The excitement of a 6-1 victory that capped a four-game sweep of the
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“I’m pretty disappointed,” said Angels first baseman
"The guy's electric. He's unbelievable. He throws 97, 98 mph with a nasty 89-mph slider. The guy's amazing. When you've got hitters who come to first base and say how unbelievable he is, you know how nasty he is."
Richards, who has held opponents to a league-low .196 average (83 for 423), was named to the “final five” ballot, in which fans vote for the final player to be added to the team. The others on the ballot are Chicago’s
Richards will also have a decent chance of being added to the team if an All-Star pitcher drops out because of injury or is unable to participate because he pitches next Sunday, two days before the July 15 game in Minnesota.
Richards is scheduled to pitch Friday night in Texas, so he would be in line to pitch in the
"It's a little disappointing, but there's still a chance," said Richards, who allowed one run and six hits in 7 1/3 innings Sunday, striking out 11, a career-high, and walking one. "I'm more concerned with the second half, to be honest with you.
“I’ve had a pretty good first half, but more importantly, we’re playing good baseball as a team right now. I’m more concerned with the team’s overall record than myself. I’ll take a
Trout, the AL most valuable player runner-up in 2012 and 2013, has put together an MVP-caliber first half, leading the league with a 1.005 on-base-plus-slugging percentage and ranking second with a .603 slugging percentage and 48 extra-base hits.
Trout is the first Angels player with 20 homers and 60 RBIs before the All-Star break since Vladimir Guerrero in 2004, the year the slugger won the MVP award, and he is the 13th player in major league history with at least 20 homers before the break in his age-22 season.