Escobar a late scratch with left thumb sprain

Escobar a late scratch with left thumb sprain

BOSTON -- Angels third baseman Yunel Escobar was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup against the Red Sox with a left thumb sprain. Cliff Pennington started at third in Escobar's place, with Andrelton Simmons moving into the cleanup spot for the Halos.

Escobar is batting .280 with a .746 OPS, five home runs and 21 RBIs in 58 games this season. The 34-year-old veteran has already spent time on the disabled list this year, missing 17 games while dealing with a left hamstring strain.

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Street throws scoreless frame in debut

After 11 months, veteran returns to big league mound

Street throws scoreless frame in debut

BOSTON -- It wasn't hard for manager Mike Scioscia to identify a silver lining of the Angels' 9-4 loss to the Red Sox on Friday night at Fenway Park. That moment occurred in the seventh inning, when veteran right-hander Huston Street returned to a Major League mound for the first time in 11 months.

Street looked impressive in his season debut for the Angels, pitching a scoreless inning on 11 pitches, with his fastball humming between 88-90 mph.

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Bridwell slated for start vs. Red Sox, Fister

Bridwell slated for start vs. Red Sox, Fister

Less than 48 hours after being put on the 25-man roster, Doug Fister will make his season debut for the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon.

His opponent? The team that placed him on the waiver wire just two days prior -- the Angels.

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Evan Chronis is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Meyer's early struggles too much to overcome

Meyer's early struggles too much to overcome

BOSTON -- David Ortiz returned to Fenway Park on Friday night for the first time since his retirement to watch the Red Sox affix his No. 34 atop the right-field facade during a special pregame ceremony. The Red Sox gave him even more reason to celebrate afterward, as Hanley Ramirez and Sandy Leon homered to fuel a 9-4 series-opening victory over the Angels.

Boston scored three runs in a wild first inning for Angels right-hander Alex Meyer and later seized a 5-1 lead behind Ramirez's two-run homer in the fourth. Leon, who matched his career high with four RBIs, launched a two-run shot of his own in the sixth and added a two-run double in the eighth to cap the festive night at Fenway Park.

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With bullpen taxed, Angels call up Paredes

Struggling at the plate, Cron sent to Triple-A Salt Lake

With bullpen taxed, Angels call up Paredes

BOSTON -- The Angels added a fresh arm to their overworked bullpen on Friday, calling up right-hander Eduardo Paredes from Triple-A Salt Lake prior to their series opener against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. To clear a roster spot for Paredes, the Halos optioned first baseman C.J. Cron to Salt Lake.

Paredes made his Major League debut in the fourth inning of Friday's 9-4 loss, entering the game in relief of Alex Meyer. Paredes came in to face Deven Marrero with runners on the corners and one out, and he encountered an early test after Marrero laid down a safety squeeze on the first pitch of his outing. Still, the 22-year-old rookie fielded the ball cleanly and threw to catcher Martin Maldonado to get the forceout at home. Paredes then induced a groundout to end the inning, leaving one runner stranded.

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Barria hurls first shutout for Mobile

Barria hurls first shutout for Mobile

After a dominant start to his season with Class A Advanced Carolina, Corbin Burnes is continuing to make it look easy in Double-A.

The Brewers' No. 20 prospect tossed a four-hit shutout on Friday as Biloxi defeated Mississippi, 2-0, in Game 1 of a doubleheader. He threw 62 of his 94 pitches for strikes over seven innings, allowing one walk and striking out seven.

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7th heaven: Big frame leads Halos over Yanks

7th heaven: Big frame leads Halos over Yanks

NEW YORK -- Albert Pujols delivered a tiebreaking single as the Angels took advantage of a sloppy exhibition by the Yankees' defense, overcoming Aaron Judge's Major League-leading 25th homer with nine unanswered runs in a 10-5 victory on Thursday evening at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro flubbed Cameron Maybin's potential double-play ball to set up a four-run Angels seventh. Kole Calhoun lifted a sac fly before Maybin stole second, advancing on an errant throw by catcher Gary Sanchez. Pujols then rifled a Dellin Betances fastball into right field for the go-ahead knock.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

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Barry M. Bloom

Scioscia remains at top of his game this season

Scioscia remains at top of his game this season

NEW YORK -- By any account, Mike Scioscia has had a Hall of Fame career as a manager. He's in his 18th season, all with the Angels, which is unheard of in this day and age when Major League skippers are as disposable as hot dog wrappers.

Under Scioscia's tutelage, the Angels won the 2002 World Series after capturing an American League Wild Card berth and six AL West titles. His .540 winning percentage is tops among active managers with 1,500 or more wins. He has 1,528, including Thursday night's come-from-behind, 10-5, victory over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

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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.

EY extended the inning by retreating

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EY extended the inning by retreating

"Keep the inning alive" is a mantra attributable to nearly every baseball coach in the history of the game. The idea, generally, is that the longer the inning keeps going, the more chances one's team will have to score runs.

