Angels go quiet after early Pujols HR in Detroit

Angels go quiet after early Pujols HR in Detroit

DETROIT -- Justin Upton's go-ahead two-run homer punctuated a sixth-inning outburst in support of Justin Verlander, sending the Tigers to their fifth consecutive win with a 4-2 victory over the Angels on Friday night at Comerica Park.

The rally moved the Tigers within a game of the Orioles in the American League Wild Card standings. Detroit remains 4 1/2 games behind Cleveland in the AL Central.

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Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Angels on Friday.

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Sliders extend Nolasco's slide against Tigers

Primed for first win with Angels, and first vs. Detroit this year, righty laments 2 pitches

Sliders extend Nolasco's slide against Tigers

DETROIT -- Ricky Nolasco's woes against the Tigers continued Friday night at Comerica Park, when he allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings in the Angels' 4-2 loss, his fourth straight, and third against the Tigers this season.

Nolasco (4-12, 5.23) appeared to be on a different path, however, as he held the Tigers scoreless through five innings. That changed in a matter of seven pitches. In the sixth, he allowed a double to Victor Martinez, followed by another double, thanks to a hanging slider J.D. Martinez shot down the right-field line to tie the game at 1. Nolasco left another slider hanging in the zone on the very next pitch, and Justin Upton hit it for a go-ahead two-run homer.

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In first meeting, Aybar reflects on time with Angels

In first meeting, Aybar reflects on time with Angels

DETROIT -- It came as a big surprise to Erick Aybar when the Angels traded him to the Braves last November after 10 seasons with the club.

"It was difficult at first," Aybar said. "Imagine being with one organization for your whole career and then all of a sudden you get traded. So it was difficult, but that's the way the business is. It's baseball."

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Oberholtzer, not Chacin, starts in Detroit

Oberholtzer, not Chacin, starts in Detroit

Brett Oberholtzer makes his first start of the season Saturday night when the Angels face Michael Fulmer and the Tigers at Comerica Park.

Jhoulys Chacin was originally slated to make the start, but Halos manager Mike Scioscia said he thinks Chacin has performed better out of the bullpen, even coming off his best start of the season in which he threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings against the Yankees for his first win since June 14.

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Trout, Angels solve Happ, deny Blue Jays

Trout, Angels solve Happ, deny Blue Jays

TORONTO -- Mike Trout had three hits and drove in four runs Thursday night as the Angels made sure the Blue Jays could not get too comfortable sitting alone atop the standings in the American League East with a 6-3 victory at Rogers Centre.

Toronto had an opportunity to pull one game ahead of Boston, but instead both teams still find themselves tied following a pair of losses on Thursday. That created the possibility for a three-way tie in the standings, but the Orioles also lost, 4-0, in Washington to remain one game back.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto.

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100 RBIs: Another night, another Pujols feat

Veteran joins A-Rod, Foxx, Ruth, Gehrig by reaching century mark for 13th time

100 RBIs: Another night, another Pujols feat

TORONTO -- Albert Pujols added another milestone to his name in the Angels' 6-3 win over the Blue Jays on Thursday, becoming just the fifth Major League player to drive in 100-plus runs in 13 different seasons.

Pujols collected his 100th RBI of 2016 in the Angels' four-run sixth inning, slamming a 91-mph fastball into center field to bring home Kole Calhoun and give the Halos a 3-2 lead.

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Escobar's return delayed; Rasmus getting closer

Escobar's return delayed; Rasmus getting closer

TORONTO -- Manager Mike Scioscia updated the injury status of third baseman Yunel Escobar and reliever Cory Rasmus prior to the Angels' series finale against the Blue Jays on Thursday.

Escobar was placed on the 7-day DL with a concussion last Saturday after fouling a ball off his nose and cheek, and he is not expected to rejoin the team when he's first eligible to this Saturday. The 33-year-old did not join the Angels on their six-game trip through Toronto and Detroit, and he was re-evaluated on Thursday in Anaheim.

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Pujols passes Big Mac with 584th HR

Angels' slugger takes over sole possession of 10th on all-time list

Pujols passes Big Mac with 584th HR

TORONTO -- Albert Pujols moved his name up the record books on Wednesday night belting his 584th career home run in the Angels' 8-2 win over the Blue Jays, passing former teammate Mark McGwire into sole possession of 10th on the all-time list.

Pujols drove Marco Estrada's 0-1 cutter over the fence in left-center, giving the Angels a 2-0 lead in the first inning and going back-to-back with Mike Trout.

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Pujols' milestone backs Shoemaker in rout of Jays

Pujols' milestone backs Shoemaker in rout of Jays

TORONTO -- Mike Trout and Albert Pujols each homered as the Angels scored early and often to back six scoreless innings from Matt Shoemaker during an 8-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.

