The Los Angeles Angels saw one of their future stars make strides but may have lost their biggest star for the last days of the season, as Mike Trout exited the game after taking a fastball to the shoulder. Kole Calhoun homered, Alex Meyer earned his second major league win and the Angels held off a late rally from the Oakland Athletics to sweep the three-game series with an 8-6 win Wednesday night. ''I want to (play), I'll tell you that,'' Trout said.
The A's on Wednesday wrap a road series with the Angels. Manager Bob Melvin has made a minor change to the lineup in the finale. Oakland A's 1. Joey Wendle (L) 2B 2. Stephen Vogt (L) DH 3. Ryon Healy (R) 3B 4. Khris Davis (R) LF 5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B 6. Danny Valencia (R) RF 7. Marcus Semien (R) SS 8. Bruce Maxwell (L) C 9. Jake Smolinski (R) CF Sonny Gray -- RHP Los Angeles Angels 1. Kole Calhoun (L) RF 2. Mike Trout (R) DH 3. C.J. Cron (R) 1B 4. Jefry Marte (R) LF 5. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS 6. Jett Bandy (R) C 7. Gregorio Petit (R) 2B 8. Kaleb Cowart (S) 3B 9. Shane Robinson (R) CF Alex Meyer -- RHP
Waking up to the news of a horrific accident and the death of a teammate. Driving the long way to the ballpark in an attempt to settle his stomach and mind. Trying to understand the why and the what-now. Mourning. Jeff Mathis, the Marlins' backup catcher who was with the Los Angeles Angels in 2009 when a drunk driver killed 22-year-old pitcher Nick Adenhart, thought he would be better equipped than most of his Miami teammates to handle the pain that followed the sudden death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez on Sunday. He thought he would know how to grasp the reality and help his teammates through it. He was wrong. "It's been every bit as tough now as was then," Mathis said this week, his eyes wet