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Angels go from scoreboard watching to TV watching

For the Angels to achieve their goal of reaching the playoffs they have to take care of their own business first. And Manager Mike Scioscia has been unwavering in stressing that.

Angels_logo But they also need some help, which is why all the TVs in the visitors' clubhouse in Toronto were tuned to the Yankee-Rays game Wednesday. Tampa Bay started the day 1 1/2 games in front of the Angels in the wild-card race so the Yankees' 4-2 win was welcomed by the Angels.

The Angels will need a lot more assistance than that over the next week, however. Entering Wednesday's game against Toronto the Angels trailed Texas in the American League West by five games with eight remaining. Boston leads the Angels in the wild-card race by 3 1/2 with Tampa in between the two.

Dan Haren (15-9) gets the start for the Angels in this one. He's 3-3 in his last eight starts and was pounded for seven runs on seven hits in five-plus innings his last time out in Baltimore.

The main change in the Angels' lineup has Maicer Izturis starting at second base in place of Howie Kendrick, who is hitting .281 on the road trip. Scioscia said he liked the match-up better against Toronto starter Dustin McGowan although it's difficult to say what he liked: Kendrick is 0 for 6 lifetime against the right-hander while the switch-hitting Izturis, who will bat leadoff, is 2 for 13.

The lineups:

 Angels

2B -- Maicer Izturis

SS -- Erick Aybar

DH -- Bobby Abreu

RF -- Torii Hunter

1B --  Mark Trumbo

3B -- Alberto Callaspo

LF -- Vernon Wells

CF -- Peter Bourjos

C -- Jeff  Mathis

P -- Dan Haren

Toronto Blue Jays

SS -- Mike McCoy

LF -- Eric Thames

RF -- Jose Bautista

1B -- Adam Lind

3B -- Edwin Encarnacion

2B -- Kelly Johnson

C -- J.P. Arencibia

CF -- Colby Rasmus

DH -- David Cooper

P -- Dustin McGowan

-- Kevin Baxter in Toronto

 
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