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Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with a home run, one RBI and a run scored against the A's on Friday.
Only when your name is Mike Trout can you be criticized for a "down year" and you still managed 28 home run and a .289 average before the end of August. But it's the lack of stolen bases that has frustrated Trout's owners the most. Those drafting him were certainly expecting more than the 12 he's provided thus far and when projecting players before you head into your draft, you probably ended up shorting yourself on speed this year. Of course, stolen bases are plentiful and also the easiest category in which to move up, but still, had Trout provided what we originally expected, none of us would be having this conversation right now. He's still a fantasy stud though. No doubt about that.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Antonio Smith may sit out practice this week.
Smith is the subject of a child abuse investigation in Texas. The case has been dragging on for some time now, with the DA sifting through the report from the Fort Bend County Sheriff since February. Even if the case is ultimately dropped by the prosecutor, Smith could still face discipline from the league as part of its effort to improve its public image, as part of the personal conduct policy under the CBA between the players union and the league. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson
Avisail Garcia left Monday's game with a knee injury.
Garcia left after less than two innings of action on Monday. He was coming off a knee issue that held him out two games before playing again on Sunday, where he went 1-for-2 with a strikeout. A problem significant to force him from the game, occurring with the same body part that sidelined him last week is of concern, so stay tuned for an update on his situation. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson