--RHP Joel Pineiro traveled to Arizona to continue his rehab from shoulder issues at the Angels' extended spring training camp in Tempe. Pineiro was scheduled to throw off a mound in a bullpen session on Thursday then test his shoulder in a simulated game early next week.
--SS Erick Aybar moved his rehab to the Angels' complex in Arizona this weekend rather than accompany the team to Chicago where temperatures are expected to be in the 40s, with rain possible. Aybar (oblique strain) will be eligible to come off the disabled list when the Angels travel to Texas for a three-game series starting Monday.
--RHP Dan Haren's one-hit shutout of the Indians on Tuesday night is still producing some statistical notes. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Haren became the first pitcher since Bob Walk of the Pittsburgh Pirates May 31-June 5, 1991, to win three games in one week. Haren won his start on April 6 in Tampa, picked up the victory with one inning of relief in the Angels' 14-inning game against the Blue Jays on April 9, and then beat the Indians on April 12.
--DH Bobby Abreu had the lowest batting average (.255) and on-base percentage (.352) for a full season in his career last year. But he has thoroughly reversed that slide this season. Abreu has gone 15-for-42 (.357) to start the season with a major-league-leading 14 walks and .518 on-base percentage (tops in the American League).
--2B Howie Kendrick is off to a fast start near the top of the Angels' batting order. Kendrick is batting .327 (16-for-49) with two doubles, a triple and four home runs. He leads the American League with 32 total bases and is tied for the league lead with 10 runs in the Angels' first 12 games.
BY THE NUMBERS
.201 -- Opposing teams' batting average against the Angels so far this season, lowest in the American League.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"That was a pretty good week." -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia on Dan Haren picking up three victories in one week (as a starter on April 6 and April 12 and in relief on April 9).
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