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Frandsen is hit in No. 2 spot for Angels

Frandsen is hit in No. 2 spot for Angels

ANAHEIM -- The Angels are 3-1 with Kevin Frandsen batting second in manager Mike Scioscia's revised lineup, acting as if he's been there his whole life. Well, actually, he has.

"From high school to college to the Minor Leagues, I'd say 95 percent of my games I've hit second," Frandsen said. "My whole deal is to set up, be on base for the big guys, not hit home runs. Move guys over, get guys in scoring position for Bobby [Abreu], Torii [Hunter], Hideki [Matsui]. Even down in the order that's what your job is, to get on base and turn the lineup over.

"I like to bunt -- especially here it's nice. It's part of Angels baseball -- getting guys over, hitting and running."

Scioscia plans to keep Frandsen between leadoff man Howard Kendrick and Abreu for now, but the boss indicated a move to the bottom third is likely for Frandsen when Erick Aybar and Maicer Izturis return.

"Wherever he's hit in the lineup, he's squaring it up," Scioscia said. "If he can continue to be productive in the two-hole, it gives us the potential to be deeper. We'll hopefully keep him in that spot until we start to get some guys back.

"He's a prototypical No. 2 hitter on a National League club because of some of the things he can do. In the American League, he might be better as an 8 or 9 guy in a deep lineup. He can hit on the back side to set the table."

Frandsen, carrying a .351 average into Wednesday night's start against Dodgers right-hander John Ely, delivered big in Tuesday night's series-opening 6-3 win. On an 1-2 count, Frandsen fouled off four pitches by reliever Ronald Belisario before lashing a two-run double down the left-field line, reaching third on Garret Anderson's error.

"That was awesome," Frandsen said. "I fought off a few. With Belisario, he's got a nasty sinker and a really good slider. When you're 0-2, you're hoping to just put it in play. The pitch [a 94 mph fastball] I hit was way in. I don't know how I hit it where I did."

Signed to a Minor League contract a month into the season, Frandsen joined the Angels in early May and has been an essential component in their revival, primarily at third base but also at first. The club is 12-7 when he's in the starting lineup.

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