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8/27/2015 | Shoemaker fulfills dream at Comerica Park

At about 12:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, David Shoemaker made his way down the aisle of Section 126 at Comerica Park, right behind home plate. He found Row 24, shuffled to Seat 5, sat down and saw his son, Matt, warm up for his first start in his hometown.


8/27/2015 | Angels' strong staff can pick up offense

When you pitch really well, hitting can become a distinctly secondary segment of baseball. This was a very good thing for the Angels on Thursday, when Matt Shoemaker tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings in a 2-0 victory over the Tigers at Comerica Park.


8/27/2015 | Shoemaker leads Angels over hometown Tigers

Pitching in his hometown for the first time, with an assortment of friends and family in the stands, Matt Shoemaker dominated the Tigers at Comerica Park on Thursday afternoon, throwing 7 1/3 innings of one-hit ball while leading the Angels to a 2-0 victory.


8/27/2015 | Angels monitoring stress on young arms

The Angels will need a big lift from their starting rotation to reach the playoffs, but that's a department they'll also have to monitor closely down the stretch. Hector Santiago, Andrew Heaney and Garrett Richards, three of their key starters, are approaching dangerous territory.


8/27/2015 | Lack of RBI chances limiting Trout's production

Heading into Thursday's series finale from Comerica Park, Mike Trout -- the consensus best all-around player in the game -- had come to bat with runners in scoring position only 102 times. One-hundred and thirty-one Major League hitters had more plate appearances in that situation.


8/26/2015 | Thinking on fly helped Iannetta end no-hitter

With one out in the top of the sixth inning of the Angels' 5-0 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday night, Chris Iannetta reached full desperation mode. The Angels' catcher had just popped up another hittable fastball, dropping his batting average to .184 and making an out for the 48th time in his last 54 at-bats. Iannetta walked back into the dugout and told Paul Sorrento, one of the team's assistant hitting coaches, "All right, man, I've got nothing."


8/26/2015 | Scioscia's never had position player pitch

Forty-one active position players have been called upon to pitch in a Major League game, and three of them -- Drew Butera, Skip Schumaker and Josh Wilson -- have done so on more than two occasions.


8/26/2015 | Catcher Perez hoping to impress Angels

Angels catcher Carlos Perez was out of the starting lineup for Wedneesday night's game, but he'll probably be back in the lineup on Thursday afternoon. At that point, the 24-year-old rookie will have been behind the plate for 14 of the club's 25 games this month, largely because Chris Iannetta is in a slump and the team is desperate for wins.


8/26/2015 | Shoemaker set for return in Angels-Tigers finale

Matt Shoemaker will make his return to the Major Leagues on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park when his Angels face the Tigers in the finale of a three-game series.


8/25/2015 | Angels hold off Tigers' charge in slugfest

Albert Pujols homered, Erick Aybar notched three hits and the Angels held on Tuesday night, beating the Tigers at Comerica Park, 8-7, to snap a four-game losing streak.


8/25/2015 | Newcomb pulled after seven no-hit innings for Travelers

Two of Minor League Baseball's best prospects squared off on Tuesday night, as Angels top prospect Sean Newcomb outperformed Dodgers No. 2 prospect Julio Urias by tossing seven no-hit innings for Double-A Arkansas in a 1-0 win over Tulsa.


8/25/2015 | Green exits with right-knee discomfort

Angels second baseman Grant Green exited Tuesday's game after three innings with discomfort in his right knee, hours after the team placed its everyday second baseman, Johnny Giavotella, on the disabled list with an undisclosed illness.


8/25/2015 | Emotional win may be Angels' turning point

For those who spent the last month asking the question: "The Angels have to be better than this, don't they?" In Tuesday night's 8-7 win over the Tigers, yes, they were better. They weren't close to perfect, but they did generate considerable offense and they received some invaluable work from their bullpen. An emotional outburst from starting pitcher Jered Weaver seemed to help more than it hurt.


8/25/2015 | Weaver's frustration boils over in dugout rant

Jered Weaver was exasperated, at the flyball that landed between two of his outfielders, at the four-run inning it helped set up, at how bloated his ERA had become and at how trying these last five weeks had been for his team. All of it. And it all spilled out after the third inning of a Tuesday night game at Comerica Park, in a loud, obscenity-laced dugout tirade from the Angels' longtime ace.


8/25/2015 | DeJesus relegated to playing off bench

David DeJesus struggled upon moving to Southern California and the Angels, scrounging for whatever offense they can muster these days, couldn't afford to wait.


8/25/2015 | Verlander, Santiago face off in Motor City

Justin Verlander has posted a 1.67 ERA over his last six outings, but the right-hander will be in search of just his second win of the season Wednesday night when his Tigers host the Angels in the second contest of a three-game series at Comerica Park. The Angels counter with Hector Santiago (7-7, 2.91).


8/25/2015 | Angels thin at second with Giavotella on DL

The Angels placed second baseman Johnny Giavotella on the 15-day disabled list with an undisclosed illness prior to Tuesday's 8-7 win over the Tigers, then watched his replacement, Grant Green, exit early with discomfort in his right knee.


8/24/2015 | Astros' pair leads Prospect Team of the Week

The Houston Astros might be the feel-good surprise story in the big leagues, but let's not forget much of that has been built from within, taking advantage of one of the best farm systems in baseball.


8/24/2015 | Heaney emerging as key to Angels' aspirations

The Angels need Andrew Heaney -- a 24-year-old rookie, but also their most consistently effective pitcher since his callup June 24 -- to play a prominent role down the stretch.


8/23/2015 | Angels hold team meeting, remain confident

The Angels held a meeting after Sunday's series finale against the Blue Jays, a 12-5 loss at Angel Stadium that finished off a sweep in which the Angels allowed 36 runs -- a franchise record for a three-game series -- fell to third place in the American League West and ceded their AL Wild Card spot to the Rangers.


8/23/2015 | Blue Jays move into 1st with sweep of Halos

The Blue Jays' offense erupted again, as Toronto quickly erased a four-run deficit and rolled to a three-game sweep of the Angels with a 12-5 win on Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium. The Blue Jays took a half-game lead in the American League East over the Yankees, who lost on Sunday. Toronto scored 36 runs on 48 hits in the series, knocking the Angels 1 1/2 games back of the Rangers for the second AL Wild Card spot and 5 1/2 games back of the AL West-leading Astros.


8/23/2015 | Flu-like symptoms sideline Giavotella

Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella has been experiencing flu-like symptoms and said on Sunday he will likely miss a few more games.


8/23/2015 | Coming off strong starts, Simon and Weaver to square off

The Angels' playoff push continues Tuesday night at Comerica Park with the opening contest of a three-game series against the Tigers.


8/23/2015 | Street vents frustration with Angels' skid

Huston Street got back into the dugout after giving up two hits but no runs in the ninth inning of the Angels' 15-3 loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday night, and he let out his frustrations with the team's recent play.


8/23/2015 | Cowart goes deep for first big league hit

With his parents, girlfriend and their families in attendance, Kaleb Cowart got his first Major League hit, a solo homer off Toronto starter Marco Estrada on Saturday night. He's the first Angels player to record a home run as his first Major League hit in eight years.




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