Trout sits; Angels place Joyce on 7-day DL

Kubitza optioned to Triple-A; Victorino, Navarro added to roster

Trout sits; Angels place Joyce on 7-day DL

HOUSTON -- The Angels placed outfielder Matt Joyce on the seven-day concussion disabled list on Tuesday and optioned third baseman Kyle Kubitza to Triple-A Salt Lake, creating room on the roster for newly acquired outfielder Shane Victorino and left-handed-hitting first baseman/outfielder Efren Navarro.

Victorino was in the lineup, batting eighth and playing left field, for Tuesday's series opener against the Astros, who trail the Angels by one game in the American League West. But Mike Trout was not.

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Anthony Castrovince

Trout part of 25-and-unders dominating

Trout part of 25-and-unders dominating

If we had to pinpoint the one theme of this 2015 season that stands out above all others, it's unquestionably the dominating impact and the infusion of youth on the Major League scene. Never was this more evident than on Monday night when 23-year-old Cubs rookie Kris Bryant cracked his first career walk-off homer into the Wrigley Field bleachers to give the Cubs a dramatic 9-8 win against the Rockies.

And just an hour or so before Bryant's blast landed, the mere suggestion that the Dodgers might consider trading 24-year-old Yasiel Puig turned social media upside down.

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Angels land veteran Victorino from Red Sox

Boston to cover most of remaining salary for outfielder; search continues for lefty bat

Angels land veteran Victorino from Red Sox

The Angels acquired veteran outfielder Shane Victorino from the Red Sox on Monday.

In exchange, Triple-A shortstop Josh Rutledge was sent to Boston, which will pay the majority of the prorated portion remaining on Victorino's contract. The 34-year-old Victorino is making $13 million in his final season before free agency, but the Angels will only be responsible for a little more than $1 million -- with the Sox covering $3.8 million of the remaining $4.9 million -- a source told MLB.com.

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Take notes: Santiago's guide to stardom

Angels hurler ironed out his delivery in offseason, wrote down observations

Take notes: Santiago's guide to stardom

ANAHEIM -- The White Sox told Hector Santiago he would be their closer just before the start of the 2012 season, and then they asked him what he wanted to be.

"I want to start," Santiago told them. "I want to be a starting pitcher."

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Weaver to make rehab start Thursday

Weaver to make rehab start Thursday

Angels starter Jered Weaver is set to make a rehab start for Class A Advanced Inland Empire on Thursday, perhaps his final step before being activated from the disabled list.

Weaver has been on the DL with inflammation in his left hip since June 21. The 32-year-old right-hander has since moved past the injury, but he's still sorting through the mechanics in his delivery.

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Jonathan Mayo

Eaves named to Prospect Team of the Week

Reed goes from Royals to Reds in Cueto deal after impressive performance

Eaves named to Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

Players aren't just playing for their parent organization when on the field. Every game can be considered an audition for 29 other teams.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayo on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trout draws rare curtain call at Big A

Angels star finishes 4-for-4 with two HRs, five RBIs

Trout draws rare curtain call at Big A

ANAHEIM -- Not often does one see curtain calls at Angel Stadium. On Sunday, the acclaimed best baseball player in the world commanded one.

With a crowd of 38,539 roaring "MVP!" Mike Trout emerged from the Angels dugout and raised his helmet high in the air after his sixth-inning grand slam broke open the Angels' 13-7 win over the Rangers -- the encore to his encores, as his legend in Anaheim, somehow, keeps growing.

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Joyce suffers apparent concussion

Angels outfielder collides with Aybar, who stays in game; Trout says left wrist 'little sore' after landing on it

Joyce suffers apparent concussion

ANAHEIM -- Angels left fielder Matt Joyce appears to have sustained a concussion in the 13-7 victory over the Rangers on Sunday after a fourth-inning outfield collision with shortstop Erick Aybar. Joyce could be headed to the seven-day concussion disabled list.

