5/14/2013 10:05 P.M. ET
Too many two-out runs are costing the Halos
By Alden Gonzalez and William Boor / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Following the Angels' 11-4 loss to the Royals on Monday, both starter Joe Blanton and manager Mike Scioscia mentioned Kansas City's ability to score with two outs.
"Joe had a rough outing to say the least," Scioscia said after the game. "He just missed spots. When you're missing spots, innings are going to continue. He had a couple chances to minimize damage and couldn't get out of it."
Six of the seven runs the Royals scored off Blanton -- and eight of their 11 -- came with two outs.
"There was just maybe a couple innings where I was just one pitch from getting out," Blanton said. "They had a couple two-out hits that cost me."
While Blanton may have been the latest victim, two-out runs are something that have plagued the Angels all season.
Of the 197 runs the Angels have allowed, 47 percent of them have been scored with two outs.
As for the rest of the runs, 18 percent have been scored with no outs and 36 percent have scored with one out.
For comparisons sake, the rest of the American League West has only allowed 35 percent of their runs with two outs.
"It's probably just one of those things," pitcher Barry Enright said. "A little [bad] luck along with a good job by the other team, but I think all the pitchers feel pretty confident that they are going to keep doing what they're doing and we're going to get better as we all mesh together."
The last time the Angels gave up 40 percent or more of their total runs with two outs was 2010 -- also the last time the team finished with a sub-.500 record.
In 2012, 39 percent of runs allowed came with two outs, and in '11, it was 36 percent.
When things go wrong, people typically look for someone to blame, but no area of the Angels' pitching staff stands alone when it comes to struggling to close innings.
The rotation -- C.J. Wilson, Blanton, Jason Vargas, Jerome Williams and Enright, along with Jered Weaver and Tommy Hanson -- has given up 47 percent of its runs with two outs. The bullpen has given up 45 percent.
Opposing batters are hitting .274 with two outs, and .276 with two outs and runners in scoring position.
Weaver feels good, but will need rehab starts
ANAHEIM -- Angels ace Jered Weaver felt good after a 60-pitch, high-intensity bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon. So good, in fact, that if it were up to him, his next step -- an 80-pitch session which will be broken up in 20-pitch installments scheduled for Friday -- will be his last before returning to the Angels' rotation.
"I'd like to throw the 80-pitch session and get in a game here," Weaver said, "if I had it my way."
Problem is, he really doesn't.
The Angels want to make sure Weaver is fully stretched out and totally in sync after being out five weeks with a broken left elbow. So Angels manager Mike Scioscia re-iterated on Tuesday that Weaver will need at least two rehab starts before being activated from the disabled list. That could follow his Friday session if Weaver continues to feel good, which would have him back by late May or early June.
"I just know he's smiling, and that's a good sign," Scioscia said. "The way he threw the ball this afternoon is reminiscent of what we would expect Weave to have, and that's encouraging."
Weaver has now thrown three bullpen sessions since hurting himself on April 7. His first two were more about getting used to throwing off a mound again. This last one was more "game-like," in Weaver's description.
"It went really well today, so it's exciting," Weaver said.
Can he convince Scioscia to not have to go out on a rehab assignment?
"I don't know," he said, smiling. "We're going to have to find out."
Pujols to hold 11th annual golf classic on Monday
ANAHEIM -- Albert and Deidre Pujols will host the 11th annual Albert Pujols Celebrity Golf Classic on Monday at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes.
The Classic -- which is presented by Vons, Apollo Jets and Oh Yeah -- is an 18-hole shotgun-style event followed by a cocktail hour and dinner. There will be a live auction during the dinner and awards ceremony. There will also be a silent auction ongoing throughout the day that will close prior to the dinner.
Proceeds will benefit the Pujols Family Foundation, which provides unique programs and services to those living with Down syndrome.
The foundation also offers relief to the impoverished people of the Dominican Republic.
ESPN anchor Steve Levy will be the Master of Ceremonies, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Roger Clemens and several Angels players are expected to attend.
• Ryan Madson, in the final stages of his recovery from Tommy John surgery, will make a second rehab appearance for Class A Inland Empire on Wednesday or Thursday. That could be his final outing before returning to the Angels.
• Scioscia said there's still no timetable for when Hanson will be activated off the restricted list. Enright is starting in his place on Wednesday, marking three turns through the rotation that Hanson has missed while dealing with his step-brother's death (he was previously on the bereavement list before a short return to the team).
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.