Angels Vs. Athletics: Halos Avoid Sweep Thanks To Big Inning

The Angels managed to avoid being swept at home by the A's, but were still handed the series loss. Jered Weaver returned to form in Thursday's shutout win.

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Angels Extend Agreement With Double-A Arkansas Through 2014

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Double-A affiliate Arkansas Travelers announced Monday that the two teams have agreed to a new two-year Player Development Contract. Travelers team president Russ Meeks made the formal announcement:

"For 12 years our fans have seen some of the best young talent in all of the minors playing for the Travelers. Moving forward we believe in the vision that (Angels General Manager) Jerry Dipoto and (Assistant General Manager) Scott Servais have for the Angels both at the Major League and Minor League levels. The Travelers want to be a part of that vision."

The partnership is the second-longest affiliation in Travelers history and has produced two Texas League championships, four division titles and 13 Major League All-Stars. Current Halos leadoff man -- and budding superstar -- Mike Trout is a former Travelers standout.

Dipoto added his own take on the relationship, on behalf of the Angels:

"Over the past 12 seasons the Angels have worked together with the outstanding group in Arkansas while realizing tremendous success, both on the field and with the development of future Major League players. Russ Meeks and the good people with the Travelers continue to be a valued member of the Angels family and we are thrilled to continue our long running partnership. We all look forward to the next chapter of Angels history and take great satisfaction in knowing the Travelers will continue to contribute so heavily to both our present and future success."

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MLB Standings 2012: Angels 3½ Games Back In Wild Card

After topping the Oakland Athletics, 6-0, Thursday night -- and avoiding a sweep in the process -- the Los Angeles Angels are now 3½ games back in the AL Wild Card race behind the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees, both of who are tied atop the AL East and hold the second Wild Card spot. The Athletics, with a record of 82-61, sit atop the Wild Card standings.

The Angels (78-66) have a strong opportunity in their next series to make up ground on the Athletics, Yankees and Orioles, as they face the slumping Kansas City Chiefs in a three-game affair. The Athletics and the Orioles face each other, so if the Angels can win their series against Kansas City, they'll inevitably move up in the rankings. The Yankees also face a Wild-Card contender in the Tampa Bay Rays, who sit a half game back of the Angels.

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Angels Vs. Athletics Final Score: Jered Weaver Helps Halos Avoid Sweep With 6-0 Win

The Los Angeles Angels certainly can't be happy about losing an important four-game series at home to the Oakland Athletics, but they are taking plenty of positives away from Thursday afternoon's 6-0 win. Most importantly is that Jered Weaver, who missed a start with an arm injury, looked just as sharp as always as he pitched seven innings of two-hit baseball.

For the bulk of the game, Weaver and Brett Anderson were locked in an intense pitchers' duel. Torii Hunter scored the first run of the game when he led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a home run. The Angels never looked back, plating five more runs in the inning. Those runs came on RBI singles from Mark Trumbo, Alberto Callaspo and Hunter and a wild pitch.

The Angels will need to pick up a bunch of wins in short order, but they managed to finish up this crucial series on a winning note. The Halos are now three games behind the second American League Wild Card spot.

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Angels Vs. Athletics: Halos Hope To Salvage Series Behind Jered Weaver

After dropping the first three games of their four game series with the Oakland Athletics, the Los Angeles Angels are hoping they can conjure up a win on Thursday and avoid being swept by their AL West rivals.

Jered Weaver (16-4, 2.86 ERA) returns after having his last start skipped with some bicep tendinitis, making his first start since Sept. 2. He has had success against Oakland over the last two seasons, owning a 5-1 record and a 1.02 ERA. Weaver tossed a four hit complete game in Oakland on Aug. 6 en route to a 4-0 victory. The Cy Young winner is 2-0 with a 0.38 ERA in three outing against the A's this year.

Oakland will counter with Brett Anderson (4-0, 0.69), who has been outstanding in his four starts since returning from Tommy John surgery this season. He allowed just one unearned run over six innings of the A's 6-1 victory in Seattle on Saturday. He's allowed only three runs in his four starts this season combined.

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

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Angels Vs. Athletics Final Score: Halos Drop Third Straight Game, 4-1

The Los Angeles Angels appear to have missed out on a fantastic opportunity, it appears. With their closest competition for a playoff spot in town for a four-game series, the Angels have now dropped the first three games and will be trying to avoid a sweep. The Halos were nearly shut out on Wednesday night in a 4-1 loss.

The A's jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning, when Yoenis Cespedes scored on a fielding error by Erick Aybar. Cespedes made it 2-0 Oakland in the sixth inning with a solo home run; his second of the series.

