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Ohtani pitches successful sim game

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Shohei Ohtani took another significant step back toward returning to a Major League mound Monday by throwing a simulated game at the Angels' facility in Tempe, Ariz. The team told reporters that Ohtani's throwing session went smoothly.

Shohei Ohtani took another significant step back toward returning to a Major League mound Monday by throwing a simulated game at the Angels' facility in Tempe, Ariz. The team told reporters that Ohtani's throwing session went smoothly.

Tweet from @mi_guardado: Shohei Ohtani threw 29 pitches during his simulated game in Tempe today. He faced both left-handed and right-handed hitters. ���All went well,��� the Angels said.

Ohtani has not pitched in a Major League game since June 6 and missed nearly a month of action after an MRI revealed a Grade 2 sprain in the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) of his right pitching elbow. The Japanese phenom has been back in action as the Angels' designated hitter since he was cleared to hit at the beginning of July, but has only recently resumed his throwing program. The right-hander threw 20 fastballs during a light bullpen session Saturday, which marked the fourth throwing session of his rehabilitation.

Video: OAK@LAA: Scioscia on Ohtani throwing off the mound

But Monday's simulated game marked the first time Ohtani actually faced hitters in the batter's box, and MLB.com's Maria Guaradado reported that he threw to both right- and left-handed batters without issue. Ohtani showed plenty of progress as a pitcher before going down with the injury, recording a 3.10 ERA with 61 strikeouts over 49 1/3 innings. Now it remains to be seen whether his prized right elbow can once again withstand the exertion of competitive pitching without ultimately requiring Tommy John surgery that could sideline him for a much greater amount of time.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.

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Inbox: Ward ticketed for hot corner in 2019?

Beat reporter Maria Guardado answers questions from Angels fans
MLB.com @mi_guardado

Who will be playing second base and third base next year?
-- @egaz11 via Twitter

If I had to guess, I think Zack Cozart will primarily be playing second base and Taylor Ward will be playing third. I also expect David Fletcher to be in the mix, though he could ultimately end up fitting in as more of a utility player. Ward and Fletcher are both getting extended looks in the infield right now, so I think the final six weeks of the season will be an audition of sorts for their potential roles with the Angels next season.

Who will be playing second base and third base next year?
-- @egaz11 via Twitter

If I had to guess, I think Zack Cozart will primarily be playing second base and Taylor Ward will be playing third. I also expect David Fletcher to be in the mix, though he could ultimately end up fitting in as more of a utility player. Ward and Fletcher are both getting extended looks in the infield right now, so I think the final six weeks of the season will be an audition of sorts for their potential roles with the Angels next season.

I also wouldn't rule out the possibility of the Halos exploring potential upgrades at either one of those spots during the offseason, so that could also change the dynamic.

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Tweet from @ChrisW1212: Which starting pitchers currently on the DL are expected to be healthy by spring training 2019?

Alex Meyer hasn't pitched this season after undergoing right shoulder surgery last September, but I think he is expected to be fully recovered by Spring Training. Parker Bridwell should also be back after undergoing surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.

Matt Shoemaker made only one start for the Angels this year before going on the disabled list with a right forearm issue, but I think he'll be back before the end of the season and should be ready to go next year. Same goes for Tyler Skaggs and Nick Tropeano, who are both sidelined with less severe ailments.

Tweet from @TruthDrivenLife: In your professional opinion Maria, do you feel it is finally time for the Angels to trade Mike Trout to a true contender & rebuild? He deserves to be in the Playoffs. Thanks!

I don't think it would make sense for the Angels to trade Mike Trout while he's still under contract for two more seasons. He's arguably the best foundational piece a team could ask for, and I think it would be hard to get a return that would adequately match his value. While it's true that the Halos have yet to win a playoff game with Trout, it's not for a lack of effort. The Angels have tried to assemble competitive rosters over the past few years. They just haven't been able to stay healthy.

Tweet from @Halomich2: Which position player in the minors is the closest to being MLB ready?

I think middle infielder Luis Rengifo is close, and he could be among the Angels' September callups since he'll have to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason. Rengifo, whom the Halos acquired from the Rays in exchange for C.J. Cron in February, has progressed from Class A Advanced Inland Empire to Triple-A Salt Lake this season, batting .305 with an .862 OPS, six home runs, 58 RBIs and 41 stolen bases in 115 games across three Minor League levels. First baseman Matt Thaiss isn't far away, either.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Angels fizzle in rainy series finale

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ARLINGTON -- When it rains, it pours.

The literal and figurative meanings both applied to the Angels, who sat through two rain delays before falling to the Rangers, 4-2, on Rougned Odor's three-run, go-ahead home run in the seventh inning of Sunday's series finale at Globe Life Park.

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ARLINGTON -- When it rains, it pours.

The literal and figurative meanings both applied to the Angels, who sat through two rain delays before falling to the Rangers, 4-2, on Rougned Odor's three-run, go-ahead home run in the seventh inning of Sunday's series finale at Globe Life Park.

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Clinging to a one-run lead, the Angels allowed the Rangers to mount a rally after Drew Robinson and Shin-Soo Choo delivered back-to-back singles off right-hander Noe Ramirez, putting runners on the corners with one out. Odor subsequently blasted a 2-0 changeup through heavy rainfall and deposited it into the right-center field bleachers to put Texas in front, 4-2.

Video: LAA@TEX: Odor launches a go-ahead 3-run HR in the 7th

It was the 13th home run surrendered by Ramirez this season, tied with the Rays' Ryan Yarbrough for the most among Major League relievers.

"Early on, I think [Ramirez's] command was a little crisper," manager Mike Scioscia said. "That's the one thing that has maybe put him into some bad counts here in the last month or so; [he] was just maybe not being quite as fine as he was earlier in the year with some of his pitches. He'll get it back. He's got good stuff. When he gets it in the zone, he'll get outs."

Ramirez retired Elvis Andrus for the second out, but the game was suspended for another 56 minutes due to the rain. After the weather cleared, Ramirez returned to the mound and coaxed a first-pitch groundout from Nomar Mazara to finally end the inning.

