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Angels’ Mike Trout Celebrates Birthday In Style

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Los Angeles Angels’ reigning American League MVP and franchise cornerstone Mike Trout had one heck of a night to celebrate his 26th birthday.

Trout tallied his 1,000 career hit with a double in the 4th inning of the Angels’ game against the Baltimore Orioles, a game that the Angels lost 6-2.

To add icing on the birthday cake, no pun intended, Trout became the third player in the past 100 years to record a milestone hit on his birthday.

Trout also hit his 23rd home run of the season which marked the 4th time he hit a homer on his birthday.

“I’m not thinking about homers,” Trout said. “I just go out there, try to hit the ball hard, and that one went out of the park.”

“When you hear your name with the greats, the Hall of Famers when you do something, it makes you feel good,” Trout said.

“It makes you feel special just to be a part of such a good company. But for me, it’s just going out there and playing. I’m not trying to chase any numbers.”

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White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

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Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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