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Trout ties career high in HRs, puts on OF clinic

@RhettBollinger
11:22 PM PDT

ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout has already tied his career high in homers and it’s only mid-August. Trout connected on his 41st homer of the season during Friday's 7-2 loss to the White Sox at Angel Stadium, smacking a solo shot off right-hander Lucas Giolito in the fifth inning. It matched

Simmons takes grounders, ready to swing bat

@RhettBollinger
August 16, 2019

ANAHEIM -- Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons has progressed to baseball activities, as he took grounders and made throws in the infield on Friday. He's scheduled to start swinging a bat on Saturday. Simmons, who is on the injured list retroactive to Aug. 3 with a bone bruise in his left

Trout launches 40th jack in dominant 4-hit effort

MVP candidate becomes the fastest to 40 home runs in Angels history
@RhettBollinger
August 16, 2019

ANAHEIM -- Any worries about Mike Trout’s 0-for-11 “slump” over his last four games went away in a hurry against the White Sox on Thursday night at Angel Stadium. Trout went 4-for-4 with a walk and four runs and became the fastest Angels player to reach the 40-homer mark in

La Stella jogging, but remains without timetable

@RhettBollinger
August 15, 2019

ANAHEIM -- Angels infielder Tommy La Stella, who has been out since July 2 with a fractured right tibia sustained on a foul tip, said he’s getting closer to starting baseball activities, but that he has no specific timetable for his return just yet. La Stella, an All-Star for the

Every team's Players' Weekend nicknames

August 16, 2019

Players’ Weekend is back for a third year, giving big leaguers an opportunity to connect with the fans in fun and engaging ways through their jerseys and equipment. Here's a list of the nicknames MLB players have chosen to sport on their backs for the weekend of Aug. 23-25. Not

Hermosillo hits 3 homers in first 3 at-bats

August 16, 2019

Here’s a look at the top performances of the past week by Angels prospects in the Minor Leagues:

Pujols stands alone atop foreign-born hits list

Future Hall of Famer drives in 3 to help the Angels down the Bucs
@RhettBollinger
August 15, 2019

ANAHEIM -- The milestones keep coming for Albert Pujols, who set another record on Wednesday, as he became the all-time hits leader among players born outside the United States, passing Adrian Beltre with career hit No. 3,167 on an RBI single to right field in the fourth inning of Wednesday's

5 feats to watch in AL West down the stretch

@goodforball
August 15, 2019

Whether they’re milestones or stepping stones, records are meant to be broken, as various American League performers are proving. Some players are pursuing monumental achievements. Others simply are soaring past certain numerical levels en route to something greater. Here’s a look at what’s possible in the AL West as we

These 30 players were underrated as prospects

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB
August 15, 2019

Not every successful big leaguer was once a highly touted prospect. For every Bryce Harper, a former No. 1 overall Draft pick and perennial top-ranked prospect who reached the Majors at 19, there are countless examples of guys who have risen through the ranks with minimal fanfare to become impactful

Ramirez activated off IL, begins suspension

@RhettBollinger
August 14, 2019

ANAHEIM -- The Angels will be playing with a 24-man roster for three games, as reliever Noé Ramirez was reinstated from the 10-day injured list on Wednesday and immediately began serving his three-game suspension for hitting the Astros’ Jake Marisnick with a pitch on July 16. Fellow reliever Jake Jewell,

Angels tripped up by defensive miscues

Offense ticks up, but it's not enough to fend off Pirates
August 14, 2019

ANAHEIM -- A Mike Trout error is as rare as a Bigfoot sighting, but on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium, the Halos’ all-everything perennial MVP candidate committed his third error of the season, two more than he had in the previous two seasons combined. Trout glided toward right-center to cut

One pleasant surprise for all 30 teams

@RichardJustice
August 14, 2019

Maybe it’s the kid who started hitting and hasn’t stopped. Or it could be a veteran who has played the best baseball of his life. One of the best parts of a baseball season is looking back when it’s over and counting how many things happened that no one could

Angels activate Canning, option Rodriguez

Mejia placed on restricted list; Jewel recalled
August 13, 2019

ANAHEIM -- The Angels made two roster moves Tuesday, with another on the horizon before the team’s next series begins Thursday against the White Sox. In order to get right-hander Griffin Canning on the active roster to start Tuesday’s game against the Pirates, right-hander Jose Rodriguez was optioned to Triple-A

Mets, Nats among NL clubs visiting Big A in '20

Angels open season in Houston, head to Trout's hometown after break
August 12, 2019

ANAHEIM -- The Angels released their 2020 schedule on Monday, with the 60th season in franchise history opening March 26 in Houston, while the home opener takes place April 3 against the same Astros team. The first 13 games of the season will be against American League West rivals, with

Angels' miscues contribute to Suarez's struggles

August 13, 2019

ANAHEIM -- José Suarez looked toward a faded pink sky in the second inning on Monday and saw absolutely nothing during a moment of helplessness that seemed to stand as a symbol of his hard-luck night. As Josh Bell’s rocket-launch infield popup raced above the glow of the stadium lights

Watch for these milestones down the stretch

@_dadler
August 13, 2019

The stretch run of the season is about more than just postseason races. It's also milestone watch time. This year, there are plenty of marks being chased around baseball -- single-season records for today's biggest stars and career plateaus for some generational greats. Here are 11 major milestones to look

Simba eager to return, but being cautious

August 12, 2019

ANAHEIM -- Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons said not to jump to conclusions about the fact that he has not returned to baseball activities after being placed on the injured list Aug. 4 with a left ankle injury. Simmons said he expected to be back soon, although he admitted that the

Bemboom an extra-innings star hours after call

'It’s something you dream about' says catcher on action-packed Angels debut that salvaged series split
@RhettBollinger
August 11, 2019

BOSTON -- It was the kind of Angels debut Anthony Bemboom had been dreaming about since being drafted by the organization in the 22nd round of the 2012 Draft. Bemboom wasted no time making an impact after being called up from Triple-A Salt Lake before the game, throwing out reigning

These Draft picks are off to fast starts

@JonathanMayo
August 12, 2019

The first summer of pro ball for a recently drafted player is mostly an opportunity for him to get his feet wet and get a sense of what the transition is going to be like. It’s also a chance for he and his organization to get to know each other

Each team's position player who needs to pitch

@williamfleitch
August 11, 2019

Next season, MLB is instituting the “two-way player” rule: If you want to be used as a pitcher and a position player without restriction, you need to throw 20 innings this season and start at least 20 games in the field or at designated hitter, with at least three plate

Halos send Smith to IL, call up Bemboom

Ramirez, Middleton start rehab assignments
@RhettBollinger
August 11, 2019

BOSTON -- Catcher Kevan Smith was placed on the 10-day injured list with back spasms on Sunday, and fellow backstop Anthony Bemboom was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to take his spot on the roster. Smith’s back started acting up after catching Monday’s game in Cincinnati and it finally got

Monster mash: Trout clubs his 1st Fenway HR

@RhettBollinger
August 10, 2019

BOSTON -- Mike Trout helped the Angels end their eight-game losing streak with a surprising first, as he connected on his first-ever homer at Fenway Park in a 12-4 win over the Red Sox on Saturday. Trout unloaded on a two-run homer in the top of the sixth off Red