Maxwell's starting trend continues in left

Maxwell's starting trend continues in left

HOUSTON -- Justin Maxwell was in the starting lineup for the 12th time in the last 14 games on Tuesday against the Royals, this time getting the nod in left field. He's started 15 games in center field, seven in left field and four in right field.

The consistent playing time is paying dividends at the plate for Maxwell, who's hitting .290 with three homers and nine RBIs since June 8 (prior to Tuesday).

"It's probably the first time I ever had the experience in the Major Leagues, playing five out of six days or six out of seven days," Maxwell said. "I'm just grateful for any opportunity. I'm thankful for the Astros. It's hard to get in a groove when you're only pinch-hitting or starting once a week. I'll just try to take advantage of it and have good at-bats."

Maxwell, claimed off waivers from the Yankees early in the season, has been starting more recently in center field against left-handers while making occasional starts at the corner outfield spots. He's hitting .276 against lefties and .210 against right-handers.

"There's no doubt the playing time he's getting, he seems to be getting more comfortable," manager Brad Mills said. "I think he's able to get in more of a routine of how he's doing things. We're hoping it continues, because he's really doing a good job for us now."