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NYY@LAA: Hanson hurls 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball

It was a tough first half for Tommy Hanson. Making only nine starts during that stretch, the Angels right-hander spent much of his time on the bereavement list and the disabled list.

However, Hanson will look to put that all behind him as he makes his first start of the second half on Tuesday against the Twins in Anaheim.

"It was kind of frustrating how the first half went, but I'm looking forward to the time I have now," Hanson said. "I still have the second half, so I want to do everything in my power to help the team."

Hanson (4-2, 5.10 ERA) was scratched prior to a June 26 start against the Tigers and placed on the DL with a right forearm strain.

The right-hander threw 59 pitches in 3 1/3 innings during a rehab assignment with Class A Inland Empire on Thursday and tossed a successful bullpen session on Sunday.

"I haven't pitched that much. It's kind of been up and down. I feel really good right now," Hanson said. "I feel healthy and everything feels good. I just want to go out, do the best I can and win some games."

Hanson will be up against Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson, who picked up his second career win heading into the All-Star break.

In just his fourth Majors start, Gibson (2-2, 6.45 ERA) held the Yankees to three runs (two earned) on five hits in five innings of work at Yankee Stadium.

Walks have been an issue for Gibson over his previous two starts. After surrendering just one free pass over his first two outings, he's walked eight in his last two starts.

"Gibby battled through it. He kind of nit-picked around the zone; we'd like to see him attack the zone a lot more," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said after the start. "He just kind of picked a little too much for our liking. The game was slow-paced, and he knows that. He's got to do a little better."

Twins: Bernier gets first start in five years
Starting at shortstop and batting second for the Twins in Monday's game against the Angels, Doug Bernier made his first Major League start in over five years.

Bernier, who was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on July 14, last started in the Majors on June 19, 2008, with the Rockies. He came in as a defensive substitution in the eighth inning of Sunday's game against the Indians and drew a walk, which marked the first time he reached base in the Majors.

"It's been a long time," Bernier said. "It's exciting. I figured I'd be in the lineup one time, but to see it, it's just exciting."

He finished Monday's game going 1-for-5 with an RBI double.

Angels: Hamilton scratched with stiff ankle
Josh Hamilton was scratched from the Angels' lineup against the Twins on Monday with a stiff right ankle. Manager Mike Scioscia said the ankle "locked up on him" after Sunday's game.

"Hopefully, it'll be day to day," Scioscia said. "Right now, he's just not able to go."

Hamilton, batting .223 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, has started 87 of the Angels' 97 contests. He missed games earlier this season because of minor injuries to his right wrist and lower back, along with sinus congestion.

"I have to wake up in the morning, see what happens, see how it feels and see what they tell me," said Hamilton of his Tuesday status.

Worth noting
• Twins reliever Jared Burton has not allowed a run in eight consecutive appearances, a span that goes back to July 4.

• The Angels are 15-8 against the American League Central this season. Comments