Mark Trumbo Stuns Rangers With Walk-Off Home Run

The Angels snapped a five-game losing streak.

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Angels 2, Rangers 1: Mark Trumbo Prevents Sweep With Walk-Off Home Run

Mark Trumbo hit a two-run home run off Mike Adams in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Los Angeles Angels a 2-1 walk-off win over the Texas Rangers in Anaheim Thursday night. The win prevented a four-game sweep by the Rangers and snapped a five-game losing streak by the Angels. The Angels are now six game back in the American League West.

Jered Weaver pitched seven strong innings, allowing just six hits and a walk while striking out five. His one blemish was a solo home run to Mike Napoli in the seventh inning, which Napoli admired a bit going around the bases. Napoli made his ex-teammates pay during the four-game series in Anaheim, collecting seven hits in 19 at-bats, including two home runs and two doubles. On the season, Napoli is hitting .342/.405/.632 against his old team.

Napoli has 20 home runs, 50 RBI, and is hitting .293/.395/.598 this season for Texas, while making $5.8 million.

Vernon Wells, who struck out in his only plate appearance Thursday, has 17 home runs, 46 RBI, and is hitting .200/.231/.365, while making $23 million (the Angels are paying $18 million). Wells is due $63 million over the next three seasons.

Colby Lewis pitched seven scoreless innings for Texas, and Mark Lowe pitched a scoreless eighth. Elvis Andrus had three hits, including a double and a stolen base for the Rangers.

Torii Hunter singled in the bottom of the ninth inning, extending his hitting streak a season-high 16 games. Hunter scored on the Trumbo home run, which was a team-leading 23rd for the rookie. Peter Bourjos had two hits on the night for the Halos. The Angels next host Baltimore for a weekend series beginning Friday night, with Dan Haren facing Jo Jo Reyes in the opener.

For more news and information on the Angels, be sure to read Halos Heaven.

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Angels Option Tyler Chatwood To Triple A, Recall Hank Conger

The Los Angeles Angels have had trouble getting production from their catchers and from the bottom of their starting rotation all season, and before Thursday's game against the Texas Rangers they made an attempt to rectify that. Rookie starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood was optioned to Triple A Salt Lake, and catcher Hank Conger was recalled, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange Country Register.

Chatwood is 6-9 on the season with a 4.35 ERA, but he also has nearly as many walks (63) as strikeouts (68). The 21-year old rookie has allowed 18 runs in his last 19 innings over four starts. The next open slot in the starting rotation is Sunday, and candidates for that start include Jerome Williams, who was just called up this week after four years away from the majors, and Joel Pineiro.

Angels' catchers have hit a combined .195/.260/.300 this season, offensive numbers 29th in MLB in both on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Jeff Mathis has started 64 of 125 games this year and is hitting .177/.227/.256, which is in line with his career line of .195/.258/.302 in 1,309 plate appearances. Mathis has six hits in 49 at-bats since the All-Star break. Conger is younger, and at least marginally better with some hope for improvement. In 50 games this season with the Angels, Conger is hitting .214/.297/.357.

For more news and information on the Angels, be sure to read Halos Heaven.

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Angels Vs. Rangers: Mitch Moreland (Tight Right Hamstring) Scratched From Lineup

The series finale between the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers Thursday night in Anaheim has a slight twist. First baseman Mitch Moreland has been scratched with a tight right hamstring, which was injured Wednesday night, per Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas:

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Endy Chavez is now in center field for the Angels, with Josh Hamilton moving from center to designated hitter, and Mike Napoli moving from DH to first base. Here is the update Rangers lineup:

Kinsler 2B
Andrus SS
Hamilton DH
Young 3B
Cruz LF
Napoli 1B
Murphy RF
Torrealba C
Chavez CF

For more news and information on the Angels, be sure to read Halos Heaven.

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Angels Vs. Rangers Lineups: Vernon Wells Sits

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim look to salvage one game against the Texas Rangers in the finale of their four game series at Angel Stadium on Thursday night. Vernon Wells has had a season to forget, hitting just .201/.232/.366, and is sitting Thursday night. Here are the starting lineups:

Rangers (72-52)

Kinsler 2B
Andrus SS
Hamilton CF
Young 3B
Cruz RF
Napoli DH
Moreland 1B
Torrealba C
Murphy LF

Angels (65-59)

Izturis 3B
Kendrick 2B
Abreu LF
Hunter RF
Trumbo 1B
Branyan DH
Bourjos CF
Aybar SS
Mathis C

Wells is hitting .154/.195/.274 in 30 games since the All-Star break, with 18 hits in 117 at-bats.

For more news and information on the Angels, be sure to read Halos Heaven.

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Angels Look To Jered Weaver To Keep Slim Playoff Hopes Alive

Angels hope Jered Weaver can end their recent slide and keep their slim playoff chances alive.

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