SEATTLE -- Having made it through the season without any injuries, Maicer Izturis looks poised for a strong finish. The Angels' gifted infielder has multi-hit performances in his past four starts and six of the past 11.
"I'm feeling good in the batter's box," said Izturis, who was making back-to-back starts at third as he led off on Tuesday night against Mariners lefty Anthony Vasquez. "When I'm playing every day, it's easier to stay in a groove. I feel confident I can have a strong finish."
Making his 105th appearance, Izturis is well within reach of his career-high 114 games played in 2009, when he batted .300 and drove in 65 runs. He's batting .277 with a team-high 29 doubles. His .322 road average is seventh best in the American League.
"I like to lead off," said Izturis, a career .310 hitter with runners in scoring position, "and I also like to drive in runs when I get the chance. I want to do whatever I can to help our team. It's the time of year when you have to win every game you can."
The Angels are 17-10 when Izturis starts at third base and 54-51 when Alberto Callaspo gets the call.