Mookie Betts and Mike Trout make their cases for MVP

Mookie Betts and Mike Trout make their cases for MVP

Sergio Romo K’s side in first career start

On CBS Sports HQ, CBS Sports MLB writer Dayn Perry joins Tommy Tran to break down Sergio Romo’s first career MLB start.

Mookie Betts and Mike Trout make their cases for MVP

CBS Sports MLB writer Dayn Perry joins Tommy Tran on CBS Sports HQ to make the MVP case for two of baseball’s brightest young stars.

Rusty Nationals blow late inning lead

CBS Sports MLB writer Dayn Perry joins Tommy Tran on CBS Sports HQ to break down the National’s two losses to the Dodgers after nearly a week off.

Miguel Cabrera, Ron Gardenhire respond to Miami talk

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Casey Keirnan to react to Cabrera and Gardenhire’s comments.

Romo to make first start of career at Angels

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Casey Keirnan to break down the unconventional move of starting closer Sergio Romo.

How do teams deal with so many rainouts?

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Casey Keirnan to discuss how teams deal with frequent rainouts.

Breaking down Astros’ impressive pitching staff

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Casey Keirnan to discuss where he ranks the 1-2 punch of Justin Verlander and Charlie Morton in all of baseball.

Max Scherzer playing at the top of his game

On CBS Sports HQ, Washington Nationals beat writer Chelsea Janes joins Tommy Tran to recap Max Scherzer’s recent stellar performances.

Nationals battling injuries

On CBS Sports HQ, Washington Nationals beat writer Chelsea Jane joins Tommy Tran to discuss how the Nationals are dealing with injuries.

AL buy or sell: AL Central winner finishes under .500

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Casey Keirnan to share whether he’s buying or selling that the winner of the AL Central will finish below .500.

AL buy or sell: AL East decided before final week of season

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Casey Keirnan to share whether he’s buying or selling that the AL East race between the Yankees and Red Sox will be decided before the final week of the season.

AL buy or sell: Mike Trout wins first playoff game

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Casey Keirnan to share whether he’s buying or selling that Mike Trout will win his first playoff game this season.

AL buy or sell: the Astros are the best team in the AL

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Casey Keirnan to share whether he’s buying or selling that the Houston Astros are the best team in the AL.

Cubs, Dodgers interested in trading for Machado

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Casey Keirnan to discuss reports that the Cubs and Dodgers are interested in for Manny Machado.

Showalter takes out pitcher during Bogaerts HR trot

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Casey Keirnan to discuss Buck Showalter removing Kevin Gausman from the game after giving up a HR before the runner even reached home.

Does Gabe Kapler deserve more credit for Phillies’ hot start?

David Samson joins HQ to break down what Phillies manager Gabe Kapler has done to give this team a quick start.

Buck Showalter pulls his pitcher before Bogaerts reaches home

David Samson joins HQ to discuss whether or not the Orioles should say something to Showalter following his choice to leave the dugout before Xander Bogaerts reached home plate.

David Price returning to form

On CBS Sports HQ, Nick Kostos is joined by MLB analyst Jim Bowden to break down David Price’s complete game outing against Baltimore and how he has steadily improved since the season started.

Showalter interrupts Bogaerts’ home run

On CBS Sports HQ, Nick Kostos is joined by MLB analyst Jim Bowden to talk about Orioles manager Buck Showalter interrupting Xander Bogaerts’ home run trot to pull Kevin Gausman from the game.

J.D. Martinez continues to impress

On CBS Sports HQ, Nick Kostos is joined by MLB analyst Jim Bowden to break down J.D. Martinez’s recent run of success with the Boston Red Sox.

Yankees get extended rest

On CBS Sports HQ, Nick Kostos is joined by MLB analyst Jim Bowden to discuss the Yankees not playing due to weather and scheduled off days.

Nationals, Twins dealing with catcher issues

On CBS Sports HQ, CBS Sports MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Tommy Tran to discuss what the Nationals and Twins can do at catcher to improve this season.

NL buy or sell: Brewers pitching staff

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Dalen Cuff to discuss whether he’s buying or selling the Brewers’ pitching rotation.

NL buy or sell: the Pirates win the NL Central

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Dalen Cuff to discuss whether he’s buying or selling that the Pirates will maintain their spot atop the NL Central.

NL buy or sell: Phillies rotation

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Dalen Cuff to discuss whether he’s buying or selling the Phillies’ starting rotation.

NL buy or sell: the Braves are the best team in the NL

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Dalen Cuff to discuss whether he’s buying or selling that the Braves are the best team in the National League .

NL Central becoming deepest division in baseball

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Jamie Erdahl and Casey Keirnan to discuss who he thinks will win the NL Central division.

Miguel Cabrera says he is done playing hurt

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Jamie Erdahl and Casey Keirnan to break down the comments made by Cabrera.

Justin Verlander reaches 2,500 career strikeouts

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Jamie Erdahl and Casey Keirnan to discuss where he thinks Justin Verlander ranks as a pitcher all-time.

Expectation for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. going forward

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB Analyst Jim Bowden joins Tommy Tran to discuss why Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is still in the minors and what to expect from him in the MLB.

Impact of defensive shifts in baseball

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Tommy Tran to talk about how the game of baseball is changing with the latest swing in use of defensive shifts and how it’s creating “position-less baseball.”

Phillies rebound after slow start to season

On CBS Sports HQ, Nick Kostos is joined by MLB analyst Jim Bowden to break down the Phillies’ success as of late and what the team is doing right to get to eight games above .500 for the first time since 2011.

Is Robinson Cano’s legacy tarnished?

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Dalen Cuff and Evan Washburn to discuss the fallout from Robinson Cano’s suspension.

