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Heaney takes duel as Halos win 3rd straight

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ANAHEIM -- Injuries have depleted the Angels' pitching depth over the last two weeks, leaving left-hander Andrew Heaney as one of the few remaining stabilizing forces in the club's rotation. Heaney came through yet again on Friday night, tossing seven strong innings to lead the Angels to a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays at Angel Stadium.

Heaney gave up just one run on nine hits while walking none and striking out four. In his last six home starts, he is 4-1 with a 0.88 ERA and 36 strikeouts over 41 innings. His consistency has helped the Angels' rotation stay afloat in the wake of injuries to fellow starters Garrett Richards, Shohei Ohtani, Nick Tropeano and Tyler Skaggs.

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ANAHEIM -- Injuries have depleted the Angels' pitching depth over the last two weeks, leaving left-hander Andrew Heaney as one of the few remaining stabilizing forces in the club's rotation. Heaney came through yet again on Friday night, tossing seven strong innings to lead the Angels to a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays at Angel Stadium.

Heaney gave up just one run on nine hits while walking none and striking out four. In his last six home starts, he is 4-1 with a 0.88 ERA and 36 strikeouts over 41 innings. His consistency has helped the Angels' rotation stay afloat in the wake of injuries to fellow starters Garrett Richards, Shohei Ohtani, Nick Tropeano and Tyler Skaggs.

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Heaney carried a shutout into the seventh, but he yielded a one-out single to Aledmys Diaz, who subsequently scored on Devon Travis' RBI double to cut the Angels' lead to 2-1. Steve Pearce appeared to fly out to center field for the second out, but the call was overturned after replay showed that Michael Hermosillo trapped the ball, putting runners on first and second with one out.

Still, Heaney extricated himself from the jam by striking out Justin Smoak looking and inducing a flyout from Yangervis Solarte.

"Andrew did a terrific job," manager Mike Scioscia said. "From the get-go, I think he had good command in and out, definitely changed speeds well. When push came to shove, he made some really good pitches, none better than the seventh. You're sitting on a one-run lead and you've got two pretty good hitters coming up, and he made some pitches."

Video: TOR@LAA: Heaney gets Smoak looking in the 7th inning

Heaney was rewarded with his fourth win of the season after Cam Bedrosian and Blake Parker combined to pitch two scoreless innings to close out the game, a respite from the breakdowns the bullpen suffered last week. Five days ago in Oakland, Heaney also departed with a lead, but his effort was spoiled after the bullpen blew a two-run lead in the ninth.

"It was good to bounce back after Heaney's last outing," said Parker, who earned his career-high ninth save on Friday. "He pitched so well and we didn't convert, so it felt good to convert this one for him because he's pitched so well the last couple times out."

Video: TOR@LAA: Parker fans Travis to earn his 9th save

With the win, the Angels extended their winning streak to three games and pulled within five games of the Mariners for the second Wild Card spot in the American League -- no small feat considering that deficit stood at 8 1/2 games on Monday.

The Angels built a quick lead in the first inning after Justin Upton worked a two-out walk and scored on Albert Pujols' RBI double into the left-field corner. Steve Pearce slipped on the warning track while attempting to retrieve the ball, allowing Upton to easily score from first. Luis Valbuena followed with an RBI single to right field, extending the Angels' lead to 2-0. Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada gave up only one more hit -- a single to Pujols in the fourth -- the rest of the way, but Heaney made sure it held up.

Video: TOR@LAA: Pujols drives in Upton with a double to left

The 27-year-old needed only 11 pitches to cruise through a 1-2-3 first, and he received some help from his defense to post a scoreless second. With a runner on first and one out, Russell Martin sent a deep drive to left field, but Upton raced back toward the warning track and made a leaping grab at the wall to record the second out. Randal Grichuk then shot a grounder down the third-base line, but Valbuena snagged it and fired to second for the forceout, ending the inning.

"That's just what they do," Heaney said. "It's not abnormal. They do that all the time. You get numb to the stuff that Simba [Andrelton Simmons] does over there. Valbuena's been playing great. We've got tons of guys who make plays like that, so it's just great to have them behind me."

Video: TOR@LAA: Upton makes catch while crashing into wall

In the fourth, Simmons struck out swinging against Estrada, marking his first strikeout since May 18. The stretch spanned 90 plate appearances, making it the fourth-longest streak in franchise history.

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Angels rookie Jaime Barria (5-3, 3.57 ERA) will make his first career appearance against the Blue Jays on Saturday night at 6:07 p.m. PT at Angel Stadium. He'll be opposed by right-hander Marcus Stroman (0-5, 7.71 ERA). Barria yielded a career-high six runs over four innings in his last start on Monday against the D-backs and is 1-2 with a 4.80 ERA over his last three outings. The 21-year-old right-hander is still tied for the American League lead among rookies in wins and ranks third in ERA among those who have thrown at least 40 innings this season.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Ohtani stands in on BP but not cleared to swing

Angels' two-way player to be re-evaluated next Thursday
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ANAHEIM -- Shohei Ohtani was spotted in the Angels' bullpen on Friday afternoon, though he was getting some work in at the plate, not on the mound.

Ohtani, who is on the disabled list with a Grade 2 strain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, stood in on right-hander Felix Pena's bullpen session to see some live pitching as he waits to see whether the stem-cell and platelet-rich plasma injections he received on June 7 will take hold in his injured elbow.

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ANAHEIM -- Shohei Ohtani was spotted in the Angels' bullpen on Friday afternoon, though he was getting some work in at the plate, not on the mound.

Ohtani, who is on the disabled list with a Grade 2 strain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, stood in on right-hander Felix Pena's bullpen session to see some live pitching as he waits to see whether the stem-cell and platelet-rich plasma injections he received on June 7 will take hold in his injured elbow.

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"The one thing I think you lose when you're not hitting and you sit down for a while is just the training of your eyes on velocity," manager Mike Scioscia said. "This helps him when he gets to a certain stage to be able to see the ball and just make it a little smoother transition when he's able to go out there and hit."

Ohtani has not yet been cleared to swing with both hands, but the left-handed hitter has been taking one-armed swings in the batting cages and running to maintain his leg strength. Scioscia said Ohtani is scheduled to be re-evaluated next Thursday.

"We're hoping for [no restrictions] as far as hitting, but we don't know," Scioscia said.

Given Ohtani's unique situation as a two-way player, it's possible Ohtani could return as a batter even if he's not yet ready to pitch. Before landing on the disabled list, Ohtani was hitting .289 with a .907 OPS and six home runs in 129 plate appearances for the Angels.

