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Saturday, June 23, 2012
Should the Angels upgrade at third?

By Mark Saxon

ANAHEIM --Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto was fairly blunt when asked about Kevin Youkilis, who is reportedly close to being traded by the Boston Red Sox.

"We're not involved," Dipoto said.

But should the Angels look to get a little more thunder out of third base? Going into Saturday's game with the Dodgers, the Angels have gotten three home runs from their third baseman. Dipoto said he's not focusing on it before the July 31 trade deadline.

"I don't know that there's an overwhelming market of available power-hitting third basemen that's out there," Dipoto said.

Alberto Callaspo has hit all of three of the home runs from Angels third basemen (he also had a pinch-hit grand slam off Fexlix Hernandez). The other third baseman, Maicer Izturis, still hasn't homered after 134 at-bats. Only the Dodgers and Chicago White Sox have gotten less power out of their third basemen than the Angels.

It appears the Angels' priority before the July 31 trade deadline will be pitching depth, perhaps another arm for the bullpen or a starter they can stockpile at Triple-A.

Here are lineups for Saturday evenings game vs. the Dodgers:

Los Angeles
Dee Gordon SS
Jerry Hairston Jr. 2B
Andre Ethier RF
Bobby Abreu DH
Juan Rivera LF
James Loney 1B
Elian Herrera CF
Juan Uribe 3B
A.J. Ellis C

Angels
Mike Trout CF
Torii Hunter RF
Albert Pujols 1B
Mark Trumbo LF
Kendrys Morales DH
Howie Kendrick 2B
Maicer Izturis 3B
Erick Aybar SS
John Hester C