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Juan Rivera moves to first base after Angels re-align outfield

Aug 25, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

Juan Rivera made his first career start at first base Monday and manager Mike Scioscia said yesterday that he’ll split time there with Mike Napoli for the rest of the season.
Scioscia has used seven different players at first base since Kendry Morales went down for the season in May and Rivera is available for the switch because of Bobby Abreu moving to left field while Torii Hunter shifts to right field and rookie speedster Peter Bourjos takes over in center.
Napoli has done a decent job filling in for the injured Morales, hitting .255/.318/.446 with eight homers in 176 plate appearances at first base and because both he and Rivera are right-handed hitters a traditional platoon won’t work. Instead, when Rivera plays first base perhaps Scioscia will shift Napoli back behind the plate occasionally instead of Jeff Mathis, who’s hitting just .196.

  1. dprat - Aug 25, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    Napoli leads his team in HR despite starting only 100 of the Angels’ 127 games this year. As I write, Napoli is 2-3 today with a walk, 2B, a grand slam, and 6 RBI. So do you think today’s results cause Scioscia to pause a bit in his plans to further trim Napoli’s playing time?
    No, me neither.

  2. Dwight Evans Mustache - Aug 26, 2010 at 4:58 AM

    Why does Scioscia hate Napoli so?

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