Three consecutive series losses is not exactly the way the revamped Angels had hoped to start their 2013 season -- a year after a well-documented poor start put the club behind the eight ball.
But that's exactly what the Halos will stare down on Wednesday when they face the red-hot A's in the second game of a three-game set at Angel Stadium.
The A's rallied against the Angels bullpen Tuesday night in a 9-5 victory and can claim a series win and Oakland's seventh straight victory when lefty Tommy Milone takes the hill.
Another streak will be on the line Wednesday night as well with A's center fielder Coco Crisp looking to extend his career-best home run streak to five games. Crisp, who hit just 11 long balls all of last season, homered Tuesday night for the fourth time in as many games.
"I don't expect him to lead the league in home runs, but he's got some power and sometimes when you get off to a good start, it could be one of those years where some things fall into place," manager Bob Melvin said. "That's not typically what we see him do, but he's seeing the ball well, elevating some balls. If you make a bad pitch to him, he's all over it."
Angels right-hander Joe Blanton will be tabbed with slowing Crisp and his former team, though he places no added importance on Wednesday's contest. He casually referred to it as "another game," but he pitched for Oakland from 2004-08 and this will be the first time facing the club.
Blanton lost to the Reds in his season debut last week, surrendering four earned runs in five frames. His role would seem to take on added importance now, in the wake of Jered Weaver heading to the disabled list for at least a month with a broken left elbow, but Blanton isn't looking at it that way.
"If my best is what it was before, it is going to be my best now," Blanton said. "I can't do better than my best, and that's what I always give."
Milone, meanwhile, allowed two homers in the first inning of his debut, but he gave up just two other hits in seven solid innings against Seattle. He'll be throwing on six days' rest.
He also may catch a break, as A's killer Erick Aybar is listed as day to day with a left-heel contusion and will likely sit. The Angels shortstop, who sustained the injury legging out an infield hit on Tuesday, is batting .321 this season and is riding an 11-game hitting streak against the A's.
Angels: Staff looks to regroup from Weaver news
Halos manager Mike Scioscia wants to make sure his starters don't press following the news that Weaver is on the shelf.
"You always put more importance on [your start] when there's a force missing," Scioscia said. "But I think the more important thing for each pitcher is to just get into their game and methodically go out there and give us a chance to win."
Righty Garrett Richards will take Weaver's rotation spot after a very impressive Spring Training that earned the 24-year-old a role in the 'pen. He has allowed one run and three hits in 4 1/3 innings this season.
A's: Reddick likely out for series
Although Josh Reddick's sprained right wrist is improving, it's likely he won't play at all in Anaheim this week.
Reddick has yet to attempt to swing, so Chris Young should handle right field duties for at least another day.
"He's pretty quick to recover," Melvin said of Reddick. "We're literally day to day. Whether it's a couple days, whether it's this series, whether he's all right tomorrow, I really don't know yet."
• Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton is 4-for-9 in his career against Milone with a homer and three RBIs.
• The A's are 4-0 on the road to start the season for the first time since 2008, when they won their first five games away from home.
• The Angels are the only club in baseball to play their first three series in 2013 against playoff teams from '12.