NEW YORK -- West Coast teams tend to have the most strenuous schedules. What the Angels are facing now, though, takes that to a whole new level, with a night game in New York on Sunday and another night game all the way back in Anaheim on Monday.
Under circumstances like these, Sunday's game would normally be played during the day. But the Angels -- with Albert Pujols at first and championship aspirations throughout -- now have a lot more national appeal, with 10 national TV games already booked, and being part of ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" telecast required an 8:05 p.m. ET start time.
So, manager Mike Scioscia sent Monday starter Jered Weaver and
Tuesday starter Dan Haren home a day early to get some rest.
"This is obviously tough," Scioscia said. "It's just what you deal with on West Coast travel. It is what it is. We'll be ready to play."
The Angels also played six of their first eight games during the day. Not easy. But, as Scioscia added, "Nothing out of the ordinary. It's just the season."