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.

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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

Angels Acquire Street


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.

The Los Angeles Angels did major patchwork on their bullpen on Friday, obtaining closer Huston Street, who will bring his dominance to a team that needs it. Story

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.

Angels outfielder Mike Trout wins Ted Williams All-Star Game MVP Award

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Angels outfielder Mike Trout was presented with the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award in the 85th Midsummer Classic after a 2-for-3 performance that included a double, triple, two RBI and one run scored. At 22 years, 342 days old, he is the second-youngest player to win the All-Star MVP Award, behind only Ken Griffey, Jr. (1992) at 22 years, 236 days. He also became the third AL player ever to record a double and triple in an All-Star Game joining Hall of Famers Earl Averill (1934) and George Brett (1983).
Trout becomes the fourth Angel to win the award, joining Leon Wagner (1962), Fred Lynn (1983) and Garret Anderson (2003), who all previously won the award in All-Star games taking place in Chicago. Trout also becomes the 22nd outfielder to win the MVP award, and the fifth in the last eight years, joining Ichiro Suzuki (2007); J.D. Drew (2008); Carl Crawford (2009) and Melky Cabrera (2012).
In his All-Star Game career, Trout now stands at 4-for-7 (.571) with two doubles, a triple and two RBI, joining Ted Williams (1941) and Ken Griffey Jr. (1992) as the only players to have two extra-base hits in an All-Star Game before turning 23. Last night’s performance made Trout the sixth Angels player (eighth occurrence) to record a multi-hit game in the Midsummer Classic, joining Garret Anderson (three hits, 2003); Rod Carew (two hits in 1983, two hits in 1980); Don Baylor (two hits in 1979); Albie Pearson (two hits in 1963) and Leon Wagner (two hits in 1963, three hits in 1962).
Last season at Citi Field, Trout became the youngest American League player to start an All-Star Game since Ivan Rodriguez in 1993. He went 1-for-3 at the plate, leading off the game with a double against Mets RHP Matt Harvey. During the 2012 Midsummer Classic in Kansas City, Trout went 1-for-1 with a walk and a stolen base in his two plate appearances after entering the game in the 6th inning as a defensive replacement for Josh Hamilton. He became the third player to record a hit in an All-Star Game before his 21st birthday and the second player to steal a base prior to turning 21. Additionally, he is the youngest player in All-Star Game history with a hit, walk and stolen base.
Trout, who was voted onto the team via fan voting (receiving 5,559,705 votes) made his third consecutive All-Star Game appearance and second career start. He becomes the fourth American League outfielder with three All-Star selections before turning 23 years old, joining Mickey Mantle (1952-54), Al Kaline (1955-57) and Ken Griffey Jr. (1990-92). He is the first Angels player to start consecutive All-Star Games since Vladimir Guerrero started for the AL in four straight years from 2004-2007.
Trout is batting .310 (107/345) with 65 runs scored, 26 doubles, five triples, 22 home runs and 73 RBI in 90 games this season. He is the 13th player in Major League history to hit 20 home runs before the All-Star break in their age 22-year-old season or younger and is one of seven players since 1933 to log 20 doubles, 20 home runs and five triples in the first half of a season. Trout was named the AL Player of the Month for June after hitting .361 (30/83) with 10 doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 21 RBI.

Angels’ Josh Hamilton to Rangers fans: Thanks for the boos

ARLINGTON, TX – JULY 13: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim catches a fly ball to deep left hit by Shin-Soo Choo #17 of the Texas Rangers in the ninth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 13, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

Those who boo outfielder Josh Hamilton when he returns to Globe Life Park may want to pipe down. Booing is a motivation, Hamilton said.

Hamilton had two hits as the Los Angeles Angels concluded a four-game sweep of the Rangers with a 10-7 win. Hamilton went 8-for-17 with three RBIs in the series and is hitting .429 with one homer and 14 RBIs in 49 at-bats for his last 13 games at this park.

“The whole booing thing, it’s a challenge for me to step up,” said Hamilton, with the Rangers from 2008-12. “After that first series back here, I’ve been comfortable.”

Hamilton said the Angels lineup, which leads the majors with 5.1 runs per game, is close to what the Rangers had in the World Series seasons of 2010-11.

“If one guy doesn’t get it done, the next guy gets it done,” Hamilton said. “It takes pressure off because you know it’s not all on you.”