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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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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Angels acquire Nieuwenhuis from Mets

Angels acquire Nieuwenhuis from Mets

ANAHEIM -- The Angels, desperate for offense from the left side of the batter's box, acquired left-handed-hitting outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis from the Mets for cash considerations on Wednesday morning.

Nieuwenhuis, 27, is out of options and is expected to join the Angels for Thursday's series opener against the Tigers. At that point, the Angels will announce a corresponding move for their 25-man roster. To make room for Nieuwenhuis on their 40-man roster, right-handed reliever Chad Smith, who was acquired from the A's on May 8, was designated for assignment.

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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 features a staggered rollout of 15 games from lunchtime specials through late West Coast night action, and you are about to have another one of those MLB.TV moments that make you realize how far we have come since that first live video broadcast stream by a major sports league here 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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Corey Brock and Alden Gonzalez are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Two homers by Napoli sink Wilson at Fenway

Two homers by Napoli sink Wilson at Fenway

BOSTON -- Coming off perhaps their ugliest loss of the season, the Red Sox responded with their most well-rounded game in weeks en route to an 8-3 victory over the Angels on Saturday at Fenway Park.

A two-homer effort by Mike Napoli led the offense, while knuckleballer Steven Wright notched his first career win as a starter. This was the best scoring output for the Red Sox since April 28, when they scored eight times in a loss to the Blue Jays.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Morin placed on DL with oblique strain

Angels reliever injured while delivering pitch at Fenway Park

Morin placed on DL with oblique strain

BOSTON -- Mike Morin strained his left oblique at Fenway Park on Saturday night, an injury that will send the young reliever to the disabled list.

The Angels will make a corresponding move to add another arm for Sunday's series finale.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Working out of bullpen agrees with Alvarez

Angels left-hander has adjusted to pitching as a reliever

Working out of bullpen agrees with Alvarez

BOSTON -- It was May 8, 2014, while struggling through a start for the Angels' Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City, Utah, when Angels reliever Jose Alvarez felt his left elbow pop.

"I thought I'd be having Tommy John surgery," Alvarez said.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast: Trout shows off all his tools

Defending AL MVP shines with bat, arm, and feet

Statcast: Trout shows off all his tools

Mike Trout is the best player in baseball, and that shouldn't be a controversial statement. Trout is the defending AL MVP, and there are more than a few people who think he should be on a streak of three in a row. In the entire history of the game, only three players -- inner-circle legends in Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, and Mel Ott -- have compiled more WAR through their age-23 season, and remember that Trout still has more than four months of that season to go. By the end of the year, he could conceivably be No. 1 on that list.

It's difficult to overstate just how impressive Trout is, but it doesn't mean we can't try. In Friday night's 12-5 Angels victory in Boston, we saw all of the tools that make Trout the best player on earth.

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Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels post 9-run 5th in rout of Red Sox

Angels post 9-run 5th in rout of Red Sox

BOSTON -- The Angels, who have struggled to score runs as much as the team they faced on Friday night, put a 12-5 thumping on the Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park.

Most of the damage was done during a nine-run top of the fifth that lasted 39 minutes and included two errors by Boston.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Can one inning jump-start Angels' offense?

Club hopes nine-run fifth vs. Red Sox is a sign of things to come

Can one inning jump-start Angels' offense?

BOSTON -- A three-run homer from a catcher who was hitting below .100 two weeks ago, a two-run shot from a shortstop who hadn't gone deep all year, six total bases from a No. 3 hitter who could've easily gone on the disabled list, two opposite-field hits from a newcomer still trying to fit in and one nine-run inning from an offense that had statistically been among the worst in baseball.

It may have only been one game -- one inning, really -- but the Angels will gladly take it.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Watch Trout pull off one of the best slides this year

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Watch Trout pull off one of the best slides this year

Mike Trout has a lot of tools. He hits home runs, he makes unbelievable catches, he gives really nice Mother's Day presents ...

And during Friday's Angels-Red Sox game, he showed off another outstanding skillset: Sliding.

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The best of Statcast from Saturday's FOX games

Data tracks Royals' key inning-ending double play, second of Napoli's two homers

The best of Statcast from Saturday's FOX games

FOX's primetime games on Saturday took on an entirely new look as the network incorporated Statcast™ into its broadcast for the first time.

The Statcast™ technology was available during the Royals' rain-shortened 3-2 win over the Cardinals in 5 1/2 innings, as well as the Red Sox's 8-3 win over the Angels.

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Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.