Angels peg Friday for Escobar's return

Angels peg Friday for Escobar's return

ANAHEIM -- Manager Mike Scioscia said third baseman Yunel Escobar would likely return the Angels lineup on Friday night in Seattle.

Escobar, struck in the face in the face by his own foul bunt Aug. 19, went on the disabled list the next day. He was cleared for baseball activities Monday.

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Angels overwhelm Reds with five home runs

Angels overwhelm Reds with five home runs

ANAHEIM -- As the Reds visited Angel Stadium for the first time since 2002, the Angels' hitters pounced quickly to make it an unpleasant experience. Familiar faces like Mike Trout and Albert Pujols provided two of their five home runs as they rolled to a 9-2 victory on Monday night.

The Angels have won three straight games and five of their last six, while the Reds lost for the sixth time in eight games.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Pujols ties Frank Robinson for 9th on HR list

Pujols ties Frank Robinson for 9th on HR list

ANAHEIM -- Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols hit his 586th career home run in the first inning on Monday night against the Reds, tying Frank Robinson for ninth place in Major League history. Next on the all-time list is Sammy Sosa, with 609.

The Angels launched five home runs and had nine extra-base hits in breezing to a 9-2 victory over the Reds at Angel Stadium behind Matt Shoemaker (9-13). He worked seven strong innings without a walk for his third consecutive victory, getting in the groove after giving up a Joey Votto homer in the first inning.

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Angels trade Nava to Royals

Angels trade Nava to Royals

ANAHEIM -- The Angels on Monday traded outfielder Daniel Nava and cash considerations to the Royals for a player to be named, or cash considerations.

Nava was designated for assignment on July 30 and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake. He hit .365 with five homers and 31 RBIs in 22 games for the Bees, after batting .235 with nine RBIs in 45 games for the Angels.

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Angels add Ortega to outfield mix

Angels add Ortega to outfield mix

ANAHEIM -- In need of fresh outfield legs, the Angels on Monday recalled Rafael Ortega, their hottest hitter at Triple-A Salt Lake, and returned right-hander A.J. Achter to the Bees.

In his past 40 games for Salt Lake, Ortega had a .370/.400/.549 slash line, with 13 doubles, five triples and 10 stolen bases. He went right into the Angels' lineup on Monday night against the Reds, batting eighth and playing left field.

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Angels blank Tigers on 4 hits to win series

Angels blank Tigers on 4 hits to win series

DETROIT -- The Angels completed their spoiler road trip with their second consecutive series win over an American League postseason contender. Tyler Skaggs silenced the Tigers for six scoreless innings Sunday, sending the Angels to a 5-0 win in the rubber match of a three-game weekend set at Comerica Park.

Hours after the Tigers lost two batters, manager Brad Ausmus and hitting coach Wally Joyner to ejections for arguing balls and strikes on Saturday, they were back at full strength, but it made little difference. Skaggs (2-3) struck out six batters, all swinging, while allowing one runner to reach scoring position to earn his first victory -- and first quality start -- since tossing seven shutout innings at Kansas City on July 26.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Angels on Sunday.

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Scoreless start snaps tough stretch for Skaggs

Angels lefty holds hot Tigers team to just two hits over six innings

Scoreless start snaps tough stretch for Skaggs

DETROIT -- Tyler Skaggs threw six shutout innings at Comerica Park on Sunday, giving the Angels their second straight win and a 4-2 record on a six-game road trip against two contending teams.

Skaggs allowed two hits, issued two walks and hit a batter in the Angels' 5-0 win against the Tigers. His first quality start in over a month felt extra rewarding considering he had allowed at least four earned runs in four straight starts entering Sunday.

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Oberholtzer to remain in Angels' rotation

Oberholtzer to remain in Angels' rotation

DETROIT -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Sunday he plans on keeping Brett Oberholtzer in the starting rotation following the team's win against the Tigers on Saturday.

Oberholtzer (3-2, 5.16 ERA) had come out of the bullpen all season long with the Phillies before being acquired by Los Angeles. He made three relief appearances for the Angels before making his first start on Saturday, allowing one run over three innings on 59 pitches. It took Oberholtzer 32 pitches to get through the first inning.

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Angels snap frustrated Tigers' winning streak

Angels snap frustrated Tigers' winning streak

DETROIT -- Three months after Michael Fulmer took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning against the Angels, they exacted their revenge with a Kaleb Cowart two-run homer and the stingy pitching of Brett Oberholtzer and Jhoulys Chacin, ending the Tigers' five-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory on Saturday night at Comerica Park.

Victor Martinez, J.D. Martinez, manager Brad Ausmus and hitting coach Wally Joyner were all ejected in a span of four innings for arguing balls and strikes on a frustrating night for Detroit.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Angels on Saturday.

