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After replacing an injured Josh Hamilton, Efren Navarro went 2-for-3 with a go-ahead single Friday in the Angels' 2-1 win over the Tigers.

Both Angels runs came in the sixth, as Kole Calhoun doubled in Chris Iannetta and Navarro singled in Calhoun. Navarro is hitting .333 with a 3/4 K/BB ratio in 27 at-bats since being called up on July 12. It makes sense for the Angels to use him against all right-handers right now, but they haven't made any sort of commitment to him yet.
Jul 26 - 1:35 AM

C.J. Cron went 0-for-3 and struck out twice Friday against the Tigers.

It's kind of odd that while the Angels chose Efren Navarro over Cron a week ago, Cron has started both games over Navarro since the Grant Green injury got him back to the majors. Cron was a certainty to start tonight against the left-handed Drew Smyly, but he also played over Navarro against a righty on Thursday. He's 1-for-7 with five strikeouts since his callup and 10-for-51 (.196) with one homer and an 18/2 K/BB ratio in 51 major league at-bats this month. He should be sitting in favor of Navarro against righties.
Jul 26 - 1:22 AM

Josh Hamilton was removed from Friday's game against the Tigers due to a sore left knee.

The severity of the injury remains unclear at the moment. Expect the Angels to provide an update on his status after the game, though it wouldn't be surprising to see him sit out on Saturday as a precautionary measure.
Jul 25 - 11:53 PM

Garrett Richards surrendered four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five in Thursday's setback against the Tigers.

This was the first time Richards has allowed more than three earned runs in a start since May 30, the first time he's surrendered as many as seven hits since May 19, and the first time he hasn't completed seven innings of work since June 20. The right-hander has dazzled in his breakout campaign to the tune of an 11-3 record and 2.62 ERA. Don't be surprised if his production drops off, however -- Richards has never thrown more than 157 innings in a season, and he now sits at 137 1/3. The good news is that Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said earlier this week that the club has no plans to limit his workload.
Jul 25 - 1:32 AM

Huston Street picked up his first save as an Angel -- and his 25th save of the season -- in Wednesday's 3-2 victory over the Orioles.

The Angels came back to win once again, scoring two runs in the bottom of the eighth to hand Street his first American League save opportunity since he was a member of the A's in 2008. Los Angeles acquired one of the game's best relievers from the Padres for prospects 2B Taylor Lindsey, SS Jose Rondon and RHPs R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris last week. Street boasts a 1.03 ERA and 0.77 WHIP over 35 innings.
Jul 24 - 1:14 AM

Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a win against the Orioles on Wednesday.

The veteran first baseman got back on the board after going hitless over his past two games. He'd been plenty hot before that, however, entering tonight batting .313 with four homers in July. Pujols is hitting .274 overall with 20 homers and 66 RBI.
Jul 24 - 1:11 AM

Jered Weaver limited the Orioles to two runs on six hits over eight innings Wednesday in a 3-2 win.

He struck out six and walked zero. The Angels have won seven consecutive Weaver starts (with Weaver himself getting credit for four of those victories). The 31-year-old has encouragingly held the opposition in the ballpark in each of his last four starts, and six of his last seven. Weaver improves to 11-6 with a 3.36 ERA and 1.12 WHIP, numbers he'll take into a rematch with the Orioles on Tuesday.
Jul 24 - 1:10 AM

Angels recalled DH C.J. Cron from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Cron was just optioned over the weekend, but a back injury to Grant Green opened up a spot for the slugger. Cron is hitting .269./297/.480 with nine home runs with the big club this season, and although he was recently demoted it would be surprising if he didn't see a fair amount of playing time while he's up. The 24-year-old has good power and is worth a flyer in deeper mixed leagues where he's still available.
Jul 23 - 6:38 PM

Angels placed INF/OF Grant Green on the 15-day disabled list due to a lumbar sprain.

Green hadn't played since Sunday, and now we know why. The utility player is hitting .313/.321/.400 in a part-time role with the Angels this year. C.J. Cron was recalled to take his roster spot.
Jul 23 - 6:33 PM

Mike Trout went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Orioles.

Trout's two-run blast accounted for the only runs the Angels were able to manage against Miguel Gonzalez. Prior to the homer, their only hits were a pair of Efren Navarro singles. The home run was Trout's 24th and put him up to 76 RBI. Even in tough losses like Tuesday's, Trout continues his march toward the AL MVP. He's slashing .309/.395/.610 to this point.
Jul 23 - 2:22 AM

Hector Santiago did not factor into the decision in Tuesday's game against the Orioles, throwing five scoreless innings and allowing two hits and three walks.

While Santiago was able to keep the Orioles off the board, he had already thrown 99 pitches by the time the fifth inning was finished. The Angels have used him both out of the bullpen and in the rotation (thirteen starts in seventeen appearances). Despite the occasional struggle, he has a 4.02 ERA and has been a useful piece for the Halos. He'll take on the Tigers next time out.
Jul 23 - 1:56 AM

Angels sent 3B Ian Stewart outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Stewart was designated for assignment on July 19 and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 29-year-old has batted just .208/.310/.361 this season at the Triple-A level.
Jul 22 - 5:38 PM

Erick Aybar (groin) is back in the Angels' starting lineup on Tuesday night versus the Orioles.

Aybar missed a couple of games with soreness in his right groin. He's batting fifth and starting at shortstop on Tuesday against Orioles righty Miguel Gonzalez.
Jul 22 - 4:59 PM

Angels first base prospect C.J. Cron went 2-for-4 with a walk in his return to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday.

Cron hit .269/.297/.480 during his time in the majors, but just .233/.258/.383 over his last 15 games. It appears that the Angels are trying to keep an extra reliever on their roster, and Cron could be back up in the next few weeks, and no later than September 1.
Jul 22 - 12:27 PM

Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said Monday that the club has no plans to temporarily shut down Garrett Richards in order to limit his workload.

Richards is already at 131 1/3 innings, just a tad shy of the 145 innings he threw last season. He has never thrown more than 157 innings in a season before in pro ball, but Dipoto said there haven't been any discussions about giving him a break. "Not at all," said Dipoto. "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 currently on pace for 216 2/3 innings and could pitch more if the Angels play deep into October.
Jul 22 - 9:41 AM


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