Angels' debuting rookie records walk-off rarity

Angels' debuting rookie records walk-off rarity

ANAHEIM -- They crowded into the home of Carlos Perez's grandmother in Valencia, Venezuela, on Tuesday. Roughly 50 of Perez's family members -- uncles, aunts, cousins, mother, father -- gathered around a standard-sized laptop that had just been set up with an MLB.TV subscription because there was no way they would miss their little boy's Major League debut, no matter how far they were or how little technology they had.

And then, late into the night, they celebrated.

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Perez lifts Angels with walk-off homer in MLB debut

Perez lifts Angels with walk-off homer in MLB debut

ANAHEIM -- Welcome to the big leagues, Carlos Perez.

The Angels' young catcher made his Major League debut on Tuesday afternoon and became the hero by Tuesday night, hitting a walk-off home run to send the Angels to a 5-4 victory over the Mariners at Angel Stadium.

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Alden Gonzalez and Greg Johns are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Richards maintaining his stuff

Richards maintaining his stuff

ANAHEIM -- Pitch No. 98 for Garrett Richards on Tuesday night was a 96-mph fastball that was called a ball, barely off the corner to make it a 3-0 count on Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley, with the bases loaded, two outs and the Angels clinging to a one-run lead in the sixth.

Fifteen pitches later, Richards had recorded four more outs, escaping his only jam of the night, completing seven innings of one-run ball and putting his ERA at 2.52 through his first four starts of the 2015 season. He would settle for a no-decision, however, as Joe Smith took over with a 2-1 lead but was charged with three runs in the eighth. The Angels got a walk-off homer in the ninth from Richards' batterymate, debuting rookie Carlos Perez, to defeat the Mariners 5-4.

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Wilson looks to lead Angels to series win vs. Mariners

Wilson looks to lead Angels to series win vs. Mariners

Left-handers C.J. Wilson of the Angels and Roenis Elias of the Mariners will square off in Wednesday's series finale at Angel Stadium as the American League West rivals vie for a series victory and look to stay within striking distance of front-running Houston.

Wilson has a strong history against Seattle with a 16-8 record and 3.36 ERA in 59 games (22 starts), including eight scoreless innings of two-hit ball in his first start of the season, April 7 at Safeco Field. He hasn't won since and is 1-2 with a 2.73 ERA.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Perplexed by struggles, Weaver still confident

Perplexed by struggles, Weaver still confident

ANAHEIM -- The popular narrative currently surrounding Jered Weaver is that it's time for him to reinvent himself, because a Major League starting pitcher can't survive on 84-mph fastballs without some serious adjustments.

"Should I just start throwing left-handed or something?" Weaver said. "I mean, what do you want me to do?"

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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.

Shoemaker's gem derailed by Cruz and Co.

Shoemaker's gem derailed by Cruz and Co.

ANAHEIM -- For six innings on Monday night, Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker was in cruise control, allowing the Mariners just one hit. Then, Nelson Cruz took control.

The Mariners right fielder led off the seventh with his 14th home run. An out later, Logan Morrison connected for his second. Seth Smith added a third homer off Shoemaker with one out in the eighth, and that was just enough for Felix Hernandez and friends to hand the Angels a 3-2 loss in the first game of a three-game series at Angel Stadium.

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Shoemaker fans 10, but homers cost Angels

Shoemaker fans 10, but homers cost Angels

ANAHEIM -- Nelson Cruz crushed his Major League-leading 14th home run and Felix Hernandez remained unbeaten on the season as the Mariners snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Angels in Monday night's series opener.

Hernandez is off to the first 5-0 start of his career as he outdueled Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker, allowing just one run on six hits over seven innings to lower his ERA to 1.73. The Mariners are 6-0 when Hernandez starts and 5-15 in the rest of their games.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Earl Bloom is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Announcer snags foul ball to save his colleague

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Announcer snags foul ball to save his colleague

Perched all the way up above home plate, you'd assume that announcers were generally in a pretty safe spot. Well luckily for everyone, you weren't in the booth during the Angels loss to the Mariners on Wednesday night -- Anaheim's Spanish-language commentator Jose Mota was, and he isn't nearly so naive. 

Mota comes prepared for any and every occupational hazard, and when a foul ball was bearing down on colleague Amaury Pi-Gonzalez, he knew just what to do.

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Halos call up catcher Perez, designate Butera

Halos call up catcher Perez, designate Butera

ANAHEIM -- The Angels recalled catcher Carlos Perez from Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday, and designated catcher Drew Butera for assignment.

