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Angels statement on passing of Aaron Cox

"The Angels Organization is saddened to hear of the passing of Aaron Cox, a member of the Angels family since 2015. We are deeply heartbroken and shocked by this tragic loss. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences to his family and friends. Aaron will always have a special place in the hearts of those within the organization."

"The Angels Organization is saddened to hear of the passing of Aaron Cox, a member of the Angels family since 2015. We are deeply heartbroken and shocked by this tragic loss. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences to his family and friends. Aaron will always have a special place in the hearts of those within the organization."

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Statement from Mike & Jessica Trout and their families

"Early this morning our families lost a phenomenal human being. Aaron Cox was a tremendous son, brother, and brother-in-law. He had a deep love for his family, and a passionate dedication and commitment to his friends. As our families grieve together, we will also celebrate the memories, the laughter, and the love we each shared with Aaron in the short time we had him. He will forever be at the forefront in the hearts and minds of the Cox and Trout families. We will rely on the love and strength of God first and foremost during this difficult and challenging time, as well as our dear family and friends. We thank you for your thoughts and prayers, and our Lord and Savior for His precious gift of Aaron Joseph."

"Early this morning our families lost a phenomenal human being. Aaron Cox was a tremendous son, brother, and brother-in-law. He had a deep love for his family, and a passionate dedication and commitment to his friends. As our families grieve together, we will also celebrate the memories, the laughter, and the love we each shared with Aaron in the short time we had him. He will forever be at the forefront in the hearts and minds of the Cox and Trout families. We will rely on the love and strength of God first and foremost during this difficult and challenging time, as well as our dear family and friends. We thank you for your thoughts and prayers, and our Lord and Savior for His precious gift of Aaron Joseph."

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Angels acquire RHP Odrisamer Despaigne from Miami

Halos send cash considerations to Marlins

The Angels acquired RHP Odrisamer Despaigne from Miami in exchange for cash considerations Tuesday. In a corresponding move, RHP Dayan Diaz has been designated for assignment. The announcement was made by Angels General Manager Billy Eppler.

Despaigne, 31, (pronounced: oh-DREE-sah-mer deh-SPAWN-yay) appeared in 11 games (one start) for the Marlins this season and went 2-0 with a 5.31 ERA (20.1 IP - 12 ER). He opened the season in the Marlins starting rotation, but made his first appearance of the year in relief in the 17th inning on March 30 vs. Cubs and was the winning pitcher. Despaigne would make his lone start of the year the following day before being moved to the bullpen. He missed one month (April 20-May 21) this season on the disabled list with a right forearm strain and was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on June 7. In 13 games (four starts) for the Baby Cakes, he went 2-3 with a 4.36 ERA (43.1 IP - 21 ER) and 40 strikeouts. He was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for June 25-July 1 after working 10.1 shutout innings across two appearances.

The Angels acquired RHP Odrisamer Despaigne from Miami in exchange for cash considerations Tuesday. In a corresponding move, RHP Dayan Diaz has been designated for assignment. The announcement was made by Angels General Manager Billy Eppler.

Despaigne, 31, (pronounced: oh-DREE-sah-mer deh-SPAWN-yay) appeared in 11 games (one start) for the Marlins this season and went 2-0 with a 5.31 ERA (20.1 IP - 12 ER). He opened the season in the Marlins starting rotation, but made his first appearance of the year in relief in the 17th inning on March 30 vs. Cubs and was the winning pitcher. Despaigne would make his lone start of the year the following day before being moved to the bullpen. He missed one month (April 20-May 21) this season on the disabled list with a right forearm strain and was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on June 7. In 13 games (four starts) for the Baby Cakes, he went 2-3 with a 4.36 ERA (43.1 IP - 21 ER) and 40 strikeouts. He was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for June 25-July 1 after working 10.1 shutout innings across two appearances.

A native of La Habana, Cuba, Despaigne made his Major League debut with the Padres on June 23, 2014 after making just seven minor league appearances between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A El Paso. He played professionally for Havana Industriales of Cuba's Serie Nacional for eight seasons before signing with San Diego as an international free agent on May 2, 2014. In 98 career Major League games (43 starts) he has gone 13-21 with one save and a 4.76 ERA (331 IP - 175 ER) and 200 strikeouts across parts of five seasons with the Padres (2014-15), Orioles (2016) and Marlins (2017-18).

