Angels Vs. Rangers: Halos Drop 2 Out Of 3 In Arlington

The Los Angeles Angels were able to regroup and pick up a win on Saturday, but suffered another brutal loss in Sunday's rubber match. The Halos continue to scuffle and looked very outmatched against their divisional rival Texas Rangers.

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Angels Vs. Rangers, Game 3 Final Score: Halos Drop Series With Blowout 13-6 Loss

The Los Angeles Angels had a brief moment of glory when they defeated their American League West divisional rivals the Texas Rangers on Saturday, but in the rubber game on Sunday they were once again hopelessly outgunned. The Angels lost by a final score of 13-6.

The Rangers picked up a run on an Adrian Beltre sacrifice fly in the first inning, but the Angels actually took the lead in the top of the second. Mark Trumbo was once again invaluable, hitting a two-run homer to put the Halos on top, 2-1.

The bottom of the third would be the ultimate back-breaker, as the Rangers reclaimed the lead with a five-run inning on a Beltre RBI single and a Nelson Cruz grand slam.

Halos ace Jered Weaver had by far his worst start of the season. Weaver was knocked out after just 3.1 innings after surrendering eight runs on 10 hits.

The Rangers stretched the lead to 8-2 in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run Josh Hamilton double. RBI hits by Mike Napoli and Elvis Andrus would push that lead all the way out to 10-2. Vernon Wells led off the top of the seventh with a solo home run. RBI hits by Maicer Izturis and Albert Pujols in the same inning would cut the lead to 10-5, but the Rangers got all three of those runs back in the bottom of the seventh, with RBI hits by Mitch Moreland and Hamilton and an RBI groundout from Ian Kinsler.

The Angels would add one more run in the ninth, on a two-out Kendrys Morales solo shot.

Trumbo was 3-for-4 with a walk. Alberto Callaspo and Howie Kendrick were the only Angels starters to not pick up a hit. Pujols was 1-for-5. Michael Young and David Murphy were the only Rangers in the starting lineup without an RBI. Murphy was the only starter for the Rangers to go hitless.

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Angels Vs. Rangers, Game 2 Final Score: Halos Manage 4-2 Win In Arlington To Even Series

The Los Angeles Angels arguably hit the lowest point of their disappointing season on Friday night when they lost a blowout to the hometown Texas Rangers. On Saturday, however, they rebounded nicely and evened up the series with a 4-2 win.

The Halos got on the board first, when Mark Trumbo blasted a two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning. The Rangers got one of those runs back in the bottom of the fifth on a Craig Gentry RBI single and Josh Hamilton tied things up in the bottom of the sixth on his astonishing 18th home run of the year.

The seventh inning would prove to be the deciding one for the Angels, who loaded the bases with no outs on a walk and a pair of bunt singles. Kendrys Morales and Mike Trout brought two of those runners in with sacrifice flies. The Angels bullpen was able to hold on for the win in one of their best outings this year.

C.J. Wilson started for the second straight day after departing Friday's game early following a rain delay. Wilson performed admirably, giving up just two runs in 5.2 innings on five hits and three walks. David Carpenter was awarded the win, however.

Los Angeles catcher John Hester had two of the six Angels hits in the game. Albert Pujols was 1-for-3 with a walk.

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Angels vs. Rangers Lineups: Albert Pujols Plays DH, L.A. Desperately Looking For Win

The Los Angeles Angels have seen just about everything go wrong for them in 2012. Despite many experts and analysts picking LAA to make a deep playoff run, the club is just 14-19 against some pretty mediocre competition and have struggled to consistently score runs consistently. Following an embarrassing blowout loss to the Rangers on Friday night, the Angels are shaking things up a bit.

Here are the lineups for the Angels and Rangers. Despite making the start in game one of the series, C.J. Wilson will take the mound once again on Saturday afternoon.

Angels:

Mike Trout LF
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Albert Pujols DH
Torii Hunter RF
Mark Trumbo 1B
Howie Kendrick 2B
Peter Bourjos CF
Erick Aybar SS
John Hester C
C.J. Wilson LHP

Rangers:

Ian Kinsler 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Josh Hamilton LF
Adrian Beltre DH
Michael Young 3B
Nelson Cruz RF
Mike Napoli C
Brandon Snyder 1B
Craig Gentry CF

First pitch on Saturday is set for 10:05 a.m. PT. That's 1:05 p.m. on the east coast.