How Diamondbacks can respond to A.J. Pollock injury

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Dalen Cuff and Evan Washburn to discuss how the Diamondbacks can hold on to their lead in the NL West during A.J. Pollock’s absence.

How low can the Dodgers go?

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Dalen Cuff and Evan Washburn to discuss how the Dodgers keep falling to new lows.

Angels make an early statement against the Astros

On CBS Sports HQ, David Samson joins Dalen Cuff and Jamie Erdahl to discuss what the Angels can take away from their series against the Astros.

Should Dodgers look to make a move?

On CBS Sports HQ, David Samson joins Dalen Cuff and Jamie Erdahl to break down what the Dodgers should do to get back on track.

Robinson Cano suspended 80 games by MLB

On CBS Sports HQ, Jim Bowden joins Jamie Erdahl to react to Mariners’ second baseman Robinson Cano’s 80-game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance.

Better league in MLB right now

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Jorge Andres to discuss why he believes the NL is better than the AL.

Braves continue hot start to season

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Jorge Andres to discuss if he thinks the Braves can continue this start over the entire season.

Will gambling have an impact on injury reports

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson and senior NFL writer Pete Prisco joins Jorge Andres to discuss how leagues can enforce injury reports going forward.

Could sports gambling eventually take place at stadiums

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson and senior NFL writer Pete Prisco joins Jorge Andres to discuss if there could be kiosks at the stadiums to place bets at.

Supreme Court rules federal ban on sports wagering is unconstitutional

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson and senior NFL writer Pete Prisco joins Jorge Andres to break down how this ruling impacts professional sports leagues.

Why won’t Mariners shift Dee Gordon to second base?

On CBS Sports HQ, Nick Kostos is joined by MLB analyst Jim Bowden to discuss why Seattle is not shifting Dee Gordon to second base in the wake of Robinson Cano’s injury, and if that’s a mistake.

Nationals continue to roll on 4-game win streak

On CBS Sports HQ, Nick Kostos is joined by MLB analyst Jim Bowden to break down the Nationals’ recent roll of late and if the team can keep it up to stay a powerhouse in the National League.

Previewing Yankees-Nationals series

On CBS Sports HQ, Nick Kostos is joined by MLB analyst Jim Bowden to preview the upcoming series between two of the MLB’s hottest teams as of late, the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees.

Dodgers’ struggles still prominent

On CBS Sports HQ, Nick Kostos is joined by MLB analyst Jim Bowden to assess the state of the Los Angeles Dodgers and how things are looking more and more bleak for the defending National League champions.

Power rankings: Yankees at No. 1

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB writer Matt Snyder joins Casey Keirnan to discuss why he has New York on top of the power rankings.

Power rankings: Dodgers at No. 21

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB writer Matt Snyder joins Casey Keirnan to discuss if he believes Los Angeles is going to make the playoffs.

Power rankings: Pirates at No. 12

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB writer Matt Snyder joins Casey Keirnan to discuss if he believes Pittsburgh is over performing this season.

Most surprising team: Braves

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB writer Matt Snyder joins Casey Keirnan to discuss the lineup for Atlanta.

Can Seattle stay afloat without Cano?

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB writer Matt Snyder joins Jamie Erdahl to discuss if Seattle can compete in AL West without Robinson Cano.

Is Charlie Blackmon better than Mike Trout?

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB writer Mike Axisa joins Casey Keirnan to break down Charlie Blackmon’s game and whether he is in the same conversation as Mike Trout.

Evaluating Shohei Ohtani on the mound

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB writer Mike Axisa joins Casey Keirnan to evaluate Shohei Ohtani’s performance as a pitcher so far this season.

Time to panic for preseason favorite Dodgers?

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB writer Mike Axisa joins Casey Keirnan to discuss the Dodgers’ ongoing slump and whether it is time for them to panic.

Are Nationals and Diamondbacks class of the National League

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB writer Mike Axisa joins Casey Keirnan to discuss whether the Nationals and Diamondbacks are the two best teams in the NL.

Who will separate in NL Central race?

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB writer R.J. Anderson joins Casey Keirnan to break down the tight NL Central race and who he believes are the favorites moving forward.

Breaking down Matt Harvey’s debut for Reds

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB writer R.J. Anderson joins Casey Keirnan to break down Matt Harvey’s Reds debut.

Can Phillies keep this pace all season?

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB writer R.J. Anderson joins Casey Keirnan to discuss the Phillies and what he expects to see from them the rest of this season.

Paul Goldschmidt continues to struggle

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB writer Matt Snyder joins Hana Ostapchuk to discuss if he believes Goldschmidt can still turn it around this season despite his early struggles.

Are the Braves serious contenders in the NL East

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB writer Matt Snyder joins Hana Ostapchuk to discuss if he believes the Braves can make the postseason.

David Price cutting back on video games

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB Writer Mike Axisa joins Casey Keirnan to discuss David Price’s carpal tunnel and his vow to quit playing video games in the clubhouse.

Bryce Harper struggling for Nationals

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB Writer Mike Axisa joins Casey Keirnan to discuss Bryce Harper’s current slump.

Cardinals place Carlos Martinez on 10-day DL

On CBS Sports HQ, CBS Sports MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Nick Kostos to discuss Carlos Martinez being placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right lat strain.

Adam Eaton out indefinitely after ankle surgery

On CBS Sports HQ, CBS Sports MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Nick Kostos to break down Adam Eaton’s injury and what it means for the Washington Nationals.

Red Sox avoid sweep in New York

On CBS Sports HQ, CBS Sports MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Nick Kostos to break down the Red Sox defeating the Yankees 5-4 in New York to avoid getting swept in the 3-game series.

HIGHLIGHTS: Red Sox salvage final game of series, 5-4

CBS Sports MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Nick Kostos to recap the Red Sox 5-4 win over the Yankees to avoid getting swept in the 3-game series.