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Angels roster moves

The Angels have made the following transactions:

·         INF Jose Fernandez - Optioned to Salt Lake

The Angels have made the following transactions:

·         INF Jose Fernandez - Optioned to Salt Lake

·         3B Taylor Ward - Selected to Major League Roster

·         OF Chris Young - Transferred to 60-day DL

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Angels option Paredes to Triple-A, call up Morales

The Angels have made the following transactions:

·         RHP Eduardo Paredes - Optioned to Salt Lake

The Angels have made the following transactions:

·         RHP Eduardo Paredes - Optioned to Salt Lake

·         RHP Osmer Morales - Selected to the Major League Roster

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Update on Angels OF Mike Trout

ANAHEIM - Today, the Angels released the following medical update on centerfielder Mike Trout.

"Mike Trout continues to experience soreness in his right wrist. He received a cortisone injection this morning and remains day to day."

ANAHEIM - Today, the Angels released the following medical update on centerfielder Mike Trout.

"Mike Trout continues to experience soreness in his right wrist. He received a cortisone injection this morning and remains day to day."

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Angels host Detroit and Oakland in six-game homestand

The Angels will honor Vladimir Guerrero on Friday

The Angels return for their ninth homestand after going to Tampa Bay and Cleveland. The homestand begins Monday at 7:07 p.m. vs. the Tigers (Monday, August 6 - Wednesday, August 8). Following the three game series, the homestand will conclude with the A's (Friday, August 10 - Sunday, August 12). Below is a look at the notable events and ceremonies taking place at Angel Stadium during the homestand:

HOF VLADIMIR GUERRERO
• In recognition of Vladimir Guerrero's induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Angels will conduct a pre-game ceremony honoring this historic accomplishment on Friday, August 10. There ceremony will begin on-field at approximately 7:07 with the first pitch to follow at approximately 7:27 p.m.
• Angels' play-by-play broadcaster, Victor Rojas, will host the ceremony.
• A tribute video will be played to celebrate Vladdy's career in the Major Leagues.
• Fans in attendance will receive a commemorative Vladimir Guerrero HOF Bobblehead courtesy of Automobile Club of Southern California while supplies last.

The Angels return for their ninth homestand after going to Tampa Bay and Cleveland. The homestand begins Monday at 7:07 p.m. vs. the Tigers (Monday, August 6 - Wednesday, August 8). Following the three game series, the homestand will conclude with the A's (Friday, August 10 - Sunday, August 12). Below is a look at the notable events and ceremonies taking place at Angel Stadium during the homestand:

HOF VLADIMIR GUERRERO
• In recognition of Vladimir Guerrero's induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Angels will conduct a pre-game ceremony honoring this historic accomplishment on Friday, August 10. There ceremony will begin on-field at approximately 7:07 with the first pitch to follow at approximately 7:27 p.m.
• Angels' play-by-play broadcaster, Victor Rojas, will host the ceremony.
• A tribute video will be played to celebrate Vladdy's career in the Major Leagues.
• Fans in attendance will receive a commemorative Vladimir Guerrero HOF Bobblehead courtesy of Automobile Club of Southern California while supplies last.

TROUT E:60
• Fans in attendance on Saturday's game will be treated to a post-game screening of the E:60 feature on Mike Trout from ESPN.

FIRST PITCH
• Miss California, MacKenzie Freed, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Monday's game.
• Comedian, Brad Williams, from Orange, Calif. will throw out the first pitch prior to Tuesday's game.
• Chef Morimoto, from Iron Chef, will throw out a first pitch prior to Saturday's game.

HEART & HUSTLE AWARD
• Mike Trout, this year's preliminary Angels recipient of the Heart & Hustle Award, will be honored in a pre-game ceremony on Saturday.
• This award honors "active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game."
• The award is the only one in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players and voting was conducted prior to the All-Star break.

CEREMONIES
• The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony on Tuesday.
• We Care Hero will be honored in a pre-game ceremony on Wednesday, August 8.
• The U.S. Japan Council will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony on Sunday.
• Fans will be treated to a post-game fireworks show on Saturday presented by Wells Fargo. Immediately following the fireworks, Trout's E:60 feature will play for fans.

