Chicago White Sox

Mike Trout and Justin Upton power Angels over White Sox


Mike Trout leaned forward and extended his hands, stretching to get the barrel of his bat to the far side of the plate.


Chicago White Sox starter Reynaldo Lopez had put his changeup where he wanted, burying it low and on the outside corner.


Right-handed pitcher JC Ramirez was outrighted to triple-A Salt Lake on Friday, barely two weeks after being activated for the first time this season.


Out since July 3 with a right tibia fracture, the All-Star has thought long and hard about his breakthrough first half — which set him up for career highs in batting average (.300), home runs (16) and RBIs (44) — and how he can stay at that level once he returns.


“Just knowing I’d be down for a couple months, I wanted to keep in mind what I was thinking at the plate and in the field,” La Stella, 30, said, “so that I could stay somewhat fresh for when I got back.”


After suffering the broken bone on a foul ball that hit his shin, the team offered an eight-to-10-week timetable with a September return date.






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