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Best of MLB: Trout hits 2 home runs as Angels rough up Orioles

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Best of MLB: Trout hits 2 home runs as Angels rough up Orioles

BALTIMORE -- Mike Trout and Luis Valbuena each hit two home runs off Kevin Gausman, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 on Saturday night for their eighth win in 10 games.

Trout homered in the first and third innings, and Valbuena connected in the second and fourth to give Los Angeles a four-run lead.

It marked the second straight night in which the Angels got all their runs via the long ball. In the series opener, Los Angeles homered five times in a 9-7 defeat.

Trout went deep Friday night, too, and now has 26 home runs. He has six seasons with at least 25, tied with Tim Salmon for most in franchise history.

It was Trout's first multihomer game of the season and ninth of his career.

JC Ramirez (11-10) allowed one run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings before leaving with right forearm tightness. In his last start against the Orioles, the right-hander gave up six runs in seven innings on Aug. 7 (see full recap).

Sabathia strong in return from DL, Yankees beat Red Sox 4-3
BOSTON -- Tyler Austin hit a three-run home run, Todd Frazier added a solo homer and CC Sabathia retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced as the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Saturday night.

In snapped a three-game losing streak for the Red Sox, and trimmed their lead over the Yankees to four games in the AL East race.

Sabathia (10-5), returning from a stint on the disabled list because of sore right knee, retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced on the way to improving to 3-0 in three starts against Boston this season. He allowed two runs and four hits to earn his first victory since July 21. Dellin Betances got the last three outs for his ninth save.

Chris Sale (14-5) struck out nine, but was tagged for the four runs and seven hits. He is still looking for his first victory in the rivalry (see full recap).

Gonzalez, 4 pitchers lead Dodgers past Tigers, 3-0
DETROIT -- Adrian Gonzalez's seventh-inning single broke a scoreless tie and the Los Angeles Dodgers went on to beat the Detroit Tigers 3-0 on Saturday.

The win was the Dodgers' sixth in a row and 21st in 24 games. Detroit has lost six straight and 12 of 14.

Dodgers right fielder Cody Bellinger left the game in the seventh inning. He rolled his right ankle in the sixth while catching a fly ball from Nicholas Castellanos. Yasiel Puig hit for him the next inning. Bellinger is listed as day-to-day.

Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched five innings, allowing three hits and walking four while striking out four. He needed 89 pitches to get through five innings, and was replaced by eventual winner Ross Stripling (3-4).

Brandon Morrow and Kenley Jansen finished off the shutout, with Jansen pitching the ninth for his 33rd save.

Tigers starter Michael Fulmer (10-11) gave up an unearned run, three hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out six (see full recap).

Berrios shuts out D-backs through 7 as Twins win
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jose Berrios threw seven innings for his 11th win to lead Minnesota over Arizona 5-0 on Saturday night, helping the Twins keep pace in the AL wild card race.

The Twins, who entered the night in a tie with the Los Angeles Angels for the second wild card spot, scored five runs off Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke (14-6) in the fourth after a costly error by second baseman Daniel Descalso ended a chance for a double play. Max Kepler drove in two runs during the inning, and Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer each had an RBI single.

That was more than enough for Berrios (11-6), who allowed only two hits for the second time this month, and got some solid defensive support to win for the second time in three starts. Berrios combined with reliever Alan Busenitz to retire the last 19 Arizona batters.

Greinke had won four of his previous five but ended the night with his shortest outing this season. He allowed seven hits and four walks, while striking out four (see full recap).

Local hero Mike Trout finally suits up for a Philadelphia team

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Local hero Mike Trout finally suits up for a Philadelphia team

Your wish has come true. Mike Trout is finally suiting up for a Philadelphia team.

Just not the one fans are hoping for from the Millville, N.J. native.

Trout, the Los Angeles Angels superstar and major Philadelphia sports supporter, took to Twitter on Wednesday night to show off his new threads. Trout posted a photo of him sporting a full Ben Simmons Sixers uniform — even the left arm sleeve — and dropped a “Trust the Process” hashtag just to be clear.

Trout’s Sixers gear was part of a theme for the Angels’ trip to Seattle for a four-game series against the Mariners. All of the players sported their favorite basketball attire.

As a South Jersey native, Trout has a natural Philadelphia connection, but he wasn’t the only player showing love to the Sixers. Fellow slugger Albert Pujols and former Phillie JC Ramirez each went with full Allen Iverson uniforms for the trip.

This is how the Angels treat the MVP on his birthday? Come to the Phillies, Mike Trout

This is how the Angels treat the MVP on his birthday? Come to the Phillies, Mike Trout

Another reason why Mike Trout will be a Phillie in 2021: Toxic clubhouse in Anaheim.

He's clearly not appreciated or liked on this Angels team.

I mean, just look at how they wished their two-time AL MVP happy birthday.

The Phillies would never treat their royalty with such disrespect.

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz even gave Trout his birthday present back in January. What a good friend.

But in all seriousness, it's pretty cool to see Trout be such a good sport with this type of razzing from his teammates. We always knew he was a down-to-earth guy and this really shows it.

Trout turned 26 years old today.

The Delaware Valley will have to plan something big for when Trout celebrates 30 in a Phillies uniform.