Video: Must C Conclusion: Ohtani, Simmons, Calhoun huge 9th

Skaggs' next start still TBA
Left-hander Tyler Skaggs, who was scratched from his scheduled start on Thursday with right hamstring tightness, will be evaluated after throwing a bullpen session on Saturday before the Angels determine when he'll slide back into the rotation. The Angels have not yet announced a starter for Sunday's series finale against the Blue Jays, but Pena could pitch on normal rest if Skaggs needs more time to recover.

"We know he's definitely a step closer," Scioscia said. "He feels very good today. He threw long toss and feels good. We're not exactly sure where he's going to fold in. There's still some hurdles he needs to get over before we see exactly where he's going to fold in, but we'll get a lot more information after his 'pen tomorrow."

McGuire recalled, Paredes optioned
The Angels recalled right-hander Deck McGuire from Triple-A Salt Lake and optioned right-hander Eduardo Paredes on Friday. McGuire, 28, allowed six runs over 8 1/3 innings (6.48 ERA) in four outings for the Blue Jays this season before he was designated for assignment. After a brief stint in the Rangers' system, McGuire was designated for assignment for a second time and traded to the Angels in exchange for cash considerations on Tuesday.

"He's a fresh arm, for sure," Scioscia said. "We've run through our bullpen a lot. The guys are doing a terrific job like they did last night, and he'll be a fresh arm that can help us in whatever role comes up tonight."

Injury updates
• Right-hander Garrett Richards (left hamstring strain) is inching closer to throwing off the mound and said he thinks he'll need to make a rehab start before returning from the disabled list.

"I'm just assuming," Richards said. "That's the way things have always gone. Obviously, we'll wait and see what they have planned. We're just going to go over some stuff for the next week or so and see where we're at."

• Outfielder Chris Young, who has not played since Tuesday because of hamstring injury, took batting practice on Friday and will be available off the bench against the Blue Jays, according to Scioscia.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Maitan homers, extends hit streak

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.

A trio of Twins prospects put on a hitting clinic on Friday night as Alex Kirilloff, Luis Arraez and Ben Rortvedt each hit a home run and together combined for 11 hits and 10 RBIs to lead Class A Advanced Fort Myers over Bradenton, 14-7.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.

A trio of Twins prospects put on a hitting clinic on Friday night as Alex Kirilloff, Luis Arraez and Ben Rortvedt each hit a home run and together combined for 11 hits and 10 RBIs to lead Class A Advanced Fort Myers over Bradenton, 14-7.

Promoted to Fort Myers earlier this week, Kirilloff, Minnesota's No. 3 prospect (No. 71), furthered his breakout campaign by going 4-for-6 with five RBIs, three a product of his first Florida State League home run in the fifth inning, in his second game with the Miracle. The 20-year-old outfielder was 1-for-6 with one run scored in his Fort Myers debut on Thursday.

Kirilloff goes deep

Fully healthy after having his entire 2017 season wiped out by Tommy John surgery, Kirilloff, the Twins' first-round pick in '16, has emerged as one of the better offensive prospects below the Double-A level in his first full season. In 67 games between Fort Myers and Class A Cedar Rapids, he's slashing a robust .337/.392/.610 with 14 home runs, 20 doubles and 61 RBIs.

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Arraez (No. 21) put Fort Myers on the board with a leadoff home run, his first of the season, and ultimately finished a triple short of the cycle, going 5-for-6 and scoring four runs in his second career five-hit game. He's tallied multiple hits in six of his past 10 contests, during which he's hitting .447 (21-for-47). Overall, the 21-year-old second baseman owns a .304/.358/.412 batting line in 51 games this season.

As for Rortvedt, the Twins' No. 22 prospect went deep in his first two at-bats, hitting two-run shots in the second and fourth innings, to record his first career multihomer game. The 20-year-old catcher's homers were his first in nine games with the Miracle and gives him three homers in 48 games for the season. He's hitting .290/.340/.420 overall after slashing .224/.284/.315 with one home run over 89 games with Cedar Rapids in his first full season.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Friday

• No. 5 overall prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. (Padres' No. 1) put Double-A San Antonio on the board with a third-inning solo shot and went on to finish 3-for-5 with two runs scored in a 3-0 win over Midland. The 19-year-old shortstop is having a strong campaign in the Texas League, sporting a .276/.348/.490 slash line with 12 homers, 64 runs scored and 11 steals despite a dismal first month of the season (.177/.231/.333, 34 K in 24 games).

Tatis Jr.'s solo homer

• No. 20 overall prospect Hunter Greene (Reds' No. 2) took the loss but still completed a career-high 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits as Class A Dayton fell to South Bend, 3-2. The 18-year-old's heater was up to 101 mph in the first inning and he faced the minimum through three before scuffling in the subsequent frame. Greene recovered to retire seven of the final 10 batters he faced, ultimately striking out seven and issuing zero walks in the outing. He hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in six straight starts, dating back to May 18.

Greene's seventh strikeout

• No. 62 overall prospect Kyle Lewis' (Mariners' No. 1) and Evan White's (No. 2) solo home runs accounted for all of Class A Advanced Modesto's offense in a 9-2 loss against Stockton. It marked the fourth home run of 2018 for both players, and together they collected five hits, with White finishing 3-for-4 and Lewis 2-for-4.

• No. 79 overall prospect Kevin Maitan (Angels' No. 2) launched his first home run and extended his season-opening hitting streak to seven games for Rookie-level Orem. The 19-year-old switch-hitter collected three hits for the second time in three games as he finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored. He's hitting .433/.500/.533 overall, with 13 hits in his first seven contests in the Pioneer League.

Maitan hits a solo homer

• No. 85 overall prospect Blake Rutherford (White Sox No. 7) drove in four with a two-run homer and a two-run double to finish 3-for-4 with three runs scored and a stolen base in Class A Advanced Winston-Salem's 8-2 win over Down East. The homer was Rutherford's second in as many days and pushed his season total to six home runs -- one more than he amassed over 134 games in his first two seasons. The 21-year-old outfielder is slashing .333/.358/.587 in June and .295/.335/.471 for the season.

Rutherford goes yard

• No. 93 overall prospect Peter Lambert (Rockies' No. 3) retired the final 15 batters he faced en route to completing seven innings of one-run ball in Double-A Hartford's 6-1 win over Binghamton. He allowed just two hits -- one being a solo home run to Tim Tebow -- and struck out five before departing after 76 pitches (52 strikes). The 21-year-old righty has been sensational in four starts this month, going 4-0 with a 1.14 ERA and 0.73 WHIP in 31 2/3 innings. For the season, Lambert leads all qualified Eastern League hurlers in ERA (tied, 2.31), WHIP (1.03) and innings pitched (85 2/3).