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C.J. Wilson Will Start Saturday Against Rangers After Lasting 0.1 Innings On Friday Night

C.J. Wilson made his return to Arlington on Friday night when he made his first start against his former team. The Los Angeles Angels left-hander had to sit through a lengthy rain delay after warming up and when he finally got into the game in the bottom of the first inning, Wilson threw just 22 pitches before departing in a game that would end up being a blowing win for the Rangers.

Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that Wilson will be getting the start again on Saturday. Angels coach Mike Scioscia stated that Wilson headed back to the team hotel in the middle of Friday's game and the skipper was confident that the pitcher will be able to bounce back in the second game of the series.

Plunkett also relayed this tidbit:

Starters Jered Weaver and Dan Haren both threw bullpen sessions on Friday and Jerome Williams was inserted into the game after Wilson departed to perform 6.2 innings of mop-up duty. Wilson starting on Saturday will allow all other pitchers to stay on their normal rotation. Weaver and Haren will both pitch on five days of rest.

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Angels Vs. Rangers, Game 1 Final Score: Halos Can't Measure Up In 10-3 Loss

The Los Angeles Angels got off to a nightmare start in the opener of their three-game road series against the first-place Texas Rangers. After a long rain delay in the first inning, the Halos got whomped on by the ferocious Texas offense in route to taking the 10-3 loss.

After sitting out the rain, Angels starter C.J. Wilson recorded just one out before leaving the game. Jerome Williams came in for mop-up duty and the Halos surrendered six runs in the first inning, three of which were charged to Wilson, who had possibly the most brutal return imaginable to his former home stadium.

Williams ended up going 6.2 innings, giving up six earned runs on 11 hits and two walks. He also served up three home runs, two of which were solo shots by Josh Hamilton, who continued his ridiculous hot streak and now has 17 round-trippers in 2012. In the second week of May.

The Angels did manage to pick up two runs in the top of the third inning on the second home run of the year from Mike Trout. A home run by Torii Hunter in the top of the sixth (Hunter's fifth of the season) made the score 9-3, but the damage had been done from the very first inning.

Los Angeles managed just six hits off of Rangers pitching and only three off of starter Yu Darvish. Two of those six hits were from Trout and none were from Albert Pujols.

The Angels will try to regroup and even the series on Saturday.

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Angels Vs. Rangers: Friday Starting Lineups

The Los Angeles Angels face their division rivals, the Texas Rangers, for the first time this season. The Halos begin play Friday night seven games back of Texas, in last place in the American League West. They turn to a former Ranger in the series debut.

C.J. Wilson makes his return to Arlington for the first time since signing a five-year free agent contract with the Angels this winter. Wilson is looking for his fifth win, as is Yu Darvish of the Rangers, as both high priced pitchers have done well in their first six starts this season.

Here are Friday's starting lineups:

Angels (14-18)

Trout CF
Izturis 3B
Pujols 1B
Hunter RF
Trumbo DH
Kendrick 2B
Wells LF
Aybar SS
Wilson C

Rangers (21-11)

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

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Angels Promote Catcher John Hester From Triple A After Chris Iannetta Surgery

The Los Angeles Angels open up a three-game series against the American League West division-leading Texas Rangers Friday night in Arlington, and before the series opener they made a roster move. With catcher Chris Iannetta out six to eight weeks after surgery on his right wrist on Friday, the Angels have promoted catcher John Hester from Triple A Salt Lake, per Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.

Iannetta was hit by a pitch on May 2, the night he caught Jered Weaver's no-hitter.

Hester, 28, last played in the major leagues in 2010 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He began the year with the Triple A Norfolk Tides in the Baltimore Orioles system, but Hester was released by Baltimore on April 12. The Angels signed Hester on April 22 to a minor league deal. In 18 Triple A games between Norfolk and Salt Lake this year, Hester hit .246/.303/.443 with two home runs.

Hester will join Bobby Wilson for catching duties with the Halos. Catcher Hank Conger, who has an injured right elbow, is about two weeks away from returning to Triple A, per Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. Gonzalez also reported that the Angels have no plans to trade for a catcher and will stick with their internal backstop options until Iannetta returns.

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Angels Vs. Rangers Series Preview: Halos Take On Texas For The First Time This Year

The Los Angeles Angels head to Arlington to take on the Texas Rangers in a three-game series. This will be the first time the division rivals square off this season.

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