After dropping three of four games this weekend, the Angels dropped back to .500 at 63-63. Inclement weather also wreaked havoc on Saturday night's game, which was delayed two hours and 26 minutes and didn't conclude until 12:59 a.m. Sunday. Scarcely 13 hours later, the sleep-deprived Angels returned to Globe Life Park for the series finale.

Rookie Jaime Barria extended his run of success against Texas by firing five innings of one-run ball, though his outing was cut short by a brief downpour in the bottom of the fifth that triggered an 18-minute rain delay. When play resumed, the Angels opted to turn to their bullpen, sending Ty Buttrey in to pitch the sixth.

"[Barria] pitched really well," Scioscia said. "He got out of the first inning giving up a run, but after that, he started to use his fastball and a good mix of pitches. Good slider today and mixed his changeup in. He worked hard, threw almost 80 pitches, and then with that delay, we didn't want to send him back out after having to sit down."

Barria departed after scattering seven hits, walking one, striking out five and throwing 78 pitches. The 22-year-old right-hander is now 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in three starts against the Rangers this season.

"I always try to locate my pitches and do my job every game," Barria said in Spanish. "I've been fortunate to throw the ball well against Texas."

The lone blemish for Barria came in the first inning, when he yielded a leadoff double to Choo, followed by an RBI single to Odor.

The Angels countered with a pair of runs off Rangers right-hander Yovani Gallardo in the fourth. After David Fletcher reached on a single, Shohei Ohtani shot a grounder to right field and alertly hustled into second base for a double.

Video: LAA@TEX: Pujols plates Fletcher on a fielder's choice

Albert Pujols followed by bouncing a grounder to Ronald Guzman, who threw wildly to the plate and allowed Fletcher to slide in safely from third. Andrelton Simmons then scored Ohtani from third by grounding into a 6-4-3 double play, giving the Angels a 2-1 lead.

Video: LAA@TEX: Ohtani scores as Simmons grounds into DP

"I thought we had good at-bats this series," Scioscia said. "On the mound, we had some leads and didn't hold them very well. Those guys have a tough lineup. They can hit the ball out of the park, they get on base, and we didn't do some things on the mound like we needed to. Unfortunately, we didn't come in here and win as many games as we wanted."

SOUND SMART
Fletcher finished the series batting .375 (6-for-16) with two doubles and four RBIs, extending his hitting streak to six games.

UP NEXT
The Angels will head to Arizona and have an off-day on Monday before opening a two-game Interleague series against the D-backs on Tuesday at 6:40 p.m. PT at Chase Field. Right-hander Felix Pena (1-3, 4.35 ERA) will oppose left-hander Patrick Corbin (10-4, 3.18 ERA) in the series opener. Pena faced Arizona on June 19 at Angel Stadium and gave up one run over four innings in his first career MLB start. The Angels lead the all-time series against the D-backs by a 15-12 margin.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Another tool in Ohtani's toolbox: Pinch-hitter

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ARLINGTON -- Add pinch-hitting to the list of impressive skills that Shohei Ohtani has showed proficiency in during his rookie season with the Angels.

Ohtani didn't start against Rangers left-hander Martin Perez in Saturday night's 11-7 win at Globe Life Park, but he came off the bench in the seventh inning and delivered the biggest blow of the game off reliever Eddie Butler. After Albert Pujols snapped a 6-6 tie with a go-ahead single to left field, Ohtani broke the game open by crushing a three-run, pinch-hit home run to straightaway center field to make it 10-6.

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ARLINGTON -- Add pinch-hitting to the list of impressive skills that Shohei Ohtani has showed proficiency in during his rookie season with the Angels.

Ohtani didn't start against Rangers left-hander Martin Perez in Saturday night's 11-7 win at Globe Life Park, but he came off the bench in the seventh inning and delivered the biggest blow of the game off reliever Eddie Butler. After Albert Pujols snapped a 6-6 tie with a go-ahead single to left field, Ohtani broke the game open by crushing a three-run, pinch-hit home run to straightaway center field to make it 10-6.

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It was Ohtani's second pinch-hit home run of the season, making him the first Angel to collect two such homers since Russell Branyan in 2011. The 24-year-old left-handed slugger is now 5-for-14 (.357) with three walks and four RBIs in 17 plate appearances as a pinch-hitter this season.

Manager Mike Scioscia said he believes Ohtani's success as a pinch-hitter partly stems from his rigorous preparation and study of opposing pitchers.

"Shohei is as prepared as any player I've seen," Scioscia said Sunday. "Even more so. He studies pitchers. He has an understanding. But pinch-hitting is different than going up there and getting four at-bats against a pitcher. It's a different dynamic. There's less margin for error as far as when you miss a pitch that you should hit. But he wraps his arms around it when he's had to pinch-hit. He's been terrific."

Ohtani will get more opportunities to pinch-hit during the Angels' upcoming two-game series against the D-backs. Because the Angels will be without the designated hitter at Chase Field, Ohtani will be limited to coming off the bench for the club.

While most of the Angels will enjoy an off-day on Monday, Ohtani will be busy rehabbing his prized right elbow. He is scheduled to throw a simulated game at the club's training complex in Tempe, Ariz., marking his first time facing hitters since receiving platelet-rich plasma and stem-cell injections to treat a sprained elbow ligament on June 7.

Though the workout is expected to be "a lot more aggressive" than Ohtani's light bullpen session on Saturday, Scioscia said it isn't expected to impact his availability as a hitter on Tuesday.

Worth noting
Utility man Kaleb Cowart started in left field in place of Justin Upton on Sunday afternoon, marking his second career MLB start at the position. Cowart has made five career starts in left field in the Minors.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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30 guys we want to see win it all

The veterans, or other inspiring players, who have yet to win a title
MLB.com @williamfleitch

One of the best subplots of the Astros' World Series championship last season was Carlos Beltran finally getting a championship ring. While Beltran wasn't a key factor for Houston, seeing the future Hall of Famer, one of the best playoff hitters of all time, win a championship in his seventh postseason was one of the more heartwarming stories in a rather heartwarming October.

Everybody loves to see a vet finally get his title. This got us to thinking: What other old-timers would we love to see win a title who haven't won one yet? Thus, this week at The Thirty, we take a look at the Carlos Beltran on each time: The veteran, or just inspiring story, who you'd most like to see win that elusive championship. Obviously, there's not much hope for some of these guys; the Orioles have already been eliminated, after all. But you never know. These are the players who never got a title … but someday should.

