Maybin, Calhoun give Halos series win vs. O's

Maybin, Calhoun give Halos series win vs. O's

BALTIMORE -- Cameron Maybin's clutch two-out, pinch-hit single erased a frustrating day at the plate for the Angels, lifting Los Angeles to a 5-4 victory at Camden Yards and keeping the red-hot Halos right in the thick of the American League Wild Card race.

The Angels, who have now won nine of their last 11 games, are 19-13 since the All-Star Break and remain tied with the Minnesota Twins for the second Wild Card spot behind the Yankees. The O's, coming off a 4-6 West Coast trip, dropped to four games back after losing on back-to-back nights.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Ben Standig is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Angels on Sunday.

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Facing O's again, Bridwell keeps Angels in game

Rookie making an impact on club's playoff drive

Facing O's again, Bridwell keeps Angels in game

BALTIMORE -- Long after Parker Bridwell exited against the team that traded him away in April, the Angels took the lead on pinch-hitter Cameron Maybin's RBI single in the eighth, extinguished a rally on another Andrelton Simmons defensive gem and held on despite Baltimore putting the go-ahead run on base in the ninth. In terms of game headlines, the starting pitcher's doesn't make the cut in Sunday's 5-4 win.

There's no forgetting Bridwell's impact on Los Angeles' pennant race surge since being elevated to the Major League level even if his name and game meant "nothing" to Angels manager Mike Scioscia when Los Angeles acquired the 26-year-old Minor Leaguer.

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Ben Standig is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Angels on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ramirez doubtful for next scheduled start

Right-hander left Saturday with forearm irritation

Ramirez doubtful for next scheduled start

BALTIMORE -- JC Ramirez is "doubtful" for his next scheduled start after leaving Saturday's outing with right forearm irritation, Angels manager Mike Scoiscia said Sunday.

Los Angeles evened the three-game series against the Orioles with Saturday's 5-1 win. Ramirez (11-10) earned the victory with one run allowed and five hits over 5 2/3 innings, but he left in the sixth.

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Ben Standig is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Angels on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Bedrock' to join Angels on Players Weekend

Bedrosian honoring dad's MLB legacy with nickname

'Bedrock' to join Angels on Players Weekend

Every time Cam Bedrosian takes the mound for the Angels, he's following in the footsteps of his father, Cy Young Award-winning closer Steve Bedrosian. He'll have an opportunity to pay further tribute to his dad during the inaugural Players Weekend on Aug. 25-27, when he plans to wear the family moniker "Bedrock" on the back of his jersey.

"I did it kind of as a homage to my dad," Bedrosian said. "That was his nickname playing, and he kind of passed it down. From when I was a kid, everyone called us 'Bedrock' too, everyone that knew my dad. So I thought it would be a cool thing."

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Skaggs looks to keep Angels in Wild Card hunt

Skaggs looks to keep Angels in Wild Card hunt

The Angels have been battling head-to-head against Wild Card contenders for the past two weeks, and now the Rangers will get to see what it is like.

The Angels and the Rangers open a four-game series Monday night at Angel Stadium in the first of 10 games between the two teams down the final stretch. The Halos are tied with Minnesota for the second Wild Card spot, while Texas is 2 1/2 games back of the Angels.

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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.

Trout joins elite company with 25-HR season

Halos star notches first multi-homer game of 2017 Saturday vs. Orioles

Trout joins elite company with 25-HR season

BALTIMORE -- Mike Trout joined a prestigious club on Saturday night at Camden Yards, all while keeping the Angels in the heart of the American League Wild Card chase.

Trout hit two more homers, and the Angels hit four overall, en route to a 5-1 victory over the Orioles. His first homer, which came in the first inning, was his 25th of the season season and made him the third player in Major League history to hit 25 homers in a season six times before his age-26 season.

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Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore who covered the Angels on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trout, Valbuena each hit 2 HRs in Halos' win

Trout, Valbuena each hit 2 HRs in Halos' win

BALTIMORE -- Mike Trout and Luis Valbuena each homered twice as the Angels continued their recent power surge to blow past the Orioles with Saturday's 5-1 win to even the series.

