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Mike Trout's first career grand slam 'just another home run'?

The Angels outfielder appears almost nonchalant about his big hit Saturday.

April 20, 2013|By Bill Shaikin
  • Mike Trout celebrates with his Angels teammates after hitting his first career grand slam Saturday against Detroit.
Mike Trout celebrates with his Angels teammates after hitting his first… (Danny Moloshok / Associated…)

Mike Trout heard someone had fetched the ball he hit for his first career grand slam. Saturday's game had been over for half an hour, but Trout had neither the ball in his possession or any urgency to find it.

"I didn't really think anything of it," he said. "It's just another home run."

Granted, Trout's rookie season was fairly amazing. But is he so jaded that a career first means nothing to him?

"It's cool, I guess," he said. "I don't really have much to say about it. I'm just happy it went over."

Trout has driven in nine runs in his last three games. His 11 RBIs this season tie Albert Pujols for the team lead.

Kohn back

If Trout didn't much care about a souvenir ball, Michael Kohn sure did. Kohn saved a game ball, after pitching a scoreless ninth inning in his first major league game since July 19, 2011.

Kohn spent the last part of the 2011 season in the minor leagues. He sat out last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

His first pitch was clocked at 96 mph. His second hit the Tigers' Don Kelly.

"The jitters were there," Kohn said. "I was a little erratic. I got the job done. It felt really good to get back."

As Kohn jogged in from the bullpen, the song "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" played over the sound system. That wasn't Kohn's choice. He would prefer "Kick It in the Sticks" by country singer Brantley Gilbert.

"I'm a Southern boy," Kohn said.

Short hops

For the fifth time in six games, Pujols was at DH instead of first base. The Angels are trying to "nurse him through" a bout with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, in the words of Manager Mike Scioscia; Pujols ran well in legging out a double Saturday. … Ryan Madson, who underwent Tommy John surgery one day before Kohn last year, said he felt sore after a simulated game Friday but well enough to play catch Saturday. He said he hopes to start a minor league rehabilitation assignment late next week and join the Angels early next month. … Ernesto Frieri has not worked in a week, but Scioscia had no interest in giving Frieri the ninth inning of Friday's 8-1 victory. "The first game of the series, you don't want to expose your closer if you don't have to," Scioscia said. … The Angels put reliever Mark Lowe (strained neck) on the disabled list and recalled infielder Tommy Field. The Angels have played 16 games and used 15 pitchers.

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