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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.

8/16/2014 | Morin activated; Pestano optioned

Right-hander Mike Morin was activated off the disabled list Saturday, as expected, and newly acquired reliever Vinnie Pestano drew the short straw.

8/16/2014 | Angels hang on in Texas, share first place in AL West

It's been a long, uphill climb, but the Angels -- American League West champions five times from 2004-09 -- are finally in first place again. They beat the Rangers, 5-4, for a franchise-record-tying ninth consecutive time on Saturday night, while the A's fell for the sixth time in the last seven games.

8/16/2014 | Rangers lose ninth-inning challenge

The Rangers lost a challenge in the ninth inning of Friday night's 5-4 loss to the Angels, but did establish a new record as far as replay reviews.

8/15/2014 | Shoemaker, Angels continue first-place push in Texas

Matt Shoemaker returns to the Angels' rotation Saturday night in Texas after getting a win in an emergency relief appearance last weekend against Boston. The Rangers will counter with veteran Colby Lewis in Game 2 of a three-game set at Globe Life Park.

8/15/2014 | Halos hold on, pull within a game of first-place A's

Garrett Richards pitched 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball and Kole Calhoun fell a triple shy of the cycle, pacing the offense while the Angels beat the Rangers, 5-4, at Globe Life Park on Friday night.

8/15/2014 | Trout a fan of Little Leaguer Mo'ne

Mo'ne Davis, the 13-year-old girl who has captivated baseball fans around the country, fired a shutout on Friday afternoon, becoming the first female pitcher to do that in the Little League World Series. Hanging on every pitch, from the visitors' clubhouse at Globe Life Park, was Angels superstar Mike Trout.

8/15/2014 | Richards won't start against Oakland

Garrett Richards started the series opener against the Rangers on Friday, which means his next turn will be Wednesday in Boston, which means his next turn after that will be Monday, at home against the Marlins. And that means the Angels' best starting pitcher of 2014 won't be pitching against the team they're chasing.

8/15/2014 | Eckstein leaving for new opportunity at Kentucky

Rick Eckstein was enjoying his role as the Angels' player-information coach, and he wanted to see the season through. But in his mind, the opportunity to be the head assistant coach at the University of Kentucky was too good to pass up.

8/15/2014 | Freese encouraged by last few months

David Freese was told recently about the season-long 10-game hitting streak he took into Friday's game, and he asked if this was the type of thing that could spark a hot stretch from the Angels third baseman.

8/15/2014 | Morin ready to be activated

Angels reliever Mike Morin, on the shelf since Aug. 4 with a laceration in his left foot, accomplished all he needed to during a rehab outing for Class A Inland Empire on Thursday night. The 23-year-old fielded a drag bunt, threw 11 pitches, gave up one hit and struck out a couple batters in his lone inning of work, reportedly hitting 96 mph on the radar gun.

8/14/2014 | In home stretch, five Angels to keep an eye on

With about a quarter of the season remaining, five Angels are key: Garrett Richards, C.J. Wilson, Josh Hamilton, Mike Trout and GM Jerry Dipoto.

8/14/2014 | Manfred to succeed Selig as next Commissioner

Rob Manfred was elected in a 30-0 vote Thursday to succeed Commissioner Bud Selig in January, becoming the 10th person to hold the industry's highest office.

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