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Bobby Abreu plays, Peter Bourjos sits

4/7/2012

ANAHEIM -- The Angels told Bobby Abreu in February he could get 400 at-bats.

That seems like a stretch, but the disgruntled outfielder figures to get a few Saturday against Kansas City Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar. Manager Mike Scioscia went to his most left-handed look, putting Abreu in left field, moving Vernon Wells to center field and sitting Peter Bourjos, the only Angel with more than one hit Friday night.

Switch hitter Alberto Callaspo was to start at third, putting Mark Trumbo on the bench.

Getting Abreu into games could prove thorny. Bourjos is the Angels' best defensive player and Trumbo might be the team's second most-powerful hitter.

"As we move into the season, we'll see what the flow will be. Some guys had leg injuries last year -- Peter with his hamstring and Torii [Hunter] with his quad, that maybe could have been prevented with more time off," Scioscia said. "I'm not calling this a day off for Peter, it's the second game, but it's a combination of that and trying to get some left-handed bats in the lineup."

Lefties have hit .288 off Hochevar in his career, righties .253.

Also, Scioscia said he's targeting about 10 to 12 games for Albert Pujols to be at DH. If he plays 12 games there, it would match the number of games he's DHed in his career.

Here are Saturday's lineups:

Kansas City

Alex Gordon LF

Lorenzo Cain CF

Eric Hosmer 1B

Billy Butler DH

Jeff Francoeur RF

Yuniesky Betancourt 2B

Mike Moustakas 3B

Humberto Quintero C

Alcides Escobar SS

Angels

Erick Aybar SS

Howie Kendrick 2B

Albert Pujols 1B

Kendrys Morales DH

Torii Hunter RF

Bobby Abreu LF

Vernon Wells CF

Alberto Callaspo 3B

Bobby Wilson C