Mike Trout has no interest in merely taking his cuts at the plate, walking back to the dugout and waiting patiently for his next at-bat.
The two-time AL MVP wants to be part of the action in the field, too, and his zest for being a two-way player is evident by his numbers when doing so.
Trout celebrated his return to center field Friday night with a solo home run and an impressive catch, and the Los Angeles Angels snapped a six-game skid by beating the floundering Baltimore Orioles 7-1.
The Angels were reeling from a three-game sweep in Boston, where they were outscored 22-9, before breezing past the awful Orioles in the opener of a three-game series.
Mike got us on the board, then we kept pecking away, Scioscia said. It starts with pitching. You keep putting up those zeros and let your offense get going.
Los Angeles led 3-0 before pulling away with a three-run sixth. Simmons started the uprising with a double and Kole Calhoun contributed a sacrifice fly.
An unfortunate offensive night for us once again, manager Torey Lovullo said. We didn’t build as big of innings as last night but we had a couple opportunities and we really couldn’t cash in.
Rodriguez (3-1), the son of Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Pudge Rodriguez, dominated in his sixth major league start. He allowed six hits in 6 1/3 innings, struck out five and walked two. In his last two starts, the 26-year-old right-hander has given up one run in 13 1/3 innings.
Miller (0-2) was tagged for six runs and seven hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked one, throwing 96 pitches. In his debut Monday night at Miami, Miller gave up five runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings of a 9-5 loss to the Marlins.
While winning the Leonard sweepstakes would surely cost L.A. several of its young players and draft-pick assets, it would guarantee James a legitimate superstar running mate and would not affect the Lakers’ ability to offer James a max deal.
The Sixers also have made an offer for Leonard, league sources told ESPN, and would only have to make a few minor roster adjustments in order to free up the cap space to offer James a max deal.