The Angels' offensive woes seemed to have followed them north of the border, as their scuffling bats once again showed little punch in a 5-3 loss to the Blue Jays in Tuesday night's series opener at Rogers Centre.
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Tyler Skaggs will head to the hill today at 4:07 p.m. PT when the Angels continue their series north of the border. The 26-year-old left-hander, who has allowed two earned runs or fewer in five straight starts, is 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA in four career starts against the Blue Jays. Aaron Sanchez will get the nod for Toronto.
Less than a week after learning that they would lose right-hander Keynan Middleton to season-ending Tommy John surgery, the Angels received more bad news about another key reliever. Right-hander Blake Wood underwent an MRI exam on Monday that revealed damage to his ulnar collateral ligament and will seek a second option before deciding on a course of treatment.
Ohtani smacked upper-deck moonshot in BP
This week, Major League Baseball offers fans another unique viewing experience with the continuation of its digital-only broadcasts. Thursday's Angels-Blue Jays matchup will air live in the United States and Canada exclusively on Facebook. The finale to the three-game series at Rogers Centre is one of 25 streaming broadcasts scheduled for 2018 as part of MLB's partnership with Facebook.
Shohei Ohtani delivered another brilliant pitching performance, and received enough help from his scrappy offense, to lead the Angels to a 5-2 win over the Rays at Angel Stadium, snapping the club's five-game skid. Johnny Field homered for Tampa Bay in the loss, as Sergio Romo struck out three in his second consecutive start.
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As the Rays adjust their pitching strategy -- beginning the game with high-leverage relievers and deploying innings-eating starters later -- so to will the competition.
MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.
Fresh off earning MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week honors, MJ Melendez enjoyed the biggest offensive performance of his young career.
Catcher Jose Briceno has been called up from Triple-A Salt Lake, manager Mike Scioscia said before Sunday's game against the Rays. In a corresponding move, Rene Rivera has been placed on the 10-day DL with right knee inflammation,
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.
Daniel Robertson smashed a grand slam on an 83-mph changeup over the heart of the plate, giving the Rays all the runs they would need to notch their third straight victory over the Halos, 5-3 on Saturday night at Angel Stadium.
Ohtani's big power would seem to make him a logical candidate to participate in the Home Run Derby during the All-Star Game at Nationals Park in July, though the field won't be set for a while. Ohtani competed in Japan's Home Run Derby in 2016, and won the event while playing for the Nippon-Ham Fighters.
Shohei Ohtani gets his next start on Sunday afternoon, this time against the Rays. It means that is the game of the day in baseball. We are already so far past the idea that Ohtani is a novelty there isn't anything to discuss. He is the pitcher who can hit. Or the hitter who can pitch.
The Angels' offensive woes continued on Friday, but their sterling starting pitching did not, culminating in an 8-3 loss to the Rays at Angel Stadium that extended the club's losing streak to four games. Right-hander Nick Tropeano couldn't get past the third inning, allowing four runs on six hits -- including two home runs.
Mike Trout snapped a career-worst 0-for-21 drought by launching a solo home run off Chaz Roe in the eighth inning of the Angels' game against the Rays on Friday night at Angel Stadium.
Michael Hermosillo was playing video games with teammate Sherman Johnson late Thursday night when he received a call from their Triple-A Salt Lake manager, Keith Johnson. The news was good: Hermosillo was being called up to the Majors for the first time.
C.J. Cron received a smattering of polite applause when he stepped into the box to face Tyler Skaggs in the first inning on Thursday night, marking his first at-bat at Angel Stadium since the Angels traded him to the Rays in exchange for Minor League infielder Luis Rengifo in February. But those cheers turned to groans in the sixth, when Cron homered for the third consecutive game to help send his former club to a 7-1 loss to Tampa Bay.
Angels reliever Keynan Middleton said Thursday that he will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The procedure, which typically entails a 12-to-18-month recovery period, will cost Middleton the remainder of the season and possibly the 2019 campaign as well.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.
The Astros are rolling, but they have close company in the American League West, with the Angels and Mariners keeping pace through the first quarter of the 2018 season. The A's are putting up a fight, rallying to stay in the mix, while the Rangers are lagging. Here's a peek at how each club has fared thus far, with a look ahead at what's next.
