Angels derailed in messy seventh inning

Angels derailed in messy seventh inning

KANSAS CITY -- Royals rookie Raul Mondesi has another reason to remember his first Major League hit -- it helped win a game on his 21st birthday.

Mondesi's bunt single helped trigger a four-run seventh that rallied the Royals to a 7-5 win over the Angels on Wednesday night, snapping their four-game losing streak. The Angels played the game under protest because of what manager Mike Scioscia believed was a misinterpretation of the rules on Mondesi's eventual hit.

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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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Scioscia protests game after lengthy dispute

Angels manager argues Royals baserunner interfered on throw to first

Scioscia protests game after lengthy dispute

KANSAS CITY -- The official rule book sat on the desk of Mike Scioscia's office from Kauffman Stadium late Wednesday night, half open and lying flat moments after the Angels filed a protest for a game they lost, 7-5.

Shortly after Scioscia's media scrum, the umpire responsible for his gripe, Phil Cuzzi, met with the Angels' manager behind closed doors for about a half-hour, hashing out a critical seventh-inning play that featured an errant throw by Matt Shoemaker that might have cost the Angels a sweep.

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Street well aware he's a trade target

Angels closer focusing on improving numbers

Street well aware he's a trade target

KANSAS CITY -- Most players will claim, whether it's true or not, that they do not read the things that are written about them.

Not Huston Street.

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Weaver tabbed as Angels open set vs. Red Sox

Weaver tabbed as Angels open set vs. Red Sox

Red Sox manager John Farrell is fully aware of how pivotal the next two weeks are for his club. Playing 59 home games so far this season, which is more than any other team, the Red Sox begin an 11-game road trip on Thursday against the Angels.

Along with four games in Anaheim, the Red Sox will play four games against the Mariners and three games against the Dodgers. Boston's previous series against the Tigers snapped a streak of six consecutive series without a loss.

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

Off field, Heaney finds balance in meditation

Recovering from Tommy John surgery, Angels southpaw at peace while on mend

Off field, Heaney finds balance in meditation

Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney isn't necessarily superstitious, but he is strict about his routine, as most tend to be in his walk of life. Just before walking onto the field for one of his starts, he'll sit on the chair in front of his locker and tie the laces of his cleats, first the one on the right and then the one on the left. Then Heaney will close his eyes, take a deep breath and start to visualize how he's going to attack the opposing lineup.

"It only takes a minute, two minutes," Heaney said. "To other people, it looks like I'm just sitting in my chair lacing up my cleats. But for me, it's something that I've always done. I don't know if you call it meditation, but it's definitely positive visualization."

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Skaggs quite a success story against Royals

Lefty logs 7 scoreless frames in 1st appearance since 2014 TJ surgery

Skaggs quite a success story against Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Debbie Skaggs, a high school softball coach going on three decades, could tell her son was eager as soon he took the mound on Tuesday, for his first Major League game in nearly two years. She noted how his right shoulder was flying open, how his delivery was speeding up, how his body wasn't staying over the rubber quite long enough.

Later, Tyler Skaggs confirmed it himself after delivering seven shutout innings in the Angels' 13-0 win over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

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Angels sock it to Royals to secure series win

Angels sock it to Royals to secure series win

KANSAS CITY -- Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs' welcome back to the big leagues couldn't have gone any better.

And his matchup couldn't have been any more favorable. Skaggs, in his first Major League appearance since July 31, 2014, threw seven shutout innings as the Angels cruised to a 13-0 win over the free-falling Royals on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. The Angels matched a season high with 22 hits.

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

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Heaney inspired by Skaggs after TJ surgery

Heaney inspired by Skaggs after TJ surgery

KANSAS CITY -- Tuesday marked the 26th day of Andrew Heaney's recovery from Tommy John surgery, which you can figure out simply by glancing at his Instagram page. He's in Anaheim now. Heaney and his wife were going to spend the day shopping, then grab a bite to eat, then settle into their apartment and tune into the Angels' game against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium, where Tyler Skaggs made his return from the same procedure, five days before the two-year anniversary of his last Major League start.

Heaney called Skaggs' return "inspirational," though he didn't want to appear overly sentimental.

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Angels roll by Royals behind Santiago, Pujols

Angels roll by Royals behind Santiago, Pujols

KANSAS CITY -- Angels left-hander Hector Santiago loves facing the Royals more than any team in baseball, as evidenced by his 1.70 career ERA against them entering Monday's game.

