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Mike Trout rips 20th HR

The Angels have built up a lead against CC Sabathia as the Angels look to keep up with the Astros in the AL West.

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Our weekly MLB stat roundup has an all-rookie lineup of individual feats and oddities, plus team performances that evoke the days of Mays a

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Blackmon's HR gets Rockies on board

After Kendall Graveman shut them down for 7 innings, the Rockies needed just 4 pitches to score off reliever Evan Scribner. Charlie Blackmon drove a 2-1 pitch to right for a solo shot, but the A's still lead 5-1. Follow live

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Trevor Gott navigates out of the jam to keep the Halos' 2-run lead intact. At the stretch, it's 3-1 #Angels.

Diamondbacks draw even with Dodgers

Yasmany Tomas' first Chase Field HR was a 2-run shot in the 6th that tied the score at 4-4. The homer had to be confirmed via replay as the ball hit a fan's arm just on top of the left field wall. Follow live

Kendall Graveman shutting down Rockies

The A's right-hander has tossed 6 shutout innings so far tonight, scattering 4 hits and 3 walks along with 2 strikeouts. Oakland has scored all of its runs on HRs, giving Graveman a comfortable 5-0 lead. Follow live

Star-powered under-24 club

Mike Trout turns 24 years old on August 7th. The most HRs before their 24th birthday (via Elias):

  • Eddie Mathews (153), Mel Ott (153), Ken Griffey Jr. (132), Frank Robinson (130), Alex Rodriguez (128), Juan Gonzalez (121), Mickey Mantle (121), Andruw Jones (120), Trout (118), Ted Williams (118)

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Pederson's tale of the tape

Joc Pederson's 20th homer of the year, a 4th-inning blast against the D-backs, went 461 feet.

  • He has 5 HRs of at least 450 feet. Only Giancarlo Stanton (7) has more.
  • His 7 HRs this month have traveled an average distance of 450.3 feet.
  • His 20 HRs this season have averaged 430.5 feet, best in the majors.
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Trout stats a mouthful

Mike Trout hit his 20th home run to give the Angels a 2-1 lead over the Yankees.

  • Only player with multiple HRs off CC Sabathia this year.
  • Earliest in season he's reached 20 HRs (previous best July 4, 2014).
  • Fewest games taken to get to 20 HRs (via Jason McCallum).

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Astros top Royals in clash of AL's best

Jose Altuve and Chris Carter both homered, Luis Valbuena went 2-for-4 and Lance McCullers struck out 6 over 7 innings of 1-run ball in the 6-1 home win over Kansas City. Box score

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Billy Butler goes deep to center, his sixth. After an 0-for-15 skid, he has a single, double and homer in last three ABs. #Athletics up 5-0

Butler extends Athletics' lead

Oakland's bats had gone quiet after a 4-run 1st inning. Billy Butler woke them up with a solo HR in the 4th, pushing the lead over the Rockies to 5-0. Follow live

Reds score early, often to end slide

After jumping to a 9-1 lead through the first 3 innings, the Reds held off the Twins' rally to snap a three-game losing streak in Cincy. Billy Hamilton stole 4 bases in the 11-7 win. Box score

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With the Phillies loss, the only teams not to lose a game this season when leading by 3 or more runs are the Cardinals, Giants & Rays.

Dodgers hit 3 homers in 4th

Andre Ethier and Yasmani Grandal went back-to-back to lead off the 4th, then Joc Pederson crushed his 20th of the season to give L.A. a 4-0 lead over the D-backs. Follow live