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Julio Teheran agrees to one year deal to Angels

Free-agent pitcher Julio Teheran and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a one-year, $9 million contract, a source familiar with the deal told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Thursday.

Teheran, the first pitcher to make six consecutive Opening Day starts for the Atlanta Braves, became a free agent after the Braves declined a $12 million club option for 2020.

The 28-year-old Teheran joins Dylan Bundy as right-handers who have joined the Angels’ staff this winter. Teheran, Bundy, Andrew Heaney, Shohei Ohtani and Griffin Canningarethe likeliest five to be in an Opening Day rotation at present, though the Angels still could add pitchers.

The Angels had the second-highest ERA in the major leagues last season at 5.64 ERA and have made pitching a major priority during the offseason.

They tried to sign Gerrit Cole, who joined the New York Yankees, and have turned their attention toward Dallas Keuchel and Hyun-Jin Ryu.

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Atlanta’s move to decline Teheran’s option was not unexpected on the heels of him being left off the postseason roster after going 10-11 with a 3.81 ERA, though he was added back to the squad as an injury replacement when Chris Martin went down in Game 1 of the NL Division Series versus the St. Louis Cardinals.

Teheran wound up taking the loss coming out of the bullpen in Game 4. That forced a deciding match, in which the Braves gave up a record 10 runs in the first inning and ended the season with a 13-1 defeat.

The right-hander has had higher walk rates and no longer has the huge velocity that led to him getting a six-year, $32.4 million deal in 2013.

Teheran is one of the only true sinkerballers among MLB starters, which has improved his ground-ball rate after hitters have caught up with his four-seamer.

Teheran had an eight-start stretch in May and June, covering 44 innings, when he didn’t allow a home run and posted a 0.81 ERA.

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Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels

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The Angels have finally caught up to the Astros in this crazy AL playoff race. The Los Angeles Angels are now in control of their playoff fate thanks to one of their longest winning streaks of the year.

Los Angeles didn’t have to sweat too much for its seventh win in a row, taking an early six-run lead Tuesday in an 8-1 victory. With Houston falling 6-4 in Seattle, the Angels (83-74) moved a half-game in front of the Astros for the AL’s second wild card.

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Albert Pujols had an RBI double among his three hits, Erick Aybar drove in three runs and the Angels took over the lead for the second wild-card spot with their seventh consecutive victory, 8-1 over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.

A few minutes after matching their longest winning streak of the season, the Angels (83-74) moved a half-game ahead of the Astros (83-75) when Houston lost 6-4 at Seattle.

Nick Tropeano (3-2) struck out 11 during 6 2-3 innings of three-hit ball for the Angels, who have won 10 of 12 overall during their majors-best 18-8 run through September.

The Angels remained two games behind the AL West-leading Texas Rangers (85-72), who beat Detroit. The Minnesota Twins (81-75) were rained out in Cleveland, dropping them 1 1-2 games behind Los Angeles in the wild-card race.

With four games in Texas to close the season, the Angels can dictate their playoff standing no matter the result of the wild-card race. Rebounding splendidly from an awful August, the Angels have chased down the AL leaders with less than a week to play – but still plenty to lose.

Tropeano was outstanding in a big moment for a fill-in starter who has provided depth in the Angels’ rotation all season long. He nearly doubled his previous career high in strikeouts and left to a standing ovation from the Big A crowd.

Max Muncy homered for the last-place A’s, who have lost four straight and nine of 10.

Chris Bassitt (1-8) yielded eight hits and six runs before getting chased in the fourth for Oakland.

Mike Trout and Pujols had back-to-back doubles in the first inning, with Trout scoring his 100th run of the season. The 24-year-old reigning AL MVP is the first player in Angels history to score 100 runs in four separate seasons.

Pujols keyed the Angels’ fourth-inning rally with a leadoff infield single and a stolen base, running impressively on a sore foot that has limited him to designated-hitting duties for weeks. Los Angeles got all four RBIs with two outs.

 

 

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Los Angeles Angels at Minnesota Twins

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(sportschatplace.com)- The Minnesota Twins and the Los Angeles Angels face off on Thursday at Target Field in game one of their MLB series.

