10/01/12 1:33 AM ET
Greinke takes the hill in misspelled jersey
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
"They had one hanging, and I decided to wear the one that wasn't hanging," Greinke said. "So it was probably partially my fault."
Whatever the reason, Greinke came out for his Game 1 start at Rangers Ballpark, an eventual 5-4 victory by his team, with a jersey that had his last name spelled "Grienke" in the back. Greinke, who eventually gave up four runs in 7 1/3 innings of a no-decision, didn't even notice it until a clubhouse attendant informed him he needed to switch jerseys in the middle of the fifth.
"They came down and told me it was wrong," said Greinke, who has a 2.04 ERA in his last eight starts. "I didn't know. I didn't care, either. But they wanted me to switch it.
"It's not my first experience with that."
Nope. On Aug. 13, 2011, Greinke was called on by Brewers manager Ron Roenicke to pinch-hit. One problem: Greinke came out wearing the jersey the Brewers were slated to wear the following day to celebrate German heritage in Wisconsin. So, instead of saying "Brewers" on the front, Greinke's jersey sported the German translation -- "Bierbrauer."
After the latest incident, Greinke was hoping those four earned runs would be charged to that "Zack Grienke" guy.
"Yeah, it should be," he said with a wry smile. "We would've won a lot easier if it wasn't for him."
Trout is youngest player to post 30-30 season
ARLINGTON -- Is Mike Trout's 2012 season among the greatest in history, regardless of age and tenure?
It's at least debatable.
Trout's seventh-inning solo homer in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader at Rangers Ballpark, an eventual 5-4 win by the Angels, gave him 30 on the year -- despite spending the first month in Triple-A and after totaling only 23 homers in 286 career Minor League games.
Trout, according to ESPN Stats, is now the first player in Major League history to combine at least 45 steals with 30 homers and 125 runs in one season. He's the youngest ever to notch a 30-30 season, and the first rookie to match 30 homers with 40 steals.
In the first inning, Trout added to his Major League-leading total with his 48th stolen base, tying current Rangers first-base coach Gary Pettis for the Angels' rookie record. If he steals two more bases, Trout will join Eric Davis (1987) and Barry Bonds ('90) as the only players ever to hit 30 homers and steal 50 bases in one season.
Oh, and despite slowing down a bit these last couple months, his batting average is .321.
"You can't say much that hasn't been said about Mike's year," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He just keeps going."
Aybar exits Game 2 due to strained right quad
ARLINGTON -- Angels shortstop Erick Aybar exited Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader in the second inning with a strained right quad and is day to day.
After the doubleheader split, manager Mike Scioscia said Aybar will be re-evaluated prior to Monday's series opener agianst the Mariners.
The switch-hitting Aybar came into Sunday with the highest second-half batting average in the American League and a .290/.324/.417 slash line on the year.
Kendrys Morales, who exited Friday's game in the eighth inning due to soreness in his right rib-cage area, was in the starting lineup for Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader, going 0-for-4 with a sacrifice fly in the 5-4 win. Morales took pregame batting practice and said he still felt a little sore in his first two plate appearances, but the pain went away after that.
With his third strikeout in Game 1 on Sunday, Zack Greinke reached 200 strikeouts in a season for the third time in his career. Greinke gave up four runs on six hits and two walks in the 7 1/3-inning no-decision, putting his ERA at 3.53 in 13 starts with the Angels.
With one more double, Albert Pujols will become the first player in Major League history to combine 50-plus doubles with 30-plus homers in three different seasons. Todd Helton and Chuck Klein each did it twice.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.