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Jeff Mathis back behind plate for Angels

Jeff-mathis_250 Jeff Mathis was back in the Angels' lineup Sunday against the Chicago White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle. Mathis was expected to be the starting catcher when spring training ended, but after his average fell to .192, he watched rookie Hank Conger play the last three games behind the plate.

Maicer Izturis, who had three hits in each of the last two games, will again lead off while Vernon Wells, coming off his first two-game of the season, is back in left field, batting fifth.

And speaking of guys coming off hot performances, right-hander Dan Haren threw a one-hit shutout against Cleveland in his last outing, running his record to 3-0 and dropping his earned-run average to 0.73. The one-hitter was the first by an Angel since 2006.

The Angels are hot as a team as well, having won four in a row and eight of their last 10 games after a 1-3 start.

The lineups:

Angels

SS -- Maicer Izturis

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

Chicago White Sox

LF -- Juan Pierre

2B -- Gordon Beckham

DH -- Adam Dunn

1B -- Paul Konerko

RF -- Carlos Quentin

CF -- Alex Rios

C -- A.J. Pierzynski

SS -- Alexei Ramirez

3B -- Omar Vizquel

P -- Mark Buehrle

-- Kevin Baxter in Chicago

Photo: Angels catcher Jeff Mathis waits his turn at batting practice before a game in Tampa Bay. Credit: Kim Klement / US Presswire

 
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