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LAA@TEX: Skaggs catches Andrus leaning away from bag

Tyler Skaggs vs. Chris Young may not quite live up to Garrett Richards vs. Felix Hernandez in terms of name-recognition, but both of Sunday's starters have quietly put up solid seasons for their teams.

The Angels' Skaggs, who is still trying to work his way back from a hamstring injury, is 5-5 with a 4.50 ERA. The Mariners' Young is 8-6 with a 3.15 ERA.

"Chris has been invaluable for this rotation. Quite frankly, he's saved us time and time again," Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He's really solidified our rotation."

Skaggs, a former top prospect, began the season well before hitting the disabled list in early June. In three starts since returning from the DL on July 2, Skaggs has allowed 11 runs in 19 1/3 innings.

His last outing was his worst of three. He allowed six earned runs in five innings, but got the win as his offense poured 10 runs on the Rangers.

"We persevered," Skaggs said after that win. "It wasn't the greatest outing for me -- I made some bad pitches in 0-2 counts -- and that's frustrating, but we persevered and won the game and that's what counts.

Angels: Los Angeles using eight-man bullpen
By trading for Huston Street and sending down first baseman C.J. Cron to Triple-A Salt Lake, Anaheim now has an eight-man bullpen and just 12 position players.

Relief pitcher Cory Rasmus survived the move after pitching 2 1/3 scoreless innings on Friday night

"We definitely want to keep our pitching depth there," said Halos manager Mike Scioscia.

Every available reliever pitched during the Angels' 16-inning win against the Mariners on Friday and Scioscia said the Angels needed Grant Green and Efren Navarro's coverage in the infield with Erick Aybar's injury.

Mariners: Paxton set for two more rehab starts
Lefty James Paxton completed a 40-pitch bullpen session on Saturday at Angel Stadium and reported that all is well in his comeback from a late-spring lat strain.

"I'm feeling great," Paxton said. "The bullpen went great, so we're looking forward.

Paxton made his second rehab start on Thursday, going 2 2/3 innings for Short Season Everett. He's scheduled to throw 60 pitches on Tuesday for Triple-A Tacoma and make at least one more rehab start after that before possibly rejoining Seattle's rotation.

Worth noting
• The Angles are the Majors' highest-scoring team with 481 runs and the only team averaging more than five runs per game.

• Los Angeles designated Ian Stewart for assignment prior to Saturday's game to make room for Street on the 40-man roster. Comments