Simmons, Pujols power Halos past Price, Sox

Simmons, Pujols power Halos past Price, Sox

ANAHEIM -- Andrelton Simmons crushed a go-ahead home run and drove in three runs and Albert Pujols added a pair of RBIs to fuel the Angels' 7-3 comeback win over the Red Sox on Saturday night, evening their three-game series at Angel Stadium.

The Red Sox tagged Angels right-hander JC Ramirez for three runs in the first two innings, but the Halos rallied to score seven unanswered runs, clinching their 27th come-from-behind win of the season.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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Trout foul ball nearly KOs camera

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Trout foul ball nearly KOs camera

Any time Mike Trout makes contact with the ball, something is bound to happen. It could be a ball that's blasted out of the park, a home run robbery, or in this case, a possible broken camera.

When the Angels were hosting the Red Sox on Saturday night, the six-time All-Star was facing David Price. Trout hit a line drive into foul territory directly at a camera, right into the lens -- a sequel of sorts to Dae-Ho Lee's camera-smashing moment last season. 

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Ramirez rebounds, retires 12 straight vs. Sox

Angels rally from early hole in 7-3 win

Ramirez rebounds, retires 12 straight vs. Sox

ANAHEIM -- Two shaky innings seemed to portend the beginning of a rough night for Angels right-hander JC Ramirez. He struggled to contain the Red Sox's powerful lineup early on and found himself in a 3-0 hole by the end of the second inning.

But Ramirez survived early trouble and settled in retire 12 straight batters, giving the Angels the chance to rally for a 7-3 comeback win over the Red Sox on Saturday night at Angel Stadium. Ramirez earned his ninth win of the season after yielding three runs (one earned) on five hits over six innings.

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Middleton, Bridwell relishing big league ride

'We kind of just meshed right when we got here,' Bridwell says

Middleton, Bridwell relishing big league ride

ANAHEIM -- Parker Bridwell and Keynan Middleton have emerged as young arms with intriguing futures for the Angels. The right-handers have seen their career arcs cross this season, and they welcome each another's presence amid their development.

"We kind of just meshed right when we got here," says Bridwell, who's made the most of his opportunities in Anaheim and posted a 3-1 record and 3.18 ERA in six starts this season.

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Bridwell, Porcello square off in rubber match

Bridwell, Porcello square off in rubber match

Rick Porcello, whose last win came against the Angels on June 23, will seek the same result Sunday when he faces off with young right-hander Parker Bridwell to conclude a three-game set at Angel Stadium.

Porcello (4-12, 4.60 ERA), the 2016 American League Cy Young Award winner, hasn't earned a win in his last four outings despite three straight quality starts, including his latest outing against the Yankees when he tossed six innings of three-run ball with no walks and six strikeouts. 

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Shoemaker (forearm) begins throwing program

Angels righty was shut down July 6 after injury setback

Shoemaker (forearm) begins throwing program

ANAHEIM -- After a two-week shutdown, Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker received clearance to throw from 60 feet before the Halos' series opener against the Red Sox at Angel Stadium.

"We just did a nice and easy 60-feet activation today just to get started," Shoemaker said. "Obviously wanted to do more than that, but it's been two weeks of no throwing, so good to get out there."

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Nolasco continues to search for consistency

Angels starter tagged for 5 runs in first inning of 6-2 loss

Nolasco continues to search for consistency

ANAHEIM -- Friday night was not Ricky Nolasco's best. The 34-year-old right-hander yielded five runs during the top of the first inning of the Angels' 6-2 loss to the Red Sox, digging the Halos an early hole.

But Nolasco didn't sulk in his misfortune after the defeat.

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Angels can't solve Sale, fall to Sox in opener

Angels can't solve Sale, fall to Sox in opener

ANAHEIM -- The night boded well for the Red Sox after they built a five-run lead before ace left-hander Chris Sale even took the mound.

Behind a first-inning offensive eruption and another dominant performance from Sale, the Red Sox cruised to a 6-2 win over the Angels in Friday night's series opener at Angel Stadium.

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Inbox: Can Meyer be more than 1-hit wonder?

Beat reporter Maria Guardado answers fans' questions

Inbox: Can Meyer be more than 1-hit wonder?

I have MANY questions about Alex Meyer now. Can he keep this up?
-- @joeflorkowski via Twitter

I think the Angels have been encouraged by what they've seen from Meyer this season, particularly following his dominant one-hit gem against the Nationals on Wednesday night. Meyer has always had plus stuff, but he's struggled with command issues, as his 6-foot-9 frame has often made it difficult for him to repeat his delivery and consistently get in the strike zone.

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Statcast of the Day: Robinson robs Murphy

Statcast of the Day: Robinson robs Murphy

ANAHEIM -- In the same right field normally occupied by 2015 Gold Glove Award winner Kole Calhoun, it was Shane Robinson who made a show-stopping defensive play during the Angels' 7-0 win over the Nationals on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium.

Fresh off a callup from Triple-A Salt Lake hours prior to first pitch, Robinson made the most of his chance filling in for Calhoun on a rare day off by making one of the most difficult catches in the Major Leagues this season.