Braves No. 9 prospect Cristian Pache went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs to back a scoreless effort on the mound by Kyle Muller (No. 12) as Class A Advanced Florida blanked Daytona, 3-0. Muller, a 6-foot-6 left-hander, scattered five hits over six innings and recorded four strikeouts and four walks as he improved his ERA to 3.12 through eight starts in the Florida State League. Pache's homer, a solo shot in the third inning, was his fifth of the season, and the 19-year-old outfielder is hitting .278/.303/.413 overall after logging his third multihit game in his last 10 contests.

Braves No. 30 prospect Huascar Ynoa carried a no-hit bid into the fifth inning before completing six one-hit frames in Class A Rome's 5-0 win over Augusta. He issued four walks but struck out seven in the outing, also recording seven ground-ball outs and throwing 60 of his 99 pitches for strikes. The 20-year-old righty has racked up 80 strikeouts while holding hitters to a .210 clip over 67 2/3 innings (14 starts) in his first full season.

Dodgers No. 5 prospect DJ Peters and Will Smith (No. 8) combined to record five extra-base hits and five RBIs as they powered Double-A Tulsa past Northwest Arkansas, 9-3. Peters hit a pair of solo homers and later added a double to finish 3-for-5 at the plate. Smith, meanwhile, homered for a third straight game and also hit a double as part of 2-for-4, three-RBI performance. Smith's homer was his 10th of the year, while Peters pushed his total to 14 with his third multihomer game of the season.

Peters' first homer

Orioles No. 10 prospect D.J. Stewart was one of seven players to tally multiple hits as Triple-A Norfolk hammered Louisville, 16-1. The 24-year-old outfielder registered three of the Tides' 20 hits to finish 3-for-5 with a home run, four RBIs and four runs scored. He's hitting .278/.374/.461 with seven homers in 51 games for the season.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Trout's 1,000th game: 3 BB, 2 R, 1 Angels win

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ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout continued his hot June stretch, drawing three walks and scoring two runs in his 1,000th Major League game and the Angels added three home runs on their way to an 8-5 series-opening win over the Blue Jays at Angel Stadium.

Over his last nine games, Trout is hitting .640 (16-for-25) with four home runs, nine RBIs and 14 walks. During that span, he has reached base in 32 of his 42 plate appearances for a .756 on-base percentage. He leads the Majors with 67 walks -- 12 more than Bryce Harper, the next-highest player on the list.

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ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout continued his hot June stretch, drawing three walks and scoring two runs in his 1,000th Major League game and the Angels added three home runs on their way to an 8-5 series-opening win over the Blue Jays at Angel Stadium.

Over his last nine games, Trout is hitting .640 (16-for-25) with four home runs, nine RBIs and 14 walks. During that span, he has reached base in 32 of his 42 plate appearances for a .756 on-base percentage. He leads the Majors with 67 walks -- 12 more than Bryce Harper, the next-highest player on the list.

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1,000 games in, Trout remains peerless

"This guy is just getting started in his career," manager Mike Scioscia said. "I can only say that as exceptional of a ballplayer that he is, he has equaled that as a person. He's a tremendous person, just really has a sense of duty. He comes out here every day wanting to play the best he can. He's great with his teammates and has great perspective on what his talent is and what a gift he has. He works hard at it."

While Trout kept the line moving, his teammates provided the power. Kole Calhoun launched a go-ahead home run and Luis Valbuena homered twice down the stretch, as the pair continued to bounce back from early-season slumps.

Calhoun's two-run shot off John Axford gave the Angels a 4-3 lead in the fourth inning, and Valbuena ensured it held up, adding a two-run homer in the fifth and a solo homer in the seventh.

Video: TOR@LAA: Valbuena hits 2 homers in Angels' win

The Angels' offense helped the club withstand an abbreviated outing from left-hander John Lamb, who started on short notice because scheduled starter Tyler Skaggs was scratched with right hamstring tightness. Lamb lasted just 3 1/3 innings, yielding three runs on six hits while throwing 76 pitches in his first career outing at Angel Stadium.

"It didn't really affect me," Lamb said of the short notice. "I was just excited to be out there on the bump again and hopefully help the team win the ballgame, which we did, so that was nice."

Reliever Noe Ramirez took over for Lamb and helped bridge the gap for the Angels, retiring all eight batters he faced while striking out four. Rookie Justin Anderson worked a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his third save of the year.

"Noe had really good command," Scioscia said. "He had everything working, and needless to say, that's probably the most important stretch on our pitching side."

Video: TOR@LAA: Scioscia talks Calhoun, Valbuena in 8-5 win

The Angels opened the scoring in the first inning after Trout walked, advanced to third on Justin Upton's double and scurried home on a wild pitch from Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez. Albert Pujols then delivered an RBI single to extend the Angels' lead to 2-0.

That was the last inning for Sanchez, who left with a contusion on his right index finger. The Blue Jays tried to pick up their starter. They got on the board in the second on a pair of doubles from Kendrys Morales and Aledmys Diaz, tied it in the third on Justin Smoak's RBI double off Lamb and former Angels prospect Randal Grichuk homered to give Toronto a one-run lead in the fourth, setting up Calhoun's lead-changing shot.

Calhoun's third home run of the season and second in as many games nicked off the glove of Kevin Pillar and landed above the new home run barrier on the right-center-field wall. Calhoun is now 4-for-10 with two home runs and three RBIs in three games since returning from the disabled list on Monday.

Video: TOR@LAA: Calhoun clubs a 2-run homer just past Pillar

"I think that he looks so comfortable out there," Scioscia said of Calhoun. "He's seeing the ball much better, more plate coverage. All the things that lead to positive results seem to be in his game."

Calhoun was struggling when he suffered a right oblique strain on May 31, but he used his time off to revamp his batting stance, adopting a more pronounced crouch and lowering his hands.

"I was hitting .145 and went on the DL," Calhoun said when asked what had prompted the changes. "You look at some things, try to simplify everything, come up something, and it's paying off right now."

In the fifth, Trout walked and scored again on Valbuena's two-run homer to left-center field, pushing the Angels' advantage to 6-3. It was Valbuena's seventh home run of the season and his first since May 29.

