Game 132: Angels-Mariners …
The Angels and their three-game winning streak start a three-game weekend series in Seattle tonight, where they’ll try to win six straight at Safeco Field for the first time since taking seven straight from 2004-05. The Angels are 6-4 overall against the Mariners this season, having dropped two of three against them at home in early August. The last time Dan Haren pitched here, on May 24, he threw a complete-game shutout, striking out 14 and walking none …
Pitching: RH Haren (8-10, 4.82 ERA)
Pitching: RH Kevin Millwood (4-11, 4.28 ERA)
- Scott Downs, who left the team on Sunday night to attend to a family issue, is en route to Seattle and will be activated from the bereavement list tomorrow.
- Andrew Romine was here today, just in case Howie Kendrick (sore right knee) couldn’t go. But he went through pregame activities and is expected to be fine. So, Romine will be activated tomorrow — the first day of September callups.
- Thinking ahead never hurt anybody, right? Mike Scioscia essentially has his rotation for the rest of the month mapped out, and he has it so that he can use Jered Weaver for the last day of the regular season or — if the Angels already clinch by then — the first day of the Wild Card. Of course, they have to get there first.
- Scioscia doesn’t believe he’ll go to a four-man rotation at any point this month. The starters are pitching better and some of the guys, he said, “have been nicked up,” so they can use that normal/extended rest. “The way it’s working out, I don’t know if there’s going to be a need for that,” Scioscia said. “That would entail bringing some guys back on early rest. Our preference would be to not do that. That would be a last resort. Right now it doesn’t look like we’re going to have to do that.”
- Pujols still hasn’t played first base since returning from a calf injury on Tuesday, though he did take ground balls there yesterday. Asked about when Pujols can return to his normal position, Scioscia said: “Tough to put a timeframe on it. He came out of it fine taking ground balls. If it takes a week, it takes a week. If it takes two weeks, it takes two weeks. We need his bat in the lineup. And also, Albert’s a presence at first base, is a terrific defensive first baseman, and you’d like to get that defensive presence.”