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Mike Trout has 200 home runs already

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Mike Trout is in a class of his own. He’s racked up 54.7 Wins Above Replacement in his first seven major league seasons and collected two MVP honors after leading the league in runs scored in 2014 and 2016. He can reliably be counted on to deliver 20-30 home runs every year and has been decorated with six consecutive All-Star nominations. It goes without saying that his resume is extensive, and a 46-day stint on the disabled list hardly seems to have slowed him down at all. On Friday, he blew past another milestone with his 200th career home run.

Trout lost little time getting the Angels on the board. He took a 2-1 changeup from Marco Gonzalez and deposited it in center field to give the team a 1-0 lead in the first:

It’s the 32nd dinger of Trout’s season and the 200th since his big league debut in 2011. Not only did he become the third Angels player to reach 200 career home runs with the club, but he’s the fourth American League slugger to do so by his age-26 season. The other three to replicate the feat? Oh, just Mickey Mantle, Jimmie Foxx and Alex Rodriguez.

Trout’s home run holds up against the greats, but it didn’t hold off the Mariners for long. Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager went back-to-back with solo homers in the fourth, and Robinson Cano and Mike Zunino tacked on another three insurance runs with an RBI single and two-RBI homer, respectively. The Angels currently trail the Mariners 5-2 in the top of the seventh inning.

In the meantime, you can gawk at Trout’s pretty, pretty home run spray chart here:

Cards’ Yadier Molina says he tested positive for COVID-19

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19.

The nine-time All-Star revealed his results Tuesday in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive.

The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley.

“I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place,” Molina said in a release issued by the team. “I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates.”

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that seven players and six staff members had tested positive. At the time, Mozeliak said the people to test positive hadn’t been identified publicly because they had declined to have their names released.

The Cardinals said Tuesday that six players had decided to grant permission to have their names revealed.

“I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life – with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time,” DeJong said in a statement released by the team.

The outbreak resulted in the postponement of the Cardinals’ scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit that was supposed to run Monday through Thursday. The Cardinals have played just five games this season and are hoping to return to action Friday hosting the Chicago Cubs.

As of now, the Cardinals who have tested positive have returned home while the rest of the team remains isolated in Milwaukee hotel rooms. Their last game was July 29 at Minnesota.

Mozeliak said Monday that five of the 13 overall members of the Cardinals’ traveling party to test positive were asymptomatic. The other eight had minor symptoms including headaches, coughs, sniffles and low-grade fevers. Mozeliak said none of the eight had required hospitalization.

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