Five things to take from Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Mariners

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– First and foremost, the news on Huston Street was not great, but it could have been worse. He has a Grade 1 strain of his left groin sustained in Saturday’s game. He told reporters after Sunday’s game his return during the regular season is doubtful, but that he was going to try hard to be ready for the postseason should the Angels make it. The Angels enter play Monday still just a half-game out of the second wild-card spot.

– Before this game, set-up man Joe Smith told this newspaper his ankle is feeling better. “It’s better, I’m walking,” he said. But Smith is not yet ready to return. If he can get back in the next couple of days, it’s likely he’ll be put into Street’s closer’s role.

David Freese hit another big home run, smacking No. 13 in the bottom of the fifth inning for a 2-1 Angels lead. Freese is hitting .329 with two home runs and 10 RBIs this month after missing 5 1/2 weeks with a fractured finger.

Jered Weaver was able to manage just five innings and 71 pitches because of tightness in his pitching shoulder. He said he doesn’t expect to miss his next start, however. Asked if he’s had this in the past, he said, “Yeah, for about nine years.”

– You have to love the tenacity of Johnny Giavotella. He singled to open the bottom of the eighth, but turned it into a double when centerfielder Brad Miller took his time getting the ball into the infield. Taylor Featherston ran for Giavotella and, after being sacrificed to second by Erick Aybar, he scored on an RBI single by Kole Calhoun. It was RBI No. 80 for Calhoun, who has established himself as one of the better overall right-fielders this season.

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Johnny Giavotella on disabled list with ‘personal medical condition’

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Johnny Giavotella/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Angels

 

The Angels on Tuesday placed second baseman Johnny Giavotella on the 15-day disabled list with what a news release described as a “personal medical condition.”

Giavotella, who is batting .265 with three home runs and 40 RBIs, has not played since this past Thursday. Manager Mike Scioscia said Friday that Giavotella was “ill.” Scioscia said he could not say anything more because of Hipaa.

Giavotella told reporters Sunday he had been experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Grant Green is currently spelling Giavotella at second base. The Angels on Tuesday recalled right-handed pitcher Drew Rucinski to take Giavotella’s roster spot.

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Mike Scioscia gives his players high marks for sweep of Tigers

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Johnny Giavotella/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Angels

 

The Angels entered the opening of their three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday coming off a four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers. Prior to first pitch, Angels manager Mike Scioscia was asked what specifically he liked about the way his team took care of business over those four days.

His response spoke volumes.

“I think the way they were gritty,” he said of his players. “They got after it on every aspect, whether it was the defensive aspect, how we pitched on the mound, clutch hitting, situational hitting, getting bunts down if we needed it, stealing bases. Whatever we needed to do in a situation, we were able to do that and that’s what we need to do for that long-range success.”

The fourth victory of the series came when Johnny Giavotella hit a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday to break a 2-2 tie and lift the Angels to a 4-2 victory at Angel Stadium.

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