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Sunday, July 8, 2012
Angels All-Stars have grassroots feel

By Mark Saxon

One of the more gratifying moments for a team is to see its homegrown players develop into All-Stars.

In the Angels' case, three of the four players headed to Kansas City for Tuesday's game -- Jered Weaver, Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo -- were drafted by the Angels and worked their way through the minor leagues with them. C.J. Wilson was the only Angels free agent selected for the game.

It would be a good time to gloat, except for one thing: Virtually nobody is around who had anything to do with acquiring those players. The Angels fired the scouting director who drafted them, Eddie Bane, after the 2010 season and the general manager who oversaw their development, Tony Reagins, after last season.

And there's this:

"God is going to take credit for Mike Trout, not anything we've done," manager Mike Scioscia.

Here are lineups for Sunday's game:
Robert Andino 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Matt Wieters DH
Adam Jones CF
Mark Reynolds 1B
Chris Davis RF
Steve Pearce LF
Steve Tolleson 3B
Ronny Paulino C

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