06/09/12 10:45 PM ET
Hunter gets another shot in two-hole
By Trey Scott / MLB.com
The results are hard to argue with. Hitting second on Friday night, Hunter drove in six runs on two home runs and a single. It was the 17th multi-homer game of his career, and the sixth time he's had as many RBIs.
"The way he performed yesterday in the two-hole, we want to keep that look," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "Torii is a guy who'll work some counts, he runs well, he creates offense. He's not a traditional two-hole hitter, but I think having him in front of Albert [Pujols] and Mark [Trumbo] is something that can work."
Each of Hunter's three hits came with leadoff hitter Mike Trout on base. Trout had three hits himself, and also was hit by a pitch. A threat to steal -- two yesterday and 11 on the year -- Trout makes sure pitchers pay him plenty of attention, which can open things up for Hunter at the plate."It's always good when I'm on and he's up," Trout said.
Hunter followed up his performance by going 3-for-4 with three runs scored on Saturday.
Trout says thumb is 'fine'
DENVER -- A day after an errant fastball, clocked at 97 mph, clipped him on the thumb in the top of the ninth inning, Mike Trout said he was feeling "fine."
"It just hit the the tip of my finger," said Trout, who had a small bandage wrap on his left thumb. "I'm happy I got out of the way."
After a brief injury delay, Trout took his base, advanced to third on a hit by Torii Hunter and then scored on an Albert Pujols double. It was one of Trout's three runs scored in the Angels 7-2 win over the Rockies. Trout, a rookie, also notched three hits and stole two bases.
Since May 1, Trout is hitting .360, tops among American League hitters. He's compiled a .500 batting average in June heading into play on Saturday. Overall, Trout is hitting. 340 with five home runs and 22 RBIs, with 11 stolen bases.
"He's been a catalyst," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "You have to step back and realize this is a 20-year-old kid. He gives you a lot of confidence moving forward about having a player who's going to be an impact player in your lineup for a while."
Trout went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, three runs scored and two stolen bases on Saturday.
Hawkins returns from disabled list
DENVER -- The Angels reinstated LaTroy Hawkins on Saturday after the right-handed reliever missed 30 games with a fractured finger on his right hand, which he suffered on May 6 while fielding a ground ball on the last play of the game against Toronto.
To make room for Hawkins, Bobby Cassevah was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake.
"LaTroy is the type of guy you don't realize how good he is until he's gone," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "We definitely missed what he could bring to our bullpen depth, whether he was coming in [during] the middle of the game or pitching late.
Hawkins has given up one earned run in 8 1/3 innings this year. In 24 appearances against the Rockies, he owns a 1.80 ERA. He pitched for the Rockies on their 2007 National League championship club.
"We'll see what inning he comes in, but he's ready," Scioscia said "We're excited to have him back and have a different dimension to our bullpen."
Hawkins entered Saturday's game with one out in the sixth inning and pitched two-thirds of an inning of scoreless ball.
Wilson not worried about SI survey
DENVER -- Sports Illustrated just released results of a MLB players' poll -- votes were tallied in the preseason -- which named Angels starter C.J. Wilson the most overrated player in baseball. Wilson received 14 percent of the votes.
"Hey, that's fine," Wilson said after winning his seventh game on Friday against the Rockies. "I don't really care what opponents think. It's my job to get them out."
Wilson, who has a 2.39 ERA, was forwarded a link to the survey this week.
"When I do those surveys and answer that question, I try to think of it in terms of performance per dollar," said Wilson, who signed a five-year, $77.5 million contract with the Angels in the offseason. "That's the way I view it. I don't know where I rank in terms of starting-pitcher salaries. Mine over the past three years had to be in the middle of the range for starting pitchers."
Because the survey was handed out during Spring Training, it's likely Wilson's 2011 postseason struggles, in which he was 0-3 for the Texas Rangers with a 5.79 ERA, were fresh on the minds of many. But Wilson has been among the best pitchers in the Majors recently -- he has the second-best ERA among American League starters and has allowed only two runs in his last 28 innings pitched.
"He's throwing the heck out of the ball for us," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia.
Rockies manager Jim Tracy didn't think the pitcher that mowed his club down on Friday -- Wilson had nine strikeouts -- had failed to live up to his big contract.
"The Angels didn't pay for mediocrity," Tracy said. "They paid for [last night's performance], and they got it."
Starting pitcher Jered Weaver (6-1, 2.61 ERA) will throw from the mound on Monday. Weaver was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 29 with a lower back strain.
Catcher Chris Iannetta (fractured right wrist, placed on 15-day disabled list on May 10) experienced some tightness in his forearm during his rehab work. The Angels stopped Iannetta's assignments this weekend and hope to resume on Monday.
Trey Scott is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.