Pujols passes Winfield for 17th on MLB RBI list

Angels veteran sits one back of Palmeiro with 1,834

Pujols passes Winfield for 17th on MLB RBI list

ANAHEIM -- Angels slugger Albert Pujols collected his 1,834th career RBI on Wednesday night, moving into sole possession of 17th place on the all-time MLB list.

Pujols surpassed Dave Winfield after driving in Mike Trout with a fifth-inning single to give the Angels a 4-2 lead over the A's at Angel Stadium. Pujols is one shy of tying Rafael Palmeiro for 16th place and two shy of matching Ken Griffey Jr. for 15th.

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Patchwork bullpen exceeding expectations

Angels' relievers called upon for extra duty amid injuries

Patchwork bullpen exceeding expectations

ANAHEIM -- The Angels have seen their bullpen depth eroded by injuries this season. Their top three relievers -- Huston Street, Andrew Bailey and Cam Bedrosian -- are on the disabled list. JC Ramirez, arguably their fourth-best reliever, was pressed into the rotation following an injury to right-hander Garrett Richards.

Their absences have forced the Angels to assemble a patchwork bullpen, one that was supplemented earlier this week by the acquisition of veteran right-hander David Hernandez, who opened the season in the Braves' Triple-A affiliate. Of the seven relievers who are currently in the Angels' bullpen, only Jose Alvarez and Brooks Pounders were on the club's 40-man roster at the beginning of Spring Training.

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Trout thanks fans for MLB Award

Angels center fielder picks up Best Major Leaguer trophy

Trout thanks fans for MLB Award

ANAHEIM -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia didn't watch Ken Griffey Jr. play on a regular basis during the Hall of Fame outfielder's career, but he's fairly certain that one of his current players will, when it's all said and done, fit that same once-in-a-generation mold.

"When you talk to guys who were around Junior, they say, 'This guy was the Trout of his time,'" Scioscia said. When you see it every day, and you see what Mike does, every little thing ... he never misses a step."

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ramirez stymies A's in best start of career

Ramirez stymies A's in best start of career

ANAHEIM -- The sample size remains limited, but the Angels' experiment with JC Ramirez as a starter is working out well.

In his third career start, Ramirez delivered the best outing of his Major Leaguer career, tossing seven scoreless innings in the Halos' 2-1 victory over the A's in 11 innings on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium. The 28-year-old right-hander allowed just two hits while walking two, striking out seven and throwing a career-high 92 pitches.

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Angels edge A's on Calhoun's walk-off in 11th

Angels edge A's on Calhoun's walk-off in 11th

ANAHEIM -- After the Angels and A's traded leadoff homers in the 10th inning, Kole Calhoun delivered a walk-off single in the 11th to lift the Halos to a 2-1 win on Tuesday night's series opener at Angel Stadium.

Danny Espinosa sparked the final rally with a single off A's reliever Ryan Madson, advanced to second on Martin Maldonado's sacrifice bunt and scored the winning run on Calhoun's first-career walk-off hit, a line drive to center field.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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Father of Carew's donor throws out first pitch

Hall of Famer spreading awareness with Reuland family

Father of Carew's donor throws out first pitch

ANAHEIM -- Before Ralf Reuland threw out the first pitch to the Angels' series opener against the A's on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium, he received a word of advice from Hall of Famer Rod Carew.

Carew, who in December received a heart and kidney transplant from Reuland's late son, former Baltimore Ravens tight end Konrad Reuland, said, "Ralf, you don't have to go to the top of the mound. Go to the bottom and let it fly."

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Valbuena's return will impact Cron, Marte

Valbuena's return will impact Cron, Marte

ANAHEIM -- Now that infielder Luis Valbuena has begun a rehab assignment, an interesting roster decision looms for the Angels.

Valbuena opened the season on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain, but he went 1-for-3 with two RBIs in a rehab game with Class A Advanced Inland Empire on Monday and is expected to be activated within the next week. His return will likely force the Angels to option either C.J. Cron or Jefry Marte to Triple-A Salt Lake, alleviating the club's corner-infield logjam.

