ARLINGTON -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia clearly had contact in mind while making out his lineup for Friday night's game against Rangers lefty C.J. Wilson, who was matched against fellow southpaw Joe Saunders.
Newly acquired Alberto Callaspo, Kevin Frandsen and Reggie Willits formed the bottom third of the lineup -- three contact hitters Scioscia would like to see create some pressure. Third baseman Callaspo (29 strikeouts in 349 at-bats), first baseman Frandsen (six strikeouts in 136 at-bats) and left fielder Willits are at their best as situational hitters.
"We want to apply some pressure, get some good at-bats from these guys," Scioscia said. "Kevin's shown the ability, not only to put the ball in play, but be a good situational hitter. Alberto can square up a baseball, and Reggie can do a lot of things in the No. 9 hole."
Hideki Matsui, with two homers, a double and five RBIs while batting .385 on the road trip, was given a day off but will be in the lineup the next two nights against righties Scott Feldman and Tommy Hunter, Scioscia said.