Heaney removed after six scoreless innings

Scioscia makes tough call to put reliever Gott in game

Heaney removed after six scoreless innings

CLEVELAND -- To Angels manager Mike Scioscia, the logic was easy to digest -- even though the end result was so difficult to stomach. Andrew Heaney was only 12 pitches away from his career high, the bottom of the Indians' order was due up and the next reliever in line, Trevor Gott, had a 1.65 ERA.

"The decision," Scioscia said late Friday night, "just swayed on the opportunity to get Trevor Gott, who's been terrific, into a clean inning, or stretch Andrew a little bit, where maybe he wasn't quite as crisp, into maybe one or two hitters."

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Angels' bats fall short in opener vs. Tribe

Angels' bats fall short in opener vs. Tribe

CLEVELAND -- Trailing by a run with eight outs left, the Indians rallied against rookie reliever Trevor Gott, getting run-scoring hits by Abraham Almonte, Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana to beat the Angels, 3-1, at Progressive Field on Friday night.

Trevor Bauer notched his 10th win by holding a floundering Angels offense to just one run -- an RBI single by Kaleb Cowart -- in eight innings, scattering five hits, walking three and striking out seven to lower his ERA to 4.31.

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Scioscia has thought of flipping Trout, Pujols

Lineup switch could give Angels' best hitter more opportunities with RISP

Scioscia has thought of flipping Trout, Pujols

CLEVELAND -- Mike Trout hasn't had nearly enough opportunities to drive runners in this season. So how about batting him behind Albert Pujols, a lineup combination Angels manager Mike Scioscia has never deployed?

"We've talked about it, sure," Scioscia said. "We've talked about it for a long time."

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Richards pushes through after offseason rehab

Righty persevering after major knee surgery before this season

Richards pushes through after offseason rehab

CLEVELAND -- Basically every Major League pitcher is tired around this time of year, especially a starter who could surpass 200 innings for the first time.

For Garrett Richards, though, it's a little bit different.

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Shoemaker fulfills dream at Comerica Park

Right-hander pitches in front of family and friends in Detroit

Shoemaker fulfills dream at Comerica Park

DETROIT -- At about 12:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, David Shoemaker made his way down the aisle of Section 126 at Comerica Park, right behind home plate. He found Row 24, shuffled to Seat 5, sat down and saw his son, Matt, warm up for his first start in his hometown.

Then the tears came.

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Lack of RBI chances limiting Trout's production

Slugger getting fewer opportunities with runners in scoring position

Lack of RBI chances limiting Trout's production

DETROIT -- After the Angels 2-0 victory over the Tigers in Thursday's series finale at Comerica Park, Mike Trout -- the consensus best all-around player in the game -- had come to bat with runners in scoring position only 102 times. One-hundred and thirty-three Major League hitters had more plate appearances in that situation.

It is perhaps the Angels' biggest hindrance this season, a flaw that could cost Trout the American League's Most Valuable Player Award.

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Shoemaker beats hometown Tigers

Shoemaker beats hometown Tigers

DETROIT -- Pitching in his hometown for the first time, with at least 50 friends and family members in the stands, Matt Shoemaker dominated the Tigers at Comerica Park on Thursday afternoon, throwing 7 1/3 innings of one-hit ball while leading the Angels to a 2-0 victory.

"It's incredibly special," Shoemaker said. "Family and friends, tons of them here. It means a lot, definitely special, getting a win for this ballclub in a tight playoff race."

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Mike Bauman

Angels' strong staff can pick up offense

Angels' strong staff can pick up offense

DETROIT -- When you pitch really well, hitting can become a distinctly secondary segment of baseball. This was a very good thing for the Angels on Thursday in a 2-0 victory over the Tigers.

In the past two games at Comerica Park, the Halos scored a total of two runs on eight hits, which were comprised of seven singles and one double. And yet, they won one of these two games.

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Angels monitoring stress on young arms

Santiago, Heaney and Richards approaching new highs for innings

Angels monitoring stress on young arms

DETROIT -- The Angels will need a big lift from their starting rotation to reach the playoffs, but that's a department they'll also have to monitor closely down the stretch. Hector Santiago, Andrew Heaney and Garrett Richards, three of their key starters, are approaching dangerous territory.

Santiago, in his first full season in a Major League rotation, has thrown 149 2/3 innings, two-thirds of an inning higher than his previous career high with as many as seven starts left. At 154 innings, Richards is 14 2/3 innings shy of matching last season's total, and he's coming off an entire offseason of rehab.

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Thinking on fly helped Iannetta end no-hitter

Thinking on fly helped Iannetta end no-hitter

DETROIT -- With one out in the top of the sixth inning of the Angels' 5-0 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday night, Chris Iannetta reached full desperation mode. The Angels' catcher had just popped up another hittable fastball, dropping his batting average to .184 and making an out for the 48th time in his last 54 at-bats. Iannetta walked back into the dugout and told Paul Sorrento, one of the team's assistant hitting coaches, "All right, man, I've got nothing."

