Scioscia sticks with Kendrys' hot bat

Scioscia sticks with Kendrys' hot bat

ANAHEIM -- On a torrid pace to begin the season, Angels slugger Kendrys Morales played in his third straight game at designated hitter Sunday against the Royals.

Getting his first four-hit game since Sept. 22, 2009, in Saturday's contest, Morales has started the season with a .714 average (5-for-8).

And while Angels manager Mike Scioscia could have easily given Morales the day off, he's been happy with his progression.

"He ran a lot yesterday," Scioscia said. "The test is still going to be stamina. He moved well and was on the bases a lot, but came out today and felt great. We'll keep him going."

The switch-hitting slugger went 0-for-2 from the right side on Friday, but singled from the left side of the plate in the game, before being replaced by pinch-runner Alexi Amarista in the team's 5-0 win.

"I've pushed it pretty hard the last few days, and I haven't had any signs of extra pain or anything," Morales said after his club's 6-3 loss Saturday. "I've been running the bases for a while now. I've gotten a little bit more confidence in it these last few days, and every day I'm feeling better and better."