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When Mike Trout plays, baseball wins, even if the Angels do not

When Mike Trout plays, baseball wins, even if the Angels do not

The kid is cursed, or so the story goes. Mike Trout’s talent is being wasted by the Angels, yada, yada, yada.

It’s an accurate description of what’s happened to the best player in baseball over the last couple of seasons, except here we are in mid-July, two weeks from the nonwaiver trade deadline and the Angels are somehow within arm’s reach of a place in the postseason.

This after 46 days on disabled list for Trout, who was activated Friday ahead of the team’s first game back from the All-Star break, a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in 10 innings.

“We’re right there in the wild card,” Trout said.

Of course, this isn’t about what the Angels are doing. It’s about...

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