Kendrick shows signs of snapping out of slump

Kendrick shows signs of snapping out of slump

Kendrick shows signs of snapping out of slump
ANAHEIM -- Despite the Angels' winning ways since the middle of May, second baseman Howie Kendrick hasn't gotten back on track quite yet.

In his last 30 games entering Friday, Kendrick has no extra-base hits (the longest streak of his career), while batting .224 with 23 strikeouts. For the season, he was hitting .262 with 13 extra-base hits, 12 walks and is tied with Mark Trumbo for the team lead in strikeouts with 49.

Though Kendrick's last extra-base hit came more than a month ago on May 9, manager Mike Scioscia said Kendrick has actually been having better at-bats recently but has just barely been missing.

"He's missed some pitches, fouled some pitches back that he usually hits hard," Scioscia said. "He hit the ball hard a couple of times in the Dodgers series with not a lot to show for it. Although, maybe statistically it's been a rough 75 at-bats or so, I think he's showed some signs of getting that bat head to the ball a little easier."