AT THE PLATE: Seattle right-hander Chris Young had a no-hitter until Kole Calhoun snapped a 0-for-14 slump with a one-out single in the sixth. Albert Pujols broke up the shutout with a solo homer to left-center in the seventh, his 14th of the season and 506th of his career.
ON THE MOUND: Young didn't top 88 mph while keeping the Angels off balance with his changeups, soft sliders and slow curves, and his 6-foot-10 frame and long stride made his fastball look quicker. "You see 86 mph and wonder why we're getting behind, popping balls up, but it looks like the ball is coming at you from 50 feet," said Angels catcher Hank Conger. "It's actually getting on you. He did a good job of changing eye levels, planes, and he played his slider off his fastball well."
MINOR SETBACK: Josh Hamilton, who was unable to play the last two games of a scheduled three-game weekend stint with triple-A Salt Lake, was diagnosed with a bone bruise in his left thumb that doctors said is not related to the surgery he had to repair a torn ligament. Hamilton, who was jammed in his last at-bat Thursday night, hopes to resume batting practice Wednesday but without the splint he was wearing. The splint probably caused his thumb to "take more of the brunt" of the impact of the jam-shot than it should have, Hamilton said.
WILD WEST: The Angels fell to 8-11 against American League West teams and 1-5 against the Mariners but are 28-22 for the season after a 0-3 start. "We've been playing good baseball for two months," Conger said. "We don't go into each game thinking, 'Oh man, this is our own division, we have to put more pressure on ourselves.' Seattle has given us trouble, but I don't feel like we're getting dominated, by any means."
STEP BACK: In his first triple-A start after last week's demotion, Hector Santiago gave up five runs and eight hits in 2 2/3 innings Sunday. "He was erratic," said Angels Manager Mike Scioscia. "It's a work in progress. He's not just going to snap back into it."
REHAB REPORT: Reliever Dane De La Rosa needed six pitches to throw a scoreless inning for Salt Lake on Sunday, his third appearance since resuming his rehabilitation stint. Pitching coach Mike Butcher said De La Rosa is "heading in the right direction" but would remain in Salt Lake for now.
UP NEXT: Right-hander Jered Weaver (5-3, 2.85 ERA) will oppose Seattle left-hander Roenis Elias (3-3, 3.68) at Safeco Field on Tuesday at 7 p.m. On the air: FS West. Radio: 830.
— Mike DiGiovannaCopyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times