Angels Vs. Rays: Halos Swept By Fish

The Angels are 32-29 at home this season.

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MLB Standings: Angels' Skid Puts Playoff Hopes In Jeopardy

The Los Angeles Angels sit in third place in the American League West with a 62-60 record after being swept by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in a four-game series at home.

The Angels sit behind the first-place Texas Rangers (70-50) and the Oakland Athletics (65-55). The Angels are nine games back of the Rangers and four games behind the A's. The Halos only lead the last place Seattle Mariners (58-64) by four games.

Baseball Prospectus' Playoff Odds further displays the Angels bleak playoff hopes, listing the club at a 21.4% chance of making the playoffs. The Angels are in fifth place in the AL Wild Card standings.

AL West Standings

Texas Rangers TEX 70 50 .583 --
Oakland Athletics OAK 65 55 .542 5.0
Seattle Mariners SEA 58 64 .475 13.0

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Angels Vs. Rays Final Score: Halos Unable To Avoid Sweep With 8-3 Loss

The Los Angeles Angels tried to avoid being swept at home on Sunday and came up well short, dropping the finale of the four-game series by a final score of 8-3.

The Rays once again dumped a big inning on a Halos starter in the second innings, when they scored four runs off of Zack Greinke. Elliot Johnson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to open the scoring in embarrassing fashion. Two batters later, Greinke walked B.J. Upton to force in another run. Matt Joyce then singled in a pair of Rays to make it 4-0.

Mike Trout led off the fourth inning with his 24th home run of the year to get the Halos on the board, but Ryan Roberts dumped a two-run homer into left field in the top of the fifth to make it 6-1 Rays.

In the bottom of the sixth, Albert Pujols hit his 28th home run of the season to get the Angels another run closer. The bullpen was unable to hold things there, however, as a Carlos Pena double in the top of the ninth brought two more Tampa Bay runners home to make it 8-2.

Erick Aybar singled home Alberto Callaspo in the bottom of the ninth, but that's as close as the Halos were able to get. They will fall another game behind the A's and settle further into third place in the American League West.

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Angels Vs. Rays Lineup: Ben Zobrist Gets The Day Off For Tampa Bay

The red-hot Tampa Bay Rays look to finish off a four-game sweep and put even more distance between them and the Anaheim Angels in the American League Wild Card race. They'll do so today with Ben Zobrist getting the day off, despite his .358 average for the month of August.

Ryan Roberts is staring at 2B today with Zobrist on the bench. Evan Longoria is still easing back into the lineup at DH, with Sean Rodriguez at 3B and Elliot Johnson at SS set to take on Anaheim's Zack Greinke.

The Angels will sit DH/1B Kendrys Morales with LH starter Matt Moore on the mound.

Rays lineup:

1. Desmond Jennings, LF
2. B.J. Upton, CF
3. Matt Joyce, RF
4. Evan Longoria, DH
5. Carlos Pena, 1B
6. Ryan Roberts, 2B
7. Sean Rodriguez, 3B
8. Jose Molina, C
9. Elliot Johnson, SS
Starting pitcher: Matt Moore

Angels lineup:

1. Mike Trout, CF
2. Torii Hunter, DH
3. Albert Pujols, 1B
4. Mark Trumbo, RF
5. Howard Kendrick, 2B
6. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
7. Erick Aybar, SS
8. Vernon Wells, LF
9. Bobby Wilson, C

Starting pitcher: Zack Greinke

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Jordan Walden Injury Update: Righty Activated From Disabled List

Angels right-hander Jordan Walden was been activated from the disabled list early on Sunday, according to the team.

Walden was 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 31 appearances before being placed on the DL on July 15 with a strained right biceps. The third-year reliever threw a bullpen session Friday after making three rehab starts in the Angels' minor league system and was activated before the Angels' Sunday game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

In order to make room for Walden, the Angels optioned Hisanori Takahashi. In 42 appearances, Takahashi was 0-3 with a 4.93 ERA.

Walden had been used overwhelmingly in a set-up role during the 2012 season, and had given up five runs in his last seven appearances (seven innings) before hitting the disabled list.

