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• Ervin Santana took a couple of steps forward and a couple of steps back on Friday, in manager Mike Scioscia's estimation. He rolled through the first two innings with only 22 pitches, then gave up five runs in a two-homer third inning before retiring 11 of his last 14 batters.

"I think you saw his fastball command was a little bit better," Scioscia said. "Some of his off-speed pitches, his changeup, he left out over the heart of the plate, and that's going to plague him. He got behind some stretches. But when he was going well, you saw him get into zones early, get counts in his favor and put guys away. So, there was a little give and take there, little pluses and minuses. But overall, when you're pitching that deep into the game and giving us a chance to win, that's a plus."

• Jordan Walden, recovering from injuries to his neck and right biceps, was roughed up in his first outing for Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday, giving up four runs (two earned) on three hits while recording only two outs in the eighth and ultimately suffering the loss.

• Mohamed Ahmed, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy trainee who was shot in the face by a gang member during a January shootout in East Los Angeles, was invited by the Angels to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday's game. Ahmed, a 27-year-old Somali immigrant, supported his six younger siblings and his mother with his salary.

• Ervin Santana took a couple of steps forward and a couple of steps back on Friday, in manager Mike Scioscia's estimation. He rolled through the first two innings with only 22 pitches, then gave up five runs in a two-homer third inning before retiring 11 of his last 14 batters.

"I think you saw his fastball command was a little bit better," Scioscia said. "Some of his off-speed pitches, his changeup, he left out over the heart of the plate, and that's going to plague him. He got behind some stretches. But when he was going well, you saw him get into zones early, get counts in his favor and put guys away. So, there was a little give and take there, little pluses and minuses. But overall, when you're pitching that deep into the game and giving us a chance to win, that's a plus."

• Jordan Walden, recovering from injuries to his neck and right biceps, was roughed up in his first outing for Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday, giving up four runs (two earned) on three hits while recording only two outs in the eighth and ultimately suffering the loss.

• Mohamed Ahmed, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy trainee who was shot in the face by a gang member during a January shootout in East Los Angeles, was invited by the Angels to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday's game. Ahmed, a 27-year-old Somali immigrant, supported his six younger siblings and his mother with his salary.