Angels finally get their top nine hitters together in one lineup

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Although the Angels had scored the most runs in the majors over their first 14 games, it wasn’t until the 15th game that they put their preferred lineup together.On Friday night, the lineup included Ian Kinsler, Zack Cozart and Shohei Ohtani, the first time those three had been together with the other six everyday players.Kinsler had missed most of the first two weeks with a groin injury. The game before he went on the disabled list, Ohtani didn’t play. The first game in which Kinsler was back on Thursday night, Cozart didn’t play.With everyone together on Friday night, Manager Mike Scioscia had a couple interesting lineup decisions. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “There was a lot of discussion of Coz staying there, but in the big picture of where we want to be in the long term, it has Ian leading off and Coz in a role hopefully with some guys on base,” Scioscia said.Also, Scioscia moved Ohtani up from the No. 8 to No. 7 spot. Scioscia wouldn’t elaborate much of his thinking with that move.“That’s the way the lineup flows tonight,” he said.Perhaps a part of the decision was seeing Ohtani get intentionally walked on Thursday night. Ohtani, who brought a .346 average and 11 RBIs into Friday’s game, had Andrelton Simmons hitting behind him on Friday. Simmons was hitting .356 with a major-league leading 21 hits. First, he moved Cozart back to the No. 6 spot, even though the lineup had been productive with him at leadoff. Scioscia opted to put Kinsler back at the top.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img Ohtani is not expected to be in the lineup again until Tuesday, at the earliest, because he is scheduled to pitch on Sunday and the Angels are off on Monday. Luis Valbuena would probably take Ohtani’s spot in those games.ALSOJC Ramírez is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, General Manager Billy Eppler said. The Angels announced on Monday that the procedure was recommended for Ramírez, who has a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Ramírez had tried stem-cell therapy to heal his elbow when it was only partially torn last year. …Felix Peña was optioned to Triple-A to create room for Andrew Heaney, who was activated from the disabled list to make his first start of the season on Friday. …Heaney became the ninth different pitcher to start for the Angels in their first 15 games. They are just the 10th team in major league history to use at least nine starters in their first 15 games, the first since the 1960 Baltimore Orioles.UP NEXTAngels (Garrett Richards, 1-0, 4.20) at Royals (Jake Junis, 2-0, 0.00), 4 p.m., Saturday, FS1, KLAA (830 AM). Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Arsenal’s strongest XI? Predicted Gunners line up v Watford

first_img 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre back) 11 11 11 23. Danny Welbeck (striker) 11. Mesut Ozil (attacking midfield) 17. Alexis Sanchez (left wing) 24. Hector Bellerin (right back) 11 11 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 11 11 11 5. Gabriel Paulista (centre back) – check out the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 34. Francis Coquelin (centre midfield) 18. Nacho Monreal (Ieft back) 11 11 Arsenal host Watford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, kick off 3pm. The Gunners will hope to kick on from their previous victory over Everton and take advantage of the Hornets’ recent domestic slump.Arsene Wenger’s injury list remains lengthy for the Emirates clash, but Petr Cech could make his return having been absent since picking up a calf injury in the defeat to Swansea City at the beginning of March.But who else might start? Olivier Giroud or Danny Welbeck? Per Mertesacker or Gabriel Paulista?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Arsenal line up by viewing the slideshow above. 35. Mohamed Elneny (centre midfield) 45. Alex Iwobi (right wing)last_img read more