Facing a Royals teams mired in a dreadful slump would seem almost unfair. Santiago held the Royals to two runs through 5 1/3 innings and Albert Pujols drove in four runs with three hits as the Angels cruised to a 6-2 win.

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

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Pujols reaps RBI rewards in RISP situations

Pujols reaps RBI rewards in RISP situations

KANSAS CITY -- Albert Pujols drove in four runs in the Angels' 6-2 victory over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium on Monday night. He's got 76 RBIs on the year, third-most in the American League. And he's on pace for 124, which would represent his highest total since he recorded 135 in 2009.

"Wow, that would be awesome," Pujols said, smiling. "We'll see. It would be nice, but I can't think about that right now."

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Halos' expectations to contend cloud Deadline

Halos' expectations to contend cloud Deadline

KANSAS CITY -- Hector Santiago took the mound at Kauffman Stadium on Monday night in front of a handful of rival scouts who were fixated mostly on him, hoping to decipher whether their contending clubs should take a run at the young left-hander this week.

The Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline is only seven days away now, and several Angels pitchers are already being discussed.

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Bedrosian getting grip on breaking-ball success

Bedrosian getting grip on breaking-ball success

KANSAS CITY -- Cam Bedrosian didn't just strike out the side in Monday's eighth inning, which gave him 22 consecutive scoreless outings. He struck out the side on breaking balls, a pitch the 24-year-old right-hander has spent the last five years painstakingly striving to command.

"So good," Bedrosian, speaking after the Angels' 6-2 win over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium, said of how it felt to finally start having success with his breaking ball. "It's been hard work that's paid off; really focusing on throwing it, being able to throw it in whatever count I need to throw it."

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Angels fall behind early vs. Astros, can't recover

Angels fall behind early vs. Astros, can't recover

HOUSTON -- The Astros rolled to another sweep of the Angels on Sunday afternoon behind the little man making a big run for the American League Most Valuable Player award.

All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve clubbed a three-run homer in the first inning and a two-run homer in the second inning off Angels starter Tim Lincecum en route to a career-high six RBIs to lead the Astros to their 11th consecutive win, 13-3, -- and third sweep in a row -- at Minute Maid Park.

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Cowart on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Cowart 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 latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week (July 18-24) is led by a trio of Diazes in Isan Diaz, Yandy Diaz and Lewin Diaz, each of whom had a big week.

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Lincecum: 'I have to find me'

Angels starter remains determined after worst start of career

HOUSTON -- Tim Lincecum walked off the mound with only one out in the second inning Sunday afternoon. The host Astros had already scored eight runs, and Lincecum had already completed what amounted to the worst start of his 10-year career.

"Pretty pathetic," Lincecum said, moments after sinking his Angels to a 13-3 dismantling at Minute Maid Park. "I have a lot of work to do."

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Angels unable to solve Astros' dominance

Angels unable to solve Astros' dominance

HOUSTON -- Evan Gattis homered twice on his gnome night, Carlos Correa went deep to achieve a club milestone, and the Astros beat the division-rival Angels once again, torching Jered Weaver through the first four innings en route to a 7-2 victory at Minute Maid Park on Saturday night.

The Astros have won 10 consecutive games against the Angels and are a Major League-best 36-16 since May 23.

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Angels can't overcome Weaver's short outing

Veteran starter gives up 3 HRs in hitter-friendly Minute Maid Park

Angels can't overcome Weaver's short outing

HOUSTON -- On the first, Evan Gattis extended his arms and lofted an outside-corner curveball just over the left-field scoreboard that sits 315 feet away from home plate. On the second, the Astros' catcher spun his hips on a changeup that hung out over the heart of the plate and drilled it 420 feet away.

"He hit one that could've been an out at a lot of different parks," Gattis' victim, Jered Weaver, said. "Then he hit one that is a home run in every park."

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Simmons' RBI too little, too late vs. Astros

Simmons' RBI too little, too late vs. Astros

HOUSTON -- Lance McCullers faced the game's most productive offense this month and dominated, twirling eight-plus strong innings to lead his Astros to a 2-1 victory at Minute Maid Park on Friday night, their ninth in a row against the division-rival Angels.

The Astros have gone a Major League-best 35-16 since May 23 and are now only 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Rangers in the American League West.

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Shoemaker's losses add up with lack of support

Shoemaker's losses add up with lack of support

HOUSTON -- Matt Shoemaker has started 12 times since May 21. Ten times he completed at least six innings and allowed no more than two runs while still in the game. And on nine occasions his offense was held to no more than three runs until he came out.

