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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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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Weaver seeks first win in finale vs. Giants

Weaver seeks first win in finale vs. Giants

Tim Lincecum of the Giants and Jered Weaver of the Angels aren't what they used to be on the mound. But the two right-handers will go head to head for Sunday's series finale at AT&T Park, with the Giants seeking a three-game sweep.

Since winning his two Cy Young Awards as a fireballing youngster, Lincecum has had to rediscover his pitching approach without the benefit of a blazing fastball. Meanwhile, Weaver's velocity has dipped considerably this year, as he had trouble topping 85 mph during his last start across the bay in Oakland.

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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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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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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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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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Iannetta ready for improvement at the plate

Catcher trying to break out of slump, says it affects his outlook

Iannetta ready for improvement at the plate

OAKLAND -- It's still so very early, and Chris Iannetta is far from the only Angels hitter still struggling at the plate as April comes to a close. But boy is he struggling. Like really, really struggling.

His batting average, 21 games into the Angels' season, is an unseemly .093.

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Angels RBI League helps kids become 'Major League citizens'

Bullpen catcher Soliz says program helps put focus on fitness

Angels RBI League helps kids become 'Major League citizens'

Angels bullpen catcher Steve Soliz lives and breathes the hectic Major League schedule, working almost every day from the middle of February until at least the end of September and accumulating roughly 45,000 airline miles over the course of a six-month regular season. But Soliz is still heavily involved in the Angels RBI League, volunteering to host clinics year-round and recently joining the league's advisory board.

Soliz is a lifelong Southern California resident who grew up with two hardworking parents and spent a lot of time at the local Boys & Girls Club, so he understands the importance.

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Trout bounces back, as usual

Angels' star belts 454-foot homer, doubles in two runs one night after going 0-for-4

Trout bounces back, as usual

OAKLAND -- Mike Trout isn't one to let slumps linger. He turns the page quickly, adjusts frequently and hardly ever lets a bad night roll into the next one. Since his first full season in 2012, the Angels' superstar center fielder has gone hitless in four or more at-bats 69 times. In the following games, he's a combined .333 hitter with 15 homers, 48 RBIs and 27 walks.

So Wednesday night's performance was typical.

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Trout eyes fourth consecutive trip to All-Star Game

Trout eyes fourth consecutive trip to All-Star Game

OAKLAND -- The Angels' offense has been slow out of the gate, but those April woes haven't necessarily applied to Mike Trout.

The Angels' superstar center fielder looks poised for his fourth All-Star Game appearance in his fourth full season.

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Trout's bat comes to life as Angels take down A's

Trout's bat comes to life as Angels take down A's

OAKLAND -- Faint "MVP!" chants could be heard at the Coliseum on Wednesday night, moments after Mike Trout extended the Angels' lead with another well-struck line drive. One night after an 0-for-4, three-strikeout performance, the superstar center fielder came back with a vengeance, blasting a 454-foot home run in the third and a two-run double in the seventh to lead the Angels to a 6-3 win over the A's.

Matt Shoemaker, pitching on eight days' rest after being placed on the bereavement list, departed the game with two outs and a one-run lead in the sixth, but A's right fielder Josh Reddick lined an RBI single off Cesar Ramos to tie the game at 3. The next half-inning, though, Johnny Giavotella hit an RBI single up the middle off Ryan Cook and Trout added a bases-loaded double off Evan Scribner two batters later to give the Angels a 6-3 lead.

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Dipoto preaches patience with Angels' struggling offense

Dipoto preaches patience with Angels' struggling offense

OAKLAND -- Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto isn't ready to push the proverbial panic button on his ailing offense, which entered Wednesday ranked 22nd in the Majors in runs and 25th in OPS.

"These guys are professionals. They've got track records. They're all in their prime years. None of them is coming off some absurd decline that suggests this is the next step towards something worse," Dipoto said in a phone conversation. "Honestly, I think it's just that a bunch of guys went cold at the same time. We've played 20 games."

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Wilson has fluid drained from elbow

Wilson has fluid drained from elbow

OAKLAND -- Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson has had all sorts of surgical procedures on his left elbow, from Tommy John surgery in 2003 to the removal of bone spurs in August 2008 and October 2012. His most recent start led to a first: the removal of fluids.

Wilson took the mound against the Rangers on Saturday, two days after originally scheduled because of elbow soreness, then he had fluid drained from his left elbow shortly after. He threw his normal between-starts bullpen session from the Coliseum on Wednesday and said the elbow felt "way better than it was a week ago."

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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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Weaver, Angels thwarted by A's 5-run frame

Weaver, Angels thwarted by A's 5-run frame

OAKLAND -- Brett Lawrie blasted a three-run homer to highlight a five-run first inning and Sonny Gray cruised from there, leading the A's to a 6-2 win over the Angels on Tuesday night at the Coliseum.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the A's, who moved to 9-12 and dropped the Angels to 9-11.

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Weaver frustrated over going winless in April

Weaver frustrated over going winless in April

OAKLAND -- Angels starter Jered Weaver recovered from a nightmare start to somehow complete seven innings in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the A's, but it was no consolation. The right-hander went a third straight outing without allowing a single walk, something Weaver has never done throughout his 10-year career, but he couldn't care less.

All Weaver knows is that he'll end the month of April without a win, and it isn't sitting well.

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Scioscia: Hamilton didn't take accountability

Skipper feels former Angels outfielder needed to show remorse toward teammates

Scioscia: Hamilton didn't take accountability

OAKLAND -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia, like owner Arte Moreno, wanted more "accountability" out of Josh Hamilton.

Speaking on Tuesday, a day after Hamilton's introductory press conference with the Rangers, Scioscia expressed disappointment in his belief that Hamilton didn't show "at least a little remorse towards his teammates" in his first public comments this season.

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Street unsure Hamilton trade will aid extension talks

Street unsure Hamilton trade will aid extension talks

OAKLAND -- Now that the Angels have closure with Josh Hamilton, who was sent back to the Rangers in a trade that was finalized on Monday, the organization has a clearer picture of its financial situation over the next three years.

Angels closer Huston Street hopes that means good news for his extension -- even though it probably doesn't.

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Inbox: What's next for Angels after Hamilton deal?

Beat reporter Alden Gonzalez answers fans' questions

Inbox: What's next for Angels after Hamilton deal?

The Angels boarded their flight to the Bay Area on Monday afternoon with a little closure. Hours earlier, they officially ended the Josh Hamilton era, sending the troubled outfielder back to the Rangers. Below, in the first Inbox of the regular season, I tackled some of your lingering questions about the situation.

What's your opinion on the Hamilton saga?
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Trade complete, Hamilton's Angels tenure ends

Slugger returning to Rangers after financial details of deal get ironed out

Trade complete, Hamilton's Angels tenure ends

ANAHEIM -- Whatever it is that ultimately happened between the Angels and Josh Hamilton -- from the drug relapse to the hurt feelings to the other parts of this saga that may still not be public knowledge -- it's over.

The Angels have turned the page, a very expensive one, on Hamilton's tumultuous tenure in Southern California.

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