Angels keep trouncing on Astros' Wild hopes

Angels keep trouncing on Astros' Wild hopes

HOUSTON -- Coming off a successful West Coast road trip, the Astros hoped to continue their postseason charge at Minute Maid Park against the Angels, a team they had beaten 11 times in a row. The Angels instead have put a huge dent in Houston's playoff hopes.

The Angels rallied for four runs in the eighth inning against Houston's weary bullpen, tagging reliable right-hander Chris Devenski for three runs, to beat the Astros for the third night in a row, 10-4, at Minute Maid Park.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Jordan Ray is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston and covered the Angels on Saturday.

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Pujols passes Bonds on all-time doubles list

Slugger collects 602nd two-base hit; one behind Ripken

Pujols passes Bonds on all-time doubles list

HOUSTON -- When you've had as long and prolific a career as Albert Pujols, you're bound to pass some big names in the record books. The 36-year-old slugger passed another one in Saturday's 10-4 win over the Astros at Minute Maid Park.

With his RBI double in the fourth, which went a Statcast-projected 104.8 mph off Brad Peacock's 93.3 mph fastball, Pujols passed Barry Bonds on the all-time doubles list with 602 for 15th-most in Major League history.

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

Halos look to close road schedule with sweep

Halos look to close road schedule with sweep

In a tight Wild Card race where every game matters, the Astros will look turn things around Sunday afternoon in what has been a rough homestand against the Angels.

The Halos, who had lost 11 in a row against Houston before winning the first three games of this series, have knocked the Astros to three games back of Baltimore for the second Wild Card spot. The Astros also trail Detroit by 2 1/2 games and Seattle by a half-game.

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

Bandy returns for Angels from back injury

Rookie catcher sat out 5 games after last week's exit

Bandy returns for Angels from back injury

HOUSTON -- For the first time in almost a week, catcher Jett Bandy returned to the Angels lineup Saturday night after missing several games due to back soreness.

Bandy hadn't been in the Angels' lineup since a 6-1 win over the Blue Jays on Sept. 17, a game he left in the third inning with back spasms. The second-year catcher didn't play in each of Los Angeles' next five games before entering as a defensive substitution in Friday night's 10-6 comeback win at Minute Maid Park over the Astros.

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

Angels enjoy playing role of spoiler

Angels enjoy playing role of spoiler

HOUSTON -- The Angels appeared destined for a loss, trailing the Astros by two runs entering the top of the ninth inning on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

Then No. 9 hitter Cliff Pennington, who had gone 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, stepped into the box against Houston closer Ken Giles. Pennington lined a single to right, beginning the rally that propelled the Angels to a 10-6 victory.

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Gene Duffey is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston and covered the Angels on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Vote: Trout up for Esurance Best Major Leaguer

Balloting open until Nov. 11 to reward game's elite

Vote: Trout up for Esurance Best Major Leaguer

They are the reason we buy tickets. They hit for average and power, they run, they throw, they defend and they thrill, night after night.

The plan for Major League Baseball's best players is to show up to work every day, do something to help a team win and hopefully delight fans in the process.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels stun Astros with six-run ninth

Angels stun Astros with six-run ninth

HOUSTON -- Leading, 6-4, in the top of the ninth, Ken Giles and the Astros surrendered six runs, letting the Angels rally for a 10-6 win at Minute Maid Park in a game the Astros needed to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Los Angeles completed the rally behind a massive offensive display that included four hits -- including a two-run homer by Yunel Escobar and a three-run double by Rafael Ortega -- as well as three walks and a stolen base. The Angels have now won three straight -- all against American League West opponents -- and five of their last seven.

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Jordan Ray is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston.

Gene Duffey is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston and covered the Angels on Friday.

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Scioscia glad Tal's Hill will be leveled

Angels manager said center-field mound at Minute Maid Park was 'injury risk'

Scioscia glad Tal's Hill will be leveled

HOUSTON -- Don't count Mike Scioscia as a fan of Tal's Hill in center field at Minute Maid Park.

When informed by a reporter on Thursday afternoon that Tal's Hill will definitely be leveled during the offseason, the Angels manager said, "Thank God."

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Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Offense often a problem for Angels in Houston

Offense often a problem for Angels in Houston

HOUSTON -- Scoring runs was the Angels' biggest problem during their 11-game losing streak to the Astros, which ended on Thursday night with a 2-0 win. The Angels scored two runs or fewer in five of the seven games they have played at Minute Maid Park this season.

"We didn't swing the bats really well, but we played good defense and pitched really well," manager Mike Scioscia said of Thursday's victory. "We've had trouble scoring runs in this park. I don't know if there's any rhyme or reason to it."

