07/24/11 1:56 PM ET
Abreu battling through a slump
By Jeff Seidel / Special to MLB.com
Abreu comes into Sunday's series finale with the Orioles batting just .153 this month. The 37-year old has gone only 9-for-59 in July -- and 1-for-19 in his last five games.
The veteran comes into Sunday's game with a .265 batting average overall this season. Manager Mike Scioscia said they'd consider giving him a day off, at some point, if he's still having problems. But they're hoping Abreu can work his way through the slump.
"I think he's missing some plate coverage," said Scioscia. "I don't think he's close enough to the plate. I think that Bobby sees that, too, so he's going to try and make a little adjustment."
Abreu was clearly frustrated in talking after the game. He's also looking to solve this puzzle.
"[It's] a tough time right now at the plate," Abreu said after Saturday's game. "I don't know what's going on. My swing is there. Everything is there. I guess I have to just [watch] the video and see what's going on. I just have to figure it out."
Abreu's power production has dropped dramatically this season. He's hit at least 15 homers in each of the past 13 seasons, but the veteran has only three homers so far this year.
Scioscia said he's pleased that Abreu is still getting on base, talking walks (62 so far) and making opposing pitchers work, and hopes the power numbers start moving upwards soon.
Abreu got off to a good start in Sunday's game, walking in the first, but adding a seeing-eye RBI single to right in the third. He hit a shot that slid under the glove of second baseman Robert Andino for an early 1-0 lead.
Bourjos rests one day after return from DL
BALTIMORE -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that Peter Bourjos isn't in Sunday's starting lineup, even though he didn't have any problems in his first game off the disabled list.
Bourjos played center field in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Orioles on Saturday night, threw out a baserunner and generally looked good. He had been on the 15-day disabled list due to hamstring tightness.
Scioscia has said throughout this weekend series with the Orioles that they're going to be careful about working Bourjos back into the everyday lineup. That's why the Angels are letting him sit on Sunday, but they're planning on putting him back in the lineup on Monday in Cleveland.
"He feels good," Scioscia said. "He'll be back out there tomorrow. But he felt good coming out."
Rookie Mike Trout will step into the center field spot. The 19-year old went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and his first Major League steal in Friday's 6-1 victory.
The Angels are keeping Trout on the roster for now. They want to keep some extra outfield depth until they're confident Bourjos can play on a daily basis again.
Ten of the team's 24 losses on the road have been of the walk-off variety, and they have 19 one-run losses overall this season.
The Angels have done better in July than in any other month this season -- they've got a 12-7 record heading into Sunday's series finale.
Vernon Wells hit a grand slam in Friday's series opener, and he added a two-run shot in Saturday's loss. His 34 career homers against the Orioles are the most he's hit against any team.
Mark Trumbo has hit 18 homers this season, which is the best mark among all Major League rookies.
Jeff Seidel is a contributor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.