The victory, which came on the night the Orioles celebrated the 25th anniversary of the inaugural season of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, puts the Halos back in a tie with the Twins for the second American League Wild Card spot. It also came on the heels of a tough loss on Friday night that saw the Orioles walk off on a Manny Machado grand slam.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Jeff Seidel is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore who covered the Angels on Saturday.

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Middleton looks to shake off walk-off slam

Maybin out for second straight game due to knee soreness

Middleton looks to shake off walk-off slam

BALTIMORE -- Reliever Keynan Middleton took a positive attitude after giving up the walk-off grand slam to Manny Machado on Friday night.

Middleton took his first career loss, but he said postgame that he planned on shaking the defeat off and moving on quickly.

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Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore who covered the Angels on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pujols ties HR record for foreign-born player

Slugger's 609th long ball pulls him even with Sosa for 8th on all-time list

Pujols ties HR record for foreign-born player

BALTIMORE -- The postgame storyline seemed set: The Angels outslug the Orioles for a needed win over a fellow American League Wild Card contender behind five home runs, including a historic fastball shot from Albert Pujols. Then manager Mike Scioscia threw a curve with a change in his bullpen order.

Baltimore's bats altered the outcome with a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to hand the Angels a 9-7 loss. But there's no erasing the latest Pujols milestone.

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Halos homer five times, but bullpen can't hold

Halos homer five times, but bullpen can't hold

BALTIMORE -- There's hot, there's two homers in a game, and then there's a walk-off grand slam for your third homer of the game. It's the latter territory where Manny Machado finds himself right now. Machado's eighth homer of August, and third of the night, was a game-ending slam as the Orioles beat the Angels, 9-7, at Oriole Park on Friday night.

Machado's seven RBIs almost single-handedly propelled the O's to the come-from behind win, which pulled them within two games of the Angels and Twins for the second American League Wild Card spot.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Ben Standig is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Angels on Friday.

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Leader Watch: Trout's historic OPS+ bid

At 206, Angels superstar posting highest mark in over a decade

Leader Watch: Trout's historic OPS+ bid

Mike Trout struck out in his first at-bat Friday. In his second trip, he lined out. In his third at-bat of the Angels' 9-7 loss to the Orioles, Trout lofted a changeup over the left-field wall for his 24th home run of the season.

Putting an 0-fer on Trout's box score line has proven as difficult this season as taking three out of five sets from Rafael Nadal on clay, or beating the Golden State Warriors four times in a playoff series. Though he missed 39 games with an injured thumb, Trout has been incredibly consistent when he's been on the field. Friday's homer raised his slugging percentage to .684, which, combined with his .465 on-base percentage, gives him an eye-grabbing 1.149 OPS for the season.

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Fan gets meeting with Pujols after catching HR

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Fan gets meeting with Pujols after catching HR

Albert Pujols etched his name in baseball history again during the Angels' 9-7 loss on Friday against the Orioles. It didn't take him long to do so, either.

Facing Jeremy Hellickson in the first inning with a runner on base, Pujols got the Angels on the board with a two-run smash down the left-field line. It barely cleared the wall, but it was a rocket.

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Inbox: Who will handle closing duties?

Beat reporter Maria Guardado answers fans' questions

Inbox: Who will handle closing duties?

How will the Angels handle the closer role in the future?
-- Luke D., Cambridge, N.Y.

I don't think anyone will carry the official closer designation, but I expect Cam Bedrosian to handle the bulk of the save opportunities for the Angels moving forward. Bedrosian has picked up three saves in the past six games, but the Halos have tried to stay away from using him on back-to-back days since he came back from his groin injury. So Keynan Middleton, Blake Parker and Yusmeiro Petit are among the relievers who could also be deployed in the ninth inning.

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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.

Calhoun's HR powers Angels over Nationals

Calhoun's HR powers Angels over Nationals

WASHINGTON -- Ricky Nolasco looked like his recent self in the first inning, giving up a two-run homer to Ryan Zimmerman. But the righty then settled down for one of his best starts over the past two months, not allowing another run over 5 2/3, and the Angels offense took advantage.

After Luis Valbuena got the Angels on the board with a solo shot off Nationals starter Tanner Roark in the fifth, Kole Calhoun belted a two-run homer in the sixth to push the Angels to a 3-2 win.

