Athletics-Angels Preview

The Los Angeles Angels scored early and often in the opener of
their series against Oakland, allowing their starting pitcher to
work with a nice cushion. Manager Mike Scioscia would surely like
to see that continue with rookie right-hander Tyler Chatwood on the
hill.

Chatwood goes for his first career home win Tuesday night when
the Angels look for their sixth straight victory over the
Athletics, and eighth in a row at home versus Oakland.

Los Angeles (13-10), which got swept in a four-game home series
for the first time since 2005, losing to Boston over the weekend,
broke into the win column on its seven-game homestand Monday with a
5-0 victory over the A’s (11-12).

After getting shut out in their previous two games, the Angels
broke through and scored all five of their runs in the first four
innings. That was more than enough support for ace Jered Weaver,
who struck out 10 in a seven-hitter to become the first pitcher
since Arizona’s Randy Johnson in 2002 to win six of his team’s
first 23 games.

“When we get (runs) early in the game it sets the tone for our
starting pitcher,” Scioscia said. “I thought our bats were much
more focused all game.”

Howie Kendrick went 2 for 4 with two RBIs Monday after getting
one hit in 14 at-bats in the Red Sox series. His two-run single in
the second inning snapped Los Angeles’ 24-inning scoreless streak
against opposing starting pitchers.

Chatwood (1-1, 3.50 ERA) makes his fourth career start, and
third in Anaheim.

The 21-year-old right-hander gave up two runs over six innings
of Thursday’s 4-2, 11-inning loss to the Red Sox, but walked a
career-high five and threw 103 pitches.

“He was right around the zone and threw some good low bullets,”
Scioscia told the Angels’ official website. “I thought he handled
himself very well out there pitching out of trouble for a
while.”

While Chatwood will face an A’s team that has been shut out in
three of its last five games, he could be tested right away against
leadoff hitter Coco Crisp, who is 9 for 14 with four runs in his
last three contests and had his third straight three-hit effort
Monday.

Crisp is batting .341 in 24 career games at Anaheim.

A’s right-hander Brandon McCarthy (1-1, 2.10), a native of
Glendale, Calif., will get the ball Tuesday in his first start in
Anaheim since Aug. 28, 2008, while with Texas.

McCarthy pitched his second career complete game Thursday,
giving up one run and four hits over eight innings while striking
out six, but his teammates had just five hits in a 1-0 loss at
Seattle.

Angels right fielder Torii Hunter is 3 for 5 with a homer off
McCarthy, but is hitless in his last nine at-bats overall and 2 for
15 in his last five games.

Teammate Vernon Wells, 2 for 18 during that same stretch, is 1
for 10 versus the A’s right-hander.

Oakland left fielder Josh Willingham is questionable for
Tuesday’s game after leaving the series opener with tightness in
his left upper back.