As part of their week-long celebration of the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Series championship, the Angels invited former outfielder Garret Anderson to throw out the first pitch before Wednesday's game. Ex-third baseman Troy Glaus will go on Thursday.
The Angels are one of the few teams that have actually done well this season against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, who just hurled a perfect game against a Rays team the Angels will face in a four-game series beginning on Thursday. In two starts against them this year, Hernandez has posted a 6.23 ERA (nine earned runs in 13 innings).
"It's just the intangibles of the game," outfielder Mark Trumbo said. "Sometimes we won't do anything against guys that other teams kill, and sometimes we'll have success against guys, like him, who was flat-out dominating [on Wednesday]. That was impressive."
Asked about Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera, who was suspended 50 games on Wednesday for violating Major League Baseball's Drug Policy, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said: "It's unfortunate. It's a policy that's there for a reason, it's something that needs to be enforced and I think that as well as Melky has played, when you read something like this, it knocks the wind out of you. It's very disappointing."
Scioscia serves on Commissioner Bud Selig's Special Committee for On-Field Matters.