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June 4, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
When Jered Weaver arrived for work Tuesday afternoon, the first thing he did was ask clubhouse attendant Angel Miranda to turn up the air conditioning. Getting swept by the lowly Houston Astros at home, it would seem, had made things uncomfortably warm for the Angels. Weaver generally thrives in that kind of heat, though: Ten times in the last two seasons he's taken the mound following a loss and pitched the team to victory. But turning the Angels around this time proved to be more than a one-man job. So it fell to Albert Pujols to follow a strong performance by Weaver with a long two-run home run into the left-field bleachers in the eighth inning to give the Angels a 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs, ending a four-game losing streak.
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May 31, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Four games under .500 entering a four-game series against Houston, it was not a stretch to think the Angels could even their record, a mark that seemed well out of reach two weeks ago, by the time the lowly Astros left town. The Angels had won 10 of 12 games and were so flush with starting pitchers that Manager Mike Scioscia employed a six-man rotation this week. Houston had the worst record in the American League and the second-worst record in baseball. But those sweep dreams were rudely interrupted by the Astros, who seem to bring out the worst in the Angels.
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May 27, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
The umpire whose disputed call haunted the Angels on Monday said he stood by it after taking a look at replays after the game. With one out in the eighth inning and Erick Aybar on first base representing the tying run, Mike Trout flied out to deep right field. Aybar, running on the play, had rounded second base and had to scamper back to first. Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier threw to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez , who reached out to tag Aybar. Gary Darling , the plate umpire, had charged up the first base line and called Aybar out. Darling said he didn't see any daylight between the glove and the runner.
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May 25, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Billy Buckner threw five shutout innings in his Angels debut, and Hank Conger and Josh Hamilton each homered in a 7-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium, extending the Angels' winning streak to seven. The Angels (22-27) have outscored opponents, 54-18, during the streak, and their starting pitchers have a combined 1.76 earned-run average in the seven games, giving up nine earned runs in 46 innings. They've scored five or more runs in seven consecutive games for the first time since 2011 and only the third time since 2006.
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May 22, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
When the Angels were struggling through a particularly punchless period last month, Albert Pujols warned the rest of the American League that the team wouldn't stay dormant for long. And when it awoke, he promised, it would be with a vengeance. Vengeance, say hello to the Seattle Mariners. In less than 24 hours, Pujols and the Angels took out a season's worth of frustration out on the hapless Mariners, finishing a two-game series sweep with a 7-1 victory Wednesday afternoon at Angel Stadium.
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May 19, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Angels pitcher Jason Vargas had a harder time controlling his preschool-age son Joshua than he did controlling the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, which is a good sign for the Angels and Joshua. Because if Vargas keeps pitching as he has the last three weeks, culminating in a 6-2 victory over the White Sox, the team may finally be able to stop searching for a top-of-the-rotation ace to replace the injured Jered Weaver. And that means more happy postgame clubhouses for the rambunctious Joshua to romp through.
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May 16, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It's early, but it's not that early. The Angels began the second quarter of the season with another ugly loss Thursday night, committing two errors plus a crucial mental mistake, throwing a wild pitch that scored a run and issuing a four-pitch, bases-loaded walk to a .185 hitter who had not drawn a free pass all season. The 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox dropped the Angels to 15-26, their worst 41-game start since 1976, and 12 games behind Texas in the American League West. There is still time for the Angels to make up ground, but the task ahead is daunting.
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May 15, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The good news for the Angels is that with Monday's off day, they can skip the fifth spot in the rotation, which, until Wednesday night, was held by Barry Enright, who opened the season at triple A and appears headed back there soon. The bad news is they couldn't skip it Wednesday night. Enright got his second start in place of the sidelined Tommy Hanson and provided the fuel for a seven-run third inning that Kansas City rode to a 9-5 victory in Angel Stadium. Billy Butler hit a two-run single and Lorenzo Cain had a three-run double to key the Royals third inning, as the Angels fell to 15-25 and 11 games behind Texas in the American League West, their largest deficit after 40 games since they were 12 games back at this stage of the 2001 season.
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May 15, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Arte Moreno has placed blame for the team's brutal 2013 start, its failure to make the playoffs for three straight years and several high-priced moves that have paid minimal dividends on the one person the Angels owner can't fire: Himself. "If you're going to blame anyone, you've got to blame me," Moreno told FoxSports.com on Wednesday in New York, where he is attending the owners' meetings. "I'm the one at the end of the day that has the final call. " Moreno orchestrated the signing of first baseman Albert Pujols to a 10-year, $240-million deal before 2012.
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May 12, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
CHICAGO - Mike Trout was picked off first on a stolen-base attempt and thrown out at second in the third inning Saturday night. Albert Pujols reached in the fifth when Chicago first baseman Adam Dunn dropped his popup in shallow right field, but Pujols overran first and was tagged out on Dunn's backdoor throw to pitcher Jose Quintana. This has become an all-too-common occurrence for the Angels, who are traditionally among baseball's most aggressive and successful baserunning teams but have looked lost on the bases at times in 2013.
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