Mattingly, Scioscia on thin ice in LA

Happ says he's more worried about a sore knee he suffered while collapsing to the ground than his head.

"Happ's a tough guy, he really is," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "I got a chance to see him at the hospital (after the game). I walked in, he was on his feet moving around, eating. It shocked me. I didn't think that was going to happen."

On automatic: While guys like Aroldis Chapman, Craig Kimbrel and the great Mariano Rivera dominate conversation about the best closer in the game, the Orioles' Jim Johnson is outperforming all of them. He entered the weekend having converted 34 straight save chances since July 30, 2012, and leading the majors with 71 saves since Sept. 7, 2011.

"I think it's more about knowing what kind of pitcher you are," Johnson told the Baltimore Sun. "I do it differently than other people. I think, when I first started, I tried to be something I wasn't. I tried to be like a typical closer and strike guys out all the time and that's not who I am. I've reverted back to pitching how I normally do, and good results follow."

Johnson can throw pitches past hitters but generally pitches to contact, which is how he had more saves (51) than strikeouts (41) last year.

Keystone Cops: As bad as umpire Angel Hernandez looked in twice failing to see the Athletics' Adam Rosales' should-have-been home run clear the Progressive Field fence on Wednesday, Fieldin Culbreth outdid him on Thursday. He couldn't have been more wrong when he let Astros manager Bo Porter switch left-hander Wesley Wright out of a game without facing an Angels hitter. .

Porter told reporters that a recent rule change allowed him to make that move and Culbreth apparently bought it.

MLB confirmed on Friday that there was no such rule change and suspended Culbreth two games for his mistake. Had the Astros not won the game, MLB likely would have ruled in favor of a protest by the Angels, which would have forced the game to be replayed from that point. By coming from behind to win, the Angels made the issue moot. But it's fair to say that Commissioner Bud Selig is seething over the embarrassing mistakes by umpires.

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