Angels Bandwagon Gathers Steam

Better check the shocks on that California Angels bandwagon. The payload increased dramatically this week with Anaheim Stadium crowds of more than 30,000 for each of the three games against the first-place Cleveland Indians.

Angels right fielder Tim Salmon was more appreciative of the recent fan support than critical of the lack of support for the first two months of the season, when crowds usually hovered around the 15,000 mark.

“It was pretty exciting, no question about it,” Salmon said of the Cleveland series. “We saw how important the fans were in Cleveland last week, and this week they were important for us.

If the Angels are unable to acquire a quality starting pitcher to bolster the rotation by Monday’s trading deadline, it won’t be for lack of effort.

General manager Bill Bavasi has been furiously pursuing at least seven pitchers believed to be available - Jim Abbott (Chicago White Sox), Ken Hill and Mike Morgan (St. Louis Cardinals), David Cone (Toronto Blue Jays), Kevin Tapani (Minnesota Twins), Bret Saberhagen (New York Mets) and Jeff Fassero (Montreal Expos).

“With the number of calls we’re making, we’re becoming known as the Pests of the West,” Bavasi said.

McDonald seeks medical advice

Ben McDonald’s quest for the best medical advice available took the Oriole to California Wednesday. McDonald, who was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with recurring tendinitis in his right shoulder, was examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum, the California Angels’ team doctor.

Manager Phil Regan said McDonald requested to get a second opinion on his shoulder following his original examination by Dr. James Andrews. “I think (the exam) is maybe just to clear his mind a little,” Regan said.

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