7/7/2013 8:01 P.M. ET
Angels trying to cut down number of double plays
By William Boor / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Through 87 games, the Angels have grounded into a Major League-leading 90 double plays.
Although some double plays are inevitable and simply part of the game, manager Mike Scioscia knows 90 is too many.
"I definitely admit, there's not a comfort level with as many double plays as we are hitting into, it is high," Scioscia said.
Albert Pujols has hit into an American League-leading 17 double plays. Howie Kendrick is not far behind with 13, which is tied for third in the AL.
While it may not come as much of a surprise that Pujols, who is not running at 100 percent because of plantar fasciitis, has been doubled up a lot, it is surprising to see the speedy Mike Trout ground into double plays.
Trout's speed causes opponents fits whenever he is on the basepaths, but Trout has grounded into six double plays so far this season -- just one less than he hit into all of last year.
"We do have enough team speed that we should be able to minimize some of that," Scioscia said. "We haven't had some of the opportunities that would come up where you could put a guy in motion. We have some guys that have a lot of strikeouts in their game and it's tough to put guys in motion ahead of them, but I think the overall situation is really putting the ball in play and using your team speed to help you stay out of double plays, and we haven't done that as well as we could."
Scioscia against Trout taking part in Derby
ANAHEIM -- Shortly after Mike Trout was announced as starter for the All-Star Game, he said he hadn't given any thought to the Home Run Derby.
While Trout may or may not be asked and is not sure what his response would be, it is clear how manager Mike Scioscia feels.
"I'm not a fan of it," Scioscia said. "It's grueling for a participant. The number of full gorilla swings you take, it's like being on a driving range and hitting 10 buckets of balls. It's tough. I haven't seen someone come away from that Derby and be a better player for it."
Although Mark Trumbo does not blame his 2012 second-half struggles on the Home Run Derby, there are several people who feel the Derby negatively alters a player's swing.
A season ago, Trumbo hit .306 with 22 home runs in the first half compared to just .227 with 10 home runs in the second half.
However, Trumbo is not the only case Scioscia or Trout could examine. Scioscia has managed three other Angels -- Troy Glaus in 2001, Garret Anderson in '03 and Vladimir Guerrero in '07 -- that participated in the Derby and had second halves similar to their first.
Glaus hit .247 with 22 home runs in the first half of 2001 and then proceeded to hit .254 with 19 home runs in the second half. In '03, Anderson hit .316 with 22 home runs in the first half and .313 with just seven home runs in the second half.
While Scioscia admitted he did not believe the Derby had a negative impact on Anderson, he also added that he "didn't see any positive effects either."
In 2007, Guerrero won the Home Run Derby after a first half in which he hit .325 with 14 home runs. He then followed it up with a second half that featured 13 home runs and a .323 average.
Trout entered Sunday with 14 home runs and a .315 average.
Yocum's son throws out ceremonial first pitch
ANAHEIM -- Since Dr. Lewis Yocum, the Angels' longtime team orthopedist, passed away on May 25, he has been remembered through a variety of tributes. Prior to Saturday's game between the Angels and Red Sox, there was one more.
Yocum's son Donald, accompanied by his sister Laura and his mother Beth, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
"It means the world for us," Beth said. "They were such a huge part of his life and they have graced us so thoroughly. The Angels are a family for us."
The Angels had previously honored Yocum in late May when a picture of Yocum throwing out the first pitch and the words "An Angel Forever" was shown on the "Big A" of Angel Stadium.
Since Yocum's passing, Angels players and coaches have worn "LEW" patches on their jerseys.
"The first time we saw them, it was tearful for all of us," Beth said.
While Beth said it is "hard to put into words" what the patches meant to the Yocum family, she repeatedly patted her heart, which said more than was needed.
The Angels have been at the center of the Yocum tributes, but they are certainly not alone as Felix Hernandez wore a "LEW" patch during his June 20 start at Angel Stadium.
"We've heard so much about how many people he touched that he didn't perform surgery on just other ways that he touched them, through other players they heard about him," Beth said. "It's been pretty awesome for us. The scope of how big this was, was kind of a surprise to us."
• Mark Trumbo was not in the Angels' lineup on Sunday, but manager Mike Scioscia said he was simply giving him a day off.
• Although he pitched two innings in Saturday's game, Ernesto Frieri was available for Sunday's contest between the Red Sox and Angels.
• When the Angels depart to Chicago, some of their injured players will be on the plane and some will go to Arizona to receive extended treatment. Tommy Hanson and Sean Burnett will go to the Windy City while Peter Bourjos, Ryan Madson and Robert Coello will go to Arizona.
Jason Vargas will remain in Anaheim to be re-examined and to discuss the possibility of starting a throwing program.
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.