ANAHIEM -- With only one hit in nine at-bats in the series and coming off a .240 road trip, Angels second baseman Howard Kendrick took a seat on the bench on Saturday night against Boston, but he didn't plan to be idle.
"I've got a little work to do on my swing, but I know the problem, and I'm confident I can fix it," Kendrick said. "It's something I've been through before, just a little timing issue. I just have to get back to driving through the ball."
Kendrick is a .331 career hitter against the Red Sox. He came into Saturday tied for the American League lead with six homers, second in total bases with 47 and 10th in slugging (.566). He's torching lefties (.400) while struggling (.224) against right-handers.
No. 3 hitter Bobby Abreu also has been in a skid, ending an 0-for-15 dry spell with an RBI single on Friday night. Abreu was 1-for-20 on the road trip, but he led the AL in walks though Friday with 17.
"In Chicago, Bobby hit the ball hard without results," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He had a home run taken away [by Juan Pierre] and lined out to center field a couple times. With three or four hits in there, things would look different [in his numbers]."