The Angels scored two in the first and three in the second and never looked back. Trout and Pujols combined to go 7-for-8 with four RBIs, while catcher Jett Bandy chipped in with a four-hit night. Pujols' homer was the 584th of his career, passing former Cardinals teammate Mark McGwire for sole possession of 10th all-time.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto. He covered the Angels on Wednesday.

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Angels Minor Leaguer flips over wall to rob HR

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Angels Minor Leaguer flips over wall to rob HR

The phrase "catch of the year" gets thrown around a lot. It's understandable, really: Baseball players make the amazing look routine on an almost daily basis, and it's only natural to pronounce the latest play to be the most amazing of them all.

But we feel fairly confident that Arkansas Travelers right fielder Zach Welz's grab against the Tulsa Drillers on Wednesday will go down as one of the catches of this or any year. Because he didn't just chase a ball down in the gap or rob a homer or stand on top of a ledge -- he flipped over the outfield wall.

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Angels' road slide ends with offensive onslaught

Club's 11-game streak was longest since 14-gamer in 1969

Angels' road slide ends with offensive onslaught

TORONTO -- The Angels did something they hadn't done in nearly a month on Wednesday night: pick up a road win. The Halos snapped an 11-game road losing streak with an 8-2 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

Veteran slugger Albert Pujols led the 17-hit attack by going 4-for-4 with three RBIs, including his 584th career home run in the first inning -- part of back-to-back shots with Mike Trout -- to pass former teammate Mark McGwire for sole possession of 10th on the all-time list.

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Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Pujols, Papi HRs remind us of their greatness

Albert moves into 10th on all-time list; Ortiz oldest player to reach 30 blasts

Pujols, Papi HRs remind us of their greatness

First Albert Pujols, then David Ortiz. Two majestic home runs, two moments to savor and celebrate, eight minutes apart Wednesday night. Two opportunities to be reminded how lucky we've been to watch these guys play baseball. Sometimes, the baseball gods deliver more than we deserve.

We see them now, Ortiz, 40, and Pujols, 36, and are awash in memories of postseason heroics and times when they held their cities -- and their sport -- in the palm of their hands.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bedrosian diagnosed with blood clot in right arm

Reliever to see vascular specialist to determine severity of condition

Bedrosian diagnosed with blood clot in right arm

TORONTO -- Angels reliever Cam Bedrosian will be sidelined indefinitely due to a blood clot in his upper right arm, the club announced on Wednesday. Bedrosian stopped his throwing program over the weekend and underwent a CT angiogram this week.

He will see a vascular specialist at which time the club will update Bedrosian's status further.

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Angels name Swanson director of amateur scouting

ANAHEIM -- The Angels have hired Matt Swanson as their new director of amateur scouting, the club announced on Wednesday. Swanson previously served as the Cardinals' cross-checker for the Midwest region for nearly three years.

One of Swanson's major tasks early on will be to oversee the 2017 Draft. The Angels are likely to have a Top 10 pick for the first time since 2000.

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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.

Street undergoes season-ending knee surgery

Street undergoes season-ending knee surgery

ANAHEIM -- Angels closer Huston Street underwent season-ending surgery on his right knee on Wednesday, the Angels announced.

Street had arthroscopic surgery for "persistent medial knee pain," according to the Angels. The surgery was performed by Dr. Keith Meister in Austin, Texas.

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Knuckler doesn't faze Buss on first homer

Rookie connects with Dickey's signature pitch for two-run shot

Knuckler doesn't faze Buss on first homer

TORONTO -- Nick Buss had never faced a knuckleballer, so he watched attentively as teammate Mike Trout went through a 12-pitch at-bat against Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey in the first inning.

When it was his turn to step to the plate, Buss had an idea of what to look for and took Dickey's 1-1 knuckleball over the wall in right field, briefly giving the Angels a 2-1 lead. However, that's all the offense Los Angeles would receive, as it fell 7-2 to the Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

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Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Simmons' 3 hits not enough vs. Blue Jays

Simmons' 3 hits not enough vs. Blue Jays

TORONTO -- Russell Martin continued his torrid hitting to pace Toronto's offense, while R.A. Dickey notched another strong outing to lead the Blue Jays over the Angels, 7-2, on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

Though he'd normally receive a day off with Dickey on the mound, Martin went 3-for-3 out of the DH spot and drove in a pair of runs to help the Blue Jays open their six-game homestand with a victory. Michael Saunders also added his 21st home run of the season, while Troy Tulowitzki continued his strong August with an RBI double as part of Toronto's 10-hit attack.

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Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Angels on Tuesday.

Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto.

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Pennington reminisces on Blue Jays career

Angels infielder recalls thrill of 2015 pennant race in return to Toronto

Pennington reminisces on Blue Jays career

TORONTO -- Cliff Pennington may have been a Blue Jay for parts of just three months, but the experience left him with a lifetime of memories.

The Angels' infielder was back at the Rogers Centre for the first time as a member of the opposition since signing a two-year deal with Los Angeles last November.

