Rookies are supposed to cave against pitchers like Seattle's Felix Hernandez, but Mike Trout is no ordinary rookie.
The pride of Millville tied a career high Friday night with five RBIs, including a three-run homer and a rare two-run sacrifice fly, to lead the Angels to a wild, 6-5 win over the Mariners.
"You're talking about one of the best pitchers in the game - one of the top-five strikeout leaders - and Trout stood up to him. That's the type of player he is . . . He's a bulldog," Angels outfielder Torii Hunter gushed.
Maybe the Angels are bulldogs as well. They came back to beat Hernandez, the 2010 AL Cy Young winner who had been 6-0 with a 1.41 ERA in his previous 10 starts, after falling behind 5-0 in the top of the third inning. Most of the glory goes to Trout, who was only 1 for 3 but made good use of his plate appearances: a three-run homer in the third on a full count, and a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the fifth to tie the game.
Speaking of phenoms
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado - in only his second game since being called up - homered twice against the Royals on Friday night to become the 15th player since 1918 to have a multihomer performance in his first or second game in the bigs. Amazingly, the 20-year-old Machado was not the only player to achieve this unique stat this season: San Diego's Yasmani Grandal hit two homers in his second game, on June 30.
Jeter has another record
With an RBI ground-rule double in the sixth inning Saturday against the Blue Jays, the Yankees' Derek Jeter joined Hank Aaron as the only two players in MLB history to record at least 150 hits in 17 consecutive seasons.
Jeter's run began in his rookie season in 1996, and in seven of those 17 seasons he has tallied 200-plus hits. He is on pace to reach that total again this season.
Aaron accomplished the feat in 1955-71 as a member of the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves.
The hurt locker
The Yankees on Saturday announced that lefthander CC Sabathia is going on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation and pain in his throwing elbow. The move is retroactive to Thursday. Sabathia, 12-3 with a 3.56 ERA, missed 18 games earlier this season with a strained left groin.
Padres closer Huston Street, who has converted all 21 saves opportunities this season, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a quad strain. Street was injured in the ninth inning of Friday night's 9-8 win over the Pirates when he went to cover first base on a game-ending groundout.
This article contains information from Inquirer wire services.