Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 5/30/12
ANAHEIM, Calif. Bad news has a way of lingering. It's like a summer cold, heavy and unrelenting. It makes you feel like it will never go away. The Angels got some bad news Tuesday afternoon. They found out that their best starting pitcher, Jered Weaver, was put on the disabled list. He's out until at least June 13, maybe longer if the strain and spasms in his lower back don't go away. You figured they would collectively feel their loss, wallow a bit in their unfortunate circumstances, perhaps even roll over against the New York Yankees. But that didn't happen. In fact, they never broke stride. Even in the face of the Weaver news, they stayed on their emotional high. "We're on a good roll right now, and you've got to ride it for as long as you possibly can," Mark Trumbo said. "It's unfortunate, but Jered is going to be fine and he'll be back before we know it. It's up to us to keep doing our part, keep passing the torch on to the next guy." There is no explaining what's come over the Angels. They were 8-15 in April but are 18-10 in May after defeating the Yankees 5-1 at Angel Stadium. Their eight-game winning streak is their longest since July 2009, and they have finally climbed above .500 at 26-25. For reference, consider that the last time the Angels had a winning record was after their season opener April 6 against the Kansas City Royals. Energy? They have that. Momentum? Yes. A productive offense to go along with exceptional pitching? That, too. Finally. "When you're not swinging the bat, you're going to look dead," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We probably looked dead for about a month. It's tough to create energy when you're not getting on base, not moving runners and not getting into your game." You could point to any number of factors for Tuesday's win, but let's start with defense. Rookie Mike Trout made two stirring catches in left field, taking away a home run from Nick Swisher in the second inning with a leaping grab before crashing into the padded wall. In the ninth, he made a diving catch on a fly ball by Curtis Granderson with two runners on base. Center fielder Peter Bourjos also robbed Swisher of a hit, slamming into the wall in the gap in right-center in the seventh. "The way we look at it is no balls can drop in the gap," Trout said. "That's the big thing for me and Pete. We're always trying to catch everything." Offensively, Trout has been the impetus the Angels needed when they called him up from the minors on April 28. The team is 20-11 since he arrived, and his offense and daring on the bases are something to behold. For the second time in less than two weeks, he turned a line drive to left field into a triple, sprinting full speed into third base leading off the third. He was thrown out at the plate on a fielder's choice, but Albert Pujols followed with his eighth home run of the season. Pujols had no home runs and four RBIs in April but has eight homers and 24 RBIs this month. Only Texas' Josh Hamilton has more RBIs (31) in May. Trumbo's home run gave starter Dan Haren a 4-1 cushion, and he carried it into the eighth before leaving. Haren has given up just one earned run in his past 16 innings and has won two consecutive starts with 20 strikeouts. These are good times. The Weaver developments are nothing small, but right now, the Angels are streaking. They're 5 games out of first place in the American League West; they haven't been that close to the division lead since April 17. For one night, at least, they refused to let the bad news linger. "It's not like I'm going to put more on my shoulders," Haren said. "Everybody is going to have to step it up a little bit. It's going to be nice when (Weaver) comes back, but nobody is going to put their heads down." Certainly not now. There's no reason to.
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