ANAHEIM -- Giovanny Urshela lined a two-out, two-run homer off Angels reliever Cam Bedrosian in the 12th inning Tuesday night, ending a scoreless tie and sending the Indians to a 2-0 victory at Angel Stadium.
"That felt great," Urshela said of his go-ahead blast. "That felt good to help the team win."
Club burns through bullpen for second time in three games
By David Adler
ANAHEIM -- If your offense can only come up with two hits and four baserunners in 12 innings, eventually something's probably going to give on the pitching side, and on Tuesday that's what happened to Angels reliever Cam Bedrosian.
Bedrosian served up a two-run homer to the Indians' No. 9 hitter, Giovanny Urshela, in the 12th inning of the Angels' 2-0 loss, their 10th in 12 games.
ANAHEIM -- The Angels' schedule is plastered along one of their clubhouse walls, with game-used baseballs bolted on top of every game they've won. David Freese glanced at it Tuesday afternoon, before the team's 2-0 loss to the Indians, and was asked about returning from the disabled list on Aug. 17, when the team begins a seven-game homestand against the White Sox and Blue Jays.
"Oh I think it can be sooner than that," Freese said.
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.
David Adler, an associate reporter for MLB.com, contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Angels will play matchups with left-right combinations
By Alden Gonzalez
ANAHEIM -- For the better part of two years, from the start of 2002 to the end of 2003, Angels manager Mike Scioscia platooned at two spots in his lineup. It was Adam Kennedy and Benji Gil at second base, and Shawn Wooten and Brad Fullmer making up most of the production at designated hitter, two left-right combos that gave the Angels above-average production at two positions.
"It worked out great," Scioscia said. "It really did."
Santiago looks to bounce back in finale vs. Indians
By David Adler
Hector Santiago will look to get back to his All-Star form in the Angels' series finale against the Indians Wednesday at Angel Stadium.
The Angels left-hander is coming off, arguably, his worst start of the season, against the Dodgers on Friday, when he tied season-highs in hits (nine) and runs (five) in five innings. In his last two games, Santiago has allowed nine runs in 10 innings, and his ERA has jumped from 2.30 to 2.70.
ANAHEIM -- The Angels assumed they had hit rock bottom when they began their homestand this week -- and then the first inning happened. It featured three runs by the opposing offense, 26 pitches from a starting pitcher they badly needed length from and a home-run-robbing catch by the opposing center fielder.
They overcame all of that, somehow, and they won on Monday night, beating the Indians, 5-4, to snap a season-long six-game losing streak and capture their second victory in the last 11 games.
The Angels, limping into the series opener on a six-game losing streak, needed their young flamethrower to be a stopper. A day after they burned everyone in their bullpen but Huston Street -- while still being swept by the Dodgers -- they needed Richards to go deep into the game. The first inning didn't bode well for either.
ANAHEIM -- Garrett Richards settled in after a rough first inning and the Angels plated a combined five runs in the fifth and sixth, surging to a 5-4 victory over the Indians on Monday night and snapping their season-long six-game losing streak.
The Indians, last in the Majors in runs since the beginning of June, took a three-run lead against Richards in the first, getting an RBI single by Michael Brantley and a two-run homer from Yan Gomes. But then the Angels began to chip away against Corey Kluber.
ANAHEIM -- A final decision on C.J. Wilson's next step probably won't be made until at least Aug. 11, when the Angels' starter meets face-to-face with Dr. Neal ElAttrache -- who is currently on vacation -- for a second opinion.
Wilson is still leaning strongly toward season-ending surgery to remove what he described as eight bone spurs in his left elbow. But he said the Angels have approached him about the possibility of taking a few weeks off, delaying the surgery -- one Wilson has had two other times in his career -- until the offseason and possibly helping the Angels out of the bullpen in September.
Left-hander Heaney nets Rookie of the Month honors
By Joey Nowak
The American League Player of the Month honors are staying in Anaheim. And for good measure, the Rookie of the Month award has found a home there, too.
