8/11/2013 12:33 A.M. ET
Shuck's hometown friends in Cleveland crowd
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- J.B. Shuck's hometown of Galion, Ohio, is a little more than an hour drive south from Progressive Field and is made up of only about 10,000 people.
This weekend, many of them are taking up the left-field seats at the Indians' ballpark.
For the first time in his career, the 26-year-old Shuck is playing a Major League game close to home. He got tickets for about 20 of his close family and friends, but said "a ton" of others found a way to make it out, sitting in the stands that reside behind the position Shuck just so happens to play.
They're seeing Shuck as he makes an outside case for the American League Rookie of the Year Award, ranking first among AL rookies in hits (79), doubles (14) and triples (three), second in runs (36), third in total bases (102), and fourth in batting average (.289) and on-base percentage (.333) entering Saturday's game.
"Being from a small town," Shuck said, "it's great to have the support from all the people and know that there's a big community like that that's kind of behind you."
Vargas eyes rotation return after bullpen session
CLEVELAND -- Jason Vargas will throw a between-starts bullpen session Sunday at Progressive Field, and if the Angels left-hander comes out of it feeling good, he'll start Tuesday against the Yankees in the Bronx.
Vargas' last start in the Majors came on June 17. Since then, he was diagnosed with a blood clot near his left arm pit, had surgery, started a throwing program and made one rehab start in Triple-A on Thursday, giving up four runs in 4 2/3 innings.
"If Jason is ready," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said, "we want to get him folded into the rotation as quickly as we can."
Tuesday would be Tommy Hanson's turn in the rotation, but Scioscia didn't want to speculate on who gets bumped from the staff if Vargas returns in three days. The Angels haven't announced the rotation past Jerome Williams' turn Sunday, and the off-day this past Thursday allows for some flexibility.
"Let's get through Jason's bullpen and see where we are," Scioscia said. "We'll make decisions as they come up."
Boshers gets key strikeout in big league debut
CLEVELAND -- Left-handed reliever Buddy Boshers was starting to wonder what was going on while sitting in the bullpen Friday night in Round Rock, Texas. He hadn't pitched in four days for Triple-A Salt Lake, and normally the guy who has the most rest gets in the game, but once again, he was passed up.
Then pitching coach Erik Bennett called him into his office and told Boshers why: He was joining the Angels in Cleveland to become the team's 13th pitcher, the corresponding move for second baseman Howie Kendrick landing on the disabled list.
He debuted in Saturday's 7-2 win against the Indians, striking out the only batter he faced, Jason Kipnis, to strand two runners on base and end the sixth.
"I basically got about 30 minutes of sleep because my mind has been going 100 mph since I got the news," the 25-year-old said of his first Major League callup. "It's a dream come true, to be honest with you, and it's been a long time coming. I think I've earned it."
Boshers, an Alabama native, was a fourth-round Draft pick by the Angels in 2008 and was moved primarily to the bullpen two years later. He bounced back from a rough year in the California League in 2012, posting a 2.98 ERA in 45 appearances between Class A and Double-A, and has put up solid numbers again in 2013.
He began the year in Double-A and earned a promotion to Triple-A in mid-July, combining to post a 3.35 ERA in 48 1/3 innings at the two affiliates, striking out 11.4 batters per nine innings, walking 4.7 and putting up a 1.30 WHIP as mainly a full-inning reliever.
Then Boshers recorded probably the biggest out of his first Major League game, setting up C.J. Wilson's win.
"Honestly, I can't even describe it," Boshers said of his one-batter appearance. "It was almost a blur, in a sense. Everything happened so fast, I didn't have time to embrace the situation to the fullest. Bam, bam, bam. Next thing I know, I'm in the dugout."
• With a two-out walk in the eighth inning of Saturday's 7-2 win, Mike Trout's on-base streak reached 40 consecutive games, passing Bobby Grich (39) for second in franchise history. The leader is Orlando Cabrera, who reached in 63 straight games in 2006.
• Third base prospect Luis Jimenez, out of the lineup at Triple-A Salt Lake since June 15 because of a right shoulder injury, has been playing some rehab games in Arizona and could return to Triple-A within the next few days.
• The only two Major Leaguers ever to be born in Camden, S.C., are Angels reliever Michael Kohn and Hall of Famer Larry Doby, who spent 10 years patrolling center field for the Indians.
• The Angels have no interest in infielders Mark Reynolds (Indians) and Adam Rosales (Athletics), two players who were recently designated for assignment by their former organizations.
• In order to clear room on the 40-man roster for Boshers, the Angels transferred lefty reliever Sean Burnett to the 60-day disabled list. Burnett was shut down for the year with a small tear in his flexor tendon, which he recently had surgery on.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.