Miguel Cabrera homers in fourth-straight game
Cabrera's .391 batting average and .701 slugging percentage lead all major-league players, and his .467 on-base percentage ranks second to Joey Votto. He's been hitless just twice in his last 34 games. He's the early favorite for 2013 AL MVP.
Josh Willingham connects for two homers in loss
Willingham has hit .212/.368/.453 with eight home runs and 23 RBI in 171 plate appearances. His multi-homer performance was his first since July 24.
Salvador Perez has three hits in return
Returning from a bruised hip,
Mark Trumbo extends hitting streak to eight games
Trumbo's line has climbed to .284/.339/.532 in 209 plate appearances, and he's one of two Angels with a slugging percentage over .500 this season.
Mike Trout first to 10/10 this season
Trout is 8 for 13 with two home runs, six runs scored, six RBI and two stolen bases in his past three games. He's hitting .302/.378/.582 in 217 plate appearances.
Jose Valverde perfect in earning fifth save
Valverde has been a stabilizing force at the back end of the bullpen since joining the team in late April.
Rick Porcello struggles against Twins
Porcello had been on a roll in his last four starts, but the poor outing Thursday raised his ERA to 6.28. It was also the first time in five starts that he struck out fewer than five batters. He next faces the Pirates at home Tuesday.
Scott Diamond falls out short of quality start
Diamond hasn't had a quality start in any of his last three games. His next chance is against the Brewers in Milwaukee Tuesday.
Ervin Santana allows four home runs in loss
Home runs were a problem for Santana with the Angels last season, when he allowed 39 in 30 starts. He had allowed six homers in eight starts heading into Thursday. The poor performance gives Santana a 3.14 ERA going into a matchup against the Cardinals Tuesday.
Ernesto Frieri removed from save opportunity
It was Frieri's third-straight appearance allowing at least one earned run, though he eraned saves in each of his previous two games.