BASEBALL DAILY REPORT : ANGELS
Rodgers hasn’t scheduled another start for right-hander Kirk McCaskill, who was pulled from the rotation last week. “I want to see Kyle Abbott once more and (Scott Lewis) another time before we start talking about Kirk,” Rodgers said. “Then I want to get Joe Grahe back in, and if we don’t run out of games, we’ll be set.” He also said his top three pitchers, Chuck Finley, Mark Langston and Jim Abbott will face the AL East-leading Blue Jays Sept. 23-25 “so nobody can say we’re tanking it.” . . . Lee Stevens, another youngster Rodgers is watching closely, played first base Wednesday in place of Wally Joyner. Stevens had made five consecutive starts in the outfield. “He’s struggling right now,” Rodgers said of Stevens, who was hitting .133 entering Wednesday’s game. . . . Brian Downing, the Rangers’ designated hitter and the Angels’ career leader in nine offensive categories, insisted that he’s “noncommittal” about retiring after the season. But in case Wednesday was his last game at Anaheim Stadium, he had two of his sons, Bradley and Brandon, at the game as bat boys. The ovation he received after his leadoff home run Monday “was one of my highlights,” he said.