Angels load up on lefties, give Kendrick rest

Angels load up on lefties, give Kendrick rest

ANAHEIM -- Deciding to mix things up Wednesday against the Twins, Angels manager Mike Scioscia inserted as many lefties as possible into the lineup against right-hander Scott Baker.

Because of that, Scioscia decided to sit Howard Kendrick and start the switch-hitting Maicer Izturis at second base.

"It is a matchup thing," Scioscia said. "Howie will get back in there tomorrow. We just wanted another left-handed bat in there against Baker.

"It is good to get other guys in and Howie will be in there virtually every day. This is a week for him to refresh a little."

Kendrick got an off-day July 25 against the Indians and was a pinch-hitter in Sunday's contest against the Tigers.

As one of the Angels' most consistent players this season, the All-Star is batting .299 with eight home runs and 36 RBIs.

"We just came off a grueling trip. If we want a day with left-handers, we are going to look at that," Scioscia said. "Over the course of a season, it will pay dividends if guys can catch their breath."