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    Angels Tyler Skaggs adds more good memories of pitching in Kansas City

    Angels go quietly in makeup game against Royals


    Mike Trout has homered in every AL ballpark except this one

    Cold streak continues for Angels in 2-0 loss to Royals


    Skaggs outdueled as Angels bats go quiet

    Halos honor No. 42 with KC; Trout to start throwing


    Angels face unique challenge in trying to get Shohei Ohtani right


    Get ready for Mike Trouts return to Fenway


    Buckley: The Betts-Trout Show arrives at Fenway for a three-night stand

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    Angels Tyler Skaggs adds more good memories of pitching in Kansas City

    By Jeff Fletcher

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. It took nearly two years for Tyler Skaggs to make it back to the majors after undergoing Tommy John surgery. When he finally did, his return was at Kauffman Stadium.

    Skaggs pitched seven scoreless innings that night in July 2016, and since then hes continued adding to his positive highlight reel from this ballpark.

    This place has good memories for me, coming back from Tommy John, Skaggs said after another solid game on Monday. I love pitching here.

    Skaggs had a scoreless seven-inning outing in Kansas City in 2017. On Monday he gave up one run in seven innings. Add it up, and hes allowed one run in 21 innings in three starts at Kaufmann Stadium.

    This one didnt have the drama of a comeback from a two-year battle with elbow and shoulder problems, but there were some questions after hed had his previous scheduled turn pushed back because of hamstring tightness.

    Skaggs said he now feels 100 percent, adding that he is happy I took the extra few days.

    With 10 days off since his previous start, he said he was a little ragged at the beginning of the game, but he settled into a groove and got through 110 pitches.

    The Royals had seven hits against Skaggs, including four to lead off innings, so he was pitching under pressure most of the afternoon. He escaped with the help of a double play and three baserunners being erased. Skaggs picked one off, and catcher Martn Maldonado picked off two and caught one stealing.

    I thought Tyler was on his game, Manager Mike Scioscia said. He pitched a great game. He used all his pitches.


    Mike Trout was at DH for the sixth straight game because of a sprained right index finger that affects his throwing. Trout said hes going to try to throw on Tuesday in Boston, but Scioscia said it might take longer for him to be ready to play outfield in a game.

    Hes not going to play center field tomorrow, Scioscia said. Well see how it progresses when he starts to throw.

    Garrett Richards (hamstring) was scheduled to throw off a mound for the first time since going on the disabled list on Monday. Scioscia said its just a light bullpen session, so he will need at least one more before he can be ready to make a rehab assignment.

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    Zack Cozart (shoulder) has begun baseball activities, but the Angels dont have any idea yet when hes going to be able to take the next step, Scioscia said.


    Because Mondays game was originally scheduled for April 15, which is Jackie Robinson Day, the players for both teams all wore No. 42, as they would have in April.

    David Fletcher has now played outfield three times in the majors, even though he hadnt played it at all in the minors. Trouts temporary inability to play center has created some difficult roster situations for the Angels, resulting in Fletcher playing right field. Hes athletic, hes got good foot speed, Scioscia said. We figured he could handle it for an inning or two in a dire situation.


    Angels (John Lamb, 0-0, 5.40) at Red Sox (David Price, 8-5, 3.81), Tuesday, 4 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)

    Angels go quietly in makeup game against Royals

    By Jeff Fletcher

    KANSAS CITY When the Angels were trying to complete their series at Kauffman Stadium in April, their bats were hot but the weather was too cold.

    When they returned to make up that postponed series finale Monday, the weather was perfect, but the Angels bats were cold.

    The Angels lost 2-0 to the Kansas City Royals on Monday afternoon in a makeup game of a postponement from a bitter cold day in April.

    Back then, the Angels had won seven in a row, firing on all cylinders to get off to a club record 13-3 start.

    Ever since, its been one long slog, marked by injuries and inconsistent performances from throughout the lineup, resulting in the Angels being seven games under .500 in the last 65 games.

