Game 32: Angels-Twins …
The Angels will look to finally get a run for poor Ervin Santana. They’ve been shutout in each of his last five starts, making him the first pitcher since at least 1974 to suffer such fate, according to STATS LLC …
Pitching: RH Santana (0-6, 5.59 ERA)
Pitching: RH Carl Pavano (2-2, 4.62 ERA)
Some pregame notes …
- Scott Downs (left knee) is available today as closer, manager Mike Scioscia said.
- Dan Haren said his lower back was feeling a little better today, after he struggled with it during last night’s start. He doesn’t expect to miss a start, as he said Tuesday night, but will take it easy today. The off day surely helps.
- Scioscia on David Pauley, who had four shutout innings out of the bullpen on Tuesday: “It was very impressive. And I think what was more impressive was that he got into his game and you saw him pitch a little more, as his outing went on, he really pitched well. He threw some pretty good breaking balls, he’s got a good changeup and sinker, and I think the last couple innings, it was really reminiscent of what we saw him do in Seattle.”
- The seven shutout through 31 games not only leads the Majors. It’s the most the Angels have ever had that early in a season. “I don’t know if there’s going to be a reason for everything, but it’s just that seven times this year we haven’t gotten it done like we need to,” Scioscia simply said.
- Peter Bourjos has now started just twice in his last 11 games. More on that later.
Some Angels links from Tuesday …
- Haren off his game as Halos get blanked
- Downs feels “very lucky” to dodge DL again
- Jered Weaver delivers Top 10 for David Letterman; here’s the video
- Despite day off, Angels rotation stays on schedule
- Morales out again vs. LH SP
- Halos look to finally support Ervin
Some AL West links …
- In case you hadn’t heard, Josh Hamilton went NUTS yesterday
- Mariners lose to Tigers after slow start
- Brandon Inge hit a walk-off grand slam for the A’s
And the Heat look to finish off the Knicks tonight.