Callaspo, stationed at third base, hadn't started a game since June 11, when he departed in the seventh inning with a pulled left hamstring. He is trying to bust out of a slump that has him hitless in his past 18 at-bats. Izturis had three hits in Monday night's 2-1 victory, scoring the decisive run on Hunter's slow roller, and is hitting .438 during the past four games.
Wells, hitting .308 in the past 10 games -- with six homers and 14 RBIs in his past 20 games -- had the night off to get Bourjos' speed and defense back in center field and to make sure Bobby Abreu had a shot at Javier Vazquez. Abreu has 10 career homers against the veteran right-hander, and his next double moves him past legendary Rogers Hornsby on the all-time list. Abreu also is tied with Todd Helton with 541 career doubles.
"I guess he drew the short straw," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Wells. "He's been playing a lot of games. We definitely want Bobby in there. Of all the guys taken out of the lineup, Bobby affects us more than [anybody] with that left-handed bat in the middle of the lineup."
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Abreu has been hitting fourth of late to break up Hunter and No. 5 hitter Howard Kendrick, both right-handed hitters. Kendrick was elevated to the No. 2 spot against Vazquez, between Aybar and Hunter. Callaspo was in the No. 5 spot with Russell Branyan -- four homers in 11 career at-bats against Vazquez -- getting the start at first base in place of Mark Trumbo.
"Maybe it gives Torii a little protection," Scioscia said of having Abreu hit behind Hunter rather than in front of him, as in recent seasons. "Maybe Torii was expanding his zone a little too much. If Torii's going to take a walk, you have Bobby right there."
Hank Conger was given the start behind the plate, with Jeff Mathis having worked the previous two games. Third catcher Bobby Wilson is 2-for-2 against Vazquez with a homer.