The Angels' confidence about replacing Kendry Morales has faded. They are searching frantically for a bat as they fade record distances behind the Rangers, who until Thursday had never had a division lead of more than 51/2 games. Cory Aldridge and Paul McAnulty were desperation additions from the farm system. Aldridge was last in the big leagues in 2001, which he says was "nine teams and four surgeries ago." … Todd Helton's back is a wreck, forcing Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd to consider an unsentimental move to add a first base reinforcement. The Rockies have had only two full-time first basemen in their history — Helton and Andres Galarraga. … Buster Posey gives the Giants a chance in the NL West race. He could be in the lineup every day, playing first base when he's not catching. … Larry Parrish might not get another chance to manage a big-league team, but he should. He just became the winningest manager in Toledo Mud Hens history, surpassing the late Cal Ermer. … Don't be surprised if the Nationals re-sign Adam Dunn. He hasn't been impressed by their offers to date, but the pressure to keep the popular first baseman in the middle of the lineup could prompt management to dig deeper. … The Diamondbacks' Kirk Gibson became the seventh former MVP to manage in the big leagues. The others: Frank Robinson, Maury Wills, Ken Boyer, Joe Torre, Pete Rose and Don Baylor. … A.J. Hinch ignored the Diamondbacks' off-the-chart strikeout totals, but Gibson has hitting instructor Jack Howell working with Mark Reynolds to make more contact. Arizona is on pace to break the record, set when Jose Hernandez led the Brewers to 1,399 in 2001. … Slumping Brewer Ryan Braun must have been confused last week. Manager Ken Macha started him against Tim Lincecum and gave him a day off against lefty Barry Zito. … First-base umpire Tim Timmons ejected Indians manager Manny Acta on Wednesday for taking off his cap after Timmons called a check-swing strike on Jason Donald in the ninth inning of a one-run game. Weak. … Jose Canseco was scheduled to box 60-year-old former University of Arkansas-Little Rock baseball coach Gary Hogan before an Arkansas Travelers game this weekend in Little Rock. The bout was set for four rounds or until Canseco gets a call from the Jim Rome show.