Vernon Wells started in place of the slumping Mark Trumbo in left field for the second straight game on Wednesday. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Trumbo would start at first base on Thursday, with lefty Brett Anderson causing the switch-hitting Kendrys Morales to sit.
Right-hander Barry Enright made his Angels debut in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the A's, giving up only an RBI single, which scored an inherited runner, in 1 2/3 innings.
Asked of any restrictions for ace Jered Weaver on Thursday, when he makes his first start since missing a turn through the rotation because of biceps tendinitis, Scioscia said: "It's not like he's going to be on a 75-pitch limit that might affect his ability to pitch deep in the game and give us a chance to win. But I don't anticipate a 115-pitch outing for him. We'll see how the game flow goes."
Angels center fielder Mike Trout was presented with the Heart and Hustle Award on the field prior to Wednesday's game against the A's. The Heart and Hustle Award, according to a release, is given by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association to "active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit, and tradition of the game." Toward the end of the year, fans, all Alumni and active players will vote to select the final winner from the 30 team winners. Torii Hunter was the recipient in 2011; Albert Pujols won it while with the Cardinals in '09.