© St. Petersburg Times, published May 25, 2001
4:15 p.m. Saturday;
1:15 p.m. Sunday;
4:15 p.m. Monday
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SCOUTING REPORT: The Angels made it over .500 last season and hope to continue their climb without major changes. They made modest moves over the winter and responded to the season-ending injury to Mo Vaughn by signing veteran Wally Joyner.
Despite a poor start by Tim Salmon and meager overall offensive numbers, something is working.
Strong efforts by their mostly unheralded pitching staff and scrappy overall play (13 comeback wins) have them hanging around .500.
Closer Troy Percival is 10-for-10 in save opportunities.
THE PAST WEEK: Relatively speaking, the Angels have done okay.
They went 3-3 against contenders Toronto and Cleveland at home, then lost an ugly 12-5 game Wednesday at Baltimore.
FLORIDA CONNECTIONS: Rookie shortstop David Eckstein, one of the most surprising success stories in the game, starred at the University of Florida and won a state championship at Sanford-Seminole High. ... Bullpen coach Bobby Ramos spent three seasons as a minor-league manager for the Rays. ... Ex-Ray Jose Canseco was released in spring training.
PITCHING MATCHUPS: Today, RHP Pat Rapp (1-4, 5.10) vs. RHP Albie Lopez (3-4, 3.94); Saturday, LHP Jarrod Washburn (2-4, 5.11) vs. RHP Paul Wilson (2-5, 6.62); Sunday, RHP Ismael Valdes (2-3, 4.50) vs. RHP Bryan Rekar (0-6, 5.06); Monday, LHP Scott Schoenweiss (3-3, 4.48) vs. RHP Brian Rose (0-2, 8.66).
SEASON SERIES: The Rays tend to play the Angels close. The teams split the season series last year, going 6-6, and the Angels own a slight advantage over the three years at 19-16. At the Trop, the Rays are 8-9 against Anaheim.
WHO'S HOT: Glaus looks to be on another power trip, with eight multihit games in his last 13. He hit .373 during that stretch.
WHO'S NOT: Salmon, dropped to seventh in the order, went into play Thursday with four hits in his last 41 at-bats.
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THURSDAY'S CROWD: 11,181
TROPICANA FIELD CAPACITY: 44,445
SEASON TOTAL: 365,968
PER-GAME AVERAGE: 15,249
2001 LARGEST CROWD: 41,546
2001 SMALLEST CROWD: 11,056
2000 PER-GAME AVERAGE: 19,368
1999 PER-GAME AVERAGE: 19,296
1998 PER-GAME AVERAGE: 30,939
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