Mike Trout missing second straight game with stiff back

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From the Angels beat reporter for MLB.com, Alden Gonzalez …

Collin Cowgill is starting in center field in Sunday’s series finale against the A’s at O.co Coliseum.

Trout will be aiming to return to action Tuesday, after Monday’s scheduled team off day. The 22-year-old is batting .294/.380/.549 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 53 games played this season for Anaheim.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.