Video: TOR@LAA: Valbuena on hitting 2 home runs in 8-5 win

Valbuena's eighth home run of the year came just two innings later, as he launched a fastball from Preston Guilmet to right-center field to make it 8-4 and secure his eighth career multihomer game. It was an encouraging sign for Valbuena, who had entered Thursday mired in a 5-for-43 slump that had caused his batting average to slip to .216.

"When I'm swinging at good pitches in the strike zone, it makes a big difference," Valbuena said. "That's what happened to me. I was swinging at a lot of bad pitches, and I struggled a little bit the last two weeks, but I'll be better."

SOUND SMART
Trout set a career high by drawing at least two walks in his fourth consecutive game. His 67 walks this season are the most in franchise history through 75 games. Trout now has a .356 career batting average in June, the highest among active players with at least 400 plate appearances.

Video: Comparing Trout to the greats through 1,000 games

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Left-hander Andrew Heaney (3-5, 3.64 ERA) will start opposite right-hander Marco Estrada (4-6, 4.66 ERA) on Friday night as the Angels and Blue Jays continue their four-game series at 7:07 p.m. PT at Angel Stadium. Heaney took a no-decision in his last start on Sunday after allowing three runs over eight innings. He made his only career start against the Blue Jays on Aug. 22, 2015, when he gave up a career-high eight runs over 3 1/3 innings.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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1,000 games in, Trout remains peerless

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ANAHEIM -- On Thursday night, Mike Trout played the 1,000th game of his brilliant MLB career. Since debuting with the Angels in 2011 at 19 years old, Trout has crafted one of the greatest peaks in baseball history -- and he's still finding ways to get better.

The 26-year-old center fielder is in the midst of his best season to date, leading the Majors in home runs (23), walks (64), runs scored (60), OPS (1.158) and WAR (6.6). The next-highest MLB player on the 2018 WAR leaderboard is the Mets' Jacob deGrom at 4.8.

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ANAHEIM -- On Thursday night, Mike Trout played the 1,000th game of his brilliant MLB career. Since debuting with the Angels in 2011 at 19 years old, Trout has crafted one of the greatest peaks in baseball history -- and he's still finding ways to get better.

The 26-year-old center fielder is in the midst of his best season to date, leading the Majors in home runs (23), walks (64), runs scored (60), OPS (1.158) and WAR (6.6). The next-highest MLB player on the 2018 WAR leaderboard is the Mets' Jacob deGrom at 4.8.

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Trout's 1,000th game: 3 BB, 2 R, 1 Angels win

"This is not an easy game, and this guy makes it look easier and easier every year," Halos right fielder Kole Calhoun said. "It's a special talent that we're not going to see too many times, so enjoy it now."

Video: TEX@LAA: Trout belts 19th HR, triples, swipes base

Trout's greatness becomes even more discernible when you take a look at what he's done cumulatively so far and where that places him within the greater context of baseball history. Through his first 999 games, he is slashing .308/.414/.574 with 224 home runs and 178 stolen bases. Trout is the first player to hit 200 home runs and steal 175 bases before his age-27 season.

Trout has more home runs and walks (635) than all-time leader Barry Bonds (172 home runs, 603 walks) did through his first 1,000 games. Since 1960, only four players have debuted with a higher OPS than his .989 through their first 1,000 games: Frank Thomas (1.055), Todd Helton (1.041 OPS), Albert Pujols (1.040) and Manny Ramirez (1.006).

Video: Trout's back-to-back two-homer games at Safeco

No metric better encapsulates Trout's all-around dominance than WAR, though. According to Baseball Reference, his 60.8 career WAR ranks 10th among active players, one spot ahead of Ichiro Suzuki (59.3), a future Hall of Famer who has 1,652 more MLB games under his belt than Trout.

In fact, Trout has already amassed a higher career WAR than 69 Hall of Fame position players, including Harmon Killebrew (60.4), Mike Piazza (59.6), Yogi Berra (59.4) and Vladimir Guerrero (59.4).

Only two players have a higher WAR through their age-26 seasons than Trout: Ty Cobb (63.4) and Mickey Mantle (61.4).

Video: TEX@LAA: Trout makes the catch and runs into the wall

Last year, Trout surpassed left-hander Chuck Finley (52.1) to become the most valuable player in Angels history, as measured by WAR. Finley, a five-time All-Star, pitched for 17 seasons in the Majors; Trout is in only his seventh full big league season. On the franchise leaderboard, Trout ranks fourth in home runs, eighth in hits, third in steals and fourth in walks.

The summits figure to only grow in prestige as Trout continues his unprecedented climb in the months and years to come.

"You always thought Mike had the potential to do what he's done so far in his career, and he just keeps going," Halos manager Mike Scioscia said. "You see a lot of talented guys come up, but Mike is one of those guys that's coming up here and certainly doing what he's capable of doing. It turns out to be some very special things."

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Trout DHing despite sprained index finger

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ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout was limited to designated-hitter duties in his 1,000th career game on Thursday night, as he is dealing with a sprained right index finger that hampers the center fielder's ability to throw.

Trout walked three times and scored twice, continuing his torrid on-base stretch and helping the Angels to an 8-5 win. Over his last nine games, Trout is hitting .640 (16-for-25) with four home runs, nine RBIs, and 14 walks. During that span, he has reached base in 32 of his 42 plate appearances for a .756 on-base percentage.

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ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout was limited to designated-hitter duties in his 1,000th career game on Thursday night, as he is dealing with a sprained right index finger that hampers the center fielder's ability to throw.

Trout walked three times and scored twice, continuing his torrid on-base stretch and helping the Angels to an 8-5 win. Over his last nine games, Trout is hitting .640 (16-for-25) with four home runs, nine RBIs, and 14 walks. During that span, he has reached base in 32 of his 42 plate appearances for a .756 on-base percentage.

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Trout has been cleared to hit by the Angels and will be re-evaluated in a few days to determine whether he is ready to return to the outfield.

Video: Comparing Trout to the greats through 1,000 games

It wasn't the only injury news for the Angels, who also scratched left-hander Tyler Skaggs from his scheduled start against the Blue Jays because of right hamstring tightness. Left-hander John Lamb, who had been scheduled to pitch on Friday, started on Thursday in Skaggs' place on the standard four days' rest.

"Skaggs got a little tight hamstring and it bothered him for a couple days," manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think he did it working out. We just want to err on the side of caution and get him to where he wouldn't be at risk. Hopefully in a couple more days we can look at it and see when he can get back out there to pitch."

Scioscia said left-hander Andrew Heaney will now pitch on Friday, with right-hander Jaime Barria starting on Saturday. Sunday's starter has yet to be determined, though Skaggs could return at that point if the Angels feel he's ready to pitch without restrictions. Skaggs is currently considered day to day.

