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Los Angeles Angels
The Los Angeles Angels' C.J. Wilson continued his recent mastery on the mound over the weekend, outdueling the Oakland Athletics' Dan Straily.
The visiting Angels will be looking for another dominant display Thursday night as Wilson and Straily square off again in the opener of a four-game set.
After posting a 4-5 record and 4.02 ERA over his first 13 starts, Wilson has turned a corner in his last seven, going 6-1 with a 1.69 ERA.
"His past couple starts have been really good," catcher Hank Conger told MLB's official website. "He's throwing a lot of strikes, he's getting ahead of counts."
Wilson (10-6, 3.15 ERA) was at his best Saturday in a 2-0 win over the AL West-leading Athletics (59-42), striking out eight in a season-high 8 1-3 innings of three-hit ball.
"I've only faced him two or three times before that, but I think the difference in him was that he was throwing two or three different types of breaking pitches," A's first baseman Brandon Moss said. "He was throwing a little bit of a cutter, a slider and a curveball. He was mixing what he was throwing in different counts and he was throwing strikes."
Wilson is looking to win a career-high fourth consecutive road outing after compiling a 0.64 ERA in his last two. He is 4-1 with a 2.48 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 36 1-3 innings in his last six starts in Oakland.
Wilson, who has held Chris Young and Seth Smith hitless in a combined 17 at-bats, has also made things difficult on Derek Norris (1 for 14), Coco Crisp (4 for 28) and Josh Reddick (3 for 15).
Straily (6-3, 4.14) had gone 5-0 with a 2.83 ERA over a nine-start stretch before yielding both runs and eight hits in seven innings Saturday.
"I just needed to throw up two more zeros than I did," he said. "My job is to go out there and just make pitches and keep us in the ball game as long as possible."
The right-hander is 1-1 with a 6.26 ERA in four starts versus Los Angeles. Mike Trout is 6 for 13 against him, and Mark Trumbo is 4 for 8 with a homer and double.
Straily may not have to worry about facing Josh Hamilton, who has missed the last three games with an injured right ankle. Hamilton, 2 for his last 19, is hitting .186 with no homers in his last 14 games against Oakland.
The A's have gone a major league-best 20-5 at home since May 17, and they return to the Bay Area after concluding a 3-3 trip with Wednesday's 4-3 win over Houston. Crisp hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning and John Jaso also went deep.
"I don't think we rely on home runs, we just go up there and battle," Crisp said. "We just go out there and battle and try to manufacture runs in any way that we can."
Home Run Derby champion Yoenis Cespedes, who didn't play against the Angels (47-52) over the weekend due to an injured left wrist, is 9 for 28 with a homer and seven RBIs during a six-game hitting streak in the series.
Los Angeles had dropped three straight by a 20-6 margin and six of eight overall before holding on to beat Minnesota 1-0 on Wednesday. Albert Pujols drove in the only run, and he's hitting .320 with four homers and 11 RBIs over a 13-game stretch.
Oakland has taken six of nine from the Angels this year.
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By Scott Stedman, AngelsWin.com Minor League Reporter -
1. Jose Rondon, SS, Orem Owlz
Past 10 Games: 20/44 (.455), 4 Doubles, 0 Triples, 0 HRs, 6 Runs, 10 RBIs, 5 SBs
Overall: .351/.419/.459 with 0 HRs and 5 SBs
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The Angels have removed Joe Blanton from their starting rotation, moving the pitcher who leads the major leagues in losses into their bullpen.
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jered Weaver has never been shy of showing his emotions on the mound. Wednesday presented yet another opportunity to do so.
The Angels ace was facing his most crucial situation of the afternoon. With the Angels clinging to a one-run lead, Long Beach native Aaron Hicks stood on second base representing the tying run for the Twins.
He would be stuck there after...
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THURSDAY, 7/25: C.J. Wilson vs. Dan Straily: MOAR PLEAZE!
But seriously... C.J. was ridiculous good against the A's last week and I am starting to get used to this whole Wilson being awesome thing. It sure would be nice if he kept it up and got our expectations unreasonably high for him in 2014.
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Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo each drove in two runs to power the Los Angeles Angels past the Oakland Athletics 8-3 on Thursday night.
C.J. Wilson (11-6) allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings for his third straight victory - the past two against Dan Straily (6-4) and the A's. He struck out six and walked three.
Josh Hamilton was 1 for 5 with an RBI after...
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo each drove in two runs to power the Los Angeles Angels past the Oakland Athletics 8-3 on Thursday night. C.J. Wilson (11-6) allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings for his third straight victory -- the past two against Dan Straily (6-4) and the A's. He struck out six and walked three. Josh Hamilton...
The Oakland Athletics were once again without outfielder Yoenis Cespedes yesterday as he continues to be hampered by a left wrist injury. Manager Bob Melvin indicated to reporters -- including Jane Lee of MLB.com -- that Cespedes' chances of playing today are slim, making a Wednesday or Thursday return to the lineup more likely for the slugger.
Still, Melvin didn't rule...
By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
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GAME 98 - A’S AT ANGELS
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In one of the best-played games by both teams all season...
The Oakland Athletics have placed catcher John Jaso on the seven-day concussion disabled list.
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