Machado Homer In 12th Wins It For Orioles

Manny Machado’s 12th inning home run gave the Orioles the 7-6 win over the Anaheim Angels on Tuesday night at Camden Yards.

Tied Up – The Orioles trailed the Angels 1-0 going into the bottom of the first, but Adam Jones tied the game with his 20th homer of the season.

Tie,Ahead,Tie – The Angels tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the second inning on a throwing error to home by Chris Tillman.

Kole Calhoun put the Orioles ahead 3-2 in the second with his RBI double.

The Orioles tied the game in the bottom of the inning with a Manny Machado RBI double to make it 3-3.

Down Then Up – The Angels held a 4-3 lead going to the bottom of the fourth. Nick Markakis connected for a three-run homer in the bottom of the inning to put the Orioles up 6-4.

Back To One – In the top of the fifth inning, Josh Hamilton homered to make it a 6-5 game.

Tied Again – Brian Matusz came on in the seventh inning to go after Josh Hamilton. With a runner on first and third, Hamilton hit a groundball to J.J. Hardy to that he was prepared to flip to second, but no one was there. Hardy, then tried to throw out Hamilton at first but was too late and the game was tied.

Nothing – With the game tied 6-6 after the top of the seventh inning, neither bullpen allowed a runner to touch the base until the top of the twelfth inning.

Wave It Bye Bye – Manny Machado was the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the twelfth inning, and with one swing of the bat, the Orioles had the 7-6 victory.

Next WBAL Broadcast – The Orioles and Angels play game two of their series on Wednesday night. First pitch is set for 7:05pm,with Joe Angel and Fred Manfra starting the broadcast at 6:35pm.

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BALTIMORE (AP) – Manny Machado homered off Cory Rasmus leading off the 12th inning to give the Baltimore Orioles a 7-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

Machado hit a 1-2 breaking ball from Rasmus (2-1) into the seats in left field to end the back-and-forth duel between AL contenders.

Ryan Webb (3-1) worked out of a two-on, two-out jam in the top of the 12th for the Orioles, who improved to 12-3 in extra innings.

Adam Jones and Nick Markakis homered for Baltimore, playing its first home game since the All-Star break.

Josh Hamilton homered and had three RBIs for the Angels, who have dropped eight of their last 11 against the Orioles.

A potential pitching duel between Jered Weaver andChris Tillman turned into a slugfest, as both former All-Stars left after the fifth inning with Baltimore leading 6-5.

Weaver gave up a season-high six earned runs and walked four. Tillman yielded five runs, three earned, and six hits – including three doubles and a home run.

After Hamilton delivered a run-scoring grounder in the top of the first, the Orioles scored twice in the bottom half. Jones drove an 0-2 fastball over the left-field wall – giving him 20 home runs for a fourth straight season – and J.J. Hardy added an RBI single.

Los Angeles capitalized on a throwing error by Tillman to take a 3-2 lead in the second before Machado doubled in a run in the Orioles’ half.

After Hank Conger hit a sacrifice fly for the Angels in the fourth, Weaver issued two walks in the bottom half and Markakis followed with a drive off the right-field foul pole to make it 6-4.

Hamilton homered in the fifth and tied it in the seventh with an infield hit.

TRAINING ROOM

Angels: Left-hander C.J. Wilson (right ankle sprain) pitched 5 1-3 innings for Double-A Arkansas on Monday night in his first rehab start and could return soon. ”There is definitely one scenario where it could be this weekend, but we’re not going to commit to anything,” manager Mike Scioscia said.

Orioles: First baseman Chris Davis did not play after being sent home with a stomach virus. ”He was sick all day (Monday) and didn’t seem to be making a marked improvement,” manager Buck Showalter said.

ON DECK

Angels: Right-hander Garrett Richards (11-3) seeks to rebound after his seven-game winning streak ended last week against Detroit. In his only previous start against Baltimore, Richards allowed a career-high seven runs in 2012.

Orioles: Kevin Gausman makes his first career start against the Angels as the Orioles seek their ninth win in 11 games at Camden Yards.

Ausmus ejected after Angels win challenge

ANAHEIM — Angels manager Mike Scioscia’s challenge of a pickoff play retired a lot more than Eugenio Suarez at first base. The reaction ended up retiring Tigers manager Brad Ausmus from Saturday’s game.

The debate over whether the challenge should have been allowed might not be retired yet.

“It’s not a perfect thing,” crew chief Jim Joyce said of the rules on challenge timeliness. “The whole idea is to get it right, and that play was such that I felt that play needed to be reviewed.”

While Scioscia won his argument that Albert Pujols tagged Suarez before his hand touched first base with one out in the third inning, quieting a Tigers rally, Ausmus lost his argument that Scioscia took too long to challenge the call.

