Trade deal puts a U.S. stamp on Asian economy

Mike Trout

Pilots' Alex Close excelling after draft disappointment

HAMPTON — Alex Close is the first to acknowledge he's not a can't-miss, five-tool, Mike Trout clone. Sabermetricians don't swoon at his numbers, and Major League scouts don't speed-dial the front office after his every at-bat. But Close is a natural power hitter, and throughout his youth career he knew little except individual and team achievement. A freshman All-America season at Liberty University in 2012 — he led the Big South with 14 home runs — continued that arc, making his 2013 crash all the more jarring. Faith, family and a summer with the Peninsula Pilots helped him rebound. "So when the walls come falling down on me "And...