Abreu breaking out of early funk

Abreu breaking out of early funk

ANAHEIM -- Emerging from an early funk in the batter's box, Bobby Abreu is back to hammering balls for the Angels.

"When I'm driving the ball to the middle of the field like I am now," Abreu said, "I know I'm staying back and on it. Earlier, balls I'm hitting to center and the gaps, I was rolling over and hitting on the ground to second base. It's just finding my rhythm and timing. I knew it would come."

Abreu has produced nine total bases in the past two games, against the Tigers and Yankees, to become one of 14 active players with at least 3,500 total bases. He's 10 doubles away from 500, a summit occupied by only five active players, including former Angels outfielder Garret Anderson.

He's 7-for-18 on the homestand, raising his average to .271.