Scioscia tabs Mills to close first half

Scioscia tabs Mills to close first half

Scioscia tabs Mills to close first half
ANAHEIM -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced on Saturday that Minor League callup Brad Mills will be the starter for Sunday's first-half finale with the Orioles.

In nine starts at Triple-A Salt Lake this season, the lefty is 3-3 with a 4.47 ERA. In his 2 2/3 innings of relief in the Minors this year, Mills has given up three runs and five hits.

He last pitched in the Majors with the Blue Jays in 2011. In 48 1/3 career innings stretched across three seasons in the big leagues, Mills is 2-3 with an 8.57 ERA, all coming with Toronto.

Mills' most recent start with Salt Lake came on Wednesday, when he surrendered five runs on five hits and two walks in three innings.

"I think Brad's a guy that has a little bit of experience," Scioscia said. "Obviously he has been pitching very well down there until there was an experiment with the bullpen and he got a little tendinitis that came back. But his stuff is back. I think he is, right now, the best candidate we have to start on Sunday."

There will be a corresponding move after Saturday's game to bring up Mills.