Angels outfielder Mike Trout has been named the AL Player of the Month for July, the third such award in his career. And pitcher Andrew Heaney has been named the league's most outstanding rookie for July.
ANAHEIM -- Official word of the trade reached David Murphy during the fourth inning of the Indians' game against the Royals on Tuesday. Just like that, his time in Cleveland had come to a close. It was time to pack his bags and catch a flight to join the Angels.
In the dugout at Progressive Field, Murphy began saying his farewells in what was a surreal moment for the veteran.
ANAHEIM -- Angels left fielder Matt Joyce worked out on Monday, his first physical activity since sustaining a concussion July 26 in an outfield collision with shortstop Erick Aybar.
Joyce said his symptoms -- headaches and dizziness -- have subsided, and he was set to see a doctor Monday, before the Angels' series opener against the Indians at home, to evaluate the next steps for him toward his return.
LOS ANGELES -- The Angels threw nearly everything they had against the Dodgers on Sunday, and they still lost their sixth straight game. Six relief pitchers and 12 position players only produced a 5-3, 10-inning loss on Andre Ethier's walk-off two-run homer off Drew Rucinski at Dodger Stadium.
Rucinski entered the game in the 10th as the Angels' only option out of the bullpen other than closer Huston Street, who was being held back for a save situation. (It's also possible that, had the game gone long enough, starter Matt Shoemaker could have come out of the bullpen as an emergency option.)
LOS ANGELES -- Andre Ethier hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning to give the Dodgers a 5-3 victory over the Angels and their fourth straight win on Sunday at Dodger Stadium. The Halos wrapped up a 1-8 road trip.
Ethier also homered in the eighth inning to put the Dodgers up, 3-2, only for the Angels to tie the game in the ninth on Chris Iannetta's RBI double. When Ethier's spot in the order came around again in the 10th, the veteran yanked a 1-1 changeup into the right-field bullpen to give the Dodgers a Freeway Series sweep.
LOS ANGELES -- Scratched twice due to a sore hip, Clayton Kershaw returned to the mound Saturday at Dodger Stadium and still dominated, extending his scoreless innings streak to 37 with a two-hitter over eight innings in a 3-1 Dodgers win over the Angels.
Kershaw struck out seven with one walk, the first he's issued since July 3. He has four consecutive wins for a 9-6 overall record and 2.37 ERA.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. David Adler is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Wilson may opt for season-ending surgery
Loose bodies in Angels lefty's elbow have restricted range of motion
By Alden Gonzalez
LOS ANGELES -- Angels starter C.J. Wilson has basically decided he can no longer pitch this season.
The veteran left-hander revealed Saturday morning that he has loose bodies in his elbow that have restricted his range of motion to the point where he can no longer be an effective pitcher. Wilson has been managing the issue all season, getting fluid drained from his left elbow four separate times, and he will now likely opt for surgery to remove bone spurs, a procedure that is expected to rule him out for the rest of the 2015 season.
LOS ANGELES -- In three days, the Angels have faced the no-doubt American League Pitcher of the Month for July, the sure-fire National League Pitcher of the Month for July and a man not far removed from the fourth-longest scoreless-innings streak in modern history.
Angels star capitalizes on Dodgers ace's bread-and-butter location
By David Adler
LOS ANGELES -- Zack Greinke, arguably the best pitcher in baseball in 2015, has rolled through the Major Leagues by relentlessly attacking the outer third of the strike zone. But Mike Trout, well, he's in a league of his own.
After his leadoff homer off Greinke in the 2015 All-Star Game -- notably, on a fastball off the outside corner -- Trout got his first regular-season at-bats of the year against Greinke in Friday's Freeway Series opener, a 5-3 Dodgers win at Dodger Stadium. Trout got the better of the matchup, going 2-for-3 off Greinke with an RBI triple smoked into the right-center-field gap and an RBI single lined cleanly into left-center.
LOS ANGELES - From the moment Mike Trout stepped into the batter's box and tapped Yasmani Grandal's shin guards in his customary first-inning greeting, the Dodgers' catcher knew he was in the middle of something really good, something extraordinary.
