Mike Trout Continues Offensive Surge

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Mike Trout continued his offensive surge on opposing pitching on Thursday as the Angels rallied twice from a seven run deficit to defeat Felix Hernandez and the Mariners 10-9. Trout reached base in all five plate appearances and stole a base. Trout went 4-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. Trout was hitting .383 over his 12 previous games since returning to the leadoff spot. Many thought Trout would struggle offensively when Angels manager moved him back to left field when Peter Bourjos returned from the disabled list.  Since returning to the leadoff spot, Trout has eight extra-base hits and two steals, and he has only struck out six times during that stretch. Trout is a superstar that is going to continue to produce at a high level.  

 NEWS & NOTES

  • Roy Oswalt made his first start of the season for the Rockies in Washington on Thursday night. The good news is that he racked up 11 strikeouts. The bad was that he allowed four runs on nine hits in five innings. It was a solid debut for Oswalt and he is worth a look in deep mixed leagues and NL-Only leagues.
  • Alex Rodriguez is making "fantastic" progress according to CBS Sports Jon Heyman. It appears that Rodriguez could begin a rehab assignment after the All-Star break.
  • Jedd Gyorko (groin) is expected back in the Padres lineup next Tuesday when he is first eligible. With Everth Cabrera and Yonder Alonso also on the disabled list, this is really good news for the Padres and fantasy owners.
  • Matt Kemp (hamstring) could begin a rehab assignment early next week. Kemp still needs to run the bases before being cleared to start a rehab assignment.
  • Angel Pagan (hamstring) had to be carted off the field after re-injuring his hamstring in a rehab game at Class-A San Jose. Andres Torres and Juan Perez will continue to fill in for Pagan in centerfield.
  • Peter Bourjos went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Thursday's win against the Mariners. Bourjos also stole a base which was his third in ten games since returning from the disabled list.
  • Andrew Bailey is going to be removed as Red Sox closer according to his manager John Farrell after surrendering a walk-off home run to Jhonny Peralta on Thursday. This was Bailey's second straight blown save and third in his last five attempts.
  • Dexter Fowler (finger) x-rays on his right ring finger came back negative. This is obviously good news, but Fowler is still feeling pain and could land on the disabled list. Tyler Colvin makes for an interesting add in mixed leagues and NL-Only leagues.
  • Alex Cobb (concussion) did some arm exercises on Thursday at Tropicana Field. Alex Colome will be recalled to make the start for Cobb on Sunday.
  • Ernesto Frieri struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to earn his 17th save against the Mariners on Thursday. Frieri has retired 22 straight batters over his last eight games.