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Torre not concerned with Furcal's 'rust'

Torre not concerned with Furcal's 'rust'

ANAHEIM -- Replays showed that one of Rafael Furcal's two errors on Wednesday night was a mistake by first-base umpire Tim Welke, who ruled Furcal's wide throw in the fifth inning pulled first baseman Loney's foot off the bag.

The play contributed to the decisive run in the Angels' 2-1 victory at Angel Stadium, a sixth consecutive Dodgers loss. A clear Furcal fielding error in the fourth inning, on a play in which he would have had a clear shot to throw out Kevin Frandsen at home plate, led to the Angels' first run.

Furcal was a little rusty, manager Joe Torre said, after missing five games because of the death of his father. Torre said he was not worried, though, that the pain Furcal is feeling off the field would mire his game.

"I think it could've been a little rust, I don't think it was any question," Torre said. "The first one, he was trying to rush. Second one, he made a throw and the first baseman had his foot on the bag. I don't know how to try to improve on that.

"With what he had to deal with, I've had to experience that with other players that I've had, in that regard. Sometimes being on the field gives them a chance to sort of distract themselves from the sadness. He'll be fine, he was ready to play yesterday."

Furcal went 0-for-4 with a strikeout on Wednesday and was batting .298 with two home runs and 18 RBIs entering Thursday. He missed most of May because of a hamstring injury.

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