Phillies sweep Giants in 4-game series

On CBS Sports HQ, CBS Sports MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Nick Kostos to discuss the Phillies completing a 4-game sweep over the Giants.

Bowden’s Rookie Manager Grades: Gabe Kapler

On CBS Sports HQ, CBS Sports MLB analyst join Nick Kostos to give you his grade on the Phillies’ rookie skipper.

Bowden’s Rookie Manager Grades: Alex Cora

On CBS Sports HQ, CBS Sports MLB analyst join Nick Kostos to give you his grade on the Red Sox’s rookie skipper.

Bowden’s Rookie Manager Grades: Mickey Callaway

On CBS Sports HQ, CBS Sports MLB analyst join Nick Kostos to give you his grade on the Mets’ rookie skipper.

Bowden’s Rookie Manager Grades: Aaron Boone

On CBS Sports HQ, CBS Sports MLB analyst join Nick Kostos to give you his grade on the Yankees’ rookie skipper.

Bowden’s Rookie Manager Grades: Dave Martinez

On CBS Sports HQ, CBS Sports MLB analyst join Nick Kostos to give you his grade on the Nationals’ rookie skipper.

From batboy to GM, Cincinnati announces Nick Krall as GM

The GM Jim Bowden joins Nick Kostos on CBS Sports HQ to introduce us to the new GM of the Cincinnati Reds Nick Krall.

Nick Ahmed: Hits inside-the-park home run

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Hakem Dermish to discuss Nick Ahmed’s inside-the-park home run against the Dodgers.

Braves control NL East

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Hakem Dermish to breakdown Atlanta’s half game lead in the NL East.

Yankees keep rolling

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Hakem Dermish to breakdown New York’s rally to beat Boston.

Gerrit Cole stepping up for Astros

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Hakem Dermish to discuss Gerrit Cole’s bid for a Cy Young-worthy season.

Carlos Carrasco’s complete game

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Hakem Dermish to discuss Carrasco’s complete game against Milwaukee.

Mazara continues hot hitting with walk-off winner against Tigers

CBS Sports MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Nick Kostos to talk about the recent tear that Nomar Mazara has been on, hitting seven home runs in May so far, including a walk-off solo shot to get the Rangers the win over the Tigers.

Braves set franchise record of 34 scoreless innings

On CBS Sports HQ, CBS Sports MLB Analyst Jim Bowden joins Nick Kostos to break down the Braves’ recent success on the mound.

WATCH: Yankees rally late to defeat Red Sox, 9-6

On CBS Sports HQ, Nick Kostos and Jim Bowden recap the Yankees win over the Red Sox for their 5th win this season when trailing in 8th inning or later.

Bowden: Yankees are the best team in baseball

On CBS Sports HQ, CBS Sports MLB Analyst Jim Bowden joins Nick Kostos to break down the Yankees win over the Red sox and explains why they are the best team in the MLB.

Is Buck Showalter on the hot seat with the Orioles struggling?

CBS Sports MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Nick Kostos to talk about how poorly the Orioles are playing to start the season and if Buck Showalter is in jeopardy of being fired before the season ends.

Cubs starting to win again despite lack of lineup consistency

CBS Sports MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Nick Kostos to discuss how the Cubs are starting to improve, but are constantly changing lineups almost every game.

Mickey Callaway makes managerial error as Mets bat out of order

CBS Sports MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Nick Kostos to break down what happened with the New York Mets turning in the wrong lineup card to start their loss against the Reds and what Mickey Callaway needs to do differently to help the team turn around going forward.

WATCH: Mets bat out of order in 2-1 loss to Reds

On CBS Sports HQ, Nick Kostos recaps the New York Mets Mets falling to the Cincinnati Reds 2-1.

Why would Reds add Matt Harvey?

On CBS Sports HQ, CBS Sports MLB Analyst David Samson joins Tommy Tran to discuss why the Reds and Mets would complete the Matt Harvey trade.

Will Paxton no-hitter lift rotation for Mariners?

On CBS Sports HQ, CBS Sports MLB Analyst David Samson joins Tommy Tran to discuss the long-term impact of James Paxton’s no-hitter.

Mariners James Paxton throws no-hitter

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Hakem Dermish to discuss the performance by Paxton in the 9th inning.

Giancarlo Stanton leads Yankees past Red Sox

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Hakem Dermish to discuss how would you pitch to Stanton.

David Price scratched from Wednesday’s start at Yankees with hand numbness

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Hakem Dermish to discuss how concerned should the Red Sox be about David Price.

Dylan Bundy’s bad start vs Royals

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Hakem Dermish to discuss that you have to have a short memory in baseball.

Reds trade for P Matt Harvey

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Hakem Dermish to discuss Harvey in Cincinnati might have to focus on pitching.

Analyzing James Paxton’s no-hitter against Blue Jays

CBS Sports HQ’s Nick Kostos is joined CBS Sports MLB analyst Jim Bowden to articulate on James Paxton no-hitter and how Paxton has developed into a Cy Young candidate.

Highlights: Mariners’ James Paxton throws no-hitter vs Blue Jays

Former MLB GM Jim Bowden and Nick Kostos break down highlights from James Paxton’s no-hit performance over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

Yankees big bombers show off against Red Sox

On CBS Sports HQ, Nick Kostos is joined by CBS Sports MLB analyst Jim Bowden to analyze the Yankees recent performance and their 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday.

Breaking down the Matt Harvey trade

On CBS Sports HQ, CBS Sports MLB Analyst Jim Bowden joins Nick Kostos to break down the New York Mets trading pitcher Matt Harvey to the Cincinnati Reds for catcher Devin Mesoraco.

David Price to miss next start with numbness in throwing hand

Boston Red Sox beat writer for The Athletic Jen McCaffrey joins Nick Kostos to break down the numbness that David Price is feeling in his throwing hand, what is causing him to miss his next projected start and what effect it has on the team going forward.

