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Angel hitters still not living up to promise

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Angels manager Mike Scioscia made the vow multiple times during the offseason and spring training.

"We will be better offensively this year," he said.

The Angels were pretty bad in 2010. They scored 202 fewer runs than the season before (681), the largest drop-off in the majors and the franchise's lowest total for a full season since 1992.

Batting average and on-base percentage took similar nosedives with the Angels' most dangerous hitter, Kendrys Morales, sidelined for 111 games after sustaining a broken ankle.

Morales remains out and the Angels' biggest offseason acquisition, outfielder Vernon Wells, is mired in an embarrassing slump to start the season.

Not surprisingly, the Angels' offense has not been better this season.

Through the first 12 games of the season, the Angels are averaging 3.75 runs per game and scored three runs or fewer in half of those games.

"We're still trying to find ourselves," Scioscia said of the low production.

Thanks to exceptional pitching, though, the Angels have managed to win seven of their first 12 games even as the offense tries to find itself.

"We're definitely pitching at a level that is very encouraging," Scioscia said. "I guess you can say we're lucky (to have won seven games), we're thrifty, or we're pitching well and playing good defense."

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