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7/12/2014 | Skaggs ready to step into heat against the Rangers

What does Tyler Skaggs want for his 23rd birthday? Well, a victory would be nice, and so perhaps would be some relief from the projected 100-degree heat in Arlington during Sunday's game against the Rangers. Texas will counter with Scott Baker.

7/12/2014 | Halos flourishing with runners in scoring position

The Angels' surge to the Major Leagues' second-best record behind American League West rival Oakland has been fueled by a variety of forces, not the least of which is an offense that has been punishing pitching staffs -- especially in clutch situations.

7/12/2014 | Shoemaker's patience pays off

As he reflects on a breakthrough first half at 27, after grinding his way through six Minor League seasons, Matt Shoemaker will take to the All-Star break a strong sense that he has shown he belongs in The Show.

7/12/2014 | Navarro back for bench support

Efren Navarro's quality defense at three positions and his professional approach at the plate have him back in the Angels' dugout, ready to do whatever manager Mike Scioscia needs in the final two games before the All-Star break.

7/11/2014 | Mikolas set for daunting challenge vs. Weaver, Angels

Miles Mikolas, making just his third Major League start, faces a daunting challenge when he pitches for the Rangers against the Angels on Saturday night at Globe Life Park. Mikolas will be opposed by Jered Weaver, who has been on a good roll lately.

7/11/2014 | Richards dominates, Trout homers as Angels roll on

Garrett Richards has been more dominant and more precise, but the results Friday night once again had All-Star written all over them. A day after learning he'd narrowly missed making the American League All-Star team, Richards shut down the Rangers for seven innings in the Angels' 3-0 victory at Globe Life Park.

7/11/2014 | Angels bullpen finding consistency

A minefield for stretches in recent years, including early this season, the Angels' bullpen has taken on a look of stability and poise under pressure during the club's surge to the second-best record in Major League Baseball.

7/11/2014 | Engaging Grilli fitting in with relief corps

Jason Grilli is by no means an introvert. The Angels' new reliever isn't shy about expressing himself.

7/11/2014 | Confident Calhoun keeps sizzling

There's something about Kole Calhoun's personal style that projects a deeply rooted self-confidence. The Angels' 26-year-old right fielder and leadoff man from Buckeye, Ariz., has every reason to feel that way given his performance in a breakout season.

7/11/2014 | Red-hot Calhoun comes up short in bid for cycle

After two innings, Kole Calhoun was halfway to a cycle with a triple and a double against Rangers veteran Colby Lewis. Calhoun's single in the third left him one big swing away. Was he thinking about the cycle? "One hundred percent," Calhoun said, grinning.

7/10/2014 | Richards disappointed he's not an All-Star

In the midst of a remarkable breakout season, Angels starter Garrett Richards expressed disappointment in not making the American League All-Star team in the Final Vote won by White Sox lefty Chris Sale, another pitcher having a great season.

7/10/2014 | Rucinski 'thrilled' to reach The Show

Just a year and a half removed from pitching in independent ball, Drew Rucinski found himself in the Major Leagues on Thursday, beaming over the improbable nature of his promotion to a role with the Angels

7/10/2014 | Trout, Angels halt Texas hex in impressive fashion

Pounding Colby Lewis for 13 runs, a franchise record for a Texas starter, in 2 1/3 innings, the Angels rolled to a 15-6 victory in Thursday night's opener of a four-game series at Globe Life Park that will carry the American League West rivals into the All-Star break.

7/10/2014 | Aybar calls first All-Star selection 'great honor'

Erick Aybar has a Rawlings Gold Glove, played for three consecutive Angels playoff clubs and starred for the Dominican Republic's 2013 World Baseball Classic champions. Now the versatile shortstop is an American League All-Star for the first time -- complete with an ovation from his Angels teammates in the visitors' clubhouse at Globe Life Park on Thursday.

7/10/2014 | Tepesch tasked with taming Angels' hot bats

It's righty Nick Tepesch's job to try to help the Rangers rebound from a blowout loss when he takes the mound Friday night in the second game of a four-game series. Tepesch will oppose righty Garrett Richards and the offensively talented Angels in Arlington.

7/10/2014 | Wilson placed on DL with sprained right ankle

The Angels on Thursday placed starter C.J. Wilson on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle. Manager Mike Scioscia said Wilson, who remained in Southern California for treatment, "hopefully is missing a start or two at most."

7/10/2014 | It's a Windy City sweep: Sale, Rizzo win Final Vote

White Sox ace Chris Sale and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo made Chicago proud on Thursday with a Windy City sweep, winning the 13th annual All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Experian after 92 hours of relentless fan balloting.

7/10/2014 | Twitter polling could give Richards boost in Final Vote

Garrett Richards ranks second in the American League's Final Vote standings, and the last few hours could elevate him into a tighter race with Chicago's Chris Sale. Fans can vote via Twitter until 1 p.m. PT this afternoon, giving Angels fans some more time to get Richards into his first All-Star Game.

7/10/2014 | Final Vote has ended, results coming soon

The All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Experian went down to the wire before it ended today, and anything can happen as Twitter voting joined the tens of millions of votes cast in the competition to fill the final roster spots on the AL and NL All-Star teams that will play the Midsummer Classic on Tuesday. The winners will be revealed soon on

7/9/2014 | Angels rolling, but look to break hex in Texas

In the opener of the final series before the All-Star break, a four-game set, the red-hot Angels look to snap their eight-game losing streak at Globe Life Park behind starter Hector Santiago, who will face Colby Lewis on Thursday.

7/9/2014 | Pujols moves into tie for 21st on all-time homer list

Albert Pujols' seventh-inning home run Wednesday lifted the Angels to an 8-7 win but also moved him up the all-time home run list, tying him for 21st all-time with Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews.

7/9/2014 | Pujols' late blast rescues Angels for series win

Albert Pujols' seventh-inning two-run homer made up for C.J. Wilson's rocky outing and the Angels' shaky defense as Los Angeles beat Toronto, 8-7, on Wednesday at Angel Stadium.

7/9/2014 | Angels, fans giving big push for Richards in Final Vote

Garrett Richards had never had his name used as a hashtag. But then the 26-year-old right-hander was named an American League Final Vote candidate Sunday and has seen "#VoteGRich" everywhere from Twitter and Instagram to behind second base, home plate and the mound.

7/9/2014 | Fourth replay magnified in Angels-Blue Jays finale

There were three replay reviews within the first three innings of the finale between the Blue Jays and Angels at Angel Stadium on Wednesday, including two initiated by crew chief Brian Gorman, and a fourth review in the seventh proved to be a key decision in the Angels' come-from-behind 8-7 victory.

7/9/2014 | Deeper bullpen thriving as new faces pitch in

With the Angels riding a hot streak and looking like postseason contenders, their relievers have often been mentioned in trade rumors. But amidst all the talk, the 'pen has quietly put together one of its best stretches of the season.

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