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Angels Manager Mike Scioscia picks a lineup -- and the Oscars

February 27, 2011 |  9:32 am

Scioscia_225 The Angels are sending another young lineup out against the Dodgers in the second game of the spring Sunday, starting six rookies behind left-hander Scott Kazmir. Manager Mike Scioscia said he hoped to have regulars Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells on the field Monday.

"Those guys will work out today. The outfielders will throw to bases, defensive drills" he said. "Their legs feel good, their arms feel good. We're anticipating them playing tomorrow."

But what Scioscia really wanted to talk about Sunday morning was the Academy Awards. A devoted movie buff, Scioscia says the most deserving choice as best picture is "The King's Speech," director Tom Hooper's period piece about King George VI's ascension to the British throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

I argued in favor of "True Grit" -- without admitting it was one of just three best-picture nominees I actually saw. The manager disagreed. Strongly.

"No way," he said. "Did you ever watch the original? This 'True Grit' was the worst movie I've seen this year. It was like it never even moved along."

Scoiscia did give props to the film's teenage star, Hallee Steinfeld, agreeing that she should win the best supporting actress prize she is nominated for.

Scioscia called "Black Swan," another top picture nominee "macabre" but gave excellent reviews to "The Fighter" and "Inception."

"I followed 'Inception.' And if you follow it, it's really interesting," he said

And now Scioscia's picks for Sunday's lineup:

RF -- Reggie Willits
CF -- Mike Trout
DH -- Alberto Callaspo
1B -- Mark Trumbo
C -- Bobby Wilson
3B -- Freddie Sandoval
2B -- Alexi Amarista
SS -- Andrew Romine
LF -- Chris Pettit
P -- Scott Kazmir

-- Kevin Baxter in Tempe, Ariz.

Photo: Angels Manager Mike Scioscia. Credit: Kyle Terada / US Presswire