Angels acquire reliever Hernandez from Braves

Angels acquire reliever Hernandez from Braves

The Braves and Angels completed a trade Monday, with Atlanta sending right-hander David Hernandez to Los Angeles for a player to be named later or cash.

Hernandez had spent the entirety of 2017 with Atlanta's Triple-A Gwinnett affiliate, pitching to a 1.12 ERA over seven appearances. He had a May 1 opt-out clause in his contract if he did not earn a promotion to the Majors.

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Chavez to face former club in finale vs. Jays

Chavez to face former club in finale vs. Jays

The Blue Jays and Angels wrap up their four-game series Monday night at Angel Stadium, with Francisco Liriano starting for Toronto, opposite Jesse Chavez.

Liriano will be looking to build off two consecutive strong starts. The left-hander held the Red Sox scoreless over 5 1/3 innings in his last outing to pick up his first win of the season. He previously struck out 10 over 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball against the Orioles on April 13.

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Pujols now at No. 1 on RBI list for Dominicans

Third-inning single puts him at 18th on MLB's all-time list

Pujols now at No. 1 on RBI list for Dominicans

ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols achieved several statistical milestones in Sunday's 6-2 loss to the Blue Jays, climbing MLB's all-time lists for RBIs and doubles.

Pujols' 1,832nd RBI moved him past Manny Ramirez for sole possession of 18th place all-time and put him ahead of Ramirez for first among Dominican-born Major Leaguers. He also clubbed the 605th double of his career, tying Paul Molitor for 12th in MLB history.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Angels on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ninth-inning rally can't erase 'pen's mistakes

Ninth-inning rally can't erase 'pen's mistakes

ANAHEIM -- A dominant performance by Marcus Stroman and a trio of late home runs from Devon Travis, Kevin Pillar and Ryan Goins helped propel the Blue Jays past the Angels for a 6-2 victory Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium. The win gave Toronto a 2-1 edge in the series heading into Monday's finale.

"I think the biggest thing was Stroman out there dealing, and it was just time for the offense to wake up a little bit and I'm just really thankful it worked out the way it did," Travis said.

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Angels add Pounders to bullpen, DFA Yates

Angels add Pounders to bullpen, DFA Yates

The Angels made an adjustment to their bullpen prior to Sunday afternoon's matchup with the Blue Jays, recalling right-hander Brooks Pounders and designating Kirby Yates for assignment.

Pounders, 26, is making his first appearance on the Angels' active roster since he was acquired in a trade with the Royals in December for Minor League pitcher Jared Ruxer.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Angels on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Thaiss notches first four-hit game in Minors

Thaiss notches first four-hit game in Minors

It seems like every time he takes the mound, Kolby Allard keeps showing why the Braves drafted him No. 14 overall two years ago.

The 19-year-old left-hander, already pitching for Double-A Mississippi, has a 1.29 ERA through his first four starts of 2017 after tossing five scoreless innings against the Montgomery Biscuits on Sunday. Allard scattered five hits, walked one and struck out five.

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Richards transferred to 60-day DL

Angels starter has nerve irritation, contributing to right arm weakness

Richards transferred to 60-day DL

ANAHEIM -- Angels starter Garrett Richards won't be returning to action anytime soon. The right-hander was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Saturday. Richards' most recent evaluation revealed mild improvement in his right biceps strength, but also irritation of his cutaneous nerve, a contributing factor in his arm weakness.

"It's moving in the right direction, moving slowly," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "When all the pieces were put together, it seemed that the timeframe was going to warrant the 60-day DL."

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Angels on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Simmons' slam, spectacular play sink Jays

Simmons' slam, spectacular play sink Jays

ANAHEIM -- Andrelton Simmons hit his second career grand slam Saturday, vaulting the Angels past the Blue Jays for a 5-4 win in the second game of a four-game series at Angel Stadium.

Simmons' homer snapped an early 1-1 tie and backed a strong performance by the Angels' defense and starterTyler Skaggs, who, after tossing seven scoreless frames against the Royals his last time out, was again effective. He held the Jays to two runs and seven hits through seven-plus innings, becoming the first Angels starter to pitch into the eighth inning this season. More >

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Skaggs gives Halos much-needed innings

Southpaw allows two runs in seven-plus to earn win over Jays

Skaggs gives Halos much-needed innings

ANAHEIM -- Tyler Skaggs gave his club exactly what it needed Saturday. Less than 24 hours after the Angels' bullpen was taxed with 9 1/3 innings of relief, Skaggs became the first L.A. starter to pitch into the eighth inning, holding the Blue Jays to two runs through seven-plus frames in Saturday's 5-4 victory at Angel Stadium.