So Sorrento scurried back to the tunnel to review tape of Iannetta's productive 2011 season with the Rockies, noticed how tall his bat stood and how closed his stance was and told him he should do that.

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Angels one-hit by Verlander in defeat

Angels one-hit by Verlander in defeat

DETROIT -- The long path back to pitching dominance for Justin Verlander ended Wednesday night with a familiar sight. The Tigers' ace came within three outs of his third career no-hitter, settling for a one-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over the Angels on Wednesday night at Comerica Park.

"Over the last seven or eight starts, he's kind of shown that he's still got Justin Verlander inside of him," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said, "and I think tonight was a little bit of an exclamation point."

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Catcher Perez hoping to impress Angels

Catcher Perez hoping to impress Angels

DETROIT -- Angels catcher Carlos Perez was out of the starting lineup for Wedneesday night's game, but he'll probably be back in the lineup on Thursday afternoon. At that point, the 24-year-old rookie will have been behind the plate for 14 of the club's 25 games this month, largely because Chris Iannetta is in a slump and the team is desperate for wins.

But there's another layer to this: The Angels need to find out if Perez is capable of filling an everyday role.

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Scioscia's never had position player pitch

Scioscia's never had position player pitch

DETROIT -- Forty-one active position players have been called upon to pitch in a Major League game, and three of them -- Drew Butera, Skip Schumaker and Josh Wilson -- have done so on more than two occasions.

None of them have done that with the Angels, though.

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Pujols, Aybar lead offense as Angels overpower Tigers

Pujols, Aybar lead offense as Angels overpower Tigers

DETROIT -- Albert Pujols homered, Erick Aybar notched three hits and the Angels held on Tuesday night, beating the Tigers at Comerica Park, 8-7, to snap a four-game losing streak.

The Tigers have now dropped five in a row, moving into a tie with Cleveland for fourth in the American League Central. Their starter, Alfredo Simon, put them in a 4-0 hole after the first and finished giving up eight runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings, walking four batters, uncorking three wild pitches and hitting a batter.

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Weaver's frustration boils over in dugout rant

Angels starter yells at teammates after difficult inning

Weaver's frustration boils over in dugout rant

DETROIT -- Jered Weaver was exasperated, at the fly ball that landed between two of his outfielders, at the four-run inning it helped set up, at how bloated his ERA had become, and at how trying these last five weeks had been for his team. All of it. And it all spilled out after the third inning of a Tuesday night game at Comerica Park, in a loud, obscenity-laced dugout tirade from the Angels' longtime ace.

"It was just more of trying to get the guys fired up and trying to get guys motivated," Weaver said after the Angels ultimately pulled through against the Tigers, winning, 8-7, to snap a four-game losing streak. "I hadn't really been vocal this year. It's obviously not the way I've wanted my season to go. But we're in the midst of a playoff race, and we have to play good baseball to get to where we want to be."

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Mike Bauman

Emotional win may be Angels' turning point

Weaver says outburst meant to fire up slumping Halos

Emotional win may be Angels' turning point

DETROIT -- For those who spent the past month asking the question: "The Angels have to be better than this, don't they?" Tuesday night, yes, they were better.

The Halos weren't close to perfect, but they did generate considerable offense and they received some invaluable work from their bullpen. An emotional outburst from starting pitcher Jered Weaver seemed to help more than it hurt. It all added up to an 8-7 victory over the Tigers.

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Angels thin at second with Giavotella on DL

Ailment sidelines infielder, while backup Green exits with knee injury

Angels thin at second with Giavotella on DL

DETROIT -- The Angels placed second baseman Johnny Giavotella on the 15-day disabled list with an undisclosed illness prior to Tuesday's 8-7 win over the Tigers, then watched his replacement, Grant Green, exit early with discomfort in his right knee.

Green suffered the injury while fielding a grounder in the second inning and was taken out after the third. A postgame MRI revealed that he had "tweaked a tendon" in his knee, Green said, but he hoped to return as soon as Wednesday.

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Newcomb pulled after seven no-hit innings for Travelers

Angels top prospect outlasts Dodgers No. 2 prospect in pitchers' duel

Newcomb pulled after seven no-hit innings for Travelers

Two of Minor League Baseball's best prospects squared off on Tuesday night, as Angels No. 1 prospect (No. 22 overall) Sean Newcomb outperformed Dodgers No. 2 prospect (No. 4 overall) Julio Urias by tossing seven no-hit innings for Double-A Arkansas in a 1-0 win over Tulsa.

Newcomb struck out six batters while allowing one walk in his seven shutout frames. He tossed 64 pitches before being pulled and has allowed just four earned runs in five Double-A starts (28 total innings). Tuesday night marked the first time he pitched into the seventh inning for the Travelers.

