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.