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Sunday, June 17, 2012
Stability returning to Angels rotation

By Mark Saxon

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:

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

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