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Peter Bourjos has a goal -- an expectation, really -- when it comes to the outfield he figures to be a big part of this season.

"There aren't going to be triples."

It may not be realistic -- no team has given up fewer than 14 triples since 2000, and the fewest allowed since 1950 was nine, by the '94 Phillies -- but it's an indication of just how dynamic the Angels' outfield trio figures to be in 2013, with Bourjos flanked by Mike Trout in left and Josh Hamilton in right.

In other words, three center fielders -- on a team littered with flyball pitchers.

"Our goal," Trout said, "is to not let a ball drop."

"I don't think we want to give up any hits, really," Bourjos added. "That's the way we're going to look at it."

Trout robbed four home runs last season and could've easily won a Gold Glove Award. Bourjos, many believe, is even better defensively. And though the metrics weren't very favorable to Hamilton last year, he has a potent arm and can cover a lot of ground.

"I don't think a lot of people realize how good he can move out there in the outfield and catch balls in the gaps," Hamilton's former Rangers teammate C.J. Wilson said.

Asked if he's ever been a part of such a solid defensive group, Hamilton recalls the times he teamed up with Rocco Baldelli and Carl Crawford while coming up with the Rays, but that was really only a Spring Training thing.

Regardless of the current group's talents, though, Hamilton believes there's still a familiarity that needs to be fostered. Bourjos and Trout are still relatively new to the idea of sharing the same outfield, and Hamilton is new altogether.
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