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OAK@LAA: Vargas on Angels' tough 8-1 loss vs. the A's

Tuesday's game is the second in a three-game set between the two longest tenured managers in baseball. Mike Scioscia took over the Angels in 2000 and Ron Gardenhire, who has a lot of respect for Scioscia, took over the Twins in '02.

"You talk to players who played over there and they just love the way he goes about the game," Gardenhire said. "He's a good one and has always been one of the best in the league and won a World Series and had his team in the playoffs plenty of times. So if you give him the talent, he can do some really good things with it."

The Twins, who snapped a five-game losing streak with Monday's 8-2 victory, will send Mike Pelfrey to the mound. Pelfrey only lasted two innings in his previous start, but is 2-0 against the Angels in his career.

Opposite Pelfrey will be Jason Vargas. The Angels' right-hander is still looking for his first win of 2013. Vargas lasted 5 2/3 innings in his previous start, but he will look to go deep in the game Tuesday, which is something the Angels starters have not been able to do this season.

"I think the teams we've faced have been very good offensive clubs," Scioscia said. "It's just one of those things where they're going to grind out at-bats. You only have so many pitches, but you can't let wanting to get deep in a game affect what you're doing out there."

Angels: Callaspo ailing
• Third baseman Alberto Callaspo missed his fourth straight game Monday, but the Angels are hoping the tightness in his right calf will go away and he can avoid a stint on the disabled list.

Twins: Two in a row
• Wins have come in pairs so far this season, and Gardenhire's club is hoping to repeat the process and win the series against the Angels on Tuesday.

Worth noting:
• Chris Iannetta is the only player on the Angels roster with more than 10 plate appearances against Pelfrey. Iannetta has 11 plate appearances against the right-hander and is hitting .333.

• Tuesday's game is expected to be played, but there is a strong chance Wednesday's game -- the series finale -- may be postponed due to inclement weather. Both teams have Thursday off, but the forecast for Thursday isn't promising. Comments