WATCH: Braves edge out Rays in close 1-0 game

Check out the highlight from CBS Sports HQ with Nick Kostos of the Braves beating the Rays behind a home run from Ronald Acuna Jr. in a game that featured a strange injury.

Should Cubs consider trading for Manny Machado?

CBS Sports MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Nick Kostos to talk about the possibility of a trade between the Cubs and Orioles that could send Manny Machado to Chicago.

Previewing series: Red Sox at Yankees

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Tommy Tran to discuss if he believes does this series matter more for either team.

Moving forward without Johnny Cueto

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Tommy Tran to discuss the Giants are in trouble and now it is time to retool the team.

Handling the absence of Clayton Kershaw

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Tommy Tran to discuss the Dodgers need to swept the two-game series with the Diamondbacks.

Diamondbacks remain under the radar despite NL-best record

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson discusses the Diamondbacks dominance while remaining under the radar in the NL.

Could Mookie Betts be back for the Red Sox first meeting with the Yankees?

The GM Jim Bowden joins Nick Kostos on CBS Sports HQ to preview the Red Sox vs Yankees, and provide incite on the Mookie Betts injury.

Johnny Cueto’s history of managing injuries

On CBS Sports HQ, CBS Sports MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Nick Kostos to talk about Cueto’s history of doing very well at managing injuries and how it’s reasonable to expect him back by June.

Impact of Kershaw’s injury on the Dodgers

On CBS Sports HQ, CBS Sports MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Nick Kostos to discuss how Kershaw’s left biceps tendinitis affects the Dodgers.

Could the Flu be the best thing for struggling Yu Darvish?

The GM Jim Bowden joins Nick Kostos on CBS Sports HQ to break down how Yu Darvish going on the DL with the flu could be beneficial in his first season as a Cub.

Where will Matt Harvey land?

The GM Jim Bowden joins Nick Kostos on CBS Sports HQ to break down the potential landing spots for Matt Harvey.

MLB power rankings : Yankees and Red Sox are No. 1 and No. 2

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB writer Matt Snyder joins Casey Keirnan to discuss why he has New York and Boston as his top teams.

Power rankings: Nationals move up to No. 7

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB writer Matt Snyder joins Casey Keirnan to discuss Washington getting healthy as the season progresses.

Mets reeling, as losers of 6 straight

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB writer Matt Snyder analyzes the Mets’ struggles, as they have fallen to 3rd place in the NL East, after dropping 6 straight games.

Clayton Kershaw heads to DL with biceps tendinitis

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB writer Matt Snyder details the impact of Clayton Kershaw’s trip to the disabled list, for the already struggling Dodgers.

Weekly MLB Power Rankings (05/07)

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB writer Matt Snyder breaks down his weekly power rankings.

Craig Kimbrel youngest to reach 300 career saves at age 29

On CBS Sports HQ, CBS Sports MLB Writer R.J. Anderson joins Casey Keirnan to discuss where Craig Kimbrel ranks among the best closers.

Yadier Molina expected to miss a month

CBS Sports MLB writer R.J. Anderson joins Casey Keirnan to break down Yadier Molina’s injury and the impact it could have on the Cardinals.

Mookie Betts making case for MVP

On CBS Sports HQ, senior MLB writer Jonah Keri joins Casey Keirnan to discuss whether he believes Betts is the best player in baseball right now.

Bryce Harper’s superstar status

On CBS Sports HQ, senior MLB writer Jonah Keri joins Casey Keirnan to discuss whether he believes Bryce Harper is a superstar.

Dodgers combine for no-hitter vs Padres

On CBS Sports HQ, senior MLB writer Jonah Keri joins Casey Keirnan to discuss Los Angeles will be better.

Albert Pujols adds to legacy by reaching 3,000 career hits

CBS Sports MLB writer Jonah Keri joins Tommy Tran to talk about Albert Pujols reaching a historic milestone and how it only further cements his case as a first-ballot, future Hall of Famer.

Breaking down Bryce Harper’s hot streak

CBS Sports senior MLB writer Jonah Keri joins Tommy Tran on CBS Sports HQ to break down Bryce Harper’s success in the leadoff spot in the lineup.

Albert Pujols reaches 3,000 hits

On CBS Sports HQ, CBS Sports MLB Writer Jonah Keri discusses Albert Pujols reaching 3,000 hits and becoming the 4th player all-time with 3,000 hits and 600 home runs.

WATCH: Dodgers complete first team no-hitter in franchise history

On CBS Sports HQ, Tommy Tran recaps the Dodgers completing the first team no-hitter in franchise history as they win 4-0 over the Padres.

Mets DFA Matt Harvey after refusing minor league assignment

CBS Sports senior MLB writer Jonah Keri joins Tommy Tran on CBS Sports HQ to break down the Mets DFA of pitcher Matt Harvey.

Albert Pujols one hit shy of 3,000

CBS Sports MLB writer Jonah Keri discusses if Pujols’ career has been underappreciated up to this point.

Yankees finish road trip with 6-1 record

CBS Sports senior MLB writer Jonah Keri joins Nick Kostos on CBS Sports HQ to break down the Yankees recent hot streak.

Ichiro leaves legacy as a baseball icon

CBS Sports MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Nick Kostos to talk about the impact that Ichiro Suzuki leaves behind in both the MLB, and baseball in general, as he retires from the game.

Astros’ bullpen falls apart in series against Yankees

CBS Sports MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Nick Kostos to discuss the recent woes of the Astros’ bullpen and how it may be more of a short-term problem than a long-term one.

Injuries continue to plague the Dodgers

CBS Sports MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Tommy Tran to discuss the injury situation for the Los Angeles Dodgers and how soon the lineup may be healthy enough to contend.

