"I'm not holding anything back on my swing at this point, and the throwing is more of an issue," said Figgins. "The problem is getting that snap on the ball when I release the throw, but it is going better than I thought it would."Figgins was on the field at Angel Stadium more than four hours before Saturday night's game against Seattle, playing catch and doing sprints. He also fielded grounders and made throws to first base from both shortstop and third base during batting practice. Angels bats waking up? Are all the struggles the Angels had hitting and driving in runs during their 1-7 road trip now behind them with Friday night's offensive barrage? The Angels broke out of their slump in a big way on Friday night, tying a season high with 14 hits and tagging Mariners right-hander Miguel Batista for 10 hits and six earned runs in six innings. The team was 5-for-9 with runners in scoring position on Friday. Over its previous 10 games, the team hit .152 (14-for-92) in that same area. Having Vladimir Guerrero back in the lineup can energize an offense, and that is what happened on Friday. Guerrero, who seems to be back at full strength after missing two games earlier this week, went 3-for-5 on Friday night with a solo home run. He was back in the three hole for Saturday night's contest as well. Home, sweet home: Ervin Santana's struggles on the road throughout his career have been well chronicled, but he will take the mound at Angel Stadium for the first time in more than two weeks on Sunday. In 27 road starts, he is 9-13 with a 6.78 ERA. But in his 32 career starts in Anaheim, Santana is 20-5 with a 3.07 ERA, including a win against Texas in this season's opening series. As a reference, Johan Santana of the Minnesota Twins won the 2006 American League Cy Young Award with a 19-6 record and a 2.77 ERA, not a far cry from what the Angels' Santana has done in his career at home. Up next: Santana will make his second home start of the year on Sunday afternoon in the 12:35 PT finale of the three-game set against Seattle. The Mariners will counter with former Angels right-hander Jeff Weaver (0-2, 15.75 ERA).
Richie Brand is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.