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Scioscia won't stress over strikeout total

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Even the emphasis Angels manager Mike Scioscia put on the last word didn't keep it from being an understatement.

"We're striking out a lot," Scioscia said.

Indeed, the Angels went into Wednesday's 5-3, 13-inning win over the Red Sox having struck out 234 times in their first 30 games this season. That total led the AL and was topped by only two teams -- the Pirates and Padres, both of whom have a pitcher batting nightly to pad their totals.

"We have some youth in our lineup which, with experience, will pare down some of those numbers," Scioscia said. "Some guys are putting themselves in bad counts by being tentative or by expanding their zone and pitchers are taking advantage of that.

"We've got some young guys, and you have to crawl before you can walk, and getting a two-strike approach takes time. ... It's an acquired skill."

With 33 strikeouts in 105 at-bats, young outfielder Peter Bourjos is leading the Angels' K count. But five other players have struck out at least 24 times each this season, including veterans Bobby Abreu, Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells.

The Angels fanned another 12 times Wednesday, but none of those whiffs occurred in the decisive 13th inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, Abreu hit a two-run single to right, and the Angels held on to win the rain-delayed game at 2:45 a.m. in Boston.

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