ANAHEIM -- On a torrid pace to begin the season, Angels slugger Kendrys Morales played in his third straight game at designated hitter Sunday against the Royals.Getting his first four-hit game since Sept. 22, 2009, in Saturday's contest, Morales has started the season with a .714 average (5-for-8). And while Angels manager Mike Scioscia could have easily given Morales the day off, he's been happy with his progression. "He ran a lot yesterday," Scioscia said. "The test is still going to be stamina. He moved well and was on the bases a lot, but came out today and felt great. We'll keep him going." The switch-hitting slugger went 0-for-2 from the right side on Friday, but singled from the left side of the plate in the game, before being replaced by pinch-runner Alexi Amarista in the team's 5-0 win. "I've pushed it pretty hard the last few days, and I haven't had any signs of extra pain or anything," Morales said after his club's 6-3 loss Saturday. "I've been running the bases for a while now. I've gotten a little bit more confidence in it these last few days, and every day I'm feeling better and better."
Scioscia not concerned with baserunning
ANAHEIM -- While the Angels' baserunning through the first two games was rather suspect, manager Mike Scioscia isn't concerned."Baserunning is going to be an asset for us. We have team speed," Scioscia said. "Some guys have been a little aggressive on a few plays. With that, some outs will be made." In Saturday's game, Bobby Wilson was picked off first base in the third inning by Royals catcher Humberto Quintero after getting too big of a secondary lead. Then in the seventh, Kendrys Morales hesitated on a single by Torii Hunter to right field and stayed at third base. Albert Pujols had a blunder in the fourth when he ran through the stop sign of third-base coach Dino Ebel and was thrown out at home while trying to score from second. Sunday, Ebel said everything had been settled with Pujols and that it was important for him to get into a spot where he feels comfortable. "It is just a matter of it happening," Ebel said. "When it happened yesterday, right away the next inning we got together and straightened it out, so it's good." With every player on the team running a different way, Ebel said he makes sure to talk with each player during Spring Training to figure out where to be positioned. "It will just take some time and it will get worked out as the season goes on," said Scioscia.
Angels catchers Bobby Wilson and Chris Iannetta celebrated their 29th birthdays Sunday. Iannetta was born in Providence, R.I., while Wilson was born in Dunedin, Fla. Albert Pujols' .370 career average against the Royals ranks second against Kansas City all-time among players with a minimum of 150 plate appearances. Torii Hunter's 30 home runs and 102 RBIs against Kansas City are his most against any opponent in his career,
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com.* This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.