Escobar exits vs. Astros with wrist injury

Escobar exits vs. Astros with wrist injury

ANAHEIM -- Angels third baseman Yunel Escobar left in the third inning of Sunday's game against the Astros with an injury to his left wrist.

Escobar moved to his left to field a hard-hit ground ball from Houston's Jake Marisnick to lead off the inning, but the ball ricocheted off his wrist area and skidded away for a base hit. After consulting with trainers, Escobar was removed from the game. He was later diagnosed with a left wrist contusion and is day to day. 

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Trout joins elite company with 150th homer

Pujols goes back-to-back for 571st career blast

Trout joins elite company with 150th homer

ANAHEIM -- Angels center fielder Mike Trout continued his quick rise through the historical ranks Saturday, launching his 150th career home run in the first inning of a 4-2 loss to the Astros.

He hit a 90 mph fastball from Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel a projected 401 feet away to right-center field, according to Statcast™. The blast tied the game at 1-1 in the first inning.

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Wilson shut down with left biceps tendinitis

Wilson shut down with left biceps tendinitis

ANAHEIM -- Just as it looked like he was nearing his Major League return, Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson has hit a setback.

The veteran lefty, who made his first rehab start with Class A Advanced Inland Empire on May 25, has been shut down for a week, the team announced after Saturday's 4-2 loss. Wilson threw a bullpen session on Saturday and experienced some tightness in his left biceps. He was diagnosed with left biceps tendinitis.

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Halos' bats silenced after Trout, Pujols blasts

Halos' bats silenced after Trout, Pujols blasts

ANAHEIM -- Jason Castro's two-run blast in the sixth inning led the Houston Astros past the Angels, 4-2, at Angel Stadium on Saturday night to earn the team's fourth win in the last five games.

Houston left-hander Dallas Keuchel overcame back-to-back first-inning home runs from Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to dominate the Angels, allowing just one more hit over seven innings, striking out five and retiring 18 in a row following Johnny Giavotella's single to lead off the second inning. Keuchel was replaced by Pat Neshek and the bullpen pitched two perfect innings, capped off with closer Luke Gregerson getting Trout to ground out to earn his 11th save.

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Escobar ejected after arguing strike call

Escobar ejected after arguing strike call

ANAHEIM -- Angels third baseman Yunel Escobar was ejected in the sixth inning of Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Astros for arguing after a called strike.

Escobar's ejection was the 11th of his career and second this season. He was replaced by Kaleb Cowart, who struck out on the next pitch to end the at-bat.

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Lincecum progresses, set for Minors start

Angels starter targets mid-June to join rotation

Lincecum progresses, set for Minors start

ANAHEIM -- Injuries have been the Angels' biggest storyline through the first two months of the season, but the rotation could soon get a reinforcement with Tim Lincecum

Lincecum threw a five-inning, 75-pitch simulated game Saturday in extended spring training in Tempe, Ariz., giving up two runs on two hits while striking out six. Lincecum was signed to a Major League contract on May 20 and is still working his way back from offseason surgery on his left hip.

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Angels host local Pitch, Hit & Run competition

24 children take part in team championship stage

Angels host local Pitch, Hit & Run competition

ANAHEIM -- Several children got to live out their dreams Saturday morning -- playing on the field at Angel Stadium.

Scotts MLB Pitch, Hit & Run, the official youth skills competition of Major League Baseball, held its latest event Saturday morning as 24 participants -- 12 boys and 12 girls -- took part in the team championship stage.

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Pujols passes Palmeiro with homer No. 570

Pujols passes Palmeiro with homer No. 570

ANAHEIM -- Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols made his latest mark in Major League history Friday night, launching the 570th home run of his career in the six-run third inning of the Angels' 7-2 win vs. the Astros at Angel Stadium.

Pujols hit a 92-mph fastball from Astros right-hander Mike Fiers 411 feet into the rock formation in center field. The two-run homer moved him ahead of Rafael Palmeiro and into sole possession of 12th place on the all-time home run list.

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Shoemaker dominates Astros as Pujols hits 570th

Shoemaker dominates Astros as Pujols hits 570th

ANAHEIM -- Matt Shoemaker was dominant again Friday night, throwing a career-high 8 1/3 innings and riding Albert Pujols' 570th career homer, as he helped give the Angels a 7-2 win over the Astros at Angel Stadium, halting Houston's three-game win streak.

