OAKLAND -- Matt Shoemaker limited the A's to one run across seven innings and Kole Calhoun went 3-for-5 with a home run on Tuesday night, helping the Angels beat the A's, 6-2, at the Coliseum to get the month of September off on a positive note.
It was only the second time that the Angels -- coming off a 19-loss August -- had won a game by more than two runs since July 26.
OAKLAND -- The Angels are well aware of how silly it sounds, this notion that the start of a new month can trigger success and rid them of the stench they carried throughout a woeful August. Games come almost every day and slumps are never compartmentalized so conveniently.
Sometimes, though, you just have to believe it, no matter how ridiculous the thought.
American League ERA leader Sonny Gray will be on the mound for the A's in Wednesday's series finale against Andrew Heaney and the Angels at the Coliseum.
Gray (12-6, 2.13 ERA) is on pace to finish with the lowest ERA by an AL pitcher since Pedro Martinez posted a 1.74 ERA for the Red Sox in 2000. It also would be the lowest by an A's pitcher since Catfish Hunter finished the 1972 season with a 2.04 ERA.
OAKLAND -- When David Freese fractured his right index finger on July 22, his Angels were at the height of their ascension, at that point 54-40 and two games up on the Astros for first place in the American League West.
OAKLAND -- Contrary to popular belief, Angels manager Mike Scioscia does not expect to have much of a say on who the club's next general manager will be.
"I don't plan on being part of any selection committee," Scioscia said prior to Tuesday's game against the A's from the Coliseum. "I know the role of a manager in an organization, and I love that part of it. It's not to go pick a GM. I just think, just like any team, you have to be philosophically on the same page, all the way down from ownership to the general manager's seat to the manager to the Minor Leagues and scouting director, everything that's important in fueling your Major League roster. You have to be on the same page."
OAKLAND -- The Angels will be sending eight of their prospects to the Arizona Fall League this year, a list that includes pitchers Alan Busenitz, Harrison Cooney, Ryan Etsell and Greg Mahle, catcher Stephen McGee, first baseman Eric Aguilera, and outfielders Caleb Adams and Chad Hinshaw.
The group will join the Mesa Solar Sox in the annual league featuring some of the game's brightest young players, joining prospects from the A's, Cubs, Marlins and Rays. Inland Empire 66ers hitting coach Brenton Del Chiaro will be part of the coaching staff.
OAKLAND -- The Angels have begun their search for a general manager, a source told MLB.com on Monday night, though it's hard to narrow down their list of candidates at this point.
The Angels have some internal candidates in assistant GMs Matt Klentak and Scott Servais, and potentially director of pro scouting Hal Morris, but owner Arte Moreno and president John Carpino will be interviewing outside candidates as well.
OAKLAND -- Evan Scribner and his bullpen mates set an over/under. Danny Valencia considered it another shenanigan in his short stint with the A's. Manager Bob Melvin joked that the grounds crew used double-sided tape to fix it.
They were all referring to the left-field wall at the Coliseum, a sizable chunk of which fell down and caused a 10-minute delay in the fifth inning of the A's 11-5 win over the Angels on Monday night.
OAKLAND -- Danny Valencia and Jake Smolinski contributed to a five-run third inning and Mark Canha provided the dagger in the sixth, launching a three-run homer to help the A's beat the American League West-rival Angels, 11-5, at the Coliseum on Monday night.
The free-falling Angels (65-66) have dropped 26 of their last 37 games and are below .500 for the first time since June 10. They finished August with 19 losses, their highest total that month since 1999, but remained 3 1/2 games back of the Rangers for the second AL Wild Card spot.
OAKLAND -- David Freese is ready to go, but he wasn't in the Angels' lineup for Monday's series opener against the A's. The veteran third baseman is expected to be activated off the disabled list on Tuesday, the first day rosters expand -- and he'll have plenty of company.
Outfielders Matt Joyce and Collin Cowgill and infielder Taylor Featherston, who have been playing rehab games at Triple-A Salt Lake, are also expected to rejoin the team Tuesday, providing Angels manager Mike Scioscia with additional options for an offense that will finish last in the Majors in every important statistical category for August.
CLEVELAND -- Asked if he tried to go deep in Sunday's eighth inning, while needing only a home run for his second career cycle, Mike Trout smiled wide and snickered, offering some rare levity in an otherwise solemn Angels clubhouse.
