04/08/12 4:00 PM ET
Scioscia not concerned with baserunning
By Quinn Roberts / MLB.com
Scioscia sticks with Kendrys' hot bat
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."
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.