Scioscia expects Matsui's bat to heat up

Scioscia expects Matsui's bat to heat up

ANAHEIM -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia said designated hitter Hideki Matsui "hits better as the summer moves on" and that he expects him to post stats this season similar to the ones he put up with the Yankees last year.

Matsui certainly got hot last season in the second half with a .284 batting average, 14 homers and 50 RBIs after the All-Star break en route to batting .274 with 28 homers and 90 RBIs in 142 games.

Matsui enters Friday's game batting .252 with 10 homers and 47 RBIs, but Scioscia expects him to improve on those stats moving forward.

"I think if you examine what Hideki has done at this point in the season, I don't think it's too far from what we'd expect his whole season to evolve into," Scioscia said. "I think he will be very productive in the second half, and I think once the season's over, he'll have numbers very comparable to what he did last year in New York. So that's important to us."