Slumping Kendrick gets a day off

June, 5, 2012
6/05/12
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ANAHEIM -- In the midst of one of his worst hitting slumps since 2009, the year the Angels demoted him to Triple-A for 20 games, Howie Kendrick got a day off to decompress Tuesday night.

"I think he's caught in between a little bit," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "At times he's out in front, at times he's missing some fastballs he should hit. Howie's just a terrific hitter in the box, and right now he's searching for some things, and we need him."

One of the things he's searching for is an extra-base hit. He hasn't had one since May 9. Since then, he has batted .188 with 20 strikeouts in 85 at-bats. The Angels have a handful of slumping hitters, including Torii Hunter, but in some ways, Kendrick's long dry spell is the most surprising.

He appeared poised for great things when the season began and he was slotted to hit in front of three-time National League MVP Albert Pujols.

"I think Howie can take a day and maybe just exhale a little bit," Scioscia said.

Here are lineups for Tuesday night's game, with Angels rookie Garrett Richards opposing Seattle right-hander Blake Beavan:

Seattle
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Dustin Ackley 2B
Kyle Seager 3B
Jesus Montero DH
Justin Smoak 1B
John Jaso C
Mike Carp LF
Michael Saunders CF
Brendan Ryan SS

Angels
Mike Trout CF
Maicer Izturis 2B
Albert Pujols 1B
Kendrys Morales DH
Mark Trumbo LF
Torii Hunter RF
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Hank Conger C
Erick Aybar SS

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jered Weaver
WINS ERA SO IP
14 3.72 134 174
OTHER LEADERS
BAM. Trout .291
HRM. Trout 30
RBIM. Trout 94
RM. Trout 91
OPSM. Trout .938
ERAG. Richards 2.61
SOG. Richards 164