Up next for Angels: Saturday vs. Minnesota - Los Angeles Times
Matt Palmer vs. Nick Blackburn
Mauer hits two homers, but Twins fall to Angels - FOX Sports on MSN
"I definitely wanted to make another run at him, especially with a four-run lead. I didn't want him to get the last say, I guess," said Lackey, who was Mauer's batterymate during a postseason All-Star tour of Japan. "He's a catcher that calls a good game, and he can hit. He's the real deal. He's thinking along with you, and it's definitely a big challenge."
Twins-Angels Preview - FOX Sports on MSN
The Angels will try to make it eight straight Saturday when Matt Palmer makes his first start in nearly a month and faces the Minnesota Twins for the first time.
Team Reports - MLB at CBSSports.com
The Angels hit just 44 home runs in their first 58 games this season. Only one team in the American League (the Oakland A's) hit fewer in that stretch. After hitting three in Friday's win, the Angels have now hit 63 home runs in their past 37 games.
New pitch has Kevin Jepsen rolling - Los Angeles Times
Jepsen credited his resurgence in part to a cut fastball that pitching coach Mike Butcher helped him develop about three weeks ago by adjusting his grip.
Mosebach joins the Angels bullpen - angelsbaseball.com
Bobby Mosebach, a hard-throwing right-hander wearing No. 60, is the newest member of Scioscia's bullpen. Mosebach, who began his professional career in 2005 as a starting pitcher and has been converted into a reliever, was taken by the Phillies in the winter Rule 5 Draft for $50,000. The Angels accepted him back for $25,000. He has been pitching effectively at Salt Lake with a 2-1 record and 2.78 ERA in 17 appearances, striking out 15 hitters and walking 10 in 22 2/3 innings.
Angels Interested in Kazmir - FOX Sports on MSN
The Angels are indeed interested in Rays left-hander Scott Kazmir, apparently thanks to the input from pitching coach Mike Butcher, who previously held the same position with the Rays. However, Kazmir hardly seems like a reasonable alternative to Blue Jays right-hander Roy Halladay or Indians lefty Cliff Lee, both of whom also are drawing the Angels' interest.
Long balls continue Angels' win streak - angelsbaseball.com
Robb Quinlan, Jeff Mathis and Mike Napoli unloaded homers for the Angels, Napoli's three-run blast in the sixth inning giving John Lackey breathing room en route to a 6-3 victory in front of 39,272 at Angel Stadium.
Working the count -- The Hardball Times
Abreu, like Zobrist, is stingy with his swings. This year, he’s offering at just 34 percent of all pitches, which is the second lowest rate in the game.
HOFFARTH: 40 years ago, Goossen got on crazy trip with Seattle Pilots - LA Daily News
On the slightly tattered Topps baseball card, Greg Goossen is in a light blue Seattle Pilots uniform, positioned for the camera with his first baseman's glove open and stretched out waiting for a throw.
Not Angels related, but a cool story none-the-less.
July 25 - BR Bullpen
Events, births and deaths that occurred on July 25.
1992 - Angels' rookie P Tim Fortugno defeats the Tigers, 3-0, becoming, at age 30, the oldest pitcher to win his 1st major league game since Tony Fossas of the Brewers did so at age 31 in 1989.