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Scioscia switches things up for Angels' second game

April 1, 2011 |  4:13 pm

Erick-aybar_350 With the Angels facing left-hander Jeff Francis on Friday, Manager Mike Scioscia made a few switches to his lineup, elevating switch-hitting shortstop Erick Aybar from sixth to first in the batting order, sitting switch-hitter Maicer Izturis and giving switch-hitter Alberto Callaspo his first start of the season at third base.

"Izzy is going to play tomorrow with the day game," Scioscia said in reference to Izturis, who had hits in his final two at-bats in Thursday's season opener. "I wanted to split it up a lilttle bit. I wanted to get his left-handed bat in there tomorrow."

The Angels face right-hander Kyle Davies in Saturday's afternoon game.

The lineups


SS -- Erick Aybar

2B -- Howie Kendrick

DH -- Bobby Abreu

RF -- Torii Hunter

LF -- Vernon Wells

3B -- Alberto Callaspo

1B -- Mark Trumbo

C -- Jeff Mathis

CF -- Peter Bourjos

P -- Dan Haren

Kansas City Royals

3B -- Mike Aviles

CF -- Melky Cabrera

LF -- Alex Gordon

DH -- Billy Butler

1B -- Kila Ka'aihue

RF -- Jeff Francoeur

SS -- Alcides Escobar

C -- Bryan Pena

2B -- Chris Getz

P -- Jeff Francis


Torii Hunter leads Angels to opening-day victory

Players say nothing matches the feeling of opening day

-- Kevin Baxter in Kansas City, Mo.

Photo: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar. Credit: Gus Ruelas / Associated Press