Jason Castro hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Houston Astros a 3-0 victory and a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.
Anaheim is hardly out of the American League West race, just three games behind leader Texas and 2 1/2 games behind second-place Seattle, but owner Arte Moreno has already told general manager Tony Reagins not to spend any more money this season, ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Mark Saxon writes.
The Los Angeles Angels have given up on struggling left-hander Scott Kazmir, releasing the once promising starter.
Shelley Duncan hit his first homer of the spring, a three-run shot, and the Cleveland Indians overcame a brief hiccup by starter Justin Masterson to beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-7 on Saturday.
Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin allowed three hits and a run in four innings and the Rockies topped the Los Angeles Angels 8-1 on Wednesday.
Peter Bourjos hit a tiebreaking three-run homer, Scott Kazmir won for the first time in six weeks and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 on Sunday.