Trout returns to lineup after resting wrist

Trout returns to lineup after resting wrist

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 started in center field and batted in his customary No. 3 spot.

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Richards starts strong, but fades vs. Astros

Richards starts strong, but fades vs. Astros

HOUSTON -- Garrett Richards could tell he wasn't right, even as he navigated through the first four innings without giving up a single hit to the Astros' potent lineup on Wednesday night. He threw first-pitch strikes to only three of 13 hitters, his slider was hanging out over the middle of the plate -- and soon, it all came back to haunt him.

What started off as a potential no-hitter for Richards ended with his first two-homer game in 22 months and a 6-3 loss for his Angels, now a game back of the Astros in the American League West after dropping the first two of a three-game series.

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Shoemaker starts as Angels wrap up set vs. Houston

Shoemaker starts as Angels wrap up set vs. Houston

Making the first home start of his Astros career, Houston native Scott Kazmir expects a robust gathering of 15 family members and some other "rowdy high school friends" when he faces Angels righty Matt Shoemaker in finale of a three-game set at Minute Maid Park on Thursday.

Though the rowdy high school friends are tasked with getting their own tickets, according to Kazmir, he's excited to pitch in the park where his childhood idols played for the team he grew up admiring. In his 11-year career, Kazmir has made only three starts at Minute Maid Park, sporting a 2-0 record with a 4.70 ERA in 15 1/3 innings.

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Angels back in second place after loss to Astros

Angels back in second place after loss to Astros

HOUSTON -- The Astros moved into sole possession of first place in the American League West for the first time since before the All-Star break, beating the Angels, 6-3, on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park, behind a terrific outing from rookie Lance McCullers.

McCullers (5-3) gave up a run in the second inning before getting into a groove and setting down 15 of the final 17 batters he faced. In the meantime, the Astros chipped away, taking a 2-1 lead in the fifth on RBIs by Colby Rasmus and Jose Altuve. Preston Tucker would then homer in the sixth, and Jon Singleton blasted his first of the year in the seventh to make it 4-1.

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Reliever Morin to optioned Triple-A

Corresponding move will be announced Thursday

Reliever Morin to optioned Triple-A

HOUSTON -- Mike Morin broke out as a rookie last year and entered the 2015 season with hopes of solidifying himself as the Angels' seventh-inning reliever. But he struggled early on, landed on the disabled list with a strain in his left oblique and gave up four runs in his second inning Tuesday night.

When they sent him down to Triple-A late Wednesday night, he wasn't surprised.

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DeJesus to take the role of former teammate Joyce

DeJesus to take the role of former teammate Joyce

HOUSTON -- David DeJesus spent a year and a half teaming with Matt Joyce on the Rays. Now, DeJesus' presence on the Angels is a big reason why Joyce no longer has a role.

"It's weird," DeJesus said. "But that's part of the game. I had a good relationship with him. We had a friendship off the field. When it comes to, this is a tough situation. I hope he can get healthy and get back to himself, because I've seen him as a really good player."

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Angels add trio of veteran outfielders via trades

Victorino goes 1-for-4 with a bunt single in Halos debut

Angels add trio of veteran outfielders via trades

HOUSTON -- The Angels acquired left-handed-hitting outfielders David Murphy and David DeJesus on Tuesday, one day after trading for right-handed-hitting outfielder Shane Victorino. The moves -- made without parting with any premium starting-pitching prospects -- give Angels manager Mike Scioscia the ability to platoon in left field and designated hitter, the two most troubled spots of his lineup.

Rather than splurge on a premium bat in what continued to be a tough buyers' market for offense, the Angels opted for volume.

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Richard Justice

3 minor deals may prove major for Angels

3 minor deals may prove major for Angels

HOUSTON -- Sometimes, the best moves are the small ones. Really good teams make them all the time. Taken one by one, they don't raise eyebrows. Seen as part of a larger picture, they can significantly position a team for a stretch run.

That's the best way to look at what the Angels have done the past couple of days in making three separate trades to acquire outfielders Shane Victorino, David Murphy and David DeJesus.

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Iannetta homers, but Angels drop opener

Iannetta homers, but Angels drop opener

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve drove in a career-high five runs, and Carlos Correa and Chris Carter went deep as the Astros rallied from an early three-run deficit to beat the Angels, 10-5. The two clubs now sit tied atop the AL West.

Houston broke open the back-and-forth affair in the sixth, padding its tenuous 6-5 lead with four extra-base hits and four runs -- highlighted by Altuve's two-run double and Evan Gattis' seventh triple of the season. Eight of the nine Astros starters had hits, including four with multi-hit games.

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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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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wilson's struggles vs. Astros continue

Wilson's struggles vs. Astros continue

HOUSTON -- The way C.J. Wilson was pitching on Tuesday, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said, "It wasn't going to work anywhere."

Perhaps that's true, but this was Minute Maid Park, home of an Astros team that is once again tied with the Angels for first place in the American League West -- and Wilson just can't figure them out.

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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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Trout day to day, MRI on wrist comes back negative

Trout day to day, MRI on wrist comes back negative

HOUSTON -- MRI results on Mike Trout's left wrist came back negative, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said after his team's 10-5 loss to the Astros on Tuesday night. Trout doesn't have any structural damage on the wrist, which he hurt attempting to make a diving catch in Sunday's game. The 23-year-old center fielder is day to day and may play as early as Wednesday.

Trout woke up Tuesday feeling sore, and he felt pain while taking some swings in the batting cage early in the afternoon.

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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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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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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.

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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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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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. David Adler is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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