One of the best subplots of the Astros' World Series championship last season was Carlos Beltran finally getting a championship ring. While Beltran wasn't a key factor for Houston, seeing the future Hall of Famer, one of the best playoff hitters of all time, win a championship in his seventh postseason was one of the more heartwarming stories in a rather heartwarming October.

Everybody loves to see a vet finally get his title. This got us to thinking: What other old-timers would we love to see win a title who haven't won one yet? Thus, this week at The Thirty, we take a look at the Carlos Beltran on each time: The veteran, or just inspiring story, who you'd most like to see win that elusive championship. Obviously, there's not much hope for some of these guys; the Orioles have already been eliminated, after all. But you never know. These are the players who never got a title … but someday should.

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays
Russell Martin

The longtime catcher has been around so long he was drafted by the Expos. Martin has reached the postseason a whopping nine times, but he has never reached the World Series.

Video: TB@BAL: Jones belts a 3-run homer to left-center

Orioles
Adam Jones

We know Jones wants to stay in Baltimore, and he has earned that right … but it sure would be nice to see him in the Fall Classic someday.

Rays
Carlos Gomez

Gomez has played for four teams in the postseason, none of them the Rays.

Red Sox
Chris Sale

Sale's going to have a Hall of Fame case to make someday, and having a World Series title would be a handy little feather in his cap.

Yankees
Giancarlo Stanton

After all those years in Miami, a World Series feels like Stanton's due. His next postseason game will be his first.

AL CENTRAL

Indians
Rajai Davis

We'd like to see Davis get a chance to hit another Game 7 homer.

Royals
Blaine Boyer

Boyer has pitched for 12 seasons and for nine teams -- including Boston, St. Louis and Atlanta -- and he has still never appeared in a postseason game.

Tigers
Victor Martinez

Remember: Miguel Cabrera won a title in 2003 with the Marlins.

Video: MIN@KC: Mauer sets Twins' record with 415th double

Twins
Joe Mauer

A World Series is the one thing Mauer hasn't given the Twins.

White Sox
James Shields

Big Game James was much better in his 2008 World Series appearance for the Rays than he was in his 2014 World Series appearances for the Royals.

AL WEST

Angels
Mike Trout

Still waiting for that first postseason win. It looks like Trout will still be waiting this October.

Astros
Gerrit Cole

Well, everyone else has one.

Athletics
Fernando Rodney

It has been 12 years since Rodney was last in the World Series … but it sure would be fun to see a World Series game end with the bow and arrow.

Mariners
Nelson Cruz

Just remember not to put Cruz in right field during a clinching game.

Video: TEX@DET: Beltre ties Winfield with his 3,110th hit

Rangers
Adrian Beltre

The easiest pick on the board. We should call every beloved veteran trying to win a ring before he reaches the Hall of Fame "The Beltre."

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Video: ATL@NYM: Markakis nets 4 hits, hits key homer in 10th

Braves
Nick Markakis

Markakis has only made the postseason once (2014) in his whole career.

Marlins
Starlin Castro

Castro left the Cubs right before they won one.

Mets
Jose Bautista

Imagine that bat flip in the World Series.

Nationals
Max Scherzer

Like Sale, Scherzer could use the Hall of Fame credentials of a championship.

Phillies
Carlos Santana

So close in 2016. All players on the '11 Rangers and '16 Indians get serious consideration for this list.

NL CENTRAL

Brewers
Ryan Braun

The 2011 season was probably supposed to be the one for Braun and the Brewers.

Cardinals
Michael Wacha

Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright and Matt Carpenter (who was a rookie in 2011) all have rings already.

Cubs
Jesse Chavez

This 11-year vet has pitched for nine teams, but never in the postseason. Also almost everybody else on the team has a ring already.

Pirates
Ivan Nova

Nova's rookie year was right after the Yankees won their most recent title.

Video: 2018 ASG: Votto crushes solo homer in the 10th inning

Reds
Joey Votto

Is Votto going to be Beltre in four years?

AL WEST

D-backs
Brad Ziegler

The good news is that Ziegler might pitch until he's 60, giving him plenty of chances.

Video: SF@LAD: Kershaw strikes out 9 over 8 terrific frames

Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw

Kershaw's career is going to feel incomplete without one.

Giants
Andrew McCutchen

Cutch could become quite the mercenary the next few years trying to find the best place to get his ring.

Padres
A.J. Ellis

Any championship team needs the Veteran Backup Catcher.

Rockies
Nolan Arenado

The best way to get the respect often denied Rockies players is to win them a championship.

Will Leitch is a columnist for MLB.com.

Angels' nicknames for Players' Weekend

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For the second consecutive year, Major Leaguers will put their personalities and passions on the field when Players' Weekend takes center stage during all games from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26.

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For the second consecutive year, Major Leaguers will put their personalities and passions on the field when Players' Weekend takes center stage during all games from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26.

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Here are the nicknames the Angels will wear on their backs while sporting colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms:

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Jose Alvarez: "KÍKE"
Justin Anderson: "ANDO"
Francisco Arcia: "FRANKIE"
Jaime Barria: "EL PANA"
Cam Bedrosian: "BEDROCK"
Jose Briceno: "ORE"
Kole Calhoun: "KOLEMAN"
Kaleb Cowart: "PAL"
Zack Cozart: "L.A. COZ"
Jose Fernandez: "JOTAVE"
David Fletcher: "FLETCH"
Andrew Heaney: "HEANDOG"
Jake Jewell: "BOB:
Jim Johnson: "J.J."
Jefry Marte: "EL BLEY"
Alex Meyer: "BUBBA"
Keynan Middleton: "MAJOR KEY"
Shohei Ohtani: "SHOWTIME"
Blake Parker: "B-EASY"
Felix Pena: "LA BEFLA"
Albert Pujols: "THE MACHINE"
JC Ramirez: "J.C. TIME"
Noe Ramirez: "OTTO"
Garrett Richards: "G-RICH"
Rene Rivera: "MONCHO"
Hansel Robles: "EL PEÑACO"
Matt Shoemaker: "SHOE"
Andrelton Simmons: "SIMÓN"
Tyler Skaggs: "SWAGGY"
Nick Tropeano: "NITRO"
Mike Trout: "KIIIIID"
Justin Upton: "J - UP"
Blake Wood: "BLOCK-A"
Chris Young: "C Y"
Eric Young Jr.: "EYJ"

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Ohtani HR, potent bats lift Halos on soggy night

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ARLINGTON -- Taylor Ward's first career home run and Shohei Ohtani's pinch-hit, three-run blast highlighted a five-run seventh inning that vaulted the Angels to an 11-7 win over the Rangers in a game that stretched into early Sunday morning following a rain delay of two hours and 26 minutes at Globe Life Park.