"When I do that, I get my foot down late and I get jammed," Trout said after a 9-2, sweep-clinching loss to the Indians. "That's what happened."
CLEVELAND -- Abraham Almonte launched a grand slam, Carlos Santana drove in three runs with a little help from the sun and Josh Tomlin spun seven-plus strong innings to lead the Indians to a 9-2 rout over the Angels on Sunday at Progressive Field.
The win was the eighth in the past 10 games for Cleveland (63-66), which still has a pulse in the American League Wild Card race. The Indians are five games back of the second Wild Card spot with four teams, including the Angels (65-65), ahead of them. Los Angeles, which is 6 1/2 games out of first in the AL West and 3 1/2 back of a Wild Card spot, has lost eight of 10 and 25 of its last 36.
CLEVELAND -- August is almost over, and the Angels are a .500 team. It had been 65 days since they had the same amount of wins as losses, but then they were unable to score in a first inning that began with a single and a triple, and they lost two fly balls in the sun and gave up their second grand slam in as many days in a Sunday afternoon game from Progressive Field.
And now, after their 25th loss in their past 36 games, the Angels are 65-65.
CLEVELAND -- One night after coming from behind with three runs against seventh-inning reliever Trevor Gott, the Indians went off against Angels setup man Joe Smith in the eighth, getting a go-ahead double by Carlos Santana and a game-breaking grand slam by Yan Gomes to capture an 8-3 win from Progressive Field on Saturday.
Gomes knew the ball was leaving the ballpark right off the bat.
CLEVELAND -- Joe Smith hadn't given up a home run to a right-handed hitter all season, until Indians catcher Yan Gomes sent one into Progressive Field's bushes Saturday night. In a career that dates back to 2007, Smith had never allowed five runs in one outing, until Saturday's eighth inning, when the Angels' setup man turned a tied game into an 8-3 deficit and yet another crushing loss.
"Tough night for Joe," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's been there for us all year, and he'll be a big part of what we hope to accomplish the rest of the way. We'll turn the page on this."
CLEVELAND -- Opinions could change drastically depending on who the general manager becomes, but there has been a growing desire to re-sign David Freese among those who remain in the Angels' front office. They like what Freese brings to the clubhouse, and they've seen how much the offense has dropped off ever since he landed on the disabled list with a fractured right index finger on July 23.
But there won't be many quality third basemen available in the open market this offseason, with Aramis Ramirez expected to retire and the likes of Juan Uribe, Alberto Callaspo and Casey McGehee rounding out the other options. Freese could price himself out of the Angels' plans.
CLEVELAND -- To Angels manager Mike Scioscia, the logic was easy to digest -- even though the end result was so difficult to stomach. Andrew Heaney was only 12 pitches away from his career high, the bottom of the Indians' order was due up and the next reliever in line, Trevor Gott, had a 1.65 ERA.
"The decision," Scioscia said late Friday night, "just swayed on the opportunity to get Trevor Gott, who's been terrific, into a clean inning, or stretch Andrew a little bit, where maybe he wasn't quite as crisp, into maybe one or two hitters."
Trevor Bauer notched his 10th win by holding a floundering Angels offense to just one run -- an RBI single by Kaleb Cowart -- in eight innings, scattering five hits, walking three and striking out seven to lower his ERA to 4.31.
DETROIT -- At about 12:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, David Shoemaker made his way down the aisle of Section 126 at Comerica Park, right behind home plate. He found Row 24, shuffled to Seat 5, sat down and saw his son, Matt, warm up for his first start in his hometown.
DETROIT -- After the Angels 2-0 victory over the Tigers in Thursday's series finale at Comerica Park, Mike Trout -- the consensus best all-around player in the game -- had come to bat with runners in scoring position only 102 times. One-hundred and thirty-three Major League hitters had more plate appearances in that situation.
It is perhaps the Angels' biggest hindrance this season, a flaw that could cost Trout the American League's Most Valuable Player Award.
By Alden Gonzalez and Alejandro Zúñiga
DETROIT -- Pitching in his hometown for the first time, with at least 50 friends and family members in the stands, Matt Shoemaker dominated the Tigers at Comerica Park on Thursday afternoon, throwing 7 1/3 innings of one-hit ball while leading the Angels to a 2-0 victory.
"It's incredibly special," Shoemaker said. "Family and friends, tons of them here. It means a lot, definitely special, getting a win for this ballclub in a tight playoff race."