Game 69: Giants-Angels …
A matchup of southpaws tonight, with Barry Zito going up against C.J. Wilson. In tune with that, the Angels are giving Kendrys Morales the day off, putting Mark Trumbo in at DH and giving Peter Bourjos a rare start …
Pitching: LH Zito (5-4, 3.61 ERA)
Pitching: LH Wilson (7-4, 2.30 ERA)
Some pregame notes …
- Jerome Williams is resting comfortably at UC Irvine Medical Center and is feeling better. Mike Scioscia visited with him in the hospital last night, saying: “He felt much better once everything had calmed down a little bit. He continues to feel better today, but we have to evaluate exactly what his situation is and await direction from our medical department.”
- Scioscia still doesn’t know — or simply remained coy about — what the corresponding roster move will be when Jered Weaver is activated off the DL for his Wednesday start. My hunch on two options: Williams going on the DL, buying them a little time; Andrew Romine getting optioned, again buying them some time.
- Ervin Santana hasn’t been told whether he’s starting Saturday.
- Since May 27, Trumbo is tied for the Major League lead with 10 homers and leads with 23 RBIs. Asked if Trumbo could be his everyday cleanup hitter, including against lefties, Scioscia said: “As of right now, against left-handed pitching, you’re going to see Mark hitting in the cleanup spot. For our team to really get to where we need, Kendrys really needs to be a big part of it. There’s no plans right now to move him out of the cleanup spot against lefties.”
Some Angels.com links …
- Williams struggles against his former team and Angels continue to struggle with runners on
- Breathing trouble sends Williams to hospital
- Weaver to return on Wednesday
- Notebook, on Trout making adjustments, the 2002 World Series, attendance figures, injury updates and roster moves
- Pujols remains fifth in ASG voting
- Preview, on the Zito-Wilson matchup
Some AL West links …
- Matt Harrison dominates Padres
- Brandon McCarthy to rejoin rotation tonight
- With Ichiro Suzuki sitting, Mariners stumble in Phoenix
Two more wins, and LeBron James can silence the critics.