Bell’s crushing the splits (updated)

Josh Bell has always hit better from the left side of the plate. The splits are so uneven that many fans have suggested that he give up switch-hitting. Team officials have chosen to wait, but they’re aware of the discrepancy.

So explain how Bell’s three major league home runs have come against left-handers.

Bell just took Scott Kazmir deep with Cesar Izturis on base, giving the Orioles a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning. He went to the opposite field with an 0-2 count.

Kazmir has lost six of his last seven decisions, but he had blanked the Orioles on three hits before Bell came to the plate.

Kevin Millwood has held the Angels to two hits over four scoreless innings, with no walks and two strikeouts. He got through the first inning unscathed, which is big news, and he’s thrown 53 pitches heading into the bottom of the fifth.

Update: Ty Wigginton just scored from second base on Jake Fox’s infield hit in the sixth inning, which isn’t easy to do. Fox slid late into first base, which the Angels forgot to cover, and Wigginton never slowed up.

Jim Palmer said “great slide” at the same time that I was thinking “ugly side.” I won’t contradict a Hall of Famer, but I’m surprised Fox’s foot didn’t snap off and fly into the first row of seats behind the dugout. The hustle was impressive, however.

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