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MIN@LAA: Hanson fans eight over 5 1/3 strong frames

When the Angels and A's conclude their four-game series on Sunday, all eyes will be on the starting pitchers.

Tommy Hanson will take the ball for the Angels and is looking to build on an outing that prompted manager Mike Scioscia to say, "That's the best stuff I've seen Tommy have."

Hanson pitched 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision Tuesday his last time out, but it was his velocity, which was consistently between 92 and 94 mph, that excited the Angels.

"I didn't feel like I had to force anything," Hanson said. "It was there. I felt really good, and I feel like the results were there."

The Angels hope Hanson is just as effective on Sunday as runs will likely be hard to come by against the A's. Oakland's pitching staff has posted a 2.87 ERA over the past 25 games.

Jarrod Parker will attempt to continue that trend, and if his recent history is any indication, the A's should expect a strong start.

Parker has registered a quality start in 11 of his past 12 outings and has allowed five hits or fewer in each of his last 10 starts.

Angels: Vargas progressing
• Jason Vargas, who has been on the disabled list since a blood clot was discovered in his left armpit area, threw a bullpen session on Friday and is on track to rejoin the rotation by mid-August.

"I feel 100 percent," Vargas said Saturday. "I feel good. I feel fantastic."

It remains to be seen how long Vargas' rehab assignment would last, but the Angels have struggled without him in the rotation.

A's: Anderson moving toward simulated game
• Following a successful up-and-down bullpen session on Saturday, left-hander Brett Anderson is getting closer to rejoining his teammates.

"I feel strong," Anderson said. "My body's a non-issue, more so focusing on my pitching and making sure my pitches are where they are. It was another positive bullpen."

Anderson, who has been out since April with a stress fracture in his right foot, threw 51 pitches in the bullpen. A simulated game, followed by a rehab assignment, is likely the next step.

Worth noting
• The Angels lineup again could be without Albert Pujols, who flew to Southern California following Friday's game to have his left foot examined. Mike Trout hit third for the Angels in Pujols' absence.

• Parker is 2-2 with a 3.16 ERA in six career starts against the Angels. This season, Parker has started two games against the Halos and is 1-0 with a 4.82 ERA.

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