Zack Cozart's costly error cracked open the door for the Astros, and they never looked back, riding Justin Verlander's five-hit shutout to a 2-0 win over the Angels on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium despite an excellent start from Garrett Richards.
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One day after holding the Astros to one run over seven innings and outdueling Gerrit Cole, rookie Jaime Barria found himself on the way back to Triple-A Salt Lake, as The Angels optioned Barria and recalled Eduardo Paredes on Wednesday so they can carry an eight-man bullpen until a sixth starter is needed again.
On Friday night in Anaheim, Mike Trout ripped a line drive with an exit velocity of 118.0 mph at Twins shortstop Gregorio Petit. The result was an out to end the game -- a 5-4 loss vs. Minnesota -- but it was the hardest batted ball any Angels player has hit since Statcast™ was introduced in 2015. It was also a prime example of an overall trend this season for Trout.
Justin Upton picked up his 11th homer of the season with a 395-foot line drive to left field off the Astros' Gerrit Cole in the first inning of Tuesday night's 5-3 loss at Angel Stadium. It was his sixth homer in his last 10 games, one that made him the first Angels left fielder to hit 11 homers in a season since Vernon Wells in 2012 -- and it's only May.
The Angels' depleted bullpen showed its cracks on Tuesday night, as left-hander Jose Alvarez surrendered a go-ahead, three-run double to Jose Altuve in the eighth inning that spoiled a brilliant start by rookie Jaime Barria and saddled the club with a 5-3 loss to the Astros at Angel Stadium.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.
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Andrew Heaney struck out a career-high-tying 10 and held the Astros to one run in eight innings, outdueling Lance McCullers Jr. for a 2-1 Angels win on Monday night at Angel Stadium. Justin Upton stayed hot, driving in the deciding run with a sixth-inning single, as the Halos moved into a first-place tie with Houston atop the AL West.
The legend of Ohtani continues to grow
Shohei Ohtani didn't come away with the win, but his 11-strikeout effort didn't go for naught, as Zack Cozart delivered a walk-off single in the ninth inning to lift the Angels to a split of their four-game series with the Twins. After the Halos executed a dazzling relay to keep the score tied in the top of the ninth, they rallied in the bottom of the inning with a hit-by-pitch, sac bunt and Cozart's single to left field.
The Angels have been, and literally are, family to Anne Fleck, who is affectionately referred to as Momma Anne by loved ones. Fleck was honored Sunday at Angel Stadium as the club's Honorary Bat Girl.
The Angels' bats, after a recent renaissance, faltered in their production on Saturday night, unable to notch hits in key situations and going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position in a 5-3, 12-inning loss to the Twins at Angel Stadium. The Halos are now a game behind the Astros for first place in the American League West.
Mike Trout used an acrobatic slide to avoid being tagged out while advancing from first to third in the seventh inning of the Angels' 5-3 loss to the Twins on Saturday night at Angel Stadium.
Justin Upton launched his fourth home run in as many games and Tyler Skaggs fired six strong innings, but it wasn't enough to overcome an implosion by the Angels' bullpen, which gave up three runs in the top of the ninth to allow the Twins to emerge with a 5-4 win Friday night at Angel Stadium.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.
Shohei Ohtani batted in the cleanup position for just the second time in his young Major League career Friday against the Twins. The last time he did so, on April 22 against Johnny Cueto and the Giants, he went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Shohei Ohtani crushed his fifth home run of the season on Thursday night, hammering a solo shot off reliever Trevor Hildenberger in the seventh inning of the Angels' series opener against the Twins at Angel Stadium.
Angels left fielder Justin Upton continued to stay hot at the plate on Thursday night, homering for the third consecutive game
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With a boost from Zack Cozart at the top of the order, the Angels bats came alive Wednesday, scoring four of their first five runs on the long ball and pairing the offensive onslaught with stellar starting pitching from Jaime Barria in an 8-0 blanking of the Rockies to earn a split in the two-game set.
Ohtani hit a BP homer so hard, the ball left a mark
Bedrosian tried to throw hat back to fan
On most days, Andrew Heaney's six innings of two-run ball at Coors Field would have put him in position to win. But the Angels came up against a Rockies rotation on a roll on Tuesday, and Jon Gray's seven innings of shutout ball proved too much to overcome as the Rockies dealt the Halos a 4-2 loss in the first of two games in Colorado.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.
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