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Kaelen Jones is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Meyer has career night vs. former club

Righty leads 1-hit shutout of Nats, who drafted him in '11

Meyer has career night vs. former club

ANAHEIM -- On Wednesday morning, Angels right-hander Alex Meyer and Nationals center fielder Brian Goodwin met at the Filling Station Café in Orange, Calif., for breakfast. Meyer and Goodwin were both drafted by the Nationals in 2011, and while their paths don't cross often, they remain good friends.

Meyer treated Goodwin by picking up the check. Hours later, Goodwin returned the favor by breaking up Meyer's no-hitter with a two-out double in the sixth inning of the Angels' 7-0 win over the Nationals at Angel Stadium.

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Meyer leads 1-hit shutout as Halos stall Nats

Meyer leads 1-hit shutout as Halos stall Nats

ANAHEIM -- Six years ago, the Nationals drafted a 6-foot-9 right-hander out of the University of Kentucky named Alex Meyer in the first round, before trading him to the Twins 16 months later.

Now 27 and with his third organization, Meyer's career has not taken off quite as he had hoped, but on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium, he reminded his former organization of his tantalizing potential. Meyer allowed one hit in seven dominant innings as the Angels shut out the Nationals, 7-0. The win secured a split of the two-game Interleague series for the Halos and handed the Nats their first loss in seven games.

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Robinson called up as Maybin lands on DL

Robinson called up as Maybin lands on DL

ANAHEIM -- The Angels placed outfielder Cameron Maybin on the 10-day disabled list and selected the contract of outfielder Shane Robinson from Triple-A Salt Lake before their series finale against the Nationals on Wednesday at Angel Stadium.

Maybin sustained a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his right knee while sliding feet-first on an attempt to steal during the bottom of the first inning of Tuesday's 4-3 loss. The club said Maybin will miss two to four weeks.

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Harper, Trout live up to hype in rare matchup

Both hit first-inning home runs; Bryce goes 4-for-4

Harper, Trout live up to hype in rare matchup

ANAHEIM -- Meetings on the field between this pair of generational talents are rare. Because they are separated by different coasts and different leagues they do not often share the same stage. The Nationals' 4-3 victory Tuesday night was just the second time they even shared the same field during the regular season. And it is because of performances such as this that Bryce Harper and Mike Trout are perhaps destined to be linked together their entire careers.

Harper and Trout began the game by trading solo home runs in the first inning at Angel Stadium, trading blows as if not wanting to be outdone by the other. Harper won this baseball version of H-O-R-S-E, finishing the night 4-for-4 and just inches away from hitting for the cycle. Trout hit his longest home run since September 2015, but it was his only hit in four at-bats.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Maybin out 2-4 weeks with sprained knee

Maybin out 2-4 weeks with sprained knee

ANAHEIM -- Left fielder Cameron Maybin departed the Angels' 4-3 loss to the Nationals on Tuesday after suffering a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his right knee in the bottom of the first inning at Angel Stadium. The Angels expect him to miss two to four weeks.

Maybin led off the inning with an infield single and then attempted to steal second base, but he injured the knee while sliding feet-first into the bag. Maybin said he slowed down as he approached second because he thought he heard contact and tried to look for the ball. Once he realized there was no contact, Maybin tried to go into a late slide, but his right leg got caught underneath his body, spraining the ligament in his knee.

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Trout, Maldonado homer but Halos fall to Nats

Trout, Maldonado homer but Halos fall to Nats

ANAHEIM -- On a night when so much of the action centered around two of baseball's biggest stars, it seemed only fitting that one of them would be the driving force behind the final outcome.

Bryce Harper and Mike Trout traded first-inning solo shots, but Harper ultimately topped his American League rival by going 4-for-4 and scoring the go-ahead run in the Nationals' 4-3 win over the Angels in Tuesday night's series opener at Angel Stadium.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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Skaggs closer to return after first rehab start

Skaggs closer to return after first rehab start

ANAHEIM -- Left-hander Tyler Skaggs moved a little closer to rejoining the Angels' rotation after coming out of his first rehab start on Monday without issue.

Skaggs, who returned to game action for the first time since suffering a right oblique strain in April, allowed two runs on two hits while walking none and striking out six over 3 2/3 innings in a start for the Halos' Arizona League affiliate.

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Trout, Harper play homer H-O-R-S-E

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Trout, Harper play homer H-O-R-S-E

The game of H-O-R-S-E is no stranger to basketball fans. Players take turns shooting for the basket from different positions, and it's all about matching successful shots. Here's NBA star Steph Curry playing against his father, Dell, a former player himself.

The game is fun, but at first, it doesn't seem like it has anything to do with baseball. Or does it?

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Halos' near future to determine Deadline destiny

Halos' near future to determine Deadline destiny

ANAHEIM -- There are two weeks to go until the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, but general manager Billy Eppler has refrained from putting any labels on the Angels just yet. The Halos will play 11 games between now and then, each of which represents an opportunity for Eppler to gather more information that will help guide the club's decision-making at the Deadline.

