When Twins interim GM Rob Antony got the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to take Ricky Nolasco in a deal bundled with Alex Meyer, most of Twins Territory called it an unqualified success. From Mike Bates to Seth Stohs to myself (who graded the deal “U.S. Extra Fancy” using the USDA’s grading system for apples), no one could believe Antony found a taker for a struggling, over-paid veteran pitcher and a one-time pitching prospect who didn’t seem to pan out and hadn’t even pitched in months. The two new fellows could get run over by a bus while reporting to the Twins and the trade still would be considered an unqualified success. Before being traded, Ricky Nolasco has a 5.13 ERA and 1.35 WHIP over 124.2 innings pitched.
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
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.