    The mojo will come back, said Tyler Skaggs, who was the tough-luck losing pitcher after allowing one run in seven innings on Monday. Dont worry. Its still a long season. Were working with half our team, if you look at the opening-day roster till now. Theres a lot of injuries going on. Once we get everybody back, well start clicking on all cylinders.

    Of the 25 players on the active roster when the Angels were here in April, only 15 were still there on Monday. The rest are on the disabled list except for Luke Bard, a Rule 5 pick who was sent back to the Minnesota Twins.

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    The starters, relievers and hitters have each had spells of ineffectiveness, but it was mostly the hitters who were responsible for this one.

    Facing rookie right-hander Brad Keller, the Angels managed just two singles in seven innings, one of them was an infield single.

    He kept the ball down pretty good, shortstop Andrelton Simmons said. He mixed his pitches well. He had good location. I dont know. He pitched good. I dont know what he did right.

    A 22-year-old former eighth-round pick, Keller began the season in the Royals bullpen. He moved into the rotation shortly before a start at Angel Stadium earlier this month. Keller gave up one run in 4-1/3 innings in that game, which was enough to lose on a night when Andrew Heaney pitched a one-hitter.

    Hes got a good arm, Manager Mike Scioscia said. He has good run on his fastball and he used both sides of the plate. He threw more breaking balls this afternoon. Obviously we didnt get too many good looks at him. He pitched a good game.

    The Angels didnt get a runner into scoring position until the eighth when they wasted a chance to at least tie the score.

    David Fletcher pinch-hit against lefty Tim Hill and got hit by a pitch. Fletcher then stole second and took third when Martn Maldonado grounded out.

    With one out at the tying run at third, Chris Young could have tied the score with a fly ball, but Kevin McCarthy struck him out. Ian Kinsler then grounded out.

    A game like this, you arent going to hang your hat on one situation, Scioscia said. We didnt do enough offensively. We were fortunate our pitching kept it close and gave us a chance, but on the offensive side, it was a tough day for us.

    The Angels have had a lot of tough days this season, although there have been just enough scattered good days to keep them optimistic that they can hit their stride, with just more than half a season to go.

    It is a little frustrating, because we know what we can do and we havent been playing up to those expectations, Simmons said. All we can do is keep on going, show up tomorrow and try to be prepared and try to put some runs on the board. The pitchers are doing good for the most part. Weve got to score more runs. Were an offense thats capable of doing that. Weve been lacking in that department. I feel like weve got to do a better job.

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    Mike Trout has homered in every AL ballpark except this one

    By Jeff Miller

    Mike Trout has triumphed over most of baseball during the stellar start to his career. But one of the few

    things Trout hasnt conquered is one of the games most iconic structures: the Green Monster.

    The Boston Red Soxs ballpark is the only American League stadium in which Trout has not homered. He

    has at least four home runs at every other AL park.

    He is batting .371 with a .957 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in 79 plate appearances at Fenway Park.

    Yet, the player who began Monday tied for the major league lead in home runs has been unable to clear

    Bostons 37-foot high left-field wall.

    The Angels start a three-game series in Boston on Tuesday. The last time the teams met, in Anaheim in

    April, the Red Sox swept three straight by the score of 27-3.

    The thrashing came at the end of a season-opening stretch in which Boston went 17-2.

    Since that series, the Angels have struggled to maintain any sort of consistency while falling into third

    place in the AL West. The Red Sox began the week tied atop the AL East.

    In the opener, the Angels will face David Price, a pitcher against whom Trout has never homered. In 23

    at-bats, Trout has four singles.

    Have glove, will travel

    He worked for parts of four seasons to reach the big leagues, a natural middle infielder willing to play

    third base to help make it happen.

    Then David Fletcher joined the Angels and soon found himself standing in right field, a position he had

    never played before at any level.