TEMPE, Ariz. -- Kole Calhoun is having a little identity crisis.
"I've kind of had these weird baseball personalities," the
The Angels want Calhoun to bat leadoff, but they don't need him to be Rickey Henderson. They'd gladly take Calhoun's final two months of 2013, when he was called up from triple A in late July and hit .282 with a .347 on-base percentage, a .462 slugging percentage, eight home runs and 32 runs batted in.
"With some of the adjustments he's made with his swing and approach, he's really become a tough out," Manager
The left-handed-hitting Calhoun, who walked twice and scored a run in the Angels' 5-2 exhibition loss to Arizona on Saturday, has never been a regular leadoff man. He hit second through fifth for most of his four minor league seasons.
But he did average 3.91 pitches per plate appearances in 58 major league games last season, the fourth-highest rate among Angels regulars behind
"I'm going to see a lot more pitches, but other than that, nothing will be different," Calhoun said. "I'm trying not to attach anything to being the 'leadoff guy.' I want to get on base, score some runs and help us win games."
Temperatures are rising in the Phoenix area, but the Angels offense has cooled considerably since it banged out 15 hits in a 15-3 win over the
Only three regulars,
Pujols, who is running better and moving well around the first base bag in his return from July's season-ending foot injury, had one hit in 15 at-bats before hitting a run-scoring single in the fifth inning Sunday.
"We opened up like gang-busters in that first game," Scioscia said. "I don't anticipate these guys needing many more at-bats before they get into their games. We haven't really driven the ball the way we can, but that will take a little bit of time."