A .714 average is good medicine

The original plan was to ease Kendrys Morales back into regular-season action since he's only a few weeks into his return from a devastating ankle injury.

But then he went out and picked up five hits in his first seven at-bats, one of the few bright spots in a surprisingly sluggish start for the Angels' offense. Suddenly, it seemed like a good idea to start him in the first three games of the season.

"He was on the bases a lot yesterday, but he came out and felt great, so we'll keep it going," manager Mike Scioscia said.

Against left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez, Scioscia also re-inserted Mark Trumbo at third base. Trumbo, a converted first baseman, made two errors on Opening Day and four during spring training.

One other interesting nugget, courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info: Albert Pujols has a .667 slugging percentage against left-handed pitchers since 2009, best in the majors.

Here are the rest of the lineups:

Kansas City

Alex Gordon LF

Alcides Escobar SS

Eric Hosmer 1B

Billy Butler DH

Jeff Francoeur RF

Mike Moustakas 3B

Lorenzo Cain CF

Humberto Quintero C

Chris Getz 2B


Erick Aybar SS

Howie Kendrick 2B

Albert Pujols 1B

Torii Hunter RF

Vernon Wells LF

Morales DH

Trumbo 3B

Chris Iannetta C

Peter Bourjos CF