Frandsen starts over Sunday's star Wood

Frandsen starts over Sunday's star Wood

ANAHEIM -- Brandon Wood's grand slam on Sunday against the Rockies did not produce a starting assignment on Tuesday night against the Rangers. Kevin Frandsen, who has excelled with the bat (hitting .352) and glove, got the start against the Rangers, with Wood on the bench against right-hander Scott Feldman.

"The home run, the way Brandon's played the last 10 games or so, there's a player who's more confident," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Kevin's done a tremendous job and is part of the third-base scenario along with Brandon."

Wood has hit safely in seven of his past 10 games, his .286 average during that stretch lifting his overall season average from .152 to .176.

"I had chills watching Brandon run around the bases," said Torii Hunter, who has the locker next to Wood's and has been counseling the young athlete every day. "That was the best swing I've seen him take all season. That was Brandon. I just want him to hold onto it and carry it with him up there."

Signed as a Minor League free agent in late April and promoted on May 8 from Triple-A Salt Lake, Frandsen took advantage of Wood's time on the 15-day disabled list with a hip flexor strain to show his multiple talents. The former Giants infielder carries a career-high seven-game hitting streak into the Rangers' series and has struck out only four times in 97 plate appearances, putting together a .392 on-base percentage.