--2B Alexi Amarista made his major league debut Tuesday and hit a two-run double in his first at-bat. Amarista added a sacrifice fly, finishing 1-for-3 in the Angels' 8-3 win over the A's. On Monday, he was called up from Class AAA Salt Lake, where he was leading the Pacific Coast League with a .455 average (25-for-55) through 14 games.
--LHP Scott Downs will throw a light bullpen session Wednesday and then be activated from the disabled list before Friday's game at Tampa Bay. Downs has been on the DL twice this season, once with a broken toe suffered in the spring, and now with a gastrointestinal virus that caused him to lose 10 pounds in just a few days. Downs has made just two appearances for a total of 1 2/3 innings with the Angels this season.
--INF Howie Kendrick was 1-for-14 during the Angels' four consecutive losses to the Red Sox, but is 5-for-8 with four runs in the first two games against the A's, including a three-hit game Tuesday night. Kendrick has nine multi-hit games this season, tied for third in the AL. He is also third in the league in total bases (39) and third in runs (17).
--CF Peter Bourjos was 3-for-4 Tuesday with two runs and two triples. While most of the Angels' lineup slumped last week, Bourjos now has a nine-game hitting streak during which he is 17-for-36 (.472).
--RHP Tyler Chatwood needed 93 pitches to get through 5 1/3 innings Tuesday, allowing three runs on five hits and four walks against the A's. However, he earned his second victory in four major league starts. "I talked to him on the bench, Butch (Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher) talked to him and said, 'Hope you learned something tonight,'" manager Mike Scioscia said. "'You didn't have your best stuff tonight but you were able to grind through and pitch into the sixth inning.' That's an important lesson to learn."
BY THE NUMBERS
2 -- Triples for CF Peter Bourjos on Tuesday, tying the club record for triples in a game. It has been done several times previously, most recently by SS Erick Aybar on Sept. 6, 2009.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"If Oakland goes to a low-post game, we're going to have to make some adjustments. We'll have to get (6-foot-4 Mark) Trumbo and (6-foot-7 Jered) Weaver in there. But we should be able to get that fast-break going with our four-guard offense." -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia, joking about the size of his infield Tuesday -- 5-foot-10 Howie Kendrick at first base with Alexi Amarista at second base, Erick Aybar at shortstop and Alberto Callaspo at third base (all probably 5-foot-8 or less despite their listed heights).
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