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Chris Nelson Starting DH For Angels Thursday

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Hamilton Late Scratch with Back Spasms - Trumbo to RF, Albert to 1B Callaspo to 3B and Nelson DHing.

duck and dive
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The Angels lineup tonight features Chris Nelson getting his first start for the Angels. He will be batting eighth in place of Alberto Callaspo with last night's #8 hitter Chris Iannetta being bumped up to the seven slot.

Meanwhile the least walkingest leadoff hitter in all of baseball, Erick Aybar, remains ensconced in the #1 slot. What does Mike Scioscia knwo that we do not and how does it structure the logic of his decisions. Yes, the previous sentence is a fallacy as it posits the self-evident fact that logic is included in the decisions of Mike Scioscia - a total stretch by any analytical approach.

Okay okay, here is the lineup:

UPDATE: Hamilton Late Scratch with Back Spasms - Trumbo to RF, Albert to 1B Callaspo to 3B and Nelson DHing.

Aybar SS, Trout CF, Pujols 1B, Trumbo RF, Kendrick 2B, Callaspo 3B, Iannetta C, Nelson DH, Shuck LF

OLD LINEUP:

  1. Erick Aybar SS
  2. Mike Trout CF
  3. Albert Pujols DH
  4. Mark Trumbo 1B
  5. Josh Hamilton RF
  6. Howie Kendrick 2B
  7. Chris Iannetta C
  8. Chris Nelson 3B
  9. J.B. Shuck LF.

...and Jason Vargas on the mound. First pitch is at 7:05 PM... Hey is this the first-ever Angels lineup with two Chrisses in it? Will there be a souveni poster of this soon and the first pitch thrown out by Peter Chriss? Just asking.