Joyce appeared to be kneed in the head by Aybar as the shortstop tumbled over him while catching Delino DeShields' popup in shallow left field, which ended the inning and stranded the bases loaded for Texas. After the collision, both players remained on the ground for over a minute as the Angels' training staff came out. Aybar eventually got up slowly, but Joyce took longer and needed more assistance getting off the field.

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Wilson takes hill in key series opener vs. Astros

Wilson takes hill in key series opener vs. Astros

After both clubs have an off-day Monday, the top two teams in the American League West will meet Tuesday when the Astros and Angels -- who lead the Astros by one game -- open a three-game series at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros will give the ball to right-hander Collin McHugh in a rematch against Anaheim lefty C.J. Wilson. McHugh came out on top of their first matchup, in Anaheim on June 23, beating the Angels with eight innings of two-run baseball. In his six starts going back to that game, McHugh has a 2.61 ERA.

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Mike Trout hits grand slam into fishing net

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Mike Trout hits grand slam into fishing net

Fishing is a pretty hit-or-miss activity -- sometimes you come home with a big catch, other times you can't even get the net in the water.

And during Sunday's Rangers-Angels game, there was a fisherman looking to catch some Trout at Angel Stadium. Unfortunately, he was fishing in the wrong spot in the first inning, and, after running into some trouble in the fourth inning, it seemed like he might go home empty-handed. But he stayed the course -- for Trout are known for their fighting nature, for their strength, for their determination -- and in the sixth inning, the angler caught a Trout of the grand slam variety.

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Halos rout Rangers as Trout has huge game

Halos rout Rangers as Trout has huge game

ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout hit a game-breaking grand slam in the sixth inning Sunday -- his 31st home run and second of the game -- and finished 4-for-4 with five RBIs and three runs scored as the Angels avoided being swept by the Rangers at Angel Stadium with a 13-7 win. The Angels took a one-game lead on the Astros in the American League West, with Houston losing to the Royals.

Texas' pitching staff struggled all afternoon. Starter Nick Martinez allowed four runs, including two home runs, in his five-plus innings. Anthony Bass came on in relief and committed a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt, then allowed two straight hits without recording an out. Two batters later, Spencer Patton, brought in to face Trout, allowed the slam. Keone Kela and Wandy Rodriguez combined to allow five more Angels runs in the seventh and eighth.

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Trout, Pujols in rarefied air with milestones

Center fielder quickest to 30 HRs in Angels history; veteran swipes 100th base, joins Hall trio

Trout, Pujols in rarefied air with milestones

ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols and Mike Trout both hit milestones during the Angels' 13-7 win over the Rangers on Sunday -- Pujols with the 100th stolen base of his 15-year career, Trout with his 30th home run of the season.

Pujols' stolen base, which came in the fifth inning, put him in some elite company. He became just the fourth player in Major League history with a career .300 batting average, 500 home runs and 100 steals. The others are Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron.

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Pujols' BABIP appears to be on upswing

Pujols' BABIP appears to be on upswing

ANAHEIM -- It's been two months since Albert Pujols said he was hitting the "hardest .230" of his career. His batting average on balls in play seemed to back him up: After May 27, it was .229, far below league average, which sits around .300 (this year, it's .297), Pujols' .299 career average and even his .270 three-year average with the Angels.

Pujols was looking for a turnaround, and he got it. The next two months and 45 games -- May 28 to July 20 -- Pujols homered 21 times, struck out just 15 and got his first Angels All-Star nod.

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Angels pay for sloppy play vs. Rangers

Angels pay for sloppy play vs. Rangers

ANAHEIM -- The Rangers rallied from two runs down in the eighth inning, getting clutch RBI singles from Robinson Chirinos and Delino DeShields to beat the Angels, 7-6, on Saturday night at Angel Stadium. Texas clinched a series win with its fourth straight victory and sent the Halos to a third straight loss following a stretch in which they won 17 of 20.

The Rangers entered the eighth inning trailing, 6-4, but scored three times off usually reliable Angels setup man Joe Smith, who allowed four hits and a walk while only recording one out.

