AT THE PLATE:
ON THE MOUND: Richards, featuring a lively 96-mph fastball and nasty slider, struck out leadoff man
GROOVE THING: Since hitting coach Don Baylor returned June 25 from surgery to repair a broken right thigh bone, the Angels have led the major leagues in average (.306), runs (105), doubles (31) and RBIs (99) in 17 games. "Having Don has definitely helped, but I don't know if he's got the magic potion," right fielder Kole Calhoun said. "We're playing good baseball. This team is full of guys who can swing the sticks, and we're swinging it well collectively."
GREEN A NO-GO: The Angels have held Hunter Green, their top pick in the 2013 draft, out of game action this season so the 19-year-old left-hander can focus on recovering from a mild back injury, gaining weight and improving his overall strength. The 6-foot-4 Green weighed 159 pounds when he was drafted but was unable to retain the 15 to 20 pounds he gained over the winter. "He wants to pitch," General Manager Jerry Dipoto said, "but this is a judgment call on our part."