Mike Trout is on an absolute tear

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Mike Trout started the season slowly. At least slowly compared to what he did in his Rookie of the Year season. But he has been tearin’ up the pea patch since then.

Last night Trout reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 4-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. He has a seven-game hitting streak and since being put back in the leadoff position on June 8 he’s hitting .383/.483/.638 over 12 games. For the season he’s hitting .317/.395/.556 with 12 homers, 44 RBI and 16 stolen bases. His OPS+ at the moment is 167. Last year it was 169. All of that despite the fact that he was only hitting .261/.333/.432 at the end of April.

Trout, in case you were inclined to believe otherwise, is not a one-year wonder.

Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title

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The Marlins announced on Sunday that outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title when the city of Miami host’s the All-Star Game festivities next month.

Stanton, 27, defeated Todd Frazier in the finals of last year’s Home Run Derby at Petco Park, hitting 20 home runs to Frazier’s 13. Stanton hit a total of 61 home runs in the Derby. This will be the third Home Run Derby in which Stanton has participated.

Stanton also went 1-for-3 with a solo home run to help the Marlins defeat the Cubs 4-2 on Sunday. He’s now batting .274/.357/.551 with 20 home runs and 49 RBI in 311 plate appearances.

Aaron Hicks to go on the disabled list with an oblique injury

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Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left Sunday’s game against the Rangers after four innings due to soreness in his right oblique. After the game, Hicks said he expects to go on the 10-day disabled list and miss the next three to four weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports.

Hicks was 1-for-2 with a single before departing on Sunday. He entered the game batting .288/.397/.515 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 198 plate appearances. It is by far the best season of his career.

Jacoby Ellsbury is on his way back from a concussion, so the Yankees will only have to bridge the gap in center field for a week or two. Mason Williams could draw some starts in center field in the meantime.