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Scioscia praises Izturis' time with Angels

Scioscia praises Izturis' time with Angels

Scioscia praises Izturis' time with Angels

ANAHEIM -- Maicer Izturis' return to Angel Stadium has been met with a limited amount of fanfare, but manger Mike Scioscia fondly remembers the time Izturis spent here.

"Izzy was probably one of the most underrated players that we had here for a long time," Scioscia said. "I don't think anyone realized how steady he was at whatever position you put him and what a great at-bat he gives you in that batter's box."

Izturis, who played eight seasons with the Angels before signing a three-year contract with the Blue Jays last offseason, was 1-for-10 through the first three games of the series and was hitting just .239 this season.

During his tenure with the Angels, Izturis hit .276.

While Izturis provided the Angels with quality at-bats, his true value came in his ability to play various positions.

"The way he could play thee positions and be steady at all of them is important to a team," Scioscia said. "He helped us win countless games with his ability to play and play at a high level."

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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