Jake Peavy rumors: Anaheim Angels interested in trade

The Boston Red Sox have struggled this season and given that, it’s expected by many that they could be sellers come the Major League Baseball trade deadline. One such player who has drawn a significant amount of interest is starting pitcher Jake Peavy who the Red Sox appear willing to move.

Rumors of the St. Louis Cardinals interest has already been documented but they aren’t the only team in pursuit as according to Jen Royle, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim may be pondering a move for Jake Peavy.

The Angels have been playing extremely well as of late and seem to be keeping pace with the division leading Oakland A’s, but may be pressed to make a move after their neighbor to the north traded for Jeff Samardjiza.

There hasn’t been any talk of what would be going back to the Red Sox in such a trade scenario though Boston may just be happy getting rid of his salary.

A former Cy Young award winner, Jake Peavy enjoyed massive success as a member of the San Diego Padres but struggled to live up to his expectations after he was traded to the Chicago White Sox and eventually the Boston Red Sox.

It’s doubtful that he’d find the change of scenery a big help to his game as he continues to give up the home run ball far too much, but the Angels improved lineup may be able to give him a better chance to improve his winning percentage.

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Angels franchise reaches .500 for first time since 1961

Weaver’s early exit shakes up Angels’ rotation

ANAHEIM — After a nearly month-long battle to stay in the Angels’ rotation, the competition between Matt Shoemaker and Hector Santiago has been decided, but they both may be staying put.

Before Monday night’s matchup with the Blue Jays, manager Mike Scioscia said Santiago was moving to the bullpen in favor of Shoemaker, who would start on Thursday at Texas. However, Shoemaker took over to start the third inning when Jered Weaver was removed with lower back stiffness, putting Santiago’s move in limbo.

Scioscia said Shoemaker was a “long shot” to make the start on Thursday after throwing 61 pitches across 3 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays. He did not say who was likely to take that turn.

Shoemaker, meanwhile, was cautiously optimistic about his chances to start Thursday.

“I feel like I’d definitely be able to, but it’s one of those things, especially at this level, you want to be at the best physical shape you can be in each start,” Shoemaker said. “I feel like I’d be fine but I don’t want to say I’d be fine until tomorrow. But I’d feel like I’d be good to go.”

On candidate is Santiago, who is 0-1 with a 3.98 ERA in his four starts since being called up. Santiago will be available in the bullpen on Tuesday night, Scioscia said, but could return to the rotation soon.

“I’m sure that Hector’s going to get a turn somewhere,” Scioscia said.

Santiago was called up to take Tyler Skaggs‘ place in the rotation after Skaggs went to the disabled list with a strained hamstring on June 10. The Angels have won three of the four games he’s started. His second stint as a starter this season was much better than his first (0-6, 5.19).

For weeks, Scioscia didn’t have to choose between the two. First, it was because of Skaggs’ slower-than-expected recovery and return from the disabled list. Then, once Skaggs did return, it was a doubleheader in Chicago that forced Scioscia to go to a six-man rotation.

Weaver leaves game with tight lower back

Santiago’s move to ‘pen in limbo after Weaver’s injury

ANAHEIM — After a nearly month-long battle to stay in the Angels’ rotation, the competition between Matt Shoemaker and Hector Santiago has been decided, but they both may be staying in the rotation.

Before Monday night’s matchup with the Blue Jays, manager Mike Scioscia said Santiago was moving to the bullpen in favor of Shoemaker, who would start on Thursday at Texas. However, Shoemaker took over to start the third inning when Jered Weaver was removed with lower back stiffness, putting Santiago’s move in limbo.

Shoemaker improved to 6-1 with a 4.15 ERA in nine starts this season with six innings of two-run ball in the Angels’ 5-2 win over the Astros on Thursday.

Santiago was called up to take Tyler Skaggs‘ place in the rotation after Skaggs went to the disabled list with a strained hamstring on June 10. In four starts since being called up, Santiago was 0-1 with a 3.98 ERA, but the Angels won three of the four games. His second stint as a starter this season was much better than his first (0-6, 5.19).

