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--RHP Jered Weaver struck out 15 batters in 7 2/3 innings Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays. It was the highest strikeout total by an Angels pitcher since LHP Chuck Finley struck out 15 Yankees on May 23, 1995. Weaver (who led the majors with 233 strikeouts last season) is 3-0 with an 0.87 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings this season.

--SS Erick Aybar (left oblique) was placed on the disabled list Sunday retroactive to April 3. Aybar had not played in a week due to the mild strain suffered in the season-opening series in Kansas City. He will be eligible to come off the DL on April 18 when the Angels start a series in Texas. RHP Francisco Rodriguez was promoted from Class AAA Salt Lake (Salt Lake City) to fill his roster spot.

--LHP Scott Downs (broken toe) was activated from the DL following Sunday's game. Downs made two rehab appearances with high-A Inland Empire, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk in his two innings.

--RHPs Kevin Jepsen and Michael Kohn were optioned to Class AAA to make room on the roster for LHP Scott Downs (activated from DL) and Tyler Chatwood (promoted from Class AAA to start Monday). Both Jepsen and Kohn had struggled with command issues as part of the Angels' bullpen troubles early in the season. "There's hopefully going to be quick fixes with both of those guys," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "But they definitely need to take a half-step back and work on some things."

--2B Howie Kendrick had his eight-game hitting streak to start the season snapped Sunday. Kendrick still leads the Angels with a .389 batting average (14-for-36) and four home runs while walking a surprising six times in the first nine games. Kendrick has never walked more than 28 times in a season in the majors or minor leagues.

9 -- Pitchers used by the Angels in Saturday's 14-inning victory over the Blue Jays, tying a franchise record for an extra-inning game. That included all seven relievers on their active roster plus starter Dan Haren pressed into service to pitch the 14th.

"You think?" -- Angels RHP Kevin Jepsen when asked if his demotion to Class AAA on Sunday surprised him.

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