• Starting pitching clearly is at the forefront of the Angels' recent surge. The rotation's 3.41 ERA ranks third in the American League. At this point last season, the starters' ERA of 4.79 was 11th in the AL. Angels starters are averaging 6.34 innings per outing.
• J.B. Shuck isn't letting his demotion to Triple-A Salt Lake affect his production. The outfielder is batting .386 after picking up a pair of hits on Friday night.
• Aggressive baserunning takes a variety of forms. The Angels came into Saturday's game leading the Majors with 15 triples, one more than the D-backs. Mike Trout leads with four, and Erick Aybar, Howie Kendrick and Ian Stewart have three each. The Angels are fifth in the AL in steals with 32, with the third-best success rate of 82.1 percent.