For weeks, Scioscia didn’t have to choose between the two. First, it was because of Skaggs’ slower-than-expected recovery and return from the disabled list. Then, once Skaggs did return, it was a doubleheader in Chicago that forced Scioscia to go to a six-man rotation.

Scioscia had said the left-handed Santiago would move to the bullpen and that a trip to the Minors to keep him stretched out appears unlikely, but Weaver’s injury puts those plans on hold.

Final: Angels 6, Astros 1

ANAHEIM – The Angels can’t lose at Angel Stadium.

It seems that way, at least, after they secured their 10th consecutive victory at home Sunday against the Houston Astros, a 6-1 decision.

With a two-run single in the third inning, Albert Pujols had the key hit that gave the Angels the runs they needed, and they tacked on throughout.

Kole Calhoun homered and had three hits, and Mike Trout, Erick Aybar and Hank Conger added hits.

Right-hander Garrett Richards started and threw 7 1/3 smooth innings for the win, his 10th of 2014. He struck out a career-high 11 men, a season-high for any Angel pitcher.

He walked only one batter and allowed only one extra-base hit.

In relief, new left-hander Joe Thatcher allowed a hit to Jason Castro on his first pitch as an Angel and was promptly removed, but right-hander Mike Morin finished the eighth without issue and Fernando Salas pitched a perfect ninth after being activated from the disabled list earlier today.

The Angels (51-36) have won 10 consecutive contests at Angel Stadium and 16 of their last 17.

The last time they won 10 straight at home was April 7-May 5, 1996.

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Angels Acquire LHP Joe Thatcher and OF Tony Campana from Diamondbacks

ANAHEIM, CA - The Angels today acquired LHP Joe Thatcher and OF Tony Campana from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for OF Zach Borenstein and RHP Joey Krehbiel. Today’s announcement was made by General Manager Jerry Dipoto.

Thatcher, 32, has appeared in 37 games this season out of the Arizona bullpen, pitching to a 1-0 record and 2.63 ERA (24 IP – 7 ER) with 25 strikeouts and three walks. His 8.33 strikeout-to-walk ratio this season ranks second in the National League behind Clayton Kershaw (9.73). He has an active streak of 23 consecutive appearances without walking a batter (13.1 IP – 53 batters faced) which is the longest active streak in the Majors and is a new Diamondbacks franchise record. Since 2007, he ranks third in the Majors in inherited runners scored percentage, having stranded 242 of 300 inherited runners (80.67%).

A native of Indianapolis, IN, Thatcher was originally signed as a Minor League free agent by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2005. He was traded to San Diego on July 25, 2007 and made his big league debut with the Padres the following day. He appeared in 287 games with San Diego from 2007-2013, posting an 8-11 record with one save and a 3.18 ERA (198.1 IP – 70 ER) before being traded to Arizona on July 31, 2013. In 59 career games with the D-backs, has gone 1-1 with a 3.78 ERA (33.1 IP – 14 ER). He has held left-handed batters to a .221 batting average against (92/417) for his career. Overall, owns a 9-12 lifetime big league record and a 3.26 ERA (231.2 IP – 84 ER) with 242 strikeouts and 78 walks.

Campana, 28, has split the 2014 season playing for the Diamondbacks and Triple-A Reno. In 46 games with the Aces this season, the outfielder is batting .288 (47/163) with 17 RBI and 31 runs scored. The Kettering, OH native has made two stints at the Major League level this year, going 9-for-60 (.150) with a double, triple and three RBI in 26 games. A former 13th round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs in 2008, Campana reached the Majors with the Cubs in 2011. He enjoyed his finest season in 2012 when he hit .264 in 89 games with 26 runs scored and 30 stolen bases. Since his debut in 2011, Campana’s 89.2 stolen base percentage (66 SB/8 CS) is tops in the Majors (min. 70 steal attempts), just edging out Angel outfielder Mike Trout (88.9%).

Borenstein, 23, has hit a combined .262 (79/301) with seven home runs and 50 RBI this season between Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Salt Lake. The outfielder opened the year with Arkansas where he hit .268 (48/179), including five home runs and 28 RBI before his promotion to Triple-A on May 25th. Borenstein posted a .256 clip (30/117) with two home runs and 22 RBI in 30 games with the Bees but was transferred back to Arkansas on July 2nd. The Arlington Heights, IL native was originally drafted by the Angels in the 23rd round of the 2011 amateur draft.

