• Erick Aybar's fourth-inning line drive on Wednesday hit A's starter Brandon McCarthy just above his right ear, immediately knocking him out of the game and noticeably shaking him up. Thankfully, McCarthy never lost consciousness. He was taken to a local hospital for precautionary reasons, but the A's announced shortly after the game that he was "conscious and doing well."
Aybar got McCarthy's phone number and was expecting to call him later.
"You feel really bad," the Angels shortstop said in Spanish. "He's a good guy. You never want to hit anybody over the head, and he's a good guy. Hopefully everything turns out all right and, God willing, that he gets better soon."
• Mark Trumbo got a mental day off on Tuesday and found himself batting in the No. 6 spot on Wednesday, marking the first time since May 5 that he's hit lower than fifth in the batting order. In the 7-1 win over the A's, he went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, giving him a .203 batting average and 65 strikeouts in 44 games since July 17.
• With a double in the third inning on Wednesday, Albert Pujols extended his hitting streak to 14 games and notched 40 doubles in a season for the seventh time. He's now five away from 500 for his career.