After the Rangers erased a four-run deficit and came back to tie the game at 6, the Angels' bats erupted for another big inning against reliever Eddie Butler. David Fletcher and Justin Upton led off the inning with back-to-back singles, and Albert Pujols brought in the go-ahead run with an RBI single to left field.

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ARLINGTON -- Taylor Ward's first career home run and Shohei Ohtani's pinch-hit, three-run blast highlighted a five-run seventh inning that vaulted the Angels to an 11-7 win over the Rangers in a game that stretched into early Sunday morning following a rain delay of two hours and 26 minutes at Globe Life Park.

After the Rangers erased a four-run deficit and came back to tie the game at 6, the Angels' bats erupted for another big inning against reliever Eddie Butler. David Fletcher and Justin Upton led off the inning with back-to-back singles, and Albert Pujols brought in the go-ahead run with an RBI single to left field.

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Ohtani then broke the game open by launching a three-run home run to center field that made it 10-6. It was Ohtani's 13th home run of the season and his second as a pinch-hitter.

Video: LAA@TEX: Pujols plates 2 in the 3rd

Two batters later, Ward ended a nine-pitch at-bat against Butler by hammering a 2-2 fastball out to the bullpens in left-center field, staking the Angels a five-run lead. The 24-year-old third baseman is 6-for-18 with four RBIs in five games since debuting with the Angels on Tuesday.

"I think he's picked up where he left off down in Triple-A," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He was having a great season. Certainly, he's showing the potential to be a really good offensive third baseman. He's certainly not overmatched."

Video: LAA@TEX: Ward clubs his 1st career home run

Pujols also homered and finished 3-for-4 with a season-high four RBIs, while Fletcher went 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

"We drove the ball well tonight, and we needed it," Scioscia said. "Our guys really stepped up. It was sloppy conditions out there. You guys saw the outfield. We were a little afraid out there with some guys, but they kept playing and they played through it. We got some big hits from some guys."

Andrew Heaney came away with a no-decision after giving up six runs on 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings, continuing a string of uneven performances on the road for the 27-year-old left-hander. Heaney is 0-5 with a 5.37 ERA in 12 road starts this season, compared to 7-2 with a 2.90 ERA at Angel Stadium.

"Andrew was just a tick off early," Scioscia said. "He didn't really get his changeup going like he can. He threw some good breaking balls. He got almost through six, which was going to be important for us. Not as crisp as he was last start."

Video: LAA@TEX: Rare downpour in Texas delays game

Heaney also had to contend with the elements, as rain continued to fall through most of his outing, though he said the conditions were "not too bad."

"The first inning, it was raining a little bit harder," Heaney said. "Other than that, it was fine. It was a little bit sloppy, but it was sloppy for everybody."

The Rangers led, 1-0, just three pitches into the game after Rougned Odor doubled and scored on Elvis Andrus' single, but the Angels tied it in the second on Pujols' solo shot off left-hander Martin Perez. Pujols' 633rd career home run and 19th of the season traveled a projected 430 feet out to left-center field, according to Statcast™.

Video: LAA@TEX: Pujols clubs 633rd career homer in the 2nd

Texas briefly broke the deadlock on Carlos Tocci's two-out RBI single in the second, though the Angels countered with a two-run single up the middle from Pujols to go ahead, 3-2, in the third. They expanded their lead in the fourth after Jefry Marte, Ward and Eric Young Jr. delivered three consecutive singles off Perez, setting up a bases-clearing double from Fletcher that made it 6-2.

Video: LAA@TEX: Fletcher clears the bases with a double

But Heaney allowed the four-run lead to slip away in the bottom of the fourth. After yielding a leadoff single to Joey Gallo, Heaney issued a two-out walk to Tocci, the Rangers' No. 9 hitter, to bring up Odor with runners on first and second. Odor promptly lined a single to center field to bring in Gallo.

Heaney then appeared to whiff Andrus for the third out, but the ball skipped past catcher Rene Rivera for a wild pitch, allowing Tocci to score and Andrus to reach first. Adrian Beltre subsequently capitalized by blooping a two-run single to shallow right field to tie the game at 6. 

SOUND SMART
Heaney's streak of 17 consecutive road starts without a win is the longest in Angels history, breaking the mark previously held by Rudy May (1965-69). His last road victory came on Sept. 2, 2015 at Oakland.

HE SAID IT
"Frustrating. Just frustrated. I pretty much had the leadoff guy every single inning. Got to two strikes with guys and didn't put them away. Just kind of gave up some cheapies. They hit some balls hard, too. I'm not saying they didn't hit balls hard. In the fourth inning, the walk to the nine-hole hitter, and then I just kind of let it snowball from there." -- Heaney

UP NEXT
Rookie Jaime Barria (8-7, 3.50 ERA) will take the mound for the Angels Sunday as they close out their four-game series against the Rangers at 12:05 p.m. PT at Globe Life Park. Texas is expected to counter with Yovani Gallardo (7-2, 6.39 ERA). Barria is 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA in his two starts against the Rangers this season. The 22-year-old right-hander ranks second among American League rookies in wins and fifth in ERA (minimum 50 innings pitched).

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Ohtani plans to face hitters in next rehab step

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ARLINGTON -- Shohei Ohtani braved the 100-degree heat at Globe Life Park and threw 20 fastballs during a light bullpen session Saturday. It marked his fourth throwing session off the mound in his rehab from a sprained ligament in his right elbow.

"It was just a lighter one," Ohtani said through interpreter Ippei Mizuhara. "I just wanted to check my form and my timing."

