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On second thought …

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The Angels optioned Howard Kendrick
to Triple-A on Saturday, one day after Maicer Izturis went 4-for-4 starting at
second base in his place. The real story had less to do with Kendrick’s falling
star than the guy who was summoned from Triple-A Salt Lake in his place: Sean
Rodriguez
, who batted .273 and led the Pacific Coast League with 21 homers and
60 RBIs, major power production from a thin position. Izturis will likely see
the majority of starts at second base for now, but a few big games from
Rodriguez could force manager Mike Scioscia to reconsider, which could leave
owners ruing the day they didn’t scoop up the 24-year-old when the opportunity
first presented itself.

 

And hey, if Rodriguez doesn’t work
out, there’s always Brandon Wood, who has nothing left to prove at Salt Lake,
having hit .294 with 14 homers, 35 RBIs and a .600 slugging percentage in 170
at-bats.

Trainer’s
room

 

  • The good news is that no structural
    damage was found in Roy Halladay‘s groin Saturday. The bad news is he’ll miss
    at least one start after leaving Friday’s outing after just three innings.

 

  • No good news to report for Jake
    Peavy
    , except maybe that he won’t have to worry about getting traded until
    winter, unless he rushes back from his strained ankle just to prove he’s
    healthy before the July 31 Trade Deadline.

 

  • Grady Sizemore finds out Monday whether
    his elbow needs surgery or more treatment, the difference between two months or
    another two weeks.

 

  • Jose Valverde returned to action on
    Saturday, retiring one Diamondbacks hitter before giving way to LaTroy Hawkins
    for his ninth save.

 

  • Also returning to the mound Saturday
    was Rich Harden, who was sharp against the Twins, fanning nine and yielding two
    runs in six frames.

 

  • Frank Francisco, out of commission
    since June 3, will test his sore shoulder on Sunday before determining whether
    another trip to the DL is due.

 

Upswing

 

  • Jose Contreras made his second start
    Saturday since being recalled from Triple-A Charlotte, and it looked just like
    the first — only instead of pitching eight scoreless innings of one-hit,
    three-strikeout ball, he hurled eight scoreless innings of two-hit, eight
    strikeout ball in Milwaukee. With his fastball velocity reportedly back where
    it was two years ago, he might be worth a second look in deeper leagues.

 

  • Another right-hander lasting longer
    into starts is Ubaldo Jimenez, who threw his first complete game of the season
    Friday against Seattle, on the heels of an eight-inning, nine-strikeout showing
    in St. Louis.

 

  • Even the erratic Luke Hochevar
    joined the party, tossing his first career complete game against the Reds on
    Friday, which should buy him several more chances to stick in the Royals
    rotation.

 

  • Hochevar’s teammate, Alberto
    Callaspo
    , is growing more and more secure as the club’s second baseman, ringing
    up a .462 average during his seven-game hit streak, including two homers in his
    last four games. There are worse ways to fill your middle-infield spot.

 

  • The Royals’ longest active hit
    streak belongs to Billy Butler, who’s on an 11-game ride with a .359 clip over
    that span. Slowly but surely, the former top prospect is coming into his own.

 

  • It’s safe to say Jason Kubel has
    come into his own, with homers in four of his last five games as the Twins
    cleanup hitter.

 

 

Downswing

 

  • You have to feel for Twins rookie
    Anthony Swarzak, who was optioned to Triple-A Rochester after shutting down the
    Cubs for seven innings at Wrigley Field on Saturday.

 

  • Saturday was the last straw for
    Manny Parra, whose demotion to Triple-A Nashville came after the lefty was
    hammered for six runs in 1 2/3 against the White Sox as his ERA ballooned to
    7.52.

 

  • Reds fans can’t help but see a
    little Corey Patterson in Willy Taveras, who’s hitless in his last 32 at-bats.

 

-Alex
Cushing,MLB.com