Young studs leading the charge for the Braves

CBS Sports MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Tommy Tran to break down how good the young players for the Braves have been and how they have facilitated the team’s recent surge.

Nationals starting to impress with fifth straight win, get back to .500

CBS Sports MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Tommy Tran to talk about how the Nationals are finding a way to get into form despite battling injuries.

Ichiro transitioning to front-office role with Mariners, open to playing 2019

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Dalen Cuff to discuss the potential of Ichiro returning back to play in 2019 for the Japan Series.

Impact of Jacob deGrom injury on Mets

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Chris Hassel and Dalen Cuff to discuss an update on deGrom’s injury.

Possibility of DH in National league

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Chris Hassel and Dalen Cuff to discuss whether he believes the DH could come to the National league

Possibility Matt Harvey returns to rotation

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Chris Hassel and Dalen Cuff to discuss whether he believes Harvey could go back to a starting rotation role.

Albert Pujols 2 hits shy of 3,000

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Hakem Dermish and Jamie Erdahl to discuss that Pujols has been a consistent performer his entire career.

Mookie Betts makes history passes Ted Williams for most 3-hr games for the Red Sox

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Hakem Dermish and Jamie Erdahl to discuss whether Betts can win AL MVP this season.

Giancarlo Stanton starting to heat up

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Hakem Dermish and Jamie Erdahl to discuss the lineup for the Yankees.

Impact of Jacob deGrom injury

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Hakem Dermish and Jamie Erdahl to discuss the potential injury concerns for Jacob deGrom.

Yu Darvish continues to struggle

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Hakem Dermish and Jamie Erdahl to discuss why Darvish is continuing to struggle with the Cubs.

Diamondbacks manager joins Reiter’s Block

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo joins Bill to discuss his teams success early in the 2018 season. Tune into Reiter’s Block every Monday through Thursday at 4 pm ET.

MLB announces Japan series

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Chris Hassel and Dalen Cuff to discuss it is important for MLB to be back in Japan.

Shohei Ohtani’s return to Angels’ lineup

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Chris Hassel and Dalen Cuff to discuss Ohtani can hit with a bad ankle, but can’t pitch with a bad ankle.

Ken Giles punches himself in the face

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Chris Hassel and Dalen Cuff to discuss when there are incidents like this you worry about injury.

Jacob deGrom leading 1st place Mets

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Chris Hassel and Dalen Cuff to discuss the potential concerns surrounding the Mets.

Trevor Bauer takes shot at Astros pitchers

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Hakem Dermish and Jamie Erdahl to discuss when hitters learn the cues for pitchers they have the advantage.

Braves’ rookies key to 2018 success

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Hakem Dermish and Jamie Erdahl to discuss Nationals are still his favorite to win the NL East.

Bryce Harper hits home run after move to leadoff spot

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Hakem Dermish and Jamie Erdahl to discuss where in the lineup he believes is best for Harper to help Washington.

Giants place Cueto on DL with elbow inflammation

On CBS Sports HQ, CBS Sports MLB Analyst Jim Bowden joins Nick Kostos to discuss Johnny Cueto being added to the disabled list and what it means for the San Francisco Giants.

Cleveland Indians GM joins Reiter’s Block

Cleveland Indians GM Mike Chernoff joins Bill Reiter to talk about his teams start to 2018, a monthly meeting with his dad, and how he analyzes trade situation. Tune into Reiter’s Block every Monday through Thursday at 4 pm ET.

Battle in the NL East

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Dalen Cuff and Chris Hassel to discuss that he thinks the Braves are over performing and he likes the top of their lineup.

Red Sox hit 6th grand slam of season

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Dalen Cuff and Chris Hassel to discuss that he thinks grand slams matter.

Max Scherzer going for MLB best 6th win

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Dalen Cuff and Chris Hassel to discuss that he thinks the Nationals bullpen is under performing and no one is hitting around Bryce Harper.

SS Corey Seager (elbow) out for season

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Hakem Dermish and Jamie Erdahl to discuss the options for the Dodgers at shortstop.

Josh Hader makes history with 8 strikeouts in relief stint

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Hakem Dermish and Jamie Erdahl to discuss that he thinks when Hader is pitching the hitter can’t see it.

Astros defeat Yankees 2-1 Monday

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Hakem Dermish and Jamie Erdahl to discuss that he thinks Houston is a better team.

Cubs defeat Rockies 3-2 Monday

On CBS Sports HQ, MLB analyst David Samson joins Hakem Dermish and Jamie Erdahl to discuss that he thinks the defense is not tight enough to make a deep run in October.

Which Cardinals Hall of Famers will Mike Trout pass this season?

Which Cardinals Hall of Famers will Mike Trout pass this season?

Mike Trout is pretty much incredible, yes? This we can all agree? Is he so incredible that at twenty-six years old he is already a Hall of Famer, though? The numbers seem to say so:

At 57.7 fWAR he has already passed ten Hall of Famers that were inducted as Cardinals:

Bruce Sutter – Reliever, 19.2 fWAR
Billy Southworth – Outfielder, 21.8 fWAR
CHick Hafey – Outfielder, 32.7 fWAR
Jesse Haines – Pitcher, 36.2 fWAR
Red Schoendienst – Second Baseman, 37.4 fWAR
Jim Bottomley – First Baseman, 37.7 fWAR
Dizzy Dean – Pitcher, 40.9 fWAR
Lou Brock – Outfielder, 43.2 fWAR
Enos Slaughter – Outfielder, 51.4 fWAR
Ducky Joe Medwick – Outfielder, 54.6 fWAR

This leaves six Cardinals Hall of Famers above Mike Trout. There are four that should be safe from being passed:

Rogers Hornsby – Second Baseman, 130.3 fWAR
Stan Musial – First Baseman/Outfielder, 126.8 fWAR
Bob Gibson – Pitcher, 82.6 fWAR
Frankie Frisch – Second Baseman, 74.8 fWAR

That leaves two former Cardinals at risk of being passed. It would take a decent effort from Trout, but not completely impossible. Trout began the season at 54.9 fWAR. It was take a…

12.7 fWAR season to pass Ozzie Smith – Shortstop, 67.6 fWAR
13.7 fWAR season to pass Johnny Mize – First Baseman, 68.6 fWAR

He is already has 2.8 fWAR. Good grief, Mike Trout is good.

