• Peter Bourjos' left thumb continues to bother him while he hits, so the Angels' center fielder was out of the starting lineup for a third straight day on Thursday. Bourjos took batting practice again on Thursday morning and felt better, but said the thumb "isn't going to feel 100 percent for a while." He's nonetheless hopeful of playing Friday against the Astros.
• Mark Trumbo, batting .130 over his last 11 games, was given the day off for Thursday's series finale against the Tigers. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said it was "just a recharge day" and that there are "no imminent plans to move him out of the middle of the lineup."
• Billy Buckner is the third Angels pitcher to finish a game and start the following contest the next day, according to STATS LLC. The other two were Tom Burgmeier (Aug. 27-28, 1968) and Al Levine (May 9-10, 2001). Buckner recorded the final two outs of a 14-8 win on Tuesday night, then gave up three runs in three-plus innings of an eventual 7-4 win on Wednesday night.