Krehbiel, 21, has pitched this season for both Single-A Burlington and Single-A Inland Empire, fashioning a combined 2.00 ERA (18.0 IP – 4 ER) with five saves and 23 strikeouts. A former 12th round pick by the Halos in 2011, Krehbiel owns an 8-7 record with a 3.85 ERA (121.2 IP – 52 ER) in 92 games at the minor league level.

Thatcher is expected to be uniform for this evening’s game while Campana has been selected to the 40-man roster and optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake. Below is a glance at the career Major League statistics for both players:

Thatcher

Campana

Trout proving his All-Star credentials

Alcantara named to World Team for Futures Game

ANAHEIM — Angels prospect Alfonso Alcantara was named to the World Team for the All-Star Futures Game to be played at Target Field on July 13.

Alcantara, a free-agent signing in 2012, is currently pitching for Class A Burlington in the Midwest League. The 21-year-old Dominican is 4-4 with a 4.43 ERA in 15 games, including nine starts. A right-hander, Alcantara is the Angels’ No. 17-ranked prospect, with a fastball in the upper-90s to go along with a slider and changeup.

Eleven current Angels have participated in the Futures Game, which features the top Minor League prospects. Josh Hamilton, Howie Kendrick and Mike Trout are three of 115 players to participate in both the Futures Game and the All-Star Game.

Sean Burnett, Hank Conger, C.J. Cron, Grant Green, Chris Iannetta, Kevin Jepsen, Tyler Skaggs and Fernando Salas have also played in the Futures Game.

The Futures Game is in its 16th season, with the U.S. Team holding a 9-6 edge over the World Team. The U.S. Team has won the last four games.

The 16th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will take place at 8 p.m. PT on Sunday, July 13, at Target Field in Minneapolis, and it can be seen live on MLB.com and MLB Network, and followed live on MLB.com’s Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89 and Sirius channel 209. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game.

Fans can stay updated by following @MLBFutures on Twitter and can send and receive tweets to and from the U.S. and World Team dugouts during the game by tagging tweets with the hashtags #USDugout and #WorldDugout.

Major League Baseball, in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League clubs, selected the 25 players currently on each team.

Each Major League organization is represented, and players from all full-season Minor Leagues were eligible to participate. Complete Futures Game rosters, prospect analysis and rankings can be found at mlb.com/pipeline.

LA Angels of Anaheim (44-33) at Kansas City Royals (40-38), 8:10 pm (ET)

(SportsNetwork.com) – A pair of second-place teams square off Friday night at Kauffman Stadium, as the Kansas City Royals host the Los Angeles of Anaheim Angels in the opener of a three-game set.

The surging Angels have reeled off six straight wins to move to within 3 1/2 games of AL West division leader Oakland. They are coming off Thursday’s 6-4 triumph over Minnesota to cap an unblemished homestand.

Albert Pujols went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, headlining a lineup that churned out 14 hits in support of winning pitcher Jered Weaver. After hitting at a .217 clip with 11 RBI over his previous 35 games, Pujols has hit .333 with 11 RBI over the last 11 games.

“I think Albert, when he’s swinging it well, he’s going to hit the ball whether there’s runners in position, nobody on, whatever the case is,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He’s going to square balls up and hit it hard.”

Weaver tossed seven innings of one-run ball in the win, as he struck out six and walked only one. It marked the team’s 12th win in its last 13 games at Angel Stadium.

Meanwhile, Kansas City has fallen 4 1/2 games off the pace in the AL Central, as first-place Detroit has won seven in a row entering Friday. The Royals held a 1 1/2-game lead before the Tigers began their streak.

They dropped two of three at home to the Los Angeles Dodgers this week, including Wednesday’s 5-4 setback that was ultimately decided on a hit-by- pitch.

With the bases loaded in the top of the eighth inning of a 4-4 game, Royals reliever Wade Davis plunked A.J. Ellis. It was Davis’ first run allowed since April 23, and it was a costly one for the Royals. Starter James Shields went seven innings and allowed four runs on seven hits.

