Angels post 9-run 5th in rout of Red Sox

Angels post 9-run 5th in rout of Red Sox

BOSTON -- The Angels, who have struggled to score runs as much as the team they faced on Friday night, put a 12-5 thumping on the Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park.

Most of the damage was done during a nine-run top of the fifth that lasted 39 minutes and included two errors by Boston.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. 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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast: Trout shows off all his tools

Defending AL MVP shines with bat, arm, and feet

Statcast: Trout shows off all his tools

Mike Trout is the best player in baseball, and that shouldn't be a controversial statement. Trout is the defending AL MVP, and there are more than a few people who think he should be on a streak of three in a row. In the entire history of the game, only three players -- inner-circle legends in Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, and Mel Ott -- have compiled more WAR through their age-23 season, and remember that Trout still has more than four months of that season to go. By the end of the year, he could conceivably be No. 1 on that list.

It's difficult to overstate just how impressive Trout is, but it doesn't mean we can't try. In Friday night's 12-5 Angels victory in Boston, we saw all of the tools that make Trout the best player on earth.

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Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Can one inning jump-start Angels' offense?

Club hopes nine-run fifth vs. Red Sox is a sign of things to come

Can one inning jump-start Angels' offense?

BOSTON -- A three-run homer from a catcher who was hitting below .100 two weeks ago, a two-run shot from a shortstop who hadn't gone deep all year, six total bases from a No. 3 hitter who could've easily gone on the disabled list, two opposite-field hits from a newcomer still trying to fit in and one nine-run inning from an offense that had statistically been among the worst in baseball.

It may have only been one game -- one inning, really -- but the Angels will gladly take it.

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Watch Trout pull off one of the best slides this year

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Watch Trout pull off one of the best slides this year

Mike Trout has a lot of tools. He hits home runs, he makes unbelievable catches, he gives really nice Mother's Day presents ...

And during Friday's Angels-Red Sox game, he showed off another outstanding skillset: Sliding.

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'Tough as they come' Pujols back for Angels

First baseman was hit on left hand/wrist by pitch in Toronto

'Tough as they come' Pujols back for Angels

BOSTON -- Albert Pujols returned to the Angels' lineup for Friday's series opener against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, two days after a fastball hit him on the left hand/wrist.

Pujols thought he was headed for the disabled list while in Toronto on Wednesday night, but a CT scan revealed only a bruise and the swelling on the bottom of his left hand subsided significantly by Thursday afternoon. The 35-year-old first baseman will initially have to hit through a little bit of pain, but he believes it's manageable.

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Statcast data part of FOX broadcasts

Technology precisely monitors location and movements of ball, players

Statcast data part of FOX broadcasts

FOX's primetime games on Saturday night will take on an entirely new look this weekend as the network plans to incorporate Statcast™ into its broadcast for the first time.

The Statcast™ technology will be available during the games between the Cardinals and Royals, as well as the Angels and Red Sox, each set to begin at 7:15 p.m ET. Check your local listings for the game available in your area.

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Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast to track Angels-Red Sox at Fenway

Statcast to track Angels-Red Sox at Fenway

Angels southpaw C.J. Wilson heads to the mound on Saturday at Fenway Park to take on a Red Sox team that has struggled mightily against left-handed pitching this season. He owns a 3.69 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP in 11 career appearances (five starts) at Fenway.

The FOX broadcast of the game will include the revolutionary tracking technology of Statcast™ providing further insight on the action.

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Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Richards leaves Fenway injury behind in win

Richards leaves Fenway injury behind in win

BOSTON -- Angels right-hander Garrett Richards came into Friday night's game against the Red Sox telling himself that it would be like any other start.

Richards suffered a season-ending left knee injury the last time he took the hill at Fenway Park on Aug. 20, 2014, tearing his patellar tendon while trying to cover first base.

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Impressive spring a distant memory for Cron

Impressive spring a distant memory for Cron

BOSTON -- C.J. Cron had a stellar Spring Training for the Angels, batting .413 with a 1.165 OPS and consistently driving the ball to the opposite field. More than 40 games into the season, though, the 25-year-old designated hitter/first baseman isn't hitting and is hardly playing.

Is it time to send him to the Minor Leagues? Doesn't sound like it.

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

Homers continue to plague Shoemaker

Right-hander allows 2 more to add to league-leading total

Homers continue to plague Shoemaker

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson's seventh-inning line drive bounced off the very top of Rogers Centre's left-center-field fence on Thursday night, putting a sour end on another rough outing for Angels starter Matt Shoemaker. Had it traveled about six inches higher, it would've marked the 14th home run Shoemaker had given up this season, which meant he would've matched last year's mark in 91 2/3 fewer innings.

