06/01/10 10:03 PM ET
Umpires uphold review of Matsui's double
By Samuel Zuba / MLB.com
Hideki launched a high, fly ball to right field, which bounced off the railing on top of the right-field fence, just to the right of the Royals' bullpen. First-base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt ruled the hit a double, and an official review upheld that call.
This was the third video review at Kauffman Stadium, all of which have been upheld. The review was the 19th of the year in Major League Baseball.
Napoli turns corner with his monster May
KANSAS CITY -- Angels catcher Mike Napoli probably wishes it were still May.
During the previous month, Napoli posted a .322 batting average to go along with eight home runs and 17 RBIs. His eight homers matched Earl Averill (1961) for the most home runs in a single month by an Angels catcher.
Those numbers drastically contrast his production in April, when he hit just .167 with two RBIs and no home runs in 16 games.
With loss of Kendry Morales, Napoli's offensive production could come in handy -- if he can keep it up.
"Just try to keep on doing the same thing," Napoli said of staying hot at the plate. "Just try to keep the same set up, same approach and the same [batting practices]. I don't really know what else to say about it. Hopefully, it stays with me."
Napoli started in 26-of-29 games in May, and he correlates his jump in playing time to his offensive production.
"If I'm in there every day, it's easier to keep the same thing going," Napoli said.
Scioscia says first base job still open audition
KANSAS CITY -- With first baseman Kendry Morales out indefinitely, the everyday job is still up for grabs.
In the three games since Morales went down, manager Mike Scioscia has started three different players at first base. On Sunday, Mike Napoli headed to first, while Michael Ryan got the nod on Monday and Robb Quinlan was there on Tuesday.
Scioscia explained that he has no intentions of sticking with just one first baseman.
"We're going to have at-bats and playing time for a lot of guys [at first]," he said. "We have a lot of confidence there. We're gonna look at some matchups and see what we can do."
Coming into Monday's game against the Royals, Quinlan's .955 fielding percentage at first base ranks tied for third among all-time Angels first basemen with a minimum of 180 games.
"I think on the defensive side, [Quinlan] is very solid down there," Scioscia said. "He is probably our most natural guy to play defense down there."
Matsui looks to get back on track
KANSAS CITY -- While Mike Napoli had a May to remember, Hideki Matsui had a month to forget.
The 35-year-old designated hitter amassed a .184 (16-for-87) batting average throughout May, while going 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in Monday's 7-1 victory over the Royals.
Manager Mike Scioscia isn't worried about Matsui's current slump.
"Even through this dry spell -- I know some of the numbers are ugly, but still -- if you project his numbers out, it's not like they are going to be awful," Scioscia said. "I think he is going to be a big part of our lineup, and we still project him to hit somewhere in the middle of our lineup when it's all said and done."
The reigning World Series MVP is just going to keep doing what he has done his whole career, even through his current slump.
"I have no special plans to change my hitting," Matsui said through a translator. "I just want to put up some better numbers. I just need to keep getting ready and do the things I need to do."
Matsui looks to rebound as he has hit .308 (309-for-1,003) for his career in the months of June and July.
"Hopefully, I can take those numbers and use that to sort of boost my self-confidence in a positive way," he said.
Mathis working toward rehab stint
KANSAS CITY -- Catcher Jeff Mathis is close to a rehab assignment after fracturing his right wrist in late April.
"He is very close," manager Mike Scioscia said before the start of Tuesday's game against the Royals. "If everything goes well with Jeff, he should be out on a rehab assignment this week."
Scioscia explained that it could still be a week or two before Mathis is back in the Angels' lineup.
"He's been out for some time," Scioscia said, "so he's gonna need at least a week. He can't just go out there and catch every day. He's gonna need to work through some stiffness, but we're definitely seeing some light at the end of the tunnel."
In 34 at-bats this season, Mathis hit .324 with three RBIs and a homer.
Samuel Zuba is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.