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ARLINGTON -- Shohei Ohtani braved the 100-degree heat at Globe Life Park and threw 20 fastballs during a light bullpen session Saturday. It marked his fourth throwing session off the mound in his rehab from a sprained ligament in his right elbow.

"It was just a lighter one," Ohtani said through interpreter Ippei Mizuhara. "I just wanted to check my form and my timing."

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Manager Mike Scioscia said the next step for Ohtani will likely be to face hitters in Arizona next week. Since the Angels will be in Phoenix for a two-game Interleague series against the D-backs, Ohtani is expected to complete the throwing session at the club's training complex in Tempe.

"I know his workout in Arizona will be probably be more aggressive than today," Scioscia said. "He'll do what he needs to do in his 'pen [session]."

Ohtani has not pitched for the Angels since June 6 because of a Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, but his progress so far has stoked optimism within the organization that he'll be able to return to the mound before the end of the season. Prior to the injury, Ohtani logged a 3.10 ERA with 61 strikeouts over 49 1/3 innings.

Since returning from the disabled list on July 3, Ohtani has been used exclusively as a hitter. He is batting .264 with an .848 OPS, 12 home runs and six stolen bases in 69 games. He was not in the Angels' starting lineup Saturday against Rangers left-hander Martin Perez.

The left-handed-hitting Ohtani is batting only .169 with a .506 OPS against lefties this season, compared to .299 with a .977 OPS against righties.

Trout update

The Angels aren't expecting Mike Trout to rejoin the club until they return to Southern California for their next homestand. Trout has been in New Jersey mourning the loss of his brother-in-law, Aaron Cox, a former Minor League pitcher for the Angels who passed away on Wednesday.

Worth noting

Right-hander Akeel Morris, who was designated for assignment on Wednesday, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Rough inning sinks Despaigne in Angels debut

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ARLINGTON -- The Angels' pitching staff has endured so much attrition this season that they've been forced to turn to a record number of pitchers to fill the seemingly endless holes on their roster.

The latest reinforcement arrived Friday, when newly acquired right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to face the Rangers in a 6-4 loss at Globe Life Park. He yielded five runs over four innings in his first MLB start since March 31.

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ARLINGTON -- The Angels' pitching staff has endured so much attrition this season that they've been forced to turn to a record number of pitchers to fill the seemingly endless holes on their roster.

The latest reinforcement arrived Friday, when newly acquired right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to face the Rangers in a 6-4 loss at Globe Life Park. He yielded five runs over four innings in his first MLB start since March 31.

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"I missed on a couple balls in the strike zone," said Despaigne, who was acquired from the Marlins in exchange for cash considerations on Tuesday. "I put a couple of balls in the happy zone of the hitters. When that happens, it's easy for a hitter. I'm going to work hard for next time and make adjustments to be ready."

Video: LAA@TEX: Fletcher grounds an RBI single up the middle

The Rangers inflicted all their damage against Despaigne by batting around in a five-run second inning. After Nomar Mazara singled and Jurickson Profar walked, Joey Gallo delivered a two-run double to right field and advanced to third on David Fletcher's errant throw to the plate. Isiah Kiner-Falefa followed with a run-scoring groundout to make it 3-0.

Texas loaded the bases with one out on three consecutive singles from Ronald Guzman, Carlos Tocci and Shin-Soo Choo, setting up Rougned Odor's two-run single to right field. Despaigne finally worked out of the 36-pitch inning by striking out Elvis Andrus and coaxing a flyout from Mazara.

"His stuff looked good," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He obviously had a tough second inning. It looked like he lost his release point in the second. His ball-strike ratio was getting a little out of whack. He fought hard to get out of that inning with only five, but the damage was done at that point."

The Angels cut the deficit to 5-4 after Andrelton Simmons launched a two-run home run off left-handed reliever Jeffrey Springs in the sixth. Albert Pujols worked a one-out walk and Simmons drove a first-pitch fastball over the left-field fence for his eighth home run of the season.

Video: LAA@TEX: Simmons cranks a 2-run homer to left-center

Right-hander Deck McGuire piggybacked Despaigne's start and pitched the final four innings for the Angels, allowing only a sacrifice fly to Odor that pushed the Rangers' lead to 6-4 in the seventh. Despaigne and McGuire's combined effort provided a much-needed break for the rest of the Angels' relievers, eight of whom were used during Thursday's bullpen game.

"Any time you get a chance to help out the group that we have down there, you're going to take pride in it," McGuire said. "They've pitched unbelievable all year, so any chance I have to keep those guys fresh and give them a chance to keep pitching great, I'm just really happy I could do that."

Cory Gearrin and Chris Martin combined to work two scoreless innings for the Rangers before handing it off to closer Jose Leclerc, who pitched a clean ninth to hand the Angels their second consecutive loss of this four-game series.

Fletcher and Taylor Ward drove in one run each for the Angels, who went 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left six runners on base to drop back to .500 at 62-62.

Video: LAA@TEX: Ward plates Pujols with single to center

SOUND SMART
Despaigne became the 34th pitcher to make an appearance for the Angels this year, setting a franchise record.

HE SAID IT
"Whenever you get traded, it's always a surprise for you. I live in Miami, too, but it's the business. I'm happy to be here with a new team, new teammates." -- Despaigne, on being traded to the Angels

UP NEXT
The Angels will send left-hander Andrew Heaney to the mound on Saturday for the third game of a four-game series against the Rangers at 5:05 p.m. PT at Globe Life Park. He will be opposed by Texas left-hander Martin Perez (2-5, 6.71 ERA). Heaney is 0-5 with a 4.97 ERA in 11 road starts this year, and 7-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 11 starts at home. He is seeking his first road victory since Sept. 2, 2015, at Oakland. Saturday will mark the one-year anniversary of Heaney's return from Tommy John surgery.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Heaney sets career highs in comeback season

Angels left-hander feels no ill effects from 2016 Tommy John surgery
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ARLINGTON -- On Saturday, left-hander Andrew Heaney will take the mound for the Angels on the one-year anniversary of his return from Tommy John surgery.

It will be just the latest milestone in what has largely been a successful comeback season for Heaney, who has already set career highs in wins, starts and innings pitched in his first full post-surgery campaign.

