The Angels defeated Detroit 4-3 last night. Gary Matthews Jr. hit a booming double off the center-field walk to drive in the game winner. Torii Hunter hit his 5th homer of the season, while Jered Weaver pitched 7 strong innings. Jose Arredondo picked up his first win of the season with Brian Fuentes notching his 3rd save.
Brandon Wood was recalled yesterday when the Angels placed Kevin Jepsen on the disabled list.
Macier Izturis started at DH and Erick Aybar was in at short-stop. Since both players contributed 2 hits each they will likely be back in the line up tonight. It kind of makes you wonder why they recalled Wood in the first place. If Brandon is going to be on the bench wouldn't Sean Rodriguez have been a better choice?
It's also very possible that Wood might be sent back down as soon as Thursday when the Angels will need an emergency starter. Salt Lake Bees stratched Matt Palmer from his scheduled start last night so it appears he is the most likely candidate.
Bill Shakin of the LA Times muses about the Angels seemingly lack of urgency to add Wood's power potential to the lineup and a veteran starter to the club. GM Tony Reagins has been inquiring about the arms of such arm as Pedro Martinez, Paul Byrd and maybe Mark Mulder (I'd pass on Mulder FWIW). Mike Scioscia and the Angels might seem to think making such moves would be a sign of panic, and the Angels don't panic.
Tonight vs Tigers at 7:05 pm
TV - FSW - Radio - AM830, KFWB 980, KWKW 1130
Joe Saunders (2-1, 2.18 ERA) vs. Justin Verlander (0-2, 7.88 ERA)