SEATTLE -- Mike Trout and Alberto Callaspo in, Maicer Izturis and Vernon Wells out.
With multi-hit efforts in five consecutive games and seven in his past 12 starts, Izturis has been on a roll at the top of the Angels' lineup. But he was replaced at third base on Wednesday night by Callaspo with the Mariners sending Felix Hernandez out to face Dan Haren.
Callaspo is 1-for-8 on the road trip compared with Izturis' 6-for-13. Callaspo is batting .238 in 21 at-bats against Hernandez, while Izturis is a .262 hitter against King Felix in 42 at-bats.
Wells, batting .375 on the trip and a .240 hitter against Hernandez in 25 at-bats, took a seat on the bench with sizzling Trout in left field. The big boppers against Hernandez have been Mark Trumbo and Jeff Mathis, with two homers each. Trumbo's have come in six at-bats, Mathis' in 30. Both were in the lineup.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia indicated that the Angels' 14-3 record when Trout starts wasn't a major factor in the decision to play him following his two-homer, five-RBI effort on Tuesday night.
"A lot of factors go into those [won-loss] numbers," Scioscia said. "He has definitely contributed. We've talked about Mike for a while. I don't think he'd be a candidate for these opportunities if he wasn't mature physically, and he has kept his wits about him."