Three hits enough for Angels

The Angels won despite getting just three hits, all against A’s starter Greg Smith, who lost for the first time this season. It was the first time the Angels won a game with three hits or fewer since Sept. 3, 2006 at Detroit in a 2-1 victory over the Tigers. The Angels also had three hits that day.

On Tuesday, the Angels scored their two runs in the third inning on just one hit.

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Angels recall Brown

After Tuesday’s victory, the Angels recalled infielder Matt Brown to the big-league club and sent catcher Bobby Wilson back to Triple-A. Wilson was recalled earlier this week when Jeff Mathis and Mike Napoli were both feeling the effects of the flu. Both are fine now. Wilson got his first big-league hit Monday.

Before play Tuesday, Brown was tearing up the Pacific Coast League with a .426 batting average in 101 at-bats. He had six home runs and 22 RBI.

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Lackey in the dark at Rancho

John Lackey’s rehab start at Rancho Cucamonga is in a holding pattern after a bank of lights went out at the Quakes’ home park. Lackey had given up just one hit through three innings, needing just five pitches to get out of the third. The right-hander was last seen throwing warmup pitches during the delay. No word yet if those will count toward his designated pitch total.

UPDATE: Lackey finished his outing during a simulated game while one bank of lights was out. No word on if Quakes batters came to the plate or the Quakes’ opponents took their cuts. “Officially,” Lackey’s line was: three innings, one run, one hit, two strikeouts and a walk.

SECOND EDIT: Lackey threw 34 pitches in the game before the power outage and 26 more in simulated game in the bullpen where a batter stood at the plate but didn’t swing.

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Hand blowing just OKed

Here’s a curious one. Home-plate umpire Greg Gibson just went to Angels starter Joe Saunders on the mound before the start of the second inning and appeared to tell him that blowing on his pitching hand, while on the mound, has been allowed tonight. He then gave a signal to both benches, blowing on his own hand and extending something like a welcome signal. Kinda odd. That privledge usually is not allowed until games are played in much frostier conditions that the 65 degrees at first pitch. Maybe Gibson thinks he’s in Oakland tonight.

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Q back in the saddle

Robb Quinlan started at first base tonight, a day after starting at third. It is the first time he has started back-to-back games since Sept. 4 and 5 of last season. Coincidentally, those games, like the last two, were against the A’s.

Quinlan got the start at third base Monday because Chone Figgins had to move to second base with Maicer Izturis nursing a sore back and Howie Kendrick on the DL. Brandon Wood is the starter at third tonigt with Quinlan taking over at first for Casey Kotchman because the A’s started a left-hander in Greg Smith.

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Mathis, Napoli feeling better

That flu bug that slowed Jeff Mathis and threatened to derail Mike Napoli seems to have subsided. Catcher Bobby Wilson is on the roster just in case, but it seems like his stay in Anaheim will be a short one. Wilson is on the major-league roster for the first time in his career.

Mathis was the original starting catcher tonight (Monday) but was scratched in favor of Napoli.

“Jeff felt good today but we’re going to keep him out,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “We originally had him in the lineup but he was evaluated and he’ll just work out today. Hopefully he will be in there tomorrow so Napoli will catch today.”

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Angels make 2 more moves

As a follow up two two moves the Angels made Friday, they made two more today (Monday) in advance of a series against the Oakland A’s On Friday, the Angels called up relievers Jose Arredondo and Rick Thompson while optioning Sean Rodriguez and Kendry Morales. Today, the Angels recalled catcher Bobby Wilson and infielder Brandon Wood, while Arredondo and Thompson were optioned out.

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Salt Lake very Patriots-like

That 18-1 record the Angels’ Triple-A affiliate has posted matches that of last season’s New England Patroits in the NFL. For whatever that is worth. According to Salt Lake broadcaster Steve Klauke, the team’s start ties the record for best in Pacific Coast League history. Here are some other facts from Klauke:

The current streak of 10 straight wins equals the franchise record set
June 8-18, 2000 when we were the Salt Lake Buzz.

The team currently leads the PCL in batting average (.308), ERA (3.41)
and fielding percentage (.986).

Seven wins have come in our last at-bat, including two walk-off wins at
home.

The team is 11-0 on the road and the eleven straight road wins is a
franchise record.

The team has been able to win close games (6-0 in games decided by one
run) and routs (8-0 in games decided by four runs or more).

The starting rotation of Nick Green, Nick Adenhart, Shane Loux, Kasey
Olenberger and Giancarlo Alvarado has a combined ERA of 2.98.

Jose Arredondo is 7-for-7 in converting save opportunities.

Not a bad start to a season. Now when do these guys get to the big leagues?

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Repeat success at Fenway Park

No, it only seems like the Angels have never won consecutive games at Fenway Park. After beating the Red Sox today at Boston, the Angels might finally be making inroads at Fenway. The Angels closed out a three-game series against the World Series champs by winning the last two games.

So when was the last time the Angels won back-to-back games at Fenway Park? Try May 15 and 16 of 2003. Now if they can only figure out how to win consecutive playoff games on the Red Sox’s home turf.

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