June 24, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (5) returns to the dugout after scoring a run in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Angel Stadium. Angels won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Angels Vs. Dodgers: Halos Rally In 7th To Capture Freeway Series

The Angels are 30-16 against the Dodgers all-time in Anaheim.

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Angels Vs. Dodgers Final Score: Mark Trumbo, Howie Kendrick Lead Halos Rally In 5-3 Win

Mark Trumbo and Howie Kendrick had consecutive run-scoring singles in the seventh inning to give the Los Angeles Angels a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. The win for the Halos was their second Freeway Series triumph over the Dodgers this season, and their sixth straight series win against the Dodgers dating back to 2010.

Garrett Richards allowed three runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings, but was hung with a no-decision for his efforts. Richards walked two and struck out five in his fourth start of the year.

Reliever Josh Lindblom took the loss for the Dodgers, his second in four days. With two outs in the seventh inning, he walked Albert Pujols and then hit Kendrys Morales with a pitch, setting up the tie-breaking efforts of Trumbo and Kendrick.

Mike Trout had two hits, a stolen base, and a run scored for the Angels, and Ernesto Frieri recorded the final four outs for his ninth save of the season.

The Halos have Monday off before beginning a nine-game road trip in Baltimore on Tuesday. The Dodgers continue their road trip Monday night with a trip to San Francisco to face the rival Giants.

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Don Mattingly Says Chris Capuano Should Be Considered For All-Star Game

Chris Capuano continued his excellent first half for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, pitching seven strong innings against the Angels. Capuano allowed one run on seven hits and struck out four, earning his ninth win of the season as the Dodgers beat the Angels 3-1.

Manager Don Mattingly was asked after the game if Capuano, who is 9-2 with a 2.60 ERA, is having an All-Star season.

"The numbers don't lie, right? He's been pitching good every time out, and he should be considered," Mattingly said.

Capuano made an All-Star team in 2006 while with the Milwaukee Brewers, but since missed all of 2008 and 2009 after Tommy John surgery. Would making the All-Star team this season mean more to Capuano, in the first year of a two-year, $10 million contract signed in the winter?

"Not as much as this team making the playoffs and moving forward," Capuano said. "But individual achievements are nice and it's nice to get recognized."

Catcher A.J. Ellis said that Capuano, a graduate of Duke University and a very cerebral player, is at his best when he essentially turns his brain off and tries to simplify his approach. Capuano agreed.

"I make sure we have a good game plan before we go warm up so I can then relax," Capuano said. "My goal out there is to minimize the shake-offs, minimize the thinking, and just focus on executing because (Ellis and backup catcher Matt Treanor) have a good idea back there."

Whatever Capuano has been doing this year, it has been working like a charm. All-Star rosters will be announced next weekend, and the All-Star Game will be held on July 9 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

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Dodgers Vs. Angels Final Score: Dee Gordon, Chris Capuano Give L.A. 3-1 Win

Dee Gordon had two hits, including a triple, and scored twice, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday afternoon in the second game of a three-game series at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Gordon, who entered the game in an 0-for-17 skid, also stole a base, his 22nd of the season.

Chris Capuano pitched seven strong innings, allowing just one run on seven hits, with one walk and four strikeouts to pick up his team-leading ninth win of the season.

Ervin Santana was masterful at times, retiring 13 in a row at one point for the Angels. He struck out 10 batters in eighth innings, the ninth double-digit strikeout game of his career. But he also allowed three runs, including two earned runs, and got hung with the loss.

A pair of rookies face off in Sunday's series finale, as Garrett Richards will start on the mound for the Angels while Aaron Harang gets the ball for the Dodgers.

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Matt Kemp Injury Update: Kemp Doesn't Want To Rush Return

Progress for Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is slow but steady as he makes his way back from a hamstring injury, reports the LA Times. Kemp was originally injured in early May, returned from that injury on May 29, only to reinjure his leg while running the bases two days later. Some speculated that he had returned too soon, but the Dodgers denied that was the case. Kemp isn't so sure, however:

"Maybe it was my fault, maybe I rushed it back the first time," Kemp said. "I thought I was good. It felt good. Running was good. This time I'm going to take a little bit more time."

That's frustrating for Kemp:

"It feels weird," Kemp said. "It definitely feels weird. I miss baseball. I want to play."

Dodgers fans surely echo that sentiment, and hope to see Kemp return as soon as he can do so safely.

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Angels Injury Updates: Hisanori Takahashi Available For Saturday's Game, Chris Ianetta Begins Throwing

Hisanori Takahashi will be available for Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. Takahashi pitched a scoreless sixth inning in Friday night's 8-5 Angels win, but left the game in the top of the 7th with tightness in his hip. It appears to be nothing serious, as he was able to return the next day.

Elsewhere in the world of Halos injury news, catcher Chris Iannetta has begun throwing, as was expected. Also via Bill Plunkett comes the news that Iannetta threw to the bases in a workout on Saturday. Recover from wrist surgery is slow going, though, and Iannetta is still a week or two away from a minor league rehab assignment.

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Dodgers Vs. Angels Final Score: Mike Trout, Erick Aybar Lead Halos Comeback, 8-5

The Angels overcame an early 5-0 deficit to beat the Dodgers 8-5 on Friday night in the opening game of the Freeway Series at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Mike Trout homered, walked twice and scored two runs to lead the way for the Angels.

Bobby Abreu homered in the top of the first inning to give the Dodgers an early 3-0 lead off Dan Haren, then RBI singles by Jerry Hairston Jr. and Juan Rivera in the second inning pushed the Dodgers to a five-run advantage.

But the Angels scored three in the second inning and three more in the fourth inning, taking the lead on Trout's home run, his seventh of the season. Chad Billingsley gave up six runs in five innings and took the loss.

