July 25, 2010 |
Reporting from Arlington, Texas — Here today, there tomorrow. There are no givens anymore when it comes to the Angels infield. Howie Kendrick , who had made his first 96 starts of the season at second base, was the starting first baseman Sunday when the Angels played the Texas Rangers at the Ballpark in Arlington. It was the first time Kendrick played first base since 2006, when he made 25 starts there so that the Angels could get his bat in the lineup with Adam Kennedy entrenched at second base.
May 18, 2012 |
Mike Scioscia might be perceived as more old school than computer geek, but the Angels manager does study in-depth batting statistics. "Some of the stuff is very good, and it can help you slot and match guys up," Scioscia said. Scioscia moved second baseman Howie Kendrick from second to sixth in the batting order April 30, and the second baseman has batted .333 in the spot since. The oddity of Kendrick's 26-point leap in batting average was that he went without a run batted in from May 3 until Wednesday.
August 2, 2012 |
ARLINGTON, Texas — Manager Mike Scioscia said Howie Kendrick's calf muscle was "a little sore" Wednesday and "was part of the equation" in his decision to let slow-footed Kendrys Morales run in the ninth inning of a gut-wrenching 11-10 loss to the Rangers. But Kendrick was in the lineup Thursday and said he could have pinch-run Wednesday if called upon. "I got up later in the game and was loose, ready to run," Kendrick said. "I was available. If I was injured, I wouldn't be in there tonight.
February 22, 2009 |
The fractured fingers that sent him to the disabled list twice and caused him to miss 10 weeks of the 2007 season, Howie Kendrick could do little about. They were fluke injuries, caused by pitches that hit him. The hamstring strains that forced him to the DL twice and sidelined him for 10 weeks of 2008, Kendrick could do plenty about, and the Angels second baseman devoted much of his winter to preventing any relapses in 2009.
April 6, 2011 |
Reporting from St. Petersburg, Fla. Howie Kendrick has never lacked for talent, especially when it comes to swinging a bat. "I think he can win a batting title one day," Angels teammate Torii Hunter said. High praise for a guy whose career average is on the wrong side of .300. But then skill alone is not enough to assure success at the big league level. So now, six seasons into his major league career, Kendrick is adding wisdom and experience. And so far the combination seems to be working.
April 27, 2013 |
SEATTLE -- When Howie Kendrick broke into the big leagues in 2006 after hitting .362 in four minor league seasons, many predicted the Angels second baseman would win a batting title one day. No one ever thought he'd win a Gold Glove Award. But the perception of Kendrick as a mostly hit, OK-fielding second baseman has changed over the years. He may not wrest the Gold Glove from New York's Robinson Cano and Boston's Dustin Pedroia , who have won four of the last five awards at the position in the American League, but he could force his way into the conversation.
March 5, 2011
Angels 3, White Sox 1 AT THE PLATE: Vernon Wells, Howie Kendrick and Mark Trumbo each had two hits to lead an eight-hit attack. Wells also scored twice, Kendrick drove in two runs and each of them had a stolen base. One of Trumbo's hits was a double. ON THE MOUND: Scott Kazmir pitched three scoreless innings and left-handed reliever Scott Downs retired the side in order in his only inning. Left-hander Hisanori Takahashi had a slightly tougher time, loading the bases with one out before escaping the jam on a strikeout and popout.
June 17, 2012 |
Only the New York Yankees have played better than the Angels since May 22. Just imagine if ace pitcher Jered Weaver had contributed a victory. Or if Howie Kendrick had one extra-base hit. The Angels, whose Saturday night interleague game against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks was not complete at press time, are 16-6 in their surge. They've made what appeared in late April to be a Texas Rangers runaway a race in the American League West, trailing by 41/2 games before Saturday's first pitch.
June 14, 2013 |
If the Angels are ever going to make the season-saving run Manager Mike Scioscia has been promising all spring, now might be a good time to start. They're home for the next 10 days, their longest homestand of the season. And none of the three teams they'll play host to entered the weekend with a winning record in June. So while only time will tell whether Friday's 5-2 win over the New York Yankees is a harbinger of things to come or just another lump of fool's gold, the Angels will have to keep winning the kind of games they won Friday if they have any hope of escaping the huge hole they've dug for themselves.
April 28, 2010 |
Howie Kendrick surveyed the scene and liked what he saw. As the Angels second baseman stepped to the plate with two out and a runner on third base in the ninth inning, he noticed that the Cleveland infielders were playing back. Bench coach Ron Roenicke, acting as the Angels' manager following the second-inning ejection of Mike Scioscia, had given Kendrick the go-ahead to bunt in that situation. That's exactly what Kendrick did, driving the ball past reliever Chris Perez on the first-base side of the mound to bring home the winning run and complete the Angels' 4-3, come-from-behind victory Wednesday evening at Angel Stadium.