CF Mike Trout went 3-for-4 and hit a pair of doubles in the Angels' 13-2 win against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field, extending his hitting streak to seven straight games. Since June 14 (23 games), Trout is hitting .389 (35-for-90) with 16 runs scored, nine doubles, 16 RBIs and seven stolen bases. He now has 36 multi-hit games this season, which is tied with Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado for most in the majors.
1B-DH Albert Pujols homered for the second straight game in the Angels' 13-2 victory against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field. Pujols drove in three runs and extended his hitting streak to six games. He also continued a torrid hitting pace at Wrigley, where he's hit 28 home runs in 88 career games. Pujols is also a .304 hitter in his career against the Cubs, whom he's slugged 56 home runs and driven in 143 runs against. His home run Wednesday came right before Josh Hamilton's second of the game. "It wasn't just the back-to-back (homers), but Albert had good at-bats all night," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He took the walks when they were there and we cashed in with guys in scoring position with Josh. With Albert and Josh, obviously those are two guys that are critical to where we want to be. To see those guys have such good nights in the same game ... I hope we see more of it."
RHP Jerome Williams will get the start for the Angels on Friday in Seattle against LHP Joe Saunders in the start of a three-game series. Williams is 4-1 with a 2.74 ERA against the Mariners in 10 career games (five starts), including a 2-0 career mark in five games at Safeco Field (two starts). This will be his third game against the Mariners this season (second start), pitching eight shutout innings in his first start of the year, on May 21, against Seattle.
LF Josh Hamilton drilled two homers in the Angels' 13-2 victory against the Cubs on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field. It was the first multi-homer game of the season for Hamilton and eighth of his career. Hamilton had a 12-game hitting streak snapped by the Cubs on Tuesday, going 0-for-4, but got right back into a groove a day later -- going 2-for-5 and driving in five runs. He's now driven in 10 RBIs in his last six games and 20 in his last 24 after driving in just 15 runs in his first 55 contests this season. "I think it just comes down to timing and as he's felt more comfortable in the batter's box, he's found some timing," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "His confidence level is getting (to be) where it's always been. Hopefully he's turned the page on a tough start."
SS Erick Aybar came into a game against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field hitting .337 (31-of-92) with 19 RBIs in his previous 23 games. Since May 19, 2012, Aybar is leading all major league shortstops with a .307 batting average (200-of-652). He went 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored in the Angels' 13-2 victory. "He's using the whole field and I think that's when he's at his best," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He doesn't seem to roll as many over to second (base). He's getting into what he does best at the plate and that's really just hit the ball to all fields."
2B Howie Kendrick got another night off for the Angels on Wednesday at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs. Angels manager Mike Scioscia is trying to get Kendrick some much-needed rest heading into the All-Star break next week. Kendrick is hitless in his last 12 at-bats and went 0-for-4 in a loss to the Cubs on Tuesday night. Kendrick is hitting .308 with 11 home runs and 40 RBIs in 341 at-bats and Scioscia thinks some time off might help him break out of his mini-slump. "It's not really his at-bats. He's played a lot," Scioscia said. "He's playing through some things. Had a day off on Monday, played (Tuesday), I'm trying to get him a day off (Wednesday) and combine with (an off day) Thursday. Hopefully we finish the weekend strong (in Seattle) and then have the All-Star break just to freshen up a bit."
RHP Jason Vargas was cleared to start playing catch Tuesday for the Angels after going on the 15-day disabled list June 21 (retroactive to June 18) with a blood clot in his left armpit area. Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia expects Vargas will need until at least late July, plus a possible rehab start or simulated game, to be ready for a return to the starting rotation. "He's got to get out to long toss first, throw some aggressive flat ground (sessions) and then get to a mound," Scioscia said. "For a throwing progression, to get stretched out, it's going to take at least ... a week to 10 days, but how it goes from there I don't know. We're going to wait and see."
RHP Tommy Hanson was scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday prior to the Angels' game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Hanson is trying to come back from a strained right forearm that landed him on the 15-day Disabled List June 27 (retroactive to June 21).