Willits plays in place of Rivera

Willits plays in place of Rivera

ARLINGTON -- Juan Rivera seems to have rediscovered his hitting stroke, following his career pattern of heating up with the temperatures, but the big left fielder was not in the lineup on Saturday night.

Reggie Willits got the call from manager Mike Scioscia, batting ninth against Scott Feldman. Rivera is 3-for-20 (.150) in his career, but he's hitting .400 on this road trip in 15 at-bats and is a .304 career hitter in Arlington.

Willits, the most disciplined of Angels hitters along with Bobby Abreu in terms of pitches seen per at-bat, provides more speed than Rivera on the bases and in the outfield. Willits is hitting .253, Rivera .257.

"Reggie does bring defense," Scioscia said. "He puts an element of speed in the game, both on the offensive and defensive side. He's going to work some counts."