Mike Trout is already an all-time great at age 26 | MLB.com

what else is going on in baseball…

The Toronto Blue Jays need to call Vlad Guerrero, Jr. up to the majors | SBNation.com

Buck Showalter pulled his pitcher before Xander Bogaerts reached home | SBNation.com

The Yankees slept in Dulles Airport last night after being stranded | SBNation.com

Aaron Judge Is Hitting Better with an Even Worse Strike Zone | FanGraphs Baseball

Losing Pollock Isn’t the D-backs’ Only Problem | FanGraphs Baseball

The Rarest Sight in Baseball | FanGraphs Baseball

Because Bartolo Colon fears nothing, he speared a 102-mph line-drive comebacker with his belly | MLB.com

Justin Verlander throws shutout vs. Angels | MLB.com

what the cardinals are up to…

Still Waiting For the Ozuna Train To Arrive? Delay Caused By Power Outage | 101Sports.com

Game 41 Recap: Cards drop series opener 6-2 to Phillies | Viva El Birdos

KNOW THINE ENEMY…

the philidelphia philidelphias

Velasquez mows down the Cardinals, or whatever: Phillies 6, Cardinals 2 | The Good Phight

the nl central

Pirates win close one thanks to substitutes | MLB.com

Brewers hit season-high 4 home runs in Arizona | MLB.com

viva el stuff…

FANPOSTS:
Housekeeping thanks you Mr. Weaver | Viva El Birdos

Baseball is Boring | Viva El Birdos

Miles Mikolas and Elite Efficiency | Viva El Birdos

other things…

NBA draft combine’s biggest winners and losers, starring Grayson Allen, Mohamed Bamba and Trae Young | SBNation.com

NHL playoffs: Capitals will really have to work now vs. Lightning | SBNation.com

3 reasons to be stoked about the new WNBA season | SBNation.com

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Real or not? Mookie Betts, not Mike Trout, is the real MVP

Real or not? Mookie Betts, not Mike Trout, is the real MVP

I live in Connecticut, and I get the local broadcasts for the Red Sox, Yankees and Mets. That means I watch a lot of Red Sox, Yankees and Mets on my TV while watching other games on my computer screen. It seems every time I look up at the TV this season Mookie Betts is getting another hit or stealing a base or making a great play on defense.

He had another one of those games in Boston’s 6-2 win over Baltimore on Thursday. He went 3-for-4 with a walk, three stolen bases and two runs scored. He’s now hitting .364 and slugging .734, and he’s on pace for 48 homers, 59 doubles, 41 stolen bases and 169 runs scored. I mean, that’s a career for some players.

Earlier in the day, we ran a terrific piece from Sam Miller on Mike Trout. The headline: “Mike Trout is on pace for the greatest season in MLB history.” Sam does a great job of explaining why that’s the case, as Trout’s 3.5 WAR through the Angels’ first 40 games put him on pace for 14.2 WAR, which would break Babe Ruth’s single-season record of 14.1 in 1923. Sam wrote,

“But Trout is also perfect for WAR. After all, it can be hard to feel confident about what that 14.1 WAR meant for Ruth: How could that have been better than 60 home runs? We don’t have to have any such doubts about Trout. We can see him, we can intuit him, we can break him down every day, and what almost all of us know is he’s the greatest player in the world by a mile. The most convincing thing you can say about WAR is Trout leads the league in it every year. How do you design a more perfect stat than that?”

I agree with everything in that paragraph. Here’s the one catch though: Has Trout even been the best player in the American League this season?

Entering Wednesday, Trout did lead in Baseball-Reference WAR at 3.5. Francisco Lindor was next at 3.0, Betts at 2.9 and Jose Ramirez at 2.8. Betts will climb a little higher after Thursday’s game. Over at FanGraphs, Ramirez led at 3.1, Betts was next at 3.0, with Trout at 2.9 and Lindor at 2.8. By the time you read this on Friday morning, Betts will probably lead Ramirez.

It all makes for what could be an MVP race for the ages, and that’s before factoring in Aaron Judge or even Manny Machado (who will be hamstrung by playing for a lousy team, at least until he’s traded). All of these players have established a chance at an 8.0-WAR season. We’ve had just four seasons when at least four position players in the same league achieved that level of play, via the Baseball-Reference.com tabulation:

1912 American League (5) — Tris Speaker 10.1, Shoeless Joe Jackson 9.5, Home Run Baker 9.3, Ty Cobb 9.2, Eddie Collins 8.8

1964 National League (4) — Willie Mays 11.0, Ron Santo 8.9, Dick Allen 8.8, Willie Davis 8.3 (and Frank Robinson just missed at 7.9)

1997 National League (4) — Larry Walker 9.8, Craig Biggio 9.4, Mike Piazza 8.7, Barry Bonds 8.2

2004 National League (6) — Barry Bonds 10.6, Adrian Beltre 9.6, Scott Rolen 9.2, Albert Pujols 8.5, J.D. Drew 8.3, Todd Helton 8.3

Nobody remembers all those epic seasons in 2004 because that was the year Bonds broke baseball, hitting an insane .362/.609/.812 (!!!!). He only collected 24 of the 32 first-place MVP votes, however, as Beltre received six and Pujols and Rolen one apiece.

