Trout closing in on top AL vote-getter for ASG

Donaldson, Cruz take leads; Frazier, Altuve narrowly trail leaders

Trout closing in on top AL vote-getter for ASG

Josh Donaldson and Nelson Cruz have taken leads at their positions, Omar Infante and Jose Altuve are still in a close race, Todd Frazier is making a strong bid to be a hometown starter, and both outfields are far from decided as voting via the thrilling 2015 Esurance All-Star Game Ballot heads toward its finish at 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday.

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Angels stun Mariners on wild pitch in 10th

Angels stun Mariners on wild pitch in 10th

ANAHEIM -- With the Mariners on the verge of getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the 10th inning on Sunday, reliever Tom Wilhelmsen threw a wild pitch that let Kole Calhoun race home with the winning run, giving the Angels a 3-2 walk-off win in the rubber game at Angel Stadium.

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Santiago adds to All-Star resume

Santiago adds to All-Star resume

ANAHEIM -- Hector Santiago, same as a start ago, said he's still looking forward to four days off over the All-Star break. Maybe he should start thinking about making alternate plans.

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Street vehemently opposed to using closers early

Street vehemently opposed to using closers early

ANAHEIM -- Huston Street is a closer. With the Angels ahead of the Mariners, 4-2, in the ninth inning Saturday, he finished the game. Carson Smith is a closer; with the Mariners ahead of the Angels, 3-1, in the ninth inning on Friday, he had already pitched.

The Mariners used Smith in the eighth because it was the highest-leverage situation -- Mike Trout and Albert Pujols were due up. The Angels used Street for the final outs, because that's his job. Street likes it that way -- if his team tried implementing a season-long, leverage-based philosophy, he'd be gone.

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Sabathia tangles with Trout, Angels in opener

Sabathia tangles with Trout, Angels in opener

The Yankees have been scratching their heads about CC Sabathia's continued struggles against right-handed hitters, who have feasted on the veteran left-hander to a .339/.374/.580 split line -- essentially, the equivalent of what Mike Trout has done for the Angels this season.

Sabathia believes that he is close to figuring out what the issue is, and he will get his opportunity to prove it against Trout and the Angels on Monday as the Yankees open a three-game series at Angel Stadium. Left-hander C.J. Wilson draws the start for the Halos.

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Angels send Kubitza back to Triple-A

Angels send Kubitza back to Triple-A

ANAHEIM -- The Angels optioned third baseman Kyle Kubitza to Triple-A Salt Lake following Sunday's 3-2 win against the Mariners at Angel Stadium, with a corresponding move to come prior to Monday's series opener against the Yankees.

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Richards leads way as Angels edge Mariners

Richards leads way as Angels edge Mariners

ANAHEIM -- Garrett Richards allowed just two runs over 7 2/3 innings on Saturday as the Angels topped the Mariners, 4-2, with help from Kole Calhoun's two-run homer at Angel Stadium.

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Calhoun's homer sets tone for Richards

Calhoun's homer sets tone for Richards

ANAHEIM -- A two-run lead isn't much, but with the way the Angels' offense has struggled this season, early breathing room for a starting pitcher can feel bigger than it looks on the scoreboard.

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For Pujols and Trout, class is always in session

For Pujols and Trout, class is always in session

ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols was the first to spring off his perch on the Angels' dugout steps, just ahead of Mike Trout, who was just ahead of the rest of his teammates.

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Shoemaker gaining velocity as timing improves

Shoemaker gaining velocity as timing improves

ANAHEIM -- The timing of Matt Shoemaker's delivery was back in sync on Friday night, his work in the extra two days he had before his start paying off. The Angels' still-middling offense just couldn't back him up.

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Shoemaker takes hard-luck loss vs. Mariners

Shoemaker takes hard-luck loss vs. Mariners

ANAHEIM -- Taijuan Walker pitched seven innings of one-run ball and the Mariners' scuffling offense did just enough against the Angels' Matt Shoemaker to capture a 3-1 win at Angel Stadium on Friday night.

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Street excited to have 300 saves in reach

Street excited to have 300 saves in reach

ANAHEIM -- Angels closer Huston Street entered this weekend's series against the Mariners just five saves away from 300 for his career. It may not be 3,000 hits or 500 home runs, but it's a distinguished round number nonetheless. Only 26 players have reached the milestone since saves became an official stat in 1969.

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Trumbo returns to Angel Stadium

Trumbo returns to Angel Stadium

ANAHEIM -- Mark Trumbo acknowledges that getting traded by the D-backs in midseason has been one of the bigger challenges in his baseball career, adjusting to a new Mariners club and settling into a new city and surroundings on the fly.

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Angels remind Skaggs he won't return this year

Angels remind Skaggs he won't return this year

ANAHEIM -- They knew Tyler Skaggs was nearing his first bullpen session and they figured he'd start to get really excited, so just in case he had forgotten, the Angels' trainers and pitching coach Mike Butcher about a month ago gave the 23-year-old left-hander a reminder: You're not pitching this year, no matter what.

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Angels host MLB Players Trust youth clinic

Angels host MLB Players Trust youth clinic

ANAHEIM -- At a hot, sunny Hart Park, Pharrell Williams' "Happy" was playing over the speaker system, and children were hitting volleyballs with baseball bats.