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ARLINGTON -- On Saturday, left-hander Andrew Heaney will take the mound for the Angels on the one-year anniversary of his return from Tommy John surgery.

It will be just the latest milestone in what has largely been a successful comeback season for Heaney, who has already set career highs in wins, starts and innings pitched in his first full post-surgery campaign.

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"Physically, I feel good," Heaney said Friday. "I feel normal for the middle of August. Like any pitcher, you always have your ups and downs throughout the season. I'm just trying to avoid the really rough ones and appreciate the good ones. You're constantly tinkering with little mechanical changes and trying to stay on top of it. I feel like I'm completely out of thinking about health or anything like that. You kind of shift your focus back to competing."

Heaney, 27, wasn't expected to pitch last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in July 2016, but he beat the odds and returned to the Majors on Aug. 18, 2017, in Baltimore. At the recommendation of the Angels, Heaney shifted from the first-base side of the rubber to the third-base side during his rehab.

But the move ultimately didn't yield the benefits the club and Heaney had hoped for. Pitching from the third-base side, Heaney posted a 7.06 ERA and surrendered 12 home runs over 21 2/3 innings in five starts for the Angels before missing the final three weeks of the 2017 season with a left shoulder issue.

During the offseason, Heaney resolved to switch back to the side where he felt more comfortable.

"I just wanted to get back to what I was doing before, so I went back to the first-base side," Heaney said. "I think it's a comfort factor for me on locating, and it also helps me to create angle when I'm going in on righties. The other way, it just kind of feels like everything is just sort of straight, whereas now I can create angle. That kind of helps me a little bit with some deception."

Heaney threw from the first-base side for most of Spring Training, though he briefly reverted to the third-base side after a bout of left elbow inflammation forced him to open the season on the disabled list. In his first two starts of the year, Heaney allowed 10 earned runs over 9 1/3 innings.

Frustrated with the results, Heaney decided to move back to the first-base side for good. Since then, he's posted a 3.45 ERA over 125 1/3 innings in 20 starts for the Angels, emerging as a key pillar in a rotation that has been ravaged by injuries this year.

"I think it was important for him to come back and pitch at the end of last year just to know going into spring he'd be healthy," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He had a couple of little minor setbacks in the spring, but he's on a terrific roll. I think he's comfortable with his stuff. His stuff is good. He's putting pitches together very well. Hopefully there's many years to come for Andrew, because he's worked very hard to get to this point."

Worth noting

• The Angels recalled right-handers Odrisamer Despaigne and Deck McGuire from Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday and optioned right-handers Osmer Morales and Taylor Cole. Despaigne, who started against the Rangers in his Angels debut Friday, became the 34th pitcher used by the team this season, setting a franchise record.

"We've had to adapt, no doubt," Scioscia said. "But other clubs are facing it. I don't think there's ever a year where the consensus isn't that pitching is a little thin and the quality of pitching might not be what it could be. When you combine that with some of the guys that we had counted on being out of our rotation, you have to look for other ways to get it done. I think for the most part, in our bullpen, we've been able to do that. Our rotation is still coming together and trying to keep us in games. I think you just line guys up the best way you can. I think our pitchers have done a terrific job this year."

Matt Shoemaker has shifted his rehab from right forearm surgery to Arizona and will likely visit the club during its two-game series against the D-backs next week. Shoemaker has progressed to throwing "up-down" bullpens, which simulate breaks between innings.

• Right-hander Dayan Diaz, who was designated for assignment on Tuesday, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Class A Advanced Inland Empire. Diaz, 29, spent most of the season on the restricted list after visa issues prevented him from leaving his native Colombia. He was activated on July 26 and logged a 6.52 ERA over 9 2/3 innings in seven appearances with Inland Empire.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Longest home runs for every MLB team

Statcast measures farthest blast since 2015 for all 30 clubs
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Ever since Babe Ruth launched Major League Baseball into the live-ball era with his awe-inspiring home runs, wowed fans have been asking: "How far did that ball go?"

Teams had their own methods for estimating home run distance for nearly a century. But now, the launch of Statcast™ has given us a whole new tool to answer the question, thanks to the tracking technology at every MLB ballpark.

Ever since Babe Ruth launched Major League Baseball into the live-ball era with his awe-inspiring home runs, wowed fans have been asking: "How far did that ball go?"

Teams had their own methods for estimating home run distance for nearly a century. But now, the launch of Statcast™ has given us a whole new tool to answer the question, thanks to the tracking technology at every MLB ballpark.

Here is a look at the longest homers hit by each of the 30 MLB clubs since Statcast™ began tracking home run distances at the start of the 2015 season.

American League East

Blue Jays: Josh Donaldson, April 23, 2015, vs. BAL; Sept. 17, 2017, at MIN
Distance: 481 feet (Watch them: HR No. 1; HR No. 2)
Both of these big flies were demolished. The first, with a 112.5-mph exit velocity, Donaldson launched into the second deck at the Rogers Centre. He hit the second even harder, at 113.5 mph, reaching the upper tank at Minnesota's Target Field. Full Blue Jays leaderboard

Orioles: Jonathan Schoop, Aug. 26, 2015, at KC
Distance: 484 feet (Watch it)
The Orioles have had their share of big sluggers in recent years, but it's Schoop who holds this title. One of baseball's best sluggers at second base, he jumped on this Johnny Cueto pitch that tailed in off the inside corner and kept it just fair down the left-field line at Kauffman Stadium. Full Orioles leaderboard

Rays: J.P. Arencibia, Sept. 7, 2015, at DET; C.J. Cron, Aug. 18, 2018, at BOS
Distance: 464 feet (Watch them: Arencibia's; Cron's)
Arencibia played only 24 games for Tampa Bay -- all in 2015, his final MLB season -- but he had no shortage of power. The opposing pitcher for this home run, the Tigers' Randy Wolf, was also in his final season. Nonetheless, they combined for an entry in the Rays' Statcast™ record book.