Walden made 62 appearances in 2011, recording 32 saves in 42 save opportunities. In 2012, however, Walden has only recorded one save in two opportunities.

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Angels Vs. Rays Game Preview: Zack Greinke Tries To Avoid Sweep

The Los Angeles Angels are looking to halt their current losing skid as they take on the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium.

The Halos will send Zack Greinke (10-4, 3.81) to the mound to avoid being swept at the hands of the Rays. The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner finally got himself his first victory with the Angels after allowing four runs in seven innings of work in a 9-6 win over Cleveland on Tuesday. He is is 1-1 with a 5.54 ERA in four starts since coming over from Milwaukee on July 27.

Tampa Bay will counter with Matt Moore (9-7, 3.60 ERA) who continues his tear through the league. He allowed one run and six hits with nine strikeouts in seven innings in his last start, taking a no decision. But the left-hander is 4-1 with a 1.43 ERA in his last six starts and has not allowed a home run in his past eight. Moore is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in two starts against Anaheim this season.

First pitch is set for 12:35 p.m. PT, with coverage on Fox Sports West.

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Angels Vs. Rays Final Score: Halos Blow Massive Lead, Lose 10-8

The Los Angeles Angels were hoping to salvage a series split against the Tampa Bay Rays, but not even an eight-run lead was able to hold up. The Rays won by a final score of 10-8 as they won their third straight at the Big A. Angel Stadium has turned into Tampa Bay's own personal playground, it seems.

Mike Trout led off the bottom of the first inning with his 23rd home run of the year to get the scoring started. Kendrys Morales and Mark Trumbo followed with RBI singles to quickly make it 3-0 Los Angeles.

The Halos tacked on another four runs in the second inning, thanks to RBI hits from Trout and Torii Hunter, followed by a two-run shot from Albert Pujols -- his 27th home run of the season. Trout tacked on another RBI single in the third to make it 8-0 Angels and seemed to provide more than enough run support for starter C.J. Wilson.

The fifth inning was where all hell broke loose, as Wilson coughed up seven runs in short order. Sam Fuld hit an RBI single to get Tampa Bay on the board and Desmond Jennings drew a bases-loaded walk. With two outs, Ben Zobrist hit a bases-clearing double to cut the Angels lead to 8-5 and Evan Longoria hit his sixth home run of the season to bring the Rays to within one.

Jose Lobaton knotted the game at 8-8 in the sixth with a sacrifice fly and Carlos Pena provided the dagger in the eighth with a big two-run homer off of Kevin Jepsen.

The Angels provided a glimmer of hope in the bottom of the ninth, as Rays closer Fernando Rodney was uncharacteristically wild. He hit Howie Kendrick with a pitch and walked Alberto Callaspo to put the tying runs on with one out. Rodney then threw a wild pitch to advance both runners to scoring position. Erick Aybar struck out swinging, after which pinch-hitter Maicer Izturis grounded out on the first pitch to end the rally and the game.

The Halos will try to avoid being swept in four straight games at home on Sunday afternoon.

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Angels Activate Scott Downs From Disabled List

The Los Angeles Angels got a much needed boost to their bullpen on Saturday, as they activated relief pitcher Scott Downs from the 15-day disabled list before their game against the Tampa Bay Rays. To make room for Downs, the Halos optioned reliever Steven Geltz to Triple A Salt Lake after Friday's game.

In 38 games this season, Downs is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA and nine saves, with 24 strikeouts and 12 walks in 35 innings. Walden saved 32 games for the Angels last season.

Walden was placed on the disabled list on July 31 with a left-shoudler strain, and the left-hander missed 17 games. Since the All-Star break, the Angels' bullpen has a 6.04 ERA and seven losses.

Downs could be joined in the bullpen as early as Sunday by Jordan Walden, who has been out since July 15 with a strained right biceps.

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Angels Vs. Rays Lineup: Angels Will Try To Bounce Back With C.J. Wilson On The Mound

After losing the first two games of the series with the Tampa Bay Rays by a combined score of 19-3, the Los Angeles Angels will look to rebound Saturday night.

