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Sunday, September 25, 2011
Angels turn, desperately, to Joel Pineiro

By Mark Saxon

Today is hold-your-breath time if you still believe the Angels have a chance to reach the playoffs.

They're relying on Joel Pineiro, who is 0-3 with a 10.26 ERA vs. the Oakland A's this season and recently referred to those struggles as the "curse of the elephant." With the Angels 2 1/2 games out in the wild card with just four games left, look for Mike Scioscia to get a reliever up at the first sign of major trouble.

Mark Trumbo, who left Friday's game with discomfort in his right ankle, declared himself fit to play.

Here is Scioscia's lineup for the Sunday afternoon game:

Oakland

1. Jemile Weeks 2B

2. Coco Crisp CF

3. Hideki Matsui DH

4. Josh Willingham LF

5. David DeJesus RF

6. Scott Sizemore 3B

7. Brandon Allen 1B

8. Erik Sogard SS

9. Landon Powell

Angels

1. Erick Aybar SS

2. Howie Kendrick 2B

3. Bobby Abreu DH

4. Torii Hunter RF

5. Mark Trumbo 1B

6. Alberto Callaspo 3B

7. Vernon Wells LF

8. Peter Bourjos CF

9. Jeff Mathis C