Before Thursday's game against the Red Sox, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he was still unsure as to when reliever Scott Downs would be rejoining the team. The left-hander was placed on the family medical emergency list prior to the team's game on Monday against the Red Sox. The list doesn't allow players to miss more than seven games, so Downs would have to be back with the team by Tuesday at the latest. Asked if Downs could be available for the weekend series against the Mariners, Scioscia said: "We'll see. It's going to be one step at a time with Downs. We'll just see whenever he's ready to go." Mike Trout's first-inning run on Thursday was his 103rd on the season, tying the Angels' rookie record. Devon White had the same in 159 games in 1987. Trout did it in 108. Mariners: Saunders set to return Friday
Though he had hoped to return earlier this week against the Twins, outfielder Michael Saunders is now expecting to return to the lineup in Friday's opener against the Halos. Saunders has missed six games since straining his right groin muscle last Friday in a ninth-inning outfield collision against the White Sox. Saunders was close to playing Thursday, but Wedge decided to give him one more day off. "We just feel like he needs a day of rest, he's been pushing so hard to come back," Wedge said prior to Thursday's 5-4 victory. "The best opportunity for him to play in the outfield and play an entire game would be to give him some time today. We plan on him being in the outfield [Friday]." Worth noting
Angels outfielder Torii Hunter is 17-for-42 [.405] with five doubles, two homers and 13 RBIs in his career against Millwood. Haren has recorded more wins (11) and strikeouts (120) against Seattle than against any other team. Overall, he is 11-6 with a 2.69 ERA in 21 career starts against the Mariners.