Hamilton scratched from Angels’ lineup

Right fielder Josh Hamilton was scratched from the Los Angeles

Angels’ lineup for Saturday’s game against the Chicago White

Sox.

According to a club spokesman, Hamilton got a day off to

recharge. He was originally was scheduled to bat fifth, but was

replaced in right field by Mark Trumbo – who had been slotted as

the designated hitter. Instead, Albert Pujols was shifted from

first base to DH and Brendan Harris was inserted as the first

baseman.

Hamilton batted for Harris in the seventh inning and singled. He

then scored on a two-run double by J.B. Shuck and finished the game

in right field.

Hamilton is batting .214 with five home runs and 12 RBIs in 167

at-bats during his first season with the Angels, who signed the

five-time All-Star to a five-year, $125 million contract in

December. The 2010 AL MVP is 6 for 31 in his last eight games with

one RBI – a home run on Tuesday – and seven strikeouts.