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Aybar's rare mental lapse costs Angels

Aybar's rare mental lapse costs Angels

ANAHEIM -- Angels shortstop Erick Aybar knew he shouldn't have thrown home. He knew he should have taken the double play. But baseball can be a fast game in the moment -- even a 3 1/2-hour game like the Angels' 7-6 loss to the Rangers on Saturday -- and all he could do was react.

With the Angels holding a 6-4 lead in the eighth inning, Texas had runners on first and third and nobody out when Shin-Soo Choo hit a hard ground ball right at Albert Pujols at first base. Pujols stepped on first for the force, then threw to Aybar, covering second. Instead of tagging Mitch Moreland for the second out, Aybar saw Elvis Andrus breaking for home and threw to the plate, too late.

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Gillaspie impressive in Angels debut

Gillaspie impressive in Angels debut

ANAHEIM -- The Angels had a new look for Saturday's 7-6 loss to the Rangers. Newly acquired Conor Gillaspie started at third base, and Kyle Kubitza -- a third-base prospect who hadn't played the outfield regularly until a little more than a week ago at Triple-A Salt Lake -- made his first big league start in left field.

Gillaspie had a solid Angels debut, going 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored, although he also struck out twice. He made a nice play in the seventh inning, gloving Prince Fielder's chopper down the third-base line and throwing him out from foul territory.

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Angels cooled after Trout's 29th homer

Angels cooled after Trout's 29th homer

ANAHEIM -- Colby Lewis was charged with two runs in 7 2/3 innings on Friday night, snapping his six-start losing streak against the Angels and leading the Rangers to a 4-2 victory. Josh Hamilton went 2-for-4 in his first game at Angel Stadium since he was traded to Texas, hitting a double and a single and scoring a couple of runs.

"Really good job by Colby," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "It was important for us to get some runs on the board and let Colby pitch with a lead. We played good defense and had timely hitting."

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Hamilton opens up before Angel Stadium return

Hamilton opens up before Angel Stadium return

ANAHEIM -- The right-center-field fence sits 365 feet from home plate at Angel Stadium, with a scoreboard that raises it about 15 feet above the ground and a marine layer that knocks baseballs down on most summer nights. Hitters have often said it is the most difficult place here to drive the ball. And few know that better than Josh Hamilton, the left-handed-hitting slugger who came to bat at Angel Stadium 188 times last season and never once managed a home run.

Hamilton made his return to Southern California in a 4-2 Rangers win on Friday, with a new team and a new perspective, and was asked if the intimidating dimensions of the ballpark seeped into his mind when he played for the Angels.

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Tropeano heads back to Triple-A after solid effort

Tropeano heads back to Triple-A after solid effort

ANAHEIM -- Nick Tropeano came up, pitched a baseball game and is headed back to Triple-A Salt Lake. He knew that was the plan.

The 24-year-old right-hander, ranked as the Angels' No. 4 prospect by MLB.com, made his second start with the team on Friday -- allowing four runs on seven hits and striking out four over six-plus innings in the Angels' 4-2 loss to the Rangers. Like Tropeano's first start, on April 23, this was a spot start, necessitated by the first rainout in Anaheim in 20 years on Sunday.

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Angel Stadium gets a life-size Trout bobblehead

Angel Stadium gets a life-size Trout bobblehead

ANAHEIM -- One Mike Trout stood next to the other Mike Trout and smiled his usual beaming smile. The other Mike Trout only nodded. Repeatedly.

The Angels unveiled their life-size, fully functional Mike Trout bobblehead in the left field Music Garden at Angel Stadium on Friday, the real Trout autographing the bobble's head and posing with his one-of-a-kind twin as fans snapped pictures.

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Angels get Gillaspie in trade with White Sox

ANAHEIM -- The Angels acquired left-handed-hitting third baseman Conor Gillaspie from the White Sox for cash considerations on Friday morning, providing them with a stopgap at third base until David Freese returns from a fractured right index finger.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Angels designated Triple-A Salt Lake starting pitcher Adam Wilk for assignment.

