Slumping Kendrick not in starting lineup

Slumping Kendrick not in starting lineup

ANAHEIM -- Howie Kendrick and his slumping bat was out of Angels manager Mike Scioscia's starting lineup on Tuesday -- partly because he wanted to get another lefty bat in there against Mariners righty Blake Beavan, partly because Kendrick could use a mental day off.

Maicer Izturis started at second base and batted second.

The Angels' second baseman, signed to a four-year, $33.5 million extension in January, came into the second game of a three-game series against the Mariners with a .251/.280/.367 slash line through 53 games, way below the .285/.338/.464 mark he posted while making the All-Star team last season.

You could point to his team-leading 46 strikeouts, but Kendrick had that exact number through 53 games last season, and still managed to sport a .306 batting average by that point.

"Obviously he's not swinging the bat to his potential," Scioscia said. "I think he's caught in between a little bit. At times he's out in front, at times he's missing some fastballs he should hit. Howie's just a terrific hitter in the box, and right now he's searching for some things, and we need him."