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Kyle Melnick is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington who covered the Angels on Wednesday.

Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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Nolasco stifles Nats before exiting with cramps

Nolasco stifles Nats before exiting with cramps

WASHINGTON -- Wednesday seemed like it was going to be another typical outing for Ricky Nolasco.

Nolasco entered his start against the Nationals having allowed a combined 10 runs over nine innings in his past two appearances and a league-high 30 home runs over the season. In the first inning, the right-hander gave up a two-home run to Ryan Zimmerman.

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Kyle Melnick is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington who covered the Angels on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Weaver calls it a career after 12 MLB seasons

Weaver calls it a career after 12 MLB seasons

SAN DIEGO -- Padres right-hander Jered Weaver has announced his retirement from baseball, following a 12-year career in which he racked up 150 wins, a 3.63 ERA and three All-Star berths.

Weaver, 34, spent 11 seasons with the Angels before joining the Padres in February. He hadn't pitched since May 19 because of an inflamed left hip.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jones extends hit streak to 20 for 66ers

Jones extends hit streak to 20 for 66ers

If there was any doubt about whether Forrest Whitley was ready for the Double-A level, the teenage right-hander laid it to rest on Thursday by tossing six scoreless innings with a career-high 11 strikeouts in his debut for Corpus Christi.

Whitley, MLBPipeline.com's No. 40 overall prospect (Astros' No. 2), retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced in the outing. Seven of those outs came on strikeouts, as he struck out the side in the second and third innings and then once more in the fifth.

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Quiet in DC, Angels watch win streak end

Quiet in DC, Angels watch win streak end

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals and Angels entered Tuesday night as two of the hottest teams in baseball, with a combined 13 wins over 16 games between the clubs. But Washington snapped the Halos' six-game win streak with a 3-1 victory at Nationals Park, using two home runs from Howie Kendrick, who spent his first nine seasons with the Angels.

Kendrick, who hit .292 in Los Angeles, is batting .386 (17-for-44) with four homers and 11 RBIs since being traded to the Nationals on July 28. The Angels couldn't counter his burst due to another brilliant performance from Gio Gonzalez, who threw six scoreless innings and didn't surrender a hit until the sixth.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Kyle Melnick is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington and covered the Angels on Tuesday.

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Potential key 'pen piece Bailey sharp in return

Former closer throws scoreless inning in first action since April

Potential key 'pen piece Bailey sharp in return

Andrew Bailey completed his long road back to the Majors on Tuesday night, tossing a scoreless inning in the Angels' 3-1 series-opening loss to the Nationals at Nationals Park.

Bailey, who was activated from the 60-day disabled list on Saturday after missing four months with right shoulder inflammation, came in to pitch the bottom of the eighth, marking his first outing for the Angels since April 9.

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Jones extends hit streak to 18 games

Jones extends hit streak to 18 games

The hits just keep coming for Jahmai Jones.

The Angels' No. 2 prospect extended his hitting streak to 18 games on Tuesday with a leadoff double in Class A Advanced Inland Empire's 2-0 win over Lake Elsinore. He also hit a single and walked once in the contest, finishing 2-for-4 at the plate.

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Simmons, Maldy highlight Halos' stellar gloves

Angels' defense ranks among Majors' highest in most defensive metrics

Simmons, Maldy highlight Halos' stellar gloves

SEATTLE -- Like most pitchers, rookie Parker Bridwell tends to turn around whenever a batted ball sails over his head. His reason for doing, though: to watch the Angels' defense behind him.

Since joining the Halos' rotation in June, Bridwell has become accustomed to seeing the club's defense make outstanding plays on a regular basis. During his start against the Mariners on Sunday, it took them only three pitches to produce another one.

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Angels win sixth straight behind Bridwell's gem

Angels win sixth straight behind Bridwell's gem

SEATTLE -- Parker Bridwell allowed one run on four hits for his fifth win in seven starts, and the Angels toppled the Mariners, 4-2, at Safeco Field on Sunday to complete a four-game sweep.

After winning a season-high six games in a row, Los Angeles holds a half-game lead for the second American League Wild Card spot, while the Mariners, who entered the series in that position, are now two games back for the last playoff spot.

