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OAK@LAA: Santana strikes out five over seven frames

Angels right-hander Ervin Santana hasn't had much success against the Indians, winning just one of his 11 career starts against the Tribe. The lone win was certainly a memorable one, though.

Santana tossed a no-hitter in his most-recent trip to Cleveland, striking out 10 and allowing one unearned run last July 27. In the midst of a rough start to this season, however, it's hard for Santana to get too excited about returning to Progressive Field.

"No, not at all," Santana said. "It's just another game and a different year."

A very different year indeed.

This season, Santana is 0-4 with a 7.23 ERA through four starts, and has already served up a league-worst 10 home runs. Given those numbers, the 29-year-old would gladly just settle for a win.

Wins, in general, have come at a premium for the Halos this season, with the club finally snapping its five-game losing streak with Saturday's 2-1 win. With 21 games in the books, the Angels still sit at the bottom of the American League West and sport the third-worst record in the league.

"Obviously, we're not very happy with what's going on," fellow Angels starter Jered Weaver said. "The comments about 'It's early in the season' are far gone. We need to turn things around and get stuff on the same page."

Standing in the Angels' way will be right-hander Derek Lowe, who in contrast to Santana, has been a pleasant surprise for Cleveland. In four starts, Lowe is 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA as he looks to rebound from his 9-17 record and 5.05 ERA with the Braves last season.

Angels: Trout goes hitless in season debut

Angels top prospect Mike Trout went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the leadoff spot on Saturday, following his callup from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Manager Mike Scioscia said before Saturday's game that the club called up the 20-year-old Trout with the intention of playing him just about every day at one spot or another in the outfield.

"As far as I know," Trout said when asked if the plan was to play him on a daily basis. "Whenever they give me the opportunity to play, I'll just go with that."

Trout hit .220 in 40 games with the big league club last season, but was off to a hot start with Salt Lake this year, hitting .403 with five triples in 20 games.

Indians: Choo eyes next step in recovery process

Indians manager Manny Acta said prior to Saturday's game that left fielder Shin-Soo Choo plans to test his ailing left hamstring with some running drills Sunday.

Choo hasn't played since leaving Tuesday's game with a mild left hamstring strain. If Choo completes the drills without any issues, Acta said he could return to the Indians' lineup Tuesday, after the club's off-day.

"He's still feeling something there," Acta said before Saturday's 2-1 loss. "That's the report we've gotten from the training staff. We wouldn't be holding anybody back here."

Worth noting

• Current Angels players, excluding pitchers, are hitting a combined .306 (45-for-147) in their careers against Lowe.

• Utility man Maicer Izturis' .500 average (8-for-16) against Lowe is his second-highest against any pitcher whom he has faced 15 or more times (Mark Buehrle, .524).

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