Humberto Quintero, acquired late in the spring after the injury to Salvador Perez, will catch back-to-back days after receiving Luke Hochevar on Saturday. Yost says he wants Quintero to catch Hochevar, Sanchez and Danny Duffy while Brayan Pena catches Bruce Chen and Luis Mendoza. "I don't want anybody catching more than two days in a row," Yost said. "You try to keep them balanced, you try to keep them both in there. I like Quintero with guys like Hoch, Sanchez and Duffy because he's more of a veteran presence with those guys. I like Pena with Bruce because he's got a really good idea what he wants to do and so does Mendoza." Yost said earlier this week that he'll be making a gameday decision of whether Chris Getz will start at second base Sunday instead of Yuniesky Betancourt. But there's a good likelihood it will be Getz, in part because he is 9-for-21 against Santana compared to Betancourt's 14-for-51. Angels: Scioscia sees little DH time for Pujols
Knowing that Pujols has been able to play in the field for more than 150 games in the past, Angels manager Mike Scioscia indicated Saturday that if all goes well, he'll have that many again this year. Scioscia said he'll remain flexible, giving Pujols an occasional day at DH to keep him fresh. But he expects to write 1B next to Pujols' name the vast majority of the time this year. "If DH was available, he would've hit in 162 games in St. Louis. I guarantee you that," Scioscia said. "He's such a presence at first base that you want him out there every day. But we're going to take advantage of the DH days to at least get him swinging the bat 162 games. And as needed, he'll DH. I don't think DH days are going to more than 10 or 12, if that 150 number holds up." That said, Scioscia added, "it's tough just to put a number on it. He's going to play defense a lot." One way or the other, there's a chance the Angels will go with a different designated hitter in Sunday's finale. After Saturday's game, Kendrys Morales has played in back-to-back contests -- his first official game action since a devastating ankle injury in 2010 -- and he's most likely to rest against lefties. Worth noting
Friday's shutout at the hands of the Angels marked the first time the Royals were shut out on Opening Day since 1974, when Wilbur Wood and the White Sox beat Paul Splittorff and the Royals, 4-0. Following Sunday's finale, the Royals travel up the California coast to Oakland to face the A's for three games. The Angels head on the road following their three-game homestand to begin a six-game road trip.