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  1. Mike Trout robs third home run of the season

    Aug 12, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

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    Angels phenom Mike Trout is an American League MVP candidate primarily because of his gaudy offensive numbers, but he’s also been a standout defensively since his arrival near the end of April. The 21-year-old made another spectacular play on Saturday night in Anaheim, robbing his third home run of the season with a perfectly-timed leap…

  2. Jim Leyland thinks Miguel Cabrera should be the MVP but worries about “Wonderboy”

    Aug 9, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    It’s not terribly surprising that Jim Leyland is going to say that he thinks his guys — Miguel Cabrera — should be the MVP over someone else.* But his comments about why Mike Trout may win the award instead of Cabrera are pretty fun: “I mean this respectfully,” Leyland said during the interview. “I don’t…

  3. Orioles promote top prospect Dylan Bundy to Double-A

    Aug 9, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Dylan Bundy

    Dylan Bundy is on the move for the second time in less than three months, as the Orioles have promoted the No. 4 overall pick in the 2011 draft from high Single-A to Double-A. For a 19-year-old in his first pro season to play at three different levels is pretty rare, but Bundy posted a…

  4. Of course he did: Mike Trout homered on his 21st birthday

    Aug 8, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Because simply being the best player in the league as a 20-year-old wasn’t nearly enough for Mike Trout, the Angels outfielder celebrated his 21st birthday last night by homering against the A’s. ESPN’s stats department found that Trout joins Ted Williams, Frank Robinson, Alex Rodriguez, and Jason Heyward as the only players to homer on…

  5. Happy 21st birthday to the American League’s best player

    Aug 7, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Happy birthday to Angels outfielder Mike Trout, who turned 21 years old today. Which means the best player in the American League–and reigning American League player of the month–can finally buy alcohol legally. He leads the league in batting average (.348), steals (36), and runs (86), ranks second in slugging percentage (.598) and OPS (1.009),…

  6. Jered Weaver: that’s what an ace looks like

    Aug 7, 2012, 8:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Oakland Athletics

    Jered Weaver won again last night, shutting out the A’s for his league-leading 15th win of the season. Weaver struck out nine, didn’t walk a batter and allowed only four hits. One of those guys was erased on a double play. In short: Weaver was dominant. Weaver has won nine straight starts, and as a team…

  7. Mike Scioscia doesn’t have any sympathy for Vernon Wells

    Aug 6, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Vernon Wells Reuters

    Vernon Wells hasn’t played much since coming off the disabled list because a) he’s been really bad since the beginning of last season, and b) the Angels have Mike Trout, Mark Trumbo, and Torii Hunter in the outfield. In what limited playing time he has gotten Wells is 0-for-15 with five strikeouts and zero walks,…

  8. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 1, 2012, 6:22 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

    Pirates 5, Cubs 0: A rejuvenated A.J. Burnett came into a Wrigley Field with the wind blowing in from center against a Cubs team hours off of a significant selloff and tossed a one-hitter. Oh, and Neil Walker drove in all five Pirates runs. Rays 8, Athletics 0: James Shields pitched a very relieved “oh…

  9. Zack Greinke gets no help in losing Angels debut

    Jul 29, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Without the injured Mike Trout at the top of the lineup, the Angels got nothing going offensively Sunday  and took a 2-0 loss to the Rays in Zack Greinke‘s debut. Greinke, who was acquired from the Brewers on Friday, was strong in striking out eight over seven innings, but Jeremy Hellickson was better, blanking the…

  10. Mike Trout out of lineup Sunday with left knee contusion

    Jul 29, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

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    As relayed by Angels communications manager Eric Kay, phenom outfielder Mike Trout has been scratched from Sunday afternoon’s series-finale against the Rays because of a left knee contusion. There is not an MRI scheduled and Trout is listed as day-to-day. He’ll aim to return Monday night for the opening of a four-game set with the…

  11. Luke Hochevar plunks Mike Trout, gets ejected

    Jul 25, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

    Luke Hochevar, Mike Trout

    After the Angels’ Jered Weaver twice drilled Lorenzo Cain earlier in the game, the Royals apparently opted for a little retaliation Wednesday, with Luke Hochevar plunking Mike Trout on a 3-0 pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning. Hochevar, who had already given up eight runs and was just about done for the day…

  12. Angels, Rays discussing trade involving James Shields

    Jul 24, 2012, 8:28 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported over the weekend that the Angels had serious interest in acquiring starter James Shields from the Rays. And now it appears Anaheim is getting serious. From ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian comes word that the Halos and Rays have discussed a trade that would send Shields out west in exchange for…

  13. Ron Washington on Mike Trout: “He’s not Willie Mays”

    Jul 23, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Willie Mays

    Mike Trout has hit .441 with two homers, three steals, six walks, nine RBIs, and eight runs in nine games against Texas this season, but Rangers manager Ron Washington isn’t quite ready to induct him into Cooperstown yet: He’s not Willie Mays. He’s a pretty good player, but I think the comparisons have to stop.…

