ARLINGTON -- Angels right fielder Bobby Abreu likes the way the Angels are starting to come around offensively, having pounded out 29 hits and 16 runs in 18 innings at Yankee Stadium en route to their four-game showdown with the Rangers starting Thursday night.
"We're starting to produce, be the way we are," Abreu said. "We're aggressive. We showed we can hit, score some runs, against the Yankees, and that's a good feeling -- especially coming here for four big games. We're chasing these guys, and we need to score to catch them."
When you've played as long as Abreu has, you don't take slumps too seriously. He hasn't performed to his standards this season -- hitting .259 with .352 on-base and .411 slugging marks -- but he leaves the impression that those numbers will be rising soon, when it counts.
"I'm hitting the ball hard, but right at somebody," he said. "All you can do is make contact, hit the ball hard. You can't control anything else. As long as I hit the ball hard, I'm OK."