8/20/2014 | Angels enjoying returns on trade for Freese, Salas
The Angels caught some heat last November, when they sent center fielder Peter Bourjos and prospect outfielder Randal Grichuk to the Cardinals in exchange for third baseman David Freese and reliever Fernando Salas. The immediate returns have been quite favorable, however.
8/20/2014 | Iannetta continues to show skill for getting on base
Chris Iannetta is second only to Mike Trout for the team lead in on-base percentage at .369. It's a mark that would lead Major League catchers if Iannetta had enough at-bats to qualify.
8/20/2014 | Angels' outfield continues flare for robbing homers
Kole Calhoun's improbable catch on Brock Holt's potential three-run homer on Tuesday night was the 12th robbed homer by the Angels since the start of the 2012 season, according to ESPN Stats and Info. No other team has more.
8/19/2014 | Pujols rewarded as Angels win challenge
Angels first baseman Albert Pujols insisted that umpires turn to replay on a bang-bang play and wound up being right, getting an RBI single and taking away what would've been a phenomenal play by Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks in Tuesday night's game.
8/19/2014 | 'Little guy' Calhoun leaps high to rob home run
Jered Weaver has been on the mound for at least two of the Angels' best home run robberies. On Tuesday night at Fenway Park, he watched glowingly as right fielder Kole Calhoun saved three runs by taking one away from Brock Holt.
8/19/2014 | Angels: Support system not an issue for Hamilton
Josh Hamilton isn't old and he isn't hurt, but for some reason, he also isn't right. The Angels left fielder wasn't last year, when he finished with a .250 batting average, 21 homers and 79 RBIs despite getting hot over the final six weeks. He isn't this year, heading into Tuesday's game against the Red Sox on a 5-for-41 slump that dropped his batting average to .263.
8/19/2014 | Iannetta seeing bulk of playing time behind plate
Angels catcher Chris Iannetta is having a solid offensive season, and now Hank Conger -- with just two hits since July 22 -- finds himself on the bench most nights.
8/19/2014 | Angels stay hot, maintain half-game West lead
Chris Iannetta lofted a Koji Uehara offering to the Green Monster for an RBI double, plating Brennan Boesch for the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth to lead the Angels to a 4-3 win over the Red Sox on Tuesday night at Fenway Park. The American League West-leading Angels are a half-game ahead of the A's, who beat the Mets, 6-2.
8/19/2014 | Richards seeks repeat of first start against Boston
Angels righty Garrett Richards, who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his first career start against the Red Sox earlier this month, faces Boston again Wednesday at Fenway Park. Opposing Richards will be righty Clay Buchholz, who's coming off back-to-back strong outings.
8/18/2014 | Angels alone in first place after topping Red Sox
The Angels beat the Red Sox, 4-2, at Fenway Park on Monday night, winning for the fifth time in their last six games and moving a half-game ahead of the division-rival A's for the best record in the Majors. It marked the first time since May 15, 2011, that the Angels have had sole possession of first place in the American League West.
8/18/2014 | Red Sox's Webster set for rematch with Weaver
The Red Sox will try to even the series Tuesday, when they send young right-hander Allen Webster to the mound against Angels righty Jered Weaver in a rematch of their Aug. 8 game.
8/18/2014 | Angels lose challenge, while Red Sox win theirs
Angels manager Mike Scioscia burned his challenge early on Monday, when replay officials ruled a call would stand. The Red Sox used their challenge while trailing in the eighth inning and got a call overturned.
8/18/2014 | Hamilton sits again, will have extra hitting session
Angels cleanup hitter Josh Hamilton was out of the starting lineup for a second straight day Monday, with manager Mike Scioscia wanting to give him some extra time to recover from his ongoing slump.
8/18/2014 | Shoemaker, Santiago giving Angels a boost
When it was announced that left-hander Tyler Skaggs would undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery, meaning no safety net in the upper levels of the Angels' farm system, guys like Hector Santiago and Matt Shoemaker were expected to step up in the back end of the rotation. So far, they have.
8/18/2014 | Thatcher, Green need more time with injuries
Angels reliever Joe Thatcher was hoping to return from a sprained left ankle by Friday, for the start of a three-game weekend series against the A's, but "that may be a little too aggressive," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said from Fenway Park on Monday.
8/18/2014 | Remaining schedule does no favors for Angels
With the grind of the season as intense as ever, the Angels have only two days off the rest of the way, the fewest among playoff contenders.
8/17/2014 | Street, Angels walk away with stunning loss
Huston Street gave up his first runs as a member of the Angels on Sunday, and it led to his second blown save. Nursing a one-run lead in the ninth, Street gave up a game-tying single to Mike Carp and a long game-winning single to Adam Rosales, leaving his team with a 3-2 loss to the Rangers.
8/17/2014 | Trout slumping amid deep counts
Mike Trout works a lot of deep counts, and that's generally a good trait. It's indicative of his discipline, selectiveness and overall comfort hitting with two strikes. But it's also dangerous, and sometimes, even for a hitter of Trout's caliber, it can lead to slumps.
8/17/2014 | Wilson finally commanding changeup
One of few positives in what has so far been a down season for Angels starter C.J. Wilson has been the evolution of his changeup, a pitch he's been toying with the last few years and has finally come into prominence in 2014.
8/17/2014 | Hamilton asks for day off 'to take a step back'
Josh Hamilton went into manager Mike Scioscia's office on Sunday morning and asked for the day off because "I felt like I was spinning my wheels and not really getting anywhere," the Angels' cleanup hitter said.
8/17/2014 | Neck-and-neck with A's, Angels head to Fenway
Entering a four-game series with the Red Sox tied with the A's in the American League West, the Angels turn to lefty C.J. Wilson, who ended a string of five winless starts in his last outing. Wilson will oppose Boston righty Brandon Workman in Monday's series opener at Fenway Park.
8/17/2014 | Angels stick with slumping Hamilton in cleanup spot
Angels manager Mike Scioscia has made a change to his lineup, but it wasn't the one anybody was anticipating. He flipped Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar when the team arrived at Globe Life Park in Texas on Friday, with Kendrick batting fifth and Aybar batting sixth. Josh Hamilton, however, remained in the cleanup spot Saturday.
8/16/2014 | First-place Angels change talk in AL West
The Angels have a share of first place in the American League West entering Sunday's game against Texas. Hector Santiago will start for the Halos against Nick Tepesch for the Rangers.
8/16/2014 | Griffin admires Pujols' 'courage'
Angels infield coach Alfredo Griffin knows Albert Pujols isn't healthy. He knows the left foot, the one stricken by plantar fasciitis in an injury-shortened 2013 season, isn't 100 percent and never will be -- even if the veteran first baseman won't say anything about it.
8/16/2014 | Calhoun doing leadoff things
It took an acrobatic catch by Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin to deny Kole Calhoun of extra bases at the start of Saturday's game. An out in those situations has become a rarity for the Angels' leadoff hitter.
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