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Tuesday Angels Lineup - Aybar Back

Hamilton still DHing

Howie Up?
Howie Up?
Stephen Dunn

Is there an overarching logic to the Mike Scioscia lineup? Let's take a look at tonight's batting nine:

  1. Kole Calhoun RF
  2. Mike Trout CF
  3. Albert Pujols 1B
  4. Josh Hamilton DH
  5. Erick Aybar SS
  6. Howie Kendrick 2B
  7. David Freese 3B
  8. Efren Navarro LF
  9. Hank Conger C

Josh HamBone is DHing for his second game in a row. But the method to Scioscia's madness might be in having the flexibility of using Navarro at 1B should aging Albert be given a break. Howie is one spot lower in the lineup tonight with the return of Aybar, indicating a desire to have that ball put into play as much as possible. Hank Conger catches for two nights in a row - remember he caught that sixteen-inning marathon on Friday so this is a vote of confidence form the Soth - our manger awards the gritty players with playing time, stats and matchups be damned. But he is the arbiter of all that is gritty, so Hank must have done something to impress the boss.