"I think we don't have to make any declarations or specific directions right now," Eppler said Monday. "I think how we plan the next seven-to-eight-game window will give us a clearer look into our outlook for the final two months. While it is only 8-10 percent of what we've played so far, it's 8-10 percent more information than I have today."

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Simmons named Heart and Hustle Award winner

Simmons named Heart and Hustle Award winner

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association revealed the 30 preliminary winners of the 2017 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday. The honor is the only one voted on by former players, and is bestowed each year upon the active player who most represents a passion for the game of baseball, and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.

Past winners of the Heart and Hustle Award include David Eckstein (2005), Hall of Famer Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013), Josh Harrison (2014), Anthony Rizzo (2015) and Todd Frazier (2016).

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cron's clutch homer lifts Angels over Rays

Cron's clutch homer lifts Angels over Rays

ANAHEIM -- C.J. Cron blasted a pinch-hit, two-run home run off Adam Kolarek to snap an eighth-inning tie and lift the Angels to a 4-3 win over the Rays in Sunday's series finale at Angel Stadium.

In his first at-bat after the All-Star break, Cron crushed a first-pitch sinker to right field for his third homer of the season, breaking a 2-2 deadlock and putting the Angels ahead, 4-2. It was an encouraging sign for Cron, who has struggled to find his swing this season and has received scant playing time since being recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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For Cron, preparation is key in platoon role

Angels first baseman's pinch-hit homer clinches finale vs. Rays

For Cron, preparation is key in platoon role

ANAHEIM -- C.J. Cron is off and running for the second half of the season. Three games out of the All-Star break, the Angels first baseman has made just one plate appearance and has seen only one pitch, but he is a perfect 1-for-1.

The hit was a two-run, pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the eighth off Rays left-hander Adam Kolarek that lifted the Angels to a 4-3 win on Sunday.

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Angels designate Espinosa for assignment

Club likely to use platoon at second base for now

Angels designate Espinosa for assignment

ANAHEIM -- In December, the Angels acquired Danny Espinosa from the Nationals in the hope that he would be able to fill their gaping hole at second base.

While Espinosa provided above-average defense, his offensive shortcomings proved too great for the Angels to absorb. On Sunday, Espinosa was designated for assignment, ending his brief tenure with his hometown team.

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Long makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Long makes Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

Brendan Rodgers' hitting ability made him MLBPipeline.com's No. 1-rated prospect and the No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 Draft. The Rockies shortstop has lived up to expectations and is having his best season yet.

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Fletcher has big game for Salt Lake

Fletcher has big game for Salt Lake

Reynaldo Lopez piled up the strikeouts as Triple-A Charlotte topped Gwinnett, 5-4, in walk-off fashion on Sunday.

Lopez, the No. 36 overall prospect, fired 66 of his 99 pitches for strikes as he generated a season-high 12 strikeouts and yielded just two hits in seven innings of one-run ball. The White Sox No. 6 prospect was stuck with a no-decision as the Knights bullpen blew a ninth-inning lead, but that doesn't diminish Lopez's brilliant performance.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ninth-inning rally not enough to overcome Rays

Ninth-inning rally not enough to overcome Rays

ANAHEIM -- Logan Morrison and Steven Souza Jr. homered, and the Rays fended off a late Angels rally to emerge with a 6-3 win on Saturday night, clinching a series victory at Angel Stadium.

The Rays pounded out 14 hits against the Angels, including Morrison's two-run blast in the third and Souza's solo shot in the seventh. Corey Dickerson, Shane Peterson and Jesus Sucre produced multi-hit efforts for the Rays, with Sucre adding a pair of RBIs.

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Valbuena sparks flagging offense with 2 HRs

Angels first baseman showing potential after difficult first half

Valbuena sparks flagging offense with 2 HRs

ANAHEIM -- Luis Valbuena provided the spark for the Angels' offense, not once, but twice in a 6-3 loss to the Rays on Saturday night at Angel Stadium.

The Halos first baseman teed up a solo home run in the seventh inning off Rays starter Alex Cobb, then launched a two-run shot off reliever Jumbo Diaz in the bottom of the ninth to pull Los Angeles within three. The performance marked the 31-year-old's fifth career multi-homer game, and served as a testament to his consistent approach at the plate, despite a rough first half.

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Kaelen Jones is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Richards cleared to begin throwing program

Angels righty will need six to eight weeks before taking the mound

Richards cleared to begin throwing program

ANAHEIM -- Since landing on the disabled list in April, Garrett Richards' injury status had remained stagnant, as he waited for his irritated nerve in his right biceps to heal enough for him to resume throwing. But Richards' recovery finally took a step forward Friday, when he was cleared to begin a throwing progression.

Richards has played catch for the last two days and remains in the embryonic stages of his rehab, but the development is nonetheless an encouraging sign for him and the Angels.

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Jones homers in second straight for Bees

Jones homers in second straight for Bees

Rafael Devers put his entire skillset on display while leading Pawtucket to a 7-4 win over Syracuse in his Triple-A debut on Saturday.

Devers, the No. 12 overall prospect (Red Sox's No. 1), was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate and also showed off his defensive ability with an impressive bare-handed play at third base.

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