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Miller: Mike Trout’s back and so are the Dodgers, who look to be really going places

By in Press Enterprise on July 14, 2017

By Jeff Miller

ANAHEIM — The expectations remain high around here, almost as high as the anticipation for tonight.

And when’s the last time anyone looked forward to a game involving the Tampa Bay Rays?

But it’s not who the Angels are playing. Rather, it’s the Angel who’s playing, specifically Mike Trout, returning from a thumb injury that, at the end of May, knocked him out but failed to KO his team.

“I did as much as I (could) cheering them on from the dugout and on the couch,” Trout said after a workout Thursday. “But I’m happy to be back.”

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The relentlessly average Angels – that’s a compliment given all their injuries – were one game under .500 (26-27) when Trout went down and then went one game under .500 (19-20) without him.

Their refusal to understandably fade minus baseball’s best player has left them in the middle of a wild-card race that, with the American League’s rampant and infectious mediocrity, is somewhat doughy around the middle.

What happens between now and the July 31 trade deadline will determine how seriously the Angels are taking themselves when it comes to competing for anything more significant than the respect they’ve already earned.

“Our goals are to achieve, to make the playoffs and beyond,” […]    

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