Shoemaker worked a season-high in innings for the second consecutive start while striking out 11 and becoming the ninth Angels pitcher (and first since Jered Weaver in 2010) to post back-to-back games with 10 or more strikeouts.

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Richards, Heaney put faith in stem-cell therapy

Angles' top two starters hoping to avoid Tommy John surgery

Richards, Heaney put faith in stem-cell therapy

ANAHEIM -- On May 2, Steve H. Yoon, a physician at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Southern California, extracted stem cells from Andrew Heaney's bone marrow and injected them into the damaged ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. Fourteen days later, Yoon did the same with Garrett Richards.

Now the Angels' two best, most promising starting pitchers are left to wait, and hope.

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Shoemaker elevating game in last two starts

Angels starter goes career-high 8 1/3, strikes out 11

Shoemaker elevating game in last two starts

ANAHEIM -- For much of the 2016 season, Angels manager Mike Scioscia wasn't sure which version of right-hander Matt Shoemaker he was going to get.

Good Matt Shoemaker showed up for the second consecutive start Friday night, tossing a career-high 8 1/3 innings of two-run ball and striking out 11 in a 7-2 win over the Astros at Angel Stadium.

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Pipeline preview: Smith throwing in duel of the day

Pipeline preview: Smith throwing in duel of the day

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: JaCoby Jones (Tigers' No. 8) Erie vs. Richmond

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Angels drop rubber match in slugfest vs. Rangers

Angels drop rubber match in slugfest vs. Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Sparked by Nomar Mazara's epic home run and big production from the lower half of the order, the Rangers outlasted the Angels, 15-9 on Wednesday afternoon. The Rangers have won five of their last six, including two of three from the Angels.

Mazara, hitting in the No. 5 spot, had the memorable blast of the afternoon with his home run to lead off the second inning. But the bottom four hitters in the lineup -- Ryan Rua, Mitch Moreland, Elvis Andrus and Bobby Wilson -- were a combined 10-for-16 with eight runs scored and five runs batted in. Wilson had four hits, a career high for him and the most by a Rangers player this season.

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Scioscia has Ryan warm up in 'pen in loss

Infielder would have been first position player to pitch for Angels' manager

Scioscia has Ryan warm up in 'pen in loss

ARLINGTON -- It was the seventh inning at Globe Life Park on Wednesday afternoon, and the Angels were getting blown out. Their starting pitcher had recorded only seven outs, their bullpen was taxed, and their chance at a comeback had essentially evaporated. So Angels manager Mike Scioscia turned to one of his infielders, Brendan Ryan, and asked the question he dreads:

"You ever pitch?"

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Angels call up Cowart, designate Luetge

Angels call up Cowart, designate Luetge

ARLINGTON -- The Angels called up third baseman Kaleb Cowart, a former first-round Draft pick, and designated lefty reliever Lucas Luetge for assignment prior to Wednesday's series finale from Globe Life Park.

The move returns the Angels to a standard seven-man bullpen and gives them a left-handed bat off the bench.

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Shorthanded lineup buckles in Texas

Rangers' Perez stifles Angels' potential game-turning rally

Shorthanded lineup buckles in Texas

ARLINGTON -- Mike Trout needed a game to rest his legs as the designated hitter on Tuesday, so right-handed power hitter C.J. Cron sat against a lefty. Johnny Giavotella, the 5-foot-8 second baseman with 10 home runs in 290 career Major League games, batted fifth. And the four hitters behind him -- Carlos Perez, Gregorio Petit, Rafael Ortega and Shane Robinson -- had combined for a lifetime batting average of .243.

The result: One run and seven hits, with none of them coming amid seven at-bats with runners in scoring position.

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Trout in familiar spot atop WAR charts

Angels star continues to thrive in two-strike situations

Trout in familiar spot atop WAR charts

ARLINGTON -- Baseball's 2016 season is more than a quarter old. And while Trevor Story, Bryce Harper and David Ortiz have traded places grabbing the national attention over the first seven weeks, Mike Trout is the one who once again leads position players in Wins Above Replacement, per FanGraphs.

It is a rite of spring.

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Offense stalls vs. Rangers behind Chacin

Offense stalls vs. Rangers behind Chacin

ARLINGTON -- Martin Perez threw six scoreless innings and Nomar Mazara belted a two-run home run as the Rangers beat the Angels, 4-1, Tuesday night at Globe Life Park, evening the three-game series.

