ARLINGTON -- Howard Kendrick, the Angels' iron man, was given Saturday off against the Rangers, with Maicer Izturis assuming his second base role and No. 2 spot in the batting order.
"Erick Aybar and Howie have played a lot," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "They're going to have to get off their feet a bit. It's a good day for Howie to freshen up a little bit."
Kendrick leads the American League in games played with 97, and this is only the fourth start he has not made. The heavy workload perhaps has had something to do with his 2-for-17 showing on the road trip, but, like Bobby Abreu and Torii Hunter, he has been hitting in bad luck. All three have been hitting hard shots for outs.
"I've been feeling pretty good up there," Kendrick said. "You go through periods like this, where you're not getting balls to fall. Seems like I've had more than my share this year, but it's the nature of the game."