Vernon Wells has accepted life as the most expensive fourth outfielder in the history of baseball.

Monday's start against the A's was only his 16th since he returned from thumb surgery in late July. But Wells went 2 for 2 with two RBI and three runs scored in the Angels win and has four home runs and 12 RBI in those 16 starts after hitting three home runs and driving in 12 in his previous 45 games. In his past 12 starts, he is batting .297 (11 for 37).

"He's a much better player than we've seen the last two years," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said after Monday's game, a statement sure to cause eyes to roll among Angels followers. "Whenever he gets in there, it's important to contribute and he did today.