Angels can't dig out after Rangers' six-run frame

Angels can't dig out after Rangers' six-run frame

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers strung together six runs on eight hits in the third inning, ending Matt Shoemaker's night early while en route to a 7-2 thrashing of the Angels at Globe Life Park on Saturday night.

The eight hits and 11 plate appearances went down as a season high in an inning for Texas, which has won four in a row and eight of 12 to finish the month of April at 14-10.

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Shoemaker calls performance 'unacceptable'

Angels starter gives up 7 runs in 2 1/3 against Rangers

Shoemaker calls performance 'unacceptable'

ARLINGTON -- Angels starter Matt Shoemaker said he took the mound at Globe Life Park on Saturday night feeling better than he had for any other start all season.

"That's kind of the weird thing," he said, long after that sensation evolved into the worst outing of what had already been a troubling season for the bearded right-hander, in the Angels' 7-2 loss to the division-rival Rangers.

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Fan injured by Cron's foul ball

Female spectator at Globe Life Park taken to hospital for evaluation

Fan injured by Cron's foul ball

ARLINGTON -- A line drive off the bat of Angels designated hitter C.J. Cron struck a Rangers fan seated in the lower section of Globe Life Park in fifth inning of Saturday's 7-2 Rangers win, and she was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.

The Rangers' public relations department said the fan was conscious, alert and talking. She was struck on the left side of the face while seated a few rows behind the first-base dugout and was lifted off in a chair. No further update was available.

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Heaney to get PRP injection for ailing forearm

Angels starter will be sidelined 'for the foreseeable future'

Heaney to get PRP injection for ailing forearm

ARLINGTON -- Andrew Heaney will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection for his ailing forearm, a development that will probably keep him out until at least the start of July. Angels general manager Billy Eppler said the injection will "put him down for the foreseeable future," but didn't want to pin his young starter to a specific timeline.

PRP injections prevent pitchers from throwing for at least four weeks and as many as 12. Heaney will probably need at least six weeks, then will have to progress through playing catch, stretching out to long toss, throwing off a mound and pitching in Minor League games.

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Soto finding comfort zone in batter's box

Angels catcher says at-bats remind him of Rookie of the Year season

Soto finding comfort zone in batter's box

ARLINGTON -- Angels catcher Geovany Soto said he hasn't felt this comfortable in the batter's box "since my rookie year," which is notable, because Soto won the National League Rookie of the Year Award by batting .285/.364/.504 with the Cubs in 2008.

"I feel great," Soto said. "I'm seeing the ball really well."

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Richards looks to continue stingy streak in finale vs. Texas

Richards looks to continue stingy streak in finale vs. Texas

ARLINGTON -- Lefty Cole Hamels will take the mound for Texas on 10 days' rest, after skipping his last start due to a sore left groin. He'll face the Angels' Garrett Richards in the finale of the American League West rivals' three-game series.

The Rangers have won 14 straight games when Hamels starts, and he's riding a career-high 10-game winning streak dating back to Aug. 23, 2015, when he earned his first victory as a Ranger. He missed a start shortly before that one with the same groin issue. Hamels said after his last bullpen session that it wasn't a major concern.

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Angels, Santiago can't hold early lead

Angels, Santiago can't hold early lead

ARLINGTON -- Trailing by a run in Friday's sixth inning, the Rangers strung together three two-out runs against Angels starter Hector Santiago, getting key hits by Prince Fielder, Ian Desmond and Mitch Moreland to capture a 4-2 victory at Globe Life Park.

Rangers starter Colby Lewis, who entered with a 9.06 ERA in his last 10 starts against the Angels, gave up a Geovany Soto solo homer, an RBI single to Soto and nothing else through seven innings, improving to 2-0 with a 3.19 ERA.

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Wide throw by Simmons looms big for Halos

Wide throw by Simmons looms big for Halos

ARLINGTON -- Angels starter Hector Santiago went to the monitors at Globe Life Park's visiting clubhouse almost immediately after he came out of the game on Friday night. While backing up home plate in the bottom of the sixth, Santiago felt his otherworldly shortstop, Andrelton Simmons, had a good chance to nail Prince Fielder at home plate with his relay throw.

But he wanted to make sure, so he looked at the play in slow motion and stopped the video as soon as his catcher, Geovany Soto, had the ball in his glove.

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Rangers get Pujols out -- but on the bases

Rangers get Pujols out -- but on the bases

ARLINGTON - Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor alertly kept a tag on Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols and a replay review turned it into a big moment in the Rangers 4-2 victory over the Angels.

