Angels Trout star to draw a crowd in Philadelphia

TROUT CITY

Angels star Mike Trout will likely have a big rooting section at Citizens Bank Park all weekend for a series against the Phillies.

The trout originates from the town of Millville in South Jersey, about an hour’s drive from Philadelphia. Now 30 and in his 12th major league season, the three-time MVP has only played two games in Philadelphia – the last time was in 2014 after the scheduled game in Los Angeles was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Trout explained this week at Yankee Stadium how much he enjoys returning to the area he grew up in, whether it’s talking to fans about his favorite Eagles or meeting old friends at the Wawa convenience store.


“It’s pretty special to come back,” he said.

Trout was hit in the left arm by a pitch in the ninth inning Thursday night and appeared to be in a lot of pain but stayed in the game. Los Angeles only managed a base runner in the eighth against Jameson Taillon and lost 2-1 as the Yankees completed a double-header sweep that left the Angels with an eight-game losing streak – their most long since 2019.

Bryce Harper and the Phillies, meanwhile, are eager to extend this skid and break one of their own.

The Angels have won 12 straight against Philadelphia – the longest active winning streak of any major league team against a single opponent and the longest such winning streak in the history of interleague play, Elias Sports said. Desk.

FLYING JAYS

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Blue Jays have won eight straight heading into this weekend’s series against Minnesota.

Yusei Kikuchi (2-1, 3.48 ERA) is set to start Game 1 for Toronto. Chi Chi Gonzalez is expected to make his season debut for the Twins.

The Blue Jays will see if outfielder George Springer can get back into the lineup. He missed two games with a non-COVID-19 illness. Toronto, however, put left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu on the 15-day injured list with a sore forearm.

ADMISSION PRICE

Francisco Lindor is expected in the New York Mets lineup at Dodger Stadium. The star shortstop missed Thursday night with a swollen right middle finger after injuring himself while closing a double door in his hotel room.

Minus their No. 3 hitter, the Mets had just three hits and were shut out for the first time this season, ending their six-game winning streak. They lost 2-0 to Tony Gonsolin (6-0) and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of a four-game series between the top two teams in the National League.

Lindor has at least one RBI in 10 straight games, tied with Hall of Famer Mike Piazza for the second-longest streak in team history.

Chris Bassitt (4-2, 3.66 ERA) pitches for the Mets against Tyler Anderson (6-0, 2.90), who has gone 20 straight scoreless innings.

IN THE SWING?

Marcus Semien has homered twice in his last six games after going homeless in his first 43 this season for Texas.

Semien, 31, signed a seven-year, $175 million contract with the Rangers after hitting 45 homers last year for Toronto, the record for a major league player playing primarily at second base.

Semien is batting just .194 with 18 RBIs. He hit .265 with 102 RBI for the Blue Jays last season.

Semien, who homered in a Thursday loss to Tampa Bay, and the Rangers host Seattle this weekend.

BAEZ BANCÉ

Slumping Tigers shortstop Javier Báez has been benched for the past two games, with manager AJ Hinch giving the Detroit newcomer time to reset physically and mentally.

Baez, who signed a six-year, $140 million contract this offseason, has his lowest batting average (.197) since he was a Chicago Cubs rookie in 2014. He hasn’t also only three home runs and 13 RBIs in 40 games.

The Tigers have won seven of nine games after a slow start. They begin a three-game series at Yankee Stadium with rookie right-hander Elvin Rodriguez facing New York ace Gerrit Cole (4-1, 3.12 ERA).

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