GIVEAWAYS (while supplies last)
• Upon entrance to the game on Monday, August 6, fans in attendance will receive a Trading Card Pack courtesy of Topps.
• Fans will be treated to a Trout 27th Birthday Shirt in honor of Trout's birthday on Tuesday, August 7, presented by Microsemi while supplies last.
• Fans in attendance on Friday, August 10, will receive a Vladimir Guerrero HOF Bobblehead courtesy of the Automobile Club of Southern California.
• Kids in attendance on Sunday, August 12, will receive a Youth Trout Jersey sponsored by AM 830 while supplies last.

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Angels acquire LHP Williams Jerez and RHP Ty Buttrey from Boston

Halos send INF Ian Kinsler to Red Sox

The Angels today acquired LHP Williams Jerez and RHP Ty Buttrey from Boston in exchange for INF Ian Kinsler. Today's announcement was made by Angels General Manager Billy Eppler. 

Jerez, 26, has appeared in 33 games for Triple-A Pawtucket, going 2-1 with five saves and a 3.68 ERA (51.1 IP - 21 ER) and 67 strikeouts. He ranks fifth in the International League with an 11.75 strikeouts per nine innings ratio and is ranked by MLB.com as the #23 prospect in the Red Sox system. A native of Santiago, Dominican Republic, Jerez was originally selected by the Red Sox in the second round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Grand Street Campus HS (Brooklyn, NY). He was selected as a MiLB.com Organization All-Star in 2015 and was named to the Eastern League Mid-Season All-Star teams in 2016 and 2017. In five minor league seasons, Jerez has pitched to a 14-14 record and 3.39 ERA (302.2 IP - 114 ER) across 166 games (all in relief) in the Boston system. 

The Angels today acquired LHP Williams Jerez and RHP Ty Buttrey from Boston in exchange for INF Ian Kinsler. Today's announcement was made by Angels General Manager Billy Eppler. 

Jerez, 26, has appeared in 33 games for Triple-A Pawtucket, going 2-1 with five saves and a 3.68 ERA (51.1 IP - 21 ER) and 67 strikeouts. He ranks fifth in the International League with an 11.75 strikeouts per nine innings ratio and is ranked by MLB.com as the #23 prospect in the Red Sox system. A native of Santiago, Dominican Republic, Jerez was originally selected by the Red Sox in the second round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Grand Street Campus HS (Brooklyn, NY). He was selected as a MiLB.com Organization All-Star in 2015 and was named to the Eastern League Mid-Season All-Star teams in 2016 and 2017. In five minor league seasons, Jerez has pitched to a 14-14 record and 3.39 ERA (302.2 IP - 114 ER) across 166 games (all in relief) in the Boston system. 

Buttery, 25, has pitched to a 1-1 record with one save and a 2.25 ERA (44 IP - 11 ER) in 32 games for Pawtucket. He has recorded 64 strikeouts, while walking 14 on the season and his 13.09 strikeouts per nine innings rate ranks as second best among International League relievers. He was named by Baseball America as having the best changeup in the Red Sox system entering 2018 and is rated as the #19 prospect in the Boston organization by MLB.com. The Matthews, NC native was selected by Boston in the fourth round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Providence HS (Charlotte, NC). In seven minor league seasons, he has gone 17-33 with a 3.97 ERA (453 IP - 200 ER), five saves and 389 strikeouts. 

Kinsler, 36, has appeared in 91 games for the Angels this season, batting .239 (85/355) with 20 doubles, 13 home runs and 32 RBI. Kinsler was acquired by the Halos from Detroit on Dec. 13, 2017. The 13-year Major League vet owns a .272 (1,911/7,033) lifetime average with 398 doubles, 41 triples, 247 home runs and 871 runs batted in across 1,764 career games with the Rangers, Tigers and Angels. 

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Angels acquire LHP Patrick Sandoval from Houston

Halos send C Martín Maldonado to Astros

The Angels today acquired LHP Patrick Sandoval and international pool space from Houston in exchange for C Martín Maldonado. In a corresponding move, the Angels have selected the contract of C Francisco Arcia from Triple-A Salt Lake. Today's announcement was made by Angels General Manager Billy Eppler.

