Below are some of the latest quick tid-bits about the comings and goings of the Los Angeles Angels.
Hits and Runs
- Angels first baseman/designated hitter CJ Cron was named to MLB Pipeline's First Half All-Prospect team. Cron has emerged as one of the premiere young sluggers in the game. A former first-round pick in 2011, Cron batted .319/.369/.602 in 28 games at Triple-A Salt Lake. After being called up by the big club, Cron has hit .278 / .307 / .497 with nine homers in 52 games for the Angels. Cron made the list as a first baseman.
- Utilityman Grant Green has been optioned and called up twice in the past six days.
- Green was sent down to make room for righty reliever Cam Bedrosian when manager Mike Scioscia needed some length from the bullpen.
- Normally, a player can't be called back up within ten days of being sent down, but injuries are an exception to that rule. Collin Cowgill's injury last night is what allowed Green to be called up again.
- Blake Smith of Santa Ana was selected as the Angels' representative in the "Target Presents PEOPLE All-Star Teachers" campaign, which celebrates remarkable current and retired educators who make an impact on the lives of their students and communities.
Streaks and Trends
- The Angels have won 10 straight games against their AL West opponents.
- The Halos' record against their division is now 23-18.
- With runners in scoring position, the Angels have skyrocketed to second behind the Tigers in the AL in that spot.
- The Halos are 16-4 in their last 20 games.
- Overall the team is 41-20 since May 9, the last time they came into a game under .500.
- The Angels are 20 games over .500 (or better) for the first time since 2009.
- With last Monday night's 5-2 win over Toronto, the Angels evened their franchise record at 4,272-4,272, and reached the .500 plateau for the first time since they were 1-1 as an expansion team in 1961.
- By sweeping the Rangers going into the All-Star Break, the franchise record is now 4,277-4,273.
- The Angels became the first expansion franchise with an all-time record at or above .500 and the 13th franchise in the Majors with the distinction.
- Considering the low number of organizations with all-time winning records, that feat finally puts the Angels among the top franchises in MLB history.
- The sweep in Texas was also the first four game sweep of the Rangers by the Angels in history.
- When manager Mike Scioscia began managing the Angels in 2000, the franchise was 213 games under .500. Sine then, the Halos are 1,285-1,071
- The Yankees lead the Majors with an all-time record that is 2,379 games above .500.
Banged Up Halos
- Tyler Skaggs returned to the Angels rotation after being reinstated from the disabled list on July 2nd. This was perfect timing considering additional injuries to the rotation that would come shortly thereafter.
- After tweaking his lower back while warming up for the third inning of last night's ballgame, right-hander Jered Weaver said he felt much better on Tuesday.
- Two seasons ago, Weaver went on the disabled list with a lower back strain, and missed nearly a month.
- Weaver came back on Saturday and threw seven innings allowing just two earned runs. He notched the win and is now 10-6.
- Fernando Salas was activated from the disabled list on July 6, and has allowed 1 earned run, 2 hits, and one walk in 2 1/3 innings.
- Turns out that CJ Wilson's struggles were partly caused by a sprained ankle. He was put on the DL on July 10.
- Collin Cowgill will be out four to five weeks after breaking both his nose and finger while squaring around to bunt during Saturday night's 5-2 win over the Texas Rangers in Arlington.
- July 1: Purchased Rich Hill from the Boston Red Sox. Released Kyle Hudson.
- July 5: Traded Zach Borenstein (minors) and Joey Krehbiel (minors) to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Tony Campana and Joe Thatcher. Released Rich Hill.
- July 12: Sold Nick Maronde to the Cleveland Indians.