The Angels led 2-1 at the time and Pujols getting called out when he seemed to be standing firmly on second base helped cut short their budding sixth-inning rally.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

New teammates by his side, Yunel proves drive

New teammates by his side, Yunel proves drive

ANAHEIM -- After every drill in Spring Training, new Angels third baseman Yunel Escobar approached Gary DiSarcina, the first-base coach who quickly became Escobar's personal ground-ball hitter, and thanked him. When the season began and Escobar started making impressive defensive plays that actually counted, he would retreat to the dugout and locate DiSarcina.

"That's for you," Escobar would tell him, in whatever English he could muster. "You did that."

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Bedrosian recalled as Street lands on DL

Bedrosian recalled as Street lands on DL

ARLINGTON -- The Angels added hard-throwing right-hander Cam Bedrosian to their bullpen on Friday, calling him up from Triple-A Salt Lake to take the roster spot of their injured closer, Huston Street.

Street, placed on the 15-day disabled list because of the left oblique strain he sustained while warming up prior to Wednesday's game, doesn't have a timeline for his return. His DL stint has been backdated to Sunday, which means he could be activated as soon as May 10.

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Skaggs to have shoulder evaluated

Skaggs to have shoulder evaluated

ARLINGTON -- The final stage of Tyler Skaggs' recovery from Tommy John surgery has hit a snag.

Skaggs, scratched from his start for Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday, has some tightness in his throwing shoulder, which will force him to travel to Los Angeles and get evaluated by the Angels. The 24-year-old left-hander was initially scratched with what the team called "general fatigue" and was supposed to take the week to focus on regaining strength.

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Angels put Street on DL with strained oblique

Angels put Street on DL with strained oblique

ANAHEIM -- Angels closer Huston Street suffered a strained left oblique while warming up prior to Wednesday's game and was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday.

The recovery time on this type of injury tends to vary, with fellow reliever Mike Morin missing nearly six weeks when he suffered a strained oblique last year and starter Matt Shoemaker out for a little less than three weeks down the stretch in 2014. A postgame MRI late Wednesday night confirmed the oblique strain for Street, who will let the ailment heal for 72 hours before doctors determine a timeline.

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Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and Facebook , and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Home runs lead Angels to sweep of Royals

Home runs lead Angels to sweep of Royals

ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout, Yunel Escobar and Andrelton Simmons all homered and the Angels completed a sweep of the Royals on Wednesday night, beating the reigning World Series champions, 4-2, in Southern California.

Nick Tropeano began the game by giving up a prodigious two-run homer to Eric Hosmer in the first inning, but the Angels' pitching staff -- without closer Huston Street, who suffered a strained oblique prior to the game -- kept Kansas City scoreless over the next eight frames, helping the club move to 11-11.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991 and for MLB.com since 2015.

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How sweep it is: Angels riding high

How sweep it is: Angels riding high

ANAHEIM -- Maybe the Angels are finally starting to find their footing, if three games in April can serve as any sort of barometer.

They completed a sweep of the reigning World Series champions on Wednesday night, winning three in a row against a Royals team that arrived at Angel Stadium with 12 wins in their first 18 games. And the offense that struggled through the season's first three weeks finally started to awaken, stringing together 19 runs on seven homers over a 24-inning stretch.

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Street stands by friend Arrieta

Street stands by friend Arrieta

ANAHEIM -- Angels closer Huston Street sat at his kitchen table on Wednesday morning enraged. While his two oldest boys played baseball in the backyard, Street sipped on some coffee, scanned Twitter and saw the exchange between his good friend, Jake Arrieta, and ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith, who helped fan the flames on reckless, random speculation that Arrieta relied on performance-enhancing substances to become one of the game's most dominant pitchers.

Street wanted to defend Arrieta, so he typed out a tweet on his smartphone, then agonized over whether to hit "send."

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Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and Facebook , and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Son, father dab after foul ball catch at Angels game

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Son, father dab after foul ball catch at Angels game

A young fan made a nice grab on an Alcides Escobar foul ball during Wednesday's Royals-Angels game. And as young whippersnappers are wont to do these days, he celebrated with an emphatic dab. But even more wonderfully, so did his father.

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Angels' bats come alive in win over Royals

Angels' bats come alive in win over Royals

ANAHEIM -- Yunel Escobar had four hits, Johnny Giavotella hit a big three-run homer and the Angels put together one of their most productive offensive efforts of the season, backing a shaky Jered Weaver to once again beat the Royals, 9-4, in Southern California on Tuesday night.

