitch -- bottom line."

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Offense goes quiet behind solid Wilson

Offense goes quiet behind solid Wilson

HOUSTON -- George Springer led off the sixth inning by blasting his first home run of the season to break up a scoreless duel, and Robbie Grossman hit a three-run homer in in the seventh to send the Astros to a 4-0 win over the Angels on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.

Keuchel (2-0) continued his terrific start to the season by throwing six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out seven batters. He's allowed only two runs in 20 innings he's pitched this season.

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