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ARLINGTON -- It took an acrobatic catch by Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin to deny Kole Calhoun of extra bases at the start of Saturday's game.

An out in those situations has become a rarity for the Angels' leadoff hitter.

Calhoun -- with five multi-hit games in his last six contests -- isn't your prototypical leadoff hitter, but he's doing leadoff things. He entered Saturday with a team-leading .294 batting average, and he's a tough out to start the game. Calhoun has 25 hits in 56 at-bats when leading off a game in front of Mike Trout, good for a .446 batting average.

"You know, I'm really starting to take it personally," Calhoun said of leading off. "I want so bad to get on base, do what a leadoff guy should do. I really enjoy it now. It was extremely new when I first started the year, but I'm having fun, getting on base and trying to spark these guys up."

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

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