Game 104: Angels-Rangers …

Scott Downs was traded today, as anticipated. The Angels sent him to the Braves in another one-for-one deal — eight months after swapping Jordan Walden for Tommy Hanson — and general manager Jerry Dipoto has spent the rest of Monday feverishly working the phones, seeing if there’s another deal to consummate before Wednesday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline. For what it’s worth, Erick Aybar and Howie Kendrick — linked to trade rumors on Sunday — are in today’s lineup. Here’s the full slate …

Angels (48-55)

OLDLAAAybar, SS
Kole Calhoun, RF
Mike Trout, CF
Josh Hamilton, LF
Mark Trumbo, 1B
Kendrick, 2B
Alberto Callaspo, 3B
Hank Conger, C
J.B. Shuck, DH

Pitching: RH Jered Weaver (5-5, 2.98 ERA)

Rangers (56-49)

TEXLeonys Martin, CF
Elvis Andrus, SS
Ian Kinsler, 2B
Adrian Beltre, 3B
A.J. Pierzynski, DH
Nelson Cruz, RF
David Murphy, LF
Geovany Soto, C
Mitch Moreland, 1B

Pitching: RH Matt Garza (6-1, 3.17 ERA)

  • Aybar was sitting on the couch, watching MLB Network when his name came up in a potential trade. “That’s up to them,” he said in Spanish. “I don’t control that. They [the front office] are the ones that know.” Aybar doesn’t have a no-trade clause; Kendrick can block deals to 12 teams in 2013.
  • Right-handed reliever Cory Rasmus — brother of Colby — will report to Triple-A Salt Lake. Left-handed reliever Nick Maronde was called up from Double-A to take Downs’ roster spot.
  • The Angels designated 1B/OF Brad Hawpe for assignment and purchased the contract of right-hander Daniel Stange, a 27-year-old right-hander who posted a 3.60 ERA in 15 appearances for Triple-A Salt Lake. The Angels are now at 13 pitchers.
  • Jason Vargas (blood clot) and Sean Burnett (left elbow) each threw bullpens today. For Vargas, it was an up-and-down ‘pen and he could pitch in a sim game in three days if he responds well. For Burnett, it was his third bullpen. Still no date for when he can go on a rehab assignment.
  • Peter Bourjos (right wrist) took batting practice for the first time on Monday, hitting about 40 pitches off a tee and in soft-toss. He hopes to venture out on a rehab assignment in a week.
  • Trumbo, on the outside perception that the Angels are giving up on the season: “You try to make moves that set you up for the best chance at success now and in the foreseeable future, as well. I’m sure there’s a lot of thought behind everything that is done. I don’t think anybody has given up on this season, although it doesn’t look extremely promising if you were to take a snapshot of where we are right now. There are a lot of motivated dudes in here. Although the record doesn’t reflect that, I think everybody is committed to winning.”

Alden

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