05/31/11 10:00 PM ET
Wells approaches rehab stint
By Robert Falkoff / Special to MLB.com
Fans give Torii his 1,000th-RBI ball
KANSAS CITY -- Torii Hunter didn't have to chase after his 1,000th-RBI ball. Thanks to a group of kids in the left-field stands at Kauffman Stadium, the milestone baseball came back to Hunter via special delivery.When Hunter capped a two-homer, four-RBI day on Monday with a two-run shot that lifted the Angels to a comeback victory, the power barrage brought him to 1,000 RBIs. The youngsters brought the milestone baseball to the Angels' outfielder and exchanged it for three autographed baseballs that Hunter was more than happy to sign. "One of the kids caught the ball," Hunter said. "I went out there to shake their hand and take pictures. I appreciate those guys coming down. I don't know if my autograph means anything, but that ball meant a lot to me." Hunter, 35, was asked if he has another 1,000 RBIs in him before calling it a career. "Five hundred," Hunter replied with a smile. Hunter plans to hang onto the ball for a long time. "I'm going to show my grandkids," Hunter said. "That's why I kept the ball. You've got to have proof."
Scioscia likes Halos' direction
KANSAS CITY -- After watching Bobby Abreu and Torii Hunter combine to go 7-for-10 with four extra base hits on Monday, Angels manager Mike Scioscia was feeling optimistic about where his ballclub might be headed.Abreu, who didn't start on Tuesday with left-hander Jeff Francis on the mound, has hit .354 over his last 13 games, while Hunter has hit .375 over a 10-game stretch. "Those two guys are really the foundation of what we need to do," Scioscia said. Scioscia lauded table-setters Maicer Izturis and Erick Aybar for doing an outstanding job all season and looks forward to the return of Vernon Wells (groin) and Howard Kendrick (hamstring). Put all those ingredients together and Scioscia can envision the makings of a potent attack. "Our lineup will get deep and hopefully we'll be more consistent," Scioscia said.
Wilson gets rare start at DH
KANSAS CITY -- With the Angels facing a left-hander on Tuesday night and with a day game looming on Wednesday, manager Mike Scioscia took the opportunity to get some bench players into the lineup for the second game of the Kansas City series.Bobby Wilson got the call in the designated-hitter slot with Jeff Mathis catching and Reggie Willits in left field. Bobby Abreu took a breather. "It's a good matchup for Bobby Wilson to get in there against the lefty," Scioscia said. "Depth is important and hopefully we're going to see something tonight." Wilson had made just five appearances over a 49-game span prior to Tuesday.
Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.