Bedraggled Angels return

ANAHEIM -- After Thursday night's extra-inning loss in Toronto, the Angels got the added bonus of five hours in the air, a 40-minute bus ride to the stadium and the joy of climbing into bed at about 4 a.m.

The team's charter flight had to land at LAX instead of John Wayne Airport, because of a curfew in Orange County.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said the long flight gave the team time to work through the game and put it behind it. The Angels entered Friday's games three games behind the Boston Red Sox in the wild-card race. They can gain a half-game with a win over the Oakland A's, because Boston was rained out in New York.

"The only frustrating thing about this is we haven't played at a level to keep control of things with how we played the game. We need help," Scioscia said.

Here are lineups for Friday's game:


1. Jemile Weeks 2B

2. Coco Crisp CF

3. Hideki Matsui DH

4. Josh Willingham LF

5. David DeJesus RF

6. Cliff Pennington SS

7. Brandon Allen 1B

8. Kurt Suzuki C

9. Scott Sizemore 3B


1. MaicerIzturis 3B

2. Peter Bourjos CF

3. Howie Kendrick 2B

4. Torii Hunter RF

5. Mark Trumbo 1B

6. Vernon Wells DH

7. Mike Trout LF

8. Erick Aybar SS

9. Jeff Mathis C