Los Angeles will send C.J. Wilson to the mound looking for his first win since June 26. Wilson is 0-5 in his last nine starts with his era rising from 2.36 to 3.32 during that period. The Rays will counter with Alex Cobb who is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA against the Angels this season. Tampa Bay will be without Carlos Pena and Matt Joyce Saturday, both of whom are getting the day off.

This is an important game for both clubs as they battle for wild card positioning. The Rays enter the game atop the American League wild card standings while the Angels are 2.5 games back of the second wild card spot.

Angels lineup:

CF - Mike Trout
RF - Torii Hunter
1B - Albert Pujols
DH - Kendrys Morales
LF - Mark Trumbo
2B - Howie Kendrick
3B - Alberto Callaspo
SS - Erick Aybar
C - Chris Iannetta
P - C.J. Wilson

Rays lineup:

LF - Desmond Jennings
CF - B.J. Upton
SS - Ben Zobrist
DH - Evan Longoria
1B - Jeff Keppinger
3B - Sean Rodriguez
2B - Ryan Roberts
C - Jose Lobaton
RF - Sam Fuld
P - Alex Cobb

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Angels Vs. Rays Game Preview: C.J. Wilson Seeks First Win In 10 Starts

The Los Angeles Angels take on the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 3 of the four game series, hoping to turn things around after losing the first two games while being outscored 19-3.

C.J. Wilson (9-9, 3.32 ERA) will take the mound for Los Angeles, looking for his first win in his last 10 starts. He'll face off against Alex Cobb (7-8, 4.08 ERA), who has won three straight for Tampa Bay. Wilson may not be able to count on much support from his offense; until Erick Aybar's home run in the third inning of Friday's game, the Rays had held the Angels scoreless in 34 consecutive innings. Cobb is currently on a hot streak, having given up only one run in each of his last three starts and lasted at least seven innings in his last four.

The Angels are only 2 1/2 games out in the AL Wild Card race. If they want to keep pace in that contest, they'll need to figure out how to generate some offense against Tampa Bay.

Game Time: 6:05 p.m. PT

Location: Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA

Television Coverage: Fox Sports West

Streaming Coverage: MLB.tv

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Angels Vs. Rays Final Score: Tampa Bay Runs Wild In 12-3 Farce

The Los Angeles Angels were hoping to get back in the win column on Friday night behind their ace. Unfortunately, Jered Weaver had his worst start of the year as the Tampa Bay Rays once again ran wild at Angel Stadium. The Rays picked up a lopsided 12-3 win and are assured at least a series split.

B.J. Upton hit a home run in the top of the first to get the Rays on the board first. Ben Zobrist added a homer in the second to make it 2-0 Tampa Bay.

Erick Aybar hit his seventh home run of the year in the bottom of the third to make it 2-1, but the top of the fourth is where it all fell apart for Weaver and the Angels, as the Rays scored seven runs. Sean Rodriguez, Ryan Roberts and Jose Molina hit RBI singles and Desmond Jennings hit an RBI double. Upton added one last two-run RBI single after LaTroy Hawkins came on in relief of Weaver.

In the bottom of the third, Howie Kendrick hit his sixth homer of the year to make it 9-3, but the Halos offense once again sputtered out after that. The Rays managed to pick up three more runs over the rest of the game, but the damage had already been long done.

The Halos will try to regroup and pick up a win on Saturday.

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Angels vs. Rays Lineup: Jered Weaver, Mike Trout Look To End Losing Skid

The Los Angeles Angels need to start making their move in the American League West if they hope to make a playoff run this fall. The team is 4-6 in their last 10 games, including a 7-0 shutout loss on Thursday night to the Tampa Bay Rays in the series opener.

The Angels will give the ball to Jered Weaver, who has been great this season. Weaver enters with a 12-2 record and 2.22 ERA. The Rays start James Shields, who is 10-7 with a 4.02 ERA.