No. 1 catcher Chris Iannetta -- who started Monday against the Mariners and Felix Hernandez -- is off to a .098 start, and Butera was hitting .190. The Angels have gotten only one RBI from the catcher's spot (by Iannetta) this season.

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Angels shut down as Weaver struggles

Angels shut down as Weaver struggles

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum pitched eight scoreless innings and the Giants swept, capping a thrilling weekend series at AT&T Park with a 5-0 win over the Angels on Sunday afternoon.

Lincecum gave up just three hits and a walk, striking out four while moving his ERA to 2.40. The Giants (12-13) began the game with back-to-back homers by Nori Aoki and Joe Panik, on their way to a 10-hit effort, and have now won eight of their last 11.

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Eric Gilmore is a contributor to MLB.com. 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.

Angels have 'bad weekend' in San Francisco

Offense bats .168 as Halos get swept; Weaver struggles in series finale

Angels have 'bad weekend' in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- A walk-off hit, a line drive that hit their own runner and a shutout. That, in a nutshell, was the Angels' weekend in San Francisco, which ended with a three-game sweep and left them seven games back of the streaking Astros in the American League West.

The city where Tony Bennett left his heart is the city the Angels left with heartache.

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Lyle Spencer

Weaver has no answers for slump

Teammates, opponents all believe Angels right-hander will snap out of it

Weaver has no answers for slump

SAN FRANCISCO -- This is all new to Jered Weaver. He's had rough starts and bad patches, but never like this. When you've been so successful for so long -- nine years -- you can't help but entertain doubts when everything seems to be collapsing at your feet.

"I don't know," the Angels right-hander said, a distant look in his eyes following Sunday's five innings of searching for the right stuff in a 5-0 loss to Tim Lincecum that wrapped up a weekend sweep by the Giants. "I've never pitched like this before. I'm not really doing a good job of helping my team win now. It's tough.

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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.

Mike Trout gives bat to fan hit by foul ball

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Mike Trout gives bat to fan hit by foul ball

Mike Trout can run, hit, hit for power, catch, throw, ask girls to prom for you and probably do a lot of other unbelievable things. But during Sunday's Giants-Angels game, he did something perhaps better than all of these feats combined.

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Trout learning from Twitter criticism

Trout learning from Twitter criticism

SAN FRANCISCO -- At 23 years old, Mike Trout is still grasping the significance of his platform as arguably the game's greatest and most recognizable figure. Saturday's highly anticipated boxing match offered up an eye-opening reminder for the Angels' superstar center fielder.

In the days leading up to it, Trout tweeted his support for Floyd Mayweather, a polarizing figure because of a long history of domestic violence. Trout merely wrote "#TMT," which stands for "The Money Team," and included Mayweather's Twitter handle. But he was subsequently hit with a lot of criticism on his Twitter account, @Trouty20.

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Angels rally late but fall on unlucky hit

Angels rally late but fall on unlucky hit

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nori Aoki and Casey McGehee had some timely hits, and Brandon Crawford and Buster Posey went deep, providing enough cushion for a highly effective Tim Hudson in the Giants' 5-4 win over the Angels at AT&T Park on Saturday.

The 39-year-old Hudson held the Angels to two hits -- solo homers by Mike Trout and Albert Pujols -- in eight-plus innings, leading his team to its seventh win in the last 10 games and dropping his ERA to 3.78.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com. 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.

Giants beat Angels when liner hits baserunner

Panik in position to field grounder, but Featherston can't avoid ball

Giants beat Angels when liner hits baserunner

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Joyce's two-out line drive in a one-run game in Saturday's ninth inning was hit directly into the shift, so chances are Giants second baseman Joe Panik gobbles it up, fires to first and records the final out regardless.

But Joyce would've loved to see it play out.

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Feeling 'really good,' Pujols returns with HR

Angels slugger opts to play after recovering from tight left hamstring

Feeling 'really good,' Pujols returns with HR

SAN FRANCISCO -- Albert Pujols homered in his return from a tight left hamstring Saturday, providing one of few bright spots in the Angels' 5-4 loss to the Giants at AT&T Park.

Pujols had been out since Wednesday night, when his hamstring grabbed on him while jogging down the first-base line on a sixth-inning single. The 35-year-old took batting practice on the field Friday -- though Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he wasn't available to pinch-hit later that night -- and did light agility drills Saturday morning.

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Scioscia would like designated replay crews

Scioscia would like designated replay crews

SAN FRANCISCO -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia, still stewing over a call that wasn't overturned Friday night, wants to see a change in the way the Replay Operations Center in New York is staffed.

