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Stability returning to Angels rotation

6/17/2012

Two events have combined quickly to give the Angels' starting rotation a settled look.

Jered Weaver was scheduled to throw a third, and final, bullpen session before Sunday's game, but the team released its rotation for the upcoming series with the San Francisco Giants and Weaver isn't in it. It appears Weaver's return will come Friday against the Dodgers, at the earliest.

Friday would be the spot of rookie Garrett Richards, who could be making his final start Sunday before the Angels hand him a return ticket to Triple-A Salt Lake. Ervin Santana's brush with perfection -- and one-hitter -- over the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday night appears to have saved his spot, at least for now.

In other words, the Angels are headed toward the All-Star break with the same five-man rotation they opened the season with. That's usually a good thing.

Here are lineups for Sunday:

Arizona

Willie Bloomquist SS

Jason Kubel DH

Justin Upton RF

Miguel Montero C

Paul Goldschmidt 1B

Chris Young CF

Aaron Hill 2B

Gerardo Parra LF

Josh Bell 3B

Angels

Mike Trout LF

Alberto Callaspo 3B

Albert Pujols 1B

Kendrys Morales DH

Mark Trumbo RF

Howie Kendrick 2B

Erick Aybar SS

Hank Conger C

Peter Bourjos CF