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DeJesus relegated to playing off bench

Veteran outfielder has not been producing at the plate

DeJesus relegated to playing off bench

DETROIT -- David DeJesus struggled upon moving to Southern California and the Angels, scrounging for whatever offense they can muster these days, couldn't afford to wait.

Now DeJesus does most of the waiting.

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Heaney emerging as key to Angels' aspirations

Despite recent setback, club not only confident in rookie, but relying on his success down stretch

Heaney emerging as key to Angels' aspirations

In the Angels' 38 remaining regular-season games, Andrew Heaney may have seven more starts in a playoff race the Halos are currently losing. Three could come against teams the Angels trail in the American League West: the Rangers and Astros.

The Angels need Heaney -- a 24-year-old rookie, but also their most consistently effective pitcher since his callup June 24 -- to play a prominent role down the stretch. They need him, especially, to avoid meltdowns like Saturday's against the heavyweight Blue Jays, a 3 1/3-inning, eight-run struggle that was Heaney's first truly bad start as an Angel.

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Angels hold team meeting, remain confident

Club loses hold of Wild Card spot while being swept by Blue Jays

Angels hold team meeting, remain confident

ANAHEIM -- The Angels held a meeting after Sunday's series finale against the Blue Jays, a 12-5 loss at Angel Stadium that finished off a sweep in which the Angels allowed 36 runs -- a franchise record for a three-game series -- fell to third place in the American League West and ceded their AL Wild Card spot to the Rangers.

"We talked about a couple of things," manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think everybody's realistic about this weekend and where we've been the last couple of weeks. But there's still a lot of confidence in that room and we need to bring it on the field and start playing games like we can."

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Five-run 1st not enough for Angels vs. Jays

Five-run 1st not enough for Angels vs. Jays

ANAHEIM -- The Blue Jays' offense erupted again, as Toronto quickly erased a four-run deficit and rolled to a three-game sweep of the Angels with a 12-5 win on Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium. The Blue Jays took a half-game lead in the American League East over the Yankees, who lost on Sunday.

Toronto scored 36 runs on 48 hits in the series -- a Blue Jays franchise record for runs scored in a three-game series, and an Angels franchise record for runs allowed. Toronto knocked the Angels to 1 1/2 games back of the Rangers for the second AL Wild Card spot and 5 1/2 games back of the AL West-leading Astros.

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Jonathan Mayo

Sanger on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Houston phenoms on list 20 times thus far, most of any team

Sanger on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The Houston Astros might be the feel-good surprise story in the big leagues, but let's not forget much of that has been built from within, taking advantage of one of the best farm systems in baseball.

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Street vents frustration with Angels' skid

Street vents frustration with Angels' skid

ANAHEIM -- Huston Street got back into the dugout after giving up two hits but no runs in the ninth inning of the Angels' 15-3 loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday night, and he wasn't happy. So he started yelling.

"Just mad at losing," the Angels' closer said. "Mad that I couldn't put those hitters away. Mad at the game. Mad at -- I don't know, just mad. I hate losing. I hate losing like this, and sometimes you just have to get in people's [ears] and get guys going, or -- I don't know. I was mad, though. I was mad because it just was frustrating. It's frustrating the way we've played, especially the last two nights."

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Cowart goes deep for first big league hit

Cowart goes deep for first big league hit

ANAHEIM -- With his parents, girlfriend and their families in attendance at Angel Stadium on Saturday, Kaleb Cowart finally got his first Major League hit. In the fifth inning of the Angels' 15-3 loss to the Blue Jays, Cowart launched a solo homer off Toronto starter Marco Estrada, the first Angels player to record a home run as his first Major League hit in eight years.

"It was a great moment," Cowart said. "It felt pretty good, like a home run usually does."

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Angels pushed around by Donaldson, Blue Jays

Angels pushed around by Donaldson, Blue Jays

ANAHEIM -- Josh Donaldson continued to look every bit like an MVP, while Mike Trout struggled again, as the Blue Jays blew out the Angels for a second straight night -- taking Saturday's game at Angel Stadium, 15-3. The Jays pounded out 20 hits, their Nos. 2-5 hitters all had multihit, multi-RBI games.

The Blue Jays remained a half-game behind the Yankees in the American League East, and they lead in the AL Wild Card race by 4 1/2 games over the Rangers, who took over the second slot from the Angels. The Halos now trail Texas by a half-game.

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Salmon, Chance, Witt join Angels Hall of Fame

Salmon, Chance, Witt join Angels Hall of Fame

ANAHEIM -- Tim Salmon, Dean Chance and Mike Witt were inducted into the Angels Hall of Fame in a pregame ceremony on Saturday.

Joined by team owner Arte Moreno and fellow members of the Angels Hall of Fame, the three newest inductees took the field to loud ovations before the Angels' evening tilt against the Blue Jays.

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