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Hunter drops by the manager's office

4/19/2012

ANAHEIM -- Angels right fielder Torii Hunter asked to meet with manager Mike Scioscia and the two had a lengthy closed-door meeting before Thursday's game.

Hunter, who two seasons ago moved from center field to right field to accommodate Peter Bourjos, is apparently willing to cede some of his territory again if it produces wins. He spoke with Scioscia about days he could be at designated hitter in order to squeeze Mark Trumbo's powerful bat in the lineup at right field.

"Just trying to get some guys in there," Hunter said. "We'll be all right."

Trumbo is more comfortable in right field than left. The Angels would love to play him more and put their most dangerous lineup on the field, but the third-base experiment wasn't going well. Trumbo made three errors in his first two games at third and has played the position just once in the past nine games.

Scioscia said the team isn't pulling the plug on the third-base move, just exploring other options. Trumbo was at DH Thursday.

"Trum has the potential to be an everyday first baseman, which obviously we're not looking for. He has the potential to be an everyday third baseman and an everyday corner outfielder," Scioscia said. "Absolutely."

Here are the rest of the lineups:

A's

Jemile Weeks 2B

Cliff Pennington SS

Josh Reddick RF

Yoenis Cespedes CF

Seth Smith DH

Jonny Gomes LF

Daric Barton 1B

Kurt Suzuki C

Eric Sogard 3B

Angels

Bobby Abreu LF

Howie Kendrick 2B

Albert Pujols 1B

Kendrys Morales DH

Torii Hunter RF

Vernon Wells CF

Maicer Izturis SS

Alberto Callaspo 3B

Bobby Wilson C