“They all sting, some a little bit worse than others,” manager Ned Yost said after his team rallied back from a 3-1 deficit. “But they all sting.”

Toeing the rubber for Kansas City in Friday’s opener is Jason Vargas, who started 24 games for the Halos last season. After posting a 4.02 ERA in 24 starts last year, Vargas has settled nicely with the Royals as he boasts a 3.16 ERA in 16 starts this season.

Against Seattle last Saturday, the left-hander went a season-long 8 2/3 innings. However, after convincing his manager to leave him in the game, Vargas surrendered a two-out double that started the Mariners’ decisive rally in the top of the ninth.

For the Angels, Matt Shoemaker eyes up his third win in as many starts. He went 7 2/3 innings against Texas his last time out and yielded only one earned run on eight hits, while striking out six and walking two. Shoemaker has not lost any of his seven starts this season.

“He may be 10 miles an hour short (of Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan), but he goes out with that attitude, with that makeup,” Scioscia said. “He goes out with the idea of a gunslinger. ‘I’m going to make my pitches and I’m very, very comfortable in what I need to do out there on the mound.’”

The Angels took two of three from the Royals when these teams met up at Angel Stadium in late-May.

Skaggs heads to DL with strained right hamstring

Freese: Angels’ focus should be simple

ANAHEIM — The Angels are trying their best to not make this week about the A’s, regardless of closer Ernesto Frieri‘s colorful quote on Sunday.

They were 1-5 against the A’s heading into the start of a three-game series at Angel Stadium, and trailed them by 4 1/2 games in the American League West. But third baseman David Freese, who was in his fair share of division races during his days in St. Louis, doesn’t believe their fate will ultimately rest on their success or failure against the team that currently sports the best record in the AL.

“I think we feel that we just need to go out and win,” Freese said. “This game’s set up to play out on how many wins and losses you have to get in the postseason. It doesn’t matter who you beat. Sure, it helps to take care of your division, but in the end, it matters how many wins you have at the end of the season, not who you beat.”

Freese’s philosophy comes a day after Frieri laid down the gauntlet, in regard to the division leaders.

“We’re going to beat ‘em,” Frieri said of the A’s after picking up his 10th save in Sunday’s 4-2 win over the White Sox. “I hate to say this, but they’ve had a little bit of extra luck. If you pay attention to every play, it’s stupid how the games go their way. But it’s going to turn.”

The A’s entered Monday leading the AL in winning percentage (.619) and easily leading the Majors in run-differential (plus-128), while ranking second in starting-pitcher ERA (3.06), third in relief-pitcher WHIP (1.09), first in runs per game (5.19), third in OPS (.757), tied for third in defensive runs saved (22) and second in wins above replacement (13.8).

In other words, they’re good.

“All three aspects, they do it well, and it shows,” Freese said. “It’s the reason why right now they’re one of the best teams in the game.”

But Freese believes the Angels — sixth in the Majors in winning percentage, fifth in run-differential, 11th in starters’ ERA, tied for 20th in reliever WHIP, fourth in runs per game, fifth in OPS, 11th in DRS and first in WAR — are better-served keeping their focus internal.

Cliche as that may sound.

“You try to make it that simple,” Freese said. “Everybody else is going to escalate it, but I think Oakland over there and the Angels over here, you just see it as a game that you want to go out and win. The goal during these six months is to win every series.

“The schedule is set up in September that you basically play your division and that’s how it escalates a little bit more.”

LA Angels of Anaheim (44-33) at Kansas City Royals (40-38), 8:10 pm (ET)

(SportsNetwork.com) – A pair of second-place teams square off Friday night at Kauffman Stadium, as the Kansas City Royals host the Los Angeles of Anaheim Angels in the opener of a three-game set.

The surging Angels have reeled off six straight wins to move to within 3 1/2 games of AL West division leader Oakland. They are coming off Thursday’s 6-4 triumph over Minnesota to cap an unblemished homestand.

Albert Pujols went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, headlining a lineup that churned out 14 hits in support of winning pitcher Jered Weaver. After hitting at a .217 clip with 11 RBI over his previous 35 games, Pujols has hit .333 with 11 RBI over the last 11 games.