Video: TOR@LAA: Trout on playing in his 1000th career game

Skaggs, 26, has been the Angels' best starter this season, posting a 2.81 ERA over 80 innings. He had been even more effective in June, going 3-0 with a 0.45 ERA in three starts. The Angels' rotation has been depleted by injuries, as Garrett Richards (left hamstring strain), Nick Tropeano (right shoulder inflammation), Shohei Ohtani (right UCL sprain), Matt Shoemaker (right forearm strain) and JC Ramirez (Tommy John surgery) are already on the disabled list.

Richards continues to receive therapy and has resumed playing catch, but the Angels do not have a timetable for his return. Tropeano is expected to pick up a ball this weekend, according to Scioscia.

Hermosillo recalled
Chris Young avoided the DL after suffering a hamstring injury on Tuesday, but since he and Trout are banged up, the Angels recalled Michael Hermosillo from Triple-A Salt Lake to play center field in the interim. Hermosillo took the roster spot vacated by right-hander Jake Jewell, who was optioned following Tuesday night's game.

The Angels also announced that utility man Kaleb Cowart was reinstated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Injury updates: Cozart, Marte
Zack Cozart (left shoulder subluxation) is "feeling much better," according to Scioscia, and has begun swinging off a tee.

Jefry Marte (left wrist sprain) has been cleared to swing and has been working in the batting cage.

Moving on up
Right-hander Griffin Canning, the Angels' second-round Draft pick out of UCLA in 2017, has continued his quick ascent through the Angels' farm system, as the club announced Thursday that he's been promoted to Salt Lake. Canning, 22, has logged a 1.66 ERA over 54 1/3 innings between Class A Advanced Inland Empire and Double-A Mobile this season. He is ranked the Angels' No. 7 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.

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Canning spins gem in Triple-A debut

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.

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Making his sixth start for Class A Advanced Lynchburg, Eli Morgan turned in the best outing of his young career.

Morgan, the Indians' No. 28 prospect, did not allow a hit over six dominant innings, issuing one walk and matching his career high with nine strikeouts as he and a trio of Hillcats relievers combined to fire a one-hit shutout in a 1-0 victory against Myrtle Beach. He threw a season-high 91 pitches in the outing, 59 for strikes.

After retiring the first eight batters of the game, Morgan issued a two-out walk in the third inning that ended his bid at perfection. It was the only blemish on his performance, as the 22-year-old righty proceeded to set down the final 10 batters en route to facing one over the minimum.

Morgan has proved to be one of the biggest 2017 Draft steals in his first full season. The eighth-round selection out of Gonzaga has pitched to a 2.62 ERA with a 0.79 WHIP and 40-to-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 34 1/3 innings (six starts) with Lynchburg after a dominant start to his season at Class A Lake County, where he logged a 1.83 ERA with 56 strikeouts and eight walks in 44 1/3 innings.

Overall, Morgan owns a 2.17 ERA and 0.84 WHIP in 14 starts this season across the two levels. He's held opposing hitters to a paltry .186 average in that span while compiling 96 strikeouts and 14 walks in 78 2/3 innings.

Right-handed reliever James Karinchak (No. 22) locked down his seventh save of the season to seal the Hillcats' combined one-hitter. Another steal from the 2017 Draft, when he was a ninth-round pick out of Bryant University, Karinchak has dominated to the tune of a 0.68 ERA with a .180 opponents' average and 47 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings (20 appearances) this season between Lake County and Lynchburg.

Offensively, Mitch Longo (No. 27) provided all the run support the Lynchburg hurlers would need when he led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run. The 23-year-old outfielder finished the game 1-for-2, also reaching base via a walk and a hit-by-pitch. He's hitting .289/.340/.417 with four home runs in 60 games this season -- matching the exact total he produced over 60 contests between Lake County and Lynchburg in 2017.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Thursday

No. 6 overall prospect Nick Senzel (Reds' No. 1) hit a solo homer and later added a two-run shot to account for all of Triple-A Louisville's offense in a 13-3 loss against Durham. The multihomer performance, the third of Senzel's career, gives him six homers on the season and also pushed his hitting streak to 11 games, during which he's raised his average from .256 to .310 while recording nine multihit efforts.

Senzel's second homer

• No. 10 overall prospect Kyle Tucker (Astros' No. 1) is halfway to his second straight 20-homer, 20-stolen base season after recording his 10th home run and 12th stolen base in a 3-for-5 game for Triple-A Fresno. He's hitting .306 for the season, thanks largely to a 10-game hitting streak during which he owns a .449 average (22-for-44) with three homers, 10 RBIs and 11 runs scored.

• No. 13 overall prospect Royce Lewis (Twins' No. 1) hit a three-run homer in the third inning that proved the difference in Class A Cedar Rapids' 5-4 win over Wisconsin. He finished 2-for-4 at the plate in what was his fourth straight multihit game for the Kernels. The 19-year-old shortstop has been remarkable in his first full season, hitting .305/.347/.469 with 23 extra-base hits (7 HR), 40 RBIs and 16 steals in 56 games.

Lewis goes yard

• No. 27 overall prospect Kyle Wright (Braves' No. 3) struck out eight batters over seven innings, matching his career-best marks in both categories, as Double-A Mississippi downed Jacksonville, 11-2. He allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits, throwing 67 of his 97 pitches for strikes, and did not issue a walk for the first time in 15 starts this season. It was the best home start of 2018 for the 22-year-old righty, who sports a 1.91 ERA (42 1/3 IP) on the road compared to a 6.82 ERA (34 1/3 IP) in Mississippi. Alex Jackson (No. 14) paced the M-Braves offensively by going 4-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI.

• No. 37 overall prospect Jesus Sanchez (Rays' No. 4) blasted a grand slam and went 3-for-4 to help power Class A Advanced Charlotte past Palm Beach, 10-1. The 20-year-old outfielder has homered nine times in 59 games and ranks among the Florida State League leaders with a .328 average (third), 124 total bases (first) and 45 RBIs (tied, first).

• No. 54 overall prospect Yordan Alvarez (Astros' No. 3) stayed red hot with a 3-for-4 performance that included a two-run homer in Double-A Corpus Christi's 4-2 win over Frisco. In five games since coming off the disabled list, the 20-year-old outfielder is hitting .478 with three home runs, 10 RBIs and four multihit performances. For the season, Alvarez owns a .331/.390/.608 batting line with nine homers and 36 RBIs in 32 games.

