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June 30, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
HOUSTON -- C.J. Wilson threw seven strong innings, and Josh Hamilton snapped a tie with a run-scoring double in the eighth inning to lead the Angels to a 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Sunday. The win completed a three-game sweep of the Astros, who had won seven of their first 10 games against the Angels this season, and came on the heels of a three-game sweep at Detroit. It was the Angels' first 6-0 road trip since Sept. 3-8, 2002, when they swept series at Tampa Bay and Baltimore.
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SPORTS
June 30, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
HOUSTON - The longer Josh Hamilton struggled, the deeper the Angels right fielder went into this disappointing season, the more the advice from friends and family members, teammates and coaches, revolved around a central theme: Just have fun. "This season of baseball and life in general is so short - don't get caught up in the struggles, just enjoy," Hamilton said. "It's fun when you remember it's a game you played your whole life, since Little League. Nothing has changed inside the lines.
SPORTS
June 30, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
HOUSTON -- Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson needed only 106 pitches -- 65 of them were strikes -- to complete seven strong innings in Sunday's 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros in Minute Maid Park. Too often this season, Wilson has hit the 100-pitch mark in the fifth or sixth inning, his command problems and inability to put hitters away at times preventing him from going deep into games, which in turn puts more of a strain on the bullpen. But Wilson went into attack mode against three free-swinging Astros on Sunday, giving up one unearned run and three hits while striking out 10 and walking three to improve to 8-5 and help the Angels complete a 6-0 trip to Detroit and Houston.
SPORTS
June 29, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
HOUSTON - Joe Blanton delivered his third straight quality start, and the Angels scored four runs in the fourth inning Saturday on the way to extending their win streak to five with a 7-2 victory over the Houston Astros. Blanton, who was in danger of losing his rotation spot three weeks ago, gave up two runs and three hits in seven innings at Minute Maid Park, striking out six and walking two, to improve to 2-10 and earn his first win since May 23. The right-hander has given up five earned runs in 21 innings of his last three games and finished June with 40 strikeouts, the most he's had in any month of his nine-year career.
SPORTS
June 29, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
HOUSTON -- Houston Manager Bo Porter called Angels Manager Mike Scioscia on Saturday to apologize for what many players consider a bush-league ploy, one that caused confusion between Angels catcher Hank Conger and first baseman Mark Trumbo on a popup that dropped in front of the Astros dugout Friday night. With two on, one out and the score tied 1-1 in the sixth inning, Chris Carter hit a foul popup that Conger appeared to have a bead on before someone from the Astros' dugout yelled, “I got it!
SPORTS
June 29, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
- For one afternoon in a horrific season, baseball was fun again for Josh Hamilton, the Angels right fielder who saved at least three runs with two leaping catches at the wall in Saturday's 7-2 victory over the Houston Astros in Minute Maid Park. Peter Bourjos wishes he could say the same. While Hamilton scaled walls, and Joe Blanton delivered his third straight quality start, and Erick Aybar and Alberto Callaspo hit two-run singles in a four-run fourth inning, and Howie Kendrick and Chris Iannetta each homered to help the Angels win their fifth straight game, Bourjos got hurt … again.
SPORTS
June 29, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
HOUSTON - Astros Manager Bo Porter called Angels Manager Mike Scioscia on Saturday to apologize for what many consider a bush-league ploy, one that caused confusion between Angels catcher Hank Conger and first baseman Mark Trumbo on a popup that dropped in front of the Houston dugout Friday night. With two on and one out in the sixth inning and the score tied 1-1, Chris Carter hit a foul pop that Conger had a bead on before someone from the Astros' dugout yelled, "I got it!"
SPORTS
June 29, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
HOUSTON - The last time reserve catcher Hank Conger spoke to reporters in Minute Maid Park it was after his worst game of the season, a three-error night in a 7-6 loss to the Houston Astros. It was a different story Friday. Conger, who played sporadically in April and May, started for the second straight game, the combination of Chris Iannetta's struggles and Conger's improved play leading to more opportunity for the backup. After Conger threw out two runners attempting to steal and sparked an eighth-inning rally with a leadoff double in a 4-2 victory over the Astros, his playing time could increase considerably.
SPORTS
June 28, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
HOUSTON - The Angels couldn't beat Bud Norris on Friday night. The way they've hit the Houston ace - he has given up one earned run in 28 innings (0.32 earned-run average) of four starts against them this season, including seven four-hit innings Friday night - their only hope was to outlast him. “He's like a nightmare you can't shake,” Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said. “He's thrown better than anyone we've faced this season.” Angels starter Jerome Williams didn't quite match Norris, but his strong 61/3-inning, one-run, five-hit effort gave his team a chance.
NEWS
June 27, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
DETROIT - The Angels missed Detroit ace Justin Verlander and undefeated right-hander Max Scherzer (11-0) in both series against the Tigers this season, which is one reason the Angels are 5-0 against Detroit entering Thursday's series finale in Comerica Park. But they won't be as fortunate when they travel to Houston this weekend. Starting for the Astros Friday night in Minute Maid Park will be Bud Norris, who is 3-0 with an 0.43 earned run average in three starts against the Angels this season.
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