"They are a very dangerous lineup. I just didn't get the job done today," Billingsley said.

Erick Aybar had a triple, a double, and two RBI on the night for the Angels, who have won 21 of their last 28 games.

Hisanori Takahashi, who pitched a scoreless sixth inning in relief of Haren, left the game in the top of the seventh with stiffness in his right hip. He is listed as day-to-day.

Ervin Santana gets the start for the Angels on Saturday afternoon in the second game of the series, while left-hander Chris Capuano starts for the Dodgers, in a game televised by Fox.

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Dodgers' Blake Hawksworth Returns To Mound, Pitches Rehab Game In Class A

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Blake Hawksworth continued his long road back from injury on Friday night, pitching one inning for the Class A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on a minor league rehab assignment. Hawksworth has been sidelined since undergoing two elbow surgeries in January.

Hawksworth allowed one run on one hit, but also struck out two in his one inning for work against Bakersfield. The run was scored by the amazing Billy Hamilton, who reached on a bunt single, then stole his 83rd (yes, 83rd) base of the season, and scored on two ground balls.

Friday's game begins a rehab assignment for Hawksworth, which gives the Dodgers up to 30 days to decide what to do with the reliever, who is out of options. The Dodgers will wait to see how Hawksworth's elbow responds to determine his schedule, but he will likely need to pitch on back-to-back days on one or more occasions, and also throw multiple innings at times.

"We'll kind of see where it goes. We know it's a little bit of a process getting him built up," said manager Don Mattingly on Friday.

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Angels' Jerome Williams Cleared To Resume Throwing

The Los Angeles Angels received some good news on Friday before their series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Anaheim, as starting pitcher Jerome Williams has been cleared to resume throwing. Williams was hospitalized after his start on Monday after experiencing shortness of breath, and was placed on the disabled list on Wednesday with the activation of Jered Weaver from the DL.

Manager Mike Scioscia said that Williams could throw a bullpen session within a couple of days if all goes well.

"He's been cleared for activity so that's obviously a first step," Scioscia said. "We'll see how he does getting to his long toss and back on the mound."

Williams is 6-5 this season with a 4.46 ERA, though he has lost his last three starts, allowing 16 runs in 16 2/3 innings during that span.

Weaver, who threw six shutout innings and 78 pitches in his return from the disabled list on Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants, showed no ill effects from his lower back strain after his start.

"Weaver feels really good," Scioscia said. "I think he feels just the normal stiffness you would get from going out there and pitching, and nothing connected at all with what put him on the disabled list."

In other Halos injury news, catcher Chris Iannetta was cleared to resume throwing. Iannetta, who underwent right wrist surgery on May 11, will begin a throwing program on Saturday. A minor league rehab assignment could soon follow.

"I think he's feeling a little more comfortable with where things are," Scioscia said.

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Angels Vs. Dodgers: Freeway Series Starting Lineups

The Angels welcome the Los Angeles Dodgers to town on Friday night to begin their second Freeway Series of the season. Dan Haren gets the start on the mound for the Halos, while Chad Billingsley gets the start for the Dodgers, who have lost three straight games.

The Dodgers, who scored two runs and had just eight total hits in their three games in Oakland, gave utility man Elian Herrera the night off and moved Jerry Hairston jr. up to second in the batting order. Here are Friday's starting lineups from Anaheim:

Dodgers (42-28)

Gordon SS
Hairston 2B
Ethier RF
Abreu DH
Rivera LF
Loney 1B
Kennedy 3B
Ellis C
Gwynn CF

Angels (38-32)

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

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MLB Draft: Dodgers Sign UCLA Closer Scott Griggs, 8th Round Pick

The Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday announced the signing of UCLA closer Scott Griggs, their eighth round pick in this year's MLB Draft. The signing of the college junior Griggs means the club has signed nine of their top 11 draft picks, with only first round pick SS Corey Seager and second rounder LHP Steven Rodriguez unsigned.

Griggs was 3-1 with a 2.65 ERA in 36 games for the Bruins in 2012, and established a school record with 15 saves. Griggs struck out 64 hitters in 37 1/3 innings, but he also walked 31. Griggs was named a Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American in his junior season.

The Dodgers also announced the signing of 27-year old Cuban catcher Selme Angulo, who was a non-drafted free agent.

The Dodgers have signed 28 of their 41 draft picks.

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Freeway Series, Angels Vs. Dodgers: Series Pitching Matchups, Game Time, TV Info & More

The Los Angeles Angels look for their third straight win on Friday night as they welcome the slumping Los Angeles Dodgers to Anaheim for the start of the Freeway Series. The Angels won two of three games a week and a half ago from the Dodgers, who have lost their last three games. Here is a look at the series pitching matchups at Angel Stadium:

Friday, 7:05 p.m. (Fox Sports West, Prime Ticket)

Dan Haren gets the call for the Angels in the series opener, looking to rebound from a loss last Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, his old team. Chad Billingsley looks for his third road win in June for the Dodgers.

Saturday, 4:15 p.m. (Fox)

Ervin Santana followed up a pair of seven-run starts with a one-hitter in his last start. All three Halos starters this weekend will be pitching on six days rest. Chris Capuano, who struck out 12 in eight innings in his last start on Sunday against the Chicago White Sox, looks for his ninth win of the year for the Dodgers.

Sunday, 12:35 p.m. (Fox Sports West, KCAL)

Rookie pitcher Garrett Richards has allowed three runs in three starts this season, including eight scoreless innings last Sunday against Arizona. Aaron Harang looks to rebound from issuing a career-high eight walks in a loss to the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday.

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Freeway Series, Angels Vs. Dodgers: Halos Host Slumping Dodgers In Anaheim

The Angels are 28-15 against the Dodgers all-time in Anaheim.

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