NEW YORK -- The Angels are going with essentially the same lineup they used all season against lefties in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against CC Sabathia and the Yankees.
"We like the way this lineup sets up," manager Mike Scioscia said. "It gives us a couple of table-setters in front of Bobby [Abreu], with Erick [Aybar] hitting ninth and Chone [Figgins] leading off.
"Abreu is what I call a swing man, a guy who can set the table or drive in runs. We like the bats we have coming up behind him, starting with Torii [Hunter] and Vlad [Guerrero]. Then we have a couple more run producers behind them."
Sciosica calls this his deepest lineup since the 2002 Angels bashed their way past the Yankees and Twins en route to a World Series triumph against the Giants.
Figgins, who scored 114 runs as the leadoff catalyst, didn't get a base hit in the AL Division Series against Boston, but he was robbed several times by center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.
Figgins' full-count walk against Jonathan Papelbon on Sunday in Boston prolonged what would become an epic two-out comeback, punctuated by Abreu's double off the Green Monster for one run and Guerrero's two-run single for the tying and winning runs.
Behind Guerrero, in the No. 5 spot, is former Yankee outfielder Juan Rivera, who broke out with a career year (25 homers, 88 RBIs) while batting .287.
Hitting sixth is switch-hitting Kendry Morales, who had a breakthrough year, hitting .306 with 34 homers and 108 RBIs. The right side is his weaker side, but Morales has picked up the pace against lefties in the second half.