"I think you need guys who are in New York who are just replay officials who have an understanding, then you build continuity," Scioscia said prior to Saturday's game. "Right now they rotate through, so there's a different standard every night to what is going to overturn a call. You need a little more continuity in that regard."

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Costly replay call sticks in Scioscia's craw

Costly replay call sticks in Scioscia's craw

SAN FRANCISCO -- Toward the back of the visiting clubhouse at AT&T Park, the Angels' temporary home for this Interleague series, sit two replay monitors used to determine which calls will be challenged. Those two sets provide every angle available, and late Friday night -- after a bitter 3-2 walk-off loss to the Giants -- one particular image stood out.

It was a freeze frame of Kole Calhoun's left foot on second base while the baseball was still visibly outside second baseman Matt Duffy's glove.

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Angels drop nail-biter vs. Giants

Angels drop nail-biter vs. Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Joe Panik's two-out, pinch-hit single with the bases loaded broke a ninth-inning deadlock Friday night and lifted the Giants to a 3-2 walk-off victory over the Angels. It was San Francisco's third walk-off win of the season and the second delivered by Panik.

With the score tied, 2-2, Buster Posey led off the ninth against Angels reliever Joe Smith by beating out an infield single on a high-bouncing grounder up the middle. Justin Maxwell's sacrifice bunt advanced pinch-runner Gregor Blanco to second base, and Smith threw a ball-four wild pitch that moved Blanco to third and put Andrew Susac on first. Smith recovered by striking out pinch-hitter Brandon Belt, then he intentionally walked Brandon Crawford to set up a forceout at any base. Panik rendered the strategy moot by lining a 1-1 pitch into center field.

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Could Calhoun stay in the cleanup spot?

Could Calhoun stay in the cleanup spot?

SAN FRANCISCO -- Kole Calhoun's move from the leadoff spot to the cleanup spot, a direct response to Albert Pujols' ailing hamstring, isn't necessarily an adjustment. It's actually a return to his comfort zone.

"It's definitely familiar," Calhoun said. "That's where I've been most of my career. The place I've been least is the leadoff spot. I definitely have embraced the leadoff spot, and like it a lot, but if there's a situation where something comes up, kind of like Albert hurting a hamstring, I'm definitely more than willing to move back."

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Lyle Spencer

Bochy, Scioscia writing legacies few can claim

Bochy, Scioscia writing legacies few can claim

SAN FRANCISCO -- Major League Baseball's two most enduringly successful managers are matching wits and shifts this weekend. The Giants' Bruce Bochy and the Angels' Mike Scioscia came into their Interleague series with a combined 37 managerial seasons, 2,969 wins, 14 postseason appearances and four World Series championships.

Stable, tough-minded, creative and intuitive, they were catchers as players before paying coaching dues and producing contender after contender as managers, Bochy in San Diego and San Francisco, Scioscia in Anaheim. There was baseball in California before they arrived as players and National League rivals -- Bochy a backup for the Padres, Scioscia starring for the Dodgers -- but you probably need to find a book to recall it in any detail.

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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.

Pujols day to day with tight left hamstring

First baseman's absence has significant impact on lineup

Pujols day to day with tight left hamstring

OAKLAND -- Albert Pujols' tight left hamstring was "no worse" on Thursday morning, which Angels manager Mike Scioscia considered a good sign. But there's still no telling how long the veteran first baseman will be out.

Pujols only got treatment Thursday, hours after his hamstring grabbed on him while jogging down the first-base line on a sixth-inning single on Wednesday night. The Angels transition to a National League park in San Francisco for the weekend set, eliminating the designated hitter and potentially ruling Pujols out until Monday, at the earliest.

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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.

Trout's game-saving catch keeps Angels at .500

Center fielder shows off MVP skills in ninth inning that represents club's April

Trout's game-saving catch keeps Angels at .500

OAKLAND -- Mike Trout's game-ending catch in Thursday's series finale was so good, it nearly sent the Angels' closer to the disabled list.

"I almost pulled an oblique doing a fist pump," Huston Street said after the Angels' nail-biting, hair-raising 6-5 victory over the A's at the Coliseum. "That's why he's an MVP."

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Angels take series with help of Trout's grab

Angels take series with help of Trout's grab

OAKLAND -- Mike Trout robbed A's first baseman Ike Davis of a game-winning hit with a remarkable catch in center field to close the book on a 6-5 Angels victory at the Coliseum in Thursday's series finale.

Davis, who lined a ball Trout's way with the bases loaded off of Angels closer Huston Street, said he was "hoping it was" over his head.

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