ANAHEIM, Calif. Mike Trout made his mark in the big leagues as a leadoff hitter, but starting Thursday night hes the No. 2 batter in the Angels order.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia put third baseman Alberto Callaspo in the leadoff spot in Thursdays series finale against the Oakland As, followed by Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton.
The move gives the slumping Angels a powerful heart of the order, one Scioscia hopes will ignite a team that began the night hitting .120 (9 for 75) with runners in scoring position.
Trout stole 49 bases last season, but the Angels want to give him more opportunites to hit with runners on base and also protect him in the order with Pujols and Hamilton hitting behind him. Trout began the night hitting .278 and was still looking for his first home run.
Its really just a common-sense move, Scioscia said. We talked about it in the winter, about Mike being a guy you need to set the table for as well as a guy thats going to bring a lot of table-settin...