Jason Isringhausen came into the game in the eighth and gave up a leadoff double to Josh Donaldson. Derek Norris hit another double to push the Oakland lead to 3-0. Coco Crisp would drive in the last run later in the eighth with an RBI single.

Albert Pujols launched a leadoff home run to left field in the bottom of the ninth to prevent the shutout. The blast was his 30th of the year. It was also home run No. 475 in his career, tying him for 28th on the all-time list, along with Stan Musial and Willie Stargell.

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Angels Vs. Athletics Game Preview: Halos Look To Snap 2-Game Skid

The Angels look to break a two-game losing streak as they face the Oakland Athletics at 7:05 p.m. PT in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. Oakland has taken the first two meetings of a four-game series with the Angels.

Ervin Santana will take the mound for Los Angeles. The veteran right-hander is 8-11 with a 5.21 ERA on the season. His last start came against the Tigers on Friday, when he went 6.2 innings while giving up just two runs. Santana last faced the A's in May, tossing 7.2 shutout innings.

Oakland counters with rookie A.J. Griffin. The 24-year-old became the first pitcher in franchise history to start his career 5-0 when the A's defeated the Mariners on Friday. Griffin has made 10 starts since his MLB debut on June 24, and has posted a 2.21 ERA in that time.

The Angels are 2.5 games out of the final playoff spot with 19 games to play.

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MLB Standings: Angels Fall Farther Behind In Wild Card

The Los Angeles Angels are losing ground in the AL Wild Card race after dropping the first two games of an important four-game set with the Oakland A's this week.

Oakland leads the Wild Card race and is 4.5 games ahead of the Angels. However, with the addition of a second Wild Card this season, Los Angeles is 2.5 games out of the final spot. There are three AL East teams above the Angels in the race.

The New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles are tied for the Wild Card and the division lead, while the Tampa Rays are following closely behind, 2 games back of the leaders and 0.5 game ahead of the Angels.

The Angels are all but out of the hunt for the AL West title, as they are 7.5 games behind the Texas Rangers with 19 to play.

For a complete listing of the the standings, head to S.I.'s MLB standings page.

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Angels Vs. Athletics Final Score: Miscues Result In 6-5 Halos Loss

The Los Angeles Angels were on the losing end once again on Tuesday night against the Oakland Athletics. They have now dropped the first two games of their big four-game set against their American League West and Wild Card rivals and will be able to do no better than a series split. The A's picked up the 6-5 win on Tuesday.

Yoenis Cespedes got the scoring started in the top of the second inning with a solo home run. The Angels answered back in the bottom of the inning with a two-run Vernon Wells homer -- his 11th of the year.

The 2-1 Halos lead did not last long as the A's put together a three-run top of the fourth. Brandon Moss hit a two-run homer and Stephen Drew hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2.

With two outs in the seventh inning, Torii Hunter hit a solo homer to cut the lead to one run. Although the Halos threatened in the bottom of the eighth, they were unable to get the tying run across. The A's delivered the knockout blow with two outs in the top of the ninth, as Coco Crisp hit a triple that Hunter misplayed into a two-run, inside-the-park home run that pushed the lead out to 6-3.

The Angels mounted a huge comeback in the ninth inning as Hunter and Albert Pujols hit RBI singles to cut the lead to 6-5 before Grant Balfour could record an out. Unfortunately, Jerry Blevins then struck out Kendrys Morales and got Howie Kendrick to ground into a game-ending double play.

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Angels Vs. Athletics Starting Lineups: Struggling Mark Trumbo Out Of The Lineup For The Halos

The Los Angeles Angels need to bounce back from Monday night's 3-1 loss if they want to gain ground on the Oakland Athletics in a crowded A.L. Wild Card race, and they'll look to do so with struggling slugger Mark Trumbo on the bench for Tuesday night's game.

It's been a rough second half of the season for Trumbo. After posting an All-Star-worthy line of .306/27/57/.965 OPS in the first half of the 2012 season, he's struggled mightily in the second half, hitting .194 with 65 strikeouts and just three home runs in his last 43 games. Vernon Wells will get the start in left field in Trumbo's place.

The Angels will send right-hander Jerome Williams (6-7, 4.59 ERA) to the mound in a spot starters role, as their rotation has been in a state of flux since their ace Jered Weaver was struck by a line drive off the bat of Seattle Mariners second baseman Dustin Ackley. Weaver missed one scheduled start with biceps tendonitis and is slated to return to the mound on Thursday.

The As will counter with rookie Dan Straily, who is 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in 17 innings for the As this season. The Halos roughed up Straily in his last start against the club, punishing him for five runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings.

