Returning relievers create 'pen logjam

Returning relievers create 'pen logjam

ST. PETERSBURG -- As a trio of their relievers move closer to coming off the disabled list, the Angels could soon face tough roster decisions regarding the composition of their bullpen.

Huston Street and Mike Morin each tossed one scoreless inning in the first game of their rehab assignments with Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday, and manager Mike Scioscia said Cam Bedrosian is slated to face hitters in Arizona this week.

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels shut out in series finale

Angels shut out in series finale

ST. PETERSBURG -- Matt Andriese won his fourth consecutive decision and Colby Rasmus provided the offense as the Rays defeated the Angels, 4-0, on Thursday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

By winning, the Rays (25-25) earned a split of their four-game series with the Angels (25-25).

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

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Maybin exits game with sore right knee

Maybin exits game with sore right knee

ST. PETERSBURG -- Angels outfielder Cameron Maybin departed Thursday's 4-0 loss to the Rays in the sixth inning with right knee soreness, though he called the removal precautionary and said he hopes to return to action on Friday.

Maybin started in center field in place of Mike Trout and played five innings in the field before complaining of soreness, which he attributed to the turf at Tropicana Field.

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels visit Miami, free on Facebook

Angels visit Miami, free on Facebook

Marlins Park, now in its sixth season, has played host to every big league team -- except one. But on Friday, you can check the Angels off the list.

For the first time since the Marlins' retractable-roof home opened in 2012, the Angels are in Miami, which means South Florida fans will get to see MLB's best player -- Mike Trout -- in person. The game will be broadcast live on the official MLB Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mlb), and include an exclusive MLB.com pregame show.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pujols homers, now just 3 shy of No. 600

Pujols homers, now just 3 shy of No. 600

ST. PETERSBURG -- Albert Pujols blasted his 597th career home run in the first inning of the Angels' 5-2 loss to the Rays on Wednesday night, leaving him only three shy of the exclusive 600-homer club.

After Mike Trout doubled off the center-field wall at Tropicana Field, Pujols hammered a 3-1 fastball from Tampa Bay starter Erasmo Ramirez to left field, giving the Angels an early 2-0 lead. Pujols' sixth homer of the season had an exit velocity of 97 mph, and traveled an estimated 392 feet, according to Statcast™.

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Pujols homers, but Nolasco hurt by HRs in loss

Pujols homers, but Nolasco hurt by HRs in loss

ST. PETERSBURG -- Erasmo Ramirez gave the Rays a quality start and the offense broke loose after two nights of frustration as the Rays defeated the Angels, 5-2, on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.

Making his third start of the season, Ramirez allowed two runs on four hits and a walk Wednesday against the Angels en route to his third win of the season. He is 2-0 with a 2.76 ERA in three starts this season.

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

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

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Meyer latest Angels starter to go on DL

Right-hander has back spasms; Wright will get start vs. Rays

Meyer latest Angels starter to go on DL

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Angels placed right-hander Alex Meyer on the 10-day disabled list with back spasms Wednesday, and Daniel Wright will start Thursday against the Rays in his place, general manager Billy Eppler said. The move is retroactive to Sunday.

Brooks Pounders was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to take Meyer's roster spot for Wednesday's game against Tampa Bay, and was optioned back after pitching one scoreless inning in the Angels' 5-2 loss.

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Petit emerging as key to Angels' bullpen

Petit emerging as key to Angels' bullpen

ST. PETERSBURG -- Yusmeiro Petit bailed out Matt Shoemaker and the Angels on Tuesday night, working out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning of the club's 4-0 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Shoemaker dominated Tampa Bay through the first six innings of the game, but he fell into trouble in the seventh after allowing a one-out double to Logan Morrison and a walk to Tim Beckham. Colby Rasmus then hit a fly ball that nearly left the park, but it ended up bouncing off the padding above the right-field fence and fell for a single, loading the bases for the Rays.

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Bedrosian progresses to throwing from mound

Bedrosian progresses to throwing from mound

ST. PETERSBURG -- Angels relief ace Cam Bedrosian took a key step forward in his recovery from a groin strain on Monday, throwing off the mound for the first time since landing on the disabled list.

Manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday that Bedrosian will now shift his rehab to the Angels' facility in Arizona, where he will throw a bullpen.

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Shoemaker, Angels 'pen shut out Rays

Shoemaker, Angels 'pen shut out Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Matt Shoemaker and Alex Cobb locked up in an old-fashioned pitching matchup Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.

The Angels came away with a 4-0 win over the Rays that featured silent bats and a lot of goose eggs on the scoreboard, thanks to the efficiency and stuff displayed by both pitchers. The Halos have now won eight of their last 11 games to improve to 25-23 on the season. Meanwhile, the Rays have lost three in a row after a four-game winning streak, and have lost five consecutive games to the Angels.

