UPDATES & NEWS
Mike Trout went 2-for-6 with a home run, one RBI and a run scored during the Angels' 7-4 loss to the Royals.
Well, well, well...look who getting back into the swing of things, literally. Trout homered for the second-straight game and has now hit safely in each of his last five games, batting .400 (8-for-20) with the two long balls, five RBI and four runs scored over that span. Even better is that he's also only struck out twice over his last four games. There are those who have been just dying to trash Trout and the slump he's now breaking out of was the perfect opportunity to run him down. Too bad it's over though. Was he struggling? Yes. Was he putting himself on-pace for far too many strikeouts? Yes. But he's back in his groove and it looks like he is through the woods with the first real slump of his career. Move ahead with Trout with confidence.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Jed Lowrie left Monday's game with a thumb injury. He's going back to Houston Tuesday for an MRI.
In all likelihood Jonathan Villar or Marwin Gonzalez will fill in for Lowrie if he misses extended time, but there's an outside chance the first-place Astros call up uber-prospect Carlos Correa for his first major league taste. Correa is murdering the Texas League (Double-A) to the tune of .375/.429/.719 with four home runs and two stolen bases. He's worth a speculative add in competitive leagues until the situation becomes more clear. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow has hinted that he wouldn't be scared to "lift" Correa straight from Double-A at some point. Analysis: Spencer Silva