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ANAHEIM, Calif. Brandon Weeden Womens Jersey . —
Ervin Santana took an extra moment to savour the standing ovation while he
walked off the Angel Stadium field in the eighth inning. He certainly earned a
little applause after turning around a rough start to his season with the Los
Angeles Angels. Santana struck out nine during 7 2-3 innings of four-hit ball,
Albert Pujols drove in two runs with infield singles, and the Angels rebounded
from yet another shutout loss with a 4-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on
Tuesday night. Mike Trout went 3 for 4 with a homer and three runs scored for
the Angels, who finally produced enough offence to back a strong performance by
Santana (2-6). The Dominican right-hander retired 16 in a row early, winning his
second straight start after losing his first six. “My first inning was a little
tough, but after that, I was feeling better and better,” Santana said.
“Definitely, its more easier when youve got run support. I felt great today.
Everything was good.” Last week in Minnesota, Santana snapped a nine-game losing
streak dating to last season. Before that 6-2 win, he received just three total
runs of support from his teammates in his first six starts combined this season
—including five straight starts without a run—for easily the worst run
support in the majors. The Angels inability to put up runs finally led to a
change when the team announced about 90 minutes after the finish that it had
fired hitting coach Mickey Hatcher. Los Angeles, which has been shut out a
club-record eight times already this season, promoted Jim Eppard from Triple-A
Salt Lake to replace Hatcher. Santana retired every Oakland batter between
Cliff Penningtons first-inning double and Jemile Weeks bouncing single under
Pujols glove in the sixth, striking out six of nine on one trip through the
order. After he doffed his cap to the cheering crowd, relievers Scott Downs and
Ernesto Frieri finished. “Ervin has pitched much better than his numbers show,”
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “I think hes going to give us a good little
spurt here. ... Hes got a pretty even heartbeat. He doesnt get too high or too
low, but theres a competitive mechanism inside him.” Bartolo Colon (3-4) allowed
12 hits while pitching into the seventh inning for the As, who were off to an
AL-best 8-4 start in May. A day after Oakland sent Los Angeles to its major
league-worst eighth shutout loss this season, the Angels snapped the As
four-game winning streak at Angel Stadium, handing Oakland its fifth scoreless
defeat of the year. “(Santana) had his slider working today, so youve just got
to tip your hat,” said Kurt Suzuki, who went 0 for 4. Alberto Callaspo had a
run-scoring double for the Angels. Pujols went 3 for 4 with three infield
singles, pushing the $240 million first basemans average from .197 to .212.
Colon wasnt awful, but the 38-year-old couldnt match the eight scoreless innings
he threw at Angel Stadium last month. Hes 0-3 with 43 hits allowed in his last
five starts since a 3-1 beginning to the season. “I dont know if he was as sharp
as we saw him the first time,” said Scioscia, who managed Colon during his AL Cy
Young season in 2005. “We did a good job when we got a ball to hit. We put it in
play hard, and we found some holes for once.” Los Angeles rallied for two runs
in the third inning when Trout singled and scored standing up on Callaspos
double down the right-field line. Pujols then drove home Callaspo from second
when Weeks knocked down his grounder to short, but couldnt make a play. The
Angels added another run on another tough-to-play grounder to short by Pujols in
the fifth. Oakland finally solved Santana in the sixth, loading the bases on a
single and two walks, but Santana struck out Seth Smith on three pitches. Trout
hit his third homer of the season to straightaway centre leading off the
seventh. The 20-year-old rookie is cementing an everyday job in centre field
since his latest call up on April 28, going 18 for 49 over the last 12 games
while adding his usual blazing speed and standout fielding. NOTES: As manager
Bob Melvin said CF Yoenis Cespedes is doing baseball-related activities while
hes on the DL with a strained muscle in his hand. The Cuban slugger is allowed
to do everything except swing a bat. “Hes a hardworking kid,” Melvin said.
“Theres no way youre going to be able to tell him to sit and not do anything.”
.... Los Angeles welcomes the White Sox to Angel Stadium for another two-game
series Wednesday, with Jerome Williams facing Gavin Floyd. Oakland is headed to
Texas for a two-game set, with Tommy Milone facing Yu Darvish in the opener. ...
The Angels head out on a 10-game trip starting Friday. They wont be back until
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an assistant captain with the Jets.DETROIT—Detroit manager Jim Leyland says
closer Jose Valverde is day to day with a strained lower back. Valverde was
taken out of Detroits victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, and Leyland
says if Valverde is unable to pitch, Joaquin Benoit would probably be the
primary candidate to close games. However, thee Detroit manager says it could
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Hes walked 12 and struck out 14. ’ ’ ’ 

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