Evans, primarily a center and right fielder, has seen some limited action at left. But the "bats on the bench" Scioscia alluded to -- the triumvirate of terror in outfielders Gary Matthews Jr., Reggie Willits and Vladimir Guerrero, as well as designated hitter and apt replacement Shea Hillenbrand -- will be difficult to ignore when trying to appoint a clearly defined role for the unproven addition."When they tell me I'll play, I'll play and be happy," Evans said. "Otherwise, I'll just sit and root for the guys and be just as happy." Don't sleep on 'em: With Guerrero continuing his stranglehold on the All-Star voting lead for American League outfielders, Willits has dipped below the radar while quietly amassing an impressive resume that may yield Rookie of the Year honors. Heading into Sunday's contest, Willits leads AL rookies in batting average (.324), stolen bases (16) and runs scored (33). He is second amongst rookies in hits (54, tied) and on-base percentage (.424), while leading the AL in percentage of pitches taken with 68 percent -- 606 taken of 893 seen. Remember the time: First baseman Casey Kotchman, forced out of Saturday's game with a concussion after being hit in the helmet with a ball on an attempted pickoff throw at second base, brought back memories of a similarly jarring collision Scioscia suffered as a catcher with the Dodgers in July 1985. While playing against St. Louis, Scioscia was knocked unconscious by Jack Clark at home plate but was able to hang on to the ball for the out. "I don't think I've recovered yet," Scioscia joked. "Sometimes I still wake up and think we're in a pennant race that year." Favorite hue is baby blue: In commemoration of Father's Day, powder blue wristbands were distributed in the clubhouse adorned with the word "Dad." Many of the Angels were seen sporting the new wristbands. Up next: John Lackey (10-4, 2.53 ERA) looks to extend his Major League-leading 10 wins against Houston's Chris Sampson (6-5, 3.29) to start a nine-game homestand at Angel Stadium on Monday at 7:05 p.m. PT.
Larry Santana is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less