• Angels third baseman David Freese, batting .140/.194/.193 through his first 15 games, was back in the lineup Tuesday, after getting a day off in Monday's series opener. Freese, who began the season batting cleanup against lefties, batted seventh for the second time in his last four starts.
• J.B. Shuck led the Angels with seven outfield assists as a rookie last season, and recorded two through his first 10 games this year. On Monday, Shuck cut off a base hit by Jose Lobaton in the left-center-field gap and fired a strike to second baseman Howie Kendrick to gun down the Nationals' catcher.
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