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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
A drop of power goes a long way

By Mark Saxon

They may not need a ton of power, but they do need some.

It's probably not a coincidence that the Angels entered Wednesday's game 10th in the league in runs scored and 10th in the league in home runs. This is, after all, still the American League of Professional Clubs, not a fast-pitch softball league.

"You have to show some power, because some pitchers can probably get comfortable. It might take us three or four hits in a row to really get a run," Torii Hunter said. "Every once in a while, I think this team can drive the ball."

Every once in a while, it can. But when Hunter and Alberto Callaspo went deep back-to-back Wednesday off one of the league's toughest pitchers -- and a sinkerballer to boot -- Trevor Cahill, it seemed like a remarkable event. The Angels have been scuffling for runs, in part because they're starved for power.

If Hunter, Mark Trumbo and -- when they get healthy, Vernon Wells and Howie Kendrick -- can pick up the pace, it could make life easier on all the little guys, not to mention the Angels' generally staunch pitching.

With a lineup filled with under-6-foot switch hitters, Angels manager Mike Scioscia isn't going to put a lot of emphasis on home runs, but he'll take them. What he's looking for is offensive balance, something that's been lacking most of this season.

"We have to be more than a team that just hits home runs and more than a team that just manufactures runs," Scioscia said.