Anyway, if the AL MVP vote were held today, I think Betts beats out the guy on pace for the greatest season ever. He leads Trout in home runs, runs, RBIs and has a big lead in batting average (.364 to .296) and slugging percentage (.734 to .608) and Betts’ slight edge in FanGraphs WAR helps cancel out Trout’s lead in Baseball-Reference WAR.

You may ask why Trout leads Betts when Betts has the better offensive numbers across the board. Two things: (1) Park effects (Fenway is a better hitter’s park than Angel Stadium); (2) Defense (Trout has plus-6 Defensive Runs versus plus-2 for Betts and also gets a positional adjustment for playing the tougher defensive position).

So with one quarter of the season gone, I’d put the MVP standings in the AL like this:

1. Mookie Betts

2. Mike Trout

3. Francisco Lindor

4. Jose Ramirez

5. Aaron Judge

Let’s take a quick look at the other early awards races.

AL Cy Young

This is shaping up as another potential epic race given the starts of Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, plus the sub-2.50 ERAs from last year’s top three: Corey Kluber, Chris Sale and Luis Severino. Charlie Morton has been dominant as well, although he hasn’t pitched the innings of the other five. Verlander is certainly the early leader with his 1.05 ERA.

1. Verlander

2. Cole

3. Sale

4. Severino

5. Kluber

AL Rookie of the Year

Is there another rookie in the league besides Shohei Ohtani? Could Ohtani enter the MVP discussion? Maybe, but I think that’s a long shot, mostly because he hasn’t played enough or pitched quite enough. His combined WAR so far is 1.3 (1.4 on FanGraphs).

NL MVP

This race is wide, wide open, especially with early WAR leader A.J. Pollock landing on the DL and some of the usual suspects off to bad starts (Paul Goldschmidt), mediocre starts (Joey Votto) or out for the season (Corey Seager).

I’d put Freddie Freeman as the early leader, as he’s mashing to a .325/.435/.572 line. Note that Tommy Pham, my surprise preseason NL MVP pick, has been outstanding with a .302/.412/.535 line. He’s been hitting leadoff, so the RBI total isn’t up there, but he’s been an outstanding all-around player.

The two early surprises have been Ozzie Albies and Odubel Herrera. Albies leads the NL with 15 doubles and is tied with Bryce Harper with 13 home runs. His .320 OBP isn’t what you typically see from MVP candidates, but if he keeps ripping extra-base hits at this rate, he could run into a Jimmy Rollins-type MVP-caliber season. Herrera had two more hits for the Phillies in their 6-2 win over the Cardinals and is now hitting .361/.431/.558. Not bad for a guy who didn’t start on Opening Day.

This ranking is likely to shift throughout the season, but right now I’d go:

1. Freeman

2. Albies

3. Herrera

4. Pham

5. Nick Markakis

Three Braves in the top five. Wow.

NL Cy Young

Actually, you could probably make a good case for Max Scherzer as the MVP front-runner, as he’s 7-1 with a 1.69 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 58.2 innings. Aaron Nola doesn’t rack up the K’s like Scherzer, but he’s given the Phillies a No. 1-level starter so far with a 1.99 ERA.

1. Scherzer

2. Nola

3. Patrick Corbin

4. Jacob deGrom

5. Carlos Martinez

NL Rookie of the Year

Ronald Acuna Jr. has received most of the attention and he’s certainly the rookie with the brightest future, but the early leader could be Padres third baseman Christian Villanueva with 10 home runs and 22 RBIs and a .516 slugging percentage, or steady-if-unspectacular Colin Moran of the Pirates, hitting .292/.382/.451. Padres lefty Joey Lucchesi also has looked good and Dodgers righty Walker Buehler is just getting going with a 2.67 ERA through five starts.

Real or not? Mookie Betts has early lead over Mike Trout for AL MVP

Real or not? Mookie Betts has early lead over Mike Trout for AL MVP

I live in Connecticut, and I get the local broadcasts for the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and New York Mets. That means I watch a lot of Red Sox, Yankees and Mets on my TV while watching other games on my computer screen. It seems every time I look up at the TV this season, Mookie Betts is getting another hit or stealing a base or making a great play on defense.

He had another one of those games in Boston’s 6-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday. He went 3-for-4 with a walk, three stolen bases and two runs scored. He’s now hitting .364 and slugging .734, and he’s on pace for 48 homers, 59 doubles, 41 stolen bases and 169 runs scored. I mean, that’s a career for some players.

Earlier in the day, we ran a terrific story from Sam Miller on Mike Trout. The headline: “Mike Trout is on pace for the greatest season in MLB history.” Sam does a great job of explaining why that’s the case, as Trout’s 3.5 WAR through the Angels’ first 40 games put him on pace for 14.2 WAR, which would break Babe Ruth’s single-season record of 14.1 in 1923.

Sam wrote: “But Trout is also perfect for WAR. After all, it can be hard to feel confident about what that 14.1 WAR meant for Ruth: How could that have been better than 60 home runs? We don’t have to have any such doubts about Trout. We can see him, we can intuit him, we can break him down every day, and what almost all of us know is he’s the greatest player in the world by a mile. The most convincing thing you can say about WAR is Trout leads the league in it every year. How do you design a more perfect stat than that?”

I agree with everything in that paragraph. Here’s the one catch, though: Has Trout even been the best player in the American League this season?

Entering Wednesday, Trout did lead in Baseball-Reference WAR at 3.5. Francisco Lindor was next at 3.0, Betts at 2.9 and Jose Ramirez at 2.8. Betts will climb a little higher after Thursday’s game. Over at FanGraphs, Ramirez led at 3.1, Betts was next at 3.0, with Trout at 2.9 and Lindor at 2.8. By the time you read this Friday morning, Betts will probably lead Ramirez.

