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Iannetta back to getting bulk of playing time

Iannetta back to getting bulk of playing time

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ANAHEIM -- When the Angels began the season, Chris Iannetta was unquestionably the starting catcher.

Then came a stretch when Iannetta and Hank Conger were getting approximately the same number of starts, with Conger starting against right-handed pitchers.


Now, it appears Iannetta is back to being the everyday catcher.

Iannetta has started 12 of the 19 games since the All-Star break and seven of the last eight -- including Tuesday's game against right-hander Yu Darvish.

"Hank's going to get time," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Chris' defense is starting to play a lot more, and that's important. At the plate, he's been pretty consistent with what he's done. He's taken his walks, I think he's starting to feel a little more comfortable in the batter's box. But, I think on the defensive side, he's doing a good job."

Iannetta threw out three runners attempting to steal in Friday's victory over the Blue Jays and has a hit in four consecutive games for the first time since May 28-June 1.

"Hank's going to play," Scioscia said. "At times, one guy is going to do it more than the other, and right now, Chris is feeling a little more comfortable right now.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. William Boor is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.