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Santana one-hits the D-backs in a shutout

While a noticeable buzz is felt throughout the Los Angeles area anytime the Dodgers and Angels square off, Halos manager Mike Scioscia says he doesn't see the Freeway Series as a huge rivalry.

"I don't really think there is [a rivalry], as far as anybody in our clubhouse or in their clubhouse, but I do know that the media and the fans obviously have more interest in the game because of the geographical rivalry that's here, with two teams being so close," Scioscia said. "For us, it's another game. They're a good team, and we have to do things well if we're going to beat them."

While that may be true, it doesn't mean that both teams wouldn't like to have the bragging rights for a whole season. In the clubs' four games so far, the Angels have won three.

In Saturday's contest at Angel Stadium, Chris Capuano will be on the hill for the Dodgers, while Ervin Santana gets the nod for the Halos.

While Capuano has taken no-decisions in his last two starts to keep his record at 8-2, the left-hander believes he's throwing the ball better than he did during 2005, when he won 18 games.

"I'm just able to do more between starts -- working out, throwing," Capuano said. "I've been able to experiment with grips. I used to be fastball, changeup and slurve, touching 90 with the fastball in '04-'06 and by '07-'08, it dipped. I learned the cutter last year. It's been very useful.

"This spring I learned a slow curve grip, and that gives a different look, especially to lefties. I feel I'm less predictable. If you can get them guessing from 50/50 to 33 percent or 25 percent, that's a big difference."

Meanwhile, Santana will make his first start since his brilliant effort last Saturday against the D-backs. He took a perfect game into the seventh, ultimately finishing with a one-hit, one-walk shutout.

It'll be important for the right-hander to have that same intensity and command in this one.

"He pitched with purpose. Whether he made a good pitch or a bad pitch the pitch before, he pitched with purpose," Scioscia said. "And I think that goes a long way for what Ervin needs to do. He's got such good stuff that if he commits to his game plan, commits to what he wants to do, his results will be there."

Dodgers: Guerra among those recovering
Injured Dodgers pitchers Javy Guerra and Ted Lilly resumed working out with the club on Friday at Angel Stadium.

Guerra threw off a bullpen mound for the first time since right knee surgery on June 5, and Lilly threw for the first time since completely shutting down because of left shoulder irritation that has had him on the DL since May 24. Lilly softly lobbed about 15 throws, but appears a long way from returning to game action.

Meanwhile, Matt Kemp and Mark Ellis continued sprinting and baserunning drills as they recover from hamstring and lower leg injuries, respectively.

Angels: Williams cleared for baseball activity
Four days after landing in the hospital after passing out from a shortness of breath following a rough start against the Giants on Monday night, Jerome Williams has been cleared for full baseball activities.

Williams stayed overnight at UC Irvine Medical Center and underwent an assortment of tests. He'll now use a blood-pressure monitor for 24 hours, and will have to utilize his asthma inhaler more frequently, but all tests checked out OK and doctors believe he should be fine going forward.

"For me, it's all about not panicking about it," the 30-year-old right-hander said Friday before the Angels opened a series with the Dodgers. "Just like I was when I was growing up. Be relaxed and don't panic about it. Take your deep breaths in and stay calm."

• Catcher Chris Iannetta, who has been on the disabled list since May 10 while recovering from wrist surgery, will be cleared to restart his throwing program on Saturday, Scioscia said.

Iannetta suffered tightness in his forearm about two weeks ago when trying to prepare for a rehab assignment and has been working strictly on hitting since.

Worth noting
• Since 2005, the Angels are 17-6 against the Dodgers at Angel Stadium.

• The Dodgers' four-game losing streak is their second longest of the season, behind only a five-game skid from May 28-June 1. Comments