Game 141: Athletics-Angels …

The Angels have won six straight, 11 of their last 12 and 15 of their last 18, putting them only one game back of the second AL Wild Card spot and in a third-place tie with the Rays in that race. It looked like the Angels dealt the A’s a serious blow when they swept them in a four-game series in Oakland last week, but they came right back and swept the Mariners over the weekend and still have a 2 1/2-game advantage over the Angels in the AL West.

Athletics (79-60)

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

Pitching: RH Jarrod Parker (9-8, 3.67 ERA)

Angels (77-63)

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

Pitching: RH Dan Haren (10-10, 4.46 ERA)

  • The Angels announced their pitching plans for the rest of this series, with Jerome Williams starting Tuesday (first start since late July), Ervin Santana starting Wednesday (on normal rest after starting Friday) and Jered Weaver returning from biceps tendinitis to pitch Thursday’s finale. Weaver could’ve pitched Wednesday, but he would’ve had six days’ rest either going into this week’s start or his Tuesday start, and the Angels felt it would be best to have the six days off on the front end. He’s still lined up to start the regular-season finale, as before. Only difference being that he missed one start.
  • Weaver said he felt “great” during his bullpen session today, may have another one tomorrow and feels missing one turn through the rotation has noticeably improved his tendinitis, saying: “It seems like it so far. I don’t feel any bite at all, and felt good in the bullpen, and it’s a step in the right direction.”
  • Aybar said he sent Brandon McCarthy a message the other day and got a return call from his wife, who informed him that McCarthy is out of the intensive-care unit and feeling better. Asked how being the guy whose liner hit McCarthy in the head has affected him, Aybar said: “It’s been hard. You never want that to happen. We may be on different teams, but I don’t wish harm upon anybody. I always want things to turn out well.”
  • Ernesto Frieri threw 38 pitches in a four-out save against the Tigers yesterday, but he told Scioscia he feels “great.” He may be available today.
  • Trout, in case you hadn’t noticed, opened up the day with a WAR of 10.0, which, if you’re not familiar with the lingo, is fantastic. Next-highest in the American League? Robinson Cano, at 6.3. But C.J. Wilson, a pretty big stats guy, doesn’t need to look at WAR to know Trout is the MVP. “He plays Gold Glove defense in center field, which is huge, and he’s leading the league in batting average, and runs, and he hits home runs, and he’s leading the league stolen bases. You take him out of our lineup, it’s a much worse lineup.”

Alden

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