8/7/2013 8:45 P.M. ET
Angels get back to some basics
By William Boor / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Hours before the Angels were set to play the Rangers in the finale of a three game series, they took the field to work on some fundamentals.
For approximately 30 minutes, the Angels' pitchers and infielders worked on double plays, holding runners on, pickoff attemps and basic pitcher's fielding practice.
"Those are the things you can't forget about. It's part of the game," right-hander Michael Kohn said. "We, as a pitching staff, have to be quicker to the plate, give our catchers a better chance to throw guys out. Sometimes you just need that renewal to get back to the basics and that's what we're doing right now."
Following Tuesday night's 8-3 loss to the Rangers, Angels manger Mike Scioscia held a team meeting.
Minutes later, Scioscia shared some of his frustrations with the media, made three references to this being the Major Leagues and not the "Instructional League," and said the team would work on it early Wednesday.
And Scioscia appeared to be pleased with the session, noting that it was "good, crsip."
"I think guys got a lot out of it, certainly understand the things that we need to do a little bit better," Scioscia said.
While Wednesday's workout may have been a reaction to Tuesday's loss, Scioscia also said it was a necessity because of the fresh faces in the infield -- referring to Chris Nelson, Tommy Field, Grant Green and Kole Calhoun, who played first on Tuesday.
"I think there's a lot of things that we have to work through," Scioscia said. "We did it internally with trying to get guys to understand the system, but you have to go out there on the field and work through some things to be able to acclimate and we'll do it again at some point."
The new infielders need some time to mesh, but the workout was just as important for pitchers who Scioscia said have been doing a poor job of controlling the opponents running game.
"We'll continue to work," Kohn said. "We have to. If not, then we're going to be out of a job."
Green has an Angels debut to remember
ANAHEIM -- Grant Green's single up the middle in the second inning of Tuesday night's 8-3 loss to the Rangers was special for a couple of reasons.
First of all, it was Green's first career Major League hit and it came in his first at-bat with his new team, as Green was traded from Oakland to Anaheim on July 30.
But perhaps even more meaningful than simply recording his first career hit, was doing it in a stadium he used to frequent as a kid.
"It was awesome," Green said. "I had a lot of family and friends that were in attendance. It was the first time my grandpa came to a game. He was feeling a little sick when Oakland came here after the All-Star break so it was the first game my grandpa and grandma saw."
Green went to Canyon High School in Anaheim, played baseball at the University of Southern California and said he had 76 congratulatory text messages waiting for him when he checked his phone after the game.
The infielder had a hit in each of his first two at-bats with the Angels, but his first stint in the Major Leagues was not quite as successful.
In five games with the Athletics, Green went 0-for-15 and after persevering through that, he is happy to finally have a batting average.
"It was a huge relief because when all that stuff happened in Oakland, every interview I had was 'when are you going to get the first one' and that question got kind of tiring, always hearing it and people making jokes. Huge relief, was able to start relaxing a little more and just start playing the game."
Trout wields elite resume on 22nd birthday
ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout has accomplished so much in his Major League career that it is often easy to forget how young the Angels outfielder really is.
Trout, who celebrated his 22nd birthday on Wednesday, won the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 2012 and hit for the cycle earlier this season, but here are some of his age-related accomplishments.
Entering Wednesday's game, Trout had 352 hits and 143 walks in his career. Trout is just the sixth player since 1900 with 350 hits and 140 walks before turning 22. Mel Ott, Al Kaline, Mickey Mantle, Jimmie Foxx and Ken Griffey Jr. round out the list.
Trout also joins Kaline and Mantle as the third player with 65 doubles, 15 triples and 50 home runs before turning 22. Trout has 65 doubles, 16 triples and 54 home runs.
Trout's 77 career stolen bases make him the third AL player since 1900 to steal 75 bases before turning 22. Rickey Henderson and Ty Cobb were the others.
The Angels' phenom is also the 12th player since 1900 -- joining Ott, Griffey Jr., Kaline, Mantle, Foxx, Cobb, Cesar Cedeno, Tony Conigliaro, Eddie Mathews, Ted Williams and Alex Rodriguez -- with at least 134 extra-base hits before turning 22.
• The Angels released right-hander Mike Ekstron from Triple-A Salt Lake. Ekstrom had a 5.19 ERA in 26 innings for Salt Lake this season.
• On Aug. 12, the baseball field at Millville High School in Millville, N.J., will be dedicated as Mike Trout Field. Trout donated funds for the renovations of the field at his former high school.
• Reliever Sean Burnett underwent surgery to repair the torn flexor tendon in his left elbow. Dr. James Andrews performed the operation. Burnett will begin physical therapy in 10-14 days and is expected to be healthy for the start of Spring Training.
• Howie Kendrick did not participate in the Angels' pregame workout on Wednesday, but the second baseman was out on the field and interacting with his teammates.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Kendrick "is feeling a little better."
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.