Shoemaker has a 2.39 ERA in that stretch, and somehow his record is only 3-5.

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Trout saw Altuve's potential back in Minors

Trout saw Altuve's potential back in Minors

HOUSTON -- Angels center fielder Mike Trout first played against Astros second baseman Jose Altuve in Double-A five years ago, when Altuve -- still 5-foot-6, but probably a little less filled out -- torched through the Texas League with a .361 batting average.

"They couldn't get him out," Trout said. "I knew he was going to be good."

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Bedrosian reaching potential, gaining confidence

Bedrosian reaching potential, gaining confidence

ANAHEIM -- The one thing scouts never doubted about Angels reliever Cam Bedrosian -- who's armed with a mid-90s fastball and a devastating slider -- was his potential.

Now in his third season in the Majors, Bedrosian is starting to put things together. The results are frightening, at least to opposing hitters.

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

Marte's blast leads Halos to sweep of Rangers

Marte's blast leads Halos to sweep of Rangers

ANAHEIM -- Angels first baseman Jefry Marte got the green light and didn't miss, as his three-run, first-inning home run powered the Angels' offense to a 7-4 win and series sweep over the Rangers on Wednesday night.

Marte's blast sparked a four-run first inning as the Angels scored in each of the first four innings against Rangers left-hander Martin Perez. Perez, who owned a 5.49 road ERA entering Wednesday's start, got knocked around for seven runs in six-plus innings.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Lineup depth fuels Angels' second-half streak

Club is 6-0 since break and is getting contributions from top to bottom

Lineup depth fuels Angels' second-half streak

ANAHEIM -- Already up 1-0 in the first inning with runners on the corners and one out, Angels manager Mike Scioscia decided it was time to tell first baseman Jefry Marte to let it rip.

Marte didn't miss, driving a three-run shot that would power the Angels to a 7-4 win over the Rangers on Wednesday night. It was their sixth win in a row, securing a 6-0 homestand after the All-Star break and just the second perfect homestand of six or more games for the club since 2004.

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Graterol paid his dues in 11 years in Minors

Angels catcher grateful for opportunity with third team

Graterol paid his dues in 11 years in Minors

ANAHEIM -- Not much has even been expected of Angels catcher Juan Graterol -- he's never cracked the club's top 30 prospects on MLBPipeline.com -- but yet as he prepared to lace up his cleats Wednesday, he found himself in the Major Leagues.

Graterol's journey to this point has been long -- 11 years and three organizations, to be exact. So, it was understandable as 27-year-old walked around the clubhouse with a giant grin on his face when he first arrived in the Majors on Monday.

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Pujols' two homers power Halos past Texas

Pujols' two homers power Halos past Texas

ANAHEIM -- It was a nondescript night in July, the middle of a three-game series pinning two teams in opposite ends of the standings, but Albert Pujols reminded the Rangers of October.

In a performance akin to his epic three-homer masterpiece in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series, Pujols put the Angels on his back Tuesday, launching a couple of three-run homers in an 8-6 victory at Angel Stadium, his team's fifth in a row and ninth in the last 11 games.

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Tropeano has UCL tear in right elbow

Starter will seek second opinion before deciding on treatment

Tropeano has UCL tear in right elbow

ANAHEIM -- Nick Tropeano became the third Angels starting pitcher to damage his ulnar collateral ligament when an MRI on Tuesday revealed a medium- to high-grade tear in the right elbow, a diagnosis that typically requires season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Tropeano will seek alternative opinions before deciding on either surgery, which would keep him out until the start of the 2018 season, or stem-cell therapy.

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After 2 HRs, Pujols beaned but escapes injury

Angels DH stays in game after scary incident in seventh

After 2 HRs, Pujols beaned but escapes injury

ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols managed a smile when he finally reached first base in Tuesday's seventh inning, and so did everybody else, too.

The Angels' cleanup hitter had taken a 92-mph fastball from Rangers reliever Tony Barnette to the side of the head, putting a dark spin on a night when Pujols cranked a couple of three-run homers to eventually carry his surging Angels to an 8-6 victory, their fifth in a row.

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Offense helps Lincecum to win in shaky outing

Starter escapes jams, strikes out seven vs. Rangers

Offense helps Lincecum to win in shaky outing

ANAHEIM -- For a few moments on Tuesday night, it looked like Tim Lincecum had some flashes of his old, Cy Young-winning self.

The Angels right-hander, however, could not put it all together for a consistent outing before being bailed out by the offense in an 8-6 win over the Rangers.

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