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Vargas returns, takes loss for Angels
The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Jason Vargas, returning to the Los Angeles Angels after surgery to remove a blood clot in his left armpit, was back on the mound Tuesday night and took the loss in a 14-7 drubbing by the New York Yankees.
The left-hander, traded from the Mariners to the Angels in an offseason deal for Kendrys Morales, was activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game.
Vargas (6-5) gave up two homers in his first start since his surgery, including Alfonso Soriano’s go-ahead, two-run drive in the fifth.
Before his start against the Mariners on June 17, Vargas noticed temperature differences in his pitching hand. It was caused by circulation problems due to the clot.
In his only rehab start, Vargas gave up four runs in 42 / 3 innings for AAA Salt Lake last Thursday and wasn’t much better against the Yankees.
He allowed eight hits and four runs, walked one and struck out three.
“I thought his stuff looked good. I think he threw the ball a little better than maybe some things are going to show,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He’ll be better next time.”
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• Braves 2B Dan Uggla will have Lasik eye surgery and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. He’s hitting .186 with a National League-leading 146 strikeouts.