• Ryan Madson is taking a break from throwing while experiencing a little tightness in his surgically repaired right elbow, but he could throw off a mound again within the next couple days. Madson's last bullpen session came Wednesday morning, when he threw 40 pitches, mixed in changeups for the first time and went full intensity on his last few throws.
• Scioscia reiterated that he "would anticipate" Albert Pujols being able to play all three games at first base in this Opening Series in Cincinnati. The Tuesday off-day, and the ability to be used as a designated hitter in Texas over the weekend, helps that cause.
• Jered Weaver, who pitched six innings of one-run ball against the Reds on Monday, now has a 1.93 ERA in 32 2/3 innings on Opening Day. The ace right-hander is the second pitcher, along with Mike Witt, to make five Opening Day starts for the Angels.
• The Angels have won nine of their last 10 Opening Day games and five in a row, which is a franchise record. They won four in a row from 1972-75 and 2004-07.