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March 15, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Angels 4, Rockies 4 (10) AT THE PLATE: Mike Trout hit a home run that cleared the 410-foot sign in center field with plenty of room to spare. Matt Long, a longshot for a backup outfield spot, homered to raise his spring average to .444. Albert Pujols had two hits; he has seven hits in his last 14 at-bats after starting the Cactus League with one hit in 15 at-bats. ON THE MOUND: Jered Weaver worked five innings, giving up three runs and nine hits, including a long home run to Carlos Gonzalez.
March 13, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Mike Trout has not set a deadline for negotiations on a long-term contract extension, and the Angels' center fielder said Thursday he would not be opposed to talks carrying into the regular season. Players in similar situations often prefer to sign before the start of the season, so talks don't become a distraction, or put off negotiations until after the season. Not Trout, 22, who finished second in American League most-valuable-player voting in 2012 and 2013. "It doesn't matter to me," said Trout, who signed for $1 million this season but is expected to command well over $100 million in an extension.
March 7, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Most baseball fans would say that Mike Trout is the best player in baseball today. And if they don't list him at No. 1, they would certainly have him in the top five. The Angels outfielder has arguably had the best first two seasons in baseball history. But he's not Albert Pujols. So, please don't ask Pujols if he is motivated to put up the same numbers as Mike Trout, as he was in spring training. “Can you imagine someone saying that to me?” Pujols told USA Today Sports.
March 7, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. -- A day later, Mike Trout was still confused about Thursday's play at the plate against the Dodgers, when baseball's new rules governing home-plate collisions and instant replay converged on the same play. Trout, trying for an inside-the-park home run, was called out on a head-first slide into the plate. Manager Mike Scioscia came out to argue not only the call but whether Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis was in violation of Rule 7.13, which prevents catchers from blocking the plate without the ball.
March 6, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
TEMPE, Ariz. - By his own admission Don Mattingly hasn't spent a lot of time thinking about baseball's two newest rules, one allowing the use of instant replay and the other preventing catchers from blocking the plate if they don't have the ball. But the manager of the Dodgers has a new appreciation for both changes after they collided in the first inning of Thursday's 4-4 Cactus League tie with the Angels. After Mike Trout's one-out line drive squirted under a diving Yasiel Puig and rolled to the center-field wall, Trout tried to circle the bases, only to arrive back home at the same time the ball did. Umpire Gerry Davis called Trout out, sparking an immediate protest from Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, who had problems with both the call and catcher A.J. Ellis' position on the play.
March 5, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - There was a Nike photo shoot, the filming of a commercial for Major League Baseball, appearances on ESPN, MTV, Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports West, and interviews with newspapers, websites and radio stations. Still to come is a Sports Illustrated cover photo shoot. Mike Trout has been busy this spring, the demands of stardom pulling the Angels center fielder in many directions, and negotiations with the team for a possible nine-figure contract extension provide yet another potential distraction.
March 4, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Mike Trout saw nothing but fastballs in two at-bats against Texas ace Yu Darvish on Tuesday. They might be the last fastballs the Angels center fielder sees from the Rangers right-hander this season. Trout, who lined out to left field and singled to right against Darvish in a 7-4 Angels victory, has a .321 career average (nine for 28) with four home runs and six runs batted in against Darvish. The four homers are the most by any opposing player against Darvish.
March 2, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels might be all about Mike Trout this and Mike Trout that, but Albert Pujols scoffed at the suggestion that he might be motivated by all that Trout has accomplished. "I don't need to compare with anybody, buddy," Pujols said Sunday. "Just look at my numbers. My job is to stay healthy and go out there and play. I don't need anybody to motivate me to play this game. " The Angels plan to bat Trout second and Pujols third, the keys to an offense that could be formidable if Pujols resembles his St. Louis self.
February 28, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. -- One of baseball's best players picked up right where he left off last season. Mike Trout hit a grand slam and drove in five runs to lead the Angels to a 15-3 rout of the Chicago Cubs in their Cactus League opener Friday. "Mike's got such a short swing," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "You wouldn't think it would take him that many at-bats to get where he needs to be. It took him one. " The Angels enjoyed an afternoon of spring training fun and frolic, batting around twice in the first four innings.
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