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Gene Duffey is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston and covered the Angels on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nolasco posts second straight scoreless start

Nolasco posts second straight scoreless start

HOUSTON -- Albert Pujols isn't the only Angel who has enjoyed success at Minute Maid Park. Ricky Nolasco remained unbeaten at the venue after throwing seven scoreless innings on Thursday.

Spotted a two-run home run by Pujols in the first inning, Nolasco made the early lead hold up in the Angels' 2-0 win that snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Astros.

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Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels, Pujols devil Astros' egg in opener W

Angels, Pujols devil Astros' egg in opener W

HOUSTON -- With the Wild Card race as tight as it is, the Astros can't afford many more nights like Thursday's 2-0 loss to the Angels if they want a shot at playing meaningful baseball in October.

Though Astros starter Mike Fiers rebounded from a rough first inning in which he allowed a two-run homer by Albert Pujols that went a Statcast™-projected 358 feet from home plate, his 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball weren't enough to keep Houston from losing, as the Astros' offense couldn't come up with a big hit all night. The Astros couldn't even get a baserunner past second until the eighth inning.

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Jordan Ray is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston and covered the Astros on Thursday.

Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston and covered the Angels on Thursday.

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Trout's HR carries Angels over Rangers

Trout's HR carries Angels over Rangers

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers will have to wait until they get to Oakland before they get another chance to clinch the American League West.

They were hoping to do that at home on Wednesday, but that didn't happen, as the Astros defeated the Athletics in the afternoon and the Rangers went down, 5-4, to the Angels in a night game at Globe Life Park.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com based in Texas and covered the Angels on Wednesday.

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Weaver attains milestone with win over Texas

Weaver attains milestone with win over Texas

ARLINGTON -- Earning a victory against the Rangers is not usually a major milestone for the veteran Jered Weaver, who has more wins against Texas than any other franchise after a solid outing in the Angels' 5-4 victory on Wednesday night.

But Weaver's 18th win over the Rangers was also the 150th of his career; he joins Chuck Finley (165 wins) as the only pitchers to reach 150 with the Angels. So it wasn't just a run-of-the-mill victory over the division rivals, even though Weaver chalked up the achievement to mere longevity.

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Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com based in Texas and covered the Angels on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels, Rangers see dust-up differently

Angels, Rangers see dust-up differently

ARLINGTON -- The Angels and Rangers on Wednesday continued to voice their drastically differing opinions about Tuesday night's events, with participants on both teams casting themselves as the good guys and their opponents as the villains.

To Angels manager Mike Scioscia, his shortstop, Andrelton Simmons, didn't break any rules, written or unwritten, when he tagged Carlos Gomez out at second base. To Gomez, Simmons blocked the bag and could have injured him as he slid.

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Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com based in Texas. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trout up for Best Hitter Award

Balloting open until Nov. 11 to reward game's elite

Trout up for Best Hitter Award

Babe Ruth once said of hitting, "All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it."

Following that advice most impressively in 2016 are Jose Altuve of the Astros, Kris Bryant of the Cubs, Daniel Murphy of the Nationals, David Ortiz of the Red Sox and Mike Trout of the Angels. They have socked it so often, so hard, so productively and so memorably, that they are your five choices for Best Hitter in the Esurance MLB Awards.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels edged by Rangers in Arlington

Angels edged by Rangers in Arlington

ARLINGTON -- Another comeback and another one-run victory have pushed the Rangers to the brink of the American League West title.

The Rangers trailed by two after two innings but went ahead on Nomar Mazara's two-run home run and held on with a superb effort from the bullpen for a 5-4 victory over the Angels at Globe Life Park on Tuesday night.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas and covered the Angels on Tuesday.

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Tempers flare between Angels, Rangers

Tempers flare between Angels, Rangers

ARLINGTON -- After Rangers outfielder Carlos Gomez singled with one out in the sixth, he looked to advance to second on an errant pickoff throw from Angels left-hander Jose Alvarez. Gomez over-slid second base and was called out, and a challenge upheld the call on the field.

Gomez took exception to what he believed was Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons blocking second base on the putout. And that sparked a night of flared tempers in the Rangers' 5-4 win over the Angels on Tuesday night.

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

Skaggs feeling 'pretty good' after playing catch

Skaggs feeling 'pretty good' after playing catch

ARLINGTON -- Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs is still not sure if he will make another appearance this season as he deals with a mild flexor-pronator strain in his left forearm. But he took a positive step on Tuesday, playing catch from 90 feet.

Skaggs, who said he felt good after playing catch for the first time since being scratched from his start last Wednesday, is expected to play catch from 120 feet on Wednesday. He's not sure when he'll be able to start working off a mound.

