Sticking with Ervin Santana for now

July, 22, 2012
7/22/12
3:41
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Angels manager Mike Scioscia said struggling pitcher Ervin Santana will remain in the Angels' rotation for at least one more start.

Scioscia will limit Santana to 15 outs Friday night, something he has done in the past with struggling pitchers, including Scott Kazmir and Aaron Sele. Santana is 4-10 with a 6.00 ERA and has allowed 23 home runs, second most in the majors.

"We’re in a position right now that we need production from our rotation. We need Ervin to pitch like he can and, hopefully, peeling him back to 15 outs will be a positive for him," Scioscia said.

The Angels considered moving Santana to the bullpen, but don't have many readily available alternatives to start games. Jerome Williams (6-7, 4.85) has also struggled lately and they're bereft of talent at Triple-A. General manager Jerry Dipoto is believed to be in search of pitching before the July 31 trade deadline, but said Sunday he's not necessarily close to acquiring any.

"Pitching will be available. How much of it, I don’t know," Dipoto said. "Pitching’s available every year. There’s going to be a premium on it to access. I don’t think that will change."

Here are lineups for Sunday night vs. the Texas Rangers:

Texas
Ian Kinsler 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Josh Hamilton CF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Michael Young 1B
Nelson Cruz RF
David Murphy LF
Mike Napoli DH
Yorvit Torrealba C

Angels
Mike Trout LF
Torii Hunter RF
Albert Pujols 1B
Mark Trumbo DH
Howie Kendrick 2B
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Maicer Izturis SS
Peter Bourjos CF
Bobby Wilson C

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jered Weaver
WINS ERA SO IP
18 3.59 169 213
OTHER LEADERS
BAH. Kendrick .293
HRM. Trout 36
RBIM. Trout 111
RM. Trout 115
OPSM. Trout .939
ERAG. Richards 2.61
SOJ. Weaver 169