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Sizzling Frandsen steps up for Halos

Sizzling Frandsen steps up for Halos

SEATTLE -- Maicer Izturis, experiencing some soreness behind his right knee, was a scratch from Sunday's lineup at third base for the Angels. Such is the team's depth at the moment that Izturis was replaced by a man hitting .452, Kevin Frandsen.

"I could play," Izturis said, "but it's probably better to take a day off. It's pretty cold today."

Inserted into the leadoff spot for Friday night's series opener against the Mariners, Izturis responded with three hits and two walks in nine plate appearances in the two games, scoring four runs and driving in two. Erick Aybar was back in the leadoff role on Sunday against Jason Vargas.

Frandsen, who pinch-hit for Izturis in the seventh inning Saturday and singled and scored, has gone 5-for-10 during the road trip with a pair of RBIs and owns eight hits in 16 at-bats during a five-game hitting streak.

"He's got personality -- he's a little cocky, confident," acting Angels manager Ron Roenicke said of Frandsen on the second day of Mike Scioscia's hiatus to attend his daughter's high school graduation. "He's got some big league experience [with the Giants]. He's not scared of anything.

"We've put him at third, but he's played everything and has got some huge hits for us. He said, 'Hey, I can play right field, left field.' He came to me the other day and said, 'I can play first base.' We only have a four-man bench. It makes it easier for [pitching coach Mike Butcher] to carry a 12-man staff. That kind of player is huge for us, and he's played great."

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