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Scioscia announces rotation and roster

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  September 28, 2008 06:40 PM

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ANAHIEM - John Lackey, Ervin Santana and Joe Saunders will pitch the first three games of the AL Division Series in that order starting Wednesday, Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced after Sunday's 7-0 win over the Texas Rangers.

The Angels finished the season with their 100th win behind an encouraging performance by lefthander Joe Saunders, who went six innings and allowed two hits.

Scisocia said he elected to go with 10 pitchers and 15 positional players for the first round against the Sox. The most notable player left off was veteran reliever Justin Speier. He was left off in favor of rookie Kevin Jepsen, the hard-throwing former USA Olympian.

Here's the roster:

Pitchers (10): John Lackey, Ervin Santana, Joe Saunders, Jon Garland, Jered Weaver, Francisco Rodriguez, Scot Shields, Darren Oliver, Jose Arredondo, Kevin Jepsen.

Positional players (15): Erick Aybar, Brandon Wood, Jeff Mathis, Chone Figgins, Garret Anderson, Kendry Morales, Juan Rivera, Gary Mathews Jr., Mark Teixeira, Vladimir Guerrero, Robb Quinlan, Mike Napoli, Howie Kendrick, Torii Hunter, Reggie Willits.

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