• Making his Triple-A debut, No. 96 overall prospect Griffin Canning (Angels' No. 5) posted zeros for the ninth time in 13 starts this season, tossing four scoreless frames in Salt Lake's win over Tacoma. He mixed two hits with three walks and six strikeouts while throwing 51 of his 87 pitches for strikes over four innings. Canning, a 2017 second-rounder, has been sensational in his first full season, pitching to a 1.54 ERA with 67 strikeouts and 33 hits allowed in 58 1/3 innings across three levels.

Blue Jays No. 12 prospect Miguel Hiraldo recorded his third four-hit performance in 16 games for Toronto's Dominican Summer League affiliate. He reached base in all five plate appearances, going 4-for-4 with a walk, two RBIs and a stolen base. The 17-year-old shortstop, signed for $750,000 a little more than a year ago, is slashing .429/.493/.667 with 10 extra-base hits and eight multihit efforts in 16 games to begin his career.

Royals No. 3 prospect Seuly Matias connected on his Minor League-leading 23rd home run, a two-run shot, in the sixth inning of Class A Lexington's 9-8 loss against Charleston. He reached base three times in the contest, finishing 1-for-2 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch. The 19-year-old slugger has gone deep nine times in 20 games this month after homering seven times in each of the season's first two months.

Royals No. 6 prospect Nicky Lopez hit for the cycle in order, tallying a single, double, triple and home run in the first six innings of Double-A Northwest Arkansas' 17-3 rout of Tulsa. He finished 5-for-6 with two RBIs and four runs scored out of the leadoff spot. The 23-year-old middle infielder is raking in the Texas League, as Thursday's performance gives him a .332/.398/.420 batting line and 91 hits through 71 games.

Lopez hits for the cycle

Tigers No. 11 prospect Mike Gerber went 2-for-5 with a pair of two-run homers as Triple-A Toledo fell to Gwinnett, 7-6. It was the 25-year-old outfielder's first multi-homer performance this season and fifth of his career. He owns a .220 average with seven homers in 37 games this season.

Twins No. 11 prospect Lewis Thorpe racked up a career-high 12 strikeouts and carried a no-hit bid into the fifth inning before completing seven scoreless innings of one-hit, one-walk ball in Double-A Chattanooga's 12-2 win over Biloxi. The 22-year-old left-hander faced two over the minimum in the outing, permitting a two-out single in the fifth and a one-out walk in the following frame. He recorded at least two strikeouts in each of the first five innings and ultimately threw 60 of his 84 pitches for strikes in the season-long outing. Thorpe has 86 strikeouts in 69 2/3 innings on the year to go along with a 4.26 ERA.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Pressing question facing the Angels

Angels (bullpen), Mariners (rotation) need help; Astros set; A's, Texas to sell
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Now that the season is close to reaching the midway point in the schedule and the July non-waiver Trade Deadline is six weeks away, most teams have a pretty good idea of where they stand in terms of contention. That makes it a good time to take stock and ask some serious questions moving forward.

Teams in contention, or on the fringe of contention, are looking toward the second half of the season with anticipation, while teams that have fallen back are examining the future. No matter, every team in baseball has at least one pressing question.

Now that the season is close to reaching the midway point in the schedule and the July non-waiver Trade Deadline is six weeks away, most teams have a pretty good idea of where they stand in terms of contention. That makes it a good time to take stock and ask some serious questions moving forward.

Teams in contention, or on the fringe of contention, are looking toward the second half of the season with anticipation, while teams that have fallen back are examining the future. No matter, every team in baseball has at least one pressing question.

Here are what the American League West teams are asking:

ANGELS
The question: Will they upgrade the bullpen?

The Angels have a few holes they could address, but none is more glaring than the bullpen. Their relievers have thrown the second-most innings (274 2/3) in the AL, behind only the Rays, and are tied for the Major League lead with 15 blown saves. Injuries to Keynan Middleton, Blake Wood and Jim Johnson have depleted the club's depth, and while the emergence of rookie Justin Anderson has helped, the Halos could use more reinforcements if they're looking to gain ground on the Astros and Mariners.

Two of the best available relievers -- Alex Colome and Kelvin Herrera -- have already been scooped up by the Mariners and Nationals, respectively. Six weeks remain until the Deadline, but similar aggressiveness from the Angels could keep them from slipping even further out of playoff contention.

ASTROS
The question: Can the rotation keep up the workload?

Houston's rotation has been excellent so far this season, leading the Majors in innings pitched, fewest earned runs, most strikeouts and best ERA (2.89 entering Wednesday). The Astros have only had five starting pitchers take the ball -- Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers Jr. and Charlie Morton. Verlander and Cole are on pace to top 200 innings, and the other three could be pushing 200.

Video: TB@HOU: Jeff Luhnow on his promotion, team's future

Houston is likely to make another push deep into the playoffs, which means manager AJ Hinch might have to be creative about monitoring the workload of his starters. He's already altered the rotation twice to keep Verlander on his preferred four days of rest. If the Astros have a huge lead in September and aren't playing for home-field advantage, they could rest some starters in September, but the battle for best record in the AL looks to be a season-long dogfight.

ATHLETICS
The question: Will they trade Jed Lowrie?

Arguably the team's most productive hitter, Lowrie has played his way toward All-Star consideration this year. But will he still be in an A's uniform when the league breaks for the Midsummer Classic? Lowrie's late-career revival -- which can largely be traced to health -- makes him a valuable asset for Oakland, which routinely wheels and deals ahead of the Trade Deadline.

Video: OAK@SD: Lowrie cranks a 2-run jack to right field

With Lowrie readying to hit the free-agent market at season's end, the A's could utilize him as a bargaining chip to at least ensure they get a return on him. They have infield prospect Franklin Barreto waiting in the wings, after all. Sacrificing their No. 3 hitter is no easy decision, but Oakland will have to at least consider it, just as it did last year.

MARINERS
The question: Do they have enough rotation depth?

Seattle has been one of the biggest upstarts in MLB this season and has stayed on Houston's heels in the AL West with surprisingly strong contributions from young lefty Marco Gonzales and the veteran Wade LeBlanc as the fourth and fifth starters. But general manager Jerry Dipoto must decide if the current group is enough to carry the Mariners into the playoffs for the first time since 2001 and make some noise in October if it does land a postseason berth.

Veteran right-hander Felix Hernandez, long the staff ace, has been the least productive starter to date and Seattle will have to determine if it can get enough from him and fellow right-hander Mike Leake while also figuring how long the club can ride Gonzales and LeBlanc and whether lefty standout James Paxton can stay healthy for a full season for the first time in his career.

