Mike Trout Youngest In AL Player To Hit For Cycle


Mike Trout, last season's American League Rookie of the Year and MVP runner-up, became the youngest AL player to hit for the cycle and third youngest in the major leagues since 1930. Trout's eighth-inning solo shot culminated an evening that followed a single in the third, RBI triple in the fourth, and three-run double in the sixth. Trout drove in five runs, and he leads the team with 34 runs batted in. His slugging percentage (.558) leads the team as well. There is no doubt Trout will be in the mix once again this year for AL MVP, but will he be able to catch Miguel Cabrera


  • Ryan Howard went 3-for-5 with three RBI in the Phillies' 7-3 win over the Marlins on Tuesday. Howard looks healthy this year and should continue to produce, but not at the level he did in 2008 and 2009. Those days are gone.
  • Jered Weaver (elbow) could be activated after his appearance at extended spring training on Wednesday. Angels manager announced the great news before Wednesday's game and if it works out it will put Weaver in line to rejoin the rotation next week.
  • Max Scherzer dominated the Indians over eight innings Tuesday in the  Tigers' 5-1 victory. At one point, he retired 22 straight Indians, who have been the hottest team in baseball in the last week. Scherzer was able to slow them down and gave up just two hits. He will face the Twins in his next start.
  • Matt Garza didn't earn a victory Tuesday in he season debut, but he was great in the five innings he pitched. Once again, an anemic Cubs bullpen was unable to hold a lead. Garza held the Pirates scoreless on one hit and three walks over those five innings.
  • Rafael Betancourt (groin) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Wednesday. Betancourt left Tuesday's game with a tight right groin, an issue which has lingering since late April. Betancourt Betancourt hopes to avoid a stint on the disabled list, but fantasy owners should pick up Rex Brothers who is the likely favorite for saves if Betancourt has to miss time. Wilton Lopez could also get an opportunity to close.
  • Jerome Williams was excellent in eight innings against the Mariners to earn the win Tuesday night. Williams has been so good for the Angels, going 3-1 with a 2.30 ERA in four starts and seven relief appearances. One would think that Williams will remain in the Angels rotation when Jered Weaver returns from the disabled list with Joe Blanton moving to long relief. Blanton is 0-7 with a 6.62 ERA, which ranks as the most losses and highest ERA of any American League starter.
  • Hanley Ramirez (hamstring) ran in the outfield before Tuesday's game. It's the first time he's run since a left hamstring strain forced him to the disabled list earlier this month. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Ramirez continues to make progress but will be brought along slowly.
  • Chase Utley was scratched from Tuesday's lineup after feeling discomfort in his right side during batting practice. He will be examined today so we should learn more soon.
  • Brian McCann went 3-for-4 with a home run Tuesday night and is now hitting .282 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 12 games since returning from the disabled list.
  • Adam Wainwright was dominant once again on Tuesday night in San Diego. Wainwright gave up one run on four hits and one walk, while racking up six strikeouts across 7.1 innings as the Cardinals beat up on the Padres.