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Angels slide into split with Blue Jays

Angels slide into split with Blue Jays

ANAHEIM -- Thanks to a solid start by Jesse Chavez and a crafty slide by Cameron Maybin, the Angels secured a split of their four-game series with the Blue Jays after holding on for a 2-1 victory in Monday night's finale at Angel Stadium.

Chavez held Toronto to one run on four hits while walking four and striking out seven over six innings against his former club. Chavez had been slated to start on Sunday, but his outing was pushed back one day after he was pressed into relief action and allowed the game-winning home run during the Angels' 13-inning loss to the Blue Jays on Friday.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Blue Jays on Monday.

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Chavez finds redemption with 7-K gem

Chavez finds redemption with 7-K gem

ANAHEIM -- On Friday night, right-hander Jesse Chavez was forced to make his first relief appearance of the season after the Angels exhausted their entire bullpen during their 13-inning series opener against the Blue Jays. Chavez surrendered a three-run home run to Jose Bautista, which held up as the game-winning hit in the Angels' 8-7 loss.

Three days later, Chavez reverted to starting and took the mound against Toronto for the second time this series and earned some redemption, tossing six innings of one-run ball to lead the Angels to a 2-1 win in Monday's finale and clinch a series split.

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Angels acquire reliever Hernandez from Braves

Angels acquire reliever Hernandez from Braves

ANAHEIM -- David Hernandez was attending a Faith Hill and Tim McGraw concert in Atlanta on Sunday night when he learned that the Braves had traded him to the Angels in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named.

Hernandez, who has been with the Braves' Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett since the start of the season, gathered as many belongings as he could and threw them in suitcases. On Monday morning, he woke up at 5:30 a.m. ET, made a stop in Gwinnett to pick up his baseball gear and then headed to the airport for his 10 a.m. flight to Southern California.

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Long flourishes in Double-A debut

Long flourishes in Double-A debut

Posting zeroes has become the norm for Class A Kane County's Jon Duplantier in the first month of the Minor League season. On Monday, the D-backs' No. 8 prospect fired five dominant frames to extend his scoreless innings streak to 20 1/3 to begin the season.

Duplantier, 22, allowed three hits and struck out eight batters en route to his first professional win. He generated six ground-ball outs and did not record a flyout in the outing, throwing 45 of his 69 pitches for strikes in his third start (and fourth appearance) for the Cougars.

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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.

Trout breaks his belt on a triple

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Trout breaks his belt on a triple

Dirtying up your jersey is part of the game. Running, diving, jumping, leaping -- they're all things you do when you're a baseball player. Mike Trout does these things about as much (if not more) than everybody else since he's an elite talent, but with that heightened level of play comes a heightened risk of a clothing mishap.

That's precisely what happened in the fourth inning of the Angels' 2-1 win over the Blue Jays on Monday night after Trout dropped in a bloop along the right-field line. When Jose Bautista slipped fielding the ball, Trout turned on his afterburners and raced to third -- but wound up busting his belt in the process.

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Pujols now at No. 1 on RBI list for Dominicans

Third-inning single puts him at 18th on MLB's all-time list

Pujols now at No. 1 on RBI list for Dominicans

ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols achieved several statistical milestones in Sunday's 6-2 loss to the Blue Jays, climbing MLB's all-time lists for RBIs and doubles.

Pujols' 1,832nd RBI moved him past Manny Ramirez for sole possession of 18th place all-time and put him ahead of Ramirez for first among Dominican-born Major Leaguers. He also clubbed the 605th double of his career, tying Paul Molitor for 12th in MLB history.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Angels on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ninth-inning rally can't erase 'pen's mistakes

Ninth-inning rally can't erase 'pen's mistakes

ANAHEIM -- A dominant performance by Marcus Stroman and a trio of late home runs from Devon Travis, Kevin Pillar and Ryan Goins helped propel the Blue Jays past the Angels for a 6-2 victory Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium. The win gave Toronto a 2-1 edge in the series heading into Monday's finale.

