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Slumping Wood gets the night off

Slumping Wood gets the night off

ANAHEIM -- Brandon Wood, whose average fell to .087 when he was hitless in three at-bats Thursday night, was out of the Angels' lineup on Friday night at Angel Stadium.

Maicer Izturis moved in at third base, batting seventh against A.J. Burnett. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Wood would return to the lineup on Saturday against southpaw Andy Pettitte.

"A day off gives him a mental break and a chance to work on some things," Scioscia said. "He's going to play [Saturday]. We'll keep tracking him.

"Last week in Toronto he was hitting the ball well. In the first game against Detroit, [Magglio] Ordonez made that circus catch. The frustration level is something we're going to monitor with Brandon. He gets impatient with himself. Brandon is not the flashy-type player. You can see he's kind of gritting his teeth. He's confident in his ability, and he's frustrated.

"We have confidence Brandon's going to be a special offensive player. It's not going to happen in one night, with one epiphany. Twelve, 15 years from now I'm confident we're going to talk about him as a terrific baseball player."

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