Angels' walking wounded look to hurt Guardians' playoff hopes

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Angels have more than $100 million in salary out of the lineup with stars Shohei Ohtani (day-to-day due to oblique tightness), Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon (long-term injuries) all sidelined. | Agree to DisagreeThe Guardians (67-74) trail the Minnesota Twins (73-67) by 6 1/2 games in the American League Central after the

(65-76) broke a six-game losing streak with a 3-2, walk-off win on Thursday.The Angels have more than $100 million in salary out of the lineup with stars Shohei Ohtani (day-to-day with oblique tightness), Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon (long-term injuries) all sidelined.Los Angeles lost two more starting hitters on Thursday before the first inning was over.

First, center fielder Mickey Moniak was scratched five minutes before game time due to back tightness.Then utility man Luis Rengifo, the Angels

‘ hottest hitter, sustained a left biceps strain while swinging a heavy bat in the on-deck circle during the first inning. The

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‘s hottest hitter, Luis Rengifo, suffered a left biceps strain while swinging a heavy bat in the on-deck circle during the first inning. After the game, Nevin told reporters that Rengifo’s situation was not good. … We’ve taken our gut punches. “I’m still not going to say that I’ve seen everything, but I am getting there. “Cleveland struggled at the plate despite Los Angeles’ bullpen game on Thursday, in which Davis Daniel threw three shutout inning in his major-league debut. The top three hitters in the Guardians

‘ lineup combined for seven hits, but manager Terry Francona is looking for more.

“We had good opportunities and we didn’t cash them in,” Francona said. “Having said that, we had a lead and let it slip by. This one hurts. We have to move on. The

Angels are 20-18 and the Guardians

are 24-26 in one-run games. The

Angels are 20-18 and the Guardians are 24-26 in one-run games.Rookie left-hander Logan Allen (6-7, 3.77 ERA) will take the mound for Cleveland. He got a no-decision May 12 against the

Angels in his fourth big-league start, giving up three runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings in a 5-4 Guardians loss in Cleveland.Angels

right-hander Griffin Canning (7-5, 4.30 ERA) enters his Friday outing with 117 strikeouts in 104 2/3 innings. He has struck out 331 in 314 career innings, but he has never faced Cleveland.With the latest injuries, the

Angels could recall former starter David Fletcher, who is batting .331 for Triple-A Salt Lake and has experience at second base, third base, shortstop and both corner outfield spots.As for Ohtani, Nevin said: “He feels better. “He feels better,” said Nevin. I think it’s a matter of a few days. “

The injuries are forcing the

Angels to take a good look at a pair of 21-year-old players, first baseman Nolan Schanuel and shortstop Kyren Paris.Leadoff man Schanuel set a franchise record on Thursday by reaching base in a 16th consecutive game to start his career, breaking Darin Erstad’s mark established in 1996. Schanuel, picked 11th in the 2023 draft by the Angels on July 9, made his debut August 18.

Paris tied the game in the ninth with his first major league RBI. “Fortunately, I was able to get the big hit. “

–Field Level media