Michael Bourn

Kole Calhoun, Angels teammates feeling pressure to produce with Mike Trout out

Kole Calhoun, Angels teammates feeling pressure to produce with Mike Trout out

The night it became clear that Mike Trout would miss more than month because of a torn thumb ligament, right fielder Kole Calhoun fielded questions from reporters about the state of the Angels.

“Guys are gonna have to pick it up around here,” Calhoun said Monday, seemingly speaking of himself.

This season, Calhoun has struggled more than ever before in his professional career. On Thursday, he produced the best game of his season. The left-handed hitter launched two home runs, both against left-handed pitchers, both on first pitches. The first was to the opposite field.

“Sometimes it takes you facing a lefty to get you back to hitting to the whole field,” Angels manager...

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