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Angels' Brandon Wood to make spring debut against Reds

Wood_400 Brandon Wood, fighting for a corner infield spot with the Angels this season, was in the lineup for this first time this spring Tuesday, starting at third base and batting eighth against the Cincinnati Reds.

The trio of Bobby Abreu, Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells -- expected to be the heart of the Angels' offense this summer -- were to start for the second consecutive day, batting second, third and fourth. More important, however, is the fact that Hunter and Wells were also in the outfield again. The two All-Stars, who have combined for 12 Gold Gloves as center fielders, are moving to right and left, respectively, to make room for speedy youngster Peter Bourjos in center.

Right-hander Jered Weaver, a Cy Young contender last season, will make his first start on the mound and is expected to pitch two innings.

Tuesday's lineup:

SS -- Erick Aybar
DH -- Bobby Abreu
RF -- Torii Hunter
LF -- Vernon Wells
2B -- Howie Kendrick
C -- Hank Conger
1B -- Mark Trumbo
3B -- Brandon Wood
CF -- Peter Bourjos
P -- Jered Weaver

-- Kevin Baxter in Tempe, Ariz.

Photo: Brandon Wood. Credit: : Mark Duncan / Associated Press

 
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