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It's Hammer Time for Angels and catcher Bobby Wilson

July 17, 2011 | 12:33 pm

Seldom-used third-string catcher Bobby Wilson will make his first start since June 27 on Sunday when the Angels play the Oakland Athletics in the final game of a four-game series.

Right fielder Torii Hunter, who played both games of Saturday's doubleheader, said his legs felt "soggy," so he will start Sunday at designated hitter, with Vernon Wells moving from left field to right and Howie Kendrick moving from second base to left field.

It's '80s weekend in the Oakland Coliseum, and MC Hammer, a former A's front-office employee and an Oakland native, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. It's also MC Hammer bobblehead day. The Angels will be wearing throwback uniforms from that unique fashion era, but some of the pants weren't fitting too well.

"I asked for Capri style," catcher Hank Conger said, looking at pants that stopped at midcalf.

The Angels lineup: 2B Maicer Izturis, SS Erick Aybar, DH Torii Hunter, RF Vernon Wells, LF Howie Kendrick, 3B Alberto Callaspo, 1B Mark Trumbo, C Bobby Wilson, CF Mike Trout, P Joel Pineiro.

The Athletics lineup: 2B Jemile Weeks, CF Coco Crisp, LF Josh Willingham, DH Hideki Matsui, 3B Scott Sizemore, RF David DeJesus, 1B Conor Jackson, C Kurt Suzuki, SS Cliff Pennington, P Gio Gonzalez.


Angels split close games with A's

Mike Scioscia has a method for his lineup

-- Mike DiGiovanna in Oakland

Photo: Angels catcher Bobby Wilson. Credit: Kirby Lee / U.S. Presswire