Angels Battered By Twins, Now 4.5 Games Back In AL West

Tyler Chatwood is 0-4 in his last five starts with a 9.53 ERA.

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Angels Vs. Twins: Tyler Chatwood Clobbered In 13-5 Loss

The Minnesota Twins banged out 16 hits Friday night in their 13-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in the opening game of a three-game weekend series in Anaheim. Coupled with the Texas Rangers winning 10-0 against the Boston Red Sox, the Angels fell to four and a half games out of first place in the American League West.

Tyler Chatwood was recalled Friday night to start in place of Jered Weaver, who attended his grandfather's funeral. However, Chatwood was pulled in the fourth inning after allowing six runs on five hits and five walks, with just three strikeouts. In his last five starts, Chatwood is 0-4 and has allowed 24 runs in 22 2/3 innings. On the season he has nearly as many walks (68) as strikeouts (71).

Trevor Plouffe homered, doubled, and scored three runs for the Twins, while Jason Kubel and Danny Valencia each hit three hits, including a double. The Angels are now 4-3 against the Twins this season.

The good news for the Angels is that both Jeremy Moore and Efren Navarro made their major league debuts on Friday night. Both Moore and Navarro flew out to left field in their first and only at-bats.

Weaver starts Saturday night in the second game of the series, facing Brian Duensing for Minnesota.

For more news and information regarding the Angels, be sure to read Halos Heaven.

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Angels Vs. Twins: Friday Starting Lineups

The Los Angeles Angels return home to Anaheim Friday night three and a half games behind the Texas Rangers in the American League West. The Angels open a nine-game homestand with a three-game weekend battle with the Minnesota Twins. Here are the starting lineups for the series opener:

Twins (57-79)

Revere CF
Plouffe 2B
Mauer 1B
Cuddyer RF
Kubel DH
Valencia 3B
Tosoni LF
Nishioka SS
Butera C

Carl Pavano gets the start for Minnesota, looking for his first win in 10 starts. In his last nine starts he is 0-5 with a 5.74 ERA.

Angels (74-63)

Aybar SS
Kendrick 2B
Abreu DH
Hunter RF
Trumbo 1B
Callaspo 3B
Wells LF
Bourjos CF
Conger C

After making three straight starts, Mike Trout is on the bench Friday night. The 20-year old has five home runs in 23 games this season, and it hitting .357/.438/.821 in nine games since getting recalled from Double A Arkansas.

Friday's 7:05 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Fox Sports West. For more news and information regarding the Angels, be sure to read Halos Heaven.

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Tyler Chatwood Subs For Jered Weaver In Angels Opener With Twins

The Angels are 4-2 against the Twins this season.

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