Shoemaker's actual total, an American League-leading 13 homers allowed, is still way too high.

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

Angels unable to pick up shaky Shoemaker

Angels unable to pick up shaky Shoemaker

TORONTO -- R.A. Dickey picked up his first complete game of the year while Edwin Encarnacion and Danny Valencia each homered in the Blue Jays' 8-4 victory over the Angels on Thursday night at Rogers Centre.

Dickey allowed a first-inning homer to Marc Krauss, but he settled down after that and enjoyed one of his best starts of the season. He limited the Angels to five hits and two walks and, along the way, recorded a season-high seven strikeouts. The pitching line is somewhat misleading because Los Angeles added a pair of runs with two outs in the ninth when the game was well in hand.

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Gregor Chisholm and Alden Gonzalez are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Returning to Fenway, Richards recalls injury

Right-hander looks back on night his left knee gave out

Returning to Fenway, Richards recalls injury

TORONTO -- Garrett Richards' most vivid memory from Fenway Park on Aug. 20, the night he suffered the gruesome knee injury that ended his season and sent him on a prolonged rehab?

"The sound of my knee unraveling," Richards said. "It sounded like a Pillsbury biscuits tube. You know when you open it and it explodes? That's what it sounded and felt like, the release of pressure. ... It wasn't cool. When I was lying on the table, that was the first thing I could compare it to. It was gross. And the vibration all the way up your leg when it popped -- it's not something I want to do again."

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

Trout develops aptitude for hitting high pitches

All-Star outfielder puts in offseason work to improve at plate

Trout develops aptitude for hitting high pitches

TORONTO -- In Wednesday's fifth inning, Mike Trout took a chest-high, 94-mph fastball from Drew Hutchison and blasted it way over the center-field fence for his 11th home run of the season. It wasn't necessarily the result that was so impressive -- thought it traveled 412 feet and carried an exit velocity of 107 mph, according to Statcast™ -- but what it represented.

It was further proof that Trout's greatest weakness from last season is seemingly no longer a weakness at all.

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

Pujols relieved wrist is bruised, not broken

First baseman hopes to return to Angels' lineup on Friday

Pujols relieved wrist is bruised, not broken

TORONTO -- Albert Pujols thought for sure he was headed to the disabled list when he arrived at a local hospital late Wednesday night and saw the inside of his left hand swell up like a balloon, a result of the mid-90s fastball he absorbed a few minutes earlier.

But a CT scan ruled out a fracture, revealing only a bruise, and Pujols breathed a huge sigh of relief.

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#TBT: Celebrating Trout, greatest cycles in history

#TBT: Celebrating Trout, greatest cycles in history

It was two years ago Thursday that Angels phenom Mike Trout became the youngest player in American League history to hit for the cycle.

Certainly no stranger to historic accomplishments, Trout pulled off the rare feat of hitting for the cycle at just 21 years, 287 days old. No player has ever hit for the cycle at a younger age in the AL, while Mel Ott, who was only 20 years (and 75 days) old when he hit for the cycle, holds the all-time record.

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Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels continue to ride nail-biters to victory

Team notches 13th win by two runs or less

Angels continue to ride nail-biters to victory

TORONTO -- The Angels have now won 21 games, and 14 of them -- or two-thirds -- have finished with Huston Street recording a save. They're only one game off their pace from 2014, which finished with a Major League-leading 98 wins. But through 40 games last season, the Angels' run-differential was an impressive plus-32. This year, they've combined to outscore their opponents by only three runs.

The reason is simple: They're pitching well, but not hitting much.

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

Trout triggers offense, Weaver outduels Hutchison

Trout triggers offense, Weaver outduels Hutchison

TORONTO -- Marc Krauss hit the go-ahead double in the seventh inning to back a quality start by right-hander Jered Weaver in the Angels' 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.

Krauss didn't even enter the game until the fifth inning when first baseman Albert Pujols was lifted because of a contusion on his left wrist after he was struck by a Drew Hutchison pitch in the fourth inning. During his second at-bat, Krauss drove home a pair with a double to the gap in left-center field off Blue Jays right-hander Steve Delabar.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. 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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Leadoff role won't change Aybar's aggressive approach

Angels shuffle lineup in effort to spark offense

Leadoff role won't change Aybar's aggressive approach

TORONTO -- Slap-hitting shortstop Erick Aybar has transitioned from hitting in an RBI spot of the Angels' lineup to batting leadoff, a situation that typically warrants more patience and a higher walk rate. But Aybar vows not to change his approach just because he's batting directly in front of Mike Trout and Albert Pujols.

