July 28, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (5) before the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Angels Vs. Rays: Halos Shut Out Twice, Drop Series, Fall To Third Place

The Angels suffered their second straight shutout loss on Sunday. They now sit in third place in the AL West.

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Angels Vs. Rays Final Score: Halos Can't Score In Zack Greinke's Debut, Lose 2-0

The Los Angeles Angels were hoping to take advantage of an uneven Tampa Bay Rays team and inch closer to first place in the American League West over the weekend. Instead, after taking the first of three games, they were shut out the rest of the way and now sit behind the Oakland Athletics in third place. They dropped the series finale on Sunday -- and the series -- by a final score of 2-0.

Zack Greinke pitched exceptionally well in his Angels debut, but took the loss to fall to 9-4. Greinke gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out eight over seven innings, but the Halos could only muster four hits, no walks and no runs while being shut out for the second straight game.

Mike Trout was scratched from the lineup before the game with a knee contusion, but the leadoff spot was not the issue in this game. Trout's replacement at the top of the lineup, Maicer Izturis, was responsible for two of the four Angels hits in the game.

The two runs in the game came off of Greinke in the sixth and seventh innings. In the sixth, Matt Joyce hit a two-out RBI single, while Carlos Pena doubled to lead off the seventh and scored on a wild pitch.

With the A's surging, the Angels can not afford to have their bats go quiet.

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Mike Trout Scratched From Angels Lineup With Left Knee Contusion

The Los Angeles Angels welcome Zack Greinke to the mound on Sunday afternoon, but he won't have Mike Trout atop the lineup. Trout was scratched on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays with a left knee contusion.

Trout, who is hitting .350/.407/.594 and leading the American League in run scored (75), batting average (.350), stolen bases (31), and OPS+ (178), is listed as day-to-day.

Vernon Wells starts in place of Trout in left field. Chris Iannetta gets the call at catcher, his first start since May 8. He was activated from the disabled list on Saturday. Here is the updated Angels starting lineup:

Izturis SS
Kendrick 2B
Pujols 1B
Trumbo RF
Morales DH
Callaspo 3B
Wells LF
Iannetta C
Bourjos CF

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Angels Vs. Rays Final Score: Halos Can't Break Through In 3-0 Loss

The Los Angeles Angels were hoping to pick up a quick series win on Saturday night and perhaps another game in the standings. Instead, they were the victims of some bad calls and couldn't quite find that big hit in a 3-0 shutout loss.

The Rays scored single runs in each of the first three innings against Halos starter C.J. Wilson. Ben Zobrist hit a sacrifice fly in the first, Sean Rodriguez scored on a fielding error in the second and Zobrist hit a two-out solo home run in the third, his 12th of the year.

The Angels' best chance -- and unluckiest break -- came in the bottom of the fifth inning, when Los Angeles loaded the bases with two outs. On a wild pitch, Bobby Wilson attempted to come home and was called out when Matt Moore received the throw from catcher Jose Molina and performed a swipe tag. The play ended the inning, although replays showed that the swipe tag never touched Wilson.

Tampa Bay starter Matt Moore held the Angels to just four hits and two walks in 6.1 innings. Wilson takes the loss and is yet again unable to pick up his 10th win, falling to 9-7.

A double by Bobby Wilson was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Angels. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols were both hitless and Pujols took a pitch in the ribs to add injury to insult.

With the loss, the Angels slip behind the Oakland Athletics and are now in third place in the American League West. They will still have a chance to capture the series on Sunday and are still just four games behind the Texas Rangers in the division.

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Angels Option Hisanori Takahashi To Triple A To Clear Spot For Zack Greinke

The Los Angeles Angels needed to clear a spot on the active roster for new acquisition Zack Greinke, who was acquired on Friday from the Milwaukee Brewers. The option is an expensive one, as southpaw reliever Hisanori Takahashi was optioned to Triple A Salt Lake on Saturday.

Takahashi is making $4.2 million this season in the second year of a two-year, $8 million contract. He wasn't pitching all that poorly, with a 4.37 ERA with 31 strikeouts and nine walks in 35 innings, but appeared to be the odd man out in the bullpen.

Takahashi had allowed a run in four of his last nine outings, including three home runs.

Greinke, who was acquired in a three-for-one deal for shortstop Jean Segura and minor league pitchers Ariel Pena and John Hellweg, will start Sunday's series finale against the Rays.

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Angels Vs. Rays Starting Lineup: Vernon Wells Makes First Start Since May 20

The Los Angeles Angels look for their third straight victory on Saturday night, hosting the Tampa Bay Rays, and they have a new face in their starting lineup. Vernon Wells, who hasn't played since May 20 after suffering a right thumb injury, is back in the starting lineup, hitting seventh and playing left field on Saturday.

Wells, who missed 55 games, was activated before Friday's game. He is hitting just .244/.282/.424 with six home runs in 38 games this season, and is due $21 million per season through 2014.

The Angels also made a roster move on Saturday, activating catcher Chris Iannetta from the disabled list, though he is not in the lineup. Iannetta hasn't played since May 8, after undergoing wrist surgery. Here are Saturday's starting lineups, facing pitchers C.J. Wilson for the Angels and Matt Moore for the Rays.

Rays (51-49)

Jennings LF
Upton CF
Zobrist DH
Keppinger 1B
Roberts 3B
Rodriguez SS
Joyce RF
Conrad 2B
Molina C

Angels (55-45)

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

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Angels Activate Catcher Chris Iannetta From Disabled List

It has been two and a half months, but Chris Iannetta is finally back on the active roster for the Los Angeles Angels. The catcher was activated from the disabled list on Saturday before the Angels host the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

To make room for Iannetta, the Angels optioned catcher John Hester to Triple A Salt Lake. Hester hit .212/.287/.329 with three home runs in 38 games, starting 27 games.

Iannetta underwent right wrist surgery on May 11, after he was hit by a pitch on May 2 during Jered Weaver's no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins. Iannetta, who was acquired from the Colorado Rockies during the offseason for pitcher Tyler Chatwood, hit just .197/.312/.394 with three home runs in 26 games before getting hurt.

Bobby Wilson gets the start at catcher on Saturday for the Angels, who have won four of their last five games.

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Angels Vs. Rays Final Score: Halos Hang On For 3-1 Win

Just a short while after the news broke that the Los Angeles Angels had acquired Zack Greinke on Friday, the Halos picked up a big series-opening win over the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. Dan Haren had another strong start since being activated from the disabled list and the Angels hung on to win by a final score of 3-1.

Jeff Keppinger hit a home run in the top of the second to get Tampa Bay up 1-0 early, but the bottom of the third was the big inning for the Angels. The inning ended up decided the game, as the Angels scored all three of their runs on a double from Albert Pujols and a single from Mark Trumbo.

The Angels gained a game in the standings with the win and, along with the Oakland Athletics, are just 4.5 games behind the Texas Rangers in the American League West.

Haren went six innings, giving up one run on five hits and a walk. He moved back to 8-8. Ernesto Frieri picked up his 12 save with a perfect ninth inning.

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

The Angels need to keep stringing together series wins. They'll host the Rays beginning on Friday.

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