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.

Mets sign Matt Kemp to minor league deal

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The Mets have had a lot of injuries in their outfield. How many? So many that they’re bringing in Matt Kemp, who they just signed on a minor league deal. Hey, why not? He’s functionally free.

Kemp was released by the Reds earlier this month after batting just .200/.210/.283 over 62 plate appearances. While he was a pretty useful player for the first half of the 2018 season for the Dodgers, the odds of him making major contributions to the Mets this year are probably about the same odds there were on Adrián González making an impact when the Mets signed him last year. But again: what’s the harm?