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Wells, Aybar nursing minor injuries; Wells to DH, Aybar out

July 6, 2011 | 11:45 am

Left fielder Vernon Wells tweaked his right ankle and suffered a bruised heel Tuesday night when he landed awkwardly on the first-base bag on a fourth-inning groundout. As a result, he will start at designated hitter in Wednesday's series finale against the Detroit Tigers in Angel Stadium.

"He said he could play outfield if necessary," Manager Mike Scioscia said of Wells, who has eight homers in his last 20 games. "But we're going to keep him at DH."

Shortstop Erick Aybar, who is batting .281 with 37 runs batted in and 35 runs has some tightness in his right quadriceps and is not in Wednesday's lineup, but he probably would have been given the day off anyway.

Aybar had started 69 of 70 games since being activated off the disabled list on April 20. He has been the team's best hitter in the clutch, with a .339 average with runners in scoring position.

The Angels have won four straight games, seven of the last eight and 10 of their last 12. They have also won seven consecutive series against the Dodgers twice, Seattle, the New York Mets, Florida, Washington and Detroit.

The Angels lineup: SS Maicer Izturis, RF Torii Hunter, LF Bobby Abreu, DH Vernon Wells, 2B Howie Kendrick, 3B Alberto Callaspo, 1B Mark Trumbo, C Hank Conger, CF Peter Bourjos, P Tyler Chatwood.

The Tigers lineup: CF Austin Jackson, LF Andy Dirks, RF Brennan Boesch, 1B Miguel Cabrera, DH Victor Martinez, SS Jhonny Peralta, C Alex Avila, 3B Brandon Inge, 2B Ramon Santiago, P Brad Penny.


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Photo: Angels designated hitter Vernon Wells hits a two-run home run against the Dodgers on Saturday. Credit: Jeff Gross / Getty Images