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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.

Video: Starling Marte refuses to take first base after being hit by pitch

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Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.

According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.