Angels outfielder Mike Trout celebrated his 26th birthday on Monday. He gave himself quite a gift, doubling for his 1,000th career hit off of a first-pitch fastball from Dylan Bundy in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Trout would advance to third base on a ground out, then score on a Kole Calhoun sacrifice fly to break the scoreless tie. [Update: Trout homered in his next at-bat, a solo shot off of the left field foul pole.]
Trout entered the evening batting .343/.463/.703 with 22 home runs, 51 RBI, 51 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 298 plate appearances. Those are incredibly good stats considering he missed a month and a half with a torn thumb ligament.
His teammates helped him celebrate his birthday in a more, uh, interesting way:
Hey guys, guess what: another Rays post. This one is news, though:
The Pirates just announced that they’ve acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Rays in exchange for reliever Daniel Hudson, minor league infielder Tristan Gray and cash.
Dickerson, as we’ve mentioned 10,000 times in the past few days, was DFA’d by the Rays for . . . reasons. The outfielder/DH hit .282/.325/.490 with a career-best 27 home runs and 2.6 fWAR in 629 PA last year, making the All-Star game. Which is really bad, according to some people who I still don’t totally understand, but what do I know? He’ll slide into an outfield situation in Pittsburgh that currently features Adam Frazier at the top of the depth chart in left.
Hudson is entering the second year of a two-year, $11 million deal, which likely explains why cash is coming back to Tampa Bay in the trade. In 2017 the lefty specialist posted a 4.38 ERA in 71 games, striking out 66 batters and walking 33 in 61.2 innings.
Gray was a 13th rounder in last year’s draft out of Rice. He’s a middle infielder who will turn 22 next month. Last year he played 53 games in the New York-Penn league.