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Abreu in familiar spot in Angels' new-look lineup

Abreu in familiar spot in Angels' new-look lineup

Abreu in familiar spot in Angels' new-look lineup
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Bobby Abreu has been locked into the No. 2 spot in the batting order most of the spring, but he was back in his familiar third slot on Wednesday for the Angels' Cactus League game against the D-backs in the dazzling new Salt River Fields.

"I've had some success in the three hole," Abreu said, grinning. His streak of seven consecutive 100-plus RBI seasons ended last year.

Following Maicer Izturis and Erick Aybar, who combined to reach base five times, Abreu doubled, singled and produced a sacrifice fly, driving in three runs in the Angels' 10-8 win.

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Hitting cleanup, Torii Hunter unloaded his second homer in as many days, a shot to left-center against D-backs starter Ian Kennedy.

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Vernon Wells, Howard Kendrick, Mark Trumbo, Jeff Mathis and starter Jered Weaver filled out a lineup that could surface on Opening Day in Kansas City, with Peter Bourjos in Weaver's spot playing center field. The return of Kendrys Morales, which is up in the air, would force Trumbo to the bench.

Bourjos, playing in his hometown, gave the locals a good look at his amazing speed, flying around the bases when center fielder Chris Young misplayed his single in the sixth inning. Bourjos scored with a slide, almost catching Mathis, who can run, on the three-base error.

With three singles and a walk in five at-bats, Mathis hiked his spring average to .400. Bobby Wilson banged the game-turning three-run double as the fill-in at first for Trumbo, who left with tightness in his groin. Wilson is batting .448. Aybar, Kendrick and outfielder Angel Castillo each produced two hits in the 17-hit Angels attack, and Brandon Wood stroked an RBI triple.

"This is one lineup we might look at," manager Mike Scioscia said of the National League look Izturis and Aybar provide at the top. "If Kendrys' available, we still might look at Bobby as the No. 2 hitter."

Abreu, at 37, is coming off the worst season of his career, but maintains he's confident he'll return to his familiar form approaching a .300 batting average and an OBP close to .400. Even in an off season, he managed to produce 20 homers and 24 steals while batting .255 with a .352 OBP.

"He's still running well," Scioscia said. "His bat speed's still there. He has what he needs."

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