Video: BOS@SEA: Hernandez K's 6 over 7 innings of 2-run ball

Should the Mariners go out and land another established veteran starter, who gets bumped out of the rotation? And how much would they have to give up from an already thin farm system? Those are the questions Dipoto is pondering, though he's never been shy about making moves and already has traded for Colome and Denard Span to fill holes in the bullpen and outfield.

Rangers
The question: How deep will the sell-off be?

Texas is firmly entrenched in last place in the division and is clearly looking to the future. The Rangers are definitely looking for controllable players to acquire so the question becomes which veterans are out the door before the Trade Deadline.

Video: TEX@KC: Hamels strikes out 7, allows 0 earned over 7

Cole Hamels would seem to be the most desirable asset Texas has, although teams may not view him as a No. 1-2 starter as in the past. Hamels also has a no-trade clause and may insist a team pick up his option for next season before waiving it. The Yankees are the most obvious trade partner.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Inbox: Prospects readying for Majors

Maria Guardado answers fans' queries about callups, Trade Deadline
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Who are some of the top prospects, if any, that we can expect to get called up in September? Matt Thaiss? -- Doug, @troutsupreme1xd

Who are some of the top prospects, if any, that we can expect to get called up in September? Matt Thaiss? -- Doug, @troutsupreme1xd

Tweet from @troutsupreme1xd: Who are some of the top prospects, if any, that we can expect to get called up in September? Matt Thaiss?

Thaiss, the Angels' first-round Draft pick in 2016, seems like a solid bet, as he's currently batting .340 with a 1.003 OPS over 23 games with Triple-A Salt Lake. Taylor Ward, the club's top pick in 2015, is another strong candidate for a September callup. Originally drafted as a catcher, Ward transitioned to third base this year and is now hitting .340 with a .971 OPS over 57 games between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Salt Lake.

Left-hander Jose Suarez and right-hander Griffin Canning are two other intriguing possibilities. Suarez, 20, opened the season at Class A Advanced Inland Empire and has already climbed to Triple-A Salt Lake, posting a 3.06 ERA over 61 2/3 innings with a 12.8 K/9 across three Minor League levels. Canning, the Angels' second-round Draft pick out of UCLA last year, is currently pitching at Double-A Mobile, where he's logged a 1.97 ERA over 45 2/3 innings and started two combined no-hitters.

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Will the Angels try to pick up a bullpen piece, if anything, by the Deadline, or are they completely out at this point? -- Sean, @BodeineBrazy

Tweet from @BodeineBrazy: Will the angels try to pick up a bullpen piece, if anything by the deadline, or are they completely out at this point?

The Angels are facing a pretty significant deficit -- 9 1/2 games out of first place in the American League West and 7 1/2 games behind the Mariners for the second Wild Card spot -- but I think it's still too early for them to throw in the towel. Six weeks remain until the non-waiver Trade Deadline, so I think the Angels still have time to try to close the gap and set themselves up to potentially make a run in the second half.

The bullpen, which is tied for the Major League lead with 15 blown saves this year, has been shaky, so I would expect the Angels to look for upgrades if they feel they still have a shot at contending. Two of the best available relievers -- Alex Colome and Kelvin Herrera -- have already come off the board, but there should still be plenty of other options on the trade market for teams in search of relief help, including the Reds' Raisel Iglesias, the Orioles' Zach Britton, the Tigers' Shane Greene, the Mets' Jeurys Familia and the Padres' Brad Hand.

What are the chances that @d22fletcher will get more opportunities at third base when Cozart gets back? -- John Challenger, @JohnSChallenger

Tweet from @JohnSChallenger: What are the chances that @d22fletcher will get more opportunities at third base when Cozart gets back?

David Fletcher has impressed so far, going 5-for-13 and playing strong defense over his first six games, but I think it would be tough for him to unseat a veteran like Zack Cozart, who signed a three-year, $38 million deal over the offseason. Fletcher could force his way into the lineup more often if he continues to hit, but I would expect Cozart to still play regularly once he returns from the disabled list.

Is there any possibility that Shoemaker will pitch this season and could hopefully help the team get a Wild Card spot? -- Frank Lujan, @Mean_lujan14

Tweet from @Mean_lujan14: Is there any possibility that Shoemaker will pitch this season and could hopefully help the team get a wildcard spot?

Matt Shoemaker, who underwent right forearm surgery last month, is projected to begin a throwing program in two to three weeks, so he could return to pitch for the Angels in August if his rehab unfolds smoothly.

What is the likelihood of the Angels going after one of the free-agent third basemen next winter? -- Bill B., San Diego

The Angels haven't gotten as much production as they would have hoped out of third base this season -- their .649 OPS at the position is the third-lowest mark in the Majors -- so one possibility would be to shift Cozart to second base and pursue an upgrade this winter. There will certainly be several notable third basemen available on the free-agent market, including Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson and Mike Moustakas. None of those players are likely to come cheap, however, so it remains to be seen if the Angels would be willing to meet their asking prices. If not, the Angels do have a few internal options they could deploy at third base, namely Fletcher, Ward, Jefry Marte and Kaleb Cowart.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Trout extends torrid stretch as Halos gain split

Angels star hitting .696 with 4 HRs, 9 RBIs over last 37 PAs
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ANAHEIM -- There was no other player the Angels would have rather had up to bat in that situation.

Down by one run in the fifth inning, the Angels had loaded the bases with one out against D-backs right-hander Matt Koch, bringing Mike Trout to the plate. Arizona pitching coach Mike Butcher jogged out to the mound to briefly strategize with Koch, but his counsel proved of little use against Trout, who promptly lined a first-pitch fastball to center field for a bases-clearing single that helped lift the Angels to a 5-4 win over the D-backs on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium.

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ANAHEIM -- There was no other player the Angels would have rather had up to bat in that situation.

Down by one run in the fifth inning, the Angels had loaded the bases with one out against D-backs right-hander Matt Koch, bringing Mike Trout to the plate. Arizona pitching coach Mike Butcher jogged out to the mound to briefly strategize with Koch, but his counsel proved of little use against Trout, who promptly lined a first-pitch fastball to center field for a bases-clearing single that helped lift the Angels to a 5-4 win over the D-backs on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium.

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"We have to be more than Mike," manager Mike Scioscia said, "but believe me, that's a situation we love to have him swinging the bat."

The game-deciding hit was the centerpiece to the latest in another stunning Trout performance. He reached base in all four plate appearances, also walking twice and even getting to first on a catcher's interference.