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Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas and covered the Angels on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Chacin no worse for wear after liner hits leg

Chacin no worse for wear after liner hits leg

ARLINGTON -- It appears that Angels right-hander Jhoulys Chacin was able to dodge a serious injury after he was unable to dodge a liner off the bat of Jonathan Lucroy in the Angels' 3-2 loss to the Rangers on Monday night.

Lucroy sent a 104-mph line drive, per Statcast™, that hit Chacin squarely on his left shin with one out in the fourth inning. Chacin said the ball didn't hit a bone, though, and instead caught just muscle. Though in pain, he doesn't expect anything serious to come from the incident.

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Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas and covered the Angels on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Overturned call leads to Angels run

Overturned call leads to Angels run

ARLINGTON -- The Angels got the call overturned. Rangers manager Jeff Banister got the ejection.

The Rangers ended up going home happy after a 3-2 victory over the Angels on Monday night at Globe Life Park, reducing their magic number to three to clinch the American League West (with some help from the Blue Jays, who defeated the Mariners).

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Win streak ends with loss in Rangers opener

Win streak ends with loss in Rangers opener

ARLINGTON -- Ian Desmond singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Angels on Monday night at Globe Life Park.

The Rangers' eighth walk-off victory of the season left the Rangers 35-10 in one-run games; it was also their 46th comeback victory, as they were down, 2-1, going into the bottom of the seventh.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas and covered the Angels on Monday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Scioscia talks passing Weaver on wins list

Scioscia talks passing Weaver on wins list

ARLINGTON -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia has watched Mike Trout and Albert Pujols frequently break records, seemingly on a daily basis. But with the Angels' win over the Blue Jays on Sunday, Scioscia made some history of his own.

Scioscia passed former Orioles manager Earl Weaver with career managerial win No. 1,481 and now stands alone at No. 23 on the all-time list. He needs 10 more to tie Hall of Famer Clark Griffith.

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Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas and covered the Angels on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beltre has a big fan in Scioscia

Beltre has a big fan in Scioscia

ARLINGTON -- The first time Angels manager Mike Scioscia saw the Rangers' Adrian Beltre play, Beltre was a 15-year-old in the Dominican Republic, while Scioscia was the Dodgers' Minor League catching instructor.

Scioscia then had a front-row seat to Beltre's rookie season, with the Dodgers in 1998, as the team's bench coach. He's watched Beltre play plenty of times since, as Beltre has spent 11 of the last 12 seasons playing in the American League West, with the Rangers and Mariners.

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Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas and covered the Angels on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast of the Day: Trout's slide dazes Jays

Statcast of the Day: Trout's slide dazes Jays

ANAHEIM -- Another game, another spectacular slide from Mike Trout, who yet again displayed a combination of awareness and athleticism on the basepaths to steal a run at home despite Jose Bautista's throw in Sunday's 4-0 win over Toronto.

In the fifth inning, Trout managed a double on a line drive with an aggressive decision to go for second. Trout then sped for home on a single from Albert Pujols in the subsequent at-bat.

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Angels on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Meyer, Trout lead Angels in blanking Jays

Meyer, Trout lead Angels in blanking Jays

ANAHEIM -- The Blue Jays traveled to the West Coast looking to make up some ground in the American League East and take a stranglehold over the first Wild Card spot. The Angels made sure that didn't happen.

The Angels played the role of spoiler once again on Sunday afternoon as right-hander Alex Meyer tossed five scoreless innings and struck out seven in a 4-0 victory that featured a 13-minute delay in the bottom of the third inning as a swarm of bees descended upon the field.

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Angels on Saturday.

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

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Swarm of bees delay Blue Jays-Angels game

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Swarm of bees delay Blue Jays-Angels game

Bees. BEES. 

The mere mention of them can strike fear in folks' hearts, and an angry, buzzing swarm of them taking over an infield is enough to drive a bunch of players -- including the Blue Jays and Angels, who fled in the third inning on Sunday afternoon -- running for cover.

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Shoemaker grateful for support after injury

Shoemaker grateful for support after injury

ANAHEIM -- Matt Shoemaker was back at Angel Stadium on Sunday and plans to stick around for the Angels' final homestand next week.

Shoemaker, with a visible scar on the side of his head, spoke with reporters for the first time since Sept. 4, when he was struck in the head by a line drive and underwent surgery to halt bleeding on his brain. It wasn't the right-hander's first day back at the stadium, but he still had teammates welcoming him back in person and get-well cards from fans waiting in his locker.

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Angels on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pujols joins elite club with 14th 30-HR season

Pujols joins elite club with 14th 30-HR season

ANAHEIM -- The milestones just keep coming for Albert Pujols, who registered his 14th season of at least 30 homers with a solo shot in the second inning of Saturday's game against the Blue Jays.

Pujols' 30th homer put him in elite company. Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez are the only other players to accomplish the feat.

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Angels on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.