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September 6, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanni
Mark Trumbo's long swing makes him prone to lengthy slumps, and the Angels slugger was in a doozy before Friday, hitting .140 (seven for 50) with no homers, one run batted in, 20 strikeouts and no walks in 13 games. But with that swing - and the strength and leverage he generates from his 6-foot-4, 235-pound frame - comes the kind of prodigious power Trumbo unleashed on the Texas Rangers Friday night. Trumbo turned viciously on a Matt Garza slider in the fourth inning, lining it far over the left-center field wall for a three-run homer that capped a five-run rally in a 6-5 come-from-behind victory in Angel Stadium.
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September 1, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Michael Young, the infielder acquired by the Dodgers late Saturday, is expected to join the club Monday in Colorado. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said he had spoken to Young on Saturday night, primarily to welcome him to the team. Mattingly said he did not broach the subject of what Young's role would be with the Dodgers. That seemed curious, since he made clear to reporters Saturday that Young would be a bench player. Young, 36, is a 14-year veteran and seven-time All-Star.
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September 1, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
When Michael Young joins the Dodgers on Monday, he will pursue his first World Series championship ring from a new vantage point. Young, 36, is a 14-year veteran and seven-time All-Star. For the first time in his career, he will not be a regular. "He really hasn't been a regular the last few years," said Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly . "He's been a guy playing part time and all over. " The latter is true; the former is not. Young has transitioned from an everyday shortstop into a third baseman into a player who has started at all four infield positions the last three seasons.
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August 31, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers acquired Michael Young on Saturday, trading for the veteran infielder minutes before the deadline for postseason eligibility. The deal was being finalized late Saturday night, according to a person familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it. Young, 36, could be in line to replace or complement Juan Uribe as the Dodgers' third baseman. Young batted .272 for the Philadelphia Phillies, with eight home runs in 125 games. Uribe is batting .271, with seven home runs in 110 games, and is considered a superior defender.
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August 26, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  In a sight you don't see every day, Chicago White Sox coach Mark Parent was ejected before Sunday's game against the Texas Rangers. Parent took the lineup card to home plate before the game and had a few choice words for umpire Jerry Layne, who promptly threw him out of a game that hadn't  started yet. Parent was still upset about two plays that went against the White Sox earlier in the series. On Friday, Ian Kinsler got an inside-the-park home run when his drive down the left-field line got stuck under some padding on the wall.
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August 17, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Cabrera vs. Trout II In the great Miguel Cabrera vs. Mike Trout most-valuable-player debate of 2012, the Trout loyalists most often cited Trout's dominance in WAR - the "wins above replacement" statistic that purports to distill production into one number. Lo and behold, the top two players in various WAR rankings this season are Cabrera and Trout, although neither player is an overwhelming leader. Cabrera won the MVP and triple crown last season, yet he is on pace to better his numbers in each of the triple crown categories this season.
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August 6, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels Manager Mike Scioscia's frustration with his team's inability to control the running game boiled over after an 8-3 loss to the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night, first in a team meeting with his players and then with the media. The Rangers had six stolen bases, one shy of the Angels' club record for stolen bases allowed in a game, and five of them led to runs. The Angels have allowed a major-league-high 94 stolen bases this season. Chris Iannetta had another rough night behind the plate and has thrown out only 11 of 82 base-stealers this season for a 13.4% success rate.
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August 6, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The American League most valuable player debate is heating up, with Baltimore's Chris Davis muscling his way into the conversation with Angels center fielder Mike Trout and Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera. "Yeah, here we go again," said Trout, who won rookie-of-the-year honors and finished second to Cabrera inMVP voting last season. "It definitely feels good to be out there with Miguel and Chris. " Like 2012, Trout's MVP chances will be hurt by the fact that the Angels, who lost to the Texas Rangers, 8-3, Tuesday night, are out of playoff contention while Cabrera's Tigers lead the AL Central and Davis' Orioles are in the wild-card race.
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August 5, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
A season marred by injuries took another ugly turn Monday night when Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick suffered a hyperextended left knee and had to be helped off the field in the fifth inning of a 5-2 loss to the Texas Rangers. Kendrick, who is batting .301, was listed as day to day but could be headed for the disabled list, where he would join first baseman Albert Pujols (partial tear left heel), center fielder Peter Bourjos (broken right wrist), pitcher Jason Vargas (blood clot, left armpit)
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August 5, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Monday's Major League Baseball suspensions left a huge hole in the Texas Rangers' lineup just as the baseball playoff races begin to heat up. Among the 12 players who accepted 50-game suspensions was All-Star outfielder Nelson Cruz, who leads the Rangers with 27 home runs and 76 runs batted in. And his absence couldn't come at a worse time for the team, which has averaged fewer than four runs a game since the All-Star break. The Rangers will go into Monday's game with the Angels in Anaheim 2 1/2 games behind Oakland in the American League West and trailing Cleveland and Tampa Bay by half a game in the wild-card race.
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