The volleyballs were part of a swing drill at one of the stations set up by the Players Trust's City Clinics program, which hosted a baseball clinic in Anaheim on Friday morning for athletes ages 6-16 from the Angels' Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program and other organizations. The City Clinics program was developed by Major Leaguers to promote baseball to underserved children in cities around the U.S., with pro players participating in the events.

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Dipoto: Angels have to be 'patient' with bats

Dipoto: Angels have to be 'patient' with bats

ANAHEIM -- Andrew Heaney's impressive debut and Taylor Featherston's timely hit carried the day, but Wednesday's series-winning, 2-1, 13-inning victory over the Astros was also a steady reminder of the offensive troubles that continue to plague this Angels team.

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Fireballer Newcomb tabbed for Futures Game

Fireballer Newcomb tabbed for Futures Game

ANAHEIM -- Angels pitching prospect Sean Newcomb, drafted 15th overall last summer, has been selected to take part in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Cincinnati on July 12.

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Angels acquire Winkler from Rays for Krauss

Club likes velocity, breaking ball from righty reliever, who will report to Double-A

Angels acquire Winkler from Rays for Krauss

ANAHEIM -- The Angels acquired right-handed reliever Kyle Winkler from the Rays in exchange for left-handed power hitter Marc Krauss on Thursday.

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On-the-job training continues for Featherston

Utility infielder delivers game-winning hit in 13th inning vs. Astros

On-the-job training continues for Featherston

ANAHEIM -- It has often been said, by outsiders and even his own manager, that Taylor Featherston's situation is not ideal.

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Angels win on Featherston's single in 13th

Angels win on Featherston's single in 13th

ANAHEIM -- Taylor Featherston extended his hands on an outside-corner Chad Qualls slider and got just enough of it to hit a flare over the head of Astros first baseman Chris Carter, plating Erick Aybar and sending the Angels to a 2-1 win in 13 innings on Wednesday afternoon.

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Fan pulls foul ball out of scrum, does a little dance

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Fan pulls foul ball out of scrum, does a little dance

You might think "immediately lunge like a madman in its general direction" or "just use the nearest available concession" would be the most prudent strategy for coming away with a foul ball. But you clearly haven't put as much thought into it as this Angels fan, who turned the souvenir scrum from a game of checkers among first graders into ruthless three-dimensional chess.

Sure, she seems non-threatening, cowering in fear as a foul ball lands in the row in front of her, content to preserve her own safety as some fans fought it out amongst themselves. Little did they know, she was just playing the long game, and the baseball would be hers before anyone knew what hit them:

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#TBT: Darin Erstad's 'Mike Trout' moment

Fifteen years ago, Angels outfielder achieved rare feat with leadoff, walk-off HRs

#TBT: Darin Erstad's 'Mike Trout' moment

Fifteen years ago, the Angels had another Mike Trout. For one historic season, Darin Erstad was healthy, and the numbers he put up were otherworldly.

Batting at the top of the Angels' order in 2000, Erstad did everything. The 26-year-old outfielder racked up 240 hits, still the most in a single season for any player not named Ichiro since 1930. He posted a slash line of .355/.409/.541. Erstad hit 25 home runs, stole 28 bases, drove in 100 runs and scored 121. His Wins Above Replacement, per baseball-reference.com, was an MVP-level 8.3.

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Efficient Heaney impresses in Angels debut

Club's top prospect fans five over six innings with 83 pitches vs. Astros

Efficient Heaney impresses in Angels debut

ANAHEIM -- Andrew Heaney's 33rd pitch as an Angel -- a 93-mph, inside-corner fastball in the fourth inning Wednesday -- ran hard past Carlos Correa's back leg on a 2-2 count, and home plate umpire John Hirschbeck made the call. In his Angels debut, the 24-year-old left-hander, who was drafted ninth overall by the Marlins in 2012, had just recorded his first strikeout in Anaheim -- by ringing up his Draft's No. 1 pick.

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Angels win series, but Astros a legit force

Angels win series, but Astros a legit force

ANAHEIM -- It took 18 Angels players 13 innings and four hours, 31 minutes to get it done, but they finally subdued the Astros, 2-1, on Wednesday to take a series they badly needed for reasons both mathematical and emotional. These Astros are a force to be reckoned with, and dealing with it are the four clubs chasing them in the American League West.

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gott solidifying seventh-inning role

Angels rookie has thrown five scoreless innings since debut

Gott solidifying seventh-inning role

ANAHEIM -- The seventh-inning call to the Angels bullpen was for Trevor Gott again Monday night, as it has been four times in the past week. With each appearance, the unimposing-looking right-hander with mid-90s-mph heat seems to be settling more into the bridge-the-gap role between starter and back end of the bullpen.

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Wilson chalks up bad night to 'mistakes'

Angels starter's challenges vs. Astros continue

Wilson chalks up bad night to 'mistakes'

ANAHEIM -- C.J. Wilson doesn't necessarily see this as an Astros problem, a comforting sentiment when you consider the recent history and the ongoing importance.

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Wilson chased early by Astros in rout

Wilson chased early by Astros in rout

ANAHEIM -- The Astros have spent most of the year pacing the Majors in home runs and flexed their muscle in the second of a three-game series at Angel Stadium on Tuesday night, going deep three times to chase C.J. Wilson in the fourth inning and pound their division rivals by a 13-3 score.

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