Angels Starting Lineup Taking Shape

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This is a photo from Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register showing that Mike Scioscia is pretty close to finishing his preferred batting order. All he needs is for Albert Pujols to return. The Martin Maldonado/Carlos Perez battle will have a winner soon. But one has to imagine they’ll end up splitting the time nearly down the middle. Batting Cameron Maybin sixth caught me by surprise, but the 1-2-3 combo the Angels had last season worked very well, so why not stick to it? Luis Valbuena hitting cleanup is probably just to break up the righties. I expected Danny Espinosa to hit seventh. This could turn out to be a lineup with a lot of hits, few strikeouts again, more lefties, more homeruns, and a lot of stolen bases. Should be fun to watch.

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