He's learned his lesson.

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

Joyce apologizes for tardiness on Monday

'It's a terrible feeling,' Angels outfielder says of late arrival

Joyce apologizes for tardiness on Monday

TORONTO -- Angels outfielder Matt Joyce took to his Twitter account Wednesday to make light of Monday's scheduling confusion, which prompted him to arrive late to the ballpark, get scratched from the lineup, pay a fine and draw the ire of his manager.

But to Joyce, it's still no laughing matter.

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

Santiago has earned Angels' trust as starter

Lefty impresses again with seven strong innings against Blue Jays

Santiago has earned Angels' trust as starter

TORONTO -- The Angels acquired two young, Major League-ready starting pitchers over the offseason, and so Hector Santiago's return to the bullpen seemed like a foregone conclusion. He'd done it before, and if Andrew Heaney or Nick Tropeano proved themselves, the Angels were hopeful that Santiago could evolve as the lefty specialist they haven't had in quite a while.

But Santiago grew stubborn over the offseason. He worked only as a starting pitcher, which meant his intense offseason throwing regimen would occur only on a five-day schedule. And he went into camp eyeing his first full season in a Major League rotation.

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

Scioscia: Developing trust key for managers

Angels skipper believes Jennings can succeed with Marlins despite lack of experience

Scioscia: Developing trust key for managers

TORONTO -- Mike Scioscia is, in some ways, a relic. In an era when managerial turnover is at an all-time high, the Angels' long-time manager is a rare constant. Since Scioscia joined the Angels in 2000, 20 teams have gone through at least five managers and seven of them -- the Marlins, Nationals, Cubs, Reds, D-backs, Astros and Mariners -- have had at least eight.

The Twins (Paul Molitor), the Rays (Kevin Cash), White Sox (Robin Ventura), Tigers (Brad Ausmus) and Cardinals (Mike Matheny) are among the teams that have turned to managers with no prior managerial experience. And this year, the Brewers (Craig Counsell) and Marlins (Dan Jennings) moved guys directly from the front office to the manager's seat.

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

Santiago sharp as Angels edge Blue Jays

Santiago sharp as Angels edge Blue Jays

TORONTO -- Hector Santiago tossed seven strong innings while Kole Calhoun homered and scored a pair of runs in the Angels' 3-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

Santiago surrendered a leadoff homer to Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson in the first but was nearly flawless the rest of the way. His only other blemish came in the fifth when Donaldson added Toronto's second run on a sacrifice fly. Santiago allowed just four hits and three walks to a team that entered the game leading the Majors with a .328 average against lefties.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. 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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels showing early interest in Phils' Revere

Lefty-swinging speedster among players club could pursue on trade market

Angels showing early interest in Phils' Revere

TORONTO -- The Angels are among the teams that have expressed interest in Phillies speedster Ben Revere, but they are still in "exploratory mode" and "not rushing in any direction right now," sources said Tuesday.

Revere, 27, has a .290/.323/.341 career slash line and could fill the Angels' need for a left-handed bat who can play left field. He doesn't draw a lot of walks, but he puts a lot of balls in play and could be a fit in the leadoff spot, now that Kole Calhoun has seemingly settled into the cleanup spot long term.

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

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Harper vs. Trout could join ranks of great debates

Linked early in careers, Nats outfielder making strides toward reigning AL MVP

Harper vs. Trout could join ranks of great debates

Remember when Derek Jeter vs. Nomar Garciaparra was a legitimate knock-'em-down-drag-'em-out argument?

They were two of the game's signature stars, born roughly a year apart, both immersed in a major media market and playing a premium position. The crazy thing, in retrospect, is that until Spring Training 2004, there was little statistical question (beyond World Series ring count) that "Nomah" was the superior shortstop:

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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.

Iannetta starting to rediscover stroke

Iannetta starting to rediscover stroke

TORONTO -- Monday was the kind of day Chris Iannetta had been longing for.

It ended in a 10-6 loss to the Blue Jays, but it featured three hits for the Angels' struggling catcher -- a line-drive double into the right-center-field gap, a line-drive double down the left-field line and a line-drive homer to left-center field.

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

Bats awaken, but Angels drop slugfest to Jays

Bats awaken, but Angels drop slugfest to Jays

TORONTO -- A pair of four-run innings helped the Blue Jays snap a five-game losing streak with a 10-6 series-opening victory over the Angels on Monday afternoon.

The home team put up four runs apiece in the second and sixth frames before adding a pair in the seventh as it opened a 10-game homestand at Rogers Centre.

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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. Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.