ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout even surprised himself in adding to his growing list of impressive big league achievements.
Trout hit for the cycle and drove in five runs, Josh Hamilton celebrated his 32nd birthday with a homer and a triple his first
two times up, and Howie Kendrick also went deep in the Los Angeles Angels ‘ 12-0 rout of the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
Trout, last season’s AL rookie of the year and MVP runner-up, became the youngest AL player to hit for the cycle and third
youngest in the major leagues since 1930. He’s also the sixth player in Angels history to complete the cycle and the first
to do it since Chone Figgins on Sept. 16, 2006, at Texas.
“It was one of those nights,” Trout said. “I didn’t really think about it until about the eighth inning. And when I got on
deck, I started feeling it a little bit. To be honest, I thought Josh was going to hit for the cycle after his those first
two at-bats. I wasn’t thinking about myself.”
‘s statistics may put him among the best pitchers in baseball, but he doesn’t think he belongs there yet.
would like to prove him right again.
Darvish goes for a sixth straight victory Tuesday night when he tries to help the
bounce back from their latest defeat to the A’s.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Bartolo Colon celebrated his 40th birthday a few days early with something he’s enjoyed quite a few
times over the years: a win over the Texas Rangers .
Seth Smith homered and scored three times, Colon pitched seven strong innings for his first victory in nearly a month and
the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 9-2 on Monday night.
Colon, who turns 40 on Friday, gave up two runs on six hits and struck out three. It was the first win for Colon (4-2) since
April 23 at Boston, and he joined Bert Blyleven , Dennis Leonard and Jack Morris as the pitchers with the most wins over the
Rangers at 19.
“I like to pitch here,” Colon, who has 175 wins in 16 seasons, said through a translator. “I don’t know why.”
DENVER (AP) — Patrick Corbin tossed a three-hitter for his first complete game and struck out a career-high 10, lifting the
Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.
Corbin (7-0) joined Randy Johnson as the only lefties in team history to begin the season 7-0. He also turned in his club-record
ninth straight start where he’s pitched at least six innings and allowed two runs or less.
Mixing an effective slider with a sneaky fastball, Corbin kept the Rockies hitters guessing all night. He held Colorado hitless
until Troy Tulowitzki ‘s single up the middle in the fourth and didn’t allow another hit until Nolan Arenado ‘s double in
the eighth. Pinch-hitter Jordan Pacheco broke up Corbin’s shutout bid with a double that brought home Arenado.
Jon Garland (3-5) went six innings, surrendering five runs and a season-high 11 hits.
A rainout this weekend gives R.A. Dickey the chance to help the Toronto Blue Jays get back to their winning ways while earning
another victory at home.
The Blue Jays’ next opponent, though, has had plenty of success in Toronto lately.
Tampa Bay Rays
will seek their 13th win in 18 games at Rogers Centre on Monday while denying the Blue Jays a fourth consecutive home victory
and fifth in seven overall contests.
ATLANTA (AP) — Ramiro Pena got a fierce wakeup call with the bases loaded and the scored tied in the eighth inning.
Pena fouled the first pitch off his lower right leg and bent over in anguish. But after he fouled off the next pitch, he hit
a sacrifice fly to put the Atlanta Braves ahead to stay.
“I needed to keep the focus,” Pena said. “That’s a big at-bat right there, so I just tried to make contact and put the ball
Pena had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in a four-run eighth, Jordan Schafer drove in two runs and the Braves rallied against
the Los Angeles Dodgers ‘ beleaguered bullpen for a 5-2 victory on a rain-soaked Sunday.