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Trumbo returns to cleanup spot in lineup

Trumbo returns to cleanup spot in lineup

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Trumbo returns to cleanup spot in lineup

ANAHEIM -- When Angels manager Mike Scioscia wrote out Wednesday's lineup card, he decided to bump Mark Trumbo back up to the cleanup spot.

"Mark, no doubt, he's feeling a little more comfortable at the plate," Scioscia said.

Although Trumbo has spent the majority of the season hitting fourth in the Angels lineup, he was recently dropped to sixth in the order and went through a stretch where he had just four hits in 26 at-bats.

However, Trumbo went 2-for-4 on both Monday and Tuesday, marking the first time he has registered back-to-back multihit games since May 22-23.

Aside from hitting his 22nd home run of the season -- an opposite-field shot in the fourth inning of Tuesday's loss to the Twins -- Trumbo has presented a number of signs that gave Scioscia reason to make the move.

"That, and the fact that he shortened his swing and hit a line drive to left-center," Scioscia said. "There are a couple of things we are seeing that are good."

William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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