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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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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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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Weaver looks to bounce back in rubber game at Toronto

Weaver looks to bounce back in rubber game at Toronto

J.A. Happ gets the ball for the Blue Jays in Thursday's series finale against the Angels and is looking for his 18th win. The 33-year-old has not lost since June 6 and has picked up the victory in five consecutive starts.

Happ (17-3, 3.05 ERA) has allowed three runs or fewer in all but one of his last eight starts. However, the left-hander is 0-4 with an 8.00 ERA in four career starts against the Angels.

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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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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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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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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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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 DFA Giavotella, put Escobar on 7-day DL

Cron activated, Cowart recalled as infield gets a shakeup

Angels DFA Giavotella, put Escobar on 7-day DL

ANAHEIM -- The Angels will take a look at a number of players at second base for the final six weeks of the season after designating Johnny Giavotella for assignment on Saturday as part of a slew of roster moves that also included activating C.J. Cron from the disabled list, recalling Kaleb Cowart from Triple-A Salt Lake and placing Yunel Escobar on the 7-day concussion DL.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said playing time at second would be split up between Cliff Pennington, Gregorio Petit and Cowart moving forward.

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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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Angels pour it on late to top Mariners

Angels pour it on late to top Mariners

ANAHEIM -- Pitching has been a problem for the struggling Angels of late, but Matt Shoemaker solved that issue for a day at least as he held the Mariners to two runs over seven innings on Thursday night as the Halos rolled to a 6-4 victory.

Shoemaker (7-13, 4.14 ERA) continued his excellence at Angel Stadium, where he's posted a 1.21 ERA over his last eight starts. The 29-year-old right-hander allowed just five hits, with the Mariners only damage against him coming on solo home runs by Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz.

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Pujols reaches 95 RBIs for 15th season

Pujols reaches 95 RBIs for 15th season

ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols, who leads the Major Leagues with 35 RBIs since the All-Star break, made the Mariners pay for walking Mike Trout intentionally in front of him Thursday night.

The Angels' designated hitter split the left-center gap with a two-run double off reliever Nick Vincent in the eighth inning of what had been a one-run game, and his team went on to hold off Seattle for a 6-4 victory and a four-game series split at Angel Stadium.

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Ward among top prospect performers Thursday

Boston's No. 5 fans career-high 11 for second straight start; Rockies' top prospect goes deep twice in big game

Ward among top prospect performers Thursday

The strikeouts just keep on coming for Red Sox No. 5 prospect Michael Kopech.

After setting a career high with 11 strikeouts in his last outing, Kopech matched that number in six innings with Double-A Salem on Thursday.

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Bullpen shines, but Halos' offense struggles

Bullpen shines, but Halos' offense struggles

ANAHEIM -- On a Wednesday night, when their bullpen couldn't have been better, the Angels squandered one offensive opportunity after another, rallied one more time in the ninth but came up just short in a 4-3 loss to the Mariners at Angel Stadium.

Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager denied the Angels at the very end, with a fine back-handed play to throw out Andrelton Simmons with the bases loaded for the final out.

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Angels rally in 9th but come up short

Angels rally in 9th but come up short

ANAHEIM -- Rookie Edwin Diaz got credit for his eighth consecutive save on Wednesday, but the real save belonged to Kyle Seager after the Mariners third baseman made an outstanding play on a hard smash by Andrelton Simmons with the bases loaded to get the final out in Seattle's 4-3 win over the Angels.

"Phenomenal play," said Mariners manager Scott Servais. "Kyle is as good as it gets and he gets in those grooves it's like the glove has Velcro in it. Everything is going in it. Not just the play, but to get to his feet and finish the play and get enough on the throw and a good pick by Dae-Ho [Lee].

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011.

Earl Bloom is a contributor for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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