  14. Report: Angels make Peter Bourjos, Kendrys Morales available

    Jul 18, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

    Peter Bourjos

    According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, the Angels are willing to part with Peter Bourjos in order to upgrade their bullpen and could consider dealing Kendrys Morales as well. Bourjos, perhaps baseball’s premier defensive center fielder, has been made expendable in Anaheim by the emergence of Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo. Still, there are a…

  15. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 18, 2012, 6:12 AM EDT

    April

    Angels/Giants 22, Tigers/Braves 0: So, I’m a Braves fan and my girlfriend is a Tigers fans and each of our teams got the crap beat out of them last night. So we agreed that baseball sucks and decided to watch downloaded “Parks and Recreation” episodes instead. Good call, yes? I mean, Mike Trout and Buster…

  16. Vernon Wells nearing return, but do Angels want him back?

    Jul 17, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    Angels batter Vernon Wells hits a two-run home run during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Vernon Wells is close to returning from a torn thumb ligament that has sidelined him since mid-May, but with Mike Trout, Mark Trumbo, and Torii Hunter entrenched as the Angels’ starting outfield and Kendry Morales playing every day at designated hitter … well, do they even want him back? Wells had a miserable 2011 and…

  17. Quote of the day: Juan Pierre on “cybergenics”

    Jul 14, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

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    Juan Pierre is well aware that he isn’t exactly a darling of those who use advanced statistics. He just has no idea who those people are. The veteran outfielder was the subject of a feature by Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Daily News, during which he unleashed this gem: “With all the computers, the cybergenics…

  18. NL dominates in first All-Star shutout since 1996

    Jul 10, 2012, 11:17 PM EDT

    National League All-Star Cabrera holds out a hand to American League All-Star Cano after hitting a two run home run at the Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Kansas City

    It was all National League, right from the start. Pablo Sandoval and company jumped on Justin Verlander to take a 5-0 lead in the top of the first and cruised from there on the way to an 8-0 victory for the NL in the 83rd All-Star Game, the third straight win for the Senior Circuit.…

  19. What to watch for in tonight’s All-Star Game

    Jul 10, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Tonight’s 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will officially open with Detroit’s Justin Verlander throwing to Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez. Still, my favorite part will take place before that. The Midsummer Classic isn’t the must-see event it was before Baseball Tonight, MLB Extra Innings and MLB.tv made seeing the league’s stars in action so much easier.…

  20. Dispatches from Kansas City: “Have you seen George Brett around?”

    Jul 9, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT

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    HardballTalk’s Drew Silva is filing regular stories from this year’s MLB All-Star festivities in Kansas City. Part One. Part Two. Part Three. Part Four. The Royals haven’t won a division title since 1985 and have finished with a winning record just three times since since 1992, which has translated into over 20 years of bad attendance totals at…

  21. Bryce Harper replaces Giancarlo Stanton in All-Star Game

    Jul 7, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper missed out when the original NL roster was announced, again on the Final Vote and again as the first two NL All-Stars went down, but he will go to Kansas City after all. He was chosen as the injured Giancarlo Stanton‘s replacement on the NL roster Saturday, making him the youngest position player…

  22. 2012 midseason awards: AL MVP

    Jul 6, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton was far and away the AL’s best player for two months, but he’s definitely come back to the pack after hitting just .223 with four homers in June. He struck out 35 times last month, nearly matching his total of 39 times from April and May combined. That said, he still leads the…

  23. Who are MLB’s best prospects now that Harper, Trout, and Moore have graduated?

    Jul 5, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Dylan Bundy

    Coming into the season Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, and Matt Moore were the consensus top-three prospects in baseball, but now that they’re all in the majors to stay who are the minors’ most promising players? Baseball America just released its midseason rankings update. It’s worth reading in full, so I won’t share too much, but…

  24. 2012 midseason awards: NL Rookie of the Year

    Jul 4, 2012, 6:47 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    If the NL is going to narrow the talent gap with the AL in the coming years, it doesn’t really show up here. Sure, there’s a likely superstar playing well in Bryce Harper, but the AL can seemingly cancel him out with Mike Trout, who is playing a whole lot better. Beyond Harper, it’s a…

  25. 2012 midseason awards: AL Rookie of the Year

    Jul 4, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Thanks to a league ruling restoring a certain Angel’s eligibility, the AL Rookie of the Year race is pretty much a batter for second place. But what a battle it might be. The candidates: Mike Trout (LAA): .340/.396/.552, 10 HR, 36 RBI, 22 SB in 241 AB Will Middlebrooks (Bos): .298/.335/.538, 10 HR, 37 RBI,…

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