AT THE PLATE: The Angels threatened with two outs in the ninth inning when
ON THE MOUND: The offensive struggles have put a heavy burden on Angels pitchers, but Richards, who fell to 3-2 with a 2.29 earned-run average, said he didn't feel pressure to be perfect. "As a starting pitcher, you can't really worry about that stuff," he said. "You have to put up a zero every time you take the mound. The offense will take care of itself." Richards, who ruptured a tendon in his left knee covering first base in August, fielded Travis Snider's dribbler between the mound and first base and ran to the bag himself in the eighth. "There were no issues, whatsoever," Richards said. "It felt good to take one on your own and execute the play. That's something I'm getting more comfortable with. I don't think about anything when I break off the mound."
TURF WARS: Scioscia will rotate players through the designated hitter spot this week, and possibly give some regulars a day off, to get them off the artificial turf in Toronto, where the Angels begin a four-game series Monday. "When you play on that surface all the time, your body adapts to it," Scioscia said, "but when you pop in there for three or four days, there's no doubt there's a toll it takes that you want to make sure you get over."
REHAB REPORT: Reliever Cory Rasmus, who had hernia surgery in
ON THE FARM: Top pitching prospect Sean Newcomb looked sharp Saturday in his debut for Class-A Inland Empire, giving up one run and four hits, striking out seven and walking one in five innings against Lancaster. Newcomb, a left-hander who was a first-round pick in 2014, was promoted last week from Class-A Burlington.
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