Notes: Triple-A callups bring A-game

Angels notes: Rookie hurlers 11-0

CHICAGO -- The Angels' rookies have seized opportunities when they've come knocking this season, and manager Mike Scioscia appreciates it.

The Angels are 11-0 with rookie starters on the hill. Jered Weaver leads the way with seven wins, Joe Saunders got his third win Sunday against Texas and Dustin Moseley, who has since returned to Triple-A, won his start.

"If you can get a rookie to go out there and bring his talent out on the field and not be intimidated by the situation, there might be some rough edges down the road for them, but probably it'll be better," Scioscia said.

While it may be every rookie's dream to get called up and perform well, Weaver, who gets the start Tuesday in Cleveland, has turned it into a reality.

"I didn't expect to start off like this," Weaver said. "Everyone thinks they're going to be successful coming into it, but it's a fun ride going through it and I've got to keep it going."

He credits the offense and defense behind him for his success.

"You throw together a quality start and good hitting and defense and you're going to come out with a win," Weaver said. "You mix those things together and it works out all right."

But when rookies struggle, it's good to have a veteran to take over. Scioscia says that experience has not played a large role in the decision of whether to start veteran catcher Jose Molina or rookie Mike Napoli.

Molina made his third start in a row Monday after Napoli had done most of the catching over the last couple of months. But with Napoli's recent struggles at the plate, Scioscia has turned to Molina.

"We're just going to give Mike a chance to get some good work in with [hitting coach Mickey Hatcher]," Scioscia said. "It gives Jose a chance to play, and he's been playing very well during this stretch. We're going to need them both."

Scioscia says there is no exact "right time" for when to bring a rookie up to let him prove himself.

"The right time is when you have a need they can fill," Scioscia said. "That's when there's an opportunity and that door opens up. For these guys, it's been wide open.

"We're not going to shy away from letting our talent go out there and seeing what they can do, because you're never going to have a perfect team of nine veterans who are at their peak."

Late nights: The Angels may have to battle more than their opponents in this four-city road trip. Fatigue may become a factor with all four of their get-away games starting at night.

"It's something you deal with during the season," Scioscia said. "I won't say it's unusual, because you're going to have your share of late games and getting into hotels early for any team with any schedule."

Monday's game in Chicago started at 6:05 p.m. CT, Thursday and next Monday's games in Cleveland and New York both start at 7:05 p.m. ET and next Wednesday's game at Texas starts at 6:05 p.m. CT. With the evening starts, the team will not reach its destinations until early the next morning.

"Definitely, the circumstances with how our scheduling has worked out, particularly with coming here, it makes it a little tougher," Scioscia said of traveling to Chicago for a one-game makeup of the May 11 rainout here. "I wouldn't go far enough to say it's a huge issue. It's something you just do, you go out there and play ball."

Down on the farm: Josh Leblanc went 3-for-4 in Class A Rancho Cucamonga's 10-6 loss to Stockton on Sunday. Leblanc doubled and drove in two. Sean Rodriguez belted his 22nd home run. ... Jordan Renz went 3-for-4 with two home runs and drove in four in Class A Cedar Rapids' 7-5 loss to Lansing. ... Felipe Arredondo pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in Rookie League Orem's 4-3 victory over Ogden. Arredondo allowed only one hit and one walk and earned his fourth save of the year.

Up next: The Angels head to Cleveland, the second city of this 10-game trip, where Weaver (7-0, 1.81 ERA) will try to remain unbeaten against lefty Jeremy Sowers (3-3, 3.94 ERA) at 4:05 p.m. PT.

Leslie Parker is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.