Trailing by a run in the fifth, the Angels (10-11) scored five times against Royals starter Edinson Volquez, getting a two-run single from Carlos Perez and a three-run shot from Giavotella. That helped Weaver pick up his third win, despite giving up four runs on nine hits -- seven of them for extra bases -- and two walks.

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Giavotella torments former team in victory

Giavotella torments former team in victory

ANAHEIM -- Johnny Giavotella let out a primal yell in the vicinity of right field as he jogged towards second base in Tuesday's fifth inning. He had turned on a hanging slider and lined it over the left-field bullpen for a three-run homer, pushing the Angels' lead to four and registering his first extra-base hit in 47 at-bats -- against the Royals team that drafted him, no less.

So he yelled as he rounded the bases, yelled some more when he saw C.J. Cron and Carlos Perez waiting for him beyond home plate, yelled again as he made his way into the dugout. Later, Giavotella was asked if it meant more to do that on this night, against this team.

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Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and Facebook , and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

No extension talks for Calhoun, Richards

No extension talks for Calhoun, Richards

ANAHEIM -- With each day that passes, Kole Calhoun and Garrett Richards get a little bit more expensive for the Angels.

Calhoun, a Gold Glove Award-winning right fielder, will be arbitration-eligible for the second of four times this coming winter. Richards, who has established himself as one of the game's premier starting pitchers, is three seasons away from free agency.

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Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and Facebook , and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Albert's 2 bolts send him flying by Reggie

Albert's 2 bolts send him flying by Reggie

ANAHEIM -- Reggie Jackson is in the rearview mirror now, and Rafael Palmeiro is next. And before this season comes to an end, Harmon Killebrew, Mark McGwire and Frank Robinson may be behind him, too.

The Angels' Albert Pujols continues to pass big names in his march up the home-run leaderboard, each one a little bit more illustrious than the other.

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Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and Facebook , and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Historic homers: Pujols, Angels sink Royals

Historic homers: Pujols, Angels sink Royals

ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols homered twice and Garrett Richards picked up his first victory of the season as the Angels beat the Royals, 6-1, on Monday night.

Royals starter Ian Kennedy entered having given up only three runs in 20 innings all year, but he gave up that much through the first six batters of the game, putting the first three hitters on before uncorking a wild pitch, then getting a run-scoring groundout and giving up an RBI single.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991 and for MLB.com since 2015.

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Angels make an impressively crazy out at second

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Angels make an impressively crazy out at second

Do me a favor -- watch this play from the Angels' 6-1 win over the Royals Monday night, and help me figure out if it was an impressive maneuver to turn a brief moment of chaos into an out, or part of the plan all along.

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Richards relies on fastball early to get first win

Richards relies on fastball early to get first win

ANAHEIM -- It might not appear that way because of the five walks, or the troubling ball-strike ratio, or just how hard he had to work to record 20 outs, but Monday was one of those good days for Garrett Richards.

The reason: He only really needed his fastball to get through the opposing lineup for the first time, which served him well in the Angels' 6-1 victory over the Royals.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Skaggs scratched from Minors start

Skaggs scratched from Minors start

ANAHEIM -- Angels starter Tyler Skaggs, easing his way back from Tommy John surgery, was scratched from his scheduled start for Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday.

Skaggs was "feeling some fatigue" from his last start on Wednesday, Angels general manager Billy Eppler said, prompting the organization to take what appears to be a precautionary step. Eppler said Skaggs will "focus on strengthening this week."

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Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and Facebook , and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pujols a sounding board for struggling Aybar

Pujols a sounding board for struggling Aybar

ANAHEIM -- Longtime Angels shortstop Erick Aybar, who went to the Braves in the prospect-laden deal that brought Andrelton Simmons to Southern California, has had a rough go of it in Atlanta.

When Monday began, he sported the worst OPS in the Major Leagues and had been considered the worst shortstop, per FanGraphs ratings. He found himself on the bench on Sunday and Monday, with Braves fans everywhere calling for him to be displaced as an everyday player.

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Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and Facebook , and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pujols busts slump, ties Reggie with 563rd HR

Angels slugger ends 0-for-26 streak with 2-run blast

Pujols busts slump, ties Reggie with 563rd HR

ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols took the field on Sunday carrying the weight of his longest career slump. When the game was over -- and he had homered, singled, and made a couple of outs on blistering line drives -- the Angels' cleanup hitter was asked if he found himself pressing over these last few days.

"What's pressing?" Pujols asked. "What do you call pressing? I never press in this game. Look at my track record. I don't need to press. I think at the end of the day, things are going to be there."

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Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and Facebook , and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.