It turns out, this seemingly obvious truth is not always true as Eric Young Jr. showed with his effort to extend the second inning of Thursday night's 10-5 win over the Yankees:

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Maybin 'creating chaos' from atop the lineup

Maybin 'creating chaos' from atop the lineup

NEW YORK -- Cameron Maybin has been enjoying life at the top.

The Angels' leadoff hitter homered, reached base four times, scored three runs and stole a base to help the Halos erase a four-run deficit and emerge with a 10-5 comeback win over the Yankees, securing a series victory on Thursday night in the Bronx.

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Street makes long-awaited return to Majors

Street makes long-awaited return to Majors

NEW YORK -- Angels reliever Huston Street is back in the Majors for the first time in 11 months.

Street, who last pitched for the Angels on July 31, 2016, was activated off the 60-day disabled list on Thursday prior to the Halos' series finale against the Yankees in the Bronx. To clear a roster spot for Street, the Angels optioned Mike Morin to Triple-A Salt Lake.

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Lengthy wins drought belies Nolasco's ability

Lengthy wins drought belies Nolasco's ability

NEW YORK -- It's been nearly two months since the Angels have won a game started by Ricky Nolasco.

That streak continued on Wednesday night, as Nolasco was charged with five runs over 5 1/3 innings in the Halos' 8-4 loss to the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The 34-year-old right-hander is now winless in 10 consecutive starts dating to April 27.

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Angels can't outrun persistent Yanks in Bronx

Angels can't outrun persistent Yanks in Bronx

NEW YORK -- Didi Gregorius and Matt Holliday homered, Austin Romine collected three hits and closer Aroldis Chapman put an exclamation point on the end of the Yankees' season-high seven-game skid on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, closing out an 8-4 victory over the Angels with a 102.9-mph pitch. The fastball that struck out Eric Young Jr. was the fastest pitch in the Majors this season, according to Statcast™, and moved New York back into first place in the American League East.

Gregorius put New York on the board with a two-run homer in the second inning and Holliday drilled a solo homer in the fifth off Ricky Nolasco, who was charged with five runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. The losing streak was the Yanks' longest since April 2007, but Gregorius said there was no panic in the clubhouse.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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Fister opts out of Angels' Minor League deal

Fister opts out of Angels' Minor League deal

NEW YORK -- The Angels announced on Wednesday that they have released veteran right-hander Doug Fister from his Minor League contract.

The Halos initially signed Fister last month to bolster their starting rotation depth, which had been hit hard by injuries to Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs. Fister's deal included an opt-out clause that allowed him to request his release if he wasn't added to the Major League roster by Wednesday. After being passed over for a start with the Angels on Tuesday, Fister exercised the clause, allowing him to return to the open market as a free agent.

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Marsh collects four hits with Orem

Marsh collects four hits with Orem

With one no-hitter already under his belt this season, Lucas Giolito made a bid at a second one on Wednesday for Triple-A Charlotte.

Starting game two of a doubleheader versus Gwinnett, Giolito, the White Sox No. 4 prospect (No. 30 overall), tossed four no-hit frames before permitting a leadoff single in the fifth inning.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Halo, goodbye: Angels wave away Bronx skid

Halo, goodbye: Angels wave away Bronx skid

NEW YORK -- Cameron Maybin's go-ahead home run off Tyler Clippard triggered yet another implosion by the struggling Yankees bullpen, helping lift the Angels to an 8-3 victory on Tuesday evening at Yankee Stadium and extending New York's season-high losing streak to seven games.

Yunel Escobar added a run-scoring triple and Luis Valbuena hit a late homer as the Angels scored five unanswered runs off Yankees relievers, notching their first victory in The Bronx since April 25, 2014, to snap a nine-game losing streak at the Stadium.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

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Scioscia: Angels' bullpen 'terrific' in win vs. NY

Scioscia: Angels' bullpen 'terrific' in win vs. NY

NEW YORK -- Manager Mike Scioscia offered the first glimpse at how he plans to operate the Angels' bullpen without injured closer Bud Norris in the Halos' 8-3 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Norris, who landed on the disabled list with right knee inflammation before the Angels' series opener in the Bronx, is not expected to miss more than 10 days, but his absence will temporarily leave a bit of a hole at the back end of the Halos' bullpen. When asked who would close games in Norris' stead, Scioscia said the Angels could deploy a number of relievers based on matchups, an approach that mostly proved successful against the Yankees on Tuesday.

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Angels place Norris on DL with inflamed knee

Angels place Norris on DL with inflamed knee

NEW YORK -- The Angels placed right-hander Bud Norris on the 10-day disabled list with right knee inflammation on Tuesday, though they're hopeful that they won't be without their closer for long.

Manager Mike Scioscia said Norris' knee flared up following Sunday's game against the Royals. An MRI exam revealed no structural damage, and Scioscia said the Angels believe Norris will be able to return to action after the minimum 10 days. Norris' malady first cropped up last month and forced him to prematurely exit an outing in Miami.

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Trout's All-Star ballot support not wavering

Trout's All-Star ballot support not wavering

NEW YORK -- Mike Trout remains in line to make his sixth consecutive trip to the Midsummer Classic, collecting the second-most votes among American League outfielders in Tuesday's 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update.