"I think the biggest thing was Stroman out there dealing, and it was just time for the offense to wake up a little bit and I'm just really thankful it worked out the way it did," Travis said.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Blue Jays on Sunday.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Angels on Sunday.

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Angels add Pounders to bullpen, DFA Yates

Angels add Pounders to bullpen, DFA Yates

The Angels made an adjustment to their bullpen prior to Sunday afternoon's matchup with the Blue Jays, recalling right-hander Brooks Pounders and designating Kirby Yates for assignment.

Pounders, 26, is making his first appearance on the Angels' active roster since he was acquired in a trade with the Royals in December for Minor League pitcher Jared Ruxer.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Angels on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Thaiss notches first four-hit game in Minors

Thaiss notches first four-hit game in Minors

It seems like every time he takes the mound, Kolby Allard keeps showing why the Braves drafted him No. 14 overall two years ago.

The 19-year-old left-hander, already pitching for Double-A Mississippi, has a 1.29 ERA through his first four starts of 2017 after tossing five scoreless innings against the Montgomery Biscuits on Sunday. Allard scattered five hits, walked one and struck out five.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Richards transferred to 60-day DL

Angels starter has nerve irritation, contributing to right arm weakness

Richards transferred to 60-day DL

ANAHEIM -- Angels starter Garrett Richards won't be returning to action anytime soon. The right-hander was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Saturday. Richards' most recent evaluation revealed mild improvement in his right biceps strength, but also irritation of his cutaneous nerve, a contributing factor in his arm weakness.

"It's moving in the right direction, moving slowly," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "When all the pieces were put together, it seemed that the timeframe was going to warrant the 60-day DL."

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Angels on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Simmons' slam, spectacular play sink Jays

Simmons' slam, spectacular play sink Jays

ANAHEIM -- Andrelton Simmons hit his second career grand slam Saturday, vaulting the Angels past the Blue Jays for a 5-4 win in the second game of a four-game series at Angel Stadium.

Simmons' homer snapped an early 1-1 tie and backed a strong performance by the Angels' defense and starterTyler Skaggs, who, after tossing seven scoreless frames against the Royals his last time out, was again effective. He held the Jays to two runs and seven hits through seven-plus innings, becoming the first Angels starter to pitch into the eighth inning this season. More >

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Blue Jays on Saturday.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Angels on Saturday.

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Skaggs gives Halos much-needed innings

Southpaw allows two runs in seven-plus to earn win over Jays

Skaggs gives Halos much-needed innings

ANAHEIM -- Tyler Skaggs gave his club exactly what it needed Saturday. Less than 24 hours after the Angels' bullpen was taxed with 9 1/3 innings of relief, Skaggs became the first L.A. starter to pitch into the eighth inning, holding the Blue Jays to two runs through seven-plus frames in Saturday's 5-4 victory at Angel Stadium.

The 25-year-old southpaw appears to have put his early season struggles behind him. After yielding five earned runs in each of his first two starts, Skaggs has put together a strong showing in consecutive outings. He followed up seven scoreless innings in Kansas City last weekend with Saturday's promising performance.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Angels on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bedrosian placed on DL with groin injury

Angels option Meyer, call up Yates and Wright to fortify bullpen

Bedrosian placed on DL with groin injury

ANAHEIM -- After a taxing, 13-inning marathon in Friday's opener against the Blue Jays, the Angels reshuffled their pitching staff with a series of moves Saturday.

The club placed reliever Cam Bedrosian on the 10-day disabled list with a sore groin, optioned Friday's starter, Alex Meyer, to the Minors and called up righties Kirby Yates and Daniel Wright from Triple-A Salt Lake, manager Mike Scioscia announced.

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Meyer's short start costly to pitching staff

Angels used seven relievers in loss

Meyer's short start costly to pitching staff

ANAHEIM -- The Angels called up right-hander Alex Meyer from Triple-A Salt Lake to make a spot start against the Blue Jays on Friday with the hope of giving the rest of their rotation an extra day of rest.

