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Right now, Callaspo best suited for fifth in order

Right now, Callaspo best suited for fifth in order

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Right now, Callaspo best suited for fifth in order
ARLINGTON -- Alberto Callaspo, who draws a lot of walks but hits with little power, is by no means your prototypical No. 5 hitter.

For the moment, though, he's the Angels' best option there.

Callaspo has now started in the No. 5 spot, between cleanup hitter Kendrys Morales and second baseman Howie Kendrick, in seven of the last eight games. The natural fit to hit fifth is Mark Trumbo, but a slash line of .192/.243/.280 over his last 57 games currently has him batting eighth. Kendrick hits with more power than Callaspo, but for some reason, he's historically better hitting sixth and seventh than he is fifth.

And with Torii Hunter tearing it up in the 2-spot, that leaves Callaspo.

"Wherever they put me, I do my job," Callaspo said in Spanish. "The key for me is just keeping my approach the same no matter what. If there are guys on base, try to bring them in. If I need to move them over, I do that."

Callaspo's raw numbers -- .256 batting, 10 homers, 53 RBIs -- are by no means flashy. But he's second on the Angels with 55 walks, despite ranking eighth on the team with 496 plate appearances heading into Friday, and he has a .291/.361/.434 slash line with runners on base.

"Right now, with the options that we have, I think Alberto's going to work a tough at-bat and put the ball in play," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's proven throughout the course of his career he can hit with guys in scoring position. When you combine Alberto, Howie and [No. 7 hitter Erick Aybar], it gives you a good situational look through the middle of your lineup. He's not a prototypical No. 5 hitter, but what he brings is something that helps our lineup. He gets on base and he can hit with guys in scoring position, and hopefully he'll bring that component."

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