The 25-year-old southpaw appears to have put his early season struggles behind him. After yielding five earned runs in each of his first two starts, Skaggs has put together a strong showing in consecutive outings. He followed up seven scoreless innings in Kansas City last weekend with Saturday's promising performance.

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Bedrosian placed on DL with groin injury

Angels option Meyer, call up Yates and Wright to fortify bullpen

Bedrosian placed on DL with groin injury

ANAHEIM -- After a taxing, 13-inning marathon in Friday's opener against the Blue Jays, the Angels reshuffled their pitching staff with a series of moves Saturday.

The club placed reliever Cam Bedrosian on the 10-day disabled list with a sore groin, optioned Friday's starter, Alex Meyer, to the Minors and called up righties Kirby Yates and Daniel Wright from Triple-A Salt Lake, manager Mike Scioscia announced.

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Meyer's short start costly to pitching staff

Angels used seven relievers in loss

Meyer's short start costly to pitching staff

ANAHEIM -- The Angels called up right-hander Alex Meyer from Triple-A Salt Lake to make a spot start against the Blue Jays on Friday with the hope of giving the rest of their rotation an extra day of rest.

But things didn't exactly go as planned after Meyer was chased early and the Halos were left to play a 13-inning marathon that overtaxed their pitching staff and ended with an 8-7 loss to the Blue Jays at Angel Stadium.

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Angels fans set another record wearing capes

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Angels fans set another record wearing capes

Quick: Which baseball fanbase holds the most world records? While I have not researched this question enough to say definitively, early evidence points to fans of the Angels. Friday night, the Angels tasked their fans with setting their third world record in two seasons. In 2016, they set certified Guinness World Records for the largest group of people using selfie sticks and for most umbrellas opened in a confined space.

They started off the 2017 world record season with a successful attempt at setting the coveted "Most Capes Worn at One Time" record.

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Angels' rally falls short vs. Toronto in 13th

Angels' rally falls short vs. Toronto in 13th

ANAHEIM -- Jose Bautista blasted a three-run home run off Jesse Chavez to break a tie in the 13th inning, and the Blue Jays held on for an 8-7 comeback win in Friday night's series opener at Angel Stadium.

Kevin Pillar ignited the rally with a two-out single and advanced to third on Ezequiel Carrera's subsequent base hit to left. Bautista followed by crushing a 1-1 offspeed pitch to left-center for his first home run of the season.

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Escobar shaken up on wild pitch, exits game

Escobar shaken up on wild pitch, exits game

ANAHEIM -- Angels third baseman Yunel Escobar departed Friday night's 8-7 loss to the Blue Jays after six innings with dizziness, the club announced.

Escobar, 34, appeared shaken up after getting out of the way of a 1-2 pitch up and in during an at-bat against Danny Barnes in the bottom of the sixth. Escobar had turned away quickly from the pitch, prompting a team trainer to come out and check on him.

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Morin (neck) placed on DL; Meyer called up

Morin (neck) placed on DL; Meyer called up

ANAHEIM -- The Angels placed right-handed reliever Mike Morin on the 10-day disabled list Friday with neck tightness, clearing a roster spot for right-hander Alex Meyer, who was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake and started the club's series opener with the Blue Jays.

Manager Mike Scioscia said Morin first complained of neck soreness a week ago, though the issue flared up in Houston. The move is retroactive to Thursday, meaning Morin is eligible to be activated on April 30 at the earliest.

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Jones slams solo shot, snags stolen base

Jones slams solo shot, snags stolen base

No pitcher has been more dominant than Class A Columbia's Merandy Gonzalez to begin the season. That trend continued on Friday night, as the Mets' No. 14 prospect extended his scoreless innings streak to 20 2/3 by tossing seven frames in a win against Lexington.

Gonzalez allowed just three singles and struck out a season-high seven batters en route to his third win in as many starts for the Fireflies. He retired nine consecutive batters at one point before setting down the final seven he faced to finish with 88 pitches (64 strikes).

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Outfield D has rough day behind Ramirez

Outfield D has rough day behind Ramirez

HOUSTON -- Right-hander JC Ramirez struck out a career-high nine batters in his second Major League start, but he was let down by the Angels' outfield defense in a 5-1 loss to the Astros on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.

Ramirez, who had made 111 relief appearances in the Majors before earning his first start against the Royals last week, allowed three runs on six hits with one walk over 5 1/3 innings. He effectively mixed his curveball and slider with his upper-90s fastball and at one point retired 10 consecutive Astros, including five strikeouts in a row.

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Angels' late rally comes up short

Angels' late rally comes up short

HOUSTON -- Mike Trout crushed a solo home run off Astros relief ace Chris Devenski to spark a ninth-inning rally, but the Angels' hopes for a comeback were dashed after their scuffling offense failed to produce a timely hit, resulting in a 2-1 loss in Thursday afternoon's series finale at Minute Maid Park.

