Game 136: Angels-Athletics …

The Angels head into tonight having won 10 of their last 13 games, but making up only a half-game in the Wild Card standings despite their recent surge. That’s what happens when you have so many teams in front of you. A win today moves them back to a season-best 10 games over .500 and makes them an even 25-25 since the All-Star break. Most importantly, it allows them to make up some ground on the Wild Card-leading A’s …

Angels (72-63)

Mike Trout, CF
Torii Hunter, RF
Albert Pujols, DH
Kendrys Morales, 1B
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Erick Aybar, SS
Alberto Callaspo, 3B
Vernon Wells, LF
Chris Iannetta, C

Pitching: RH Zack Greinke (3-2, 4.82 ERA)

Athletics (76-58)

Coco Crisp, CF
Seth Smith, DH
Josh Reddick, RF
Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Brandon Moss, 1B
Josh Donaldson, 3B
Stephen Drew, SS
George Kottaras, C
Cliff Pennington, 2B

Pitching: RH Jarrod Parker (9-7, 3.72 ERA)

  • Still no further clarity on Jered Weaver and his right shoulder, according to Mike Scioscia. Friday hasn’t been ruled out, but Weaver was getting treatment most of the afternoon and declined a request to talk. “Nothing’s changed [from Tuesday],” Scioscia said. “We’re just seeing how he’s moving forward, how he’s feeling, and we’ll see where he is.”
  • As expected, Mark Trumbo (.181 BA last 32 games) was given the day off to clear his head. “Only a player knows how he feels in the box — what his balance is, how he’s seeing the ball. Sometimes your stance, your approach is the same, but there’s balance issues of when you’re loading, timing, all the stuff that goes into hitting. Right now, it’s obvious that Mark is a little out of sync. He’s a mentally tough kid, but even being mentally tough, there’s a level of frustration that’s going to creep into anybody’s game when you’re not performing to your capabilities, and Mark’s obviously working through that.”
  • Right-hander Barry Enright and catcher Hank Conger were both called up from Triple-A Salt Lake, putting the Angels’ roster at 33. Enright will provide further depth in the bullpen — perhaps necessary if Weaver has to be skipped in any way — and Scioscia said those will be the last of the September callups.
  • Minor League left-handed pitcher Yancarlos Santiago has been suspended for 25 games without pay following a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.  The suspension of Santiago, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Orem Owls of the Pioneer League, is effective immediately.
  • Hunter’s .357 batting average since the All-Star break ranks second in the AL.
  • Iannetta’s hitting .386 with 12 RBIs over his last 16 games.

Alden

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