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Angels getting peek at new faces in lineup

Angels getting peek at new faces in lineup


NEW YORK -- The Angels are almost unrecognizable at this point.

Injuries to Albert Pujols, Howie Kendrick and Peter Bourjos, plus the trades of Scott Downs and Alberto Callaspo and the demotion of Tommy Hanson made the team that finished off a four-game series at Yankee Stadium on Thursday vastly different from the one that opened the season at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on April 1.

Of the 25 players on the Angels' active roster, eight weren't with the club on Opening Day. And five of those players -- outfielders Kole Calhoun and Collin Cowgill, plus infielders Grant Green, Chris Nelson and Tommy Field -- started games in this series.

"We do have a lot of new faces," first baseman Mark Trumbo said. "If you said at this point this was the roster we'd have out there, I don't think a lot of people would've believed you."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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