"It's not often you get to see one of the best players face one of the best pitchers," said Grandal, whose two-run homer proved the difference in a 3-1 victory that has the Angels in danger of being swept at the hands of their geographical rivals on Sunday.
LOS ANGELES -- Howie Kendrick launched a solo home run in the first inning and Zack Greinke was strong for eight innings as the Dodgers beat the Angels, 5-3, at Dodger Stadium on Friday night.
Greinke (10-2) was consistent as ever, firing eight innings and allowing only two runs while striking out eight; this is his fifth win in his last six outings. It was the bottom of the order that provided the offensive punch for the Dodgers. Alex Guerrero hit a two-run homer and Kiké Hernandez reached base three times, as the Nos. seven and eight hitters, respectively.
Steve Bourbon is an associate reporter for MLB.com.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show" and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Angels' All-Star pitcher has trouble executing game plan
By David Adler
LOS ANGELES -- This is two starts in a row that the Angels' All-Star pitcher hasn't exactly pitched like one.
Hector Santiago gave up five runs on nine hits -- both tying season highs -- in five-plus innings Friday night as the Angels lost, 5-3, to the Dodgers in the Freeway Series opener at Dodger Stadium. It was the Angels' sixth loss in seven games following a 17-3 run.
LOS ANGELES -- The Angels fielded calls right up until the 1 p.m. PT Trade Deadline on Friday, open to the possibility of adding another bat and looking mostly for an experienced, controllable bullpen arm. They were hopeful that the asking prices would fall on the final day and were surprised by the fact that they actually rose, so they stood back, satisfied with the platoon outfielders they already acquired and unwilling to part with the few premium prospects they still have.
LOS ANGELES -- The Angels have promoted top pitching prospect Sean Newcomb to Double-A, making that the third level the 22-year-old left-hander will pitch at in his first full season in professional baseball.
Newcomb, drafted 15th overall last summer, has posted a 2.25 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP in 100 innings at both of the Angels' Class A levels, striking out 11.6 batters and walking 4.7 per nine innings. Newcomb has risen fast -- but not fast enough to compete for a spot in the Major League rotation at the start of next season.
HOUSTON -- It all seems so grim for the Angels now, not long after it all seemed so pleasant. They were swept in a three-game series at Minute Maid Park on Thursday night, Jason Castro's two-out, three-run walk-off homer serving as the final blow in a 3-0 loss. Now the Angels trail the Astros by two games in the American League West, a division the Angels led by two games as recently as eight days ago.
LOS ANGELES -- The Angels placed left-hander C.J. Wilson on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation on Friday.
Wilson pitched Tuesday and was knocked around by the Astros, allowing six runs in four innings -- but manager Mike Scioscia said Friday, before the Angels' series opener against the Dodgers, that there weren't any obvious injury indications.
HOUSTON -- Jason Castro, who came into his ninth-inning at-bat with six hits with runners in scoring position this season, blasted a three-run walk-off home run to complete the Astros' sweep of the Angels with a 3-0 win Thursday night, giving Houston a two-game lead in the American League West.
Castro turned on Fernando Salas' 1-2 pitch to dispatch it into the right-field seats for the Astros' second walk-off home run of the season. Salas entered the game with two outs in relief of Jose Alvarez and surrendered a single to Marwin Gonzalez before Castro ended the game.
HOUSTON -- Matt Shoemaker continued his dominance amid the Angels' 3-0 walk-off loss to the Astros on Thursday night, pitching seven scoreless innings to put his ERA at 2.01 since June 26.
Shoemaker still looks like the odd man out in the rotation once Jered Weaver returns, a development that could happen as early as the beginning of next week. But Shoemaker continues to say it isn't weighing on his mind, nor is he motivated by it -- even though the numbers suggest otherwise.
HOUSTON -- Angels center fielder Mike Trout returned to the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Astros at Minute Maid Park after missing the last two games with soreness in his left wrist.
Trout took some swings off a tee, then hit some soft toss and "didn't really feel anything" in his ailing wrist, so the Angels started him in center field and in his customary No. 3 spot in the batting order.