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DET@LAA: Hanson tames Tigers over six strong frames

The Angels, who lost three of four games against the Mariners over the weekend, will attempt to get back on track against another division foe as they travel to Oakland to take on the Athletics.

Right-hander Tommy Hanson will get the start for the Angels after being away from the team for the past six days while he was on the bereavement list, after the death of his stepbrother.

"I threw when I was [in Georgia]," Hanson said. "It's not the same as getting bullpens in and working out. I worked out at a hotel gym and did some shoulder stuff and ran, and a little bit of core stuff. I threw a bullpen after the game [Saturday] night. The bullpen was good. It's not going to be the same as if you're here, but I am ready to go into my start."

While he did miss one start while away from the team, Hanson is coming off of his best outing of the season, as he threw six scoreless innings against the Tigers on April 19.

As the Angels welcome Hanson back into the rotation, the A's are opting to skip Brett Anderson's turn in the rotation.

Anderson sprained his right ankle two weeks ago, and he is still bothered by it, so Oakland decided to give him some extra rest without putting him on the disabled list.

"It's getting better each day," Anderson said. "I think skipping one time through will just give me the insurance to be sure it's right. It should clear up all the soreness, so I can just get back to pitching."

Dan Straily will start in Anderson's place, as Oakland looks to maintain momentum stemming from Sunday's 10th-inning walk off win.

Straily has made three starts for Triple-A Sacramento, allowing two runs in 18 2/3 innings.

Angels: Injuries piling up
• To make room for Hanson on the 25-man roster, reliever Sean Burnett was placed on the disabled list with left forearm irritation. Burnett joins Jered Weaver, Erick Aybar, Alberto Callaspo, Kevin Jepsen and Mark Lowe -- not to mention Ryan Madson, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery -- on the disabled list.

"We're getting hit with things that you get hit with in Major League Baseball," Angels' manager Mike Scioscia said. "It happens to teams. No doubt, some important pieces of our lineup are missing, but we'd be in better standing if starting pitchers were doing the job they can do. When that happens, despite having some guys banged up in the lineup, we'll win games."

Athletics: Cespedes returns
• After rehabbing an injured left hand, Yoenis Cespedes returned to the A's lineup Sunday. Cespedes went 2-for-5 against the Orioles, with a two-run, game-tying home run in the ninth inning.

Since Cespedes became a member of the A's, the team is 90-48 when he plays and 17-32 when he doesn't.

"[Cespedes] takes pressure off everybody in the lineup," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Even when he's not swinging well, I think guys have less pressure on themselves. The other team is always aware of where he is, and therefore to have someone like that to impact the lineup, it helps everyone else out."

• A's shortstop Jed Lowrie missed Sunday's game because of a neck strain, but expects to be in Monday's lineup. Lowrie is batting .344 this season.

Worth noting:
Hanson will be making his first career start against the A's.

Angels' left fielder Mike Trout is 4-for-7 with a .571 career batting average against Straily.

This is the second series of the season between the Angels and the A's, with Oakland sweeping the Angels in Anaheim in the first series. Comments