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Juan Rivera


Rivera has 46 RBIs in his last 48 starts.


Rivera homered for the eighth time in 12 games in the Angels' 6-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.


Rivera homered twice in the Angels' 7-5 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday.


Rivera went 3-for-3 with two home runs and five RBIs in Tuesday's 14-6 win over Seattle. The Angels' left fielder has eight home runs on the season and four mutli-homer games in his career.


The Angels on Monday placed outfielder Darin Erstad on the 15-day disabled list and activated Rivera from the DL to take his roster spot. Rivera has been out since April 16 with a rib cage injury. In 12 games this season, Rivera is batting .229 with two home runs and five RBIs.


Rivera was placed on the 15-day disabled list with tightness in his rib cage. He sat out last Monday's game at Baltimore and hasn't played since. The right fielder was hitting .229 with two homers and five RBIs in 12 games this season.


Rivera was expected to bat fifth as the Angels' designated hitter in Tuesday's 8-2 win over Minnesota Tuesday. But he was a late scratch after feeling tightness in his rib cage during warmups. The DH-outfielder is day-to-day.


The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Rivera came to terms Saturday on a two-year, $3.3 million deal. The outfielder, who batted .271 with 15 home runs and 59 RBIs in 106 games in his first year with the Angels, will make $1.25 million in 2006. His salary jumps to just over $2 million in 2007.


Rivera went 4-for-5, including two home runs, and drove in six runs in the Angels' 13-4 pasting of the Boston Red Sox Thursday. In nine games dating back to August 6, he is hitting .455, with a .526 on base percentage and .788 slugging.


As a part-time DH-outfielder, Rivera has played in just eight of the Angels' last 17 games. After going 4-for-5 with three doubles at Texas on Monday night, Rivera is 11-for-19 (.579) in those eight games in which he has appeared. His 11 hits include five doubles and two homers, and he has scored five runs and driven in seven.


With Vladimir Guerrero going on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, Rivera is likely to pick up considerable playing time in the Angels' outfield. He's batting .232 in 26 games this season. He's fared much better against righthanded pitchers, hitting .290 and slugging .581.