Worth noting

Worth noting

• Tony Sanchez, who was DH-ing in his Major League debut on Sunday, will reprise that role in Tuesday's opener of the brief two-game set in Seattle against Mariners lefty Joe Saunders.

Sanchez notched his first big league hit in his first at-bat off Blanton, connecting on a double that lodged itself into the right-field wall in the second inning.

Sanchez brought a .306 average from Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday, and Hurdle didn't want him to spend a third straight day on the bench.

"I'm a big advocate of getting someone in there quick when they come up hot," Hurdle said. "Keep him fresh. That's as long as I wanted to wait with Tony."

• Hurdle was happy to be able to give McCutchen (and Martin) the first of two consecutive days off, but the Angels were probably even happier about it: McCutchen is 34-for-76 (.447) with five homers and 17 RBIs in his last 19 Interleague games.

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