Trout has received 2,030,074 votes, which ranks third overall behind Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (2,631,284) and Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (2,185,035). Before landing on the disabled list with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb last month, Trout recorded a 1.203 OPS with 16 home runs, 36 RBIs and 10 stolen bases in 47 games.

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Inbox: Are Angels potential Deadline buyers?

Beat reporter Maria Guardado answers questions from fans

Inbox: Are Angels potential Deadline buyers?

With the Angels only [1 1/2] games out of an American League Wild Card spot, will they look to add pitching depth/another bat before the non-waiver Trade Deadline? Who on the roster has trade value?
-- @mcjunkind via Twitter

I think it's possible that the Angels could look for external help if they're still in the AL Wild Card hunt at the Deadline, but their lack of high-end prospect capital makes it unlikely that they'll be able to add any significant pieces via trade. That said, I think the Angels will receive an internal boost to their rotation when left-hander Tyler Skaggs returns from the disabled list. Skaggs, who has been out since May 1 with an oblique strain, is currently on track to rejoin the Angels before the All-Star break and had logged a 1.42 ERA in his last three starts before getting hurt. The Halos also expect right-hander Garrett Richards to pitch again this season, though he still has not received clearance to resume throwing due to an irritated nerve in his right biceps.

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Longtime friends get Draft call from Angels

Booker, Brittain have been teammates since Little League

Longtime friends get Draft call from Angels

Joseph "JoJo" Booker and Hunter Brittain have known each other since they learned to walk. They attended preschool, elementary school, middle school and high school together. They've been teammates since Little League and formed a battery around age 13, with Booker on the mound and Brittain behind the plate.

Last fall, as seniors at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton, Ala., they officially committed to the University of South Alabama, relishing the chance to continue playing baseball together as collegians. They never expected to get the same opportunity at the professional level, but that changed last week, when the 18-year-olds saw their destinies once again intertwine.

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Simmons a key factor at plate, on basepaths

Angels defensive whiz goes 2-for-3, steals two bags vs. Royals

Simmons a key factor at plate, on basepaths

ANAHEIM -- Andrelton Simmons' ability in the field is well known, but the Angels shortstop's bat has been at the forefront of what's been a sensational year. During Los Angeles' 7-3 loss to the Royals on Sunday, Simmons went 2-for-3, collecting an RBI and a walk along with two stolen bases.

The two-time Gold Glove Award winner leads the Halos with 22 multi-hit games. Since May 12, he's reached base safely in 28 of 36 games while batting .328 (45-for-137) over that same stretch, raising his season average 39 points to .278, which ranks third on the team.

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Kaelen Jones is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels unable to bounce back vs. Royals

Angels unable to bounce back vs. Royals

ANAHEIM -- The Royals rode a three-run third inning and four-run fourth frame to defeat the Angels, 7-3, in Sunday's series finale at Angel Stadium. With the victory, Kansas City captured its third straight series win.

Left-hander Jason Vargas (10-3, 2.27 ERA) picked up his Major League-leading 10th win of the season, allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks over six innings.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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Bedrosian's return a boost to 'eclectic' bullpen

Trout to join Angels on road trip to New York, Boston

Bedrosian's return a boost to 'eclectic' bullpen

ANAHEIM -- The Angels welcomed back right-handed reliever Cam Bedrosian during Saturday's 9-0 win over Kansas City. Bedrosian was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list prior to the contest and made his first appearance since suffering a right groin strain April 22.

"Right now it feels pretty good," said Bedrosian, who threw one scoreless inning Saturday. "It was a good first outing."

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Thaiss homers, drives in three

Thaiss homers, drives in three

Double-A Binghamton received big contributions from a pair of Mets' prospects as the Rumble Ponies topped Reading 6-2 on Sunday.

David Thompson, the Mets' No. 23 prospect, hit a pair of homers, while Chris Flexen (Mets' No. 24) gave up one run over seven innings and matched his season high with eight strikeouts.

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Three homers help Halos halt Royals' streak

Three homers help Halos halt Royals' streak

ANAHEIM -- Angels right-hander Alex Meyer matched a career-high with nine strikeouts and Albert Pujols belted a two-run blast to take sole possession of 10th all-time on the career RBI list to lead the Halos to a 9-0 win over Kansas City on Saturday night at Angel Stadium.

Meyer tossed six shutout innings, relinquishing just two hits and permitting one walk en route to snapping the Royals' season-best six-game win streak. The 6-foot-9 flamethrower earned his first win since May 14.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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Pujols passes Ott with #ASGWorthy homer

Angels slugger takes sole possession of No. 10 on MLB's RBI list

Pujols passes Ott with #ASGWorthy homer

ANAHEIM -- With his 1,864th and 1,865th RBIs, Albert Pujols surpassed Mel Ott for 10th on MLB's all-time RBI list. It marks the most RBIs ever hit by a player born outside the U.S.

The Angels slugger launched a two-run home run off Kansas City rookie pitcher Jake Junis on Saturday night at Angel Stadium for his 602nd career homer, giving Los Angeles a 5-0 lead over the Royals in the bottom of the fifth inning of the Halos' 9-0 win.

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