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Angels using myriad of two-hole hitters

Angels using myriad of two-hole hitters

Angels using myriad of two-hole hitters
ANAHEIM -- As Angels manager Mike Scioscia has continually altered his lineup, going through an American League-leading 25 combinations through the season's first 28 games, it's the No. 2 spot that has suddenly become a revolving door.

With Howie Kendrick batting sixth more often -- though he slid to fifth with Albert Pujols out on Saturday -- Scioscia has used three different No. 2 hitters in this homestand, mostly behind new leadoff hitter Mike Trout.

It's been Maicer Izturis, it's been Vernon Wells and, as it was Saturday, it's been Alberto Callaspo.

Scioscia would ideally like to have a steady 1-2 punch at the top of the order, as he tried to have with Erick Aybar and Kendrick at the start of the year, but it's not possible if guys aren't getting on base consistently.

Angels No. 2 hitters rank 29th in the Majors in collective on-base percentage (.235) -- though you can say something similar about several spots in the Angels' struggling lineup.

"The presence you need there is just that drumbeat of on-base percentage," Scioscia said. "It doesn't have to be one guy. And right now, we'll match up if we have to. If there's one guy who's having the type of year of getting on base and takes off with it, that's beautiful. But I don't know if we have that dynamic right now if we're not trying to match up."

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