09/04/11 3:42 PM ET
Abreu's 13-year run of 150 games reaches end
By Lyle Spencer / MLB.com
Back in the lineup on Sunday for his 127th game, hitting third in the DH role against Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey, Abreu said he'll concern himself with doing everything he can to keep the Angels in the playoff chase as they try to run down Texas in the American League West in the final 23 games.
"Winning is all that matters," said Abreu, who is tied with Willie Mays for 13 straight seasons of 150 or more games. "I can't worry about personal stuff. It would have been nice to get that, of course, but we have more important things to take care of as a team now. And I want to do my part."
Abreu, a .341 career hitter against the Twins, has had hits in nine of his past 13 starts and RBIs in seven of his past nine starts. He is two steals shy of 20 for the 13th consecutive season. He owns the longest current streak in the Majors since Rickey Henderson's 23-season streak ending in 2001.
Abreu is batting .252 with only six homers for the season but leads the team with a .316 average with runners in scoring position and .356 on-base percentage.
Weaver to work on extra rest for next start
ANAHEIM -- On the heels of his first career start with three days' rest in Texas, Angels ace Jered Weaver will have an extra day for the second straight time through the rotation before going to work on Friday night against the Yankees.
Manager Mike Scioscia thinks that might be a good thing given Weaver's struggles with his fastball command on Saturday night against the Twins.
"He wasn't crisp," Scioscia said, Weaver having given up six runs on eight hits in five innings in a continuation of recent struggles. "He'll pitch next Friday with an extra day. He had an extra day for this [Saturday night outing], too.
"He said his arm feels great. But it's something you pay attention to."
Weaver has yielded 13 runs in his past two starts and 22 earned runs in his past 29 2/3 innings, raising his ERA from 1.78 to 2.49 in the process.
He has surrendered the American League ERA lead he has commanded all season to Detroit's Justin Verlander, the clear front-runner for the AL Cy Young Award with his 21-5 record and AL-high 224 strikeouts. This has him in position to claim the pitcher's version of the Triple Crown: wins, ERA and strikeouts.
Weaver took an emotional trip to Oregon to attend the funeral of his grandfather on Friday, but he said he's "pretty good at letting stuff go on the mound."
Weaver held the Yankees to two earned runs on three hits and four walks in a victory on June 3 at Angel Stadium, striking out eight. It was his only outing this season against the Bronx Bombers. He's 5-2, 5.40 in eight career starts against New York.
Speedster Bourjos enjoying power surge
ANAHEIM -- Peter Bourjos has a leadoff man's profile with his blazing speed and ability to drive the ball all over the park. But the Angels' center fielder is not a slap-and-dash type of hitter.
Bourjos has natural power, and he has shown it with five homers over his past 14 games, the same number of long balls he produced in his first 111 games.
"I'm getting in better counts and putting some good swings on balls," Bourjos said, having launched a solo homer in Saturday night's win against the Twins. "I'm feeling good at the plate."
Manager Mike Scioscia isn't concerned that Bourjos will get homer happy and drift away from the multiple skills that make him a threat. He's second in the Majors with 14 bunt singles and fourth in the American League with 31 infield hits.
"Pete feels when he hits a home run, it's a mistake [pitch]," Scioscia said. "It's not going to take him out of his game. Erick [Aybar] knows his game isn't driving the ball out of the park and has come to grips with it. Erick gets a little frisky when he hits one out."
Right-hander Bell recalled from Triple-A
ANAHEIM -- Versatile right-hander Trevor Bell checked into his familiar corner of the Angels' clubhouse on Sunday, reclaiming a spot on the pitching staff for the stretch drive.
Bell, who was 2-5 with a 4.72 ERA in 25 games for the Angels last season, has divided the season between Anaheim and Triple-A Salt Lake.
The 24-year-old former Crescenta Valley (Calif.) High School star is 2-5, 6.27 in 11 games (10 starts) for Salt Lake and 1-1, 3.38 in 11 appearances for the Angels, all in relief roles.
"Just happy to be back," Bell said, grinning. "You know me: I'm here to do whatever they need, whenever they need it."
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.