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Angels get glimpse of terrific outfield trio


TEMPE, Ariz. -- Josh Hamilton got right back in right field on Tuesday, giving the Angels a look at their projected starting alignment. Hamilton and left fielder Mike Trout flanked Peter Bourjos in center against the Reds, but the outfield defense didn't really come into play much.

Trout, the only one of the three who had a difficult play, looked over one shoulder and then the other before making a running catch at the wall in the third inning. Manager Mike Scioscia said that he read it correctly the entire way, though, before making a difficult play with the fence looming.

"He didn't get turned around. He made a nice play," he said. "Arizona is not an easy place to play the outfield. He knew where that ball was going to show up at some point, and he stayed with it."

Hamilton, who had been plagued by a sore right quadriceps muscle, was playing in the field for just the second time this spring. The five-time All-Star didn't talk to the media after the game, but he spoke briefly in the hours before the Angels' 6-4 win and said he was thrilled to be back on the field.

"My legs feel good. My arm feels good," he said. "It's one of those things where you come in a couple weeks early and take your time with it. There's no rush to get out there right now. As far as getting at-bats, I started doing that about a week ago. Now we'll get in the outfield and get some balls off the bat."

The Angels have an unorthodox outfield alignment in that all three of their outfielders are capable of playing center field, and Scioscia said their talent should help them turn some hits into outs. That applies especially to Trout, who moved to left field in order to keep Bourjos' glove in the lineup.

"There's no doubt there's adjustments to be made," said Scioscia. "I think he's fine on the corners. He played left field at times for us last year. He's still a center fielder, but right now he's playing left field."

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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