7/20/2014 3:49 P.M. ET
Street records scoreless outing in Angels debut
By Matthew DeFranks / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Huston Street's Angels debut on Saturday became an afterthought as Seattle outlasted the Angels in 12 innings.
Street entered the game in the ninth inning of a tied game and recorded a scoreless inning in his first game in the American League since 2008. The 30-year-old right-hander gave up a single but also recorded a strikeout.
"It's the first time we've seen him close up in a while but it's good to see the ball coming out of his hand so well," manager Mike Scioscia said. "His velocity was better than it probably had been when we saw him last. He just looked a tick crisper and he can change speeds with the best of them and has really good command."
Street threw 12 of his 17 pitches for strikes and mixed his pitches well (eight sinkers, five changeups and four sliders).
The Angels acquired Street in a six-player trade on Friday night that moved Joe Smith from the closer's role and into a setup position in the bullpen.
Los Angeles relievers have a 1.63 ERA in their last 19 games while holding opponents to a .209 average.
Extra-inning showdowns lead to series finale
ANAHEIM -- The Angels and Mariners have been working overtime this weekend.
In the first two games of a three-game series, Seattle and Los Angeles waged a 16-inning marathon and a 12-inning affair, combining to score just 10 runs in more than 10 hours while splitting the pair.
It was the third time this season the Angels have played back-to-back extra-inning games. The two teams became the first clubs to play a 12-plus-inning game after playing at least 16 the game before since the Expos and Astros in 1991.
"It happens from time to time," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think you're always set up to try to win it in nine innings with always the mindset that whatever happens in the 14th inning, you have to get there. So that's always in the back of your head. We're going to try to win it in nine innings and you just have to play the cards as they're dealt and go from there."
The Angels had not played as many innings in two days since playing 30 against Cleveland in Sept. 2010. They have not played three consecutive extra-inning games since 1986, though that was in a span of four days.
The two teams had already played an extra game and then some prior to Sunday's series finale. The two bullpens have combined to toss 22 2/3 innings of four-run ball as 17 different relievers took the ball.
Were it not for their starters -- Jered Weaver and Garrett Richards -- going deep, the Angels bullpen could have been in deeper trouble.
"Weave pitched into the seventh, Garrett pitched eight innings, that was important, too," Scioscia said. "I think we came out of it about as well as you'd expect."
Scioscia said the club would use Matt Shoemaker -- Monday's scheduled starter -- if they needed to Sunday.
Friday's game was the longest of the season for each team, both in terms of time and innings.
• Erick Aybar, out with a sore right groin, feels "much better," Scioscia said on Sunday.
Grant Green, making his first Major League start at shortstop, was in Aybar's place Sunday. Aybar injured his groin Friday night and exited the game after a single in the ninth.
John McDonald had been filling in for Aybar the last two days.
• Efren Navarro displayed his ability to play the outfield on Saturday night, making a pretty spin-and-fire throw to end the eighth inning.
Seattle leadoff hitter James Jones lined a ball down the left-field line, where Navarro gathered, spun and threw a perfect throw to get Jones at second.
"It doesn't surprise me at all," Scioscia said. "He's got a nice arm from the outfield."
Navarro has experience playing in both corner outfield spots but has also seen time at first base.
"He's athletic," Scioscia said. "Although he's not a plus runner, he makes up for it with route and certainly with technique and he made a nice play last night."
Matthew DeFranks is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.