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

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Maybin homers off catwalk, gives signal

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Maybin homers off catwalk, gives signal

Now in its 20th season, Tropicana Field is definitely known for its eccentricities and unusual ground rules due to its dome roof. Major League players are well-aware of these quirks, too, and the dome came into play during the Angels' game against the Rays on Monday night.

With Tampa Bay leading, 2-1, in the top of the fifth, Cameron Maybin hit a high drive into deep left-center field off Jake Odorizzi. Corey Dickerson and Kevin Kiermaier converged, but it quickly became clear that no one was catching it. The ball caromed off one of the rings of the catwalk and back into the field of play.

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Maybin flourishing, happy with life at the top

Maybin flourishing, happy with life at the top

ST. PETERSBURG -- On Sunday, left fielder Cameron Maybin made little attempt to conceal the fact that he enjoys batting leadoff for the Angels.

"I'm very comfortable … getting things started," Maybin said, pausing for effect. "I guess you could put it that way. I enjoy getting things started.

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Marte scores on wild pitch; Angels edge Rays

Marte scores on wild pitch; Angels edge Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Jefry Marte scored on a wild pitch to give the Angels a 3-2 win over the Rays on Monday night at Tropicana Field.

Marte raced home with two outs in the seventh when Ryne Stanek bounced the first pitch he threw to Albert Pujols, and the ball got past catcher Derek Norris to put a stamp on the Angels' third run.

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

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Cron optioned to Triple-A; Fontana recalled

Cron optioned to Triple-A; Fontana recalled

ST. PETERSBURG -- One day after hitting his first home run of the season -- a first-inning grand slam against the Mets -- Angels first baseman C.J. Cron was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Cron's big hit was not enough to mask what has been an underwhelming season for the 27-year-old slugger, who hit just .232 with a .281 on-base percentage through 24 games this season. In a corresponding roster move, the Halos recalled infielder Nolan Fontana, who they hope will be able to take some pressure off struggling second baseman Danny Espinosa.

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Revere: Harper vs. Trout too close to call

Angels speedster is one of nine to play with both superstar outfielders

Revere: Harper vs. Trout too close to call

NEW YORK -- Ben Revere is one of nine players -- including Dan Haren, Sean Burnett, Trevor Gott, Mat Latos, Ryan Mattheus, Yusmeiro Petit, Danny Espinosa and Yunel Escobar -- to have the distinction of playing with both Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and current Angels teammate Mike Trout, two of the most recognizable players in baseball.

So who is better, Harper or Trout? It's difficult for Revere to pick. Both are off to a great start this season. Besides leading the Angels in hitting, Trout enters Monday night's game against the Rays leading the American League in on-base percentage, slugging and OPS, as well as finding himself in a first-place tie in batting average. Harper leads the National League in runs scored and has a .349 batting average with 13 home runs and 37 RBIs.

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Bill Ladson has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and does a podcast, Newsmakers. He can also be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rack 'em up: Parker piling up strikeouts

Journeyman reliever has found groove with offspeed pitches

Rack 'em up: Parker piling up strikeouts

Blake Parker is feeling comfortable with his pitches, and that's bad news for the rest of the American League West.

The sidelining of Huston Street and Cam Bedrosian has forced the rest of the Angels' bullpen to step up, and Parker has responded in kind. The right-hander who finished Spring Training with strikeouts of 17 of his last 18 batters faced has carried that dominant form right into the games that count, punching out 37.7 percent of opposing hitters this season. Among pitchers with at least 20 innings on their resume, only the Chris Devenski, Corey Knebel and Chris Sale have posted higher strikeout rates.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fast start, 4 HRs spur Angels to rout of Mets

Fast start, 4 HRs spur Angels to rout of Mets

NEW YORK -- The Mets spent most of this weekend pitching carefully to Mike Trout, limiting him to singles and walks. Trout finally broke through Sunday on a banner day for the Angels' offense, collecting a homer and a double while reaching base four times in Los Angeles' 12-5 win over the Mets.

C.J. Cron hit a first-inning grand slam off Tommy Milone and the Angels collected four home runs in total, taking advantage of nine walks to plate a dozen runs for the second time in four games.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

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Cron's slam sets stage for Angels' eruption

Cron's slam sets stage for Angels' eruption

NEW YORK -- After two quiet days in Queens, the Angels' offense finally came alive on Sunday afternoon, erupting for 12 hits in a decisive 12-5 victory that denied the Mets a sweep at Citi Field.