Arencibia got company when Cron showed off some light-tower power at Fenway Park in the dog days of August 2018. Cron crushed a 112.9 mph, 33-degree, 464-foot moonshot off David Price way over the Green Monster and over Lansdowne Street. Full Rays leaderboard

Red Sox: Hanley Ramirez, April 29, 2017, vs. CHC
Distance: 469 feet (Watch it)
Before this, Ramirez was tied with David Ortiz for the longest Red Sox homer, at 468 feet. But here, facing former Boston hurler John Lackey at Fenway Park, he took that honor all for himself. Ramirez drilled a center-cut two-seamer way over the Green Monster for a monstrous solo shot. Full Red Sox leaderboard

Yankees: Aaron Judge, June 11, 2017, vs. BAL
Distance: 495 feet (Watch it)
Judge became a sensation in 2017 because of feats like this one. The AL Rookie of the Year cleared the left-field bleachers at Yankee Stadium with a 118.6 mph, 495-foot homer. It was the longest homer of 2017 and tied Judge for the second-longest big fly in Statcast™ history. Full Yankees leaderboard

AL Central

Indians: Mike Napoli, Sept. 9, 2016 vs. MIN
Distance: 463 feet (Watch it)
The Party at Napoli's reached the highest deck at Target Field on this September night, as this blast helped the first baseman reach a career-high 93 RBIs on the season. Napoli had also hit a 464-foot ball in foul territory the night before at Progressive Field.

"That's good for bragging rights," Napoli's teammate, Rajai Davis, told MLB.com. "That's an awesome, great feeling. I don't think I've ever hit the ball that far in batting practice. He's doing it in games. That's awesome. We can all admire that." Full Indians leaderboard

Royals: Brandon Moss, July 1, 2017, vs. MIN
Distance: 477 feet (Watch it)
Moss left his mark during his lone season in Kansas City, golfing this pitch to help spur a four-run comeback for the home side against the rival Twins. Moss would retire the following spring, but his power clearly remained in his bat until the end. Full Royals leaderboard

Tigers: J.D. Martinez, July 21, 2015, vs. SEA
Distance: 467 feet (Watch it)
Not to be outdone by Nelson Cruz's 455-foot shot in the top half of the third inning, Martinez one-upped Seattle's slugger in the bottom half with this impressive blast to straightaway center at cavernous Comerica Park. The dinger impressed just about everyone in the ballpark, except perhaps the slugger who hit it.

"It all means the same to me," Martinez told MLB.com about his big fly. "I don't care. People get caught up on [distance]. To me, I really pay no mind. I just hit it, and I just hope it gets out." Full Tigers leaderboard

Twins: Kennys Vargas, June 20, 2017, vs. CWS
Distance: 483 feet (Watch it)
There really wasn't any doubt about this homer as soon as Vargas' bat met this pitch from White Sox starter Derek Holland with a scorching 114.1-mph exit velocity. Vargas' shot climbed high above the bullpen in left-center at Target Field for one of four 450-plus foot homers the first baseman hit in less than 800 at-bats in a Twins uniform. Full Twins leaderboard

Video: CWS@MIN: Vargas crushes a 483-foot home run

White Sox: Avisail Garcia, April 3, 2018, vs. TOR
Distance: 481 feet (Watch it)
Garcia was coming off a terrific 2017 campaign in which he finished second in the AL batting race with a .330 average, but he showed he could be much more than a slap hitter with this prodigious blast at Rogers Centre. Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ's slider caught too much of the plate, and Garcia punished it with a blistering 116.7-mph exit velocity.

"It was a pretty impressive blast, just from standing in the dugout and watching it," White Sox manager Rick Renteria told MLB.com. "Anybody who is a fan of baseball must have been impressed by that shot." Full White Sox leaderboard

AL West

Angels: Mike Trout, July 8, 2015, vs. COL
Distance: 477 feet (Watch it)
Trout's second homer of the night travelled deep to straightaway center field, landing halfway up the bleachers at Coors Field. Better yet, Trout's solo blast tied the ballgame and led to an eventual 3-2 win for the Angels. Full Angels leaderboard

Astros: George Springer, May 31, 2017, vs. MIN
Distance: 473 feet (Watch it)
Springer's blast capped a two-homer day against the Twins, part of a massive series for the eventual World Series champions in which they set a franchise record for runs scored in a three-game series.

"That's all I've got," Springer said of the homer. "That's about all I can hit it." Full Astros leaderboard

Athletics: Matt Olson, Sept. 15, 2017, vs. PHI
Distance: 483 feet (Watch it)
Olson's sky-high blast at Citizens Bank Park came at the peak of an incredibly powerful rookie season in which he crushed 24 homers in just 189 at-bats for Oakland. Phillies starter Mark Leiter Jr. knew he was in trouble as soon as Olson connected; all there was left to do was wait and see where the slugger's blast would eventually land. Full A's leaderboard

Mariners: Nelson Cruz, Sept. 24, 2016, vs. MIN
Distance: 493 feet (Watch it)
Few players in the game can crush a baseball like Cruz, and the Boomstick found the third deck at Target Field with this neck-craning blast. Cruz's shot remains among the longest homer hit outside the thin air of Coors Field, and it came one night after he had launched a different 454-foot homer for Seattle. Full Mariners leaderboard

Video: SEA@MIN: Cruz crushes 493-ft homer

Rangers: Nomar Mazara, May 25, 2016, vs. LAA
Distance: 491 feet (Watch it)
The rookie Mazara raised his profile substantially with this towering drive to the upper deck at Globe Life Park, turning on and punishing an offspeed pitch from Angels starter Hector Santiago.

