Mat Latos, Robinson Cano are your players of the week

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Gosh, it seems like these things happen every week! Anyway:

Mat Latos is your NL Player of the Week. Latos was 2-0 in back-to-back complete games, while striking out 20 and allowing but a single earned run in each start.

Robinson Cano takes the honors in the AL.  He hit .414 with two doubles, four home runs, 10 RBI  and five runs scored in seven games including a couple of notable game-winning shots.

I presume we’ll get an announcement about Player of the Month soon. No word on when Player of the Fortnight will be named.

The Angels to lower the right field wall

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The Los Angeles Angels announced today that they will lower the right field wall at Angel Stadium from 18 feet to eight feet.

The stated reason: to make room for a new out-of-town scoreboard and “philosophical changes.” Obviously, though, helping out lefty power hitters is on the agenda too. As it was, Angel Stadium was in the bottom ten of all parks in allowing homers for lefties.

One of their own lefties is Kole Calhoun, who is a pull hitter. Another one could be Shohei Ohtani, who is a lefty hitter. Although, as a righty pitcher, that could harm him against opposing lefty batters. I’m assuming, though, that the Angels ran a bunch of numbers to establish that this move helps them more than it hurts them, or else they wouldn’t be doing it.