Angels hope Interleague success continues

Angels hope Interleague success continues

SAN DIEGO -- The Angels, in case you hadn't noticed, are the kings of Interleague Play -- whatever that means.

Heading into Saturday's game against the Padres at Petco Park, and following a 7-2 win in Friday's series opener, the Angels are 63-28 in Interleague Play since the start of 2007 and 133-84 since 2000, two records that are tops in the Majors, and have won nine straight series against National League opponents.

Last year, the Angels finished 13-5 in Interleague Play, tying the Yankees for the Majors' best record, and got a big boost from it. During a 15-game chunk against NL teams that began in mid-June, the Angels went from four games below .500 and 3 1/2 games out of first place to three games over .500 and tied for first.

Part of the reason for his team's Interleague success, manager Mike Scioscia believes, stems from not having one everyday designated hitter in the past, which meant Angels lineups wouldn't suffer as much as those of other American League clubs when playing at NL parks.

This year, with Kendrys Morales entrenched as the full-time DH, it's different. But the Angels are hoping Morales can get comfortable at first base by their June 8-13 road trip -- when they play in Colorado and Los Angeles -- and sporadically plug Albert Pujols in at third base to keep them both in there.