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8/30/2015 | Angels slip to .500, but look to battle back

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.


8/30/2015 | Trout notches encouraging 4-for-4 day

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.


8/30/2015 | Freese's return could deepen Angels' lineup

David Freese, out with a fractured right index finger since July 23, was expected to start his third straight game at third base for Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday, then be activated for Monday's series opener against the A's if all goes well.


8/30/2015 | A's, Doubront welcome Santiago, Angels

Hector Santiago starts against fellow lefty Felix Doubront in the opener of a three-game series between the Angels and A's from O.co Coliseum on Monday, with first pitch set for 7:07 p.m. PT.


8/30/2015 | Tribe hits 2nd slam in 2 days to sweep Halos

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.


8/30/2015 | Angels, Smith look to work through rough stretch

Angels right-hander Joe Smith hadn't given up a home run to an opposing right-handed hitter all year -- or a grand slam to anybody since his rookie year of 2007. That is, until Indians catcher Yan Gomes sent one into Progressive Field's bushes on Saturday night. 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.


8/29/2015 | Halos could choose between Cowart, Kubitza

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.


8/29/2015 | Scioscia, Trout don't blame wrist for slump

The worst month of Mike Trout's career has immediately followed an injury to his left wrist, a troubling ailment for any right-handed power hitter.


8/29/2015 | Weaver, Tomlin take mound for finale

The Angels wrap the eastern portion of their nine-game road trip and the Indians close an abbreviated five-game homestand with a day game at Progressive Field on Sunday. Jered Weaver will take the mound for Los Angeles, opposing Cleveland's Josh Tomlin.


8/29/2015 | Gomes' grand slam caps rally to top Halos

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.


8/28/2015 | Heaney removed after six scoreless innings

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.


8/28/2015 | Scioscia has thought of flipping Trout, Pujols

Mike Trout hasn't had nearly enough opportunities to drive runners in this season. So how about batting him behind Albert Pujols, a lineup combination Angels manager Mike Scioscia has never deployed?


8/28/2015 | Richards pushes through after offseason rehab

Basically every Major League pitcher is tired around this time of year, especially a starter who could surpass 200 innings for the first time.


8/28/2015 | Richards faces Kluber for tilt in Cleveland

The Indians and Angels will play game two of their three-game set in Cleveland, with Tribe Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber taking the mound against Los Angeles righty Garrett Richards.


8/28/2015 | Rally in 7th pushes Tribe past Angels

Trailing by a run with eight outs left, the Indians rallied against rookie reliever Trevor Gott, getting run-scoring hits by Abraham Almonte, Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana to beat the Angels, 3-1, at Progressive Field on Friday night.


8/27/2015 | Shoemaker fulfills dream at Comerica Park

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.


8/27/2015 | Angels' strong staff can pick up offense

When you pitch really well, hitting can become a distinctly secondary segment of baseball. This was a very good thing for the Angels on Thursday, when Matt Shoemaker tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings in a 2-0 victory over the Tigers at Comerica Park.


8/27/2015 | Shoemaker leads Angels over hometown Tigers

Pitching in his hometown for the first time, with an assortment of friends and family 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.


8/27/2015 | Angels monitoring stress on young arms

The Angels will need a big lift from their starting rotation to reach the playoffs, but that's a department they'll also have to monitor closely down the stretch. Hector Santiago, Andrew Heaney and Garrett Richards, three of their key starters, are approaching dangerous territory.


8/27/2015 | Lack of RBI chances limiting Trout's production

Heading into Thursday's series finale from 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-one Major League hitters had more plate appearances in that situation.


8/26/2015 | Thinking on fly helped Iannetta end no-hitter

With one out in the top of the sixth inning of the Angels' 5-0 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday night, Chris Iannetta reached full desperation mode. The Angels' catcher had just popped up another hittable fastball, dropping his batting average to .184 and making an out for the 48th time in his last 54 at-bats. Iannetta walked back into the dugout and told Paul Sorrento, one of the team's assistant hitting coaches, "All right, man, I've got nothing."


8/26/2015 | Scioscia's never had position player pitch

Forty-one active position players have been called upon to pitch in a Major League game, and three of them -- Drew Butera, Skip Schumaker and Josh Wilson -- have done so on more than two occasions.


8/26/2015 | Catcher Perez hoping to impress Angels

Angels catcher Carlos Perez was out of the starting lineup for Wedneesday night's game, but he'll probably be back in the lineup on Thursday afternoon. At that point, the 24-year-old rookie will have been behind the plate for 14 of the club's 25 games this month, largely because Chris Iannetta is in a slump and the team is desperate for wins.


8/26/2015 | Shoemaker set for return in Angels-Tigers finale

Matt Shoemaker will make his return to the Major Leagues on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park when his Angels face the Tigers in the finale of a three-game series.


8/25/2015 | Angels hold off Tigers' charge in slugfest

Albert Pujols homered, Erick Aybar notched three hits and the Angels held on Tuesday night, beating the Tigers at Comerica Park, 8-7, to snap a four-game losing streak.




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