6/16/2013 5:14 P.M. ET
Scioscia to continue hitting Hamilton second
By William Boor / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- When Angels manager Mike Scioscia unveiled his lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Yankees, Josh Hamilton's name was absent and Mike Trout's was back to the second spot in the order.
However, Scioscia has not given up on having Trout, Hamilton and Albert Pujols at the top of his order. Hamilton was simply given Sunday off to rest and will likely continue to hit second when he returns to the lineup.
"It's a week of him hitting second," Scioscia said of the small sample size. "It's worth the experiment if he moves forward and we become a better overall team, but you have to balance that with the ability to set the table for the middle of your lineup. If Josh isn't making progress, then obviously we will have to readjust, but it's worth putting a little more time into it."
Scioscia didn't specify how long "a little more time" actually is, but after a brief seven games, the change has not sparked Hamilton's offense the way Scioscia and the Angels were hoping.
Hamilton is hitting .188 with one home run and three RBIs since he was moved up in the order.
Hanson pitching well enough to absorb stolen bases
ANAHEIM -- When Ichiro Suzuki stole two bases during the course of one at-bat in the seventh inning of Saturday's game, it illustrated a problem Tommy Hanson has dealt with for the entirety of his career -- holding runners on.
While the Yankees stole four bases against Hanson -- the most he has allowed in one game this season -- the right-hander, along with some help from the Angels' bullpen, stranded Suzuki at third.
"Task one for a pitcher is really to execute a good pitch to hopefully get that miss-hit," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think a lot of pitchers are going to have chinks in their armor, whatever that might be. Some guys, it's going to be holding runners."
In Hanson's eight starts this season, opponents are 14-for-15 when attempting to steal. Hanson is tied with the Cubs' Scott Feldman and San Diego's Edinson Volquez for the most stolen bases allowed in the Majors, but both Feldman and Volquez have thrown at least 30 more innings than Hanson.
Saturday's results were nothing new as opponents have averaged 31 stolen bases per season against Hanson in his career. However, Scioscia feels that as long as Hanson strands the runners -- which he did on all four occasions Saturday -- it's a non-issue.
"I think you have to look at the bottom line of any pitcher, and Tommy, if you look at his bottom line, he's pitched at a high enough level to absorb a lot of the things you would see in stolen bases and stuff," Scioscia said.
Blanton gets the call to start Tuesday vs. Mariners
ANAHEIM -- Prior to Sunday's contest against the Yankees, Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced that Joe Blanton will start Tuesday's game against the Mariners.
Blanton -- who has not pitched since June 9 because the team had Thursday off and didn't need a fifth starter -- spent Friday and Saturday working on some mechanical issues with pitching coach Mike Butcher.
"For a couple days, Joe was going to have to provide some length in the 'pen if we needed it a couple days ago," Scioscia said. "He worked with Butch and hopefully worked some stuff out. He knows what it's about, he knows what he needs to do, and we'll see if he moves forward with it."
Blanton is just 1-10 with a 5.87 ERA on the season, but he has pitched well enough to have at least a few more wins. The right-hander has had six quality starts, but gave up six earned runs on eight hits in five innings of work against the Red Sox in his last start.
While Blanton's sessions with Butcher went well, the leash may be getting shorter. Blanton was selected over Jerome Williams, who is 4-2 with a 3.48 ERA in seven starts this season.
"I think the bottom line is really executing on the field," Scioscia said. "We've been talking about Joe for a while, and he needs to make better pitches and that will lead to better results."
• As fans entered Angel Stadium on Sunday, they were presented with a "Salute to Mariano Rivera Commemorative Certificate" celebrating Rivera's last regular-season game at Angel Stadium.
• Minor League pitcher Kramer Sneed, one of the players the Angels acquired in the Vernon Wells trade, was added to the California League All-Star team.
• Prior to Sunday's game, several Angels players recorded video messages wishing their fathers -- and fathers everywhere -- a happy Father's Day.
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.