Covering baseball on and off the field for the Los Angeles Times.

Angels power way past Tigers, 12-2 — KEY MOMENT: The Angels led, 3-0, in the third inning, when C.J. Wilson lost touch with the strike zone. The Tigers had a runner on first and two out when Wilson walked consecutive batters, loading the bases for Miguel Cabrera . Wilson then hit Cabrera with a pitch, forcing home a run.

Albert Pujols is still making impact for the Angels — The game might not have come easy to Albert Pujols, but the results did. In his first 14 games in the major leagues, he hit .400. He was the rookie of the year, in a unanimous vote. In his 11 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, he won the most-valuable-player award three times.

Angels' Erick Aybar leaves game with hamstring injury — Erick Aybar, the Angels' shortstop and leadoff batter, left Thursday's game against the Detroit Tigers because of what the Angels called tightness in his left hamstring. Aybar injured his hamstring in the fifth inning. He dropped a squeeze bunt, then felt the injury and slowed as he ran to first base.

As Mets turn corner, Kirk Nieuwenhuis packs bags for Anaheim — The New York Mets drafted Kirk Nieuwenhuis in 2008. He spent his entire career with the Mets -- until Wednesday, that is, when they sold the outfielder to the Angels. This could be the Mets' year. They might post a winning record for the first time since 2008, and they might qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

Shaky Richards loses to Andrew Cashner, 5-4 — Justin Upton and Matt Kemp hit two-out RBI singles in the seventh inning and Will Middlebrooks had a two-run homer to help give run-starved Andrew Cashner all the support he would need as the San Diego Padres beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-4 on Wednesday night.

Angels' offense still isn't enough in 5-4 loss to San Diego Padres — Mike Scioscia leans to the bland side in his public comments. Criticism is delivered behind closed doors, not to the media. So it was startling to hear the Angels manager deliver a blunt assessment of the state of the team's offense.

Angels acquire outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Mets — The Angels bought some modest outfield depth on Wednesday, acquiring Kirk Nieuwenhuis from the New York Mets for cash. Nieuwenhuis, 27, batted .079 for the Mets this season, with no home runs, two walks and 17 strikeouts in 38 at-bats. He is a career .230 hitter, with a .302 on-base percentage and .676 OPS.

Matt Kemp gives Padres the edge in extra-inning win over Angels, 4-0 — KEY MOMENT: With the bases loaded and two out in the 10th inning, Matt Kemp broke a scoreless tie with a three-run double. Kemp had not had an extra-base hit or a run batted in since May 17. AT THE PLATE: The Angels, with the worst on-base percentage in the American League, were shut out for the fourth time this season.

Angels' Joe Smith gives up four runs in 10th inning in loss to Padres — The Angels' bullpen might be muddled in the middle, but order has been established at the end. Joe Smith gets the eighth inning. Huston Street, the closer, gets the ninth. Is there really that much of a difference between getting three outs and getting four, or getting six? These days, there is.

Angels' Mike Trout says he'll never skip All-Star Game if selected — Whether Mike Trout truly succeeds Derek Jeter as the face of baseball remains to be seen. But Trout made a proclamation reminiscent of his childhood idol Tuesday, when he vowed never to skip the All-Star Game. Trout ranked among the leaders in the first release of All-Star voting results Tuesday, on pace to appear in his fourth consecutive All-Star Game.
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May 29, 2015

Two home runs tonight for Josh Hamilton. Angels left fielders have 3 this season.

May 29, 2015

Scrabble lineup: #Angels bat 'em back-to-back-to-back tonight: Nieuwenhuis, Featherston, Giavotella. Too bad Syndergaard isn't pitching.

May 29, 2015

With Aybar out tonight (hamstring), Giavotella leads off and Featherston at SS for #Angels.

May 29, 2015

Of the 9-man #Dodgers lineup tonight in St Louis, the only ones in Game 1 NLDS lineup last Oct: Adrian Gonzalez and AJ Ellis.

May 29, 2015

Scioscia: Erick Aybar (hamstring) not expected to go on DL. Day to day. #Angels

May 29, 2015

Grand slam for Chris Iannetta. #Angels have 12 runs tonight, matching total of previous 5 games.

May 29, 2015

That's the 2nd IBB to Pujols this year. Trout has 7.

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