July 15, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; Los Angeles Angels shortstop Erick Aybar (2) misses the catch during the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Angels Vs. Yankees: Los Angeles Avoids Sweep Despite Shaky Bullpen

The Angels and Yankees faced off once again in the Bronx. The Halos just managed to avoid being swept, but were still handed a series loss over the weekend.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Angels Continue Showing Interest In Cole Hamels

The Los Angeles Angels are right in the thick of the playoff race in the American League West and wild card standings, and they could benefit from a trade or two before the July 31 deadline. As the Halos wait and see on Dan Haren's progress in bullpen sessions, they are doing their due diligence on one of the biggest pitchers on the market: Cole Hamels.

Here's the latest from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Phillies scout Dave Hollins is here (in New York), so that's all you need to know about the Angels' interest in Hamels. Center fielder Peter Bourjos, who played today (possible showcase) would have to be in a package for Hamels, as the Phillies don't plan on having Shane Victorino back. Greinke is also a strong possibility for them, as they recently sent two scouts (including Marcel Lachemann) to see him pitch. One caveat: Dan Haren starts a rehab game Monday, and they haven't quite given up on Ervin Santana, whose stuff is better than his results. (Still, there is enough doubt about their rotation situation that the Angels are at least a serious early player for a top pitcher.)

The biggest issue with Hamels is that he's set to become a free agent at the end of the season. Unless the Angels can work out a contract extension prior to a trade, it's tough to see the club offer up numerous prospects for two months of Hamels. It'll be an interesting next couple of weeks in Anaheim to say the least.

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Angels Vs. Yankees Final Score: Halos Muscle Their Way To 10-8 Victory

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Angels managed to avoid being swept to open up their second half. In the final game of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium, the Angels managed to out-slug New York and survive a near-catastrophic bullpen meltdown to pick up a 10-8 win.

Erick Aybar and Albert Pujols hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the first to grab a quick 2-0 lead. For Pujols, it was his 15th homer of the year. The Yankees answered right back in the bottom of the first, however, with a two-run Alex Rodriguez homer that tied things up.

Derek Jeter hit an RBI single in the bottom of the second to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. The Angels were unable to break through again until the top of the sixth inning, when Alberto Callaspo hit a sacrifice fly to score Kendrys Morales and tie things up again. Maicer Izturis then hit a two-run homer -- his first of the season -- to make the score 5-3 Halos.

The Yankees cut the lead to 5-4 with Curtis Granderson's 25th homer of the year, but the Angels got that run right back in the top of the seventh, as Mike Trout scored on a Pujols double play. Eric Chavez hit a solo home run in the bottom of the inning to allow the Yankees to keep pace, but the Halos had one more three-run inning in them.

Bobby Wilson and Trout picked up RBI hits in the top of the eighth and Aybar added an RBI on a sacrifice bunt to make it 9-5. Mark Trumbo led off the ninth inning with his 24th homer to give the Angels an even 10 runs.

The final inning quickly became a nightmare for the Angels. Ernesto Frieri finally proved fallible in the bottom of the ninth, as he walked Robinson Cano and then served up a home run to Mark Teixeira to start the inning and cut the Angels' lead to three runs. Nick Swisher worked an eight-pitch walk out of Frieri, who was pulled for Scott Downs. The Yankees managed to bring the tying run to the plate with no outs after Raul Ibanez singled, but Downs then struck out Andruw Jones and got Russell Martin to ground into a force out on one pitch. Derek Jeter walked on four pitches, loading the bases for Granderson -- now the potential winning run -- with two outs. Downs, despite getting ahead of Granderson with a 1-2 count, walked him to force in another run. MIke Scioscia brought in Kevin Jepsen to pitch to Rodriguez and managed to induce a pop fly to first base to finally end the game and allow the Angels to exhale.

Angels ace Jered Weaver was hit unusually hard, giving up five runs on 10 hits and a walk over seven innings of work. Weaver served up three home runs along the way, but still managed to pick up his 11th win of the season.

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Angels Vs. Yankees Final Score: Los Angeles 0-2 In Series After 5-3 Loss

The bullpen may have cost the Los Angeles Angels Game 1 of their series against the New York Yankees, but it was the starting pitching that came up short Saturday afternoon. The Angels lost by a score of 5-3 after Jerome Williams gave up five runs on seven hits over six innings.

The Halos offense struggled to make up for Williams' outing. Alberto Callaspo picked up two RBI on a single in the top of the first, but an RBI groundout from Bobby Wilson in the fourth was all the Angels had to show for the following eight innings. Hisanori Takahashi pitched a hitless eighth and Latroy Hawkins gave up only one hit and no runs in the ninth, but the damage had been done and the Angels were unable to rally.

The Angels drop to 48-40 with the loss. They'll look to avoid a three game sweep on Sunday when Game 3 kicks off at 1:05 p.m. ET.

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Angels' Bullpen Struggles, Los Angeles Loses to New York Yankees 6-5

Mark Trumbo's 23rd home run of the season, a three-run shot in the seventh inning that gave the Angels a 4-2 lead over the Yankees, wasn't quite enough to secure a win as the Angels bullpen faltered and New York prevailed 6-5. Trumbo's home run Friday night marked the fifth straight game he's homered against the Bronx Bombers, a feat that Albert Belle accomplished in 1994 - the last time a Yankees opponent had allowed such a hitting clinic, according to STATS LLC. Harold Baines also managed it in 1984-85, and was, until now, the only other player to do that against New York, the Yankees said in citing the Elias Sports Bureau.

"Yeah? I guess, pretty cool," Trumbo said when he was made aware of his accomplishment. "But if it wasn't enough to get a win, it's just a novelty." The young power hitter almost hit another one out in the eighth inning but that ball was caught at the top of the wall by Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher.

After a solid seven-inning start by C.J. Wilson, Scott Downs took over in the eighth and subsequently gave up four earned runs in two-thirds of an inning, including a three run shot by Mark Teixiera. The Angels, leading 5-2 to start the eighth, went on to lose 6-5. Prior to Friday night, the Angels had blown just two saves in their past 29 games, and Downs had given up just one earned run in his first 30 appearances this season -- a 0.30 ERA.

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Angels Vs. Yankees Series Preview: TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers & More

The Angels and Yankees meet up in Yankee Stadium once again for a three-game series. How many bases will Mike Trout steal over the weekend?

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