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Angels All-Stars have grassroots feel

7/8/2012

One of the more gratifying moments for a team is to see its homegrown players develop into All-Stars.

In the Angels' case, three of the four players headed to Kansas City for Tuesday's game -- Jered Weaver, Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo -- were drafted by the Angels and worked their way through the minor leagues with them. C.J. Wilson was the only Angels free agent selected for the game.

It would be a good time to gloat, except for one thing: Virtually nobody is around who had anything to do with acquiring those players. The Angels fired the scouting director who drafted them, Eddie Bane, after the 2010 season and the general manager who oversaw their development, Tony Reagins, after last season.

And there's this:

"God is going to take credit for Mike Trout, not anything we've done," manager Mike Scioscia.

Here are lineups for Sunday's game:

Baltimore

Robert Andino 2B

J.J. Hardy SS

Matt Wieters DH

Adam Jones CF

Mark Reynolds 1B

Chris Davis RF

Steve Pearce LF

Steve Tolleson 3B

Ronny Paulino C

Angels

Mike Trout LF

Torii Hunter RF

Albert Pujols DH

Mark Trumbo 1B

Howie Kendrick 2B

Erick Aybar SS

Peter Bourjos CF

Maicer Izturis 3B

John Hester C