Sandoval, 21, has appeared in 19 games (13 starts) this season between Class-A Quad Cities and Adv.-A Buies Creek, going 9-1 with two saves, a 2.56 ERA (88 IP-25 ER) and 97 strikeouts. He registered a 42 inning scoreless streak across nine games from May 29-July 16 and went 6-0 with one save and 48 strikeouts in that span. In his final 11 games with Quad Cities, he pitched to a 1.00 ERA (54 IP-6 ER) with 62 strikeouts and held opponents to a .188 (38/202) batting average before being promoted to Buies Creek on June 27. The left-hander was named to the Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star team this season.

The Angels today acquired LHP Patrick Sandoval and international pool space from Houston in exchange for C Martín Maldonado. In a corresponding move, the Angels have selected the contract of C Francisco Arcia from Triple-A Salt Lake. Today's announcement was made by Angels General Manager Billy Eppler.

Sandoval, 21, has appeared in 19 games (13 starts) this season between Class-A Quad Cities and Adv.-A Buies Creek, going 9-1 with two saves, a 2.56 ERA (88 IP-25 ER) and 97 strikeouts. He registered a 42 inning scoreless streak across nine games from May 29-July 16 and went 6-0 with one save and 48 strikeouts in that span. In his final 11 games with Quad Cities, he pitched to a 1.00 ERA (54 IP-6 ER) with 62 strikeouts and held opponents to a .188 (38/202) batting average before being promoted to Buies Creek on June 27. The left-hander was named to the Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star team this season.

A native of Mission Viejo, CA, Sandoval was originally selected by Houston in the 11th round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of Mission Viejo HS. He has twice been named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week this season as well as being selected as the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week on July 15. In 52 games (38 starts) in his minor league career, has gone 14-11 with three saves, a 3.88 ERA (215.2 IP - 93 ER) and 237 strikeouts.

Maldonado, 31, played in 78 games for the Angels this season and batted .223 (59/265) with 14 doubles, five home runs and 32 RBI. From behind the plate, he caught 12 runners stealing (27 attempts) and fashioned a 44.4 caught stealing percentage, good for eighth in the American League. The 2017 Gold Glove awardee played in 216 games across two seasons with the Angels, batting a combined .222 (154/694) with 19 home runs and 70 RBI.

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Angels Transactions -- July 22 vs. Houston

Today the Angels have made the following transactions:

RHP Taylor Cole - Optioned to Salt Lake

Today the Angels have made the following transactions:

RHP Taylor Cole - Optioned to Salt Lake

RHP Jim Johnson - Reinstated from the Disabled List

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Statement from Mike Trout

"I have received lots of questions about Commissioner Manfred's recent statement. I am not a petty guy and would really encourage everyone to just move forward. Everything is cool between the Commissioner and myself.   End of story. I am ready to just play some baseball!"

"I have received lots of questions about Commissioner Manfred's recent statement. I am not a petty guy and would really encourage everyone to just move forward. Everything is cool between the Commissioner and myself.   End of story. I am ready to just play some baseball!"

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Angels statement regarding Mike Trout

"On behalf of the Angels Organization and baseball fans everywhere, congratulations to Mike Trout on another outstanding All-Star Game performance.

Mike Trout is an exceptional ambassador for the game. Combined with his talent, his solid character creates a perfect role model for young people everywhere. Each year, Mike devotes a tremendous amount of his time and effort contributing to our Organization, and marketing Major League Baseball. He continually chooses to participate in the community, visiting hospitals, schools, and countless other charities.  

"On behalf of the Angels Organization and baseball fans everywhere, congratulations to Mike Trout on another outstanding All-Star Game performance.

Mike Trout is an exceptional ambassador for the game. Combined with his talent, his solid character creates a perfect role model for young people everywhere. Each year, Mike devotes a tremendous amount of his time and effort contributing to our Organization, and marketing Major League Baseball. He continually chooses to participate in the community, visiting hospitals, schools, and countless other charities.  

One of Mike's traits that people admire most is his humility. His brand is built upon generously spending his time engaging with fans, both at home and on the road, while remaining a remarkable baseball player and teammate.

In addition, Mike spends quality time as a husband, son brother, uncle, and friend. We applaud him for prioritizing his personal values over commercial self-promotion. That is rare in today's society and stands out as much as his extraordinary talent."      

