Vernon Wells was back in the starting lineup in left field Sunday after not starting two of the previous three games. Wells figures to lose more playing time than anyone else in order to get 20-year-old Mike Trout in the lineup, Angels manager Mike Scioscia saying he can't be as patient with Wells in late August as he was earlier in the season.

"At this point in the season it's more difficult to burn at-bats for a guy trying to find it," Scioscia said. "It's not a faith thing -'is Vernon going to find it?' - it's more pragmatic, where we need something now."

Wells went into Sunday's game hitting .201 after coming into the season with a .280 lifetime average. But because Wells is signed for three more years at $21 million per season, the Angels have little choice but to be patient with him and give him the opportunity to find his swing in the coming seasons.