NEW YORK — It has been overshadowed by
Trumbo's misery had plenty of company. Right-hander Hiroki Kuroda shut out the Angels and gave up only three hits in eight innings, and after Trumbo whiffed on a low-and-away slider,
There was also a flip side to Richards' success: Struggling right-hander
"It's not tough," said Hanson, who was 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in four starts since returning from a forearm strain in July. "I just have to work, to get better with my command, getting guys out, not giving up runs."
Hanson (4-3, 5.59) looked dominant in his first game off the disabled list against Minnesota on July 23, giving up one run and four hits in 51/3 innings, striking out eight and walking none, his fastball hitting 93 mph.
But he gave up 14 earned runs and walked 11 in 142/3 innings of his next three starts and has had trouble holding runners all season — opponents were successful on 20 of 24 stolen-base attempts against him.
"This is the best thing for Tommy and for us right now; he definitely needs to figure some things out," Manager
That's how Trumbo feels at the plate. He has a team-high 129 strikeouts and looked out of whack in his last at-bat Monday night.
"I can't get anything going," Trumbo said. "I haven't had any sustained hot streaks, and you need some of those. It's tough to explain."
To Trumbo's credit, he leads the team with 25 home runs and is tied with
"The bottom line is production, and I think Mark has been very productive with the balls he's driven and his RBIs," Scioscia said. "He's not going to be graded on batting average or on-base percentage as much as his power and production."
Trumbo knows that with his long swing, which makes him susceptible to dry spells, that he'll never be a .300 hitter, but he has maintained a good average for long stretches.
He hit .306 with 22 home runs and 57 RBIs in the first half of 2012 before slumping to .227 with 10 home runs and 38 RBIs in the second half. Trumbo hit .300 this April and had a.271 average June 2 before he began to slide.
"You want to be realistic, and hitting .300 is not something I've proven I can do," Trumbo said. "But I would like to improve in a number of categories. For this team to be at a level we need to be at, I need to be a consistent producer."
Trout supports lifetime bans for PED users
Trout told a New York radio station that first-time offenders of baseball's performance-enhancing drug program should be banned for life.
"To me, personally, I think you should be out of the game if you get caught," Trout told WFAN at the
That one of the game's brightest young stars spoke out against cheaters on a day
"Some people just are trying to find that extra edge," Trout said. "It's good that
Asked Monday afternoon to elaborate, Trout deferred to pitcher
"I don't want to talk about it anymore," Trout said.