Angels pitching will finally get tested

After consecutive series against three of the worst offenses in baseball, Angels pitchers come home this week to face the two most-powerful lineups in the American League, starting Monday night against the New York Yankees.

The Angels are riding a six-game winning streak, all at the expense of the Oakland A's and Seattle Mariners. Before that, they faced the San Diego Padres.

Angels starting pitchers had a 2.38 ERA on the road trip and the bullpen has a 0.89 ERA over its last 13 games.

There were a couple of promising developments for the Angels before the game. Manager Mike Scioscia said it appears that a blister on the middle finger of pitcher C.J. Wilson won't cause him to miss Saturday's scheduled start against the Texas Rangers. Also, right fielder Torii Hunter rejoined the team and likely will be reinstated from the restricted list before Tuesday's game. Hunter missed two weeks while he helped his family deal with sexual-assault charges against his 17-year-old son, Darius.

Here are lineups for Monday's game, Angels ace Jered Weaver opposing New York's Phil Hughes:


Derek Jeter SS

Curtis Granderson CF

Alex Rodriguez 3B

Robinson Cano 2B

Mark Teixeira 1B

Raul Ibanez LF

Nick Swisher RF

Eric Chavez DH

Russell Martin C


Mike Trout LF

Maicer Izturis 3B

Albert Pujols 1B

Kendrys Morales DH

Mark Trumbo RF

Howie Kendrick 2B

Erick Aybar SS

Peter Bourjos CF

Bobby Wilson C