Ward went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 8-1 win over the Royals. Ward took Josh Staumont deep in the eighth inning to extend the Angels' lead. The 27-year-old has two long balls in his last four games. However, he has struggled getting on base at times, slashing .224/.300/.439 in 111 plate appearances. He's struck out 27 percent of the time, which is not good, but it's also the lowest rate of his career.
Ward is out of the lineup Monday against the Royals. Ward has an .829 OPS over his past seven contests but will take a seat for Monday's matchup with Kansas City. Kean Wong will start in right field for the Halos.
Ward went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, an additional run and two strikeouts as Los Angeles defeated Seattle, 12-5 on Saturday. Ward singled and scored in the fifth inning before smashing a fifth-inning two-run home run to give the Angels the lead. This was Ward's second two-hit game in the last week and his average has increased from .205 to .231 in that span.
Ward isn't in the lineup Friday against the Mariners, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports. Ward will get a breather after he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Thursday's series opener. Jose Rojas will start in right field and bat sixth.
Ward will sit Saturday against Oakland. Ward sits for just the second time in 24 games since getting called up in early May. His regular role is more a function of the Angels' lack of alternatives than of his own talent, however, as he's hitting just .205/.263/.411 on the year. Jose Rojas starts in right field in his absence.
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