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Smith among top prospect performers Tuesday

Top Mets prospects continue to show off talent at Double-A

Smith among top prospect performers Tuesday

Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith proved worthy of their elite prospect rankings as the duo led Double-A Binghamton to a 9-1 victory over Hartford on Tuesday night.

The duo, ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the Mets' system, combined to go 6-for-10 with five RBIs in just the latest of several good offensive games for both players.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bandy maturing under former catcher Scioscia

Angels manager mentoring young backstop in first season in Majors

Bandy maturing under former catcher Scioscia

ANAHEIM -- When Angels manager Mike Scioscia has a positive and upbeat outlook for a catcher, they must be doing something right.

Just look at rookie Jett Bandy.

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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.

Chacin, Simmons lead way as Halos blank Yanks

Chacin, Simmons lead way as Halos blank Yanks

ANAHEIM -- Jhoulys Chacin won his first start in over two months as the Angels scrapped their way to a 2-0 shutout of the Yankees on Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium, avoiding a season series sweep.

Chacin had his best start since returning to the Angels' rotation earlier this month, tossing 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Chacin, who had worked six innings over his last two starts combined, scattered six hits and struck out four against one walk to earn his first win since June 14.

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

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Chacin's gem gives rotation much-needed lift

Chacin's gem gives rotation much-needed lift

ANAHEIM -- The Angels need improved starting pitching going forward, and Jhoulys Chacin was able to provide exactly that in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Yankees at Angel Stadium.

Chacin scattered six hits over 5 2/3 innings in his first start without surrendering an earned run in over four months. He picked up the victory, too, the first time he's done so in over two months.

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Austin Laymance 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.

Pujols ties Big Mac for 10th on homers list

Pujols ties Big Mac for 10th on homers list

ANAHEIM -- There are only nine men who have hit more home runs than Albert Pujols, who slugged career homer No. 583 in the ninth inning of the Angels' 5-1 loss to the Yankees on Saturday night at Angel Stadium, tying him with former teammate Mark McGwire for 10th on the all-time list.

Pujols said it would have been sweeter if the home run came in a winning effort and added he doesn't want to dwell on his career numbers, but he admitted tying his former mentor with the Cardinals was a big deal.

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Garret Anderson joins Angels Hall of Fame

Garret Anderson joins Angels Hall of Fame

ANAHEIM -- Garret Anderson rarely wears his World Series championship ring from 2002, but the Halos' former outfielder proudly brought it out Saturday for a special occasion, as he was inducted into the Angels Hall of Fame in a pregame ceremony on the field at Angel Stadium.

"I had to actually knock the dust off it," said Anderson, who had a three-run double in Game 7 of the Fall Classic all those years ago. "It's been sitting in the drawer. I never wear it. I made sure I had it today and wore it out. It brings back memories, and it's almost sometimes has me thinking, 'Did it really happen?'"

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Angels' bats remain cold against Yankees

Angels' bats remain cold against Yankees

ANAHEIM -- On a night when the Angels inducted a 17-year Major League veteran into their Hall of Fame, it was the Yankees' youth movement that stole the show. The Yankees once again got major contributions from a number of rookies and rolled to a 5-1 win over the Angels on Saturday at Angel Stadium.

Rookie right-hander Luis Cessa scattered three hits over six-plus innings in his first career start, rookie catcher Gary Sanchez homered and rookie right fielder Aaron Judge drove in two runs for the Yankees, who moved within four games of the Orioles for the second American League Wild Card spot.

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

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Weaver set back by four Yankees homers

Weaver set back by four Yankees homers

ANAHEIM -- A difficult start from Jered Weaver on Friday night against the Yankees did little to offer any clarity regarding his uncertain future with the Angels, the only organization he's ever known.

Weaver, a free agent at the end of the season, surrendered four home runs and was charged with five runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings in a 7-0 defeat in the opener of a three-game series at Angel Stadium.

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Angels come up empty against Yanks' Tanaka

Angels come up empty against Yanks' Tanaka

ANAHEIM -- Home runs came for the Yankees from both the top and bottom of the lineup, plus multiple places in between, as they shut out the Angels, 7-0, on Friday night at Angel Stadium to open a three-game series.

Jacoby Ellsbury got things going with a homer to right on the third pitch of the night from Angels starter Jered Weaver. Ninth-place hitter Ronald Torreyes led off the fifth with the first homer of his big league career, while No. 2 hitter Didi Gregorius and cleanup man Brian McCann also went deep against Weaver in the frame.

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

GM Eppler expects Scioscia back next season

ANAHEIM -- Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Friday he has no reason to believe Mike Scioscia won't return as manager next season.

"I think he's done a great job," Eppler said before the Angels opened a three-game series against the Yankees. "He's dealt with multiple plates full of adversity and handled them with energy, passion. He's kept the guys who have stayed healthy all year optimistic, driven. I think that's the sign of a good leader."

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