Pickoff plays are reviewable, but like all plays, they must be reviewed before the start of the next play or pitch, according to MLB’s official rules. The argument involved whether pitcher Matt Shoemaker‘s return to the mound constituted the start of the next play.

The rule says it did. In another part, though, it says the crew chief has the final word. Essentially, the argument between Ausmus and Joyce comes down to whether the crew chief has discretion to make the determination himself.

According to Section D, Rule 1 of the replay review rules:

“The next ‘play’ shall commence when the pitcher is on the rubber preparing to start his delivery and the batter has entered the batter’s box (unless the defensive team initiates an appeal play in which case any call made during the play prior to the appeal still may be subject to Replay Review).”

Ausmus was out of the dugout to make his case as soon as Scioscia left his to talk with first-base umpire Joyce. Once umpires agreed to review, Ausmus began to argue that they can’t.

“He said that he could review it if he wanted,” Ausmus said.

That goes to another part of the rules — Section D, Rule 5:

“The Crew Chief shall have the final authority to determine whether a Manager’s Challenge is timely. The judgment of the Crew Chief regarding the timeliness of a Manager’s Challenge shall be final and binding on both Clubs, and shall not be reviewable by Replay Review or otherwise.”

That was the rule Joyce was apparently citing when explaining the situation after the game.

“I was watching the batters and the pitcher, and I understand what Brad was thinking,” Joyce said. “But to tell me I can’t do it is not what the rule is. So I just informed him that it’s at my discretion. It’s at the crew chief’s discretion.

“I just knew it was really, really a close play. And if he’s going to come out and ask me to review it, I’m going to review it. The whole entire deal is to get it right. So I kept informing him that, at my discretion, that I can review it. I tried to impress that upon, and we got to where we were.”

Ausmus seemed to interpret that as Joyce deciding to initiate a review.

“The umpires have discretion to initiate a review on their own, but they clearly didn’t initiate the review,” Ausmus said. “Mike Scioscia coming out of the dugout initiated the review. The rule, it’s pretty black and white. If the guy’s in the box and the pitcher’s on the rubber, it’s no longer challengeable.”

Joyce confirmed that it a manager’s challenge, not a crew chief review.

After a lengthy review, Joyce’s safe call was overturned, and Suarez was called out. Ausmus immediately ran out of the dugout with a pocket copy of the rules in hand, ready to show Joyce the first rule.

In doing so, Ausmus was violating one of those same rules: “Once Replay Review is initiated, no uniformed personnel from either Club shall be permitted to further argue the contested calls or the decision of the Replay Official. Onfield personnel who violate this provision shall be ejected.”

Ausmus wasn’t sure his argument should have fallen under that, either.

“I wasn’t technically arguing the challenge,” Ausmus said of his second ejection of the season. “I was arguing the fact that the rule says they couldn’t challenge in the first place. I was ejected immediately, although I don’t know that I should have been ejected immediately. If I was arguing the call, that’s a different story.

“But the rule’s clear. I’m not really sure how they could have looked at this a second time.”

Bench coach Gene Lamont took over managerial duties for the game.

Angels Cowgill gets stitches after ball hits him in face during bunt attempt

 

Los Angeles Angels left fielder Collin Cowgill was struck in the face by a ball after he squared to bunt in Saturday night’s game at Texas.

Blood was pouring from the bridge of Cowgill’s nose after being struck in the eighth inning. He immediately put his hand over his face and started walking toward the Angels dugout.

The Angels said Cowgill got stitches on his nose and was then taken to a hospital for further evaluation.

The pitch by Matt West went over the bat and appeared to hit Cowgill flush on the face. It wasn’t clear if the ball tipped off the bat before hitting Cowgill.

Efren Navarro finished the at-bat for Cowgill and drew a walk.

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Detroit Tigers Fall To The Anaheim Angels 2-1

The Detroit Tigers fell short at the Big A on Friday night, losing to the Angles 2-1.

Tyler Skaggs yielded five hits in 5 2-3 resourceful innings for the Angels and Los Angeles’ bullpen backed him up with 3 1-3 innings of one-hit relief, retiring nine straight along the way. Huston Street pitched the ninth for his second save in three appearances for the Angels.

Miguel Cabrera homered early and Drew Smyly (6-9) had a career-high 11 strikeouts while pitching into the sixth for the Tigers, who have lost seven of eight in Anaheim.

Efren Navarro and Kole Calhoun drove in runs in the sixth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels overcame Smyly’s early dominance to take the lead and never relinquish it.

After Detroit’s pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts in Thursday’s series opener, Smyly struck out eight of the Angels’ first 10 hitters. The left-hander overwhelmed Los Angeles until the sixth, retiring his first 13 batters and striking out nine different Angels.

