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Angels rest Vernon Wells against Tigers

July 29, 2011 |  2:57 pm

Angelslogo Angels Manager Mike Scioscia has tried to rest his regulars at least once during the team's 10-day tour of the hot and humid Eastern time zone. Friday it was Vernon Wells' turn, with Howie Kendrick spelling the veteran in left field and designated hitter Bobby Abreu moving down a spot in the lineup to replace Wells in the cleanup spot.

It's probably a good time to bench Wells for other reasons, too, such as his .207 average on the road trip or the fact he's gone 2 for 15 since the Angels left Baltimore on Sunday.

The Angels head into Friday's game with the Tigers a season-best 10 games over .500 and with baseball's best record, 27-12, since June 13. They also have 16 wins in July, their most in one month since June of 2010.

The lineups:


2B -- Maicer Izturis

SS -- Erick Aybar

RF -- Torii Hunter

DH -- Bobby Abreu

3B -- Alberto Callaspo

LF -- Howie Kendrick

1B -- Mark Trumbo

CF -- Peter Bourjos

C -- Bobby Wilson

P -- Tyler Chatwood

Detroit Tigers

CF -- Austin Jackson

RF -- Andy Dirks

LF -- Brennan Boesch

1B -- Miguel Cabrera

DH -- Victor Martinez

2B -- Carlos Guillen

C -- Alex Avila

3B -- Wilson Betemit

SS -- Ramon Santiago

P -- Rick Porcello


Angels bust out in 12-7 rout of Tigers

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-- Kevin Baxter in Detroit