ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Vernon Wells spent the past 12 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, becoming a franchise favorite while playing in the AL East shadows.

In the sunshine of his first home opener with the big-budget Los Angeles Angels, Wells isn’t sure how he’ll feel to see the Blue Jays in the other dugout.

Wells’ first meeting with his former team is the highlight of Friday night’s home opener for the Angels, who return from a 3-3 road trip hoping for a strong start at Angel Stadium.

Wells was the Angels’ biggest offseason acquisition, and the club needs him to live up to his $26 million paycheck. He’s off to a 3-for-22 start in red, but Toronto presents a golden opportunity to get himself going.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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