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Wells remains focused on role with Angels

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Vernon Wells keeps track of everything that goes on in baseball. So on Sunday afternoon, shortly after checking out of his first spring game, he had already found out that Curtis Granderson would miss 10 weeks with a broken forearm, that the Yankees may be looking for another outfielder and that, naturally, his name would be thrown around.

But Wells isn't thinking about a potential trade to New York.

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"It just stinks for them," Wells said. "It has nothing to do with me. I'm wearing an Angels uniform, and I want to be in this uniform and win in this uniform."

Wells, owed $42 million over the next two years but without a clear role, continues to take the high road regarding his situation, saying he hasn't demanded a trade and putting the onus on himself for not having an everyday job.

But while Peter Bourjos is expected to be the everyday center fielder, Angels manager Mike Scioscia hasn't made any promises, publicly leaving the door open -- ever so slightly, at least -- for Wells to win some playing time in his crowded outfield this season.

That's motivation enough.

"I want to give them every reason to make it a hard decision, and I'm sure Peter's going to do the same," said Wells, who had a single in two at-bats and misplayed a line drive in left field. "But we have fun with it. We know we're going to push each other to be better, and that's just going to benefit this ballclub."

Will Wells really have a chance to earn even a semi-everyday role on the team? He isn't quite sure of that himself. But after posting a .218/.248/.412 slash line in 2011, then hitting .230 in 77 games in 2012, he's still eager to redeem himself.

"I put myself in this position -- I said that before," Wells said. "My job is to get better. I had a rough couple of years, that's part of the game, but I think everybody loves a comeback story."

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