Smyly’s worksheet after five innings read this way: He had 10 strikeouts, all swinging. He had matched his career high in strikeouts, set in a start against Kansas City in 2012.

Then it all changed abruptly with consecutive, one-out doubles by Chris Iannetta and Calhoun, followed by Navarro’s go-ahead RBI to chase Smyly. Navarro, a left-handed batter, was a 50th-round – 50th – pick in the 2007 draft. Until this year, the he’d had 14 at-bats in the big leagues.

Al Alburquerque took over and fanned Kendrick to strand runners at first and second.

Alburquerque stayed in for the seventh and gave up a leadoff single to Erick Aybar, who was caught stealing for the first out. John McDonald, who’d gone at third base for defense, drew a walk even though he was hitting .175 with no homers. Alburquerque retired the next two hitters.

Detroit’s Justin Verlander faces Matt Shoemaker on Saturday night at the Big A.

 

 

 

 

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Angels’ Cowgill involved in scary moment while trying to bunt

 

Los Angeles Angels left fielder Collin Cowgill was struck in the face by a ball after he squared to bunt in Saturday night’s game at Texas.

Blood was pouring from the bridge of Cowgill’s nose after being struck in the eighth inning. He immediately put his hand over his face and started walking toward the Angels dugout.

The Angels said Cowgill got stitches on his nose and was then taken to a hospital for further evaluation.

The pitch by Matt West went over the bat and appeared to hit Cowgill flush on the face. It wasn’t clear if the ball tipped off the bat before hitting Cowgill.

Efren Navarro finished the at-bat for Cowgill and drew a walk.

MORE: Ken Rosenthal has the scoops: Check out Ken’s archive.

Angels have no plans to shut down Richards

ANAHEIM — Angels starter and burgeoning star Garrett Richards is coming up on some uncharted territory with regard to his workload, one that will see the 26-year-old right-hander blow past his previous career high in innings if he continues at his current rate over the season’s final 10 weeks.

But that won’t prompt the Angels to temporarily shut down Richards, a move clubs often deploy to preserve young starters and monitor how big of an innings jump they make from year to year.

“Not at all,” Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said Monday. “Garrett has thrown from end to end in a season. His innings have not escalated to the point where they’re 200-plus, but Garrett throws the ball as easily as anybody you’ll ever see. It’s not a violent delivery, it’s not a violent package. He maintains velocity pretty easily.”

Richards is already at 131 1/3 innings, fewer than 14 innings shy of his total from last year, fewer than 17 shy of his total from 2012 and fewer than 26 shy of his previous career high from 2011 (157 innings, if you count his workload in the Majors and the Minors).

If Richards pitches every fifth game the rest of the way, he’s on pace to finish the season with 216 2/3 innings.

Though shutting him down for the last three weeks of the season — like the Nationals did with Stephen Strasburg in 2012 — is out of the question, a team like the Angels could benefit from temporarily taking Richards out of the rotation to make sure he’s fresh for a pennant race in September.

But as Dipoto alluded, Richards has pitched into September each of the last three seasons. And though his volume of innings is much greater this season, Richards says his arm responds better to the routine of a starting pitcher as opposed to the back-and-forth from the rotation to the bullpen he’s gone through the last couple of years.

“The more consistent I stay with my routine, the better I feel,” Richards said. “Throwing 100 pitches every five days and getting my bullpen in between, that’s when I feel my best.

“I want to pitch every fifth day. I wouldn’t want to get shut down or have my innings conserved.”

The Angels will once again have six capable starters when C.J. Wilson (sprained right ankle) returns from the disabled list, giving them the freedom to push Richards back a day or skip his start if needed. They’re open to that. But Richards has a 2.47 ERA and has completed at least seven innings in 14 of his 20 starts.

He’s shown no signs of slowing down, so the Angels won’t do it for him.

“He’s going to go out and he’s going to pitch,” Dipoto said. “There will be time in the second half where we might be able to back up his pitch count on a given day or take him out. But we’re not so phobic with innings that we’re not going to pay attention to what the player is doing, or what his performance is telling us.”

Final: Orioles 4, Angels 2

Final: Orioles 4, Angels 2




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ANAHEIM – For the first one, Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker didn’t even bother turning.

But the second one was close enough to make him look. Shoemaker, one of the bigger surprises of this Angels season, pitched a remarkable but flawed game Monday, and the flaws won out over 5 2/3 innings.

Shoemaker struck out 10 and walked none but served up two two-run homers to Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones in a 4-2 loss at Angel Stadium.

Jones smacked the first in the first inning, when Shoemaker left a 2-0 fastball in the middle of the plate. The 27-year-old rookie pitcher seemed to know it was gone before Jones finished his follow-through, and he put his glove up to call for a new ball immediately.