Here are the lineups for both clubs:

Angels:

Mike Trout - CF
Torii Hunter - RF
Albert Pujols - 1B
Kendrys Morales - DH
Mark Trumbo - LF
Alberto Callaspo - 3B
Howie Kendrick - 2B
Erick Aybar - SS
Chris Iannetta - C

Rays:

Desmond Jennings - LF
B.J. Upton - CF
Matt Joyce - RF
Evan Longoria - DH
Ben Zobrist - SS
Jeff Keppinger - 1B
Sean Rodriguez - 3B
Ryan Roberts - 2B
Jose Molina - C

Haren skipped:

The Angels have announced Dan Haren will miss his next start and not return until August 25.

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Dan Haren Insists Back Feels Fine After 2nd Straight Poor Start

In what is a recurring story, Dan Haren struggled for the Angels and was knocked out of the game early Thursday. Haren was pulled in the fourth inning for the second straight start after allowing five runs. Despite his struggles, Haren insists his lower back problems are not to blame.

Haren was on the DL July 4-21 with lower-back tightness and has struggled all season, with an 8-10 record and 4.90 ERA. Over his last 10 starts, dating back to June 9, he has posted a 6.92 ERA.

In his first three games back from the DL it appeared he was back on the right track, going six innings in each start and earning two wins and a no-decision. The last two starts have been a different story, as Haren hasn't lasted through the fourth inning in either game. Yet Haren insists that his back issues have not resurfaced and believes he is improving.

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Angels Vs. Rays Game Preview: Jered Weaver Looks To Get Halos Back On Track

Jered Weaver takes the mound for the Los Angeles Angels in game two of a four game set against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night in Anaheim. Tampa's David Price dominated the Angels on Thursday night, shutting them out and striking out eight in seven innings of work. Now, the Rays will face the Angels' best pitcher at his home ballpark, a place where Weaver is virtually unbeatable.

Weaver suffered his first home loss of his entire season against the Seattle Mariners last week. He is 8-1 with an ERA of 1.23 at home. The Cy Young candidate is leading American League pitchers in both ERA (2.22) and WHIP (0.92).

This series is critical for the Angels if they want to increase their chances at gaining a playoff berth. They are currently 2.5 games back from the Rays and the Baltimore Orioles who are tied for first place in the Wild Card standings.

First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT.

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Angels Vs. Rays Final Score: Halos Can't Solve David Price, Lose 7-0

The Los Angeles Angels were rebounding nicely as of late and were just coming of a series win as the Texas Rangers were hitting the skids. Then on Thursday night, they were completely shut down at home against the Tampa Bay Rays and starter David Price in a 7-0 loss to start the series. And of course, both the Rangers and Oakland Athletics won their games on Thursday.

In the top of the second inning, the Rays got the scoring started with a solo home run from Ben Zobrist. The fourth inning was the real back-breaker for the Angels and their starter Dan Haren, as the Rays scored four times. B.J. Upton hit a home run, Jeff Keppinger had a two-run RBI single and Ryan Roberts hit a sacrifice fly to suddenly make it 5-0 Tampa Bay.

Evan Longoria launched another homer in the top of the fifth to put the game out of reach for good.

Price held the Halos to just three hits and two walks in seven innings, striking out eight Angels batters along the way. Los Angeles managed just five hits in the game.

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Angels Vs. Rays: Game Times, Pitching Probables, TV Info

The Los Angeles Angels look for their third straight win on Thursday night as they open a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays in Anaheim. Here is a look ahead at the schedule for the series, as well as pitching probables and television times.

Thursday, 7:05 p.m. PDT (Fox Sports West)

Dan Haren (8-9, 4.68 ERA) gets the call for the Halos in the opener, while David Price (15-4, 2.50) looks for his 16th win of the season.

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

Jered Weaver (15-2, 2.22) goes for his 16th win, facing off against James Shields (10-7, 4.02) gets the call for Tampa Bay.

Saturday, 6;05 p.m. PDT (Fox Sports West)

C.J. Wilson (9-9, 3.32) goes for double digits in wins, facing Alex Cobb (7-8, 4.08) for the Rays.

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

Zack Greinke (1-1, 5.54 with Angels) goes against rookie Matt Moore (9-7, 3.60) in the series finale.

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Angels Vs. Rays Game Preview: Halos Seek 3rd Straight Victory

The Angels and Rays get it on in a four-game set starting Thursday night at Angel Stadium.

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