“I think Albert, when he’s swinging it well, he’s going to hit the ball whether there’s runners in position, nobody on, whatever the case is,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He’s going to square balls up and hit it hard.”

Weaver tossed seven innings of one-run ball in the win, as he struck out six and walked only one. It marked the team’s 12th win in its last 13 games at Angel Stadium.

Meanwhile, Kansas City has fallen 4 1/2 games off the pace in the AL Central, as first-place Detroit has won seven in a row entering Friday. The Royals held a 1 1/2-game lead before the Tigers began their streak.

They dropped two of three at home to the Los Angeles Dodgers this week, including Wednesday’s 5-4 setback that was ultimately decided on a hit-by- pitch.

With the bases loaded in the top of the eighth inning of a 4-4 game, Royals reliever Wade Davis plunked A.J. Ellis. It was Davis’ first run allowed since April 23, and it was a costly one for the Royals. Starter James Shields went seven innings and allowed four runs on seven hits.

“They all sting, some a little bit worse than others,” manager Ned Yost said after his team rallied back from a 3-1 deficit. “But they all sting.”

Toeing the rubber for Kansas City in Friday’s opener is Jason Vargas, who started 24 games for the Halos last season. After posting a 4.02 ERA in 24 starts last year, Vargas has settled nicely with the Royals as he boasts a 3.16 ERA in 16 starts this season.

Against Seattle last Saturday, the left-hander went a season-long 8 2/3 innings. However, after convincing his manager to leave him in the game, Vargas surrendered a two-out double that started the Mariners’ decisive rally in the top of the ninth.

For the Angels, Matt Shoemaker eyes up his third win in as many starts. He went 7 2/3 innings against Texas his last time out and yielded only one earned run on eight hits, while striking out six and walking two. Shoemaker has not lost any of his seven starts this season.

“He may be 10 miles an hour short (of Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan), but he goes out with that attitude, with that makeup,” Scioscia said. “He goes out with the idea of a gunslinger. ‘I’m going to make my pitches and I’m very, very comfortable in what I need to do out there on the mound.’”

The Angels took two of three from the Royals when these teams met up at Angel Stadium in late-May.

Angels-White Sox postponed by rain

CHICAGO (AP) — White Sox manager Robin Ventura has an extra day to sort out his bullpen.

Chicago’s series opener against the Los Angeles Angels was postponed due to heavy rains Monday night and rescheduled as part of a traditional doubleheader on Tuesday.

Ventura removed Ronald Belisario from the closer role on Friday after the reliever allowed two runs in the ninth inning to Toronto and has failed to find a permanent ninth inning pitcher since Matt Lindstrom’s ankle injury in May.

“The way the bullpen is right now, we’re going to by usage, matchups and just the feeling of who you want in there at that time,” Ventura said on Monday. “You don’t know on a daily basis who you’re going to use in which spots.”

The storm hit U.S. Cellular Field just after scheduled first pitch. The postponement was announced at 7:30 p.m.

The first game Tuesday afternoon will start at 4:10 p.m. with Chicago’s Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.07) going against Los Angeles’ Garrett Richards (8-2, 2.76), who were slated to start Monday night.

Scott Carroll (2-4, 4.76) will go for the White Sox against the Angels’ Jered Weaver (8-6, 3.33) in the second game.

Though his team is in the middle of a tough stretch of games, Angels manager Mike Scioscia did not want to be forced to play a doubleheader.

“At some point you’re going to have to play the stretch like we’re in now, 20 straight, and you want to play,” Scioscia said. “A doubleheader does not benefit anyone at any time.”

The postponement also gave Los Angeles slugger Albert Pujols an extra day to rest a groin injury he suffered Sunday during a loss to Kansas City. He remained in that game and was in Monday night’s starting lineup set to hit third and play first base.

NOTES: White Sox 1B Jose Abreu, tied for the MLB lead in homers with 25, has found himself at the center of Home Run Derby speculation, but the rookie slugger remained mysterious on his possible participation. “I’m more concentrated on helping the team right now,” Abreu said. . Angels SP Garrett Richards has allowed 4 ER over his last five starts and carries a 4-0 record in that span. . Tyler Skaggs will start the series finale on Wednesday for Los Angeles. He will face John Danks (7-6, 4.26).