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Angels pregame notes: Izturis in, Wood out, Scioscia a bust

April 8, 2010 |  5:34 pm

Mike Scioscia will receive his American League manager-of-the-year award in a ceremony before Thursday night's game against the Minnesota Twins, and to mark the occasion, the Angels are giving fans attending the game a miniature bust of Scioscia, who questioned the wisdom of such a promotional item.

"That's a sin," Scioscia said. "This is a face you want to forget. Why are they making a bust out of it?"

Third baseman Brandon Wood, in the eyes of some fans, was a bust in the Angels' first three games, going one for 12 with five strikeouts, and he was replaced in Thursday night's lineup by Maicer Izturis. Designated hitter Hideki Matsui will get his first start in left field.

In other news, pitcher Scott Kazmir, on the disabled list because of a right hamstring  injury, will make a rehabilitation start for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Friday night with a target  of six or seven innings and about 90 pitches. If all goes well, the left-hander will be folded into the Angels' rotation for next Thursday night's game against the New York Yankees.

Reserve outfielder Reggie Willits, also on the DL because of a right hamstring strain, will begin a four-game rehab assignment with Rancho Cucamonga Thursday night. Barring setback, he could be activated during next week's Yankees series.

LINEUPS FOR TONIGHT'S GAME

TWINS

CF  Denard Span

2B  Orlando Hudson

C   Joe Mauer

1B  Justin Morneau

RF  Michael Cuddyer

DH  Jim Thome

LF  Jason Kubel

SS  J.J. Hardy

3B  Brendan Harris

P   Kevin Slowey

ANGELS

SS  Erick Aybar

DH  Bobby Abreu

CF  Torii Hunter

LF  Hideki Matsui

1B  Kendry Morales

RF  Juan Rivera

2B  Howie Kendrick

3B  Maicer Izturis

C   Jeff Mathis

P   Joel Pineiro

--Mike DiGiovanna

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