Widely regarded as the best player in baseball, Trout's production has surged to an otherworldly level over the last week. He has recorded only seven outs over his last 37 plate appearances (.778 OBP), batting .696 (16-for-23) with four home runs, nine RBIs, 11 walks (four intentional) and one hit-by-pitch. In addition to leading the Majors with 23 home runs and a 1.158 OPS, Trout also has more walks (64) than strikeouts (60) this season.

"I'm just trying to look for my pitch, and if it's not there, I'm just taking my walks," Trout said. "For me, if I try to expand the strike zone, that's when I get in trouble."

Video: ARI@LAA: Trout on team's performance in Angels' win

Already a two-time MVP winner at age 26, Trout is currently on pace for a 14.4 WAR season, which would break Babe Ruth's 95-year-old record (14.1 in 1923) for the greatest individual season in MLB history.

"This is not an easy game, and this guy makes it look easier and easier every year," right fielder Kole Calhoun said. "It's a special talent that we're not going to see too many times, so enjoy it now."

Ian Kinsler and Calhoun each added solo home runs, and Felix Pena delivered four solid innings in his first MLB start to help the Angels (39-35) snap a three-game skid and secure a split of their two-game Interleague series with the D-backs.

Video: ARI@LAA: Kinsler slugs a solo homer to left field

The Angels' beleaguered bullpen bent but didn't break in the ninth inning, as Blake Parker yielded a two-run home run to Paul Goldschmidt that brought the D-backs within one, but Jake Lamb subsequently flew out to end the game. Parker secured the final six outs of the game to pick up his eighth save of the year.

All 38 of Pena's previous MLB outings had come in relief, but the Angels decided to convert him to a starter this season and inserted him into their rotation following the injuries to Garrett Richards and Nick Tropeano. The 28-year-old right-hander had not pitched since June 8 at any level, but he made the most of his opportunity on Tuesday, yielding one run on two hits while walking three and striking out six.

"Starting isn't the same as relieving, but I didn't feel any different," Pena said in Spanish. "I just went out on the mound and gave it my best."

Video: ARI@LAA: Pena strikes out Descalso to end the threat

In the first inning, Pena gave up a leadoff single to Jon Jay, who advanced to second on a wild pitch before taking third on another single by Jake Lamb. The D-backs got on the board after Jay scored on a forceout by David Peralta, but Pena then struck out Daniel Descalso to end the inning.

Kinsler countered by blasting Koch's third pitch of the game into the Angels' bullpen in left field for his 10th home run of the season, tying the game, 1-1. It was the 48th leadoff home run of Kinsler's career, which ranks fourth all-time.

Pena maneuvered through traffic over the next three innings, but he avoided further damage and departed after throwing 74 pitches.

"The walks kind of got in the way a little bit, got his pitch count up, but I thought Felix was fine," Scioscia said. "He used all his pitches, had good movement on his fastball, good life. He got us to a certain point in the game. We were hoping he could get maybe into the fifth, but the pitch count was getting up there a little bit for where he's been."

Left-hander Jose Alvarez took over in the fifth and retired the first two batters he faced, but Lamb then worked a walk during an 11-pitch at-bat and scored on Peralta's ensuing double to give the D-backs a 2-1 lead.

The Angels rallied in the fifth after Koch drilled Martin Maldonado and Kinsler and David Fletcher singled to load the bases with one out, setting up Trout's two-run single. Another run scored after Ketel Marte missed Jarrod Dyson's relay throw, allowing the Angels to build a 4-2 lead.

"I wasn't trying to do too much, and I got a base hit," Trout said.

Calhoun capped the Angels' offensive output with a solo home run off Koch in the sixth, collecting his second homer of the season and his first since Opening Day. Calhoun, who was batting just .145 before landing on the disabled list, is now 3-for-7 in his first two games since returning from injury.

"I was working on some things," Calhoun said. "It's nice to see it carry over right now."

Video: ARI@LAA: Calhoun rips a solo home run to extend lead

YOUNG DEPARTS
Chris Young, who started in center field on Tuesday, departed the game after six innings with a hamstring injury. Scioscia said Young sustained the injury while running to first base in the sixth inning and will be re-evaluated on Wednesday's off-day.

"Hopefully it won't keep him out too long," Scioscia said.

UP NEXT
The Angels will enjoy an off-day on Wednesday before opening a four-game series against the Blue Jays on Thursday at 7:07 p.m. PT at Angel Stadium. Left-hander Tyler Skaggs (6-4, 2.81 ERA) will start opposite Toronto right-hander Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 4.35 ERA) in the series opener. Skaggs is 3-0 with a 0.45 ERA in three June starts. He faced the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on May 23 and took a no-decision after allowing three runs over five innings.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Calhoun clubs first HR since Opening Day

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ANAHEIM -- Kole Calhoun's stint on the disabled list is proving fruitful, after all.

On Monday, Calhoun said that the right oblique strain that sidelined him from May 31 until Monday gave him an opportunity to tinker with his swing and regroup mentally -- he had been hitting .145/.195/.179 with one homer and a wRC+ of 3 before hitting the disabled list. On his first day at the plate, he went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

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ANAHEIM -- Kole Calhoun's stint on the disabled list is proving fruitful, after all.

On Monday, Calhoun said that the right oblique strain that sidelined him from May 31 until Monday gave him an opportunity to tinker with his swing and regroup mentally -- he had been hitting .145/.195/.179 with one homer and a wRC+ of 3 before hitting the disabled list. On his first day at the plate, he went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

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And in Tuesday night's 5-4 win over the D-backs, he delivered again, sending a looping solo homer over the fence in right field to put the Angels up, 5-2, in the sixth inning.

"I think he's relaxed," manager Mike Scioscia said. "You're seeing his hands work well. He's definitely getting more in line with what you would expect Kole to do."

It was Calhoun's first home run and just his second extra-base hit since Opening Day, a span of 177 at-bats.

"Every day, [I'm getting] better and better," Calhoun said. "Today was good. Off-day tomorrow. Come out and do it again on Thursday."

Over 19 at-bats at Triple-A Salt Lake while on a rehabilitation assignment from June 13-17, he notched six base hits, including one double, triple and homer.

His first at-bat in the Minors was a homer to deep right-center field. Asked if that success carried over into this two-game series against the D-backs, Calhoun agreed.

"Yeah, I was working on some things," Calhoun said. "It's nice to see it carry over to right now. Biggest thing is going out and getting wins. Getting a win tonight, splitting the series with these guys -- nice to go into the off-day with that."

Avery Yang is a reporter for MLB.com.

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