Scioscia pondering four-man rotation

August, 23, 2011
8/23/11
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The Angels are considering using Jered Weaver and Ervin Santana on three days’ rest so they both can pitch this weekend at Texas, manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday.

If they leave Weaver (14-6, 2.10 ERA) on the typical four days’ rest, he would miss this weekend’s series and Santana would pitch Sunday. The Angels would have to pick between their No. 4 and 5 starters, Joel Pineiro and Jerome Williams, for Saturday’s start. Dan Haren is scheduled to pitch Friday night.

Neither Weaver or Santana has ever pitched on fewer than four days’ rest in their career. The Angels, 4 games behind Texas going into Tuesday’s games, have just six games against the Rangers.

* Reliever Scott Downs, the Angels' eighth-inning specialist, remains unavailable because of a strained hamstring, Scioscia said. The Angels hope they can avoid putting Downs on the 15-day disabled list. Downs (6-2, 1.31 ERA) has been the Angels' most reliable reliever.

Here are lineups for Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox:

Chicago

1. Juan Pierre LF

2. Alejandro De Aza RF

3. Paul Konerko DH

4. Alex Rios CF

5. Alexei Ramirez SS

6. Adam Dunn 1B

7. Tyler Flowers C

8. Brent Morel 3B

9. Gordon Beckham 2B

Angels

1. Maicer Izturis 3B

2. Peter Bourjos CF

3. Bobby Abreu DH

4. Torii Hunter RF

5. Mark Trumbo 1B

6. Howie Kendrick 2B

7. Vernon Wells LF

8. Erick Aybar SS

9. Bobby Wilson C

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Howie Kendrick
BA HR RBI R
.291 7 71 84
OTHER LEADERS
HRM. Trout 34
RBIM. Trout 107
RM. Trout 109
OPSM. Trout .940
WJ. Weaver 17
ERAG. Richards 2.61
SOG. Richards 164