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Scioscia hopes to see improvement vs. southpaws

ANAHEIM -- The Angels have struggled in multiple facets of the game throughout the 2013 season, and hitting against left-handed pitchers is one of those areas.

Through the first 75 games, the Angels were hitting at a .229 clip against left-handers, compared to .279 against righties.

"I think, early, we struggled," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "There are some guys, against left-handed pitching, that aren't as locked in."

Just a season ago, the Angels' splits were nearly identical, as they hit .277 against southpaws and .273 against right-handers.

The Angels have faced a left-hander in two of their last four games, and the results have not been favorable.

On Saturday, the Pirates' Francisco Liriano limited the Angels to one earned run in 6 2/3 innings. On Wednesday, Seattle's Joe Saunders gave up one run in eight innings.

A week ago, CC Sabathia gave up two runs in eight innings.

While Scioscia feels the team has "picked it up a little bit" against left-handers, the Angels are still four games under .500 (8-12) when facing a left-handed starter.

"I think we have balance in our lineup that should be able to get it done against whoever's pitching," Scioscia said. "Hopefully we'll get a little more offense going against lefties."

William Boor is an associate reporter for
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