Summary TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Mike Trout got three more hits, lifting his spring average to .444, and the Los Angeles Angels roughed up Jose Quintana in an 8-6 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. Quintana gave up seven runs on six hits and three walks in three innings, and his exhibition ERA climbed to 16.50.
Summary Angels' Mike Trout not concerned about contract talks. "It gave him a slightly different perspective," Scioscia said. "He gets a chance to create angles to left-handers and right-handers, especially with his fastball, which he's able to get cross-corner or down and in to a lefty."
Summary 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. "It gave him a slightly different perspective," Scioscia said. "He gets a chance to create angles to left-handers and right-handers, especially with his fastball, which he's able to get cross-corner or down and in to a lefty."
Summary Last week, visiting friends and family in Arizona, I saw my first spring training baseball game in over 35 years. On the field, Trout outshone his opponents as only a superstar can. Whether it was in the field, on the base paths, or in the batters' box, he was lord of the domain.
Summary Mike Trout said Thursday that he will not set a deadline for extension talks with the Angels. The start will come on March 31 in Pittsburgh. The other option for the Opening Day nod was Travis Wood, who will follow Samardzija in the second game in the Steel City.
Summary PRO: You get either Mike Trout or Miguel Cabrera. He's a 25-year-old catcher who hit .292 last year and 28 HRs two years ago. The eighth round is about right for the last of the top-tier backstops. 9. Johnny Cueto, SP, Reds (143). This was my only "panic pick" of the draft.
Summary The Los Angeles Angels are sneaky good regarding their promotions. And so must you, so get tickets for the clash between the Angels and the Houston Astros -- sigh -- May 20 at the Big A . It's even presented by AAA, the Auto Club of Southern California. Go to the game in a friend's fancy roadster, grab a Pujols gnome, order some beers and watch the Angels and Astros go to work perfecting the art of baseball.
Summary Just 10 players in all of baseball hit 20 home runs and stole 20 bases last season, a key benchmark for well-rounded contributors in fantasy baseball leagues. There's exciting potential for less-heralded stolen base threats (Coco Crisp, Leonys Martin) to go along with a slew of sure-thing veterans to bring balance and stability to all the upside-chasing. In building a "portfolio" of outfielders, it's wise to get a good mix of all of them.
Summary - Angels: OF Mike Trout hasn't set a deadline for a contract extension and would permit talks to continue after the start of the regular season. ( Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times ). - Brewers: GM Doug Melvin will soon meet with owner Mark Attanasio to discuss offering a multi-year extension to 24-year-old shortstop Jean Segura . MLB.com's Ken Gurnick tweets that Beckett says his thumb is no better and no worse than it was when he first suffered the injury 10 days ago. - Phillies: LHP Cole Hamels (shoulder) said he felt good after his most recent bullpen session and is slated to throw again on Sunday. He'll open the regular season on the disabled list. ( Jim Salisbury, CSN Philly ). - Reds: RHP Mat Latos (knee surgery) faced hitters on Friday and say she's slated to start on Wednesday. ( John Fay via Twitter ).