Perez recorded his first win in May, despite a 2.59 ERA in his previous four starts of the month. He entered the game receiving an average of 2.10 runs per start, the lowest in the American League. The left-hander struck out six, walked two and allowed five hits in six innings of work.

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Tropeano continues to step up for Angels

Righty tosses 6 2/3 shutout innings to keep rotation rolling

Tropeano continues to step up for Angels

ARLINGTON -- The Angels' Nos. 1 and 2 starters when the season began won't return until August, if they're lucky. Their second-highest-paid player hasn't pitched in an official game all year, including Spring Training. And the young, promising starting pitcher they have been waiting on for 21 months isn't currently allowed to throw off a mound.

And yet, somehow, the Angels' rotation is persevering.

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Pujols producing more at 1B than DH

Scioscia sticking with plan to keep veteran slugger fresh

Pujols producing more at 1B than DH

ARLINGTON -- Albert Pujols homered for the fourth time in his 13th start at first base on Monday, which is one fewer than the amount of home runs he has managed in 32 starts at designated hitter. His slash line on the days he starts at first base is .313/.400/.604, but only .195/.270/.333 at DH.

It's a small sample size, but it may not be a coincidence.

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Giavotella shows knack for defensive gems

Second baseman flashes glove skills in 3 straight games

Giavotella shows knack for defensive gems

ARLINGTON -- Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella is on something of a tear offensively, with a career-high 12-game hitting streak and a .381 batting average over his last 17 contests -- but it's his defense that continues to impress.

Giavotella, rated one of the worst defenders at his position last year, has shown marked improvement with the glove. He has only one error in 124 chances and has converted a highlight-reel play in each of his last three games, making an off-balance throw on a slow roller in a crucial spot on Saturday, sprawling to his left to field a hard grounder on Sunday and diving to his right to rob Adrian Beltre of a potential game-tying single on Monday in a 2-0 win for the Angels.

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Pujols climbs HR list as Halos blank Rangers

Pujols climbs HR list as Halos blank Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Albert Pujols hit a two-run home run off Rangers starter Derek Holland, and the Angels took the opener of a three-game series with a 2-0 victory on Monday night.

Starter Nick Tropeano combined with four relievers to pitch the Angels' third shutout of the season, and Joe Smith pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save while filling in for Huston Street as closer. The Rangers had seven hits and three walks but were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

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Abbott, Leahy to represent Angels at Draft

Abbott, Leahy to represent Angels at Draft

Twenty-three former All-Stars. The winningest pitcher in postseason history. Three pitchers who tossed perfect games. A Most Valuable Player, a Rookie of the Year, a Hall of Fame manager and a Hall of Fame broadcaster.

They will be among team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2016 MLB Draft gets underway on June 9.

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Weaver's soft stuff confounds O's hitters

Weaver's soft stuff confounds O's hitters

ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout was merely playing spectator in center field, and even he couldn't figure out Jered Weaver.

As the day wore on and the mighty Orioles hitters continued to be flummoxed by Weaver's unique array of pitches, Trout found himself playing along, trying to guess which pitch the Angels' longtime ace would throw next, be it the low-80s fastball or the mid-70s changeup or the high-60s curve.

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Five-run third lifts Angels over Orioles

Five-run third lifts Angels over Orioles

ANAHEIM -- The Angels scored five runs in the third inning and Jered Weaver took it from there, pitching seven innings of two-run ball in a 10-2 victory over the Orioles at Angel Stadium on Sunday.

The outcome kept the Orioles from completing a sweep and gave them only their fourth loss in the last 14 games.

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Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Anaheim.

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Shoemaker shows dominant stuff vs. O's

Shoemaker shows dominant stuff vs. O's

ANAHEIM -- Matt Shoemaker's near-flawless performance Saturday night was nearly undone by one pitch in the Angel's 3-1 loss to the Orioles.

Shoemaker's lone mistake came in a scoreless game in the sixth inning against Orioles third baseman Manny Machado when he hung an 0-2 changeup with a runner on. Machado belted it, but the ball fell just foul down the left-field line. Shoemaker came back with a slider to strike out Machado.

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Petit proving to be a nice fit with Angels

Petit proving to be a nice fit with Angels

ANAHEIM -- Angels shortstop Gregorio Petit is used to waiting.

He broke through for his first pair of Major League stints in 2008 and 2009 with Oakland, but then went five years before he could call himself a Big Leaguer once again. After brief stints in the big leagues with the Astros in 2014 and Yankees in 2015, he took on the latest step in his career by signing a Minor League deal with the Angels.

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