Angels Beat Dodgers Again Behind Chatwood, Home Runs

The Angels have won six straight games at Dodger Stadium.

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Angels Beat Dodgers Again, 6-1

Tyler Chatwood pitched seven strong innings, leading the Angels to a 6-1 win over the Dodgers in the second game of a three-game series this weekend at Dodger Stadium. Vernon Wells hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to blow the game wide open, and Mark Trumbo homered earlier for the Angels, who have won six straight games at Dodger Stadium. The Angels have won all four interleague series they have played, and are 8-3 against the National League this season.

Hiroki Kuroda pitched five innings for the Dodgers, allowing just two runs, and was hung with the loss, his sixth straight losing decision. He was removed from the game for a pinch hitter after just 74 pitches, because the bases were loaded and the Dodgers were down 2-1, and have had to scrap and claw their way for any offense they can get, wherever they can find it. "We had to take a chance to break something open there," manager Don Mattingly said of his decision to remove his starter. "Nothing really that he did wrong. We were behind and had a chance to score big and took a shot."

The home run for Wells was his fourth of the road trip for the Angels, who moved back to .500 (39-39) with today's win. Chatwood allowed just one run in his seven innings, striking out five batters. Four of those punchouts were looking, including Matt Kemp in the fifth, who was ejected by home plate umpire Chris Conroy for arguing. The Angels are 22-20 all-time at Dodger Stadium, and 48-34 against the Dodgers, dating back to 1997.

For more news and information on the Angels, the Dodgers, or the Freeway Series, be sure to read the SB Nation blogs True Blue LA and Halos Heaven.

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Dodgers Vs. Angels: Saturday Starting Lineups

The Dodgers and Angels face off on Saturday afternoon at Dodger Stadium in a regionally televised game on Fox. Hiroki Kuroda gets the start of the Dodgers, looking for his first win in seven starts, while rookie Tyler Chatwood gets the call on the mound for the Angels. Here are today's starting lineups:

Angels (38-39)

Aybar SS
Kendrick 2B
Abreu RF
Wells LF
Callaspo 3B
Trumbo 1B
Conger C
Bourjos CF
Chatwood P

Dodgers (34-43)

Gordon SS
Carroll 2B
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Loney 1B
Miles 3B
Oeltjen LF
Ellis C
Kuroda P

Left fielder Marcus Thames strained his left calf in Friday night's game in the second inning after hitting a double, and was immediately removed from the game. He is listed as day-to-day, but is expected to miss at last three to four games. Trent Oeltjen gets the start today in left field for the Dodgers.

Today's 1:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Fox. For more news and information on the Angels, the Dodgers, or the Freeway Series, be sure to read the SB Nation blogs True Blue LA and Halos Heaven.

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Angels Reportedly Sign First-Round Draft Pick C.J. Cron

According to a report by Jim Callis at Baseball America, the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to terms with their first-round draft pick C.J. Cron. The University of Utah first baseman, picked 17th overall by the Halos, will officially sign on Monday for $1.467 million, matching the recommended slot bonus by Major League Baseball. Cron is the son of former Angel Chris Cron.

"We like his power and hit combination and really see him as a middle of the order type of hitter," said Angels Director of Scouting Ric WIlson, when Cron was drafted. "I have known and followed C.J. for a long time and this kid is really a hard worker. I have no doubt he will get the most out of his abilities." Callis also noted that Cron will require surgery to repair a torn labrum, and although he caught at one time, Cron will be limited to first base.

Today's 1:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Fox. For more news and information on the Angels, the Dodgers, or the Freeway Series, be sure to read the SB Nation blogs True Blue LA and Halos Heaven.

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Hiroki Kuroda & Tyler Chatwood Face Off As Freeway Series Resumes Saturday On Fox

After the Angels captured the opener of the Freeway Series from the Dodgers on Friday night, both teams will send to the mound on Saturday afternoon a pitcher who threw seven scoreless innings last Sunday. Hiroki Kuroda gets the start for the Dodgers, while rookie Tyler Chatwood gets the call for the Angels. The Dodgers have lost five straight to the Angels at Dodger Stadium, dating back to 2009.

Chatwood is 4-4 with a 3.84 ERA this season in 14 starts. The 21-year old has especially excelled against the National League, allowing a total of one run in 14 innings this season in two starts, against the Braves and Mets. Chatwood has just one more strikeout (43) than walk (42) this season, but has minimized the damage somewhat by keeping the ball down. He has allowed just six home runs in 82 innings this season, including only one in 33 2/3 innings (six starts) on the road.

Kuroda is still looking for his first win since May 7, though he has pitched well of late. In four June starts, Kuroda has a 1.82 ERA, along with seven unintentional walks and 22 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings, but he is 0-3. The Dodgers have scored a total of seven runs in Kuroda's last five starts, and they have scored more than three runs only once in his last 10 outings.

Today's 1:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Fox. For more news and information on the Angels, the Dodgers, or the Freeway Series, be sure to read the SB Nation blogs True Blue LA and Halos Heaven.

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