Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Howie Kendrick Topped by Adam Kennedy

Angels 2B Adam Kennedy, 30, whom some predicted might lose his starting job to upstart rookie Howie Kendrick, has batted .340 for the spring with a .532 slugging percentage and has prompted management to send Kendrick down. Kendrick, 22, skyrocketed into prominence by batting .342 at Double A last year. But he looked overmatched at the plate in camp, hitting only .250. Kennedy batted .300 last year and contributed key hits in the Angels unsuccessful '05 pennant drive. Former 3B Dallas McPherson and 1B Kendry Morales are ticketed to follow Kendrick to the minors at week's end.

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