Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs has been remembered at a memorial service as a beloved son, husband, teammate and friend whose upbeat personality brought joy to everyone around him.
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Here's the latest intel we're hearing, key names to watch, reaction to completed deals and shopping lists for every team as July 31 approaches.
From players and their families to travel directors, real estate agents and clubhouse attendants, here's how trade deadline swaps actually affect people's lives -- both on and off the field.
As they climb up our rankings, second-place teams are showing it's way too early to count them out in any race.
Resurgent slugger Albert Pujols and Mike Trout homered, Brian Goodwin connected twice and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 9-3 on Sunday.
David Fletcher singled home the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning, Mike Trout followed with a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Angels took advantage of a big mistake on defense by Seattle to beat the Mariners 6-2 Saturday night.
Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer
Lee Smith is glad to have pitched when he did, but there's a certain perennial MVP candidate playing now he wishes he had a crack at.
William Weinbaum ESPN
Edgar Martinez, in our pre-induction Cooperstown interview Fri., said he considers Mike Trout the game's top player today, as Martinez's former Seattle teammate once was. "He hits right-handed, but he reminds me of Junior (Ken Griffey Jr.) — both play centerfield, both have the five tools and instincts." Martinez said he expects Trout to eventually join them in the Hall of Fame.
Mike Leake of the Seattle Mariners lost his bid for a perfect game on a leadoff single in the ninth inning by Angels rookie Luis Rengifo, then finished off Los Angeles for a 10-0 win Friday night.
Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer
With just three outs to go, Mike Leake gave up a hit to Luis Rengifo to lose his bid to throw MLB's first perfect game since teammate Felix Hernandez threw one on August 15, 2012. His cutter gave the Angels fits all night.
The Angels designated Matt Harvey, the former Mets ace who struggled in his 12 starts for L.A. this season, for assignment on Friday.
George Springer and Alex Bregman homered, Wade Miley pitched two-run ball into the sixth inning and the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-2 Thursday night.
The 27-year-old is batting .305/.455/.666, on a pace to compete for his third MVP trophy. He's 12-for-32 with eight home runs in nine games this month.
Before speaking with Alex Rodriguez about his memories of playing with Mariano Rivera (43:42), Buster talks to Keith Law about the suspensions handed to Brad Ausmus and Noe Ramirez, if robot umpires are coming soon and some possible deadline moves for the Dodgers (11:57). Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (38:23).
Gerrit Cole struck out 11 over seven innings, Jake Marisnick had three hits amid a chorus of boos and the Houston Astros got back on track by beating the Los Angeles Angels 11-2 on Wednesday night.
Angels reliever Noe Ramirez was suspended for three games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing at Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick.
Angels outfielder Mike Trout is out of the lineup Wednesday for the third straight game due to a calf strain.
Before speaking with Alex Rodriguez about his time spent playing with Edgar Martinez (46:07), Buster talks to Joel Sherman of the NY Post about the Angels/Astros scuffle and which teams should make aggressive pushes at the trade deadline (16:17). Plus, Hembo tells Buster why Bryce Harper isn't a bust (39:45) and Buster and Troy disagree on the Power 10 (58:51).
Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick was drilled between the shoulder blades by Angels reliever Noe Ramirez in the sixth inning Tuesday night, and both teams nearly came to blows moments later.
An MRI Monday revealed that Mike Trout has a small strain in his right calf. The Angels listed him as day-to-day.