"That was loud," said Rangers catcher Bobby Wilson of Mazara's dinger. "You need earplugs for that one." Full Rangers leaderboard

National League East

Braves: Freddie Freeman, June 13, 2015, vs. NYM
Distance: 464 feet (Watch it)
Atlanta's most consistent slugger got a hold of this first-inning fastball from Mets ace Jacob deGrom, pulling it high and deep onto the right-center-field bridge at Citi Field. Full Braves leaderboard

Marlins: Giancarlo Stanton, Aug. 6, 2016, vs. COL
Distance: 504 feet (Watch it)
This is it -- the longest home run since Statcast™ started tracking in 2015, and the only one projected at more than 500 feet. The 504-foot distance may have been aided by the thin air at Coors Field, but Stanton has shown plenty of times that he doesn't need any help to clear the fence. Full Marlins leaderboard

Video: Must C Crushed: Stanton connects on 504-foot home run

Mets: Yoenis Cespedes, April 24, 2018 vs. STL
Distance: 463 feet (Watch it)
Cespedes was off to a tough start to the 2018 season, batting .195 with an MLB-most 37 strikeouts entering this Tuesday night matchup in St. Louis. But with a pair of runners on in the fifth, New York's big slugger proved his power was still very much intact. Cespedes tied up the Cardinals with this moonshot that landed next to the "Big Mac Land" seating section in left field, surpassing Justin Ruggiano's 461-foot homer from Aug. 23, 2016, which also came at Busch Stadium. Full Mets leaderboard

Nationals: Michael A. Taylor, Aug. 20, 2015, vs. COL
Distance: 493 feet (Watch it)
Rockies starter Yohan Flande was cruising against the Nationals until Taylor gave his club a humongous game-tying lift on this blast to left-center. Taylor's dinger may have received an assist from the friendly Coors Field environment, but his 110.1-mph exit velocity was no joke. Taylor's ideal 26-degree launch angle also helped this ball go a long way. Full Nationals leaderboard

Phillies: Maikel Franco, July 10, 2016, vs. COL
Distance: 471 feet (Watch it)
Rockies reliever Jason Motte attempted to go up and in on Franco with a fastball, but the Phillies third baseman was ready for the challenge. Franco turned quickly on the pitch, pulling it into the high altitude at Coors Field for a long line-drive homer. Full Phillies leaderboard

NL Central

Brewers: Domingo Santana, July 26, 2017, vs. WSH
Distance: 476 feet (Watch it)
Nationals Park has housed plenty of its own sluggers, from Bryce Harper to Anthony Rendon to Ryan Zimmerman. But it was the visiting Santana who etched his name atop the ballpark's list of longest home runs on this summer evening. Santana turned on an inside fastball from Gio Gonzalez and crushed it over the visitors' bullpen, high into the left-field concourse. Full Brewers leaderboard

Cardinals: Marcell Ozuna, April 3, 2018, vs. MIL
Distance: 479 feet (Watch it)
Ozuna's first Cardinals home run also established him atop his new team's home run distance leaderboard. Facing Brewers starter Chase Anderson, Ozuna connected with a 117.2-mph exit velocity and sent Anderson's offering deep to left-center -- also setting a new Statcast™ mark for the longest homer at Miller Park. Full Cardinals leaderboard

Cubs: Kris Bryant, Sept. 6, 2015, vs. ARI
Distance: 495 feet (Watch it)
Wrigley Field can become a launching pad when the wind blows out toward the bleachers, but even as a rookie, Bryant proved he didn't need much help launching prolific blasts. This one bounced off the new scoreboard in left field -- fittingly right next to Bryant's own picture -- to further build Bryant's prestige with the North Siders. Full Cubs leaderboard

Video: ARI@CHC: Statcast™ on Bryant's blast off scoreboard

Pirates: Pedro Alvarez, Oct. 4, 2015, vs. CIN
Distance: 479 feet (Watch it)
Pittsburgh's hulking slugger decided the right-field seats at PNC Park weren't enough on the final day of the 2015 regular season, instead clearing the bleachers completely and depositing this ball into the Allegheny River. Alvarez simply demolished the pitch, connecting with a 115.4-mph exit velocity and uppercutting with an ideal 29-degree launch angle. Full Pirates leaderboard

Reds: Eugenio Suarez, June 2, 2016, vs. COL
Distance: 465 feet (Watch it)
Listed at just 5-foot-11 and 213 pounds, Suarez struck a blow for undersized infielders with this massive shot to left-center at Coors Field. This was actually Suarez's second homer of the game, capping an impressive evening for the third baseman. Full Reds leaderboard

NL West

D-backs: Jake Lamb, April 29, 2017, vs. COL
Distance: 481 feet (Watch it)
In the days before the humidor, balls flew out of Chase Field. What's surprising about Lamb's blast isn't where it was hit, but the opposing pitcher he victimized. The Rockies' Tyler Anderson is a left-hander, and southpaws overall had been extremely effective against Lamb. But in this at-bat, the platoon disadvantage didn't bother Lamb at all. Full D-backs leaderboard

Dodgers: Joc Pederson, June 2, 2015, at COL
Distance: 477 feet (Watch it)
Considering the Rockies are in their division, it's no surprise that the Dodgers hit their longest homer at Coors Field: a majestic blast by Pederson way up into the center-field bleachers. It came in a series in which Pederson crushed four home runs -- one in each game. Full Dodgers leaderboard

Giants: Brandon Belt, May 22, 2015, at COL
Distance: 475 feet (Watch it)
Another NL West club, another entry from the friendly environment of Coors Field. Belt jumped on a hanging changeup and launched it far into the third deck in right field. This type of blast has been a rarity for the Giants, who hit the second-fewest homers of 420-plus feet (74) from 2015-17, ahead of only the Braves. Full Giants leaderboard

Padres: Franchy Cordero, April 20, 2018 at ARI
Distance: 489 feet (Watch it)
Franchy absolutely crushed this one. The D-backs' Matt Koch grooved Cordero a fastball, and Cordero hammered it 116.3 mph all the way up the scoreboard in dead center at Chase Field, instantly establishing a new longest home run of the 2018 season and a Padres Statcast™ record. He obliterated the team's previous best of 465 feet, which had been set by Melvin Upton Jr. in June of 2016. Cordero's blast is also the longest hit at Chase Field since Statcast™'s introduction in 2015, and the 10th-longest hit by anyone in baseball since 2015. Full Padres leaderboard

Video: SD@ARI: Cordero crushes 489-ft. HR at 116.3 mph

Rockies: Mark Reynolds, July 21, 2016, vs. ATL
Distance: 484 feet (Watch it)
Yes, the Rockies' longest home run came at home. Reynolds, the powerful veteran, got ahead in the count 2-0 against a rookie left-hander, Hunter Cervenka, who fired a fastball over the middle of the plate. Reynolds demolished it at 108.8 mph, sending a drive most of the way up the bleachers beyond the left-center-field wall. Full Rockies leaderboard

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