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Trout returns to Angels lineup after 3 games out


Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout returned to the lineup for Thursday’s 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros, hitting a double after missing three games because of a calf injury.

Trout batted second as the designated hitter for the final game of the series and went 1-for-4 on the night.

However, as one Angels slugger returned, another departed on Thursday night as Albert Pujols left the game with left hamstring tightness. He is considered day-to-day.

Trout left Sunday’s 6-3 win over the Seattle Mariners after the second inning. An MRI performed Monday had revealed a small strain in Trout’s right calf.

Manager Brad Ausmus said Wednesday that Trout would be evaluated again before playing.

“Hopefully he’ll be able to go [Thursday] full bore,” Ausmus said.

The 27-year-old is batting .305/.455/.666, on a pace to compete for his third MVP trophy. He’s 12-for-32 with eight home runs in nine games this month.



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MLB podcast: Trade deadline primer


Welcome to Expand the Zone, theScore’s weekly MLB podcast hosted by Jonah Birenbaum and Michael Bradburn.

Find the show on iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, and Stitcher. Be sure to rate, review, and subscribe, too!

Topics in this edition include:

  • Will the elimination of waiver trades spark a frenzy at the July 31 deadline?
  • Do the Red Sox have more moves up their sleeves following the addition of Andrew Cashner?
  • Would the A’s start newcomer Homer Bailey in a potential wild-card contest, or opt for an opener/bullpen game?
  • Will the Cubs roll with three catchers once Willson Contreras is healthy?
  • How does Terrance Gore fit on the Yankees’ stacked roster?
  • What do the Padres do as the deadline nears?



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