While Miguel Gonzalez may not play for the Angels, pitching in Anaheim is always special.
That's because Anaheim is where the Orioles' right-hander made his first Major League start.
Allowing just one run on three hits in seven innings last July for the win, Gonzalez still can't believe how quickly time has passed since that start.
"That's where everything started," said Gonzalez. "The Orioles gave me the opportunity to start that day and I was really pumped and happy. I had a really good time enjoying myself pitching against teammates I played with years back [as an Angels farmhand]."
He'll take the hill at Angel Stadium for the second time in his career on Friday, excited to have those same feelings rushing through him once again.
The right-hander took a no-decision in his last start against the A's, allowing four runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Meanwhile, Jason Vargas will be on the hill for the scuffling Angels after his best start of the season on Sunday against the Mariners.
Giving up just two runs on six hits in eight innings against his former club, Vargas still took the loss in a 2-1 Mariners win.
Vargas has allowed just five runs in 15 innings over his last two starts, but doesn't have a win to show for it.
He hasn't been helped by an Angels team that has gone 3-7 over their last 10 games and went 9-17 in the month of April.
"The schedule keeps coming, you're out there trying to win every game," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "At times we've set some games up the way we want to. At times we've come back and won some ballgames, and at times we've let some leads slip away. I think the set of circumstances in front of us is very evident, but nobody here doesn't believe that we are going to establish that depth."
Orioles: Garcia to be promoted for Saturday's start
Baltimore will promote right-hander Freddy Garcia to make Saturday's start against the Angels.
"His date fits well timing-wise," manager Buck Showalter said. "That's what you look at first. The good thing is that we have a lot of guys to pick from down there that we like, so you really don't have to separate them too much."
Garcia, who pitched on Sunday, was named the International League Pitcher of the Week after going 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in his last two starts at Triple-A Norfolk.
Angels: Jepsen throws for first time since injury
Prior to Thursday's game, Angels reliever Kevin Jepsen played catch with pitching coach Mike Butcher, marking the first time he has thrown a baseball since being placed on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain on April 13.
Jepsen, who threw off flat ground, played catch for about seven minutes from 75 feet.
"First day or two just activating the arm, getting it moving," Jepsen said. "Then we are going to be as aggressive as we can without being stupid."
• The Angels signed right-hander Josh Judy to a Minor League contract on Thursday. The 27-year-old had been pitching in independent baseball and has not appeared in the Majors since a 2011 stint with the Indians.
• Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was named the American League Player of the Month for April on Thursday. Davis finished the month tied for the league lead with nine home runs and 28 RBIs, while finishing first in slugging percentage (.728) and total bases (67).
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.