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Mike Trout returns to Angels’ lineup

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Angels outfielder Mike Trout will return to the lineup for Monday night’s game in Texas against the Rangers. He’s batting second and playing DH.

Trout, 27, was removed in the fourth inning of last Tuesday’s game against the Brewers with a groin injury and has been out since. He was in the midst of a ridiculous start to the 2019 season, batting .406/.592/1.529 with five home runs, 12 RBI, eight runs scored, and 13 walks in 49 plate appearances.

Brian Goodwin and Peter Bourjos handled center field while Trout was absent. Goodwin is again playing in center on Monday night. It remains to be seen when Trout will return to the outfield, but that he is in the lineup is an encouraging sign.

Josh Reddick says he and his Astros teammates have received death threats

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Yesterday Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers. In the course of the interview, Fiers revealed that he has received death threats for blowing the whistle on the Astros’ cheating. Rob Manfred said last week, before the interview came out, that Major League Baseball would do everything in its power to protect Fiers and his family both when the A’s play in Houston and when they play anyplace else.

Manfred’s pledge of protection is going to need to be expanded, because today the guys on whom Fiers blew the whistle are saying they’ve received death threats as well.

At least Josh Reddick is saying it:

It’s obviously disgraceful for anyone to have to endure this sort of crap. People need to get a grip.