Game 89: Angels-Cubs …

Angels (43-45)

ANAErick Aybar, SS
Mike Trout, CF
Albert Pujols, 1B
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Josh Hamilton, LF
Mark Trumbo, RF
Alberto Callaspo, 3B
Chris Iannetta, C
Joe Blanton, SP (2-10, 5.14 ERA)

Cubs (39-48)

CHCJulio Borbon, CF
Starlin Castro, SS
Anthony Rizzo, 1B
Alfonso Soriano, LF
Luis Valbuena, 3B
Dioner Navarro, C
Nate Schierhltz, RF
Darwin Barney, 2B
Travis Wood, SP (5-6, 2.69 ERA)

  • Trout said today that he was never asked to be part of the Home Run Derby, and later it was announced that Yoenis Cespedes would be the final entrant into the competition. Trout nonetheless hasn’t sounded very excited about taking part. he did it in A ball a couple years ago and had fun, but he hasn’t had too much interest in it. And Mike Scioscia isn’t a very big fan. “It would definitely be for the fans, to see it. I don’t know if I’ll do it this year, but maybe down the road. I don’t know. I haven’t really thought about it.”
  • Tommy Hanson (right forearm strain) is slated to throw his first bullpen session tomorrow. Scioscia isn’t sure yet if he’ll require a rehab assignment before rejoining the team, but July 23 — the next time they need a fifth starter — is still a possibility.
  • Sean Burnett (left elbow impigement) played catch today and will do that for a couple weeks before he’s off amound.
  • Jason Vargas (blood clot in his left armpit area) is seeing the doctor today in hopes of getting cleared to throw.
  • Could Pujols play first base in both of these NL games? “We’re going to play tonight and see what happens,” Scioscia said.
  • As for why Hamilton is in left and Trumbo is in right? “Mark is more comfortable in right field, and Josh kind of welcomes the adversity of [switching positions]. … Most players really like playing one position, getting settled. Josh is fine bouncing around occasionally.”
  • The Angels are still hopeful of coming to an agreement with Blake Goins, the high-school right-hander they took in the 12th round who’s weighing a pro contract or going to the University of Texas. Goins is their only unsigned Draft pick. They have until Friday.
  • Shayne Kelley, Hamilton’s accountability partner, is out of the hospital after an emergency appendectomy and resting comfortable. Hamilton’s wife, Katie, is meeting him up in Seattle, where they’ll spend the All-Star break together.

Alden

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