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

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Unheralded rookie Bridwell continues to impress

Unheralded rookie Bridwell continues to impress

SEATTLE -- Since being acquired from the Orioles in exchange for cash in April, right-hander Parker Bridwell has pitched in 12 games for the Angels. They've won all but one of them, a testament to the surprising consistency and effectiveness Bridwell has brought to Los Angeles' rotation this season.

On Sunday, the 26-year-old rookie delivered yet again, allowing one run over six innings to help the Angels complete a four-game sweep of the Mariners with a 4-2 victory at Safeco Field.

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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.

Pujols lifts Halos to 5th straight win, WC spot

Pujols lifts Halos to 5th straight win, WC spot

SEATTLE -- Albert Pujols came up with the big hit for a second straight night Saturday as the Angels again rallied against the Mariners' bullpen for a 6-3 win at Safeco Field that vaulted them into sole possession of the No. 2 Wild Card position in the American League.

The Angels equaled their season-best five-game win streak and have won 11 of their past 15 games to hike their record to 60-58, a half-game ahead of the Twins for the final playoff spot. Seattle dropped a game back at 59-59 with its third straight loss to the Angels.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

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Wild ride: Angels' comebacks fuel playoff push

Wild ride: Angels' comebacks fuel playoff push

SEATTLE -- Two weeks ago, the Angels' postseason hopes appeared bleak. After being swept by the Indians, they fell 5 1/2 games out of an American League Wild Card spot, with five teams ahead of them in the standings.

The outlook is markedly different now. After extending their winning streak to five games with a 6-3 victory over the Mariners on Saturday night, the Angels have now won 11 of their last 15 games -- surging past the Twins to take sole possession of the second AL Wild Card slot.

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Meyer's right shoulder rehab hits snag

Angels shut down pitcher after renewed inflammation

Meyer's right shoulder rehab hits snag

SEATTLE -- Alex Meyer has been shut down from throwing after experiencing renewed inflammation in his right shoulder, delaying the timetable for his return to the Angels' rotation.

Meyer, who has been on the 10-day disabled list since July 24, had been playing catch, but he stopped throwing after his shoulder flared up again this week. Still, manager Mike Scioscia said Meyer is improving and could be cleared to pick up a ball soon.

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Baylor inspired many, including ex NFL star

'Hollywood' Henderson watched former MLB player fight odds

Baylor inspired many, including ex NFL star

AUSTIN, Texas -- Thomas Henderson never met Don Baylor. But he knew all about him.

And so, when Henderson, who grew up in a segregated area on the East side of Austin, learned of Baylor's death earlier in the week he decided to fly from his home in South Florida back to Austin. Henderson attended Saturday's funeral for a man the public knows as a former big league player, who was the 1979 American League MVP, and a former big league manager, who won the National League Manager of the Year Award in 1995.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Resurgent Pujols a boon for surging Halos

Resurgent Pujols a boon for surging Halos

SEATTLE -- Slugger Albert Pujols showed signs of breaking out his extended slump on Friday night, collecting three hits and driving in two runs to help the Angels secure a 6-5 comeback win over the Mariners at Safeco Field.

Pujols, who entered Friday batting .136 over his last 15 games, delivered a two-run single to fuel the Angels' big four-run outburst in the seventh inning. After Mariners right-hander Andrew Moore walked Mike Trout to load the bases with two outs, Pujols lined a 1-2 slider to center field, plating two and trimming Seattle's lead to 5-3. C.J. Cron kept the rally going with an RBI single, and Pujols then scored from second on Andrelton Simmons' double to tie the game, 5-5.

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Halos rally to top Seattle, make move in WC

Halos rally to top Seattle, make move in WC

SEATTLE -- The Angels scored five unanswered runs over the final three innings to pull out a 6-5 victory over the Mariners on Friday, moving just a half-game out of the No. 2 Wild Card position in the American League with their fourth straight win.

An error on Seattle shortstop Jean Segura on a hard grounder by C.J. Cron with one out in the top of the ninth allowed Mike Trout to score the go-ahead run off reliever James Pazos. Angels relievers Eduardo Paredes, Keynan Middleton and Yusmeiro Petit slammed the door with four innings of scoreless relief.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.

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