The Angels were held scoreless through the first eight innings before Trout led off the ninth by launching an 0-2 changeup from Devenski to left field for his fourth homer of the season, which cut Houston's lead to 2-1.

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Shoemaker strong, but Halos fall to Astros

Shoemaker strong, but Halos fall to Astros

HOUSTON -- Lance McCullers Jr. threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out eight batters, and was backed by solo homers from Carlos Beltran and Jake Marisnick to send the Astros to a series win with a 2-1 victory over the Angels on Thursday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

McCullers (2-0) didn't allow a hit until Andrelton Simmons led off the fifth with a single, which was one of three hits he gave up. Houston reliever Chris Devenski retired the first four batters he faced before Mike Trout took him deep to start the ninth, cutting the lead to 2-1.

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Perez sent to Triple-A; Graterol called up

Perez sent to Triple-A; Graterol called up

HOUSTON -- The Angels optioned Carlos Perez to Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday and called up Juan Graterol to take his spot as the club's backup catcher.

With Martin Maldonado absorbing of most the playing time behind the plate, Perez had seen limited action for the Angels, going 1-for-13 (.077) over five games this season. Manager Mike Scioscia said the decision to demote Perez was motivated by the desire to have him play more regularly in the Minors.

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Carew rallies for organ donation awareness

Hall of Famer received heart, kidney from former NFL player Reuland

Carew rallies for organ donation awareness

LOS ANGELES -- Rod Carew has been blessed with new life, thanks to a heart and kidney transplant, and the Hall of Famer has turned his attention to saving the lives of others by raising awareness for heart disease and organ donations.

Carew, 71, was in good spirits and looking healthy on Tuesday morning during a news conference at the Encino Little League Baseball Park. It's been four months since Carew received the organs during a 13-hour operation.

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Ramirez strong, but Halos can't solve Keuchel

Ramirez strong, but Halos can't solve Keuchel

HOUSTON -- Dallas Keuchel turned in another virtuoso performance, and Josh Reddick provided the firepower.

Keuchel held the Angels to eight hits and one run in seven innings and Reddick homered, tripled, doubled and scored three times, finishing a single shy of the cycle, to lead the Astros to a 5-1 win Wednesday at Minute Maid Park.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Pujols' 3-run HR snaps Angels' losing streak

Pujols' 3-run HR snaps Angels' losing streak

HOUSTON -- Albert Pujols' launched a three-run homer to left field in the fifth inning to cap a four-run outburst and allow the Angels to snap a six-game losing skid -- while ending the Astros' five-game winning streak -- with a 5-2 win on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

The towering home run was Pujols' second of the season and No. 593 in his career.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Angels' bats come alive after team meeting

Halos snap six-game losing streak with win on Tuesday

Angels' bats come alive after team meeting

HOUSTON -- Entering Tuesday, the Angels had been shut out in back-to-back games, and their scuffling offense had not produced a run in 20 innings. With the club mired in a six-game losing streak, manager Mike Scioscia decided to hold position meetings and have his hitters forgo their usual pregame batting practice.

"Just trying to break the routine a little bit," Scioscia said. "Sometimes you've just got to go American Legion and come out here and just play."

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Chavez settles in, but bats are cold vs. Astros

Chavez settles in, but bats are cold vs. Astros

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve drove in two runs and Charlie Morton pitched five scoreless innings to lead the Astros to their fifth consecutive win -- 3-0 over the Angels on Monday night in the series opener at Minute Maid Park.

Altuve contributed a sacrifice fly in the third to put the Astros ahead, 2-0, and added another insurance run with an RBI double in the eighth, though he was thrown out at third by Danny Espinosa while trying to stretch the double into a triple. Altuve is now batting .414 (12-for-29) over his last eight games.

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Street to 60-day DL; Angels acquire Bridwell

Street to 60-day DL; Angels acquire Bridwell

HOUSTON -- The Angels transferred right-hander Huston Street to the 60-day disabled list on Monday, clearing a spot on their 40-man roster for right-handed reliever Parker Bridwell, who was acquired from the Orioles in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named. Bridwell was optioned to Double-A Mobile.

Street sustained a strained right lat in his first outing of Spring Training on March 3, but he received clearance to resume throwing on April 4. Though Street had not put a timetable on his return, he appeared on track to return to the Angels at the end of this month. His transfer to the 60-day disabled list, however, now means he will be sidelined until at least June 1.

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Halos blanked, spoil Skaggs' strong start

Halos blanked, spoil Skaggs' strong start

KANSAS CITY -- Alcides Escobar singled in speedy pinch-runner Raul Mondesi with one out in the ninth off right-hander Cam Bedrosian as the Royals walked off against the Angels, 1-0, on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals won their fourth straight as they swept the three-game set from the Angels.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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