08/14/11 1:34 PM ET
Halos have sights set on first-place Rangers
By Larry Millson / Special to MLB.com
The Halos entered play on Sunday trailing the Rangers by three games in what has become a two-team race. The teams open a four-game series at Angel Stadium on Monday.
The Angels will play three games in Texas on Aug. 26-28 and end the season back at Angel Stadium with a three-game series Sept. 26-28.
"It's still early enough in the season that how we're going to finish this year is still in our control," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said before Sunday's series finale with the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. "It gets a little scary when you're looking for help and you've got no opportunity. That's not going to be the case this year.
"We feel we're definitely going to have an opportunity to reach our goals on the merit of how we play as a team. That's what we need to focus on. That's all any team wants to have, your destiny is in your control. We're going to have our opportunity."
One day after being plunked, Mathis sits
TORONTO -- Jeff Mathis said he was ready to play Sunday after being hit on the left hand with a pitch in Saturday's 11-2 loss to the Blue Jays, but Bobby Wilson got the start behind the plate.
Mathis stayed in the game after being hit in the third inning. He had X-rays afterward that were negative, and the diagnosis was a bruise.
The first ruling on the play by home-plate umpire Gary Darling was that the ball had hit the bat and was a foul ball.
"I stepped out and tried to shake it off because I knew it hit my hand," Mathis said on Sunday. "Once I took my glove off it was bleeding and purple, and so he said, 'I'm going to get this call right.'"
Angels manager Mike Scioscia had come out of dugout before the call was changed. When it was ruled a hit by pitch, Blue Jays manager John Farrell argued the call.
"It started to stiffen up toward the end," Mathis said.
Larry Millson is a contributor to MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.