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DET@LAA: Richards strikes out eight over seven strong

After a slow start, the Angels' starters appear to be finding a rhythm.

Joe Blanton, Jason Vargas and Tommy Hanson have given the team three consecutive quality starts, a trend the rotation hopes to continue Tuesday.

Garrett Richards will get Tuesday's start against divisional rival Oakland as the Angels attempt to get back in the winning column against the A's following Monday's 10-8 loss in 19 innings.

"We've had some quality starts from guys," catcher Chris Iannetta said. "Guys are throwing more strikes and controlling more counts, so I think they've done a really great job."

Although the Angels have lost five of their last six and are currently seven games under .500, A's manager Bob Melvin believes the Angels are better than their early season record indicates.

"This is a very dangerous team that has not played up to their ability to this point, but they're always a game away from it," Melvin said. "You know that they're a scary team. They started out slow last year and really played well later. At some point in time, they're going to get hot, and you just hope it's when they leave town."

Right-handed pitcher Jarrod Parker will get the start for the A's. Parker has struggled this season as he has an 0-4 record with a ERA over eight, but Melvin is pleased with the work Parker has put in between starts.

"I think he's a little more confident," Melvin said. "He tries to separate each outing and go into each one with a positive mindset. He threw a more aggressive bullpen session the other day that was more game-like, and I think he came out of the feeling pretty good."

Parker hasn't lasted six innings in four of his five starts this season, but has a 2.90 ERA in 31 career innings pitched against the Angels.

Angels: De La Rosa a much needed arm in the bullpen

• Dane De La Rosa was not a member of the Angels until the very end of Spring Training, but has appeared in nine of the last 13 games.

"It's a great opportunity," the 30-year-old De La Rosa said. "It's nothing I'm not used to. I've been doing this for pretty much the last three years in Triple-A and Double-A. I don't mind it at all. It's helping us out, so it's all good."

• The Angels have been without shortstop Erick Aybar since April 9, but it appears he will rejoin the team in the near future.

Last week, Aybar played in three extended spring training games in Arizona and on Monday he went 2-for-5 with a double and a two-run homer in a game for Triple-A Salt Lake.

A's: Wells traded to White Sox

• Outfielder Casper Wells was traded to the White Sox for cash considerations on Monday.

Wells was hitless in five at-bats for Oakland before he was designated for assignment on Sunday.

• When Dan Straily was called up to make Monday's start, reliever Jesse Chavez was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. Chavez allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings for Oakland.

Worth noting

• Mike Trout is hitting .357 with 14 career at-bats against Parker.

• In his career, Richards has thrown 2 2/3 scoreless innings against the A's. No one on Oakland's roster has more than four career at-bats against Richards. Comments