He proceeded to retire the next 15 batters before Nick Markakis’ leadoff double in the sixth inning. He got two more outs, then watched as Jones smacked a slider past the left-center fence for another two-run shot.

The Angels scored a run in the first and a run in the fourth, tying things temporarily against Orioles right-hander Bud Norris, who had previously tormented them with the Houston Astros. Josh Hamilton drove in Kole Calhoun first with a single to right, and Hank Conger scored Howie Kendrick with another single.

But the Angels left eight men on base to the Orioles’ two, and home-plate umpire Eric Cooper got on their nerves.

Twice, Mike Trout argued with Cooper after being called out on borderline strikes, once with the bases loaded and two outs. Manager Mike Scioscia followed him to the plate to extend the argument on the second occasion, but neither man was ejected.

The Angels (59-39) lost just their fourth game this month. They must win the next two against Baltimore to extend their streak of home series victories to 11.

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Mike Trout is the Fourth Angels All Star Game MVP

Mike Trout was awarded the 2014 All Start Game MVP after hitting an RBI Triple and an RBI Double and scoring a run in the American League’s 5-3 victory.

But he wasn’t the first Angels player to win the award. He was the fourth. Each of our franchise’s ASG MVPs comes from an incarnation of the team with a different geographic monicker. Trout did it for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In 2003, Garret Anderson did it for the Anaheim Angels. Mike Scioscia was his manager that night – and GA had won the Home Run Derby the evening prior.

Fred Lynn was named the Most Valuable Player in the 1983 All Star Game as a member of the California Angels. he is still the only player to hit a grand slam in an All Star Game.

Here is some video of Lynn’s feat:

But the first player to wear a Halo and be named the MVP of the ASG was Daddy Wags. Going all the way back to 1962, outfielder Leon Wagner was named the MVP of the ASG as a member of the Los Angeles Angels.

So Mike Trout is in good company.

Angels bringing on Huston Street

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels acquired All-Star closer Huston Street and prospect Trevor Gott from the San Diego Padres for minor leaguers Taylor Lindsey, R.J. Alvarez, Jose Rondon and Elliot Morris in a trade on Friday night.

The 30-year-old Street (1-0) has 24 saves in 25 opportunities and a 1.09 ERA in 33 games this season.

He was unavailable to the Padres during their 5-4 home loss to the New York Mets on Friday night.

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San Diego (41-55) is in third place in the NL West, 12 games off the pace.

“Losing is a miserable experience,” Street said before the game. “I believe in the Padres’ ownership. They want to win and they are not content with status quo.

“I blame the players for what’s happened here.”

In 10 major league seasons with Oakland (2005-08), Colorado (2009-11) and San Diego (2012-14), Street is 35-27 with 258 saves and a 2.87 ERA.

He has converted 109 of his last 117 save chances, the best mark in the majors in that span.

Street, fifth on the active list in saves and 31st overall, said the Padres were upfront with him regarding the trade talks.

“I asked questions and they gave me direct answers,” said Street, who was acquired by the Padres after the 2011 season. “They were extremely honest, said they were fielding offers, and asked me to not be offended.”

The Angels entered Friday 1½ games behind the league-leading Oakland Athletics in the AL West.

Right Way Street

In Huston Street, the Angels will be acquiring a veteran reliever who had been enjoying a career year with the Padres. Here’s a look at his numbers, and where they rank over the course of his career:

Last month, they acquired Pittsburgh Pirates closer Jason Grilli in a deal that sent Ernesto Frieri to Pittsburgh.

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Frieri had struggled this season for Los Angeles, going just 0-3 with a 6.39 ERA and 11 saves in 34 appearances before the trade. Grilli, meanwhile, has appeared in eight games for the Angels since the deal, going 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA.

Joe Smith has been serving as Los Angeles’ closer, collecting 15 saves.

Gott, 21, has split this season between Single-A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio. In 39 combined relief outings, he is 2-4 with 16 saves and a 3.56 ERA.

He was chosen as a midseason California League All-Star.

Lindsey, a 22-year-old second baseman, was the No. 37 pick by the Angels in the 2010 draft. In four-plus minor league seasons campaigns, he has batted .289 with 43 home runs and 209 RBI.

He was rated as the Angels’ top prospect by Baseball America.

Alvarez, 23, has gone 7-4 with five saves in two-plus minor league seasons.

The 20-year-old Rondon was signed as an international free agent in January 2011. The Venezuelan infielder has played in 245 minor league games, batting .300 with 146 runs and 116 RBI.

Morris, 22, has appeared in 28 games — 18 starts — in the Angels system, going 7-6 with a 3.43 ERA.

ESPN Baseball Insider Jim Bowden and The Associated Press contributed to this report.