Angels’ Mike Trout expects Texas’ Yu Darvish to change things up
TEMPE, Ariz. — Mike Trout saw nothing but fastballs in two at-bats against Texas ace Yu Darvish on Tuesday. They might be the last fastballs the Angels center fielder sees from the Rangers right-hander this season.
Trout, who lined out to left field and singled to right against Darvish in a 7-4 Angels victory, has a .321 career average (nine for 28) with four home runs and six runs batted in against Darvish. The four homers are the most by any opposing player against Darvish.
“I didn’t want to show him anything else,” Darvish said through a translator. “My approach toward Trout is going to be a little different this year.”
Trout expects nothing less from Darvish, who is 6-1 with a 3.77 earned-run average in 10 career starts against the Angels.
“It’s going to be interesting,” Trout said. “I’m curious to see what he does, to see what happens. We’ve had a little rivalry going, and it’s pretty cool. He’s throwing his best stuff, and I’m trying to hit his best stuff. We’re having fun out there, and that’s how it should be.”
Public Enemy No. 2
Josh Hamilton found a silver lining in an ESPN magazine piece in which Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler torched his former general manager in Texas, calling Jon Daniels “a sleazeball” and saying of the Rangers, “I hope they go 0-162.”
“At least I won’t be the only villain in Texas now,” the Angels left fielder said.
Hamilton, sidelined by a strained left calf, was a five-time All-Star in Texas before signing a five-year, $125-million deal with the Angels before 2013. When he returned to Arlington last season, he was booed before every at-bat. His outs were greeted with standing ovations.
Kinsler, who was traded for first baseman Prince Fielder in November, will probably get the Hamilton treatment this season — although unlike the Angels, the Tigers play only one series in Texas this season, three games June 24-26.
“Not any fun being in the Texas doghouse, is it?” Hamilton said in a Twitter message to Kinsler.
Infielder Ian Stewart suffered a bruised — but not broken — nose Sunday night when he inadvertently butted heads with his 4 1/2 -year old daughter, Ellsi.
“She was in bed on her stomach watching TV, and I kind of lunged at her,” Stewart said. “I don’t know if I scared her, but she sat up and our heads came together at the same time, my nose to the back of her head. I heard a crunchy sound and got an immediate headache. I thought I broke my nose.”
Stewart was scratched from Monday’s lineup and sent for tests, which ruled out a broken nose or concussion. He was cleared to play Tuesday.
The Angels reached 2014 contract agreements with all 25 of their pre-arbitration players, a list that includes Kole Calhoun, Dane De La Rosa and J.B. Shuck. . . . Outfield prospect Zach Borenstein, the California League most valuable player in 2013, suffered a strained calf in a B game against Cleveland on Tuesday.
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