Games 20 & 21: Angels-Brewers; Angels-Indians …

Buckle your seat belts. We’ve got a long ride today …

@ Brewers (1:05 p.m. PT)

Peter Bourjos, CF
Erick Aybar, SS
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Torii Hunter, RF
Vernon Wells, LF
Mark Trumbo, 3B
Chris Iannetta, C
Jorge Cantu, 1B
Dan Haren, SP

Also pitching: Jordan Walden, Rich Thompson, Kevin Jepsen

@ Indians (7:05)

Maicer Izturis, 2B
Bobby Abreu, RF
Albert Pujols, 1B
Kendrys Morales, DH
Alberto Callaspo, 3B
Alexi Amarista, LF
Bobby Wilson, C
Andrew Romine, SS
Ryan Langerhans, CF
SP: RH Matt Shoemaker

Also pitching: Francisco Rodriguez

Some notes from this morning …

  • C.J. Wilson, manager Mike Scioscia confirmed, will not pitch against his old team, the Rangers, as he would’ve been scheduled to on Sunday. He’ll instead pitch in a Minor League game — throwing six innings and 90 pitches — like Yu Darvish will that same day. Ervin Santana, however, will pitch against Texas. The two teams play back-to-back on Saturday and Sunday, with the first game coming in Surprise and the second coming in Tempe. Trevor Bell will start Sunday’s game in place of C.J. The chess match begins …
  • Reliever Bobby Cassevah still hasn’t appeared in a game and won’t until his shoulder inflammation calms down. He’s been throwing bullpen sessions but is still day-to-day.
  • Morales is currently on the travel roster for Surprise, Ariz., on Saturday, so it looks like he’ll get in three in a row. “As long as he’s fine,” Scioscia said, “he’s going to play.” It’s not likely that Morales plays any games in the field during Spring Training.
  • If Scoiscia makes a late-game defensive substitution for Trumbo at third base, Callaspo would be that guy, not Izturis. “Alberto’s more advanced at third base, and I think if we can keep Izzy in that middle-infield window, he’s terrific,” Scioscia said.
  • With the Angels not needing a fifth starter until April 15, Scioscia is more likely to spend the extra roster spot on an extra bench player instead of an extra bullpen arm. That opens the door for guys like Amarista, Cantu, Romine and Langerhans, though Scioscia wouldn’t rule out going with three catchers.

Some links from Thursday …

Some AL West links …

  • Rangers still pondering CF decisions
  • Bob Melvin pleased with how A’s camp went
  • Mariners arrive in Japan to start their season against the A’s (Opening Day for these two is March 28)

And ** queue Dickie V voice ** my Gators are in the Elite Eight baby!


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