Vargas lets it fly in impressive Angels debut

PHOENIX -- Jason Vargas made quick work of the A's on Monday, and then he worked just as rapidly in the postgame interview. Vargas, making his first start for the Angels, threw two no-hit innings against Oakland and said afterward that he was just gripping it and ripping it.

"I mainly threw fastballs, and for the most part they were strikes," said Vargas. "I threw a couple decent changeups, but other than that I was just trying to pound the strike zone with fastballs."

Vargas, acquired from Seattle in exchange for Kendrys Morales in December, was rarely challenged. He only allowed one baserunner -- a walk to infielder Adam Rosales -- in his two innings, and he escaped the first inning on a popup and a groundout to shortstop.

The left-hander got Jed Lowrie to strike out on a changeup in the bottom of the second, and he coaxed a popup from Brandon Moss. The last batter he faced -- Josh Donaldson -- hit the only hard shot of the day against Vargas, but third baseman Alberto Callaspo snagged it on a line.

"I felt pretty dialed in, and they made some pretty good plays behind me," said Vargas of his infielders. "I don't know how Callaspo saw that ball, but I'm sure glad he caught it."

Vargas said he enjoyed throwing to catcher Hank Conger for the first time, and he said the main takeaway for him was being able to cope well with the extra adrenaline in his first start. Vargas, a native of Apple Valley, Calif., said he felt strong and was pleased with his outing

"I didn't feel tired or anything like that," he said. "It was just good to get out there."

Manager Mike Scioscia liked what he saw from Vargas, and he said he'd love to see Tommy Hanson get in a similar outing on Tuesday against the Reds. Scioscia said that Vargas may be new to the Angels, but the team saw plenty of him when he was in Seattle.

"We saw it from the other dugout," said Scioscia. "I thought his velocity was where it needed to be. He showed some good changeups. I think his rhythm was great. It was a great workout for him."