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Angels eye small ball as key to offensive success

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Through the first 40 games of the season, the Angels had hit only 32 home runs -- 17th in the majors and ninth in the American League.

With Kendrys Morales out for the season and Vernon Wells on the disabled list, the prospects for a power surge are pretty slim. Only Torii Hunter, Bobby Abreu and rookie Mark Trumbo have the potential to reach 20 home runs this season -- and that is iffy. Hunter has averaged 22 per season in his three years with the Angels and hasn't hit one since April 21. Abreu has just one this season and seems to be declining at age 37. Trumbo, meanwhile, has tremendous power -- but he is barely 150 plate appearances into his major league career.

"In '09, I think we scored the second- or third-most runs in baseball and were only ninth in home runs," manager Mike Scioscia said Monday before the Angels' 5-4, 10-inning loss at Oakland.

The Angels did score a franchise-record 883 runs in 2009 while ranking eighth in the American League with 173 home runs.

"Offense is created in a number of different areas. Power is one of them," Scioscia said. "In a perfect world, yeah, you'd like to have a lineup with speed, situational hitting, power -- with everything. But the real world says you're not going to have every one of those things. That doesn't mean you're not going to be able to score runs."

Angels general manager Tony Reagins agreed that his team's lack of power is not necessarily a problem that has to be addressed.

"We play a different style of game," Reagins said. "We don't necessarily play a power-type of game. We don't play in a ballpark that would fit a power game.

"I think you can score a number of different ways. ... You can manufacture runs. You can score runs without home runs."

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