--RF Torii Hunter went without a home run through 60 at-bats in spring exhibitions and 19 games into the season before he hit his first home run of the year. But Hunter hit his third home run in four games Monday, a two-run homer in the Angels' 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Hunter also had an RBI single and has driven in six of the Angels' eight runs over their past four games.
--LHP C.J. Wilson allowed three runs on five hits over 7 1/3 innings Monday to get the win over the Twins. It was the deepest Wilson has pitched in any of his first five starts this season. The win was his first as an Angel at Angel Stadium. His first two victories this season came on the road.
--IF Jorge Cantu has exercised the opt-out clause in his minor league contract after not being promoted to the Angels before May 1. Cantu, 30, becomes a free agent. He hit .291 with four home runs and 22 RBI in 21 games for Class AAA Salt Lake.
--1B Albert Pujols is one of five players since 1974 to start a season over 400 career home runs but go at least 80 at-bats into the season without a home runs, according to STATS LLC. He joined Willie McCovey (1974), Carl Yastrzemski (1981), Eddie Murray (1996) and Ken Griffey Jr. (2010). Pujols who has gone 92 at-bats without a home run this season. Pujols was 1-for-4 with a double in his first at-bat Monday. It was his first extra-base hit since he had three doubles in a game on April 19. Pujols has four hits in his past 38 at-bats and no RBI in his past 14 games.
BY THE NUMBERS
1 -- Time in April that the Angels won consecutive games (April 20-21). It was only the fifth time since 1970 that the Angels have gone a calendar month without winning back-to-back games more than once -- June 1974, June 1980, September 1983 and July 1998.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"He's the guy who can get these guys back on track. He's a great teacher." -- Manager Mike Scioscia, when asked about hitting coach Mickey Hatcher's job security with the team's offense underachieving.
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