Manager Mike Scioscia had a direct answer when asked about keeping the Torii Hunter-Bobby Abreu-Vernon Wells triumvirate connected in the lineup.

"Probably because we've tried every other thing and we've probably gone the wrong direction," Scioscia said.

Scioscia gathered the three players a few weeks ago and told them he was going to marry them in the middle of the order in an attempt to generate offense, and he stuck to that when Hunter returned to the lineup Monday night.

And Hunter was back hitting second, where he was first placed in June after he hit there only 16 previous times in his career. He hasn't had much success, hitting only .135 (5 for 37) in the two spot coming into Monday before he homered in his first at-bat.

"It's not a bad matchup for Torii to be in and we'll continue to evaluate things if we have to adjust down the road, but right now it's something we want to give a little bit of a look," Scioscia said.

Scioscia can't be faulted much for a try-anything approach.

The Angels' offensive struggles are a continuing storyline as they rank 12 th in the American League in runs.

The good news is that Wells and Abreu are beginning to come into form. Wells has come out of a season-opening slump with a .276 average in June, while Abreu hit .325.