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09/11/11 5:00 PM ET

Angels surging, but Scioscia won't peek ahead

Manager urges ballclub to focus on present matchups

ANAHEIM -- The Angels may have entered play on Sunday only 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Texas Rangers in the American League West, with only 17 games remaining, but Halos manager Mike Scioscia refused to look ahead past Sunday's series finale against the New York Yankees.

When asked about scenarios, coin flips or one-game play-ins, Scioscia had only one answer: "We're playing the Yankees."

"We're playing the Yankees today," Scioscia repeated, adding that his only focus is to "play the game that is scheduled. Play to the best of your ability, and if they are going to beat you, make them earn it."

Scioscia is happy with the way the Angels have played.

"They've played aggressive, played with focus and executed well in the last six weeks," Scioscia said before reiterating his point.

"You don't want to get caught up with a lot of things," Scioscia said. "It's a baseball game. Whether it's a young guy taking the field for the first time in June, or a guy coming over at the Trade Deadline, it's a baseball game."

As for his team's starting pitching, Scioscia is also pleased with how his rotation stacks up.

"This time of year, you're looking to see how much gas guys have left in the tank and how they rebound from starts," Scioscia said. "It's not when you want to see a dead arm.

"If you look at [Dan] Haren last night, he was strong until the end, [Jered] Weaver was strong the night before, Ervin [Santana] has been maintaining his stuff. I think our bullpen is refreshed."

With the Angels' pitching staff looking strong, there was even discussion about possibly having Weaver come back on four days' rest for one start.

"There is most likely going to be one day in which he comes back [after] four days, but we haven't decided anything yet," Scioscia said. "The timing of it will depend."

As for any other considerations, Scioscia had only one answer.

"We're playing the Yankees," he said.

Worth noting

Reliever Bobby Cassevah turned 26 on Sunday. Cassevah has been productive out of the Angels' bullpen lately. Seven of his 10 outings at home have been scoreless; he has posted a 2.200 ERA in 16 1/2 inning in Anaheim.

Glenn Rabney is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.