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Angels recall RHP Eduardo Paredes, option Jose Fernandez

The Angels made the following transactions Sunday:

·         INF Jose Fernandez - Optioned to Salt Lake

The Angels made the following transactions Sunday:

·         INF Jose Fernandez - Optioned to Salt Lake

·         RHP Eduardo Paredes - Recalled from Salt Lake

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Angels outfielder Mike Trout selected to American League All-Star team for seventh straight season

SS Andrelton Simmons selected as one of five Final Vote candidates

Outfielder Mike Trout has been selected to start for the American League in the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, to be played July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. He joins Rod Carew (1979-84) as the only Angels players to be selected as a starter in six consecutive All-Star Games. Additionally, he becomes the first A.L. outfielder with six consecutive fan elections since Manny Ramirez (2001-06).

Selected onto the team via fan voting, Trout was tabbed as an All-Star for the seventh consecutive season and was named as a starter for the sixth straight time. With his seven All-Star game nods, Trout now has the record for the most in franchise history, passing the six nominations by Jim Fregosi (1964 & '66-70) and Rod Carew (1979-84). Additionally, he would become just the seventh American Leaguer to start at least five All-Star games before turning 27, joining Joe DiMaggio (6), Mickey Mantle (6), Ivan Rodriguez (6), Rod Carew (5), Ken Griffey Jr. (5) and Al Kaline (5). Trout was selected to start last year but did not play due to a left thumb ligament injury. (STATS LLC).

Outfielder Mike Trout has been selected to start for the American League in the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, to be played July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. He joins Rod Carew (1979-84) as the only Angels players to be selected as a starter in six consecutive All-Star Games. Additionally, he becomes the first A.L. outfielder with six consecutive fan elections since Manny Ramirez (2001-06).

Selected onto the team via fan voting, Trout was tabbed as an All-Star for the seventh consecutive season and was named as a starter for the sixth straight time. With his seven All-Star game nods, Trout now has the record for the most in franchise history, passing the six nominations by Jim Fregosi (1964 & '66-70) and Rod Carew (1979-84). Additionally, he would become just the seventh American Leaguer to start at least five All-Star games before turning 27, joining Joe DiMaggio (6), Mickey Mantle (6), Ivan Rodriguez (6), Rod Carew (5), Ken Griffey Jr. (5) and Al Kaline (5). Trout was selected to start last year but did not play due to a left thumb ligament injury. (STATS LLC).

Trout is batting .312 (97/311) with 18 doubles, three triples, 25 home runs, 50 RBI, 68 runs scored and 13 stolen bases in 90 games this season. He has joined Jeff Bagwell (1999) as the only players with 25 home runs, 10 stolen bases and 75 walks prior to the All-Star Break. Trout is just the sixth player all time to collect 15 home runs before the Midsummer Classic six times before his age-27 campaign, joining Miguel Cabrera (2004-09), Albert Pujols (2001-06), Alex Rodriguez (1996 & 98-02), Orlando Cepeda (1958-63) and Jimmie Foxx (1929-34). 

In his five previous All-Star Game appearances, Trout has amassed a .462 average (6/13) with two doubles, a triple, a home run, three RBI, two walks and three runs scored. He became the first player to win the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player in consecutive seasons after winning the honors in 2014 and 2015. His six All-Star Game hits are the most in Angels history and are tied for sixth most by any player before turning 27, trailing Al Kaline (10), Johnny Bench (8), Ken Griffey Jr. (8), Mickey Mantle (7) and Joe Medwick (7). 

Angels SS Andrelton Simmons is seeking his first career All-Star Game selection and has been selected as one of the five Final Vote candidates for the final roster spot on the American League All-Star squad. This season, Simmons is batting .312 (91/292) with 16 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 39 RBI in 59 games for the Angels. He ranks fifth in the A.L. in batting average and ranks second in the Majors (min. 650 innings) with 11 Defensive Runs Saved (Fangraphs). This season, he strikes out once every 21.67 plate appearances, which is the best rate in Majors. Voting for the Final Vote will take place on MLB.com. 

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Angels call up RHP Oliver Drake, option RHP Miguel Almonte to Triple-A

The Angels made the following transactions Friday:

•             RHP Miguel Almonte - Optioned to Salt Lake

The Angels made the following transactions Friday:

•             RHP Miguel Almonte - Optioned to Salt Lake

•             RHP Oliver Drake - Selected to Major League Roster

•             RHP Jake Jewell - Transferred to 60-day DL

Additionally, RHP Nick Tropeano is scheduled to begin rehab assignments with Inland Empire on Saturday.

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