Slumping Kendrick gets a day off

ANAHEIM -- In the midst of one of his worst hitting slumps since 2009, the year the Angels demoted him to Triple-A for 20 games, Howie Kendrick got a day off to decompress Tuesday night.

"I think he's caught in between a little bit," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "At times he's out in front, at times he's missing some fastballs he should hit. Howie's just a terrific hitter in the box, and right now he's searching for some things, and we need him."

One of the things he's searching for is an extra-base hit. He hasn't had one since May 9. Since then, he has batted .188 with 20 strikeouts in 85 at-bats. The Angels have a handful of slumping hitters, including Torii Hunter, but in some ways, Kendrick's long dry spell is the most surprising.

He appeared poised for great things when the season began and he was slotted to hit in front of three-time National League MVP Albert Pujols.

"I think Howie can take a day and maybe just exhale a little bit," Scioscia said.

Here are lineups for Tuesday night's game, with Angels rookie Garrett Richards opposing Seattle right-hander Blake Beavan:


Ichiro Suzuki RF

Dustin Ackley 2B

Kyle Seager 3B

Jesus Montero DH

Justin Smoak 1B

John Jaso C

Mike Carp LF

Michael Saunders CF

Brendan Ryan SS


Mike Trout CF

Maicer Izturis 2B

Albert Pujols 1B

Kendrys Morales DH

Mark Trumbo LF

Torii Hunter RF

Alberto Callaspo 3B

Hank Conger C

Erick Aybar SS