It all makes for what could be an MVP race for the ages, and that’s before factoring in Aaron Judge or even Manny Machado (who will be hamstrung by playing for a lousy team, at least until he’s traded). All of these players have established a chance at an 8.0-WAR season. We’ve had just four seasons when at least four position players in the same league achieved that level of play, via the Baseball-Reference.com tabulation:

1912 American League (5) — Tris Speaker 10.1, Shoeless Joe Jackson 9.5, Home Run Baker 9.3, Ty Cobb 9.2, Eddie Collins 8.8

1964 National League (4) — Willie Mays 11.0, Ron Santo 8.9, Dick Allen 8.8, Willie Davis 8.3 (and Frank Robinson just missed at 7.9)

1997 National League (4) — Larry Walker 9.8, Craig Biggio 9.4, Mike Piazza 8.7, Barry Bonds 8.2

2004 National League (6) — Bonds 10.6, Adrian Beltre 9.6, Scott Rolen 9.2, Albert Pujols 8.5, J.D. Drew 8.3, Todd Helton 8.3

Nobody remembers all those epic seasons in 2004 because that was the year Bonds broke baseball, hitting an insane .362/.609/.812 (!!!!). He collected only 24 of the 32 first-place MVP votes, however, as Beltre received six and Pujols and Rolen one apiece.

Anyway, if the AL MVP vote were held today, I think Betts beats out the guy on pace for the greatest season ever. He leads Trout in home runs, runs, RBIs and has a big lead in batting average (.364 to .290) and slugging percentage (.734 to .600) and Betts’ slight edge in FanGraphs WAR helps cancel out Trout’s lead in Baseball-Reference WAR.

You might ask why Trout leads Betts when Betts has the better offensive numbers across the board. Two things: (1) park effects (Fenway is a better hitter’s park than Angel Stadium); (2) defense (Trout has plus-6 Defensive Runs versus plus-2 for Betts and also gets a positional adjustment for playing the tougher defensive position).

So with one quarter of the season gone, I’d put the MVP standings in the AL like this:

1. Mookie Betts

2. Mike Trout

3. Francisco Lindor

4. Jose Ramirez

5. Aaron Judge

Let’s take a quick look at the other early awards races.

AL Cy Young

This is shaping up as another potential epic race given the starts of Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, plus the sub-2.50 ERAs from last year’s top three: Corey Kluber, Chris Sale and Luis Severino. Charlie Morton has been dominant as well, although he hasn’t pitched the innings of the other five. Verlander is certainly the early leader with his 1.05 ERA.

1. Verlander

2. Cole

3. Sale

4. Severino

5. Kluber

AL Rookie of the Year

Is there another rookie in the league besides Shohei Ohtani? Could Ohtani enter the MVP discussion? Maybe, but I think that’s a long shot, mostly because he hasn’t played enough or pitched quite enough. His combined WAR so far is 1.3 (1.4 on FanGraphs).

NL MVP

This race is wide, wide open, especially with early WAR leader A.J. Pollock landing on the disabled list and some of the usual suspects off to bad starts (Paul Goldschmidt), mediocre starts (Joey Votto) or out for the season (Corey Seager).

I’d put Freddie Freeman as the early leader, as he’s mashing to a .325/.435/.567 line. Note that Tommy Pham, my surprise preseason NL MVP pick, has been outstanding with a .302/.412/.535 line. He has been hitting leadoff, so the RBI total isn’t up there, but he has been an outstanding all-around player.

The two early surprises have been Ozzie Albies and Odubel Herrera. Albies leads the NL with 15 doubles and is tied with Bryce Harper with 13 home runs. His .320 OBP isn’t what you typically see from MVP candidates, but if he keeps ripping extra-base hits at this rate, he could run into a Jimmy Rollins-type MVP-caliber season. Herrera had two more hits for the Phillies in their 6-2 victory over the Cardinals and is now hitting .361/.431/.558. Not bad for a guy who didn’t start on Opening Day.

This ranking is likely to shift throughout the season, but right now I’d go:

1. Freeman

2. Albies

3. Herrera

4. Pham

5. Nick Markakis

Three Braves in the top five. Wow.

NL Cy Young

Actually, you could probably make a good case for Max Scherzer as the MVP front-runner, as he’s 7-1 with a 1.69 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 58⅔ innings. Aaron Nola doesn’t rack up the K’s like Scherzer, but he has given the Phillies a No. 1-level starter so far with a 1.99 ERA.

1. Scherzer

2. Nola

3. Patrick Corbin

4. Jacob deGrom

5. Carlos Martinez

NL Rookie of the Year

Ronald Acuna Jr. has received most of the attention and he’s certainly the rookie with the brightest future, but the early leader could be Padres third baseman Christian Villanueva, with 10 home runs and 22 RBIs and a .516 slugging percentage, or steady-if-unspectacular Colin Moran of the Pirates, hitting .292/.382/.451. Padres lefty Joey Lucchesi also has looked good and Dodgers righty Walker Buehler is just getting going, with a 2.67 ERA through five starts.

Angels' Mike Trout: Batting leadoff again Wednesday

Angels' Mike Trout: Batting leadoff again Wednesday

Trout will hit atop the order and start in center field against Houston on Wednesday.

Trout will lead off for the second straight game while Zack Cozart hits in the sixth spot for Wednesday’s series finale. During Tuesday’s game, Trout went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks and one run scored.

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Angels' Mike Trout: Leading off Tuesday

Angels' Mike Trout: Leading off Tuesday

Trout is starting in center field and batting leadoff Tuesday against the Astros, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic Los Angeles reports.

Trout will be stationed atop the order for the first time all season with regular leadoff man Zack Cozart receiving the day off. In 159 career games batting leadoff, Trout owns an impressive .325/.399/.561 line with 33 homers and 53 stolen bases.

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