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Oberholtzer, Chacin team up for gem vs. Tigers

Oberholtzer, Chacin team up for gem vs. Tigers

DETROIT -- Brett Oberholtzer had spent the entire season coming out of the bullpen before he made his first start Saturday night in Detroit. He labored through a 32-pitch first inning but allowed just one run in three innings in the Angels' 3-2 win over the Tigers.

Jhoulys Chacin was originally slated to make the start, but manager Mike Scioscia changed his mind on Friday and went with Oberholtzer because he felt Chacin has a better body of work out of the bullpen.

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Buss got some 'Angels in the Outfield' help on this double

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Buss got some 'Angels in the Outfield' help on this double

Back in the early days of baseball, when rules were all kinds of wacky, Ross Barnes made a name for himself as the king of the "fair-foul hit." Using the then-legal ability to hit a ball fair, only to watch it later roll foul -- even in the infield -- the shortstop and second baseman won three batting titles in a career that spanned from 1871-81. 

While that rule may no longer exist, the Angels' Nick Buss paid homage to Barnes with an inverse version of the hit in the Angels' 3-2 victory over the Tigers on Saturday. In the top of the eighth, Buss pounded Alex Wilson's offering directly into the dirt outside the box.

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Angels being cautious with Escobar

Veteran infielder could resume baseball activities on Monday

Angels being cautious with Escobar

DETROIT -- Yunel Escobar could be making his way back to the Angels as early as next week, manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday. The veteran infielder has been out since suffering a concussion when he fouled a pitch off his face on Aug. 19 against the Yankees.

Scioscia said Escobar's concussion symptoms are stabilizing and he could resume baseball activities early next week after wrapping up a six-game road trip in Detroit.

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Angels go quiet after early Pujols HR in Detroit

Angels go quiet after early Pujols HR in Detroit

DETROIT -- Justin Upton's go-ahead two-run homer punctuated a sixth-inning outburst in support of Justin Verlander, sending the Tigers to their fifth consecutive win with a 4-2 victory over the Angels on Friday night at Comerica Park.

The rally moved the Tigers within a game of the Orioles in the American League Wild Card standings. Detroit remains 4 1/2 games behind Cleveland in the AL Central.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Angels on Friday.

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Sliders extend Nolasco's slide against Tigers

Primed for first win with Angels, and first vs. Detroit this year, righty laments 2 pitches

Sliders extend Nolasco's slide against Tigers

DETROIT -- Ricky Nolasco's woes against the Tigers continued Friday night at Comerica Park, when he allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings in the Angels' 4-2 loss, his fourth straight, and third against the Tigers this season.

Nolasco (4-12, 5.23) appeared to be on a different path, however, as he held the Tigers scoreless through five innings. That changed in a matter of seven pitches. In the sixth, he allowed a double to Victor Martinez, followed by another double, thanks to a hanging slider J.D. Martinez shot down the right-field line to tie the game at 1. Nolasco left another slider hanging in the zone on the very next pitch, and Justin Upton hit it for a go-ahead two-run homer.

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In first meeting, Aybar reflects on time with Angels

In first meeting, Aybar reflects on time with Angels

DETROIT -- It came as a big surprise to Erick Aybar when the Angels traded him to the Braves last November after 10 seasons with the club.

"It was difficult at first," Aybar said. "Imagine being with one organization for your whole career and then all of a sudden you get traded. So it was difficult, but that's the way the business is. It's baseball."

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100 RBIs: Another night, another Pujols feat

Veteran joins A-Rod, Foxx, Ruth, Gehrig by reaching century mark for 13th time

100 RBIs: Another night, another Pujols feat

TORONTO -- Albert Pujols added another milestone to his name in the Angels' 6-3 win over the Blue Jays on Thursday, becoming just the fifth Major League player to drive in 100-plus runs in 13 different seasons.

Pujols collected his 100th RBI of 2016 in the Angels' four-run sixth inning, slamming a 91-mph fastball into center field to bring home Kole Calhoun and give the Halos a 3-2 lead.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trout, Angels solve Happ, deny Blue Jays

Trout, Angels solve Happ, deny Blue Jays

TORONTO -- Mike Trout had three hits and drove in four runs Thursday night as the Angels made sure the Blue Jays could not get too comfortable sitting alone atop the standings in the American League East with a 6-3 victory at Rogers Centre.

Toronto had an opportunity to pull one game ahead of Boston, but instead both teams still find themselves tied following a pair of losses on Thursday. That created the possibility for a three-way tie in the standings, but the Orioles also lost, 4-0, in Washington to remain one game back.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto.

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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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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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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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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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.

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