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Calhoun adjusting to leadoff spot for Angels

Calhoun adjusting to leadoff spot for Angels

Calhoun adjusting to leadoff spot for Angels

ANAHEIM -- In Kole Calhoun's first stint with the Angels, he had to learn what life was like as a Major Leaguer.

Now, in his second trip to the big leagues, the native of Buckeye, Ariz., is making another adjustment -- hitting leadoff.

"It's definitely something new, but it's something I'm not completely new to," Calhoun said. "Been in there a few times down in Triple-A. It's not 'my spot,' but I've been in the role a little bit."

Calhoun was penciled into the leadoff spot Friday for the second time in his Major League career, and if it goes anything like his first time hitting leadoff, Calhoun and the Angels will be happy.

During Thursday's 8-2 win over the Blue Jays, Calhoun went 2-for-4, recording his first career multi-hit game. He also recorded his first career stolen base and scored a pair of runs.

Calhoun may not be the prototypical leadoff hitter, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia likes what the 25-year-old brings to the top of the lineup.

"I think Kole has made great strides this year with what he did in Triple-A, that shows he can be not only a table setter, but a really effective hitter," Scioscia said. "He's got some power, more alley power, I think."

Since he was recalled on July 28, Calhoun is 4-for-13 (.308), and whether he continues to lead off or is placed somewhere else in the order, he says his mindset will remain the same.

"I just try to go out there and play how I usually play," Calhoun said.

William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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