"Even his batting practices were different than he had taken just three or four weeks ago," Scioscia said. "He just feels in sync more, it just hasn't translated into production."
• Mike Trout's eighth-inning homer on Sunday was his 27th of the season, which matched his 2013 total and set a new Angels record for home runs from the lineup's No. 2 spot.
• When he entered in the ninth inning Sunday, Pestano became the Angels' 30th different pitcher used this season, breaking the franchise record of 29 in 1996.
• Mike Morin threw off a mound on Sunday for the first time since suffering a left foot laceration last weekend in Tampa Bay. Morin said he felt good after about 15 pitches and expects to be activated Saturday in Texas.
• The Pirates claimed former Angels infielder Tommy Field, who played in 15 games, on Sunday, three days after the Halos designated him for assignment.
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