C.J. Cron's grand slam off Mets left-hander Tommy Milone highlighted a five-run first for the Angels and helped set the tone for their big day at the plate. Cameron Maybin and Andrelton Simmons opened the game with back-to-back hits, and Milone intentionally walked Mike Trout to load the bases with no outs. Milone issued another free pass to Jefry Marte to force in one run, and Cron followed by blasting a first-pitch curveball to left-center field for his first home run of the season, staking the Halos a 5-0 lead before the Mets had even recorded an out.

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fletcher notches four hits for Mobile

Fletcher notches four hits for Mobile

Scott Kingery has found his power stroke.

The Phillies' No. 11 prospect hit a pair of solo homers, in the seventh and ninth innings, as part of a 4-for-5 day, but it was not enough for Double-A Reading as the Fightin Phils fell 8-7 to New Hampshire.

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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.

Mets weighed walking Trout with bases loaded

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Mets weighed walking Trout with bases loaded

The Angels fell to the Mets on Saturday, 7-5, but it wasn't without some late drama. The Angels put together a bit of a ninth-inning rally with three singles and two walks, transforming a previous 7-2 deficit into a dicier 7-4 score with Mike Trout due up with the bases loaded.

For anybody not on the Angels, Trout is the last person you'd want to see in that context. He recently had a four-homers-in-four-nights stint and is generally capable of the amazing every time he steps into the box.

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Angels fall after thrilling 9th-inning rally

Angels fall after thrilling 9th-inning rally

NEW YORK -- Michael Conforto continued to produce for the Mets in the leadoff spot, reaching base four times and scoring three runs to help fuel a 7-5 win over the Angels, clinching a series victory on Saturday night at Citi Field.

The Mets took a 7-2 lead into the ninth after a three-run eighth, but the Angels mounted a last-ditch rally after loading the bases with no outs against reliever Neil Ramirez. Closer Addison Reed was brought in to clean up the mess, but he walked Cameron Maybin to force in a run and gave up an RBI single to Kole Calhoun to cut the Mets' lead to 7-4. Mike Trout's sacrifice fly brought the Halos within two, but Reed struck out Danny Espinosa with the bases loaded to end the game.

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Mets on Saturday.

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Jones notches 3 hits for Burlington

Jones notches 3 hits for Burlington

Astros prospects Kyle Tucker and Jason Martin have been swinging hot bats lately, and the trend continued Saturday as the duo led Class A Advanced Buies Creek to an 8-2 win over Down East.

Tucker, ranked as the Astros' No. 2 prospect and 30th on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list, and Martin (Astros' No. 26) combined for five hits and five RBIs as the Astros won for the fifth time in six games.

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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.

Angels officially sign Fister to 1-year deal

Veteran righty could be key rotation insurance, sent to Class A Advanced

Angels officially sign Fister to 1-year deal

NEW YORK -- The Angels officially signed veteran right-hander Doug Fister to a one-year deal on Saturday, adding some pitching depth to a staff that has been hit hard by injuries this season.

The Halos placed Fister on their 40-man roster but optioned him to Class A Advanced Inland Empire to give him time to build up his arm. To clear a spot for Fister, the Angels transferred right-hander Andrew Bailey, who has been shut down with shoulder inflammation, to the 60-day disabled list.

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels fall to Mets despite quality Nolasco

Angels fall to Mets despite quality Nolasco

NEW YORK -- So often when the Mets have needed a win in recent years, they have felt most comfortable giving the ball to Jacob deGrom. And the Mets needed a win in the worst way Friday, opening their homestand amidst the exhaust fumes of a seven-game losing streak.

Giving his scuffling club the exact performance it needed, deGrom delivered seven innings in a 3-0 win over the Angels at Citi Field. Rene Rivera extended his career-best hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single, Michael Conforto homered and Curtis Granderson doubled home a run in the Mets' first victory since May 9.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Trout's HR keys Angels' sweep of White Sox

Trout's HR keys Angels' sweep of White Sox

ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout did it again.

The reigning American League MVP homered for the fifth time in his last six games as the Angels completed a sweep of the White Sox with a 12-8 win on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium.

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Kaelen Jones is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

Steve Dilbeck is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the White Sox on Wednesday.

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Trout adds another HR to #ASGWorthy tear

Trout adds another HR to #ASGWorthy tear

ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout continues to impress amid a hot start to the season.

The reigning American League MVP improved his case for a sixth All-Star Game by smashing a three-run home run off White Sox reliever Anthony Swarzak during a 12-8 Angels win on Wednesday night.

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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.

Maldonado provides stability behind the plate

Maldonado provides stability behind the plate

ANAHEIM -- The pitcher's mound has had a sort of revolving door for the Angels, but the man behind the plate has almost always remained the same.

Martin Maldonado started his 34th game at catcher on Wednesday. Juan Graterol and Carlos Perez -- the only other two who've started at the spot for the Angels this year -- have made a combined nine starts.

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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.