The Los Angeles Angels continue to be in the Wildcard hunt in the AL as the regular season continues to wind down. The Angels are 29-41 on the road, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they are 3.5 games out in the AL Wildcard and they are 5 games back in the AL West. As a team the Angels are hitting .243 with Mike Trout hitting .292, Erick Aybar hitting .268, and Johnny Giavotella hitting .265. The Angels pitching staff has an ERA of 3.93 with the starters at 3.97 and the bullpen at 3.85. For game one against the Twins the Angels start Hector Santiago who has allowed 139 hits and 59 earned runs while striking out 148 over 165.1 innings for an 8-9 record and a 3.21 ERA.

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The Minnesota Twins continue to play hard as the season winds down as they look to make the post-season. The Twins are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 43-28 at home, and they are 10 games behind the Royals in the AL Central standings and 1.5 games behind the Astros in the AL West standings. As a team the Twins are hitting .249 with Joe Mauer hitting .271, Trevor Plouffe hitting .250, and Torii Hunter hitting .240. The Twins pitching staff has an ERA of 4.11 with the starters at 4.17 and the bullpen at 3.99. For game one against the Angels the Twins start Tommy Milone who has allowed 114 hits and 48 earned runs while striking out 82 over 115.2 innings for an 8-5 record and a 3.73 ERA.

Minnesota is 4-1 following a loss, 9-4 in their last 13 games against a team with a winning record, and 5-2 in Milone’s last seven home starts. Los Angeles is 7-20 in their last 27 road games, 1-7 o the road against a left-handed starter, and 2-5 in Santiago’s last seven starts. Los Angeles is 9-1 in their last 10 games against Minnesota.

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Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels

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Texas Rangers (70-62) at Los Angeles Angels (67-66)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 4, 2015 at 10:05 pm (Angel Stadium)

M Perez (2-3) (5.15) vs. G Richards (12-10) (3.80)

The Line: Los Angeles Angels -140 / Texas Rangers +130

Over/Under: 8

Garrett Richards (12-10, 3.80 ERA) and Martin Perez (2-3, 5.15 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (67-66) and the Texas Rangers (70-62) at Angel Stadium. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 4.

Richards pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs and striking out nine in an 8-3 defeat to the Indians. Mike Trout (.297, 84 Rs, 33 HRs, 74 RBIs, 10 SBs) continued his strong play Wednesday, going 2 for 5 with one run. Perez went 6.1 innings, surrendering three runs and striking out four in a 4-3 win over the Orioles in his last outing. Rougned Odor (.278, 39 Rs, 11 HRs, 43 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 5 Wednesday.

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The Texas Rangers are second in the American League West but are playing well and have first in their sights. The Rangers have won six of seven following    a 4-3 decision at San Diego on Wednesday. Cole Hamels gave up all three runs on eight hits and whiffed eight through seven frames in a no decision effort. Texas totaled nine hits and walked six times with Chis Gimenez going solo while Adrian Beltre doubled in Elvis Andrus and Prince Fielder. Martin Perez draws the game one start against Los Angeles on Friday night.  Perez is coming off of a 4-3 victory versus visiting Baltimore where he gave up all three runs on seven hits over 6.1 frames.
The Los Angeles Angels are in need of a prolonged hot streak if they expect to pass Texas for second in the American League West. The Angels have won consecutive contests after knocking off Oakland 9-4 on the road Wednesday. Starter Andrew Heaney improved to 6-2 with three runs allowed on seven hits over seven innings which was easily enough for the offense that launched a 13 hit attack. Albert Pujols went 2-5 with a homer, three RBI’s and two runs while CJ Cron and David Freese knocked in two runs apiece. Garrett Richards toes the rubber against the Rangers for the third time this season. Richards threw the ball well in an 8-3 loss (ND) to Cleveland with three runs scored on seven hits in seven innings.

The under is 6-1-1 in Texas last 8 Friday games and is 11-4-2 in their last 17 overall while going  11-4-2 in their last 17 on grass. Los Angeles are 4-9 in their last 13 games following a win and  are 4-9 in their last 13 overall while going  4-9 in their last 13 games on grass. The Rangers are 7-21 in the last 21 meetings.

The Angels lead the season series, 8-4. The Angels have a 19-16 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they’ll be facing when Perez takes the mound. Richards (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rangers, who have a 47-38 record against right-handed starting pitchers.

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