But things didn't exactly go as planned after Meyer was chased early and the Halos were left to play a 13-inning marathon that overtaxed their pitching staff and ended with an 8-7 loss to the Blue Jays at Angel Stadium.

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Angels fans set another record wearing capes

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Angels fans set another record wearing capes

Quick: Which baseball fanbase holds the most world records? While I have not researched this question enough to say definitively, early evidence points to fans of the Angels. Friday night, the Angels tasked their fans with setting their third world record in two seasons. In 2016, they set certified Guinness World Records for the largest group of people using selfie sticks and for most umbrellas opened in a confined space.

They started off the 2017 world record season with a successful attempt at setting the coveted "Most Capes Worn at One Time" record.

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Angels' rally falls short vs. Toronto in 13th

Angels' rally falls short vs. Toronto in 13th

ANAHEIM -- Jose Bautista blasted a three-run home run off Jesse Chavez to break a tie in the 13th inning, and the Blue Jays held on for an 8-7 comeback win in Friday night's series opener at Angel Stadium.

Kevin Pillar ignited the rally with a two-out single and advanced to third on Ezequiel Carrera's subsequent base hit to left. Bautista followed by crushing a 1-1 offspeed pitch to left-center for his first home run of the season.

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Austin Laymance 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.

Morin (neck) placed on DL; Meyer called up

Morin (neck) placed on DL; Meyer called up

ANAHEIM -- The Angels placed right-handed reliever Mike Morin on the 10-day disabled list Friday with neck tightness, clearing a roster spot for right-hander Alex Meyer, who was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake and started the club's series opener with the Blue Jays.

Manager Mike Scioscia said Morin first complained of neck soreness a week ago, though the issue flared up in Houston. The move is retroactive to Thursday, meaning Morin is eligible to be activated on April 30 at the earliest.

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Jones slams solo shot, snags stolen base

Jones slams solo shot, snags stolen base

No pitcher has been more dominant than Class A Columbia's Merandy Gonzalez to begin the season. That trend continued on Friday night, as the Mets' No. 14 prospect extended his scoreless innings streak to 20 2/3 by tossing seven frames in a win against Lexington.

Gonzalez allowed just three singles and struck out a season-high seven batters en route to his third win in as many starts for the Fireflies. He retired nine consecutive batters at one point before setting down the final seven he faced to finish with 88 pitches (64 strikes).

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Outfield D has rough day behind Ramirez

Outfield D has rough day behind Ramirez

HOUSTON -- Right-hander JC Ramirez struck out a career-high nine batters in his second Major League start, but he was let down by the Angels' outfield defense in a 5-1 loss to the Astros on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.

Ramirez, who had made 111 relief appearances in the Majors before earning his first start against the Royals last week, allowed three runs on six hits with one walk over 5 1/3 innings. He effectively mixed his curveball and slider with his upper-90s fastball and at one point retired 10 consecutive Astros, including five strikeouts in a row.

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Angels' late rally comes up short

Angels' late rally comes up short

HOUSTON -- Mike Trout crushed a solo home run off Astros relief ace Chris Devenski to spark a ninth-inning rally, but the Angels' hopes for a comeback were dashed after their scuffling offense failed to produce a timely hit, resulting in a 2-1 loss in Thursday afternoon's series finale at Minute Maid Park.

The Angels were held scoreless through the first eight innings before Trout led off the ninth by launching an 0-2 changeup from Devenski to left field for his fourth homer of the season, which cut Houston's lead to 2-1.

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Shoemaker strong, but Halos fall to Astros

Shoemaker strong, but Halos fall to Astros

HOUSTON -- Lance McCullers Jr. threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out eight batters, and was backed by solo homers from Carlos Beltran and Jake Marisnick to send the Astros to a series win with a 2-1 victory over the Angels on Thursday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

McCullers (2-0) didn't allow a hit until Andrelton Simmons led off the fifth with a single, which was one of three hits he gave up. Houston reliever Chris Devenski retired the first four batters he faced before Mike Trout took him deep to start the ninth, cutting the lead to 2-1.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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