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ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 07: A behind the scenes photograph of Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during a photo shoot before the game on August 7, 2014 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Matt Brown/Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images)

Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout make MLB history in Saturday’s matchup


Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw and Angels outfielder Mike Trout are already making a lot of history individually, but today they did so together.

With the Angels and Dodgers squaring off in an interleague series this weekend, Kershaw is pitching against Trout this afternoon. This marks the first time in MLB history that reigning MVPs have faced off against each other. It promises to be a fun afternoon.

Kershaw has the upper hand so far. The southpaw struck out Trout looking with a nasty curveball in the first inning.

UPDATE: C.J. Wilson needs elbow surgery and will likely miss the rest of the season

HOUSTON, TX - JULY 28:  C.J. Wilson #33 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws a pitch in the third inning during their game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 28, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

UPDATE: Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Wilson has been diagnosed with a left elbow impingement, which is “secondary to arthritis.” The southpaw just said that he’ll need surgery to clean out a bone spur, which is expected to end his season. That’s a blow for the Angels, but fortunately they have some depth in their rotation.

11:37 a.m. ET: Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with what was termed as left elbow inflammation. However, this update from Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times doesn’t sound encouraging:

It’s very unusual, if nothing else. The assumption was that Matt Shoemaker would be headed to bullpen when Jered Weaver returns from the disabled list, but he could end up keeping his rotation spot for the foreseeable future if Wilson’s injury turns out to be serious. Fortunately for the Angels, Shoemaker has pitched much better of late. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last two starts and owns a 2.01 ERA dating back to June 26.

After having his worst season as a starter in 2014, Wilson has bounced back this year with a 3.89 ERA and 110/46 K/BB ratio in 132 innings over 21 starts. The 34-year-old is under contract for $20 million in 2016.

Angels place C.J. Wilson on the disabled list with elbow inflammation

C.J. Wilson

The Angels placed starter C.J. Wilson on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 29, due to elbow inflammation, the club announced on Twitter. Pitcher Drew Rucinski was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake. Jered Weaver is expected to take Wilson’s spot in the rotation when he comes off of the disabled list himself.

Wilson, 34, had fluid drained from his elbow in late April. He’s put together a decent season, sitting on a 3.89 ERA with a 110/46 K/BB ratio over 132 innings.

Weaver, 32, struggled before hitting the DL after his June 20 start due to a hip injury. The right-hander posted a 4.75 ERA with a 49/16 K/BB ratio in 96 2/3 innings. The strikeout rate is by far the lowest of his 10-year career.

Video: Jason Castro powers Astros past Angels with walk-off three-run homer

HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 03:  Jason Castro #15 of the Houston Astros swings at a pitch in the second inning during their game against the Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park on June 3, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The Astros and Angels were locked in a scoreless tie Thursday night until Jason Castro stepped to the plate against Fernando Salas with two on and two out in the bottom of the ninth inning. Take it away, Mr. Castro…

Now that’s a quality bat-flip.

Scott Kazmir, who was acquired from the Athletics last week, held the Angels to three hits over 7 2/3 scoreless frames. The Astros swept the three-game series from the Angels, so they now hold a two-game lead in the American League West. Oh, and they have Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers on the way. Pretty fun night to be an Astros fan, huh?

Mike Trout back in Angels’ lineup Thursday

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 26:  Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim rounds third base after hitting a home run in the first inning during a game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 26, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)
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Angels slugger Mike Trout is back in tonight’s lineup against the Astros after missing two games with left wrist inflammation.

Trout injured his wrist while attempting to make a diving catch on Sunday, but an MRI revealed no structural damage. According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, the 23-year-old was cleared to return after he hit off a tee without any issues. He’s starting in center field tonight as the Angels attempt to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Astros. The team is currently one game back of Houston in the AL West.

Trout leads the majors with 31 home runs and owns a .315/.405/.632 batting line over 97 games.