ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — In the first regular-season showdown between two of baseball’s brightest young stars, Giancarlo Stanton upstaged Mike Trout with one very loud swing.
The Miami Marlins’ slugger hit a three-run homer, highlighting their 7-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
The loss dropped the Angels back into a tie for the AL West lead with Oakland, which won 8-2 in Houston.
Stanton and Trout entered the final interleague series of the season for both clubs leading their respective leagues in extra-base hits and total bases. Stanton also tops the NL in homers, RBIs, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Trout, runner-up in AL MVP voting each of the past two seasons, was this year’s All-Star game MVP.
“It’s cool, but I wasn’t anticipating it or circling it on the schedule or anything like that,” Stanton said. “I was looking forward more to seeing my family…
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