The starting lineups for Tuesday night's game are as follows:

Los Angeles Angels

  1. Mike Trout CF
  2. Torii Hunter RF
  3. Albert Pujols DH
  4. Kendrys Morales 1B
  5. Howie Kendrick 2B
  6. Erick Aybar SS
  7. Vernon Wells LF
  8. Alberto Callaspo 3B
  9. Chris Iannetta C
Oakland Athletics
  1. Coco Crisp CF
  2. Seth Smith LF
  3. Josh Reddick RF
  4. Yoenis Cespedes DH
  5. Brandon Moss 1B
  6. Josh Donaldson 3B
  7. George Kottaras C
  8. Stephen Drew SS
  9. Cliff Pennington 2B
The first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. PT. The game will be televised on FS West and broadcast on KLAA 830 AM.

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Angels Vs. Athletics Game Preview: Jerome Williams To Make First Start Since July 19

The Los Angeles Angels continue a key four-game home series with the Oakland A's at 7:05 p.m. PT Tuesday in Angels Stadium. Los Angeles is trying to make a late-season push for the final Wild Card spot, while the A's are still within striking distance of the Texas Rangers for the AL West lead.

Jerome Williams makes his first start for the Angels since July 19. Williams has made 12 appearances out of the bullpen since then, including several in long relief. For the season, he is 6-7 record with a 4.59 ERA. His last start against the A's came on May 21, when he went 6⅓ innings and gave up two runs in a loss.

The A's will send Dan Straily to the mound to try and extend their four-game win streak. Straily has three starts since making his debut on Aug. 3. He faced the Angels in his second start, getting shelled for five runs on eight hits in just 4⅔ innings.

Both these clubs have been hot as of late, with the Angels winning eight of their last 10 and the A's going 7-3 over that span. The Angels have moved to within 1½ games of the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees for the final Wild Card spot. The A's lead the the Wild Card and find themselves just three back of the Rangers.

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Angels Vs. Athletics Final Score: Halos Stifled In 3-1 Loss

The Los Angeles Angels rolled into the O.co Coliseum last week and snapped the Oakland Athletics' nine-game winning streak before sweeping them. On Monday night, the A's returned at least part of the favor, snapping the Halos' six-game winning streak in a 3-1 Oakland victory at Angel Stadium.

The A's scored right away, picking up a run in the first inning on an RBI groundout from Seth Smith. In the bottom of the third, Torii Hunter tied things up with an RBI double. The score stayed 1-1 until the fifth inning, when Brandon Moss homered to give the A's the lead. In the sixth, ninth-place hitter Cliff Pennington added another solo shot for a huge insurance run.

Oakland starter Jarrod Parker picked up his 10th win of the season as he held the Angels to just three hits in seven innings of work. The Angels could only manage four hits in the game. Dan Haren gave up all three runs and took the loss.

This is a big four-game series and the Angels will try to answer back with a win of their own on Tuesday.

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Jered Weaver Injury: Will Pitch Against the Athletics On Thursday

The Los Angeles Angels have announced that Jered Weaver will start on Thursday against the Oakland Athletics after missing a start due to biceps tendinitis.

Weaver threw from 90 feet over the weekend and said he felt great after a bullpen session on Monday. The Angels could use their ace back as they try to stay in the hunt for an AL West crown and take back the AL Wild Card lead. The Angels currently trail the Athletics and the Baltimore Orioles in the wild card chase by one game.

Weaver said his arm has bothered him since throwing a shutout against the A's back on Aug. 6. Since that start Weaver has struggled a bit, punctuated by a three-inning shelling at the hands of the Rays where he gave up nine runs.

He has still been having a quality year at the front end of the Angels rotation. Weaver is 16-4 with a 2.86 ERA and 121 strikeouts.

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Angels Vs. Athletics Lineups: Dan Haren Vs. Jarrod Parker Starts Key Series

The Los Angeles Angels host the Oakland Athletics for a four-game series beginning Tuesday night. The Angels stand to gain significant ground in the AL Wild Card race if they can string together some wins. Dan Haren takes the mound for the Angels, facing off with Jarrod Parker on the hill for Oakland. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. PT.

The Angels lineup:

1. Mike Trout (R) CF
2. Torii Hunter (R) RF
3. Albert Pujols (R) DH
4. Kendrys Morales (S) 1B
5. Howie Kendrick (R) 2B
6. Erick Aybar (S) SS
7. Mark Trumbo (R) LF
8. Alberto Callaspo (S) 3B
9. Chris Iannetta (R) C


The Athletics lineup:

1. Coco Crisp (S) CF
2. Seth Smith (L) RF
3. Josh Reddick (L) DH
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
5. Brandon Moss (L) 1B
6. George Kottaras (L) C
7. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
8. Stephen Drew (L) SS
9. Cliff Pennington (S) 2B

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

The Angels have won six in a row and are climbing back into the Wild Card chase. Can they continue their recent success against the A's?

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