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By Tom Singer / MLB.com
Izturis to have key to unlocking offense
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels' Mad Scientist will be hard at work in his laboratory for the next month. Manager Mike Scioscia will be mixing and stirring his test tubes, trying to concoct the best potion/lineup for his creative and aggressive offense.It figures to be an ongoing process well into the regular season -- although Scioscia would rather not approach the 133 different lineups injuries and slumps forced him into in 2010. But it will certainly be dynamic, early indication of which is that a projected Opening Day lineup is topped by an intended utility man. Make that Utility man, Esq.: Maicer Izturis is considered by the manager as a key to unlocking an offense that too often locked up on the Angels last season. Only, Izturis will turn that key all over the infield. Scioscia's lineup "template" for March 31 in Kansas City has Izturis leading off and playing third base.
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Bell to ring in Angels' Cactus League action
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Left-hander Trevor Bell is slated to start the Angels' Cactus League opener Saturday against the Dodgers in Tempe Diablo Stadium. The 24-year-old Valley native, who spent three months with the club last season and went 2-5 in 25 appearances, drew the assignment to keep members of the projected starting rotation on their schedules."This will keep everyone where they need to be," said manager Mike Scioscia. "We'll give them all enough prep time leading up to their first outings. A couple of the pitchers will have seven outings, most will have six, but they'll all definitely be where they need to be when we open the season." Bell is scheduled to be followed to the mound by Michael Kohn, Anthony Ortega, Matt Meyer, Eric Junge and Garrett Richards. But will it be the mound in Tempe Diablo Stadium, or in a bullpen? Rainstorms, in addition to dipping temperatures, are forecast for the weekend. If bad weather is to come, let it come now, Scioscia implied. "The main concern with rain is pitchers getting their work. Early on, we can simulate what they need to do here," Scioscia said. "Later, it becomes more of a chore because of a [pitchers'] schedule that has to be kept. There is enough flexibility in [pitching coach Mike Butcher's] planning to absorb a guy not getting his full workout in one time."
Anel De Los Santos, one of the non-roster catchers in camp, suffered a jammed left thumb Wednesday when he slipped on the field and tried to break his fall. De Los Santos was being examined on Thursday, but meanwhile the Angels signed Minor League catcher Cole Armstrong to help with the workload. Armstrong, 27, is an eight-year Minor League veteran who last season played Double-A ball at Birmingham in the White Sox chain.