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Joyce's slump illustrates Angels' need for depth

Scioscia believes club will benefit from more offensive options as Trade Deadline looms

Joyce's slump illustrates Angels' need for depth

ANAHEIM -- The encouraging signs Matt Joyce intermittently displayed in the month of June and even the beginning of July have evolved into another head-scratching, soul-crushing slump for the veteran outfielder. When Thursday's game finished -- in a 3-0 loss to the Twins -- Joyce was riding an 0-for-21 slump, his slash line down to .179/.276/.300 through 276 plate appearances of his first season with the Angels.

"When you're used to being something and being successful, and you come out in early work, stay late, put in work after, and it still doesn't show up in the game, it's obviously frustrating," Joyce said. "It's a hard game. I'm doing everything I can."

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Richards' lone blemish halts Angels' streak at 7

Richards' lone blemish halts Angels' streak at 7

ANAHEIM -- Ervin Santana dominated against his former team on Thursday afternoon, shutting out the red-hot Angels through eight innings and leading the Twins to a 3-0 victory in Southern California.

The win snapped the Twins' four-game losing streak and the Angels' season-best seven-game winning streak. The Angels entered leading the Majors with 6.7 runs per game in July, but Santana held them to just four hits in his fourth start since coming off a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. 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.

Angels recall Kubitza to help fill in at 3B

Club's No. 5 prospect could see regular action at hot corner; Green optioned

Angels recall Kubitza to help fill in at 3B

ANAHEIM -- The Angels recalled third baseman Kyle Kubitza from Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday in a corresponding move after placing David Freese on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right index finger.

Kubitza -- ranked by MLB.com as the Angels' No. 5 prospect -- got to the stadium in the first inning of the Angels' 3-0 loss to the Twins on Thursday, and he lined out hard to first as a pinch-hitter in the eighth.

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Trout, Pujols among most popular jerseys

MadBum, Bryant debut in Nos. 1-2 spots on Most Popular rankings

Trout, Pujols among most popular jerseys

The Most Popular Jerseys rankings, traditionally dominated by Derek Jeter before No. 2's exit last year, have a new and younger look with Giants ace Madison Bumgarner and Cubs rookie third baseman Kris Bryant making their debuts on the list at Nos. 1-2, respectively.

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association released the top 20 rankings on Thursday, based on sales of Majestic Athletic jerseys at the MLB.com Shop from Opening Day through last week's All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile.

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Street joins elite group with 300th save

Angels closer reaches milestone to secure team's 7th straight win

Street joins elite group with 300th save

ANAHEIM -- Joe Smith had a three-run lead to protect for Huston Street, and he was scared.

Street had been sitting on 299 career saves for two weeks, waiting out a groin injury, the All-Star break and an Angels hot streak that wasn't leaving him any save opportunities. But on Wednesday night, in the Angels' 5-2 win over the Twins -- their 17th win in 20 games -- Street finally got his chance. Pitching out of his hunched-over delivery, throwing his high-80s fastball, the 11-year veteran rolled through the heart of the Minnesota batting order for No. 300.

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Iannetta riffs with Pearl Jam's guitarist

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Iannetta riffs with Pearl Jam's guitarist

Baseball players have unique ways of preparing for games. Some take naps, some read and some, surprisingly, play guitar with rock stars.

Chris Iannetta of the Angels, along with hitting coach Dave Hansen, had a jam session with Mike McCready of Pearl Jam before the Halos' Wednesday night matchup against the Twins.

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Halos stay hot, top Twins for 7th straight win

Halos stay hot, top Twins for 7th straight win

ANAHEIM -- Johnny Giavotella and Kole Calhoun combined for six hits, C.J. Wilson escaped trouble over five innings and the Angels continued to roll in Southern California on Wednesday night, beating the Twins, 5-2, to increase their season-best winning streak to seven games.

Huston Street finished it off by recording his 300th save, making him the 27th closer to reach the milestone.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. 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.