Mike Trout hits two homers, including a grand slam, to take MLB lead

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Mike Trout entered Sunday afternoon’s game against the Rangers tied with teammate Albert Pujols for the major league lead in home runs at 29. He exited with 31. His second home run was a grand slam that pushed the Angels’ lead to 8-2 in the sixth inning against reliever Spencer Patton.

As our own Drew Silva pointed out on Twitter, Trout is on pace for 51 home runs, which would more than exceed his current career-high of 36. Along with 31 dingers, he’s knocked in 64 runs, stolen 10 bases, and hit .313/.404/.631 in what could very well be another MVP Award-winning season.

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Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

Joe Kelly suspended eight
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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.