Angels hitters faced Angels pitchers for the first time this year Tuesday. It is a rite of spring, the first day of so-called live batting practice. Some batters behave much like they do during an actual at-bat. Others use the opportunity to track pitches and reacclimate to major league velocity.
After the last of his live at-bats, spent mostly in observation mode, Mike Trout retreated to the bench at the practice field, where several teammates were waiting to take their cuts.
“Why didn’t you swing?” first baseman C.J. Cron said to the reigning American League most valuable player.
Because, Trout said, he was not trying to win the...