07/12/2003 3:10 PM ET
Notes: Sele taken off limit
Starter can now go past fifth inning
ANAHEIM -- Aaron Sele said he wasn't sure if his recent five-inning limit consciously changed anything in his approach on the mound.
By Doug Miller / MLB.com
But after cruising through three starts, going 3-0 with a 0.60 ERA and giving up only one run in the 15 innings on nine hits, he said it probably wasn't a bad thing.
As a result of his progress, Scioscia has removed Sele's five-inning limit and will let him go as far as his stuff dictates when he makes his next start Monday, July 21, at Tampa Bay.
"We're taking the water wings off and letting him go into the deep end," Scioscia said. "We're not going with an artificial ceiling. He's building some stamina and becoming more effective."
Sele's ups and downs that led to the five-inning cap were related to the fact that he had offseason surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and labrum in his right shoulder, an injury that plagued him throughout an inconsistent 2002 season.
"I was just happy we won the games that I pitched," Sele said of the five-inning experiment. "I might look back at this time after the year and say, 'You know what? That was a good idea.' Mike's been around the game long enough to know these things. And he's always looking long-term."
No All-Star starter yet: Scioscia, always one to delay the breaking of news until the last possible moment, stuck to his usual plan Saturday and wouldn't reveal who will take the hill for the American League to start the All-Star Game in Chicago on Tuesday.
Chicago's Esteban Loaiza is considered the favorite because he is one of the leading contenders based on statistics (11-5 record, AL-low 2.21 ERA entering Saturday) and because he is the hometown pitcher at U.S. Cellular Field.
Scioscia didn't say much more than that Loaiza is one of four who could start the game.
"We're looking at who will be the freshest, and it comes down to (Oakland's Mark) Mulder, Loaiza, (Seattle's Jamie) Moyer and (Cleveland's C.C.) Sabathia. It'll probably come from that core."
Coming up: The Angels play one more game Sunday, the last of a three-game home set with the Minnesota Twins, before taking three days off for the All-Star break. Right-hander John Lackey (5-8, 5.02) will take the hill for the Angels against Minnesota right-hander Kyle Lohse (6-7, 4.63).
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.