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MIN@HOU: Hernandez holds Astros to two over six-plus

It's been a disappointing season for the Angels, no doubt, but manager Mike Scioscia has still found some enjoyment in his club's recent hot streak.

The Angels will head into Monday night's game against the Twins, a makeup from April 17, having won 12 of their last 16 games. They'll send Jered Weaver to the mound at Target Field as they try to extend that stretch deeper into September.

"We've got a great mix and match going with some young players and some veteran players, mostly young players. It's been fun to watch," Scioscia said before Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Rangers. "These guys are running hard. They're playing hard. It's been fun to watch these guys rebound from the depths of what's been a very frustrating season."

The Twins can relate on that front. Minnesota fell to Toronto on Sunday, tying the franchise record with 10 straight losses at home. The Washington Senators also lost 10 straight at home from Sept. 15-29, 1957, and no Twins club has lost 10 straight at home since 1961.

Minnesota has dropped 12 of its last 13 home games, a mark left-hander Pedro Hernandez will try to improve as he takes the mound against the Angels.

Hernandez is coming off a solid outing Tuesday against the Astros, his first start since June 23 and his first quality start in nine career outings. The lefty went six-plus innings, allowing two runs on six hits and no walks while striking out three. One goal Monday will be to pitch deeper into the game, as he was on a 70-85 pitch limit his last time out.

Weaver, meanwhile, has put together three straight quality starts, holding opponents to a .158 average while posting a 1.71 ERA over that span. The veteran right-hander lost his last time out, however, giving up three runs in seven innings against the Rays on Wednesday.

"It's tough," Weaver said. "I'm obviously a guy that likes to go out there and win ballgames, a pretty competitive person. It's just one of those games where we couldn't get anything going and a couple home runs beat us."

Angels: Jimenez expected back soon
Third baseman Luis Jimenez left Saturday's win over the Rangers and didn't play Sunday due to a right thumb contusion. That injury occurred when he was hit by a pitch, but his left thumb was banged up on a slide into home plate. Jimenez said both thumbs felt better Sunday, and he expects to only miss a few days.

The Angels recalled infielder Tommy Field from Triple-A Salt Lake in case Jimenez does miss significant time, but Scioscia said Jimenez is "hopefully" day to day.

• The Angels' top two Minor League affiliates are set to kick off their respective championship series on Tuesday. Triple-A Salt Lake won the PCL Pacific Conference Championship and advanced to the finals, a best-of-five series. Double-A Arkansas, meanwhile, will begin the Texas League Championship Series.

Twins: Seven players called up
With Triple-A Rochester's season over, the Twins called up seven players following Sunday's 2-0 loss to the Blue Jays: catcher Eric Fryer, infielder Eduardo Escobar, outfielder Chris Parmelee, left-hander Scott Diamond and right-handers Michael Tonkin, Cole De Vries and Shairon Martis.

To make room on their 40-man roster, the Twins transferred right-hander Samuel Deduno and outfielder Wilkin Ramirez from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.

• Alex Presley went 2-for-3 on Sunday, extending his hitting streak to five games. He has at least one hit in six of his seven games since the Twins acquired him in exchange for Justin Morneau on Aug. 31. In that stretch, he's hitting .387 (12-for-31) with two doubles, a home run and five RBIs, and five of those outings have been multi-hit performances.

Worth noting
• The Twins lead the season series between these two clubs, 4-1, but the Angels have gone 66-52 against the Twins since 2000. The Angels' 354 all-time wins against Minnesota are their most against any non-American League West opponent.

• Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe has at least one hit in 17 of his last 20 games dating back to Aug. 18. He's hitting .321 (25-for-78) with eight doubles, two homers and five RBIs during that stretch. Comments