Carlos Quentin

Angels' Justin Upton has mellowed with age but maintains an inner edge

Angels' Justin Upton has mellowed with age but maintains an inner edge

Three hours before the Angels took the field Saturday in Seattle, Mike Trout and Justin Upton lounged inside Safeco Field’s visiting clubhouse. A question about his new teammate occurred to Trout.

“Hey,” he said, “when’s the last time you hit outside?”

“Psssh,” came the reply.

Upton later estimated that he has hit outside — taken batting practice — only once this season. He has not done it since the Angels acquired him from Detroit on Aug. 31. Earlier in his 11-year career, he said, he took batting practice before every game.

That began to change in 2014, and Upton said he now prefers to do all his hitting drills within indoor batting cages.

“I...

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