Right fielder Kole Calhoun went 1-for-5 on Wednesday, but the one hit was a big one -- it was his first career Major League hit. Calhoun doubled in the fifth inning off A's starter Jarrod Parker. He made his big league debut on Tuesday night when Scioscia used him as a defensive substitute in right field.
Heading into Wednesday, Pujols had 449 career homers through 1,748 games. The following are the only ones who reached 450 homers in fewer contests: Mark McGwire (1,524), Babe Ruth (1,584), Alex Rodriguez (1,684), Harmon Killebrew (1,713), Sammy Sosa (1,725), Ken Griffey Jr. (1,743) and Manny Ramirez (1,744).
Reliever Ernesto Frieri has struck out 16 batters in 7 2/3 innings, tying Francisco Rodriguez (2003) for the most in Angels history during that span.
Angels pitchers came into Wednesday leading the Majors in shutouts with six. Their offense also led the Majors in being shut out, with eight.
Outfielder Cory Aldridge, who played in five games for the Angels in 2010, was recently signed to a Minor League deal. Aldridge, a 32-year-old left-handed hitter, hit .363 in the Mexican League this year and homered in his first game for Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday night.